How to deal with a blogging slump

Hi friends! ☀️ I hope you’re all doing okay! I’m back today with another blogging post that I hope you’ll enjoy and talking about something we all face, every now and then…the dreaded blogging slump.

Whether we’re just not in the mood to blog, our lives are changing, we’re just overwhelmed or tired or not feeling it… well, there are days where just opening our blogs’ page feels dreadful and annoying and we’re just not. feeling. it. anymore.

That’s the blogging slump.

We don’t want to welcome it into our homes and lives, but it doesn’t knock either. Wow. I’m making metaphors would you look at me. ANYWAY. Today, I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks that have helped me in keeping the blogging slump at bay! I really hope this can help!

✨ How to deal with a blogging slump

  • Reevaluate your blogging

The first thing I always do when I’m feeling a little slump-y is to try and get where it comes from and why.

Okay. The first thing I do is rant and scream and annoy my sister. So, the second thing.

I just really ask myself what’s wrong here. Is it really the big, massive burned-out,  I-can’t-even-look-at-my-blog-anymore, or is it just the fact that I’m bored by what I write and just, this blog post idea doesn’t work?

Sometimes, there’s no need to panic. Sometimes, it’s just because I am too set in my ways and just don’t want to let the idea go, but I really should.

Sometimes, it’s just because something isn’t working out and I need to go with another idea, just don’t write that blog post, just skip this posting day altogether because I don’t want to do this.

Sometimes, it’s just because I’m getting bored of participating in book blogging memes, of writing my reviews in a certain way, of posting ten times a week when I can barely keep up with life as it is.

I feel like it’s so important to know where the blogging slump comes from, before throwing it all away.

All it takes, sometimes, to take you out of your blogging rut, is changing things up a little bit.

📝 What can you change in my usual blogging routine?

Blog less! Blog more!

Try writing blog posts on a different day, in the morning, in the evening, on the weekdays or weekends,

Try writing differently! This means: write different kind of blog posts than you’re used to, try out memes or tags or give them up, try discussion posts…. This can also mean to write what you usually do, but in different ways. For instance, you can change your blog posts’ layouts, try writing your reviews with GIFs or bullet points or full paragraphs or rhymes or whatever!

☂️ Related blog post: How to: write a great blog post

💻 What can you change on your blog itself?

Sometimes, you’re just bored because… well, it’s harsh to say, but you’re bored of just looking at your blog. Something works WONDERS for that and it’s a little change in your design.

You can easily (and without spending money!), get a new blog layout, try out a new design, try to create a new blog logo, change your articles’ featured images…

Anything can spark creativity, really. I know how terrifying it can be to change things up and try new things. What if your followers don’t like it or don’t follow you in it all?

Yes, but what if they do? If you’re feeling something exciting while writing something new or looking for a new blog’s layout…well, it’s a sign you should go for it anyway. In the end, you should make yourself happy.

On that note, my friend Olivia @ Purely Olivia shared how she blogs without spending money!

Also, always referring back to my friend Kat @ Novels and Waffles’ blog post on branding for some great tips.

May @ Forever and Everly has also a wonderful guide on blog design!

  • Keep yourself inspired

The biggest enemy of the blogging slump is inspiration.

It’s also the biggest reason we’re getting into these moody blogging slumps: our inspiration tank is damn empty and we just don’t know where to go and what to do next.

I have some tips and tricks up my sleeve to keep myself inspired at all times. Well, not really at all times, but, whenever I’m feeling down, a little lost, or just don’t have any ideas and feel the blogging slump and the wow-I-really-cant-write-anything-anymore mood coming to slap me in the face… I do these things.

⌨️ I read blogs.

I read book blogs for the most part, yes, but also sometimes other kind of lifestyle blogs and travel blogs, too. I read about books, about blogging, about faraway places I can’t wait to go to someday.

Reading blogs is part of my routine. Whether I can do it every week or every month, eventually, no matter how busy I get, I come back to reading blogs and I think that fuels me, A LOT.

Sometimes, I read a blog post and its comments and some random thing will jump at me and give me an idea for a post. Sometimes, I find that I got tagged in a book tag and find it so much fun I feel excited to write again. Sometimes, I just stumble upon the most gorgeous blogs I’ve ever seen and feel inspired for change, growth and to do more on my own platform, too.

Blogs are such a huge inspiration, really. I also know that when you’re in a slump, sometimes you can’t BEAR LOOKING AT ANOTHER DAMN BOOK BLOG EVER AGAIN. If that happens… you should look at your blog.

