Discussion- On Blogging Slumps

As any blogger knows–sometimes the slump hits and you don’t have the same luster to post or you feel like you don’t have original ideas to add to the community. Lately, I’ve been feeling both ways. I have the desire to be involved but I can’t seem to come up with any ideas that haven’t been discussed before. Even whenΒ writing my reviews I don’t feel that I’m adding anything different.

While writing this discussion piece I know that there have probably been many posts very similar and so I struggle in wondering, is it worth posting? As a reader, do you mind seeing the same subjects rehashed? The same books reviewed? I sometimes feel like I’m just regurgitating everything I see around me. This does not bode wellΒ for enthusiastic posts.

Luckily, I know this is just one of those times I’m having a little blogging slump. I had a bigger one back in November where I needed to disconnectΒ and take a break. I was scarcely on my blog for a few weeks and then came back recharged. This go around is a bit different, only because I feel like posting I just feel like my brain has run out of ideas.

How have you dealt with your blogging slumps andΒ the lack of originality?

Funny little tidbit–just googled “book blog-blogging slump” and a slew of posts popped up. I’m obviously not alone.

Comments

  1. says

    I watch a lot of Netflix to the point where it’s probably unhealthy. I suggest Hannibal (it’s absolutely brilliant and so engaging!) if you haven’t seen it already. I also read some noncommittal books that I’ve wanted to read for a while and that aren’t for review. I hope I helped!
    -Scott Reads It!

    • says

      Those are great suggestions! GoT comes back on tonight so that’s a show that I can become absorbed in. I wish slumps weren’t a reality.

  2. says

    I have read a few entries about blogging slumps as well as reading slumps… I guess we all do have them, and very recently I’ve read an entry on Jeann’s blog (Happy Indulgence) about how all the pressure we put on ourselves and our blogs is just our own.
    I can see reviews for the same books in many blogs, but there are always some blogs that I will always check for reviews cause I like the way they review books, and I know how my taste and opinion compares to them. Yours is one of my must-check list. And if you worry about original content, making the Lego covers… it doesn’t come as more original than that! Maybe make some more family comics, like the one of you doing a book shimmy with your son! πŸ˜‰

    Take your time, recharge and come back!

    • says

      It’s strange–even though I’m reading some books that aren’t that great I’m not in a reading slump. So I guess I should take advantage and read as much as I can πŸ™‚ Thank you so very much for your kind words Pili. You don’t know how much that helps me knowing that you gain value from my reviews *hugs*

      Hopefully I can recharge and get a burst of inspiration sooner than later πŸ™‚

  3. says

    I’m in a bit of one myself. Not sure if I’ve hit that 3 year blogging wall, or just that I’ve been busier in real life or that I’ve read so much YA that sometimes it all blurs together.
    A friend just suggested that I post less, but the less I post, the less I feel like posting. So just toughing it out for the time being…. also thinking about a new posting schedule for the summer.
    Good luck with it. I agree with Pili — I do love and appreciate your blog. And I’ll still be here if you take a break.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • says

      Aw, Jen I’m sorry. I feel like your blog is so inspired and I love your trending posts. I hear you about the YA all blending together. I’ve been feeling like that lately. I want something that stands out. I agree about posting less. The more I ignore the blog the less I want to come back. Thank you so much for saying you appreciate my blog…that means the world to me πŸ™‚

  4. says

    I think you should take break, do something else that doesn’t relate to blogging. Don’t feel bad and don’t force yourself, because we blog to have fun right? πŸ™‚

    • says

      Oh yea, we do blog for fun πŸ™‚ It’s easy to forget that at times. Thank you Ella! I think that’s what I’ve been doing–trying to force it. So I guess I should just go with the flow a bit more and stop worrying about it.

