Lately, I feel like I haven’t really been focused on this blog, or at least, not to the extent that I was before. I was running out of ideas. I was running out of motivation. I got busy with other things like school and work. Not to mention reading books. I got into a blogging slump. To me a blogging slump is when I just don’t feel like blogging. When blogging becomes more work and less fun. When it becomes something that seems like a lot of work and a chore to do. To me, it usually happens when the things I listed above occur – no ideas, no motivation, and no time.
Blogging has always been an “extra” thing to me. Something to do for fun, not something that was really obligatory. What changed that? More followers. To me, more followers mean more people to impress and more pressure on me to find my unique place in this grand old blogosphere. I kind of let that get into my head. Blogging became more about creating new ideas and trying to get new followers instead of having fun like it was before. Whatever you do, DO NOT LET THE SAME THING HAPPEN TO YOU. Coming up with new ideas isn’t exactly easy and once I used the ones I’d come up with, I felt spent. I lost my motivation to keep blogging. Everything I posted afterwards seemed like BS and well, not exactly quality content. It didn’t help that I never have time for blogging. It has always been that way. Blogging has always been a thing I have had to make time for, but lately I have had no time. Actually, that’s not quite true. I just lacked the motivation to make time. Plus I have other projects I’m working on. (Did I mention I’m creating a book tour company called North Stars Book Tours, with Cal at Read Books and Live Green?)
Now, if anyone had come to me with this problem, I would have told them to take a break, a mini hiatus, if you will. I intend to follow my own advice. Although, I’m not quite sure how that will work out since I have had difficulties do that in the past. Anyways, to follow my own advice, I will be taking a little break, just a teeny one. Don’t worry, I still have things planned up until Christmas and I plan to be back right after the New Year. Memes will probably still get posted, and probably nothing else (if I can stay away).
Tips for new bloggers? If you get into a blogging slump, just take a tiny break. Don’t feel your alone, because many other bloggers get into slumps also. And don’t let blogging become something it’s not. It’s not all about getting the most followers or the more ARC’s so don’t be focused on those as much as enjoying it and having fun.
For those who have been in blogging slumps, I want to know…
How do you avoid getting into one in the first place?
How do you get into one?
How do you get out of one?