💻 I read my own blog.

Sometimes, when I feel in a bit of a blogging slump, I go down the rabbit hole that is my 800+ blog posts blog and I just…. lose myself.

I read things I wrote years ago and just….

I read things I wrote months ago and feel inspired.

I stumble upon something I forgot and am like “did I write this?”, both in a “this is actually good” or “uuuuuuuuuuuh” way.

I scroll down comments and conversations and see what people said, asked, wondered about old and new posts.

It’s funny, but losing myself like that reminds me of why I started in the first place and, more often than not, makes me find a little bit of that motivation and will to continue having fun like I used to.

🔍 I look for ideas.

To keep the inspiration alive, I’m constantly on the lookout for ideas.

I always have an endless list of ideas that I keep in moments like these, when the blogging slump comes alive. Sometimes, just reading back on random ideas sparkle something back in me and makes me want to write and actually get back to it.

Sometimes, I search for blogging prompts online (there are so many lists!), I search for book tags, I scroll down book lists, I stare at my shelf and wonder about the world.

Sometimes, I scream at my sister HELP ME I DON’T HAVE IDEAS and she tells me to write about bookstagram and I word-vomit a too long post about worries afterwards.

When I don’t feel inspired to do anything, sometimes just looking for ideas , something new, fresh, exciting like that helps me in finding a little bit of that inspiration back.

☂️ Related blog post: How to: find new ideas and inspiration to blog

📖 I read books

So… I’m a book blogger and reading books is part of both me and my blog. I guess reading books helps me in keeping myself inspired, because… reading a book can end up in:

  • writing a review, a glorious review, a rant,
  • writing a recommendations post! like, oh, what was that similar book that I read the other day?
  • writing about any topic, friendship, romance, writing styles, book covers, paperbacks or ebooks, etc etc.

Also, I love reading books so….

  • Take a break

Once everything is said and done, the best thing left to do to deal and beat the blogging slump is just to take a break.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to change things up, to think about your blogging, to keep ideas and inspiration at bay, it just doesn’t work out.

It might be because of life, it might be personal, it just might be because you’re just not feeling it, no matter what you do.

I’m writing this for myself as much as for you reading, really: YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN.

It’s not the end of the world if you’re in a blogging slump. It’s okay to take a break, to take a breather, to skip a posting day or disappear for a month if you need to.

Sometimes, finding inspiration again, motivation, that little blogging spark, takes time. Stop feeling guilty about it all.

Whenever you’re back, whenever you feel it again, blogging will be waiting for you and ready to welcome you again. Take your time to reevaluate everything. Maybe you need an entire fresh start, or maybe you need to take a longer break than you thought.

No matter what, if you have this blogging thing in your heart, it’ll come back to you.

☂️ You might also be interested in: How I plan my book blog’s content

Are there any blogging topics you’d like me to talk about or give advice on? Feel free to let me know!

How do you deal with a blogging slump?

Do you have some tips and tricks to share to get out of a blogging slump? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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79 thoughts on “How to deal with a blogging slump

  1. Such a great post!! I usually turn to booktube for inspiration, and sometimes write blog posts in response to certain videos if they bring up a topic that’s particularly interesting. But at the end of the day, I think knowing when to give yourself a break is the most important! ❤

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    1. Ahh thank you! Oh this is such a great idea. I don’t usually watch booktube, but I guess it could be a great inspiration, I’ll have to check it out 🙂
      And yes, knowing when to take a break matters ❤

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  2. I loved this! Especially the part about changing the time you write, because I find that I’m often more stressed writing blog posts on the same day that they are supposed to be posted. I also appreciated the part about looking back at your own blog, because it’s so true that we can find little positive things hidden in the corners here and there. Hope you’re doing all right!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, so happy you liked this! ❤ I'm glad this could inspire you and hope that changing things up will keep you motivated 😀
      Thank you for your sweet words ❤ I hope you're okay! ❤

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  3. Oh my, thank you SO much for this post! I really loved reading it. I definitely agree with you in everything, but most especially, the read other blogs section. It really happens to me a lot that when I can’t write anything, I just go for reading— eventually the inspiration comes. Sometimes I take breaks, too. If I have to deal with blogging slump again, then I’d have to try and change my blog design as I have never done that. 😊 Thank you so much for sharing, this will surely help! ❤️✨ Keep safe!

