Sunday, January 20, 2013
Book Blogger Confessions: Calling it quits on blogging.
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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?
I almost threw in the towel for good last year. It started because of a reading slump and led to a blogging slump. I had originally started this blog to review books, music, movies and TV, as well as talking about whatever crossed my mind. Slowly, it drifted to books only which was fine at first because that’s what I felt like talking about.
Then I got caught up in the “rules” of blogging. I have never cared about follower numbers or stats but I did feel the pressure to have a new post everyday, improve the quality of my reviews and have original content. I became obsessed with blogging to the point of losing my own voice and ignoring all my hobbies and family.
After all the drama last year with bloggers I felt like our once tight knit community was coming apart at the seams. The jealousy, plagiarism and Twitter frenzies in particular got to me (the author drama doesn’t bug me for some reason – I just ignore it & those authors). Blogging wasn't fun anymore for me.
I did talk to my fellow bloggers about it. Sadly, several of them have since quit but a few are still here with me and I’m so grateful I have them to vent to. (Thanks Pam, Julie, Lena, Carrie, Jen!! You help me keep my sanity!)
I ended up stepping away from the blog for a few months, stopped reading and reassessed if this was something I still wanted to do. The answer is yes. The friends I’ve made these past few years far outweigh any negatives.
The key for me was to give myself permission to get off the hamster wheel of blogging and go back to doing it at my own speed. I post whenever I want – about whatever I want. No rules. If I don’t want to read for a week or review a book then fine. Does that effect my stats/followers or the way publishers view me or my blog? I have no idea. But I don’t really care. If I can’t find a way to enjoy this again then I won’t be doing it at all and it wouldn’t matter anyway.
How about you? Have you ever thought about quitting and how do you things bloggers could help each other through these things? Do you feel like you have enough support or do you feel it's a competitive atmosphere now?
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