No, It’s All About Books didn’t close for business and I’m still alive… I’m sad to admit that I’m still fighting a very VERY stubborn reading and blogging slump I can’t seem to get rid of. I first mentioned back in July that I was close to a burn out and wasn’t sure how to remedy it. I even made a 5 step plan soon after to help me beat that slump and it seemed to be working for a while, but it turns out I was fighting a bigger monster than I thought. I never had to do this before for reasons other than a vacation break, but in October I was left with no other choice than announcing an unplanned hiatus. I thought it would be a short one and that I would be back before Halloween, but here we are with Christmas around the corner and I only managed to write one meager book review. Oh yes, the slump monster is real and waaaay bigger than I thought. Think Godzilla, think Sauron In LOTR, think Demogorgon/Shadow Monster in Stranger Things, think… Well, you get the idea. Even sitting down and writing down this post took me WEEKS, that’s how bad especially the blogging slump is. I did get back to reading, although I read a lot less books than before, and managed to finish a dozen books or so including IT since October. But the blogging slump is a true unbeatable monster. I guess it didn’t help either that as I slowly started finishing books again, pending reviews started piling up as well as ARC deadlines and other blogging responsabilities. Adding more and more pressure to get started again and only feeding the monster instead of defeating it.
Trust me, it isn’t that I don’t miss blogging and the lovely blogging community. You guys seriously rock and I miss you dearly! ❤ Basically it’s the only reason you can still find me lurking in the background on Twitter and Instagram… But I really miss being around more actively.
So here is me saying sorry if I haven’t visited your blog, answered your comment or mail or simply haven’t been around. Sorry for all those missed deadlines and not reading books in time. It wasn’t me, it was the slump monster… I’m hoping to write a couple of posts on what I’ve been reading and a few other things in the next week or so, and start slowly with those pending reviews and deadlines afterwards. Please bear with me while I do so and slowly catch up with everything! Looking forward to be back. ❤
P.S. Here’s some pet spam to start making up for having disappeared on you all. Our cats Lila and Jasmine and dog Paco say hello!
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First of all a huge thank you for the overwhelming response to my post this Monday! You guys have truly shown and reconfirmed just how awesome our bookish community really is. ❤ ❤ ❤ And it’s one of the reasons I would never be able to quit book blogging completely. So to all of you out there:
So many people have left their kind words and tips and advice and I’m still feeling warm and fuzzy inside whenever I think about it. Thank you all for being so awesome! ❤ ❤ ❤ To be honest, just writing that post has been a form of therapy already, but I’ve decided to use the feedback to make my own plan to get back on track. This is mostly my personal view on ‘getting my mojo’ back and I by no means claim this is the perfect or right way of beating a slump… But I’m just putting it out there in case it will be useful to someone else suffering from something similar.
So here we go… My 5 Step Plan to get my mojo back and beat that slump!
To be honest, I’ve been seeing it coming for a while now… I thought I was able to control it and finish my ARC pile on time, but it seems like last week the bomb finally imploded. Because… *insert Jaws theme here* I think I’m now officially in a blogging and maybe even a reading slump. 😣
Let’s talk about ARCs first. Advanced Review Copies; the dream of every bookworm and aspiring bookblogger right? It’s a true honor to be able to receive one of those and I was always stoked whenever I was offered one. But… Things have slowly grown out of control ever since I signed up for Netgalley last year. While it on one hand has been one of the most positive experiences during my time as a blogger and has helped me introduce my blog to social media and reach a bigger audience, it also has a darker side. 100% my fault, but I’ve learned the hard way (like many others I’m suspecting) that it’s VERY hard to resist all those pretty titles and request buttons and things can spin out of control quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I would never change or give up my Netgalley experience, but I do feel I need to change my own habits urgently. Why? Let’s just say I have earned the shiny 100 NG reviews badge already and it has been only a year since I signed up… And more concretely, out of the 120 books I’ve read so far a whopping 75% were ARCs. As much as I’ve enjoyed reading most of them and quite a few made it to my favorites list, it also means I had to neglect my other books and those poor titles have been piling up and gathering dust ever since. Again, don’t get me wrong, I love my ARCs, but lately I’m having the feeling it has become a fulltime job keeping up with them and it has taken the fun out of reading. Conclusion: I’m suffering from an ARC overload.
Now I wonder: what to do about it? Put those ARCs on hold and just read my own titles in my own pace? What about the upcoming deadlines? Should I compromise? Answer: I really don’t know right now. But I do know I need to do SOMETHING before it’s too late.
And that’s where the second part comes in: the blogging slump. This is mostly related to the previously mentioned ARC overload and the fact that I feel blogging has become more of a job instead of a fun hobby. It has taken me a lot of willpower and the help of the magical existence of scheduling posts and weekly memes to keep up the new posts on my blog… Because if I have to be honest I have been having mixed feelings about blogging for a while now. Trust me, it isn’t the blogging community; love you all! ❤ But somehow I’m not having as much fun with it all as before. Too much ARC pressure? Should I slow down with social media? Stop posting every day? Make some drastic changes? Take a break? I’m not sure. But again I’m feeling the need to do SOMETHING, because I realised during the weekend (in which I barely had time to read let alone blog) that I have been neglecting my personal life to keep up with my blog.
So I’m reaching out to all of you with the questions: has this ever happened to you before? And what did you do to improve things and make blogging work for you? I’m getting pretty desperate here! 😅