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    1. Oh you’re so welcome, I’m so happy this could be helpful ❤
      I agree, reading blogs and just blog hopping in general always leaves me more inspired 🙂
      Thank you for your sweet words! Keep safe and well! ❤

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  4. I am also in a blogging slump right now! 😦 I think it’s mostly because I had so many assignments to do over the past month that now I don’t have the energy to do it anymore 😦

    However, I’m going to take your advice and first start by trying to change the layout of my blog and try out a different approach!

    Thank you so much for the advice! This was a well-needed post!

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  5. Oof, I’m definitely in a blogging slump. I have a bunch of reviews I still need to write, blog ideas, but just no motivation to actually sit down and write them :’D (I’ve been posting older posts I had written ages ago and saved as back-up for exactly these times, but am running out). In my case it’s just that I feel like doing other things, so I think taking a (small) break will be best 🙂 thank for adding that at the end! We need more people saying how important and okay breaks are 🙂 Great post :D!

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    1. I’m so sorry you’ve been in a bit of a slump! If you feel like doing other things, DO IT and don’t feel too guilty about it. Inspiration will come back, but it’s important to take breaks every now and then ❤ Take care! 🙂
      Thank you so much ❤

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  6. That’s a GREAT and comprehensive post, Sweechie! When I feel a blogging slump coming, I try different posts, like memes and tags. I also try to write my reviews to match the book’s style. I am not someone who has amazing ideas, so I play with the way my blog looks, and if nothing works, I take a break! xx

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  7. This is such a good post, you’ve covered anything so well and the timing is perfect because I definitely feel like I’m in a blogging slump at the minute. I just lack the enthusiasm for my blog… and everything. But I think writing new things would be great and trying a new layout or something to get me really excited about a new post. When you are happy writing, it definitely kicks the slump in the butt!! I just need to find that energy !!
    I would definitely love a redesign as well, it may take a while to do but I think that could massively change my mind towards my blog !!
    And yes a break can sometimes me so helpful, it is scary but sometimes jut what you need to get back into blogging and find your love for it again!!
    Thank you so much for sharing all these tips, it has been wonderful and so helpful to read !! ❤ ❤

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    1. Ahh thank you Sophie, I’m happy you enjoyed it ❤
      I hope that you'll find that energy again soon, sometimes switching things up a bit can really help, I hope it will ❤ Always here if you ever want to talk about it!
      Thank you! ❤

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  8. Ugh! I feel this so much lately! I just started getting back into blogging and it does feel nice! I did some reorganization of my reviews by genre, updated some feature images and played around with fonts … just changing it up a bit made me want to get back into it more!

    I really do want to start on some new ideas. I really love buddy reads so I think the few I have coming up will help! I also just haven’t been AWAKE enough to write really good reviews — so I’ve been trying to shorten them slightly to help me want to write them more.

    I love all of these ideas — such a great post idea!

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  9. Very relatable post! I suppose we’ve all experienced the blogging blahs! Just last week, I sat staring at a blank page for the longest time ….I needed to review a highly buzzed book and I had nothing! I couldn’t bring myself to put words together to form sentences or paragraphs. Finally I created a bullet list review! It was a perfect tweak to move myself forward! And it felt very freeing! It created space for me to breathe! And a different format chased away my blahs!

    Other things that work for me is just taking a few days off….maybe only one post that week….and getting new inspiration from other blogs!

    Thanks for addressing the topic!

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  10. Hoohoo! Great post! And I’m also glad I’m not alone with this. I hate blogging slumps. But usually I don’t really do anything and just stop blogging for a while and do other things instead, like drawing more or reading even more or do some baking. Especially with drawing and baking, I often get inspiration for blogging back because my mind seems to be in a creative state anyways. Or soemthing like that. I really don’t know how it works but being creative in another way usually helps me 🙂
    Happy reading & blogging! ❤

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  11. LOVE this post! I’ve had so many blogs and so many slumps over the years, and most of the time the solution is to think about what you’re actually interested in writing, rather than what you *think* you should be writing about. And when that doesn’t work, then it’s always ok to take a break. Saving this post down for when I inevitably hit another rut 🙂

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  12. i wish i had read this post when i was in a blogging slump! it’s so helpful and i agree with all of your tips. i definitely find that reading others’ blog posts or even just changing up my design motivates me to blog more! 😉 i loved reading this so much ❤ x

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  13. I love this post so much! There are so many good ideas in there, and I am glad that you emphasise that sometimes you just need to take a break.
    I know looking back on my old posts (from my old blog) really gets me inspired to write new ones too! Pinterest always really inspires me as well.

