2010 was my first year in the book blogosphere and everything was New and Exciting back then. I was enthusiastic about meeting readers who like the same kinds of books that I do, discovering new-to-me books and authors based on recommendations and participating in book blogging activities. Looking back, I have no idea where I got all that energy. I feel like such an old lady nowadays because I feel like I couldn’t keep up with my younger blogging self. I used to put up a post every single day and now I’d be happy with two or three per week. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not planning to stop blogging or anything drastic like that, it’s just that I want to get back all that enthusiasm that I had when I first started. It feels like it’s getting harder and harder for me to write reviews lately. I never used to have a backlog – I’d read a book, let it stew for a bit and then write a review before I dive into another world. It took me a month to put up my latest review. But on the other hand, I feel like my reviewing has gotten better and I put more effort (and time) into them than I used to. I also used to review ALL of the books that I read. Now, I don’t bother if I can’t find the words, I just give it a star rating in Goodreads and leave it at that. Another thing that I want to mention is that I haven’t been that excited to buy books lately but this is probably a good thing because I WANT to read the books in my TBR pile, I feel like they’ve been neglected far too long. I only bought one book in October and two in November.
Sorry to be so negative but I just wanted to get this out there. I still love chatting to fellow readers, bloggers and of course, get excited whenever an author replies to comments or tweets. I still leave comments in a lot of the posts that come up in my Google Reader and I still reply to all the comments in my blog because I like discussions. It’s just that I’m not as ecstatic about everything like before. But maybe that’s part of growing older as a book blogger? I guess it’s normal to feel like this, we’ve all experienced reading slumps so it’s only natural to have blogging slumps as well. It’s just that I’ve been doing my best to keep the slump away but I don’t want to pressure myself and I don’t want to feel like blogging is too much work. I wonder if the rest of you have noticed these changes around the blog? And I’d also like to hear what the rest of you do when you feel like a blogging slump is about to happen? What makes you look forward to blogging again? Oh and if you come across my enthusiasm, please tell it to go back to me, I need it ASAP.