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A Brief, Obvious, Contemplation Over My Blogging Slump

A photo of a stack of books

In order to write a book blog, one must read books. It sounds obvious and yet it’s not. Beyond reviews, writing reviews as content for a blog, beyond even thinking of book-specific posts, it’s important to read in order to be able to write a book blog.

I look back at the slump I’ve just got through and it’s silly really. There was I sitting at my desk trying to think up a blog post when I was going through a reading slump. Maybe it’s because I often like to write general book-related posts, but it didn’t occur to me that my lack of reading was what was holding me back from writing anything else.

But of course it was. Because it’s not just about the reviews, it’s about immersing yourself in the world of the subject you write about. Just being in the community, actively, and reading, helps to give you ideas, ideas you wouldn’t think you needed to be actively engaging and reading in order to find. But then I would expect the same of other niches. To write a fashion blog you obviously need to keep up with trends and whilst you always choose what to wear each day that in itself wouldn’t be enough. You’re thinking about the subject but are not a part of the discussion.

I think what intrigued me most about this revelation is that the ideas I’ve had are not to do with anything I’ve read be it in a book or online. They’re related only by medium. It must be like subtext or your subconscious, routine, getting back to the situation. I guess you have to be more in the zone than I thought.

My blogging slump caused by blogging needed me to carry on blogging and reading in order for me to get over it. It seems my new daily routine had nothing to do with it.



October 29, 2014, 11:29 am

Haha, this sounds like the ultimate readers paradox.

Are you over your slump now?


October 30, 2014, 12:11 am

Good point–the more we read each others’ blogs, the more we have to say. We’re immersing ourselves in conversation as we immerse ourselves in books.


November 8, 2014, 9:30 pm

I suppose slumps of one kind or another are a normal part of the cycle of most things- but so many of them we don’t have a choice but to just work through them and hope we find our mojo again soon :D Glad you worked through your slump and found your inspiration- bravo for keep on keeping on!



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