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  14. This are great tips! I usually take a break whenever I’m in a blogging slump, but my last slump was so extreme that I ended up starting up a new blog from scratch. So far it has really helped me but there is still the stress of regrowing my readership.

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  15. I have literally done all of the above recently. Every single one. And I’m now on the up and up.

    Such a fantastic post (as always), and something I may have to revisit when the slumps hit again in the future.

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  16. i really love this post, marie!! i think these are all EXCELLENT tips to dealing with blog slumps. whenever i’ve slumped in the past, either it’s been bad enough that i just took a break, or i was able to pull myself out of it by “inspiring” myself as you said! there really is something so motivating about reading other people’s blogs and reading your own and then remembering why you love blogging so much

    (and thank you so much for linking to my post 🥺💕)

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  17. I think the biggest blogging slump for me is when I’m feeling uninspired or have tons of blog post ideas, but cannot for the life of me find the words to properly articulate what I’m trying to say. I’m currently looking to change the layout of my blog and I keep thinking of how big a task it’ll be and that in itself can be slump inducing, but I’m on a mission so hopefully I can get it done and it’ll kick start that creative spark in me haha. As always, love the post. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Lois! ❤ ahh I get that so much, revamping everything takes such a long time, but it can be so worth it! I hope you'll do it, I look forward to seeing it ❤
      Thank you!! ❤

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  18. This post was so great and timely 😭💕! Blogging slumps are the worst (and I feel like I’m in a mini one right now 😅). I agree that reading blogs is a surefire way to gain inspiration! Although, when I’m in blogging slump, I find myself reading less blogs or just not reading them altogether. Taking a break, even if it’s just as short as a week, definitely helps me too 🙂. But, sometimes I… dread(?) coming back to blogging after a break because I feel like I missed so much haha 😅. Just the thought of all the posts I missed can prolong my blogging slump 🙈. Rereading my own blog posts helps me sometimes because it reminds me of how much fun I had making them! I usually get an itch to write something and then go looking for inspiration 🙂.

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much Belle, so happy you liked it ❤
      I can understand that so much. I've missed out on so much when I take breaks and when I go on holidays, too. Thinking of everything I've missed and catching up puts me into more of a slump than before, really. What I do is… well, I don't really try to catch up with everything. I take it one blog at a time, and if I don't read everything, or if I just start fresh and don't go back to three weeks ago where I missed things…. I feel better about it.
      I know I might have missed great blog posts, but for my sanity, I just can't do it. I don't have time to catch up on it all, and I try to be okay with it. I hope this helps! ❤ ❤

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      1. Thank you for the advice, Marie – it’s really helpful 🥺💕! It really does suck missing out on posts, but you’re so right that it’s best to try not to worry about it so much 😅❤️.

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  19. This is a wonderful post! I love that you even address what to do if the spark DOESN’T come back- like I imagine that happens to so many people and they just call it quits without necessarily wanting to. I have slumps often. I may be in a perma-slump, it’s hard to differentiate between exhaustion and slumps most days. Time is my biggest enemy when it comes to blogging. I have the desire most of the time but just not the energy or time. Especially now that I only post like, twice a week at best, it’s worrisome to post any LESS, but I definitely can’t do MORE. One of these days, perhaps!

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    1. Ahh thank you Shannon, I’m so happy you liked this post ❤
      I so agree with you, sometimes it's hard to tell between exhaustion, lack of time and real slumps. I know I lack time more and more lately to do it all and it gets so frustrating sometimes. We can only do our best and keep on going, as long as we enjoy it that's what matters 🙂 ❤

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  20. Lovely post! I’ve never thought about revisiting my older posts, but I imagine some of them are pretty cringe-worthy. Who knows? Maybe I would surprise myself? When I first started blogging (the one I had before), I got into slumps whenever I wasn’t enjoying the books I was reading, but felt obligated to read for this or that reason. Now I DNF books, so that has helped a lot. I also don’t beat myself up if I don’t have time for stuff, especially with everything going on. If I can squeeze in some blogging here and there–great! If not, it’s okay too. 🙂

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?😷 💬

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    1. Ah yes I believe you will surprise yourself! Some of my old posts are cringe worthy for sure, but they’re also a source of inspiration, in a way 🙂
      I think that’s a great way to see things, thank you so much, I actually needed that ❤

