Blogging Blues And A Challenge

3 Jan

For some weeks now I’ve been rather unenthusiastic about all things blogging, mostly because I had (still have) trouble writing book comments. I don’t know the last time a book comment wrote itself “easily.” You know, you sit down to write and you know what you want to write and everything just flows. It’s not that I expect it to be like this every time I write, but normally I at least know what I want to write. The last couple of weeks – not so much. I sit there staring out of the window thinking “lalala.” It’s not the books. I was blown away recently by Meredith Duran’s The Duke of Shadows for example, and I still had trouble writing about it.

The problem is that this “writing slump” is affecting everything connected with the blog and blogging. For example, I thought I had my to-be-read list and my to-be-played list scheduled to be published January, 1. But no, I hadn’t. I set the date and that was that. Ups! (They are published now.)

To be fair, I always had these “why bother with the blog?” periods since I started with it (and I don’t think it’s that unusual), but back when it was just a private blog, I could just up and leave and come back later (there are a few gaps in my archives). Add to that, with all that I like about wordpress.com, I’m not totally happy with the restrictions on its themes. There are only a limited number of things you can do to make it look more personal.

So, what am I to do?

With all that “meh!” going on, I signed up for a Blog Challenge:
Re-Read Challenge 2009 over at Nath’s blog Books, Books, and more Books.

re-read-challenge-2009

I had a lot of fun when, after a few years, I re-read Stephanie Laurens’s A Secret Love early in December (2008) and when I read about Nath’s Challenge, I signed up.

I really like the idea of this challenge and so far, it’s working. I was busy thinking about which books to chose the last few days and which one to read first and, most important, I think about posts to write. Not in a you-need-to-write-something way, in a let’s-write-about-that way. Yeah!

Maybe I even should turn this blog completely public so that search engines like google and others can pick it up to shake things up even more. Hmm. At the least, I’ll look into a theme with three columns. I don’t like very long side bars, and with the added logo for the challenge (and some other things I would like to have there), my side bar will be even longer than it is already. But I think (not sure) the three-column themes on wordpress.com are all with flexible width and that’s something I don’t want. Must go and check. Or I could go to wordpress.org. I looked into it in autumn last year and it’s not that expensive but with my periods of “why bother with the blog?” – I’m not so sure that’s the right thing to do at the moment.

Decisions, decisions. Things are getting interesting again, I think.

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7 Responses to “Blogging Blues And A Challenge”

  1. Marg Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    I often have trouble writing book review posts, but I think that I really need to just push through and do them sometimes. Sounds good in theory anyway!

  2. KristieJ Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 5:17 am #

    I think that just like we go through reading slumps, we go through blogging slumps and just can’t think of a darned thing to say. I hate them just as much as reading slumps – but they too pass 🙂
    There are all kinds of books I read this past year that I had really enjoyed – but I just couldn’t think of anything really to write about.

  3. Taja Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Marg: Yes, that’s what I’m trying to do. Just push through. And let go (more than I do now) of the idea to write about every book I read.

    Kristie: I hope that it’ll pass soon. Like you said, it’s as annoying as reading slumps. But it’s getting better already (or that’s what I’m telling myself).

    Thank you for your comments. It helps to know that I’m not alone with my periods of writing slumps. 🙂

  4. Christine Monday, January 5, 2009 at 4:54 am #

    Book review? What’s that? Oh yeaaaah… I used to write those for my blog. Ha ha. Seriously, though, I think those blogging and or reading slumps are very normal. I’ve been going through that myself. And not just because I’ve been busy. Sometimes I just don’t feel like connecting, you know? Or I’ll read through a whole bunch of blogs, but just don’t feel like commenting even if I had something to offer. Well… that doesn’t apply here on your blog, really. I leave lots of comments here for you. Which is a testament to how much I enjoy your blog…. so while taking a break here and there or only posting once a week or whenever is totally understandable, but I’d be sad if you gave it up all together. 😦

    Although I do have your email, so I’d just stalk you there, anyway. 🙂

    Hugs!

  5. Taja Monday, January 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Christine, now I feel great! Thanks.

    I really like what you wrote about connecting. So true, and certainly something that’s going on at the moment. But no worry. I think this post was mostly motivated by my discontent with my reviews than by blogging itself (never mind the “why bother” thing). So keep hold of my email. The soonest you’ll need it for stalking is one year from now because I signed up for two challenges this year and intend to see them through! They sound like a lot of fun. I also fully expect to get over my current meh-period (and subsequent ones) until then. 🙂

    Thank you for saying you would miss my blog and thank you for your comment(s). 🙂

    Hugs back!

  6. nath Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Great to hear you’re getting the blogging bug again 😀 I’m glad you decided to participate ;D

  7. Taja Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Nath, yes, I think I’m “back” again. And without taking a break this time! And thank you for hosting the challenge. I’m glad to participate and really look forward to it. 🙂

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