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Monday, January 21, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Ever want to throw in the towel?


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that allows book bloggers to discuss issues unique to what we encounter in the blogging world. Hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam at Midnyte Reader,  a new question is posted the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month to answer, comment on, and discuss. 


This week's question:

We've discussed blogging slumps before but have you ever seriously considered throwing in the towel and quitting blogging? If so, what changed your mind? Did you discuss it with other bloggers?


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 obsession love affair enthusiasm. I didn't discuss it with anyone, but read several posts by bloggers who were going through the same slump. Knowing that I wasn't alone really helped!

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!

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  1. I really do not like being told what to do, either! NetGalley is evil, hehe. :)

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    1. NetGalley is one of my weaknesses! I can sign on with the intention on getting one specific title, then wind up requesting a ton! They all look so good, that it's just easier for me to resist temptation if I don't even look. *L*

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  2. Glad that this 'obsession' is lasting and though you have had the occasional break you are still with us as its so sad when bloggers who you have come to think of as close friends, family even, decide enough is enough.

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    1. Very sad! There are so many bloggers who have disappeared from the blogosphere over the years. :(

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  3. Been there myself, and I'm always glad to get back to it. :-)

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    1. I always get pulled back into the blogosphere, as I think the good outweighs the bad. :)

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  4. Been there too and yes netgalley can be evil. Yes I think the community is what keeps me around. :)

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    1. You're right, blogging wouldn't be any fun without the community!

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  5. Oh the infamous slump. That's why blogs disappear over time! Some just throw in the towel. I am glad you are still here!

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    1. Thanks Jaime! Glad to see you're posting again! :)

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    2. You're welcome! Yes... I'm baaaaccckkk (No Redrum or Here's Johnny. JK). Yeah... I really needed that break! I was worried I would NEVER return! However... we bloggers endure :)

      PS I am with you, I become obsessed and then move on... often. Haha

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    3. Ha! My hubby is amazed that I'm still blogging as he knows my pattern. I'm amazed too, but if I stopped blogging, I'd have no one to discuss the awesome new book I just read! :)

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  6. I'm glad you're still here. =O) I haven't had an actual slump yet, but I have had some tingling going on in that direction. Doing what I can to prevent it. Actually, almost in the same way you are doing it. I have made so many great friends. I would really miss that the most.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I have a hard enough time with one blog, so very impressed that you manage to be productive for your dozen plus!

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  7. This is exactly what I went through. I am barely taking any review requests and I only review about half the books I read right now. It was important to me to have some books that I don't analyze to death.

    The thing that keeps me going are the friendships. I haven't met another group of people that is quite like avid readers and I would miss the discussions.

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    1. You're right, the discussions can be awesome! Don't have anyone IRL to discuss books with, so so happy I found the blogosphere!

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  8. I've definitely felt like throwing in the towel lately but I know I'd miss it. I just wish I could have more time and not feel so guilty when I just don't.

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    1. Think we could all use more time, but real life has a nasty habit of interrupting our reading. :(

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  9. Yeah, I'm with you. I took almost a year off because it was becoming work instead of something fun to do in my free time. Obviously I'm back, and they're for the same reason that you got out of your slump...I missed blogging and learning about new books and interacting with all the awesome people in the blogging community!

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    1. It's always sad when our fellow bloggers leave, so very glad you decided to hang in there! Despite some of the drama, the book blogging community is the best around!

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  10. I couldn't agree more! I have only been blogging for a year and a half, but in that time, I would say I hit two big slumps and my stats show it.

    I would say the steps you are taking to stay on top of your slumps (less NetGalley = less pressure, etc.) are the same ones I am trying to take as well.

    When I first started book blogging, I found it insanely excited and unbelievable that publishers would give me the opportunity to read ARC's and that people actually cared what I said about them! I went ARC-crazy! Just when I got that under control, I went to BEA... you know how that story ends and 150 ARC's later, I'm still in the weeds.

    Those were the major causes of my two slumps. Just being overwhelmed like a deer in the headlights! If had any advice to give a new book blogger that would be it, pace yourself and remember, this is supposed to be fun (and a hobby :) ).

    Thanks for your insight. I'm so glad your pushing through the slump! And thanks for stopping by Steph's Stacks!

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    1. Thanks Steph! When I started, I went a little ARC crazy too! It's harder than expected to resist the temptation. Then I went a little crazy at BEA, which just dug the hole deeper. Am still working on digging myself out of the hole, but I'm getting there!

