Monday, January 21

Book Blogger Confessions: Quitting Time


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?

Blogging Slump (forgive me Dictionary for the massacre of your definition of slump)

 A sudden severe or prolonged fall in interest to blog. 
  • a prolonged period of abnormally low interest in all things books, typically bringing widespread lack of blog posts
  • a period of substantial failure or decline of blog
Or I like to think of a blogging slump like this:

A period of time in which all the life has been sucked out of blogging. You find yourself making excuses just to get away.

I have suffered many a reading slump. It seems I accept too many review requests and buy too many books. Never thought I would say you could buy too many books. But as the pile of books to read becomes massive. You feel like you have no choice in what to read next since they all have some sort of waiting list order. A slump sets in. It isn't pretty and I usually have to wait it out hoping the next book I force myself to read will be awesome and break the spell.

I have hit a bunch of blogging slumps. Mostly caused by disappointment or disillusionment. I think I approach a blogging slump the same way I do a reading slump. I just keep moving forward if at a slower pace. Eventually something sparks my attention and renews my vigor. I expect that some day I may call it quits. It does feel a bit inevitable. It won't stop me from reading, fingers crossed. But until that day I will just blog or read what I feel inspired and comfortable with.

I never thought to discuss it with other bloggers. Probably a good idea. Wait I think I have discussed reading slumps with other bloggers just not a blogging slump. I know I have seen quite a handful of bloggers calling it quits lately. In my head as I read these I am sad and listening to the tune Another One Bits the Dust in my head. Every time I come across another quitting post I wonder if they know something I don't. Should I be following them to see what is on the other side? If I follow them will I miss blogging or find that I don't? Every time I consider quitting or I try to weigh the pros and cons. There are so many things I do enjoy about blogging and so many things I don't. I guess my biggest con at this point is that if I give up I won't still qualify to participate in a future ARC or event I have already worked to get in line for. It is hard not to be able to reap the rewards of hard work. It isn't quite the same to just buy that book. I have often wondered if instead of quitting all together it wouldn't make more sense to combine forces with another blogger. Quit one blog and join another. That way if their are periods of time I don't feel like making posts the other blogger is still going. Plus maybe having a buddy would make it more fun. And that way I don't have to give up all the pros of blogging. Of course that comes with its own set of cons.

Anyway, thanks for the topic.