Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Reading and Blogging Slumps: How to Overcome!

 
 
As Book Bloggers, we all share a mutual passion: Books! We love to read and we love to talk about what we are reading...But, blogging can come with it's share of frustrations. Such as:
 
  • Keeping things fresh
  • Having something to talk about
  • Making the time to blog
  • Keeping with comments and social media
  • etc. 
Sometimes, blogging can feel like a job or a chore. And that's no fun! Blogging should be fun. When I finish reading a book, or have something I really want to share, I can't wait to turn to my blog and talk with you guys! But, what happens when we don't have something new to say? Or we've been in a reading slump and haven't been reading anything. Kinda makes Book Blogging a little bit stressful!
 
As much as I love reading, there have been times where I've fallen in a reading slump. Either I have a lot on my plate and don't have much time to read, or I just can't keep interested in anything. And I'm sure I am not alone in this regard. I love my book blogging community and have seen many posts regarding reading slumps. So, it got me thinking: How do I dig myself out of a slump? Well, I am here to share a few things that have worked for me in the past, and I'll also throw in how I tackle my blogging slumps as well, because, they go hand in hand.
 
Tackling a Reading Slump
 
Take a break! Sometimes, that is all it takes. Just a little break from reading. I know, it may sound crazy but if you find yourself disinterested or just unmotivated to pick up that book. Then just leave it aside for a bit and take a little break. Usually a couple days/up to a week works for me!
 
Re-read one of your all-time favourites. Whenever I am suffering from a reading slump, sometimes all it takes is a re-read of an old favourite or even just reading a favourite passage from that book.
 
Rearrange your bookshelf. This may make you say "huh?." But, it works for me. When I find that I have no desire to read, I will refresh/reface my bookshelves. Sometimes I forget what great books I have, and how many books I have waiting to be read! Pulling these books out, flipping them open, perusing them...It definitely sparks the reading juices!
 
Visit your local library or even a bookstore. Just being in the presence of all those books is enough to do it. Being in a space with other people that share the same love for reading as you do.
 
Tackling a Blogging Slump
 
Again, take a break. Put a little announcement on your blog just letting your lovely followers that you are stepping away for a little while. I usually like to include an open timeline. Nothing is worse than visiting some of your favourite blogs only to eventually find out they aren't active. A nice little message just keeping them in the loop is a nice, considerate approach.
 
Visit some of your favourite blogs! I love surfing the web for new blogs, and visiting old favourites. And it goes beyond Books! Sometimes all it takes it a great blog post to inspire you, or to get those blogging ideas flowing.
 
Get personal. I always find it's great to learn more about the blogger behind the blog. So, when you've hit a blogging slump and don't know what to talk about. Why not write a post to share a little bit about you?
 
 Talk about it! There have been times when I've been in a blogging slump, and just simply blogging about that slump has been enough to fix it. You are getting it off your chest and letting your fellow readers/bloggers know that they are not alone when it comes to these slumps.
 
...These have been the most helpful things for me when dealing with reading and blogging slumps. Have you suffered a reading and/or blogging slump? What are some of your tips to getting out of it? Comment, share on Facebook, or Tweet me!
 
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