Blogging Slumps Suck

24/08/2019 Blogging, Discussions 20

So, for the past few months I’ve been stuck in a seemingly never-ending blogging slump, and it seriously sucks.

It all started back in December when I went through a lot of major life changes – moving to a new city, starting a new job etc. – and I found I just had less time and mental energy for blogging.

At the time, that was totally understandable, but it’s now eight months later, and I feel like I never really got my blogging mojo back. I tend to have the odd period of productivity, and then it all goes downhill again. At the moment, I’m barely managing to scrape together one post a week, it takes me ages to get around to answering my blog comments, and I definitely haven’t spent much time blog hopping recently.

I think there’s few reasons why I’ve been struggling to overcome this particularly stubborn blogging slump:

  • Wanting to focus on other projects: I’ve been working a lot more on my fiction writing recently, as I’ve been more in the mood for that kind of creative work. I also have so many different fiction projects I want to work on that it already feels like I haven’t got enough time to do all the things I want to do, even without accounting for blogging.
  • A disastrous blog makeover: In an attempt to renew my enthusiasm for blogging, I had a mini blog makeover back in April, that ended up being majorly stressful. I had so many technical difficulties that I got to a point where looking at my blog automatically made me stressed…so if anything it had the opposite effect than I intended. Thankfully it all turned out how I wanted in the end, but it definitely didn’t make me any more enthusiastic about blogging!
  • Just generally feeling lazy: Whilst there are a few legitimate reasons for my continued blogging slump, I think a lot of it is just down to not feeling like it. I think we all go through phases like this, and lately I’ve just been feeling kind of lazy and like I just want to veg out when I get home from work, and read a book or watch some TV with my boyfriend.

I’ve still been finding it super frustrating though, as I can feel myself becoming more and more disconnected from the blogging world that I love so much. And it especially hits home when you look at your stats and see the way they’ve dipped as a result…

So I’ve decided to try and fight my way out of this slump, as it doesn’t seem to be something that’s passing on its own. Here’s a few things I intend to try to get back in the flow of blogging (and I’d love to know if you have any other ideas in the comments!):

Do some major blog-hopping and commenting!

Since I want to throw myself back into the blogging world, it’s about time I caught up with all my favourite blogs and the incredible posts I’ve been missing. I feel that immersing myself back in the community will help fuel my enthusiasm, and I get to catch up with some bloggers I haven’t visited in a while.

I think this is a great first step as it’s one of the funnest and most rewarding parts of blogging, and requires less effort and mental energy than writing your own posts.

Brainstorm some post ideas.

A major symptom of blogging slumps is an inability to come up with any blog post ideas that excite you, so I’m going to make it my mission to do just that! I want to devote some real time to coming up with lots of post ideas, so I can just sit down and start writing without struggling to come up with an idea, and eventually putting it off.

Batch write some content.

Once I have a huge list of ideas, and am hopefully newly excited about blogging, I intend to spend one of my days off batch writing posts. I’ve never been a person who has blog posts scheduled ages ahead, but I feel that doing this would really take the pressure off.

Plus I’m interested to see if the whole ‘batch-writing’ thing works for me, as I think that perhaps devoting a long period of time to one task might get me into the zone a bit more? I guess we’ll see!

Talk about some different topics.

Sometimes I think blogging slumps come about through feeling like the content you’re writing has gotten stale or boring, or that you have no more ideas left in your blog niche (does anyone else come up with blog post ideas, get excited about it and then realise you already wrote that post months or even years ago? Because that has been happening to me a lot lately!). That’s why I thought I might try and branch out a bit more with my content, to try and get myself excited about blogging again.

Even just within the realms of book-themed posts I might mix it up by talking about different types of books (for example I’ve been reading a lot of manga recently, and trying out slightly different genres, as well as audiobooks) or using different post formats. But I also might just include other random topics that come to mind, such as crafts, music or films and TV.

Plus I’d quite like to do some kind of blog post series? So I’m going to try and come up with an interesting idea for that!

So do you often go through blogging slumps, and what do you do to get out of them? Do you have any handy hints or tips for me to try and get back into blogging?

20 Responses to “Blogging Slumps Suck”

  1. Angela

    I went through a little bit of a slump last year, and earlier this year I just felt like I had no time for blogging. It was so hard, because I really wanted to blog, but I didn’t have the time, energy, or creativity. Months later, I still feel like I’m catching up. I try not to force myself to create posts, but when I have an idea, I’ll jump on it before I lose the spark. I think blogging about something other than books can be really fun to mix in once in awhile, too. Good luck!

    • Laura

      I’m sorry you’ve been going through a slump recently too! I think that’s a great idea though to jump on an idea whilst it’s fresh and exciting, and I’m definitely going to try and do that too.

