Book Blogger Confessions is a brand-spanking-new meme created by Karen at For What It's Worth Reviews and Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books.This week's topic is: "Have you ever had reading/blogging slumps? How do you work through them or work around them?"
On the first and third Monday of each month, there will be a new blogging topic up for discussion. The idea to give bloggers a place to vent, share opinions and maybe solutions to the problems we all face.
Unlike a lot of the bloggers I chat with, I haven't had a true reading slump, yet. I do find that, at times, I get so sick of certain genres, namely young adult paranormal. I enjoy them, (the well-written, original ones at least) but there's only so much I can take before I need to switch it up. There was a time I felt so indebted to those who asked for reviews that I would dredge through book after book, regardless of my wants. But that doesn't bode well for me or the author, because an unhappy reader will most likely write a cranky review.
I have found that if I force myself to take a step back and read the book I want to read, I'm a much happier reader. And I have found that since I've changed my review policy, stating that even if I've accepted a book for review, I can opt out if I find it's not to my liking. That change took a lot of weight off my shoulders.
As for the blogging slump? That one was getting to be a problem recently. I felt I must comment on dozens of posts every day. I would see people with, and I'm not exaggerating, 40-50 comments on their posts. Seeing that made me feel like a complete blogging loser. And that made me think "What's the point if I can't keep up?".
But finally, I took a closer look and saw that so many of those comments weren't meaningful, just fluff. That made me rethink things. I would rather leave/receive ten meaningful comments than dozens that aren't even relevant to the post. Plus, I just do not have the time, honestly. I'm making more of an effort to worry about my own blog and focus on reading and commenting on those I really do enjoy. This new approach has helped me tremendously and I've so far avoided a serious blogging slump.
I know that I will have hardcore slumps at some point, it's inevitable. But I'm doing what I can to avoid them. I don't know the perfect solution. What do you think, fellow readers/bloggers?