Hi everyone! Today is the fourth day for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by Jessica @The Book Bratz which means that I have a new post for you all!. For those who don’t know what it is, every Sunday I will be featuring another blogger on my blog, a different blogger each week for 7 weeks. On the 8th week, I will be posting a recap of my experience. On my blog today, I will be having Lefty from The Left-Handed Book Lover!
Hello, everyone! My name is Lefty, and I am the magical unicorn over at The Left-Handed Book Lover! Today I am blessing your corneas with talk of blogging slumps, and how to overcome such a horrendous experience. This is such an appropriate post right now, seeing as I am currently enduring one of these heinous slumps.
In the book community, I feel like we often talk about reading slumps, but shy away from discussing blogging slumps. I spent time wondering why that may be, and I have two theories: 1) Oftentimes, we don't think of our lack of motivation as a slump, or we don't even realize we're going through it. 2) Admitting we're in a blogging slump makes us feel somewhat shameful. At least, this is how I've been feeling. When I grapple to find the desire to create quality content, I feel...lesser, somehow. Like I'm not as good at blogging as everyone else.
If you ever feel that way, I am here to tell you, first and foremost, that is NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT TRUE!
I'm fairly certain that everyone experiences slumps in life, especially in creative fields. Writers face writer's block, artists struggle to find their muses, and bloggers sometimes lose the will to blog. Here's what you need to keep in mind, though:
You'll get through this slump, and you'll come back with new life, I assure you! Until then, here are some tips to help you climb outta this hole:
1) GIVE YOURSELF SOME TIME OFF
Sometimes, you just need a little bit of a breather from your blog. That's totally normal! Don't force content if your heart isn't in it. I'd rather see less posts with quality content than posts every day with mediocre content.
2) READ BOOKS THAT GET YOU EXCITED
You most likely blog because you love talking about books, right? So if you're struggling to find the will to talk about books, pick up a novel that makes you eager to tell everyone about it. Pick up a book that reminds you why you began blogging in the first place, that makes you want to shout from the rooftops how fantabulosa it is! I know the pressure of review books and ARCs is weighing on you, but sometimes you have to push that aside for a little while and read whatever the heck you wanna read.
3) TALK TO OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY
I don't know about you, but another major reason I love blogging so much is because I love the community. The kindness and passion in other book lovers inspires my passion. Excitement is contagious!
4) PARTICIPATE IN A MEME OR BLOGGING EVENT
My #1 recommendation would be to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It's so much fun to compile lists about the book you adore. Plus, this helps you with the last tip, because more people visit/comment on TTT posts than the usual posts (at least, that is the case for me), so it will provide you will all sorts of chances to talk to others in the book community.
A lot of times, there are other blogging events happening as well. For instance, the Summer Blog Promo Tour. This has been such a fun experience for me. It has given me a chance to talk about things I might not have otherwise talked about on my blog, and I've met so many new bookish friends!
5) PUSH THROUGH AND BLOG ANYWAY
I know this sounds like a complete contradiction to my first tip, but this suggestion only applies after you take a sufficient break. After a certain period of time it becomes less about "I just need a break" and more about "I don't even know if I can blog anymore." You don't want to reach that point! The second it starts to feel like you can't return to blogging is the second that you need to, because most likely you'll start typing a post. Then you'll type another. And another. And you'll realize you've done it. You've overcome the dreaded slump.
Well, those are all the tips I have for you. I sincerely hope that you never start to feel slumpy in your blogging endeavors, but if you do, I hope these tips can be useful to you.
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I know this will definitely be a list that I will reference in the future whenever I’m in a blogging slump and I hope that you will too.
I hope you all enjoyed this post today and learned something new. Be sure to check out Lefty’s blog as well because she is actually featuring me this week! So go over and read about my contemporary book recommendations!
Be sure to come back next week to meet another blogger and until then, I will have other reviews and posts up soon!
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Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.