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

Posted July 8, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 13 Comments

Last year I wrote a posts about 21 questions to ask yourself if you’re in a book blogging slump. They were meant to be guided questions you could use to reflect on blogging and were specific to book bloggers. Lately I’ve been wanting to revisit the topic because I feel about antsy about blogging. I’m not in a blogging slump, or even a pre-slump. I think I just want to make some changes, so I came up with 20 more questions I think could be useful for any book blogger who felt stuck in a rut or a slump.

More Questions Blogging Slump

1. If I were going to start a new blog *right now*, what would I do differently?

2. If I didn’t have any expectations, how would I blog?

3. How do I feel when I sit down to create a post?

4. Do I like the aesthetics of my site? Why or why not?

5. What’s my favorite social media channel for my blog & why? Can I use it in a new way?

6. Do I feel comfortable with the amount of personality I share?

7. What, if anything, would I stop doing if I didn’t feel like I “had” to?

8. Do I feel limited by ______(blog name/description/etc.)?

9. Is there a way to revisit old ideas and give them a new spin?

10. How would I describe the people reading my blog?

11. Am I happy with my blog growth?

12. how do I feel in relation to the rest of the blogging community?

13. Do I have any blogging regrets? If yes, is there anything I can do to rectify that?

14. Is there a way to streamline any blogging tasks I don’t enjoy?

15. What do I want my blog to look like in a year? Am I on the right path to get there?

16. How does blogging fit in with the rest of my life?

17. What is the best part of blogging for me?

18. Do I enjoy the frequency of my posts?

19. Fill in the blank: If not for _______, I wouldn’t want to blog.

20. What is my biggest blog-related fear? Is it holding me back?

 

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 yourself when you feel a slump coming on?

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13 responses to “20 More Questions to Ask When You’re in a Book Blogging Slump

  1. This is an awesome list! I’ve been in a blogging slump for a while now but I think my problem is more tied to general-laziness and nonproductivity and basically not getting the chance to blog when I feel the urge to. If not for fangirling with other awesome bloggers, I wouldn’t want to blog. 😀
    I’ve been following you about a year now and I LOVE your blog! I wanted to link to a post you wrote a while back about writing what you know vs. what you don’t know, but I can’t seem to find it. Could you possibly point out where it is?

    • Stormy

      I definitely know what that nonproductivity feels like! It’s always the worst because I WANT to be productive but sometimes the motivation just isn’t there.
      Ahh, thank you! I think the post you’re talking about is this one perhaps?–http://www.bookblogbake.com/2014/11/20/writing-dont-know/

  2. I am definitely going to have to ask myself these questions! I’ve been in blog slumps before but nothing quite like this. I don’t know if I can even call it a slump. I just don’t have much motivation to write posts or reviews. And I’m feeling very uncreative. Right now I’m just being chill and taking it one day a time, but I hate posting as much. I’m just trying to let myself figure out what I want to do differently and HOW to make those changes. Thanks for the helpful guideline! 🙂

    • Stormy

      I hate that feeling! I think figuring out what you want to do differently is SO helpful. Sometimes I try new things without really thinking of if I want to blog that way. Last year I took a blogging hiatus in August, and I’m thinking of making it a yearly thing, even if I don’t *feel* I need it. I think just having regular breathers before you get into a slump can help.

    • Stormy

      Ha, well, I do know my answers to some of these questions, but others are still definitely a work in progress.

  3. These are some really great questions, and some of them have really got me thinking! I’ve been in a blogging slump before, and sometimes I have to ask myself if what I’m feeling is just lack of inspiration, laziness, or if constantly updating has left me burnt out. If I’m just not feeling inspired, or I’ve been lazy(it happens) there are things I can do to change that. If I’m feeling burnt out, that usually means I need a little break!

    • Stormy

      Yeah, I think slumps can come from lots of different places, and the way you deal with them can often reflect that. Last year I was in a slump, and I realized it was because I felt like I had lots of ideas, but no time/motivation. Giving myself permission to not post every day and scale back on things helped a LOT.

  4. I especially like #10 and #12 about the people who read my blog and my place in the community. I seem to have readers of many genres, which I am also, but I can’t put a finger on why people make me a regular visiting spot, what is popular at my blog. I’ve been thinking of doing a poll, and have been drafting questions, but you have to ask the right questions.
    Great post!

    • Stormy

      I really liked(and enjoy coming up with) #10 too. In my writing classes, I was always taught to visualize your audience. . . which is helpful to an extent, but I think it’s important to realize that the audience you’re writing to can change. Sometimes you get an audience you didn’t expect and sometimes your content changes gradually over time to the point where new people are reading your blog for different reasons than people were reading at the beginning.

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