Discussion- Another Blogging Slump?

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I’ll admit it- I’ve been feeling a tad down lately.

Hi there. Today I thought I’d talk again about my blogging slumps. I’ve been at this now for 2 years and 9 months. Looking back I thought it would be interesting to pin point where in my blogging career I had a slump and see if anyone else has suffered near the same times.

Slump 3 months in

My first slump hit about my 3 months into blogging. The honeymoon and excitement tamed a tiny bit and I started to feel a tad less enthused. This was a really short lived dip and I remember coming back from it feeling incredibly motivated.

I hit another meh point about 1 year into it but I think that was due more to the holidays (happened in November) and like the first this was very quickly over and I was back ready to rock out posts and review ALL the books.

Slump about a year and half

My next slump hit around April 2014 (I know this because of this post) At this point I felt that I didn’t have any new ideas to present to the community and my readers. I think at this point I felt like I was just one little ripple in such a huge ocean. I couldn’t ever fathom my opinion or words to matter.

Slump at 1 year 9 months

I wrote about blogging slumps again at 1 year and 9 months (IRONIC one year ago!) I literally wrote this a year ago (minus one day)! Are my slumps predicable?? At this point I felt like my blogger self esteem was super low and again that I had nothing new to present to my readers. And I had a feeling of boredom. I wasn’t as excited or passionate about anything I was reading or writing. I asked you guys what you did when you had low blog self esteem.

Slump at 2 year 9 months

Here I am a year later and again I’m feeling less than stellar about things. This go around I DO feel like reading. I’ve been reading some great books and I’m not at all in a reading rut. But, when it comes to writing those reviews I’m feeling at a loss for words. I stare at my computer and have little to type. I feel like I have a lot of opinions about the books but it just seems impossible to get them all out in the written word. tumblr_myxvw8DzRK1rkeh8to2_500

I’ve not been on social media as often and I feel like maybe I’ve missed things? I don’t know. I just feel a bit disconnected from everything right now. I know for a fact I’m not alone in having these dips in passion and productivity.

I wonder, do you feel like there are certain points of a blogger’s career where it’s common to have a slump?

Will I have another next September?? Seems pretty amusing that I was slumping last year at this same point.

Comments

  1. says

    I am kind of in a slump right now. You are never alone. I went on a little hiatus when I bought my first house and moved and I have been back for a month now but I am still having trouble coming up with any original content for my blog! It is kind of frustrating.

    Good luck with your slump. It shall pass.

  2. says

    I often find myself in a blogging slump during uni semesters, because assignments and things start to get in the way. Also, I read considerably less, so less reviews to write.
    The problem I’m having at the moment is that I have quite a few posts that are almost ready to post…but I don’t have time to finish them properly, so I don’t want to post them yet. It’s driving me nuts.

  3. heidi heilig says

    Not a blogger but i do go through writing slumps! I tend to feel I have nothing to say in August, but when gloomy weather and darker evenings hit, I’m off like a shot for whatever reason. I wonder if you’re the opposite? Do things pick up in summer? I hope they pick up soon for whatever reason 🙂 <3

  4. says

    I’m in the honeymoon slump. It’s kind of because I’m traveling Europe too, but mostly as I’ve lost that enthusiasm I had when I first started. I’m excited to return home and start reading/blogging some more though. I think breaks are needed sometimes to freshen the brain.

  5. says

    I kind of wonder sometimes if slumps come at the end of years because we’re all winding down and a bit exhausted? I DON’T KNOW. XD But I have seen a lot of bloggers admitting to slumps and just being burnt out and retracting for a bit. I’m not slumping, per se, but I feel soooo stretched at the moment. D: Just trying to keep up with comments and posts and reading and writing and gAH. So yeah. I feel like it’s a bit of an end-of-year-wind-down for me. I’m impressed you remember all the dates and times of your slumps though. 😉 And I hope you kick this one really soon!

  6. says

    Ugh, yes! I feel like my slumps hit whenever school gets really busy and I don’t even have the energy to be creative. Honestly, I feel like I’m still in the middle of a long one. Partly it’s lack of energy, and partly it’s feeling like my blog is getting stale and I need to do something NEW. But I’m not totally sure what.

