When history repeats itself

You know what they say about New Year’s resolutions, is that we never keep them. I, for one am quite sure of that, because even when I decided to make some I started off my post with “Although I’m usually oppose to having resolutions, because I never stick to them, I am most confident in my intentions in sticking to the ones I’ve made for this year”. 

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Not only did I contradict myself with that, I also did not stick to my intentions. With that being said, I might be exaggerating, because after reading this post again, I have unknowingly kept some of them.  I’ve brought up a topic that not many people have known about me: having an anxiety disorder. Which I’ve mostly left untreated, but when life happens and you can’t cope then things need to change. I take some prescribed medication when it all becomes a bit too much and I’ve also learned to not tap into negativity like I used to. That being said, I’m a much happier person.

I’ve done only one re-read, so that might not count as having kept that resolution. However this past weekend when I was visiting my parents, I took full advantage of the warm spring day. I took my book outside and sat on the grass and read. It wasn’t long before I was searching for a blanket so that I can lie on the grass and read my book, with dogs in tow.  What I’ve done for pretty much all of Saturday was lie with my dogs on the grass, reading my book and taking a few moments break every so often to stare into the clear blue skies. I think it did me a lot more good than I thought it would.  Another resolution down: breaking out of the mould and finding new locations to read.

But I’m still in that terrible reading slump and even more so the blogging slump, which seems even worse in 2016 than it did in 2015.

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I religiously take time out of my day to relax and reflect and today I’ve chosen to actually lay down and think of what exactly it is that has me in this blogging slump. I will admit that I’ve thought about making several changes with regards to my blog, which includes the idea to stop blogging.  I do know I’m never going to stop reading and I don’t really want to stop sharing my thoughts on the books I’ve read.

Although I read a lot less than I used to, I’m blogging even less than I read. I have a few books I’ve read this year that I didn’t write a review for, so clearly my blogging slump is a lot worse than the reading one. So I went through this year’s blog posts and saw that most of my posts are reviews. Which has been the case in previous years as well, but maybe it’s something that I need to change. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and maybe I’m unconsciously become bored with the repetitive task of writing book reviews and nothing else. In previous years, even if rare, I alternated my book reviews with content other than book reviews.

I’m not saying that is the solution, but maybe that is an approach I’d be willing to take.  Thinking of new ideas to make my blog more interesting, not only for me writing it, but for my readers reading it as well. I don’t know what content I plan on writing on my blog, but I do hope that my readers will like whatever I plan to post here.

  • Carlisle

    Please don’t stop the reviews though, they’re extremely helpful. Although I’m sure it takes a lot of time and effort which can progressively add up and seem like a mountain to climb at any given moment. But I, and many others I’m sure, truly do appreciate it and value it.

    • No, I do not plan on stopping the book reviews. I just want to alternate the content, so that it doesn’t become repetitive and boring for me.

  • I am over my months-long reading slump, and I think/hope that I am over my blogging slump as well. Like you, I am trying to come up with some fresh ideas, other than book reviews, to keep it interesting not only for readers, but also for me. I hope you find something that works for you! Above all, make sure you keep taking those breaks to relax and reflect. Sometimes, even a few minutes can work wonders in finding a balance again.

    • You’re absolutely right, TJ. I think in this day, we do not take enough time out to relax and refresh our bodies and mind. It’s so needed. And it also brings clear perspective. I can’t believe I’ve considered closing my blog! That is what happens when you feel overwhelmed and not take time out. I am glad you’re out of your reading slump!

  • Lisa Sheppard

    I keep tweaking and tweaking with the way I write my reviews – I don’t want to be a pro, I’m not trying to impress anyone with my great insights. So I’m working on making reviews easier and much, much faster to write. I think that’s one of the things that gets us into blogging slumps – those darn reviews are just so much work, so time consuming!

    • My reviews of late hasn’t been as good as it used to be, maybe because I spend less time writing it. Also, not trying to be a pro, just sharing my thoughts. But I do think switching it up would be fun. Writing different types of posts. I’ll see how it goes 🙂

  • Isi

    Of course your readers want to read whatever you want to post 🙂
    I’m happy you are happier now. And yes, history repeats itself, specially with these resolutions. I also planned to write more on both my blogs, but I just can’t keep up with my studies and my blogs. However, I do what I can, and I enjoy writing when I have time.
    I’m happy you are finding new reading places too! I’m now on holidays at the beach, and yesterday I went to a park on the coast with wood tables; I took a piece of pie and a book in my backpack and I enjoyed an hour of reading there. It was marvellous!
    Lots of kisses.

    • Thanks, Isi.
      I definitely need to find a way to write more, it used to make me happier, so I need to just get my priorities in order 🙂

      Your outing sounds marvellous, wish I could join!