21 Questions to Ask When You’re in a Book Blogging Slump

Posted April 10, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 38 Comments

Questions in Slump

Lately I have been feeling like I might be getting into the beginnings of a blogging slump. I’m not there yet–so maybe I’m pre-slump? But I could feel it coming on unless I changed something. So I sat down with a notebook and I made a list of questions about my blog I wanted to answer over the next few days. I had hoped that seeing what I wanted to change, what I wanted to stay, and the root cause of my feelings might help me. I found the exercise incredibly helpful, but I wanted to share some of the questions I asked myself with you! I had more than just this list, since some of mine were too specific to make vague, but I think most of these questions could be helpful for any book blogger.

1)How do I want to move forward with my blog?

2) Do I still want to participate in _________(any meme or feature you participate in)?

Note: The one I was asking myself about was Top Ten Tuesdays. I love Top Ten Tuesdays, but it means that every week I participate, my post for that Tuesday was taken. I was beginning to feel stale with it. I haven’t quite made up my mind what I’m going to do about TTT, but at least the question is out there now.

3) Am I enjoying my review format?

4) Do I like the tone of my posts?

5) Am I happy with the balance between reviews/discussions/features?

Note: One thing I found when doing this exercise was that I wasn’t really happy with the balance between reviews and discussions, and I’m going to work on changing it in the future.

6) Do I want to collaborate more?

7) Should I do a reader survey?

8) Do I need to bring back _______(perhaps any feature or meme you used to participate in and no longer do)?

9) Do I want to mix up my social media channels?

10)Do I want to keep all my current social media channels?

11) Do I need or want to take a blogging break?

12) Is something in my real life affecting my feelings towards my blog?

Note: Sometimes, I think blogging slumps happen because we burn ourselves out on our blogs, and it can be good to take a break then. But I also think sometimes real life can sort of “take over” a blogging rut and make you think you’re in a worse head space than you actually are. When I was feeling the beginnings of pre-slump, I realized that I was trying to find both a new job and a new apartment: stressful!

13) Do I want to update or change my blog design?

14) Do I need to revisit any blogging promises/resolutions/goals?

15) Do I want to keep reviewing as many books as I do?

16) Am I feeling guilty, tired, or bored?

Note: When I was asking myself this, I was trying to pinpoint the exact cause of the pre-slump. If I was feeling guilty, I wanted to cut back on commitments. If I was feeling tired, I was going to consider a break. If I was feeling bored, I wanted to change things up more. I decided I was feeling more bored than anything, and just really wanted to incorporate new things on the blog.

17) Do I have any other hobbies or interest I want to incorporate into my blog?

18) Do I want to revisit any old features or discussion posts?

19) What posts have others written lately that I really love?

20) What are my all-time favorite posts on my blog? Why are they my favorites?

21) Are there any new features or memes I want to try?

Let’s chat: Have you been in a blogging(or reading) slump before? How did you get out of it? Do you have any questions that you think might be helpful to ask when you feel a slump coming on?




38 responses to “21 Questions to Ask When You’re in a Book Blogging Slump

  1. Hi Stormy!

    Thank you for this post. I was going to actually do a deep clean of my blog in general today & your list gave me a great place to start! I find myself doing memes & certain features more out of habit than actually enjoying them.

  2. Great questions – I’ve been in a slump for the last week or two, mostly just because things are so busy. But I’m working on a re-design and upcoming ideas so I’m hoping to come back feeling inspired and these questions are great!

    In terms of TTT, I felt exactly the same way, and I’ve now switched to just doing the weeks that really appeal to me. It’s not ideal in terms of scheduling, because I might do two Tuesdays in a row and then skip three, but it was the best balance I could find for me.

  3. I totally get it, Girl! I recently took a little book reviewing break. I’m still doing the 30 damn + books I promised, but not accepting any new requests for a little while. Hoping I can catch up!

    • Stormy

      Yes, exactly! I like to question myself time to time in my job, other hobbies, etc, just to make sure I’m doing the best I can and in a way that makes *me* happy, so I wanted to apply it to blogging and hope that it could help some other people who might be in pre-slump mode,like me, figure out what exactly is going on.

  4. what a great series of questions! I think, not just for blogging, but whenever we have anything in our life where we kind of feel like we’re drifting sitting down and writing out questions is a great way to look at the situation and see it more clearly and maybe from a slightly different point of view. I actually did something similar when I was writing – I hit a patch at the end where I knew where I needed to go and didn’t know how to get there. I pulled out my notebook and started writing down the pieces I knew I had to work with and asked myself what was valuable there and what I needed and what I could let go of…

    It’s funny I just read an post by Alethea Kontis about lost arts (http://waterworldmermaids.com/2014/04/the-lost-art-of-lost-arts/) and now that I’ve read your post I’d add, The Lost Art of Writing out Questions 🙂

    • Stormy

      Thank you! I’ve done exercises like this in regards to school work & internships, and that’s the type of framework I had in mind when trying to think of the questions I really needed to ask myself.

