Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: Reading/Blogging Slumps

Book Blogger Confessions is a new meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Media or For What It's Worth. What is it? It's a meme that allows bloggers to weigh in on a topic, talk about or own blogging experiences and maybe vent a little. This time we're talking about reading/blogging slumps. The question: Have you ever had reading/blogging slumps? How do you work through them or work around them? 


Well, I have to say that I think I'm just coming out of a slump. This last semester, I was going crazy. I was teaching for the first time, trying to keep up in grad classes that I just didn't care about anymore, and dealing with an upcoming backwards move. I was trying to figure out what I wanted out of life (still don't know) and I was just not a happy person for awhile. My bright light was (and is) young adult literature and I clung to it. Even so, with all this going on in the background, the reading and blogging was starting to feel like a chore. I was putting off reading books and if you were visiting my blog about a month ago, I had a list of Upcoming Reviews that was about 10 books long. Some of my reviews suffered because I wrote them so long after I read the book. I was just trying to get through from one day to another - both on the blog and in life.

Then for awhile I had to seriously examine why I was doing this - the blogging thing. When I started it seemed like such an obvious thing for me to do. But there's been so much negativity floating around lately, to the point where I'm nervous posting anything. Honestly, with the way some people talk on Twitter, I'm waiting for someone to tear into something that I do. I really hate that feeling that I have to be so careful about the way that I'm running my own blog that I feel like I'm holding back or trying to fit into a box, and sometimes it is too much pressure. But then I go back to why I started and it was to write my thoughts on the book I was reading (because my memory is short) and it was a way to hold myself accountable to recording my reactions. And of course, it's a way to share the books that I love with anyone I possibly can. While it's important what others think of my blog - I want people to feel comfortable visiting, free to comment, and I definitely don't want to make someone cranky - I've come to realize that there is always plenty of criticism out there, and I just have to keep going and remember that I'm doing this for the books and authors I love and the readers who are looking for the next amazing read.


In some ways I still am in this weird limbo place where I don't know where I'm going - but I'm not teaching anymore or taking classes, so I feel hugely relieved in some respects. I've been able to just curl up and read. Plus, I spent Christmas vacation shortening my to-be-reviewed list and cranking out posts. By New Years I was completely caught up and I started the new year with a fresh slate. Even better, my incredibly talented little brother helped me put up a new design for the blog and I'm so happy with the way it looks now. (How do you get out of a slump? Get a makeover!) Now I'm getting back into memes, I'm keeping up with my reviews and happily working my way through my TBR pile.

Ok - apparently I had more to say than I thought I did. But what do you think? Have you ever been in a slump? Reading, blogging or otherwise? How do you get through?

13 comments:

  1. Thats so true to remember why you started to blog in the first place. Yeah for clearing the review pile..looks over at my pile and hides LOL

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  2. I think I understand. I was having the same problems about my future. I was supposed to go to med school after my nursing course, and I was pretty keen about this. But ever since I started my blog, my priorities change and I don't know now what to do about my life anymore. I don't like to have to choose between stopping blogging and studying again. As for now, I'm just going with the flow, the blogging community has always been very great and accepting and I met a lot of wonderful people, I don't think I'll be stopping this anytime soon. Although, sometimes blogging/reviewing feels like a chore, I do feel this immense satisfaction that I'm doing this.

    PS. I do love the new design. Looks very neat. :)

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  3. Great post! I know that being unsettled in real life can really mess up your reading life. When life gets stressful, I want to dive into my favorite comfort books. I'm glad things are settling down for you. I also think that, while we are all part of the book blogging community, we can't let the community stifle our honest reactions. I tend to avoid Twitter and its controversies which takes some of the stress out of my blogging. I used Christmas to catch up too but wasn't quite as successful as you were. I still have a few holdovers that I want to get off the stack.

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  4. Wow, it's no wonder you were feeling overwhelmed. I'm a stay-at-home mom and barely keep up. I can't imagine having school, work, and a blog!
    Good for you for being all caught up! I'm jealous!
    Your blog looks great!

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  5. It is a shame that there has been a lot of drama going on in the book blogging world - and a real bummer that it has caused you to question what you can/cannot feel comfortable posting on your own blog. <3

    I think it is a great idea to go back to the reason you started bloggin in the first place - at the end of the day that is what really matters! :)

    Bonnie @ Hands and Home www.handsandhome.ca

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  6. First of all, kudos to finding your way back to the real reason why you started blogging in the first place. I think the majority of book bloggers started because of their love for books, but some tend to forget that over time.

    Secondly, this is your blog. Whatever you want to say you should be able to say. So what if someone disagrees with you. This is your domain. Most people will respect that, but there are a few that like to start controversy. If you experience them on your blog, I would just consider the source and keep on keeping on! =)

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  7. Great post! It sounds like you are getting yourself back on track. :) I didn't start my blog until I was finished with grad school, so I really admire people who blog, are in school, have families.... I feel overwhelmed once in a while as it is and it's just me and my husband.