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  11. I find that like so many other hobbies of mine, life, but mostly work, just seem to get in the way. It always seems to be one thing after another slowing me down. Then I do feel pressure because I am behind with my blog. I don't want to disappear. I feel a compulsion to tell people what I think about he books I am reading, but sometimes it is hard finding the time. I am always afraid that if I can't get to it, I will lose the interest of any one who is following me.
    At elast I have never requested anything from NetGalley or had anyone ask me to review their book, so all my reading choices are my own and I have no deadlines. My biggest problem is being timely. I don't always get to the books as they come out and then I sometimes fell that no one might care anymore.
    My own insecurities.
    I have to say, though, that I am glad you have not thrown in the towel. I'd be lost without you. So, if you have to take a break, take a break. DO what you have to do, but please always remember to comer back my friend.
    If it weren't for your prodding, I wouldn't be in this community in the first place.

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    1. For someone who says they are insecure, I think your blog is amazing! You're a total natural, and I love the tales you share at the beginning of your posts!

      As for when to review books, I'd say don't sweat it. Sometimes the blogosphere is swamped with reviews of a new release, so waiting a few weeks or months to post your review will probably work in your favor. I know that after the fifth review of the same book, I tend to lose interest. Now the same book reviewed a few months later? That one, I'll read!

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  12. I know what you mean about hobbies/obsessions and moving on. I think blogging provides enough validation that I like sticking with it. Such a good idea to have posts scheduled but I can never seem to stick with it. I really never accepted books for review b/c I want to read what I want to read.

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    1. I'm doing my best to keep up with prescheduling posts, as it takes some of the pressure off. Not easy for me, as I'm not very organized, but am giving it the old college try!

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  13. I also have a short attention span - I honestly didn't think I'd stick with blogging more than a few weeks!

    It's the pressure that stops making it fun - take that away and it's so much easier.

    For me the biggest thing was realising the world wouldn't stop if I didn't post every day - I still normally do, but yesterday I didn't and it felt GREAT!

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    1. Pressure is a big problem, and what's sad is that so much of it is unnecessary. Glad to hear I'm not the only one with a short attention span! And very glad you're still here too! :)

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  14. I think about giving it up from time to time. But I can't seem to stop wanting to talk about books with my pals! :-)

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    1. Me either! Especially since I don't know any other readers IRL right now. :(

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  15. I hear ya. I had thought about it a few times. It's hard when blogging starts feeling like a job and you are letting people down by not getting there fast enough or what ever the case. That's what gets me down about it. I want to read so many more books, but can't. But taking breaks are essential I think. They really help out. And so glad you are still here. :D

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    1. Thanks Melissa! :) I'd love to be able to read more books, but just don't have the time. Am giving serious consideration into jumping into the audiobook pool, as so many bloggers swear by them!

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  16. I'm so glad you decided not to throw in the towel! I've only been blogging for a year and half but I'm glad I have yet to feel like it's a chore. Though I totally went through a phase where I had to have "all these posts" done or I was freaking out about it, but then I moved into my current, more relaxed phase of "no one is going to come after me if I post less" which is working great.

    I hope scheduling posts keeps working for you!

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    1. I think part of the problem is that we put so much pressure on ourselves, so love that you've found a nice, relaxed phase! Once I realized that not only were the Blogging Police not coming after me, but that there were NO Blogging Police, things calmed down a little! *L*

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  17. i agree that blogging should be fun and no too pressure filled. i wish i could schedule more posts ahead of time. i try but it is hard to get that far ahead. glad you're liking blogging again. keep going!

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    1. Thanks FG! I was only able to schedule two weeks ahead of time once, but am trying! Seem to be averaging a little over one week at a time. I'll get there!

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  18. Ah Terri, we'd miss you SO much if you left! Been there with the reading slumps and the pressure and the "having" to read something.....it gets tiring sometimes. This year I've tried to schedule out the "obligations" more and as always be selective on what I say yes too. It's only fair after all...if it doesn't remain fun than it's a chore as you said and who wants THAT to be the case with books?!?! Here with an hear to lend whenever venting is needed.... *hugs* ^_^

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  19. Glad you're still here and writing! I've been blogging for almost 8 years (coming up in February), and there are definitely hills and valleys. It's always helpful to know others are going through the same rollercoaster of motivation and emotions at times. :)

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  20. I am so glad that you are still around!! It has been a roller coaster for me as well, but I'm still around after almost 6 years! I had no idea that I would be amongst such a great group of individuals when I first began and really, it's what keeps me coming back from my breaks as well!

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