  5. says

    Awww Kristen! -hugs-
    I totally understand what you’re feeling – I was feeling the exact same way before I took my hiatus. I lost motivation to post and although I’m back, I sometimes still feel that way.
    I recommend you stop thinking about how everyone else must have posted that same idea and just focus on what YOU think, even if it has been done before. Who knows, maybe you’ll introduce something different or deeper and just not realize it.
    If I’m in a reading slump or a blogging slopping, I usually read books I want to read, aka non-review books mostly. One of my favorite historical romances always perks me up and gets me energized again. ;D

    • says

      Thank you Kelly! I feel like this slump came out of nowhere. I was so motivated a few weeks back and then all of a sudden this strikes. I think you’re right about not thinking about the repetition. I don’t know why I fell into that spiral. Just had me questioning so much. Wonderful words of wisdom Kelly!

      Yep, I think I’ll through the reading plan out and just read what appeals to me for a bit. Deep Blue–here I come!

  6. says

    Kristen, you’re not alone! I’m having a book slump right now and totally understand what you’re going through. I recommend scheduling your posts (like I did) and just take a break from reading and blogging for awhile. Going for a holiday, catching up with my favourite tv shows (the How I Met Your Mother finale totally broke my heart) or maybe taking a co-blogger helps. I’ve been thinking a lot about that at the moment….

    • says

      Oh no Natasha…I hope yours ends soon. I am so bad at scheduling posts because that takes forethought, haha. I really need to work on my organization. Thanks so much…and I’ve never considered a co-blogger before. I guess I could sort of let my mind think on that a bit.

  7. says

    Hi Kristen! *hugs*
    I just want you to know yours is one of the blogs I read religiously. The best part about reading is that we can read the same things but have different views or interpretations about it, So you shouldn’t worry about sounding too repeatitious in regards to reviewing. I’ve been blogging for a month and also feel semi disenchanted with it. I feel pressure but have about 80 followers. I cant imagine what u feel like. My point is u don’t owe us (fans) anything. If you don’t feel like posting no biggie, if your stuck in rut I get it but the best way to unblock is to just vent it all out. Maybe something along the lines of a rambling story or an all about me piece. Something fresh or new might also help. I just picked up a new meme that has differnt personal topics called life of a blogger where we discuss one non bookish topic a week. It helped jump start me a bit cause I felt myself getting stuck in a boring cycle of the same old same old.
    Hope my silly ramblings help a bit.
    <3
    Brittany @ Please Feed the Bookworm

    • says

      Oh wow Brittany! Thank you so much. Honestly, seeing these nice comments has given me such a great feeling and made me feel so much better about everything. thank you *hugs* I love your ramblings and it did help! <3

  8. says

    Aw, blogging slumps stuck. :(( I feel for you!! I think taking a break is the best thing, and the ideas? I find the more I blog the more ideas I have. I’ve found good blogging prompts when I google for them. OH. And sometimes I skim the archives of linkups (like Top Ten Tuesday) and something there might inspire me. I hope you get inspired soon! Or else have a good break. x)

    • says

      I’ve never googled or tried to find prompts. That might work, never occurred to me oddly enough. It helps to know that everyone goes through these too. Thank you!

  9. says

    *Hugs* <3 You are awesome sweetie. I haven't really had any blogging slump before. Just a reading slump :p which I still have. Ugh. But I do understand what you mean. Just wanted to say that I love reading your posts and your reviews. <3

    • says

      Aw, thank you Carina! I hope you don’t ever have a blogging slump…not fun πŸ™ I guess I should be happy I’m not really in a reading slump. Would be worse being in reading and blogging slump.

  10. says

    I sometimes think blogging slumps are infectious! I just took a month-long impromptu hiatus, because I suddenly couldn’t stand posting or being on the blog. It’s hard to predict when you might fall into a slump, or even pinpoint why. But breaks can help. I know I feel much more refreshed and eager now, and I hope things pick up for you soon too! In regards to the original posts – I don’t feel it should be something I NEED to keep in mind, and that definitely makes posting easier. If I have an idea, I will act on it, but otherwise, I try not to sit there thinking up things just for the sake of it. I personally don’t mind seeing the same sorts of discussion posts, or the same books reviewed on different blogs, as I think every blogger adds something different, even if they think they don’t. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I’m going on, but I just wanted to say – you’re not alone! Sometimes a break can be a good opportunity to read non-review books, or re-read old favourites, or binge-watch something you’ve always wanted to. I think taking a step back can help return some of that enthusiasm. πŸ™‚