  5. I have been in a blogging slump. Wow this really helped me…I answered all the questions. I really want to collab more now. I really enjoy doing tags from YouTube on my book blog. What helps me get out of a slump on my blogs is to just keep writing.

    • Stormy

      YAY I’m so glad this helped! I hope you find a way to collaborate more. I think tags from YouTube are a good idea–I know I always like watching tag videos.
      I tend to write my way through slumps too, I think. I haven’t really ever had a blogging slump, but in a writing slump I keep telling myself to just keep going and at least in that case, it normally works.

  6. I absolutely love this! I’m not sure if I’ve been in a blogging slump yet. Usually if I take a break it’s because of school. However, it’s great to think about just incase I get there.

    • Stormy

      I hope you don’t hit the slump period! It’s no fun. I don’t think I’m quite in one yet, but I feel like I could be within a few weeks if I don’t change things, and I don’t like that. It’s the first time in almost a year and a half that I’ve felt this way, so I’m hoping to really do some blog-thinking and make sure I can curb it.

  7. Great questions. I’m in a bit of a slump too but mostly because I don’t have enough time to blog the way I want to blog. I’m still working out how to handle it. Your questions are great for pin pointing the problem and working towards a solution.

    • Stormy

      I hope you can find the time! I’ve been feeling some of that lately too. I have time to *blog*, but not always to the level I want. I think a lot of that right now is external pressure(searching for an apartment AND job at the same time), but I hope these questions help both of us!

  8. This is great! I’ve been blogging for two years, and I haven’t ever been in a real blogging slump. That doesn’t mean there aren’t times when I am tired, and struggle to make the time to put together a post. But that’s more because I am tired do to things not blog related. Real Life stuff.

    What I really like about these questions, though, is that they can be used for other things than being in blogging slumps. They can also help brainstorm where people want to go with their blogs.

    I hope you don’t fall into a blogging slump, though!

    • Stormy

      Thank you! I’m hoping not to fall into a blogging slump either. I think a lot of what it is right now is more of the kind of stuff you were talking about–real life stuff that’s just getting me down and making it hard to concentrate on a hobby. I feel I need to use all my time being super productive and working on this real-life stuff, but blogging & reading is my breather.

  9. These are great questions, Stormy! I feel like I am in one right now. I have been at a loss for new post ideas and while I love memes, I don’t want all my posts to be those, so my blog is sitting without any new posts right now :\ I think once my last assignment is in for classes, I will regain some brain power for blogging and coming up with posts- and, too, have time to read more and get more reviews up. But right now… yeah, it’s a slump! I think the only thing I can do is ride it out and hope something comes to me.

    • Stormy

      I think we’ve all been there, struggling with post ideas. And life tends to get in the way. I hope your slump ends soon!

  10. Oh I love these! I feel like I’m in a perpetual slump when it comes to my blog but don’t know what to do to fix it. I think it’s more lazy than slump though. 🙂

    I’ve all but stopped doing Top Ten Tuesdays. I like the traffic it brought to my blog, but got to the point where it just felt repetitive. I want to incorporate another meme on my blog, just to give myself a chance to connect with other bloggers, but don’t know of any I really want to do.

    I think the biggest question I ask myself is “What am I doing?” Often I reply “I don’t know” but when I think about it I see that I’m talking about something I’m passionate about. I’m sharing thoughts and opinions with people all over the country. I’m connecting with strangers over something we’re both passionate about and creating some pretty terrific friendships. I’m gaining confidence in myself. Reminding myself of what I’m doing generally helps me get out of my slump and asking myself all the questions you listed help me get back on track and excited to blog.

    • Stormy

      I really enjoy Top Ten Tuesdays, but I feel like I keep using the same books over & over, so I’m thinking of taking a break from most of the TTT and trying something else.

      Hah, I think I ask myself “What am I doing?” quite often!

  11. These are all so great! Fortunately I haven’t been in TOO many blogging slumps and if I was, it was mostly because I was burning myself out on trying to keep up with posts and/or reviews. It really does help so much just to take a step back and look at how you’re blogging and if that’s making you happy. Blogging is about FUN and it always should be so if it’s not fun, that’s a great time to ask yourself why not.
    Great post!

    • Stormy

      Exactly! I always want my blog to be fun. I work hard on it, of course, and there is some level of work involved(It’s easier to just NOT blog, maybe, but blogging makes me happy!).

  12. These are fantastic questions Stormy! I have to say, I get quite bored of my blog easily, which is why I tend to redesign every few months, the subtle things, just to shake things up, but I have to say, I’ve never fallen into a free-fall blogging slump. Sometimes I’ll get features of a slump, like not wanting to prepare posts, which I end up doing anyway, or not wanting to review every book, which I’ve stopped doing. I’ve considered asking people their opinions on my blog too, to see if from outside of the box, might be worth doing that too? I lose my Fridays on Five Friday Favourites, and every other Thursday with Who Wore It Better, so I feel you there hunny.
    Great post! 😀

    • Stormy

      Thank you! I think re-designing a blog can be a great way to break out of a small slump. I like the idea of changing small things to shake it up. I think this pre-slump is more about my real life, but if possible, I want to prevent it from happening either way.

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