Chatterbox: Blogging Slump? You’re not alone.

February 21, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Chatterbox, Features

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I’m going to talk about a topic today that affects many of my fellow bloggers – blogging slumps and the pressures of blogging (in particular, book blogging). Blogging is a time consuming thing, typing up posts, proofreading them, formatting them and scheduling them to go up, and for book bloggers, you also have to read and review the books. With ARC deadlines, review copies, and an endless TBR pile, there’s no doubt that you’ll feel overwhelmed at times. That’s on top of real life with school and work.

When I started this blog, it was a hobby and something I could enjoy in my personal time. At that time, I didn’t know how much time it would take to read, review books and also keep up with a blog, commenting on other blogs, and keeping up a social presence. I’ve felt the pressures of blogging at times, like the rest of you, and I know I’m not alone.

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Whenever I see another blogger fall into a blogging slump, my message is the same. Take the break that you need – no matter how long it is, and when you feel like it’s something that you can relax and enjoy again, come back invigorated to blog again. Especially when you have loads of school work on or if it’s getting busy at work. Blogging is your hobby, and especially because it’s not a paid thing, you shouldn’t feel pressured to keep up with something that you’re forcing yourself to do.

After feeling a blogging slump at the end of last year, I came back this year telling myself that I would only blog when I felt like it. Blogging is a lot of fun but sometimes it can feel like work, especially after you’ve had a busy week and you come back to writing and ‘working’ again. That’s why you’ll probably notice my being less prompt with commenting back and keeping up with other blogs – but I still manage to visit my favourite blogs once a week.

Have you felt a blogging slump before and how do you cope with it?

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78 responses to “Chatterbox: Blogging Slump? You’re not alone.

  1. Balancing real life & blogging life is hard, especially when you have to keep a social presence all the time, yeah. I'm still trying on this matter, too, there are times when I can read lots of books but I don't want to review or write anything about it. I've decided that I do not have to post something everyday, to put some of the pressures off. I want blogging to be something that I enjoy and not a burden, for it's not my main job in life. Gret post, Jeann! 🙂
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  2. You know .. I blog how I want. Sometimes.. I think this makes my blog not as popular as some blogs because I don't review all the ARCs and don't have 5-6 reviews on my blog each week. But I like what I blog about and it makes it fun. So I don't regret a thing!
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  3. I was in a blogging slump about a month ago well…this whole February I was in a blogging AND reading slump and it sucks soooo baddddd. I'm currently trying to get out of it, but ugh, when personal life gets in the way (like partying, adventures with friends, etc.) I get sink in to reading and blogging slump within a snap. I get over it by just embracing the slump, and when I feel like going back to blogging and reading again, I try to do it.
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    • Gah, that does sound pretty bad. At the moment I'm out of my slump and super motivated, so it hasn't happened yet. I know what you mean when personal life gets in the way, the last thing you fee like doing is probably blogging and reading. Hope you get your mojo back soon.

  4. Blogging is pretty time consuming. I love to read, but not always review the book afterward. Sometimes I feel bad for not always posting very often, but I'd rather post less often than burn myself out. Hopefully I'll get lost of posts written this week during my spring break so that I can relax in the coming weeks =)
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  5. Yeah I have not had that happen yet. Luckily because my PC broke so I had a couple of months of anyway. I am due for a break soon, with real life taking a toll I think I want to just relax, regroup, take my control back heh. I am trying to request less and less books.
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  6. Hmm… I haven't gotten to a blogging slump… yet. At least in reading. But I did in gaming because I didn't have much to write about and felt like a robot. >_<

    Ironically, now I sort of want to go back but I'm too lazy to make a new blog and worry about a new design (which takes a month almost for me) and naming and such, so I'm sort of deciding to expand my current blog a little and see how it goes. Maybe even do a test post as well. O_o
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  7. I've seen so many bloggers go through this recently, and it just sucks! I totally agree with you – if you need a break, take it. Blogging should never feel like a chore because it's essentially your hobby. Compared to you, I'd probably consider myself as a lazy blogger 😛 I rarely ever schedule posts in advanced, and I definitely blog when I only feel like it. It's really helped in keeping the pressure off. What a great and helpful post Jeann! <3
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  8. I totally agree with you about trying to keep up – although we have to remember that we're not always in the same place as everyone else. That is amazing for you to be planned so far in advance! Good on you!