  2. Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

    I totally feel you! I’m in a blogging slump myself, mainly because this semester has been really hectic and I didn’t have time to do anything else. For me I just really try to taking it slow, only post whenever I want to post. But I try to still read and comment on other people’s post… they really help me in getting back my blogging mood little by little! 😀

    • Laura

      I’m sorry you’re also going through a blogging slump! I’m definitely going to try and prioritise commenting and reading other blogs too, and hopefully it’ll help me get back into the blogging mood as well 🙂

  3. Imogen

    I completely know how you feel! My reading dropped off and my blog dried up! Now I’m writing about the books I read in December, in August! Luckily I follow a lot of great blog who inspire me 😉
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

    • Laura

      I’m sorry you’ve been going through a bit of a slump too, but I’m glad other blogs inspire you. I’m definitely going to try and make more time to read other blogs more, and I’m hoping that will help pull me out of my slump.

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    After taking time away and slowing down with blogging I find it’s always really hard to get back into it. I feel like my creative juices have run dry when it comes to blogging lately and that’s tough, but I push through to try and make sure my ability to write a blog post at all doesn’t atrophy.

    I actually usually find a blog makeover helps motivate me, but the fact it was stressful for you probably didn’t help motivate you, it certainly wouldn’t me.

    I vote you mix things up on the blog if you’ve been focusing more on your writing. Talk about the things which interest you, it doesn’t always have to be book related on here and people will still check it out. Especially if we can tell you’re interested in what you’re writing about.

    • Laura

      I definitely feel the same, in that if I take quite a long break from blogging it is really hard to get back into it.
      And it’s good to hear that people would probably still be interested if I talked about things other than books on here. I always worry that going off topic will put people off, but I know I’m always interested when bloggers I follow talk about their other interests.

  5. ShootingStarsMag

    I get into slumps here and there. It’s tough to find time/energy sometimes. I do want to work more on my fiction, and I know I’ll have to blog less to fit that in because otherwise, I’ll have no time whatsoever. LOL

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      That’s the problem when you do different types of writing (eg. Blogging and fiction): you have to spend less time on one if you want to do more of the other. And that can be so tough to choose what to focus on when you love both!

  6. Amber

    I’ve been in a massive blogging slump as well! I think things got a bit much for me and I kept trying to come back when it just wasn’t the right time. I hope you manage to find your mojo again! What really helped me was YALC (and becoming more involved with the community on social media) because talking to bloggers and readers and publicists really helped boost my enthusiasm. I’ve also found that taking it super slow has helped. I’ve written a bunch of reviews that I should have gotten to ages ago (starting with writing my thoughts down as bullet points and then expanding them) and now I’m slowly hoping to move on to blog hopping and more in-depth posts!

    Hope you find something that helps <3

    • Laura

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve been in a slump as well, but thanks for the great advice! I have been really inactive on social media recently, so getting out there and talking to some other bloggers might help. And reviews are the posts I struggle with most, so I like the idea of writing your thoughts out as bullet points and then expanding on it. I’ll definitely have to try that!
      Good luck with beating your blogging slump! 🙂

  7. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    I’m so sorry you’ve hit a slump!I think that slumps don’t necessarily have to have a reason, but it’s so frustrating when you can’t figure out why the slump has hit because then you don’t know what to do to fix it. I think that you have some great ideas to try to get out this funk though! I can’t wait to see what you think of batch writing. I do something similar, and I find it works pretty well!

    • Laura

      Slumps really are so frustrating!
      And I’m glad to hear that batch writing works so well for you! I’m really excited to try it 🙂

  8. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    We are in the same boat, Laura!! Ohh pun intended! Haha I just noticed this right now! 😉

    I always feel like I’m in a neverending blog slump because I can’t seem to keep track of my schedule sometimes! And of course, adulting doesn’t help, too!

    I have also tried the idea of incorporating personal posts on my blog. Not just an add-on commentary when I do wrap-up posts, but a dedicated post non-book or blogging related. I had debated doing this years ago, but I don’t go out enough to have a very interesting life! haha but maybe I should now? Just random stuff every other week or so?

    I also agree with changing your review style helps! Mine changes depending on the book I am reviewing and my feelings to it. I think that helps with the variety.

    • Laura

      I’m sorry you’re going through this too!
      And definitely, I think personal or non blogging related posts would be interesting! I would read those on your blog!
      I can’t say I have an overly interesting life myself, but I’m planning on talking about other hobbies and stuff, so hopefully people will find it interesting.
      And that seems like a good idea to adapt your review style to different books. I may try that myself! 🙂

    • Laura

      Yeah, I guess at least I’m not being wholly unproductive. I’m sure it will switch round at some point though and I’ll want to work on my blog but not on my writing. I always have to be procrastinating something! 🙂

  9. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    Slumps do suck! I keep getting into mini ones mainly because whenever I have time to blog…I just don’t want to. Usually some massive blog hopping time helps me out. And writing posts in advance too! That way I don’t let the stress of posting get me down. Good luck!

    • Laura

      That’s exactly what happens with me! When I do have time to blog I want to do something else. But I’m definitely going to try the blog hopping and writing posts in advance and hopefully that helps!

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