Thursday, April 22, 2021

When is it time to quit blogging?

The other night I had the sudden urge to just scrap the blog and everything with it -- all my socials, my GoodReads page, this actual website -- and think about just reading (and reflecting) privately.

I'm not sure if this urge is real or a result of my concussion; but I keep flip-flopping between wanting to hit 'delete' on a lot of accounts and feeling small pangs of worry that I'll regret moving on.

This is my 12th year blogging but I feel like I'm getting worse at it rather than better. I find my reviews lacking; I feel very aware of how little I interact with other bloggers. I don't think I have a fresh viewpoint or perception. And I'm less interested in the book publicity machine these days so I'm not sure what value there is in me trying to talk about books rather blandly. (This isn't me fishing for compliments, btw!)

This might be the second or third time I've considered moving on, so maybe that's hint enough. If you've kept on, what keeps going? Any tips? Or any questions I should ask myself before deciding to move on? I don't want to keep doing something out of inertia or a fear of missing out and I don't want to quit something because I'm feeling moody from my accident or insecure or whatever. I'm not sure I've got anyone reading here who was a blogger and no longer isn't, but if you've any advice, I'd love to hear it.

Do you know when you might quit? 

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  1. I am going into my 13th year of blogging and all I can say is that I never did it for anyone else. It was always for me and me only. I did it as a way to keep track of books. If I made friends along the way, which I certainly did, it was a bonus. Getting review copies, a bonus. I review only what I want to read the have never felt pressured to produce content. I think if you enjoy the process, the actual process of blogging then do it when you feel like it.

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    1. Unfortunately, early on I caught up in the prestige chase of book blogging and I think I still have that in the back of my head, and so feeling v much like a nonentity in book blog land is giving me a mood. I appreciate your sharing your frame/mindset -- it's one I need to adopt!

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  2. What about taking a conscious break for a good chunk of time, say up to three months - before you make the decision to quit? Although you might think no one notices or cares if you blog or not, I appreciate it when bloggers tell us they are leaving or taking a break, otherwise I wonder about them.

    If I ever toy with quitting, it's because sometimes I also feel that lack of inspiration and having anything new to add to the conversation. But usually I find taking a break helps. You could also switch your focus (for a while) to reading and engaging with other blogs, if that's something you like to do. But as Ti says, the important thing is to find out what you enjoy and do that.

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    1. This is a good reminder -- I took a break last summer and came back in the late fall/winter feeling a little more motivated. But as I reflected to Ti in the previous comment, I do have this mindset of being part of some 'world' of book blogging and I think that's my hangup. I'm not doing it for myself! So I do think I need to sit down and think about what *I* really want. I really appreciate your stopping by and leaving this note.

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  3. I second Lory's advice! When I've felt burnt out, it's helped me a lot to take a few months' break and see if I miss it. I always have thus far. And even though I don't feel as connected with fellow bloggers as I once did (which is partly a function of just having less time to dedicate to it), I still hate the idea of losing touch with blogging pals -- so that's an element for me too.

    (I have manfully resisted the urge to give you compliments, but please know that I do always enjoy and appreciate your reviews.)

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    1. Jenny, you always brighten my day! Appreciating you so much. I think the disconnect with other book bloggers combined with not feeling like I'm contributing much to book convos makes me wonder what I'm doing with a blog anymore. I miss connection and am aware I'm not doing much of it. I need to sit and figure out what that means! (I realized I am mourning old GoodReads, pre-Amazon, where I had so much robust book convo.)

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  4. I'm sorry to be so long getting in to comment on your post, because I wanted to as soon as I saw it in my inbox, because I've been struggling with the same thoughts. (And I know you said no compliments but I would definitely miss you!) I haven't been getting reviews written really at all, lately, but I took a long, unofficial hiatus from the blog, but didn't take it down, and eventually I came back to it, but with much less pressure on myself and not caring so much if I had any views. All I could get myself to do at first was to try to post once a week on Monday what I was reading and visit and comment on some of the other "It's Monday, What Are You Reading" posts. Then I added Top Ten Tuesday posts on occasion, and slowly eased back into the book blogging community. Which has definitely changed since my early blogging days, but I've found new blogs as well as many old favorites that are still going. So I second the idea of taking a complete break (even if you've already done that and come back before) or maybe try what I did and back off from review posts and just do some easier list posts for a while. I eventually found I couldn't just list book titles and covers without wanting to say a little something about them, maybe even just a sentence, and I tried to spend as much time visiting as I did on writing my posts.
    But all this really comes down to what everyone else has said, already -- we each need to figure out how (or even whether) book blogging can be something we do just because we want to, without needing any other reason!

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  5. I got to the point where it felt more like work than fun, and I already had a job and a life and a family, and I just stopped writing it. It was easier because I already had other ways to connect with many of the book people I enjoyed most. What's funny is that now that I'm writing a book, I'm thinking of resuscitating it! I have always admired your take on books and life, but I totally understand how you're feeling, and if self-care means taking a pause, that makes total sense. Hugs from Happy Valley!

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