  9. Yeah, I think as your blog grows and stuff you get a lot more pressure. That's why I started feeling it recently, but yes scheduling posts is awesome! I tend to do mine on weekends. How exciting, you'll be on my turf! sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 make sure you don't try and blog in that time!

  10. I tend to fall into blogging slumps every few months. When this happens, I just step back for a week or two and don't worry about it. Maybe I will lose readers or even chances at ARCs, but it's totally worth it for my happiness!
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  11. Awww thanks Marianne, nah I haven't reached a slump yet, just got over one so I won't be in that mood for a while. That's exactly what I think, I post every 2nd day usually and if I miss a schedule, so what. Totally agree with what you guys do, posting when you feel the urge. Thanks Marianne!

  12. Blogging slumps…argh we all go through it. There's no possible way of not falling into one at list once in your blogging life. I feel like when I was just a reader it didn't matter as much and it wasn't such an obligation to read books.
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  13. I totally know what you mean about the dystopian or heavy books being too much sometimes! Especially when we read one after the other. I've been in the same boat and I've been alternating those with lighter contemporaries and romances. I have a big pile of ARCs too but am getting through them slowly. (I keep on getting new ones sent to me)

  14. Good on you for not going through a slump! I'm the same about blogging being the hobby, it shouldn't be something stressful but it's easy to understand why. You are right about the expectations of others and ourselves, it feels like the whole world is watching! Thanks for your comment Allie, I totally agree.

  15. Blogging slumps suck! But they come and go and it happens to everyone so we just gotta realize that we can't do it all! I was getting pretty burnt out myself and took a big plunge into getting a co-blogger and it was the best decision ever! I also think the drama does affect our moods and when there's a lot going around we kind of lose the feeling of blogging you know. Don't feel bad about slowing down or taking breaks at all! We'll all still love you and your blog just the same! 🙂

    • Yeah, it's natural to want to always be better and do it all but that's not the case. I have been considering getting a co-blogger but at the moment I am keeping up with the post schedule (posting every 2nd day) so perhaps later all. Thanks Giselle, glad to hear you feel the same and that co-blogging worked out for ya!

  16. Great to hear that you take breaks, I think it's important to keep going. I've started scheduling a lot in advance on weekends when the mood strikes, less stress for during the week.

  17. Yup, I had many slumps over the years and even contemplated quitting. But I caught up on my review books, took some time off, stopped taking review requests, rarely do blog tours, and now I'm much happier. A lot of bloggers feel they have to have something new posted everyday … no, you don't. I only post 2-3 reviews a week. I know a few bloggers who post even less and get lots of traffic and are well-known. Once it starts getting overwhelming or more like work for me, I step back.
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    • I'm the same, I don't do blog tours anymore unless I am really interested and stopped taking review requests. Now I only review for publishers and stuff. I personally prefer when blogs only post a few times a week too, because it's hard to keep up with one that posts daily. Great reply Christy, thanks for letting me know your thoughts!

  18. Sooo.. I wrote this big comment this morning while I was waiting for my friend at uni and guess what? My Internet decided to crash and restarted *fumes* It was just.. so frustrating. Anyhow, what I said was basically something like this: I totally get the point of this post and while I do agree that taking things slower than usual and relaxing more is extremely helpful, I'm still in a blogging slump. (As well as reading.) I took a break during December and then wasn't a very good blogger in January and I think that has taken its toll on me as well, because I'm so lazy right now and I really don't feel like blogging. (Or reading.) Every time I think about writing a review or publishing the ones that have accumulated over time (there are so many of them), I feel this wave of like.. stress and negativity. I don't know why and I think that if I took a break right now, I'd stop blogging altogether so the only way to make this work is to suffer through the lows and hopefully get some highs soon. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one though.
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    • Oh no, that's the worst thing when you lose a big comment that you typed! Sorry to hear you're in a blogging and reading slump, but remember your readers don't mind and will always be there to read your blog no matter when or how long you take. Sounds like you are at the time when you need to just enjoy reading again! Hopefully you get out of the funk Siiri.