    • says

      Your blogging slump wore off on me! I think you are right and they are contagious. I hope your month long hiatus helped you and revitalized your blog. Wonderful advice on the creativity of posts. I think you’ve nailed it. I have been coming up with some posts ideas in relation to the books I’ve read so I think just letting things come is the way to go. I honestly feel more eager now that I have let myself know that I could take a break and to keep it fun. I think I needed to vent! haha

  11. says

    You are not alone when it comes to blogging slumps my dear. I also know what you mean when it comes to posting what you see around you. Trying to be a original in a room full of people with the same jam is difficult.

    As a reader and blogger who follows a lot of people, I like reading the same things. Even though I have read a review of a book for so many times, each time it is different because everyone has a different opinion, even if they all gave it 5 stars.

    I suffer from slumps a lot. I think the thing to do (or what I do anyway) is remember why you started. If I ever get in a bad way I recharge and come back.

    Thanks for sharing! it is nice to know we are all in the same boat! πŸ™‚

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

    • says

      It helps so much to know that most people suffer from this too. I love that you like reading the same topics and that it is the personal opinions that make it interesting. I totally agree with that. I have no idea why I wasn’t able to see that in concern to my own posts. Thank you so much for your comment–incredibly helpful πŸ™‚

  12. says

    I definitely feel this way at times, though I generally just skip any discussion post that I don’t feel like I have anything actually interesting to contribute on. Or it can be good to write posts like this where you’re more asking a question and getting feedback from your readers than trying to provide them with information ;-). And hey look, a lot of people are commenting, success! πŸ˜€

    With reviews, if I feel like I would just be saying the same thing that everyone else has said and have nothing I want to ask or discuss, if it isn’t a review book received from the publisher, I just won’t review it. If it is from the publisher but I’m super behind and so lots of other reviews have gone up, I personally just push through and post it, but that might not be the best idea really :-/. I dunno D: What do you think??

    • says

      Yep, I skip out when I feel I don’t have anything to add. What stinks is when you start feeling like that about reviews too. All of these comments have really helped me though. I agree that it’s the person’s views that make a blog interesting.
      I do that too–skipping a review if I don’t have to do it. A lot of times that allows me some freedom and relief. Plus, reading just for fun is amazing. I have done the pushing the review through too. I don’t know if that’s the best way or not. I’ve still not posted my TWC review because I’ve never gotten it written to where I was happy with it. I suppose, if I ever do I will post it. I won my copy so didn’t have to write a review though I loved it so much I’d like to.

    • says

      Mel you are right on! I’ve been taking the evenings off and just reading. It has been very enjoyable and lo and behold I’ve come up with a couple of posts I’d like to do! Slump no more!!

  13. says

    You most definitely are not alone. I go through reading and blogging slumps all the time these days. It’s been better since April joined up with me, though. Sometimes a break does help, but sometimes it just makes it that much harder to come back. I’m afraid that if I took a real hiatus from the blog, I’d give it up for good because FREEDOM! πŸ˜€

    I hope you get out of your slump soon or that a break helps you. I’ve missed all your thoughtful posts, though! Maybe try a new feature? Or maybe nitpick a topic to death? πŸ˜› April and I have a few discussion posts like that coming up…our opinions probably won’t be all that popular, but sometimes you just need to get it off your chest, ya know? I don’t know any tried-and-true way to break out of a slump, except forging my way through and taking no prisoners on my way. πŸ™‚ Best of luck to you!

    • says

      I imagine having a co-blogger does help. I guess that’s why so many people go that route. I’ve never really considered it but maybe I will. I’m with you, if I took a long hiatus I’m not sure I would make it back.

      You and I need to do another read-along. I wish there was a perfect book for us to read. We must figure something out πŸ™‚ Thank you Jen for your kind words and being such a great friend πŸ™‚

  14. says

    Yea you’re definitely not alone. I worry though if I take a break, then getting back into it is very hard. That’s why my personal blog is so neglected. So on the book blog I just keep posting, maybe changing up how often I review, maybe doing more memes, but making sure the posts still happen. Otherwise, I might stop completely heh.

