Good question! To tell the truth, I'm more than a little surprised that I'm still here. I tend to get bored and move on to the next obsession after a few months, so didn't think blogging would be any different. Yet here I am, almost four years later! Am amazed...
I've taken a few blogging breaks, both intentional and unintentional, but I've always come back. That being said, I did think about throwing in the towel and quitting last year.
In a nasty reading slump, it just felt like too much work. So I went on a break, but didn't think I would come back. I was really tired, and reading was no longer fun and felt like yet another chore. Then, if I did finish a book, there was pressure to review it. I'm the type of person who doesn't like being told what to do, so it was even worse when the deadlines were something I had agreed to!
During my last blogging break, I found that I missed discussing books with others who shared my reading
Decided that I missed it too much to quit, so I thought about what I loved about blogging and decided to try a few new things to take some of the pressure off. Blogging is supposed to be a fun way to share our love of reading!
I'm cutting back on the number of review books I accept and am trying my best to stay away from NetGalley. Am scheduling posts ahead of time, and that seems to help with feeling pressured to post. Trying to comment more on other blogs, as I love interacting with other bloggers!
So far, this seems to be working for me. If I ever start getting stressed again or feeling burnt out, I know that I have enough posts already scheduled that I can step away for a breather every now and again. Hoping I can stick around, as I really love the book blogging community!