I love book-blogging. Reading, reviewing and discussing books is an absolute rush. It's a solo activity that quickly becomes a social activity when you connect with other book fans, and it can be educational, as well as a whole heaping lot of fun. :-)This meme will appear twice monthly on the first and third Monday of the month. You can get all the details here and here.
But how about when it isn't? My friend Karen at For What It's Worth Reviews and I have had so many "blogger confessions" to each other over the past two years, discussing the hidden, difficult side of book blogging. We'd like to co-host a meme in 2012 as a continuation of these convos. As Karen puts it in her official introduction of the meme at her blog:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?
Here is their question for Jan. 16:
Have you ever had reading/blogging slumps? How do you work through them or work around them?
For me, reading/blogging slumps have to do with choosing the wrong book. If I don't find a story engaging or entertaining, I find myself doing all sorts of different activities to avoid reading. Have I checked and answered all my email? Is it time for a new blog design? Is there anything new in my Google Reader? It must be time to catch up on all the Facebook games I play!
In my pre-blogging days, I would simply put the book down and try reading something else. I don't do that so much now because, often, the book I'm reading is one I have committed to review. Or, it is a book that is getting a lot of good press on the blogs I follow and I want to be part of the in-crowd. Peer pressure does play a part!
If the slump is severe, I know that I can get myself out of it by picking up one of my comfort books for a re-read. These are the books that I know I will love with stories that are emotionally satisfying and with characters that I know and love. In prolonged slumps I have been know to re-read entire series.
What this means for my blogs is that sometimes the content is a little sparse or is devoted to reviews (more like "love letters") of books from my keeper shelves. I don't actually think this is a bad thing. Books very seldom "go bad" like over-ripe bananas. I appreciate finding out about older books that I might have missed or being reminded about books that I enjoyed and hope that my followers do too.
What do you think? How do reading/blogging slumps affect you? Link up your responses at Tiger's All-Consuming Books or For What It's Worth so that we can see what you think.