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  22. These are some excellent tips Marie!! I really needed them right now, because I am in a slump (though not just a blogging slump, a life slump really…). I think with the current situation in the world, I thought I would have the time to read and write SO much good stuff, and then when it didn’t happen, it felt like a failure.
    I’m trying the writing at different times approach now, and so far it has worked. I also visited a lot of blogs and hopefully it’ll get me going again.
    I think reading this post, and reading a lot of comments of bloggers that are inspired and also in a blogging slump, is great. I feel less alone 🙂 And as always, I love your posts ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I’m so happy this could be useful ❤
      I get that, I feel like I have to be so much more productive but… I just can't do it and just want to do less, too, sometimes.
      Thank you so much ❤

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  23. This post is so amazing, Marie! Thank you so much for this, I really needed to hear it.❤️I’ve been in an odd slump lately where I want to go on WordPress and read blogs and comment and I want to post and be active, but I just can’t find the inspiration to actually write a post? I’m not quite sure what’s going on, but this really helped me think of ways to help myself find the motivation again. Also, I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who sometimes goes on rabbit holes down their own blog.😂Sometimes I just need to reread posts from 2017 to remind myself how far I’ve come, or more recent posts to get inspired by when I was on my blogging game!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post in here as well- that made me so happy to see, thank you.❤️Truly wonderful post! I could keep rambling but I’ll just say you’re amazing and so was this and I hope you’re well. xx

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    1. Oh I’m so happy to hear this could be useful to you, Olivia ❤
      I get that, sometimes we just can't find the inspiration and the words, it comes and goes, but it always comes back 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, you're the best ❤ ❤

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  24. These are all wonderful tips, Marie! I usually go the dramatic way and spend months without posting and when I come back, my blog has a totally new design 😛 It usually works for me, but I often find myself in a slump again because I’m always so busy with my surroundings. And then, it’s the little things. April was a good blogging month but so far in May, I’ve missed two posting days already. I’m not even frustrated at myself, just sad. But I’m trying to be more understanding of how I’m dealing with life right now, so I’m trying to focus on how next week could be better 🙂 Positivity and my friendships here are what always makes me come back to blogging 😀

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Marta, you’re so sweet ❤ ❤
      I get that so much and it's hard not to be frustrated with ourselves, when we make plans and can't follow through. It's okay though, sometimes life and other things take over and you'll do better next week, as long as you don't push yourself too hard and are happy with what you deliver, too 🙂 ❤

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  25. I’ve been back at blogging for approximately 20 minutes (no really) but I still feel like I needed this post😅 I think the biggest problem I have is comparing myself to how everyone else is doing, and feeling the need to jump on bandwagons that just don’t appeal to me. I love your idea of going back and reading old posts…even though confronting my own flaws is terrifying, maybe it will help to remind myself of why I like blogging and what unique thing I bring to the conversation (even if it’s just a dialogue with myself). Thank you for sharing these tips. I already feel more inspired!

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    1. Ahah I’m glad you could find this post useful then ahah 🙂
      I SO get that so much. I also feel like I need to do things here and there and constantly struggle with comparison, too. Taking time for myself, to focus on what I did and do, really helps me. Confronting old posts, too! It is terrifying to read back sometimes ahah, but it’s also comforting, in a way. It reminds me of my love for blog posts and makes me want to write more, too 🙂
      I’m so happy you could feel inspired again and hope this continues! ❤ ❤

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  26. I honestly feel like most of the time when I’m in a slump, I go straight to taking a break! I’m lucky though because I have Chana to fill in for me when I don’t feel as motivated, or I’m too busy, and I of course do the same for her. But when we’re both not motivated or busy, we’ve become okay at saying bye to blogging for a brief period of time until we’re excited by it again.

    I think a big sign for me that I’m in a blogging slump is that I’m not interested in blog hopping either. It’s not just that I seem to have writer’s block for a new blog post, but I seem to want to have nothing to do with blogging whatsoever. Usually this goes away after a bit, but there are some days where I have the time to blog hop, but not the desire and that makes me really sad. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen all that often, and I can be pretty consistent with blog hopping for the most part!

    I’m definitely going to have to try out some of your ideas though! I’ve never really considered reading over my own posts to inspire me, but I think I’m going to try that the next time I’m in a rut!

    Great post!

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    1. I’m so happy that you are in that space where it’s just okay to step away from blogging. I find it so hard to get into that space and to stay in it, too, some guilt always seeps in a little bit sometimes ahah.

      I get what you mean. Lately, it’s what I’ve been feeling the most slump-y about, blog hopping. It has become daunting some days and I know I need to step away from it to come back refreshed and happier to read blog posts again, but…I’m still sad sometimes that I don’t feel like it. 🥺
      Thank you so, so much! ❤ ❤

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