    • says

      I worry about that too for an extended break. It would be so easy to stop after falling behind. I get overwhelmed when I miss a few days. I couldn’t fathom a month off. Perhaps I will go back to what I used to do…taking every Saturday off from social media and blogging. Thank you Julie!

  15. says

    I’m always struggling with the fact I need more original content. Then it feels like everything I come up with has been done. Now looking at this post I’m thinking I don’t mind seeing the same topic on different sites because everyone has different ideas.

    • says

      Thanks Jen! You know, I agree..I don’t mind seeing the same types of discussions or reviews. It’s the person and their views I’m interested in. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  16. says

    Maybe take one week off a month instead of of a couple weeks at a time? Give yourself a chance to recharge on a monthly basis so it doesn’t all build up into a huge slump? Idea-wise, maybe do something completely different from your usual, even if it has nothing to do with you blog? A random TV-show rant, or a gif dump or a Youtube video link? Eh, ideas. πŸ™‚ Good luck getting out of the slump!

    • says

      That’s a great idea Kel! I used to take Saturdays off ever week. I’d not check the blog or do a darn thing. Maybe I should go back to this…I didn’t slump back then so probably a good idea. Also a great idea about doing something totally different. Thank you so much Kel!

  17. says

    I so get you on this. And I am terrible at coming up with discussion posts so I often feel like my content is just… boring and repetitive. I’m trying to work through my latest reading slump and hopefully things will pick back up. I hope the same happens for you!

    • says

      I’ve never felt your content was boring! I think as bloggers we all feel like this at times though. It is so hard to think up anything new. But, I agree with everyone here–the person behind the blog is what draws me into reading the posts. it is less the topic and more the person and their views.

  18. says

    I know that feeling! I was really feeling like that last month, right before I took my vacation. I took a break for a while (I still had scheduled posts though) and I feel much better now! I’m still struggling with coming up with original things to post, though. Other than Life of a Blogger, I don’t really have any. It’s hard to stand out when there’s so many of us!
    I personally don’t mind reading the same subject on different blogs, because I like to see how different people view it! Everybody has something to bring to the table πŸ™‚

  19. says

    Ultimately it isn’t whether you’ve discussed something that a hundred other people have already discussed before – it doesn’t mean all of us have read those posts/discussions. And as Pili said above – there is a reason why specific people come back. Because of your unique voice. Some blogs are a dime a dozen and quickly fade away after a year. Just thinking about your slumps as a recharge you need to keep your staying power. I’d say take the time you need and do something else for a few days or a week and it makes a world of difference. Go make some more art! or build a lego model *chuckles*

  20. says

    Yeah, we’ve all been there. I feel like this is happening to a lot of people more frequently, too, so I wonder what’s affecting everyone individually. I’m sorry to hear you’re going through this, it’s never easy.

    I’m in a reading slump right now, and therefore also a reviewing slump. After being sick so long over the holidays (when I read almost nothing but adult romances), I never quite got back into my YA groove, and it’s been hard. It’s also been pretty busy offline, though, so I guess that’s part of it, too. We are working on a few things that make me excited, though–a project with authors that Kate and I are doing together, and then I’m really enjoying these classic readalongs we’re hosting. I’m actually reading more middle grade books because of it, and rereading more, too. So there’s that, at least? Hah. Doesn’t help my YA problem, though.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  21. Alyn Y says

    As a reader only, I can honestly say I get tired of seeing the same exact book on 10 blogs in one week. I’d look at a few of the reviews but I won’t look at all of them. If I see it 10 times, I’d probably look at about 5 of them if all of them are good reviews. I am actually more interested if I see a DNF because I want to see why someone did not finish the book. If those 10 reviews are spread out then I am more likely to read them and I am even more likely to stop by and look if it is a book that I have read too or really want to read.

    Sorry to hear that you are in that slump though. I guess I am in a slump myself. I usually stop by and visit blogs every day. I’ve been so busy reading, watching Netflix and working that I have had no time to drop by any blogs until now and as of right now I have 1732 posts to look through on Bloglovin. Fun fun fun!!

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