Hey, Book Geeks! So, I haven’t written a blog post since the start of April, which is the longest I’ve ever gone without posting in 4 YEARS of book blogging. I thought I’d pop on to let you know that I’m still alive (!), and still lurking around here in the background, and I have an explanation as to where I’ve been. I’m curious to see if any of you have ever experienced this, and find out what you’ve done about it!
My break from Confessions of a Book Geek wasn’t an active decision, and it’s not even something I’m all that happy about. When I first started blogging, I posted about three times per week on average – I scheduled posts in advance, took part in loads of memes, and read on average 52 books a year. Since then things have changed, A LOT.
Over the years, as I progressed from a graduate into a “proper” job, the idea of a regular blogging schedule went out of the window, which was fine – I was still setting my Goodreads goal at 52 books a year, I was still posting somewhat regularly, and I still felt involved in the community. But over the past year, and especially in the last six months, things have really changed.
Part of this change is how much free time I have available, and what I’m choosing to do with it – I work full-time in quite a demanding and senior job, I freelance part-time in evenings and at weekends, I’m usually on a course or training programme of some sort, I go to the gym a few times a week, and around all of those things I try to socialise with friends and family when I get the chance so I don’t become a complete hermit. These are my priorities, and something had to give. It appears blogging has taken a hit.
In some ways, these things have always put demands on my time, but in the past six months my freelancing has gotten a lot busier. I’m grateful for this. This is a good thing. But it does mean I’ve found myself putting working before reading and blogging.
My time being more restricted is only part of the story though, because it’s not only affecting my ability to find time to read, it’s also affecting my enjoyment of reading. I don’t think I would have been as absent from the book blogging community lately if it weren’t for the fact that for the past six months, I’ve really struggled to enjoy reading. It’s almost painful to admit it, but it’s the truth:
I’m not getting swept away with the stories like I used to, I’m not excited to delve into something new. When I do try to read I find myself very distracted, to the point where it takes weeks to finish a 300-400 page book, and when I do finish I’m not left feeling satisfied because my reading experience was so disjointed. As a result, I haven’t been reading much lately, which means I don’t have book reviews to post. Book reviews are the bread-and-butter of a book blog, so without reading I haven’t had a lot of inspiration for content.
So, what was the point of getting all of that off my chest?
First of all, I just want you guys to know I am still here *waves* and I do still check my Bloglovin’ feed to see what you’re all up to. I still consider myself to be a part of this community, even if I’m a lot more quiet than normal.
Secondly, I have no intentions of announcing my departure from book blogging, nor do I plan to slink off quietly without a goodbye, I’m hopeful that at some stage I’ll be able to find a little more balance to continue to enjoy my hobbies alongside my work and side-hustles.
And lastly, if this IS my new normal, then I’m hoping to continue posting sporadically about books I add to my collection and other interesting goings-on, even if I’m not able to post book reviews every week.
What about you? Have you ever fallen into a major blogging or reading rut? Has finding the time to read, and actually enjoy it, ever been difficult for you? What did you do to overcome it? Do any of you have some AMAZING book recommendations that could just JOLT me out of this? Let me know in the comments!