  19. I agree, blogging is a hobby and if it feels like work, it's much better to take a break than to feel pressured. I experimented with what I liked to do with my blog last year and I found it too hectic to do memes + reviews + promo posts every week. So, my current goal is to post one review post per week. If I can do more, I will, but it's because I want to and not I have to.
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    • I think I've been experimenting all this time too, I kind of like what I'm doing at the moment though. 1 STS, a few reviews, and 1 discussion post seems to be enough for me. Sometimes I don't even keep up with the STS posts. I only post them when I had a decent enough haul.

  20. I feel you, it's so easy to get lost in this sphere with books handed our way. Then we slowly start to feel the pressure of "keeping up". I've slowly readjusted my attitude towards this "hobby" and I'm slowly going back to basics: read for pleasure. But I agree with your advice, take a break, forcing oneself to do something one's heart isn't into it will show in one's work. Quality over quantity.
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  21. I have two other blogs that I still have up, but only post on them once in a blue moon. I used to post on them twice a week, then once a week, then…when I feel like it. Sometimes you just run out of things to say, or you just don't feel like sharing. It happens. It's inevitable! Right now, I am enjoying blogging about books. It may not be forever, but I do like the book blogging community. 🙂
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  22. I starting to feel the blogging slump coming now that I've been blogging longer ): I feel like the more arcs and followers etc I get, the more deadlines, and the more pressure I feel to get everything done in an orderly time. I'm definitely trying to slow down requesting ARCs and just reading the ones I really want!

    Pre-scheduling posts help me a lot, since I can get a bunch done at once & not worry for the rest of the week (: I'm hoping to take a big holiday soon! So hopefully that'll be a nice break. (Actually, I might be going to Australia to visit my family haha). Great discussion!
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  23. I tend regular reading breaks in order to avoid reading slumps, but I can relate to the pressures of blogging. Just this week, it seems that since I took the week from blogging, everybody else has been mad at it, and it's so easy to fall behind on the social presence and visiting blogs. I myself am planned up until April, and it makes me feel pressured, because discussion posts come to me freely and reviews get typed and scheduled when I've finished reading them, so I find a little easier now I'm ahead, but slumps are very real and can really put a downer on others lives. I personally think a slump is a sign you need a break.
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  24. Amen, Jeann. Blogging slumps are SO normal. I had such a bad one that I needed to take an indefinite hiatus for nearly 8 months. In that time, I managed to refocus and commit myself, but I also realized that this is MY blog, MY niche and MY rules. I don't owe people anything. If I don't want to post, I don't. I think once we put ourselves back in control, it gets a little easier 🙂

  25. I've gone through multiple blogging slumps, especially when I started college, but I've handled them well in that I didn't allow the pressure to become overwhelming. I take a break when I need to and it always helps re-energize. I think your advice is very helpful, Jeann! Great post.
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  26. For a minute there I thought you were going to stop blogging for a while and I was like "NOOOOOO". Haha, I completely understand what a blogging slump is. I used to think that for my blog to be "succesful" I had to post something every single day. It gets tedious and boring after a while. That's why Jennifer and I now post only when we feel motivated to do so; it's not worth losing my love for reading anyways. Wonderful post, Jeann. 🙂
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  27. I am currently in a reading slump. I like blogging too much, I just don't really feel like reading. Well, I want to read, but I want cool and contemporary books to read, and most the books I am currently getting are tragic books or dystopian, and I just nah. So I think I'll probably end up going to the library and get rid of "Shatter Me", I'll get that one later once I feel like I want to read a Dystopian novel again.

    Then I have a never ending pile of ARC's. Okay, it's not that bad as the ARC pile of most of blogging people. It are just 5 books, but still. One of them has been offered to be back in September, and I still haven't read it, because dystopian. And I love dystopian, but my mind has just been too full to handle them.
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  28. Slumps are so frustrating and can be really hard to get through. Blogging should be something we do for ourselves, something fun that we enjoy doing. But being so devoted to it, it's easy to get overwhelmed and just find yourself on a mental blank. But I think that's normal and it's just about dealing with it properly and I totally agree with what you said. Great post!
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  29. I on't think I've gone through a 'slump' (yet!) but there have definitely been days were writing a post felt like a chore. Thankfully those days are few and far between!

