Five Things To Do While In A Blogging Slump

Hey y’all! Lila here! So you may or may not have noticed, but I’ve been in a horrific reading and blogging slump since about mid June. These slumps were brought on by a number of factors including, but not limited to: school, work, my health, lack of inspiration, and my country completely falling apart at the seams. But anyhoo! Having been in these slumps for a good while now, I’ve become a bit of an expert on what to do while in a slump. Today I wanted to share a few of those ideas with y’all, particularly in regards to what to do while you’re in a blogging slump.

1. Don’t stop reading

I think one of the things that can really contribute too a reading and blogging slump is getting in a rut where you feel like you’re just reading so that you can write blog posts. That’s why I think it’s so important when you’re in a blogging slump to keep reading and to read for enjoyment. In doing this, you can kinda remind yourself of why you started book blogging and why your so passionate about it–because of the books! When you remind yourself of why you were so passionate about something in the first place, generally you can recapture that passion and fall in love with that thing again!

2. Invest in your other hobbies

Don’t be afraid to take time to enjoy hobbies other than reading and blogging. In doing so, you might even gain fodder for blog posts. Sure, you may be running a book blog, but don’t be afraid to show off other facets of yourself on it. After all, an unrelated blog post is better than no blog post at all. But aside from that, taking time to enjoy other hobbies also gives your mind some time to rest, relax, and recuperate. This ensures you’ll be back to blogging as soon as possible and you’ll be in the right mindset when that time comes!

3. Find inspiration in your day to day life

Some of my best posts (in my humble opinion) were and are inspired by real life topics and experiences. All you gotta do is always be on the look out for inspiration. And you don’t have to write diary-style posts about your daily life! You can easily take something from your daily life and tweak it a little to be a bookish post! Doing your makeup for the day? Create a Book Look inspired by your favorite series or jot down several makeup looks you’d give your fave heroines (–or heroes–I don’t discriminate)! You get the idea, right?

4. Take inspiration from bloggers you admire

You know what Auston Kleon always says–“steal like and artist!” Now, I’m not saying take someone else’s post and call it your own, obviously that’s wrong! But if you see someone else make a post you like, try and take that idea and put your own original spin on it.

5. Consume media other than books

Binge your to-watch list on Netflix. Discover new tunes on Spotify. Find awesome artists on Tumblr. My point is: enjoy some other types of media aside from books. Just give yourself a break, let your mind rest and relax, then, when you’ve regained your strength and you’re all good and ready, you can come back! That’s first of all. Second of all, consuming other media is a good way to come up with post ideas. Maybe you post about that media. Or maybe you pair that media or elements of that media with books. However you spin it, consuming other types of media can be a great source of inspiration which also allows you to take a break and relax.

What are your tips for when you fall into a blogging slumps? Do you agree with my tips? Or maybe you disagree?

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Lila is a 25-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

12 thoughts on “Five Things To Do While In A Blogging Slump

    1. oh no! thumbs down for reading slumps! thumbs up for you being a trooper through it all! i definitely read more “fluff” books when I’m in a slump, though it’s harder cause i like ya fantasy and sci fi and light sf/f are hard to find! i also try reading a bunch of novellas and graphic novels/comics–that usually helps!

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    1. aw thanks! i’m glad to be back! there’s definitely no better way to take a break from reading than finding other things you really enjoy to fill your time, be it tv and movies or playing football (hey, it’s not my thing, but maybe it’s someone else’s?)

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  1. I love this! I completely agree – sometimes you just have to step away for a while. It took me a good year to realise that this is a hobby, it’s supposed to be fun and if it isn’t any more than it’s time to take a break until it is again.

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    1. thanks, lydia! you’re so right about blogging being a hobby. i’m prone to taking my commitments waaaaay to seriously, resulting in a lot of stress for me. i got to the point earlier this year where blogging started to feel like a chore, and a stressful one at that, and i knew i had to step back for a bit. i’m glad i did because now i’ve come back feeling so refreshed and much more relaxed!

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  2. Oh no, slumps are such a bummer. But yeah, I think keeping reading but choosing the books you really want to read rather than worrying about review copies or anything like is great advice. It does help remind you why you love reading. Going for other types of media is great advice too! Sometimes it’s hard to focus on a book, but a movie is just right, etc. And enjoying your other hobbies is great too. Yeah, the posts might not be bookish, but that doesn’t mean your followers won’t still find them interesting 🙂

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    1. thanks, kristen! i think there’s actually a lot you can do to kind of turn a slump into a great period of creative incubation, it you will. it all depends on how you look at it!

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  3. Love your tips! Usually when I’m in a blogging slump it’s because I’m exhausted – in those cases I’m not just in a blogging slump, but just in a slump in general. I’ll have no creativity thus no inspiration for posts, which makes blogging a lot harder haha. The best way for me to deal with a blogging slump is thus taking a break for a while. When I come back I’m full with excitement and ideas! 😀

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    1. thanks, michelle (and sorry for getting back to you so late!). it’s definitely the worst when you feel like your creativity has just been exhausted. i think that’s definitely a point when taking a break becomes *really* important. for me, i think my biggest source of inspiration is life itself, so even taking a rest and a break can refill my creative well.

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