Hello and welcome to this week’s Bookish Ramblings here on Books, Biscuits, and Tea. This week’s post is going to be unique in the sense that rather than giving advice or rambling about something blogging/reading related issue, I’d like to ask you to help me and fellow bloggers who are in the same boat and give us advice.
Have you ever had blogging or reading slumps? How did you deal with them? Do you have any tips for fellow bloggers that might help them overcome -or prevent- these situations?
The idea for today’s topic actually came into my mind a few hours ago when I was chatting to Celine from Nyx Book Reviews on Twitter. I was just saying how lazy I’ve felt lately but at the same time, I feel guilty for not blogging, reading, preparing for my upcoming exams or doing anything productive, for that matter. Don’t stress yourself, I’d hate to see you get a blogging burnout, says Celine. And that’s when I realized that I’m actually right in the middle of one! Oh the excruciating SHAME!
I’ve been blogging for 8 months and I managed to survive my blogging “career” without any major burnouts or blogging slumps – so far. I’m no expert but my theory is that you’re likely to experience such a thing when, for some reason, life gets in the way of blogging. Take me, for example. I have two exams coming up in June and I know I should start studying (i.e. I’m not doing anything productive and I’m feeling guilty 24 hours a day). At the same time, I should be doing at least 4 different things and again, I feel guilty for neglecting all these responsibilities. On top of that, stress and anxiety don’t really help much either. So here I am, wondering about what other bloggers do in such a terrible scenario.
If you ask me, overcoming reading slumps sounds quite straightforward.
- Don’t read. Take some time out – go out with friends, sleep, travel, you name it. But don’t stress about reading or thinking about how many books you still need to read. Give yourself a break – you deserve it.
- If you must read, read your own books. Putting your review books aside for a while won’t hurt anyone. Try reading something from your favourite author, your favourite genre – something you’ve wanted to pick up for a while but never got round to actually reading it.
- Take it slow. You really don’t have to read 300 pages in one day. Read as much as you can, even if it’s just one chapter or a few pages before going to bed.
Now here comes the tricky part. What do you when you’re in the middle of a blogging slump? I suppose the obvious answer would be to take some time out and stop blogging for a while – get your life back on track and then return to the blogging world in full force when you’re ready. But how do you do all this without letting your readers down? Is that even possible?
How do you deal with blogging slumps? Have you ever had such a burnout? What did you do to get rid of it?