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”.
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.
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.