I don't know what I'd call what I've been experiencing since the summer, but it does seem that I'm slowly emerging from whatever it is...was. Rut...slump. It wasn't that I didn't want to blog, I definitely did and still do. And it wasn't that I didn't want to read, I never stopped. I think a lot of it was that I just didn't want to formulate my thoughts and physically type them out. I contemplated making vlogs instead, but ugh...there's a lot of work involved in that too.
My blogging...um, slowdown started when I got back from New Orleans in June. I was there for about 10 days and it was a wonderful trip that combined the World Horror Convention and then a vacation with a friend. I really never want to return from NOLA, so when I got home, I decided I wanted to recreate a version of the beautiful gardens and plantlife that spill from balconies and are abundant in almost every corner. In the past, my gardening and plant keeping efforts have resulted in dry, dusty, dead plants or hurt limbs (the plant's and my own). But I wanted my NOLA garden dammit. I spent a lot of time researching, planting and taking care of my new project. The result was a lovely little garden that made me happy, but at the same time, I just slowed down blogging significantly, which left me feeling guilty. It wasn't just the garden that was keeping me busy. My husband and I would often take walks with our dog or go out for ice cream. September and the start of the school year brought a very busy work load. October is my own personal uber busy month due to Halloween festivities and with all my commitments, it was hard to keep up with everything I wanted to do on the blog.
The other issue is work. Lately, after sitting in front of computer all day, I just don't want to sit in front of one when I get home.
Myself, Karen from What It's Worth and Jennifer from the Book Den were lamenting about our blogging situation one evening. Karen simply took August off. Here is just a snippet of our conversation.
Jennifer summed it up and although I can't find the original Tweet, she basically stated that she is so over writing reviews in the same way. I think that was my problem too, plus the self imposed rules that many bloggers set upon themselves. I had gotten into a habit of posting a book review two times a week. When I couldn't keep that up, I became frustrated and disillusioned. Also, I felt that my reviews were stale. I felt that I was writing the same review, but it was just for different stories and characters. I tried to make sure that I included certain elements, like characterization, plot, writing and narration when it called for it. I started to feel as if I were writing school assignments. Bleh.
I feel like I am slowly (very slowly) coming out of this rut. I don't know if it's because winter is approaching and it's the time to hunker down inside, if I just feel I have more time, I'm more in the mood or what. I'm also finding myself reading other blogs more now and chatting on Twitter. I know I have loyal readers, and of course I would love more, but I can't put that pressure on myself or worry or feel guilty. It's just silly in a way. I started my blog for fun and I need to keep it that way. I don't call my best friend every day to talk about books or even twice a week. When I finish a book and we're together I talk about it. So, when I finish a book and I want to write about it, I will. My reviews may be shorter, and maybe even less frequent until I can get in my 2 book a week groove again. But hopefully, I'll get there and if I don't I'm telling myself I can't stress about it. (Maybe I still will a little.) I also think I'll stop biting off more than I can chew. That means less challenges for 2014, less Read-a-thons, less blog hops. I already have a couple of my own that I want to continue. Of course, this may change depending on all the pretty buttons and the excitement of joining events.
I know I've been lacking in the blogging department lately especially when compared with other blogs. But it doesn't mean I want to stop. I just have to make some adjustments. I didn't know all the cool things I would inevitibly experience when I first started and who knows where my blogging endeavors will lead me from this point on, but I do know that I'm going to try to...
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