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Reasons for Blogging Slumps. #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #Blogger #Bloggers #Blogpost #Blog #Blogs

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Today I’m looking at blogging slumps. When you think about blogging and end up asking yourself WTF am I doing?! Questioning, why do I even bother?! And, wondering who cares about my opinions and reads my guff anyway?!

You just want to turn and walk away from your blog, the sight, sound and thought of it are repugnant to you. Making you come over all queasy and gag at the thought of blogging. You lack any motivation to blog, enthusiasm for blogging and that little voice in the back of your head tells you to delete, delete, delete.

I think slumps are something that a lot of bloggers go through at one time or another. So, let’s look at the reasons for a blogging slump:

Time.

Life gets in the way as everything takes time. Work, marriage, a relationship, kids, a job, chores, other hobbies and boring mature adult stuff that all need doing all take time and there are only 24 hours in a day.

Blogging also takes time, in some cases a lot of time and while you might want to keep blogging you may well find that time and life is against you. As blogging is a hobby (for most) you then end up having to put your blog on the back burner to keep up with all the other things. Then, when you do have the time to blog you might decide that you really aren’t bothered about it after all.

Life changes.

No, not the (crappy) Good Charlotte song that I had the displeasure to hear on music TV the other day, shudders!

You might have gone through changes in your personal life and now find that you don’t have time for blogging. That due to your circumstances changing that blogging isn’t important and just isn’t a priority to you. Or, that you simply (if something bad happens in your life) can’t be bothered to blog anymore.

Illness.

If you are ill (anything from a cold and a virus to the deadly man flu to a genuinely serious illness or accident) then you won’t be thinking about your blog only your health and getting better. Your recovery = important, your blog = unimportant and when you are better you might find that you aren’t as bothered by blogging as you once were.

Inspiration, inspiration, where for art thou inspiration?

Not everyone is a fountain of inspiration who can churn out blog post idea after blog post idea after blog post idea and write blog post after blog post after blog post.

Low stats.

Yes, that dreaded word stats! Well, if we are getting technical then it’s a dreaded abbreviation and statistics is the dreaded word!

Stats are something that we really shouldn’t bother about but predominantly, at some time or another most of us will. I personally think it’s the sort of thing that can’t be helped and even if you do your best to ignore them. On occasion, you’ll glimpse them or curiosity will get the better of you and you’ll check them out and see how your blog is doing.

Unfortunately, if your stats aren’t as good as you thought they were going to be or you think that they should be then that can lead to a slump in blogging.

You put effort into a post (or posts) and hope it will do well and then, when it doesn’t it sucks and you find yourself asking what is the point in blogging if no-one is reading your posts.

Lack of recognition and relevance.

It can get tiring when you see the same blogs referenced by people over and over again and repeatedly praised. The blogs that are established and whose name people know (even if they hardly ever put out content or don’t blog anymore but they always get acknowledged as a great blog by their fellow bloggers, peers, authors and publishers) massive congratulations to them, they got their name out there and they made it, but! There’s no reason not to allow the smaller blogs the chance at the same just because they have fewer followers.

Regardless of size, we are all relevant and a small following doesn’t make you a bad blogger or your view on a book any less relevant than those of the larger blogs.

It often feels like those few same blogs have a monopoly and you and your blog stand no chance of being recognised. You just want someone to write ‘yeah, that blog is great‘. Or ‘that blog is well worth checking out‘. Or ‘it’s a fantastic review‘. Or ‘that blogger is really good‘. Or to see your blog on a list of the top blogs. Or to see a quote from one of your reviews used in a book a press release or a promotional graphic. Or just something as small and simple (it’s often the little things that can alter your perception) as an author or publisher sharing your review on their SM but no, alas, it’s often the same blogs time and time again.

We don’t do this for recognition but when you put the work into maintaining and running a blog sometimes, being recognised would be nice and would make you feel good about your blog.

Yes, becoming established takes time but even after putting in that time many blogs aren’t what you would call established and remain unknown to most.

I’ll also mention new bloggers too. Those blogs that come out of nowhere and absolutely kill it with follower counts and stats becoming mega popular in a short space of time. Massive praise to them (they are obviously doing something right) but when you’ve been blogging for a while (years) and you struggle to achieve anything, languishing with low numbers and no recognition then it can feel like you aren’t relevant, that you are getting left behind and that you are lost in the maelstrom of forgotten bloggers for the cool new blogs.

Blogging cliques.

