December 5, 2011

Because I feel lost...

Lately with everything that has been going on in my life I have found it very hard to find time to do what I love, read and then talk about all of the fabulous books I’ve discovered.

The thing is blogging has started to feel like a chore, it’s not as fun as it use to be and I’ve been struggling with writing reviews, scheduling post, and I just feel very blah. I’ve stepped away from the blog for almost two months have been posting sporadic post when my heart feels content to do so. But, it’s not enough, I want to find the inspiration to ramble on and on about some compelling and intriguing book that I’ve read. The words sit in my head floating around waiting for it to be transposed into something written but it never happens.

I’ve lost my inspiration and I’m not sure how to get it back. I don’t know when things changed but I can definitely tell the difference. I love this community because everyone is super nice, and it has become my second family.

So I ask you this, what do you do when you feel like this? Does anyone else feel the stress to blog everyday or on certain days? Suggestions, opinions, anything you want to say would help me tremendously.

I NEED to get out of this rut, maybe I just need a little push in the right direction. Thanks for listening to me ramble on :)


  1. Girl, i know exactly what you mean! It happens to me all the time. But if you just relax and blog whenever you want, then it doesn't feel like a chore. You don't HAVE to post everyday. The nice thing about being a co-author of a blog is the it really does cut the "work" in half. Also, it's the holidays so life gets busy! :)

    Hope this helps!!

  2. You know, I think just about every blogger has a moment like this at some point (and I feel like I read a bunch of similar posts this fall...).

    I would say check out Marla's post about the subject because it says a lot of what I would say (and really, I give terrible advice, lol)

    But beyond that, chin up! Don't feel like you have to say anything more than what you want to. Find a way to make it fun and something that you look forward to! Maybe it means ditching memes that feel like a chore...maybe it means ditching review books for awhile...who knows? You have to do what's right for you, my dear! :)

    <3 you!

  3. I can totally understand where you're coming from. Anytime you take something you love and create an obligation around it, you run the risk of turning it into a chore that you start to dread. If I were you, I might consider no longer taking submissions from authors and instead just picking books you want to read, reading them, and then reviewing them because you feel like it, not because you committed yourself to someone.

    As an author, I need reviewers to help get the word out about my books, but I would never want to be in your position. It'd be like turning a favorite pastime into homework.

  4. I've been there, Neri, believe me. I haven't skipped posting yet, but believe me, I'm thisclose. Do what feels right. It's your blog, we'll be here to comment when you feel like posting.
    Good luck!

  5. I am still really new to it, so I don't really have any advice to give except just do what makes you happy. I really hope that you can find that inspiration again, and do your blog because you enjoy it, not because you feel you have to.

  6. I agree with everyone, I'm sure every blogger gets there. I've been there twice so far, and my blog is just over a year old.

    It's your blog. Take your time with it. You don't have to post every day. Not even every week! And you don't have to review EVERY book you read. Pick a book you want to read for fun, without thoughts floating in your head about a review.

  7. HUGS. Everyone goes through it. I don't know how to help. Just do what your heart tells you too and don't worry about the people

  8. I totally understand. I try not to stress about it. I blog whenever I want to. I don't post every day. Back in January I decided I wanted to blog about every book I read. I quickly decided not to since reading wasn't fun anymore. Right now I accept review requests and I only post the reviews, interviews or giveaways. I don't stress with every meme that exists since I don't have time. During the semester I don't have time to blog so I take a break from it. When I'm off of university, I can't wait to get back to blogging.

    My advice to you : It's okay to feel that way and it's okay to take a break from blogging. You don't have to post every day. Your blog readers will still stick with you even if you take a break. It's your blog, do what feels right for you.


  9. I've been there and I go there every so often again. I have a 'demented domestic goddess' blog, not a book blog, but I have defn felt that burnt out feeling where blogging becomes a chore instead of a joy. That has happened whenever I try to exert some kind of 'order and control' on my blog, like when I put myself on a blog timetable and say that I will do certain topics/things on a certain day. Big mistake - because then its a chore. And i dread it. Times like these, I step back. I take a break from the blogging. I cut myself loose from the expectations and schedules, even if they are self-imposed. I dont do meme things, or tap into any other blogger activities/schedules. I just cruise. And after a few days...a week maybe, I slowly allow myself to get back into it. I've learned now NOT to make any comittments to anyone in the blog world and just do what i want, when I want. It helps.


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