Thoughts #61: The State of the Blog

Posted 13 May, 2017 by Rinn in Thoughts / 18 Comments

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Hello, lovely followers! I am sorry that I have abandoned you for so long. As you may now, in March I moved to a new city and began a new job. I have my own little flat (which I love!), really enjoy the job (working in university admissions), and I’m living in a gorgeous city.

And whilst I’ve read quite a bit, thanks to my commute and lunch break, I’ve not really been sharing my thoughts so much. Over the past year or so, my love and passion for book blogging has waned. If that wasn’t already obvious. And I know it’s the same story for many of you bloggers out there, in fact a lot of the bloggers I met when I first started blogging nearly six (!) years ago no longer seem to be around.

Now, this is not a ‘this is the end’ post. This is more of a ‘things are going to be a little slower around here’ post. I don’t like the thought of giving up on the blog; it’s a huge part of my identity (I feel like ‘book blogger’ is one of my big defining characteristics, and it’s actually also a pretty nice ice-breaker!) and I am way too proud of it to just give it up. But I put unnecessary pressure on myself to get things done, even when I don’t want to.

So it’s time for a change. If I want to post, I post. If I don’t feel like it for a few weeks, I won’t. Simple. I just wanted to let you know, as so many of you have been following me for nearly my entire journey, and I don’t want you to think I’ve just disappeared.

I’ll start off with catching up on reviews (five or six review copies read since March and not reviewed oops), and then move onto other posts when I feel like it. Maybe I could even start posting more about comparisons between The Lord of the Rings Online and Tolkien’s works, since I’ve starting playing it again – and we’re getting Mordor this summer. πŸ˜€

See you around, lovelies!

Are you also a fellow blogger who is struggling to stay motivated? What do you do in these situations?

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18 responses to “Thoughts #61: The State of the Blog

  1. Oh Rinn, you’re playing my song! My blog is also nearly six (in July) and my “real” life is taking over so much I don’t have the time or motivation for blogging these days. Plus I’m so bogged down with review books that I literally don’t know what to read next. I wish I had your attitude, but I still feel terribly guilty not getting to review books, and I feel that if I stop blogging I’ll lose all my followers. So clearly I’m not dealing with it very well!

    • Oh no, I definitely feel guilty too! I didn’t actually get any review copies for a few months and now they’re flying in left, right and centre. It definitely adds to the pressure!

      And the follower thing is actually part of the reason why I posted this… I didn’t want people to unfollow because I was quiet for a while. Stats obsession is bad, right? πŸ™

      I hope you can find the right balance soon <3

      • I try not to pay attention to my stats but I think it’s human nature to want to be liked:-) I don’t want to be one of those people who compares herself to other bloggers but alas, I’m failing at that!

  2. I’m glad to hear you’re settled! It doesn’t take much for blogging to go from exhilarating to overwhelming, I’ve realised – it’s so easy to forget how much time and attention it needs! So a bit of self-care goes a long way.

    I’ve been struggling to balance my blogging with an expanding workload and had to take myself in hand. Reading always happens, but I had to make myself stop worrying about writing everything up on a schedule. Now I feel I’m back on track – I’m reading the ARCs I’ve got, and scheduling reviews well in advance – and not letting myself worry about gaps. I can’t say I’m happy with it – I’d like to be posting more, and I’m sad I don’t have the time or energy to put into the bits of the blog I wanted to develop (discussion posts, interviews, my various themed backlist/reread reviews) – but at least it feels sustainable.

    Your plan sounds really sensible and healthy. I’m pretty sure we won’t disappear on you when you’re not looking πŸ™‚

    • Absolutely! I just don’t really feel like sitting and writing posts in my free time very often any more. I seem to get the inspiration and motivation in waves πŸ˜›

      However, I do seem to be reading even more than before, what with time during my commute and lunch! I’m glad you feel back on track, sustainable is good. Maybe you could just try to focus on those other elements slowly? So they still develop, but over time.

      Thanks <3

  3. It is your cyber-home visit it as often or as little as you wish. The only drawback to not posting at least weekly is that your visitors may drop and you will be playing to an empty house! I used to post daily, but life is a harsh mistress so I, like you, blog when an idea hits me. I am glad you like your new flat and job. Be easy on yourself. πŸ™‚

    If you wish to return the visit, do not go to my WordPress site (it was basically an experiment.) My real cyber-home is http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/

    • Well that’s what I’m worried about, but I hope not πŸ™ That’s why I posted this, so people know I haven’t just disappeared for good.

  4. Since it’s been an “interesting” couple of months, it only stands to reason that your priorities might have changed, so you should not feel guilty about it. Book blogging is supposed to be FUN, isn’t it? So, when it starts to feel like work (that is NOT FUN by definition πŸ˜€ ), it means we need to take a breath. Or two.
    Take your time, and choose the pace you prefer, we’ll still be here looking out for your posts!
    (and I will look forward to your Tolkien articles, anything JRRT-related is always very welcome) πŸ™‚

    • Exactly! And it doesn’t feel as fun as it used to any more, at least not as often.

      I’ve been playing lots of LOTRO but not taking any screenshots, oops! I should work out where I go to with Following the Fellowship before πŸ™‚

  5. Congratulations on your new job and flat! I’m glad things are working out for you. I haven’t posted on my blog since January and I don’t feel bad about it. I’m gearing up to restart but more for myself than anyone else. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to post and hopefully book blogging will be fun again rather than an obligation.

    • Thanks, Lorraine πŸ™‚ And yes, it is for ourselves, isn’t it? I still feel so guilty about all these reviews I have to write though. I just can’t find the right words.

  6. Yesss me! I am in the exact same boat, since I started grad school last year, it’s been much more stressful getting everything up, and not feeling overwhelmed. I try my best however. And yeah, I am definitely posting only when I want to!

    • Hello Val! πŸ™‚ I hope grad school is going well! I definitely found it difficult to balance blogging and studying during my Master’s, so posting only when you want to rather than when you feel you should is definitely a good decision πŸ™‚

  7. A little late in replying but glad to hear things are going well with the new job and yay for the new flat. I totally hear you; whilst my blog posts are scheduled quite regularly at the moment from now until September, I’m not on as often as before (which some friends have noticed too xD) and I reckon when the time comes I will do something like you and just post whenever. Because I also don’t feel like giving up on my blog as I had been doing it for so long now but there are other priorities and things to do, you know?

    Anyhow, hope all is well with you at the moment Rinn! Btw, out of curiosity, are you planning on organising another Sci-Fi Month this year?

    • And I am super late in responding! Story of my life lately, haha.

      Thanks, Lianne πŸ™‚ I managed to schedule a lot for July, and so far have nothing else but I’m sure I will soon. Plus August is usually when I announce Sci-Fi Month, which gives me plenty of time to prepare. So yes, unless things go horribly wrong I am hoping to hold another this year πŸ™‚

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