You’ve spent a ton of time on other people’s sites, liking, commenting, sharing and being involved in the community and the bloggers don’t respond or reciprocate. In return for you supporting them they don’t repay the favour. They don’t read your blog, share your posts or acknowledge your blogs existence like you’d hoped. They ignore you and you never get anything back.

They have their own clique and stick to it. Or, if you don’t like that term then you find that bloggers have their own groups because they all started around the same time, have been doing it longer or those that seem to think that they are ‘better’ than others.

Sure, everyone has their blogging friends and blogs/bloggers that they prefer over others (due to the personality of the blogger, similar reading tastes, etc) but there are also cliques in the community too. If you want to be popular and you try to ingratiate yourself into the cliques and fail then this could lead to a slump as you find yourself ignored.

Everyone always goes on about the blogging community but what if you don’t become part of it? Say, try as you might that you end up on the outside looking in. That you hoped to make some genuine friends from blogging who you can email and DM and that when you don’t you find blogging to be far more solitary than you had imagined it would be.

Blogging isn’t fun anymore.

Blogging is a hobby and you have a hobby because you enjoy doing it. If you don’t enjoy it then you don’t do it, simples. Instead, you either move on to something else that you do enjoy (gaming, TV, film, sports, etc) or you try something new.

If you lose your blogging smile and the enjoyment that you once found in having a blog then you will lose your motivation to blog. Blogging should be fun and if it isn’t well, you won’t want to do it.

A blog is hard work.

Having and running a blog is hard work. You have to read, you have to write book reviews, you have to write various other blog posts, you have to draft up your reviews and posts, you have to have a blogging schedule (yeah, that doesn’t happen for me), you have to post regularly, you have to have an SM presence, you need to blog hop, you need to create graphics, you need to take photos (if you are on bookstagram) and, of course, there are deadlines for ARC’s too (yeah, that doesn’t happen for me either, if I read a book before the release date then cool, if not, the world won’t end) and it is all pressure involved with having a blog.

Issues with authors (and/or other bloggers).

You have a book blog because you love reading and you want to share that love of books. You blog in your free time and as the majority of blogger’s don’t get paid for it either, you do it for free. If you (sadly, it happens) get hassle from authors (or other bloggers, not really happened to me apart from a few taking offence to a few things I’ve written but I’ve read about it happening to others) then you could get into a slump as you might well question what is the point in giving up your free time to blog, to help authors out and to promote them if there’s a chance you’ll get hassle over it.

Let’s be honest, it’s just not nice to get hassle over something when it is unwarranted. Now, in the interest of fairness, I will say that the majority of authors are all fantastic to work with so it’s only a very small minority who treat bloggers poorly and don’t value them but they are out there. If you do get treated like crap, then, from personal experience it does make you feel like you can’t be bothered with blogging and running your blog.

You think your writing sucks.

If you lack confidence in your writing and you find that you are constantly questioning the quality of your reviews, your posts and what you write then it could get to the stage where it goes from something that you are simply ‘thinking’ to something that actually affects your blog and your blogging.

You tire of thinking that everything you post is poor quality, reading, re-reading, editing, changing, editing and changing again and even after posting you still aren’t happy with it and that compared to others what you write just isn’t good enough.

Yes, I’m fully aware that you shouldn’t compare yourself to others but as night follows day it happens. If you then find your own content lacking it will make you feel crap about your blog and you won’t want to post.

Hell, if you do struggle with confidence in what you post then comparing yourself to others is irrelevant as you already think you post crap without including or worrying about others in the equation and thusly, you are your own worst enemy anyway and no-one wants to feel like that.

Reading slumps.

If you’re not reading then there’s a chance that you won’t be blogging. Obviously, the two aren’t mutually exclusive and many people who are in a reading slump will still be blogging (possibly even more so) as they won’t be spending their time reading and ergo, they will have more free time for blogging.

But, if you aren’t reading then you may not want to blog either as the reason you have a book blog is that you are a reader.

You can’t be bothered to blog.

Maybe there is no discernable reason for your blogging slump. Perhaps, it is simply that your motivation to blog has gone AWOL and it can be summed up in the single sentence ‘you just can’t be bothered to blog‘.


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69 thoughts on “Reasons for Blogging Slumps. #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #Blogger #Bloggers #Blogpost #Blog #Blogs

  1. Very interesting and I think very true, I think everyone hits slumps eventually and that’s ok, there’s no pressure (or there shouldn’t be) to be 100% , 100% of the time, taking beaks or posting once or twice a month *cough* is fine while you recharge, I think most readers and bloggers understand this x

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  2. I had a terrible slump last summer and seriously felt like giving up for the different reasons you mentioned above. I climbed out of it though and I’m still here. I try hard not to compare myself to other bloggers and their blogs but it can be quiet hard sometimes as we don’t get much feedback do we?

