Feeling slumpish…

I’ve been distracted lately.  Instead of writing reviews, I sit down at my computer and read The Mary Sue, or update my Goodreads lists, or obsessively check my hold lists on Overdrive.  These are things that should take a few minutes, but somehow keep me from the business of writing blog posts and keeping my blog up to date.  And the more I feel I need to write a post, the less I want to do it.

The month is half over and I’ve posted twice. And I had to make myself write the last one.

Over the years I’ve seen my favorite bloggers go through various slumps, so I’m not panicking just yet.  Sometimes, it’s just that family or work needs to come first.  Sometimes it’s because the blog starts to feel like a chore and you feel like you’re going through the motions.  And then I’ve seen some bloggers get to a point where it just doesn’t feel right any more.

Right now, my head’s not in it, but I think I just need a couple of weeks to sit back. I really need to focus on work for a bit, and I’ve had some other projects and commitments taking up my time.  I’m cutting out book clubbing and a few other things, just to simplify.

Traveling always disrupts my blogging, and we just got back from a lovely trip to our favorite place, Sonoma CA.  We visited my husband’s sister for Mother’s Day, went to a wine tasting event, and spent time exploring the area.  We’ve decided that’s where we’re moving when we retire (though that’s more than a few years away).  Next week we’re off to visit a friend in Virginia Beach and we get to spend a romantic couple of days in Williamsburg.

I think the other problem is I’m still frustrated by the look of my blog.  I’ve been thinking about taking the leap of re-doing the look of the blog, which means time, energy, and thought.  Does that mean finding a theme I like better, or self-hosting?  Thinking about it overwhelms me pretty quickly (though I’ve gotten some good recommendations that I mean to follow up on).

Between a reading slump and a blogging slump, I’d definitely choose the latter. I’ve been reading like mad lately, and it’s all good.  In fact, I have so many books I need to tell you about.  I just need to sit down and actually do it.

Hope you’re having a good May and enjoying spring/summer wherever you are.  My garden is exploding with all the recent rain, and I can’t wait for summer.  Have you hit a blogging or reading slump lately?  What did you do to resolve it?

22 Responses to “Feeling slumpish…”

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I’m having to deal with life issues that have taken priority over my blogging. I just don’t have the mental energy for it at the moment. So I’m on an open-ended hiatus, but I hope to be back soon.

    Maybe take a break from posting and take time to delve into those questions about the look of your blog? I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when I changed the look of mine to a design I really loved, it gave me a lot more pleasure and kept me motivated. If you enjoy just looking at your blog, it’s a lot more fun to post and to read.

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    • curlygeek04

      I noticed you’ve taken a break and I hope things are okay! I really appreciate the helpful advice (and I appreciate your taking the time to give it).

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      • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

        Thanks Deb – yes, I am OK, it’s just one of those times when I have to put life first over blogging. But I’ll get back to it soon, I am certain. I’m still enjoying keeping in touch with the community; in fact it helps keep me afloat. I hope you’ll find your own right way to reconnect to your blog.

  2. Jean @ Howling Frog

    I’ve been slumpish too, just because life gets busy, and also I’m finding myself reading Facebook instead of writing! I would really LOVE to change the look of my blog, but I really don’t have any idea of how to go about it and no time to learn in. Maybe over the summer?

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    • curlygeek04

      Thanks for the comment! Giving up Facebook is one of my goals – it wastes time and I don’t enjoy it (prefer Instagram and even Twitter). I got some great format suggestions in a post a few months ago, maybe you’ll see something useful!

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      • Jean @ Howling Frog

        Meanwhile, I hate Twitter and ….do in fact waste a lot of time on FB, which I enjoy. I will poke around your past post, thanks!

  3. BookerTalk

    I hope you don’t abandon your blog entirely. We would miss you. But of course the nderstand why you migh come to that decision, … the theme refresh might give you the inspiration you are lacking but it does involve a fair amount of effort so maybe take time to decide if you really want to continue blogging before embarking on that exercise?

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    • curlygeek04

      I’m not even close to abandoning, just a bit tired. My work day is taking more out of me than usual. I think getting away from ARCs and reading a bit more freely will help. I realize the contradiction in wanting to improve the blog but also needing more down-time. Sigh.

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  4. whatsnonfiction

    I totally understand the slump, just give yourself the time you need and I think the interest finds its way back. Writing or blogging shouldn’t feel like chores, it should be a hobby that’s just fun and fulfilling. Enjoy your travels, they sound wonderful! 🙂

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    • curlygeek04

      Thank for commenting, I agree! I see so many bloggers talk about feeling overwhelmed, so my thinking is to take a step back early rather than let it get worse. I’m pretty lucky to have a good amount of time I can devote to reading and blogging.

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  5. Elle

    Shorter posts did it for me – hence the new Reading Diary format, and not beating myself up about it if I don’t post more than that every week (or indeed if I have to do a double feature, which has been happening a lot recently because of weekend travel!)

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    • curlygeek04

      Thanks Elle, that’s something I’ve been thinking about. I really like your Diary posts! I always have a hard time writing short reviews – I say I’ll keep it short and then I don’t. But it’s good advice to not get stuck in a specific format or routine.

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  6. Audrey Kalman

    I can relate. I’ve been blogging for almost 7 years (though not a frequently as you) and went through lots of times when I was less engaged than others. But I always came back because I enjoy connecting with other readers and writers.

    I’ve also redesigned my blog (now website) several times. The prospect is definitely daunting. But I always found that once I got into it, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve with a new theme, and unfortunately some things don’t transfer easily and have to be fixed by hand, but I always found I was able to be up and running within a couple of days if I carved out some time to work on it.

    I hope you find the time and inspiration to get re-engaged!

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  7. JaneGS

    I love Sonoma too–my brother lives there, and I always am looking for an excuse to visit.

    Slumps happen. Best to just live and let the recharging happen naturally. I really enjoy blogging about my travels, especially when the blog starts feeling repetitive.

    Good luck and safe travels.

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    • curlygeek04

      Thanks Jane! Sonoma was fantastic and it was nice to have some time off. We love running around tasting wine and Healdsburg is one of my favorite places.

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  8. Kristilyn

    I try to have posts ready for my blog in case I’m in a slump, but if I go a week or two without posting, it’s not the end of the world. I was in a reading slump earlier this month and it sucked! I finally started a really good book that I couldn’t put down and it got me out of it. Travel really messes with my reading – we took a vacation this month and there was a lot of planning that I just couldn’t turn off my brain. Plus with my parents here for Mother’s Day, lunches and dinners out, and just the busyness of spring had me too busy to really get into anything, but hopefully things have balanced out now.

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    • curlygeek04

      I hope things settle down soon! Travel is funny for me – some trips involve way more reading than usual and some a lot less. I almost enjoy a good long flight so I get in lots of reading time. Glad you found a book to get you out of your slump!

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      • Kristilyn

        My kids keep me way too busy. lol. One day I’ll get to relax with a book on vacation!

  9. DoingDewey

    I’m feeling a little bit slumpy lately myself. In this particular instance, I’m honestly just enjoying playing video games a little more than I’m enjoying reading and blogging, although I’m still doing some of both. It feels very strange, since my enjoyment of reading is something that’s integral to how I view myself. To me, that’s the thing that always makes a slump a little disconcerting 🙂 Like you, I’m trying to keep it in perspective though and I expect it will pass.

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    • curlygeek04

      I hope you’re feeling better about blogging soon. Curious which games you like? I’m not much of a gamer but playing Zelda these days and loving it (though it does distract from blogging). By the way, I’ve been reading lots of nonfiction lately, your challenge has definitely motivated me!

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