    I'm really a strong believer of blogging being a hobby, like you said, and though, yeah, I get bloggers feel a certain responsibility to their followers and may not want to let them down, and the end if the day blogging is supposed to be fun. And if it's not fun anymore then that means it's time to take a break and figure out why it stopped being something you enjoyed and more something that made you feel pressured.

    I think it all boils down to bloggers being too hard on themselves and expecting too much of themselves. The blogosphere is SO understanding and supportive and I don't think anyone would hold it against anyone else if they took a break.

    Real life is more important and there are a lot of things that can get in the way. We want to spend time with our family and friends, we have school and jobs etc. So if blogging takes a backseat to that, then so be it!
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  30. I actually have a ton of blogging slumps through out the year, but that's mostly due to me having way more time than a normal 23 year old and I spend most of it reading/blogging. I've learned how to push through it and get things done as quickly as I can, but I do take quite a few breaks. Though most of the time anyone reading my blog would have no idea because I get as many posts scheduled as I can. It's definitely beneficial to take breaks and remember that's for fun and it's not a job, because that pressure really does get to almost everyone.
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  31. I hear you….totally hear you. Blogging slumps absolutely suck. I had one basically at the end of last year too. Through Nov/Dec really. I got enthusiastic again because I started reading very very fast and hard. And reading always inspires me to blog. 😉 But blogging is definitely not worth it if you're hating it.
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  32. I just started blogging around 6 months ago and I'm already in a slump. I just couldn't get into it, since the beginning of the year. I've read a lot of books till now, but sitting down to write a review seems like such a hassle these days. I haven't done many reviews this year, and with my post-grad classes starting, I'm just going deeper into the slump.
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  33. I only really get into blogging slumps if I run out of content or am not caught up/making last minute posts because I HAVE to. A way I got around that was when I had a break from college, I read a bunch and did scheduled so many discussion posts I had stuff up to the next month and I was no longer stressed-it was awesome. Plus once you do that, you are kind of always ahead after that.
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  34. I didn't blog much during the end of last year at ALL. Strangely, though I've been way busier this year than last year, I've found more time to blog and actually become part of the community. This is such a great post though, blogging is hard!
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  35. Although I have only been blogging for a little over 2 months, I can totally understand the pressure you are describing and I'm certainly feeling it too. It is hard to balance real life work and blogging efforts, especially when you are a newbie. I have not yet grasped the blogging strategy that is scheduling posts. Most of the time, I'm writing out what I will be posting that day or the next, which can be very stressful at times. I don't know if there is a good way to help me turn this situation around, but at least for right now I'm not feeling burned out. I'm so glad I have friends in this community as well as friends in real life who support and encourage my blogger identity. It is really them and the readers who make everything worthwhile.
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  36. I agree with this so much! If you're getting tired and exhausted, that's a sure sign you're getting burned up all the activities associated with blogging. There's really nothing to be ashamed of if you take a quick or a long hiatus. Sometimes it's definitely better to pause for a while and come back when you're feeling all that gusto in your veins. I've bounced back from quick breaks every now and then, so I haven't gotten to the point of being in a complete book slump yet, so I hope other bloggers will take this advice to heart!
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  37. I have been in a few blogging slumps. The first time I ended up scrapping the first blog and creating Ransom Reads, which is new and fun and not serious. That worked well for a long time. But it's inevitable that I'd fall into another one eventually. And I don't really have a method coping with them now… I always try to have reviews and important posts scheduled a few weeks ahead so if I do fall into a slump, I don't worry as much about not having content. Then I take my time, reading what I want, writing posts if I feel like it, etc, until my motivation comes back. I need a more concrete and quicker method to bring my motivation back though…
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  38. I haven't been in a blogging slump (yet…), but I definitely see how they can happen. Sometimes blogging is so pressuring – like you said – with ARC deadlines, tour post dates, etc, etc; and I feel that when people just get tired of blogging and the responsibilities it holds they feel like they're not entitled to a break. They feel like they have to keep blogging. I'm not sure if that's just my interpretation of how it seems, or if that's actually accurate, but any way, I feel like people need to know that they have the right to take a break if they feel warn out, right?

    Fabulous post Jeann!
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