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  3. I actually care less about stats than I thought I would (I’m one of those little blogs that doesn’t get many views). But I enjoy the challenge of writing a good review – it makes me think about the book more as I’m reading it and I have one lovely friend who buys quite a few books I blog about! Having said that, I have felt under a lot of pressure recently to get posts out on time which has felt a little stressful. I think I just need to find that work/life/blog balance

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  4. Great post! I totally agree with all the points. This is something every blogger experience at some point. In my case life gets in the way. First pregnancy then kid… I don’t call it slump as it’s not like I’m not interested anymore, I just don’t have that much time to read and write regularly. But that’s ok as family comes first.

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  5. Wise words Drew. Another great blog post.
    I’ve had the slumps you describe for various reasons but at the moment I’m enjoying blogging again.
    The blogging community is great and supportive and I think without the support I just wouldn’t have carried on.

    Caryl

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  6. I certainly have blogging slumps, in fact, more slump time than blogging time but I always seem to come back to it. I was planning to avoid burnout by only posting twice a week but have started doing blogmas and am posting every day, I can’t help myself.

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  7. Great post. It is a fine line between reading for pleasure and reading to a deadline and I although I love blogging I’m taking a 2 week break from it over Christmas and New Year to recharge my batteries a bit. I am finding it more difficult to write reviews and I think I need to get the creative juices flowing again so I don’t start to resent it.

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  8. Nice post! I tried starting up my blog in 2016 on blogspot, but then the holidays got in the way. Then last year I was into it again until life happened from October- January. New job, moved three different locations in three weeks, broken hearing aid, got rear ended, car was totaled, spent weeks car shopping and getting that taken care of and then boom it was the holidays.

    This year November came around and I just couldn’t be bothered because this time of the year makes me just want to take a break for whatever reason. I was in a hiatus in November, now I am thinking I want to be in one on December. I don’t care much about stats since I was invisible on Blogspot and got used to that feeling there. That’s not saying I don’t love the blogging community, I do very much. I just got used to not being obsessed with statistics right away if that makes sense.

    Nice post!

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      1. There’s just so many Hallmark Christmas movies to watch and family time too. 😀 Though last year I ended up being alone for the holidays so I had more reading time instead of family time. And cake. I bought cake for myself too. 😉

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  9. Good post Drew, I have discovered the benefits of “quiet days” work for me. These are days when I take a complete break from all social media platforms,accept when Im on a blog tour. They help keep me out of the slump, also cutting back on blog tours has helped a huge amount.
    Stats haven’t really bothered me, I occasionally glance at followers and how many people have seen my posts, but I have not got caught up with them too much.

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  10. Totally agree with this mate. I’m in a right slump. I’ve been forcing myself to read a book. When I’d love to pick up a book and indulge myself it wonders of what’s been writtien. I’m just going to stop stressing about it and let it come back naturally.

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      1. Cheers mate. It’s kind of good to know I’m not the only one. I will be back soon. It makes me not want to do it if I’m forcing myself. I’m gradually getting there.

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  11. Ok, I admit I laughed a bit at the part about people praising “big” blogs that barely even post anymore. It’s definitely a thing! And there are times I do think there are a lot of smaller bloggers with great content getting overlooked, and I try to boost them when I can.

    My blogging slumps definitely come from feeling as if my blog’s not going anywhere. My stats are pretty decent for a book blog, so I can’t complain there, but there are days when I feel like no one’s reading or really engaging (getting comments completely unrelated to what I wrote…), and I feel a bit down about it. But I usually come back because I do like writing and sharing my thoughts, and stats really aren’t all that matters, even though a lot of us do care about them.

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    1. It is a thing. I’ve seen it a few times in the fantasy blogging community. Big blogs was possibly the wrong description, I was being nice to them, some are big, others no but yeah, it happens and OK, the reviews are often great but the smaller blogs often have great reviews too and their content is just as good but gets overlooked.

      Very true, stats aren’t all that matters and a lot of us do care about them. I think it can’t be helped, it is how it is regarding them and even if it’s only very occasional due to them being figures most will have a look at them. My issue is when I check them because I think I’ve written something good and thought that the post would be popular and inevitably when I check it isn’t.😂 Serves me right for checking I guess.

