I never thought this would actually happen to me. Sounds kind of arrogant right? I have seen so many posts about those dreaded blogging slumps and didn’t think I would ever fall into one myself.
This blog has helped me through so much over the last year. I am so grateful to have found the book blogging community and you guys have really kept my spirits up, even through the darkest of times.
So when I started to feel like I didn’t want to write any posts or make any graphics (which I usually love doing), I ignored it thinking the feeling would just go away.
Whelp, unfortunately for me, it really didn’t. I have had a really hard time trying to come up with any original content so I fell back on doing memes and tags which usually help get me motivated and get the creative juices flowing again (eww – that sounded kinda gross but you know what I mean).
That worked for a bit but the lethargy has become to kick in even more. I have talked a little about my OCD on my blog before but I also struggle with anxiety and depression (a totally winning combo if there ever was one). I take medication for this but one of the side affects is that it can leave me feeling flat and emotionless. It also seems to have an effect on my creativity and thinking process at times.
This is one of those times.
I feel really bad for not producing the same level of content that I used to. My reviews have been pretty sporadic as well because I have been struggling to form cohesive thoughts on the books I have read which has never been a problem up until now.
I used to write far more critically but I have adopted a more conversational tone in my more recent-ish reviews (which I actually like) but I am struggling to put even the most basic sentences together and my thought have basically gone along the lines of ‘this book is awesome’ or ‘this book is not good’ and then I can’t really think of much else to say.
I am also really behind on responding to comments which I feel super-bad about because I love getting comments and love the conversations those comments generate. I want to thank everyone who has continued to comment even though I have been very lax at keeping up – I am going to try to do better.
As for the blogging slump itself, well I am going to do my best to overcome it. I have been reading more again which is great but I think I need to take a break from my blog for a week or so (or at least the posting side of it) and re-charge my batteries.
I have so much maintenance to do (from way back when I first went self-hosted) and I intend to catch up with everything I have been neglecting. The design still needs some tweaks and I really have to update my reviews (I lost my archives when I went self-hosted and have been gradually updating them via the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin).
I will still be around and I really hope this time away allows me the motivation I need to come back with a vengeance! I really do not want to give up on blogging. Even though I may bemoan the fact that it takes up a lot of time I really do love doing this and I would really miss the community so much if I gave it up.
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Have you ever gone through a blogging slump personally? What did you do to get yourself over this hurdle?
I would really love to hear everyone’s thoughts. 🙂