A blogging slump

I have to admit I never thought this would happen. I’ve had reading slumps before and my life is choc full of writer’s block, but to not be able to blog? Generally in the past any reasons I didn’t blog was lack of time, lack of internet, or I was struggling with reading or writing but this was totally new to me. In a time where I thought I was actually nicely cruising along on the blogging front, blogging quite regularly, and reading away (I won’t say I was keeping on top of all I WANTED to read, but I was enjoying books I’d meant to read some time ago) I sat down to blog with a few books on my mind that I wanted to gush about, and I simply sighed. I sat there, looking at the screen, and it just seemed like too much. I can’t explain it, which is probably why I shouldn’t be blogging about it(!)

The thing is, I have a number of blogging commitments coming up so I HAVE to blog now and yet the thought of adding images, copying and pasting blurbs, adding links … it seems hard. Incidentally it coincides with a time I’m flying through books I’m enjoying and loving writing (working on edits for book 2 and writing book 3 with ease at the moment) and I’m wondering if that’s it. Can you really not have it all? Is it too much to ask for all to be chugging along nicely? Is this the pleasure/ pain thing? Because we’ve all been sick in this house and yet I’ve kept my head up (down) and kept working, so it’s not as if it’s been total sailing! All answers on a postcard to … no, I’m joking (although any answers in the comment section would be definitely appreciated!)

Berni

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Hi I'm Berni and I live in the Midlands of Ireland with my brilliantly out there husband, four great little men and four cats! I write sunshiny, feel good romantic comedies and chick lit. You may have come here expecting a book blog. Hopefully you won't mind joining me for various musings on my rom com and chick lit books and series. There'll still be some reviews of course, and you can always look over the hundreds I've blogged about over the years. See you inside!

24 thoughts on “A blogging slump

  1. Think we all have those at times. Other than things you are committed to, I’d just read to enjoy the other books and don’t blog about them until you are ready to about about books again.

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  2. Having to blog is hard. I am in this situation. I have taken engagements and I need to read books for tours and all and it’s starting to take the fun out of it, especially as I have no time to blog hop and visit my favorites so I feel bad about posting without interacting. I have decided to take a step back, reading comes before blogging and I must find a way to get rid of the guilt. Do what makes you happy, don’t worry about the rest, what should be will be!

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    1. I took a bit of time off social media and blogs and did find it upped my reading, but it may be the ‘having to’ blog because of commitments that’s killing it for me, I don’t really know! I’m nothing like other bloggers in terms of taking part in blog tours or taking on commitments, I find them too stressful, so I don’t know if this is it. I guess I’m just terrified that it’s one or the other, I’m never going to reach a happy medium with both, or even worse that I’ll end up giving up blogging totally (which has, scarily enough, crossed my mind). Hope the fun rushes back in with a whoosh for you!

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  3. I agree with the above comments. Blogging is supposed to be fun but sometimes the thought of putting posts together does get overwhelming. I like to be ahead of my self with reviews and keep a few aside so I’m not racing to catch up. And I’ve drastically cut down review requests to give me chance to read my own books. Hope you get back to a good place 🙂 x

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    1. Thanks, Cathy, I had a good run of being ahead of things so I could do just that, but it’s funny now that when I’m getting to read more than ever, I just sit and stare at the screen and then turn to something else instead. I could be light years ahead if I didn’t, it’s infuriating! But hopefully …

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  4. I found once I stopped doing huge amounts of blog tours it helped, I may do one or two a month, but it means I can read what I want when I want. I also stopped posting everyday again I post when I want and if I don’t feel up to it I don’t post at all. It works for me as like you at one point all the enjoyment went out of blogging, but now I’m in control I feel more relaxed about it all x x

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    1. I’ve always been in awe of the amount you do, Lorraine! I don’t take part in too much myself, because it really stresses me out to not put things out fairly soon-I have a list in my head of things to check off and if I have a blog tour that’s weeks down the line, I can’t stop thinking of just getting it posted (my personality type doesn’t quite suit blogging;)) Funnily enough this slump comes just as I’m reading books I’ve been talking about reading for the last three years, and I’ve enjoyed some great ones in the last few weeks, but when I go to write about them I just sigh and do something else instead. Am hoping it’ll turn around though …

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  5. Oh I think we’ve all been there at some point, I know when I get like that I just take a step back from the blog and give myself the break I must need, can be stressful when you know you have commitments coming up but take the time you need and you’ll get back into a flow soon x

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  6. I think we all go through this from time to time. I’m convinced it has a lot to do with having too much on our plates and not saying ‘no’ often enough. Then we get behind, and it is even more difficult to get back to it. At times, it is exhausting just thinking about posting a blog. And if you’ve had sickness in your house, well, that, in itself, is exhausting enough. I think you need to prioritize and reschedule anything you don’t have to do now. If you need to take a break from blogging, we will all be here when you get back (if we aren’t taking a break 😉).
    Take it easy, read a good book (one you don’t have to review), and get on with your edits and writing and when you’re ready, come back fresh and eager to post again. Love and hugs. ♥️♥️

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    1. The biggest hug, Michelle, thanks for that! (reading ‘How Not to be Happy’ by Eva Woods at the moment-is nice to be reading with no necessary date hanging over my head, just dropping in and then putting down when I’ve other stuff to do)

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