    I agree with the previous comment about saying what you want to --- if there is someone who starts commenting just because they want to be mean, or stir up controversy, and can't seem to just have a discussion...... once in a while, it does happen. And it can suck. But, moving forward and not letting it drag you down is the best thing to do. I have sometimes seen people behaving like jerks when they comment --- and the best bloggers just rise about it, and turn it into a discussion. :)

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  8. It's interesting how so many of us sort of lost touch with why we started blogging in the first place.

    After I took most of Nov/Dec off I've come back refreshed and I just stopped worrying about posting religiously, reading like a maniac or even reviewing every single book I read. I'm feeling really good about it right now.

    btw - I love your blog design!

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  9. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the contemporary book recommendations. I have added Deadly Cool to my to-read list. I have been wanting to get my own custom design for a while but just haven't had enough time to work on how to make one. (Yeah I am actually crazy and want to make the design myself I don't know why gah!)

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  10. When I've felt a slump coming on I've taken a break from my blog and reading for a few days, sometimes it helps and sometimes it didn't. When it didn't I would just start forcing myself to work through it. I love reading and blogging and I know in the long term that I still wanted to be doing both. :]

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  11. I probably would've gone crazy from all the pressure that you deal with! And I know what you mean about trying to avoid the meanness on Twitter.

    A friend of mine (she's a blogger and we met through blogging but have become close) and I were texting today saying how we have met some AWESOME bloggers ... but others who are actually pretty mean and entitled. I guess every rosebush has its thorns. *sigh*

    I'm gonna go follow you on Twitter and on here 'cause I can always use another friendly voice in the blogosphere. ;)

    Here's my confession:
    http://theirishbanana.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-blogger-confessions-2.html

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  12. I definitely felt like I was in a reading slump before I got started reading YA. It's brought back my love of reading. I haven't been this excited about picking up a book since I started reading Harry Potter. I was in the same boat as you Hannah, where school had sucked my dry of my ability to enjoy books because I forced to read so many that I had no interest in. Thank you so much for getting me excited about reading again! I owe it to you and your blog. Keep up the good work!

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  13. I am glad that you are feeling better. My only bit of advice is to not let this blog be such stress for you! We all started book blogging because we love to read, and it should be that passion that continues to drive us and makes us HAPPY! This is your domain and you can run it any damn way you please. Don't let others screw with your passion. ♥

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: Reading/Blogging Slumps

Book Blogger Confessions is a new meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Media or For What It's Worth. What is it? It's a meme that allows bloggers to weigh in on a topic, talk about or own blogging experiences and maybe vent a little. This time we're talking about reading/blogging slumps. The question: Have you ever had reading/blogging slumps? How do you work through them or work around them? 


Well, I have to say that I think I'm just coming out of a slump. This last semester, I was going crazy. I was teaching for the first time, trying to keep up in grad classes that I just didn't care about anymore, and dealing with an upcoming backwards move. I was trying to figure out what I wanted out of life (still don't know) and I was just not a happy person for awhile. My bright light was (and is) young adult literature and I clung to it. Even so, with all this going on in the background, the reading and blogging was starting to feel like a chore. I was putting off reading books and if you were visiting my blog about a month ago, I had a list of Upcoming Reviews that was about 10 books long. Some of my reviews suffered because I wrote them so long after I read the book. I was just trying to get through from one day to another - both on the blog and in life.

Then for awhile I had to seriously examine why I was doing this - the blogging thing. When I started it seemed like such an obvious thing for me to do. But there's been so much negativity floating around lately, to the point where I'm nervous posting anything. Honestly, with the way some people talk on Twitter, I'm waiting for someone to tear into something that I do. I really hate that feeling that I have to be so careful about the way that I'm running my own blog that I feel like I'm holding back or trying to fit into a box, and sometimes it is too much pressure. But then I go back to why I started and it was to write my thoughts on the book I was reading (because my memory is short) and it was a way to hold myself accountable to recording my reactions. And of course, it's a way to share the books that I love with anyone I possibly can. While it's important what others think of my blog - I want people to feel comfortable visiting, free to comment, and I definitely don't want to make someone cranky - I've come to realize that there is always plenty of criticism out there, and I just have to keep going and remember that I'm doing this for the books and authors I love and the readers who are looking for the next amazing read.


In some ways I still am in this weird limbo place where I don't know where I'm going - but I'm not teaching anymore or taking classes, so I feel hugely relieved in some respects. I've been able to just curl up and read. Plus, I spent Christmas vacation shortening my to-be-reviewed list and cranking out posts. By New Years I was completely caught up and I started the new year with a fresh slate. Even better, my incredibly talented little brother helped me put up a new design for the blog and I'm so happy with the way it looks now. (How do you get out of a slump? Get a makeover!) Now I'm getting back into memes, I'm keeping up with my reviews and happily working my way through my TBR pile.

