Discussion: That Darn Blogging Slump

Hello all,

So, I have been stressed out and struggling with making new posts for my blog. Y’all may have noticed I was gone for almost a year on an unexpected Hiatus. But I’m struggling in coming back especially since I somehow increased in followers despite my being gone. 🤔

First thanks for all those who stuck around and also hello new followers! We’re almost nearing three hundred! Awesome!

Back to the slump!

I have spent some time figuring out what I want to accomplish and what I NEED to achieve with my blog. I used a lot of helpful resources on Google that really helped me figure out what I want to do. Here’s my goals:

∆ post more reviews

∆ make those lists for the topics I’ve been meaning to (safe LGBT books that aren’t full of triggers for example)

∆ engage with other bloggers (I’m really not much of a social person but I try)

∆ link those book reviews to publishers/authors/etc

∆ make a fully comprehensive list of trigger warnings, tag books that are NOT just mainstream traditional publishing but also indie and books on KU

∆ fully integrate all my wishlists onto Goodreads

∆ interview other bloggers, authors, and others

Now a lot of that I need a computer but don’t currently have wifi which has been my main problem! I’m doing all this by phone! So if you have advice I would love you to comment below!

I’m sincere in making more posts and stepping my toes back into blogging. I have missed it but this past year has been rough as I’m sure all of you feel the same. I still am learning all about blogging and it feels that I will always be learning something new. I’m grateful for all of you helping me out along the way. This community has been awesome and that’s one major reason miss blogging.

Thank you,

-Pass Me That Book.

Discussion: Reading Slumps (And Why I Hate Them)

Hello all.

I’m tentatively stepping out of hiatus and explaining where I’ve been. Answer: reading but not reviewing. Dnf’ing and not finishing. I’m struggling to figure out how I want my blog to go. While I like wrap ups, tbr updates, and new book releases it feels repetitive after a while. I grew tired of posting what felt like the same shit different day. It’s nice owning my own website name, but the little amount of traffic I get doesn’t feel worth it. Part of why I blog is to be heard and it feels like I’m not reaching that I want to reach.

That’s issue #1. Issue #2 is that life’s busy, I’m bored (not of reading but of staying home due to Covid), there’s a lot of those who wrote the same sort of reviews that I do…a list of complaints isn’t something y’all want to read, but that’s basically what I feel. Issue #2: it doesn’t matter what I do, my work is barely making a difference for the community.

But! See, I know that’s not true. Every review matters for authors. That’s always been how I operate: read, review, share sometimes purchase if it’s something I truly enjoyed or feel I must have. The book community is amazing and resourceful and helpful, kind and encouraging. I grew from a pitiful 10 followers to an amazing 300 followers. I’m wanting to seriously increase that number but #3 STOP F*CKING PROCRASTINATING!!!!

I’m whining and bored, but I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered. I’m aiming to (once again, damnit) change that so that I’m more frequent about posting. I want my blog to grow and to do that I have to post content.

Even if I hate it, if I’m bored, I gotta post content AND STICK TO A SCHEDULE!!! I’m awful about scheduling. About posting reviews on time instead of months/years later. I have a hell of a backlog to go through and I need to get up off my lazy butt and get to it.

In total, I have roughly 400 books on Netgalley to review. Yes, I’m not being paid for those books. But I got a book for free and I ought to show my support somehow. I am not even going to talk about my owned tbr, my library of new things, and the list goes on and on.

But reading slumps. Those things ought to leave us all alone but they aren’t gonna. We need to push through the damn reading slumps and get ourselves to be focused. It’s hard. In that we especially don’t feel like reading at that moment. Is that depression? Anxiety? Or just plain laziness? Whatever it is, I plan on ignoring reading slumps as much as I can from here on out.

I want to read, and I want my blog to grow. My reviews to matter and be something different and not repetitive. I’m hoping to change all that.

Will you help me out? Can you encourage me into posting more frequently? Share just this one post and make it stretch far and wide. Encourage all those with reading slumps: what you do for this community f*cking matters. Whether it’s book reviews or blog hopping, buying or promoting. Good job book community. Keep up the amazing work and stay safe in these troubling times.

Later.

And thanks.

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