      I think my stats are OK too, even decent and I remember your survey and the results and mine hold up to the figures on that.

      I get what you mean about your blog not going anywhere too, I sometimes feel mine is going backwards and gets less interaction, etc than it previously did and it makes you think but as well, I like having a blog and that’s what really matters.👍

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  12. Great post, Drew! Totally agree with all those reasons. I think the main reasons for me are that I’m too tired to think straight, or I haven’t lately finished a book and can’t think of any topics that aren’t reviews, or (the biggest one) that no one’s bothering to comment on my posts! For some reason I get downhearted when I get no comments on a post even if there are likes. But I tell myself I’m blogging to practice my writing, and of course I have a lot of ‘silent’ email subscribers who may well be enjoying my content!

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    1. Thinking up topics is really hard! Some go on about original content and topics constantly posting more than one each week and I have months between that type of content.😂

      Yeah, the comments thing, I get that.👍 I think unless you are one of the mega popular bloggers then you don’t get many comments especially on reviews though that ties in with the genre too as YA reviews seem to be popular and get comments. I think in general that people don’t know what to say in comments for reviews, my blog is like tumbleweeds for comments on reviews but then content like this gets comments. Blogging is a funny old game.😂

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      1. The topics thing is why there are so many tags and awards etc going around – it gives bloggers something to write without needing to think of new ideas 🙂

        It’s difficult to like and comment on all the blogs that I follow, in fact it’s impossible – so I have to be selective, and I assume that’s how it is for most other people.

        Well done, this post has done brilliantly!

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  13. Great post, Drew and some really good points. I’ve had a couple blogging slumps myself, and do occasionally think about stats, but I always try and remember that blogging is a hobby and definitely not something to get stressed about.

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  14. I guess the reason that most resonates with me is the one you labeled “too much work”: when book blogging (or any other kind of blogging) starts feeling like *work*, I think all the fun inherent in the activity goes down the drain. Feeling “obligated” to post might be as detrimental to our blogging… spirit as any other reason, if not more: to keep blogging we must keep the “fun level” high and enjoy what we’re doing.
    Because, let’s face it, having fun is what truly matters here… 🙂

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  15. I hear you about the recognition thing. I had to struggle with this when a blogger appeared on the scene early this year, got twice as many followers as me, had likes and comments out the wazoo and they were reviewing very similar books to me. They weren’t into the YA scene, they just had that online charisma. And then bam, they stopped posting and have disappeared.

    Hope you can get your mojo back…

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    1. Thanks, I do too. Possibly in the new year, after Christmas time as it is rather hectic and busy at work, etc. If not, it’s too bad, doubt I’ll stop completely but I might cut back on posts and just let the blog tick over until I get my mojo back.

      Ah, yeah, I have come across a few bloggers like that too. Some I can understand how they got so popular so quickly but with others, no, baffling. Then again, blogging can be a weird old game at times! 🙂

      Ah, you mention the YA scene. Yeah, I think if we all wanted to be popular then that is the genre to read and review but I’d rather keep with the books I enjoy than read that stuff, nothing against it, it’s just not for me.

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  16. All of the above. lol I also just get burned out, plain and simple. I take breaks often and I don’t give a shit about my stats anymore. I started blogging 7 years ago, before it was the “cool” thing to do. I did it for me at first, but after awhile I stressed about content and quality and all that crap. Now, I don’t. I’ve come full circle and I’m happy again. Or as happy as I can be with Life throwing shitty things at me.

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    1. Lol, is blogging the cool thing to do then?!? 🙂 I get what you mean though, I bet there wasn’t as many bloggers 7 years ago. Hell, I started nearly 3 years ago and there are so many more now than then.

      Yeah, totally agree with getting burned out, I think that is similar to me and my just can’t be bothered as I often struggle to put an actual reason on it other than I can’r be arsed! lol Dedicated blogger, I am not! 😉

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  17. All pretty valid reasons!
    I think i’m lucky. Never really had issues with other bloggers or authors and so far only came across really nice people 🙂 It is defo motivating and i agree. If i started getting harassed over some stupid reason i’d probably not want to spend time on the blog where it happens.

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  18. Just coming out of a blogging slump myself, I totally relate to this post. For me, my biggest reasons for going into a slump revolve around the time it takes to blog. Being a Mom & starting to work part-time, it is really hard to dedicate the amount of time it takes to maintain a book blog. At the end of the day my family comes first, so often my blog has to be put on the back burner. It stinks, but it is what it is. It’s nice to see that I’m not alone and many others suffer from slumps too.

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