    C.J.
    Sarcasm & Lemons

  7. says

    Aw, Kristen, I love how you took a look back at your other slumps to see if there was a pattern or anything. But they don’t seem to make sense at all, at least not for me. I mean, I think there might be certain points. I definitely feel that a year after you’re blogging, you’ll probably slump a little. That newness starts to wear off, and you’ve been at it for that long and you need to figure out where to go from there (most people probably start thinking about direction and change during the anniversaries). For me, I seem to be getting more slumps now than ever, and I’m in one right now that was a combination of personal and this community. But I think, I think I’m getting out of it. My philosophy right now is just post what I want. What I REALLY want, posts I’m excited about, ones that didn’t feel like homework. No more “filler” posts or ones that felt like I didn’t put a lot of effort into them because I didn’t care. I want to put out quality posts, and I think that’s been a major help right now, especially after I let myself “break” and told myself I didn’t have to rush to get things published.

    Anyway, enough about me! I sincerely hope you come out of this slump refreshed and more passionate about blogging than before because it’s really no fun being in one.

  8. says

    I feel like my blogging slumps always come with my reading slumps. These past few weeks, I haven’t had time to read, and with that has come a blogging slump. But now I think I’m getting back there, both blogging and reading wise. Summers usually are more active for me than the rest of the year, but I have been trying my best to stay active because at the end of the day, this whole blogging and reading thing gives me so much pleasure.

  9. Jess @ Reading Nook Reviews says

    I love how thoughtful your posts are, and you are absolutely not alone. I think Cait actually had a good point – slumps seem to occur a lot as we’re getting closer to the end of the year, and we’re feeling burnt out as a result.

    Don’t push yourself to work through reviews. 🙂 Relax, enjoy the books that you have, and you’ll feel ready to come out of the slump when you’re ready.

  10. says

    Hi sweet girl. <3 I have been feeling down lately too. So depressing 🙁 It sucks. But I do love writing my reviews 🙂 But I still haven't found up a new blogger thing to blog about once a week. Sad face. Only have IMM and WoW. And my Cress Tuesday posts, but those will end when Winter is published. So I must come up with something new 🙂 But I'm not creative at all, and that just sucks. Ugh. But anyway. I don't blame you for having blogging slumps sometimes. <3 Just wanted you to know that you are awesome and I love your blog and I love your posts too 🙂 Thank you for sharing. <3

  11. says

    I’m so sorry you feel this way because being in a blogging slump is such a weird feeling. The weird thing is, it seems like quite a few people are in them right now. Even I feel like I’m in a slump, too. I’m usually able to get about 25 posts up a month, but lately, I just feel like everyone has already said what I want to say. That scares me a lot because I know how volatile it’s been on social media lately, and I do not want to be accused of stealing someone’s idea.

    I also feel like I’ve gotten ahead of myself because I’ve been reading a lot of my late October and November ARCs, and I’m out of material for reviews. I just hate posting a review earlier than two weeks before the book comes out, so I have all of these scheduled reviews, but nothing on tap for now.

    That being said, I kind of like it. I feel like what I do post is more original and it makes me feel better about myself. I keep trying to remind myself that it’s not about how many posts I get up a month, but how I feel about them once I publish them. I want to be proud of my blog, and when things are slow for me, everything is usually of better quality.

  12. says

    I think I’ve hit my first major slump! I’m hardly reading at all these days, barely on social media, and blogging at the bare minimum. It’s mainly because I’m so busy in “real life” and I have big things going on that are taking up all my time/brain space. I know I need to start picking up books more, but… I just don’t feel like it! And writing a review? That sounds not so fun right now. :/
    I hope you’re able to get out of your slump soon! But I think it happens to every blogger at some point. 3 years is a long time!

  13. says

    I think I know how you feel, though in a different way. This semester at uni has been by far the busiest, as I 1) upped my credit load, 2) upped my hours at my job and 3) continued my research position from the lab I’d been in over the summer. Reviews just seem to take waaay too long to write. -_- I’ve done all kinds of subtle changes to my review schedule and it’s worked wonders so far! While I find that reading the books aren’t too time-consuming, writing a review is now taking me FOREVER – a problem I never used to have! But again, making some small changes to some blogging/reviewing habits has really helped *me* out. I haven’t gone on hiatus or been a blogging slump yet, but I think I might take some time off this December! Maybe. 😀

    Anyway. I doubt anything I just said will be helpful but just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone! Have a great week, Kristen. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  14. Samantha says

    I’m right with you there on the blog slumps. I find that a writing slump will occur if I’ve read a book and only have medicore feelings about it. The okay-ness is hard to put into words and make something that is worth putting out there on the Internet. As a result, all the reviews I do end up publishing are on the extremes of either rave reviews or “this book should die”. Oh well, what can ya do.

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