I knew it was too good to last. I just knew it.
January and February were both really good reading and blogging months: I was getting lots of great reading done, I was scheduling ahead of myself on the blog, I did some major housekeeping going through all of my tags and categories, I had reviews written in advance, some discussions on the go… It was all looking peachy.
March landed, and everything seemed to go down the drain. I got into a reading slump or two, the blog took a bit of a hit, and even worse – it’s rolled into April as well. I’ve been debating what I should do when it comes to scheduling and content – what content I should keep and what I should get rid of, how much time and effort I can realistically put in to blogging along with my other commitments (the ones that pay bills!)… Then, I stumbled upon Ashley’s post called Lessons Learned From A Three Year Blogger, and it really struck a chord with me.
This is just one of many posts I’ve seen over the past couple of months that talk about using filler posts on your blog, about creating original content that you’d want to read yourself, and about taking a step back to really think about what you want your blog to say. Ideally, I like posting Monday to Friday, and when things are going well it isn’t too much of an issue because I enjoy doing posts like Top Ten Tuesday and Tags – so, they’re here to stay for now (though I need to get back to posting my TTTs in the morning and not at 9pm like I did yesterday…).
But where does that leave everything else?
Well, I want my blog to have good, steady and original content. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen all by itself. Blogging really does take much more effort than I think we even give ourselves credit for. So, I’m taking the plunge. This weekend, I’m dedicating some time to my blog – I’m going to get on the ball with the collaborative features (Brandie, Stef and Joey, get ready for some emails!), I’m going to branch out a little topic-wise (brace yourselves!), and I’m going to write up the 30-odd posts that are sitting in my drafts… OK, maybe I won’t write up them all this weekend, but I am going to make a serious effort. This Book Geek is getting her mojo back!
Over to you – have you ever had a mini-blog meltdown? Ever taken a step back and completely re-jigged what you do? I feel like I’m having a blogestential crisis so any and all opinions are welcome!