Ok - apparently I had more to say than I thought I did. But what do you think? Have you ever been in a slump? Reading, blogging or otherwise? How do you get through?

13 comments:

  1. Thats so true to remember why you started to blog in the first place. Yeah for clearing the review pile..looks over at my pile and hides LOL

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  2. I think I understand. I was having the same problems about my future. I was supposed to go to med school after my nursing course, and I was pretty keen about this. But ever since I started my blog, my priorities change and I don't know now what to do about my life anymore. I don't like to have to choose between stopping blogging and studying again. As for now, I'm just going with the flow, the blogging community has always been very great and accepting and I met a lot of wonderful people, I don't think I'll be stopping this anytime soon. Although, sometimes blogging/reviewing feels like a chore, I do feel this immense satisfaction that I'm doing this.

    PS. I do love the new design. Looks very neat. :)

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  3. Great post! I know that being unsettled in real life can really mess up your reading life. When life gets stressful, I want to dive into my favorite comfort books. I'm glad things are settling down for you. I also think that, while we are all part of the book blogging community, we can't let the community stifle our honest reactions. I tend to avoid Twitter and its controversies which takes some of the stress out of my blogging. I used Christmas to catch up too but wasn't quite as successful as you were. I still have a few holdovers that I want to get off the stack.

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  4. Wow, it's no wonder you were feeling overwhelmed. I'm a stay-at-home mom and barely keep up. I can't imagine having school, work, and a blog!
    Good for you for being all caught up! I'm jealous!
    Your blog looks great!

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  5. It is a shame that there has been a lot of drama going on in the book blogging world - and a real bummer that it has caused you to question what you can/cannot feel comfortable posting on your own blog. <3

    I think it is a great idea to go back to the reason you started bloggin in the first place - at the end of the day that is what really matters! :)

    Bonnie @ Hands and Home www.handsandhome.ca

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  6. First of all, kudos to finding your way back to the real reason why you started blogging in the first place. I think the majority of book bloggers started because of their love for books, but some tend to forget that over time.

    Secondly, this is your blog. Whatever you want to say you should be able to say. So what if someone disagrees with you. This is your domain. Most people will respect that, but there are a few that like to start controversy. If you experience them on your blog, I would just consider the source and keep on keeping on! =)

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  7. Great post! It sounds like you are getting yourself back on track. :) I didn't start my blog until I was finished with grad school, so I really admire people who blog, are in school, have families.... I feel overwhelmed once in a while as it is and it's just me and my husband.

    I agree with the previous comment about saying what you want to --- if there is someone who starts commenting just because they want to be mean, or stir up controversy, and can't seem to just have a discussion...... once in a while, it does happen. And it can suck. But, moving forward and not letting it drag you down is the best thing to do. I have sometimes seen people behaving like jerks when they comment --- and the best bloggers just rise about it, and turn it into a discussion. :)

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  8. It's interesting how so many of us sort of lost touch with why we started blogging in the first place.

    After I took most of Nov/Dec off I've come back refreshed and I just stopped worrying about posting religiously, reading like a maniac or even reviewing every single book I read. I'm feeling really good about it right now.

    btw - I love your blog design!

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  9. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the contemporary book recommendations. I have added Deadly Cool to my to-read list. I have been wanting to get my own custom design for a while but just haven't had enough time to work on how to make one. (Yeah I am actually crazy and want to make the design myself I don't know why gah!)

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  10. When I've felt a slump coming on I've taken a break from my blog and reading for a few days, sometimes it helps and sometimes it didn't. When it didn't I would just start forcing myself to work through it. I love reading and blogging and I know in the long term that I still wanted to be doing both. :]

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  11. I probably would've gone crazy from all the pressure that you deal with! And I know what you mean about trying to avoid the meanness on Twitter.

    A friend of mine (she's a blogger and we met through blogging but have become close) and I were texting today saying how we have met some AWESOME bloggers ... but others who are actually pretty mean and entitled. I guess every rosebush has its thorns. *sigh*

    I'm gonna go follow you on Twitter and on here 'cause I can always use another friendly voice in the blogosphere. ;)

    Here's my confession:
    http://theirishbanana.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-blogger-confessions-2.html

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  12. I definitely felt like I was in a reading slump before I got started reading YA. It's brought back my love of reading. I haven't been this excited about picking up a book since I started reading Harry Potter. I was in the same boat as you Hannah, where school had sucked my dry of my ability to enjoy books because I forced to read so many that I had no interest in. Thank you so much for getting me excited about reading again! I owe it to you and your blog. Keep up the good work!

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  13. I am glad that you are feeling better. My only bit of advice is to not let this blog be such stress for you! We all started book blogging because we love to read, and it should be that passion that continues to drive us and makes us HAPPY! This is your domain and you can run it any damn way you please. Don't let others screw with your passion. ♥

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