Rethinking Blogging

I didn’t want to write this at My Friend Amy because I didn’t really want to stir anything up, but I kind of want an outlet?

Like, lately I’ve been thinking about blogging and why I do it, etc. and it’s not really something I want to give up, but book blogging itself is starting to feel like something that’s not really me.

I think strangely enough, it’s that I actually have no purpose in writing about most books. These days I’m lucky to finish a book a week. And out of all the books I read, maybe I actually want to talk about 1/4 of them. Which…that’s like a book review a month.

It’s just that the majority of books I read I really have nothing meaningful to say about them. A book has to spark something in me to get me to talk about, to touch on interesting themes or my life, etc. Otherwise I’m just saying a few essentially meaningless things–at least that’s how I feel.

And most reviews don’t get comments, which, we all know, but if I’m blogging to engage–and these days that’s the number one reason, it’s sort of pointless.

I don’t know, it’s just so weird, I don’t really know how this happened. I feel like I’m just bumbling along with my blog. Every once in awhile I want to write about something, but mostly I feel quite aimless with it, without motivation or purpose. I still do things out of habit, like accept author guest posts, etc. But I just don’t feel like I’m really a part of the book blogging world anymore, and I don’t just mean that I can’t keep up with the still thriving community, I mean that it’s something inside of me, too.

I still want to write things sometimes and sometimes just thinking about writing them makes me feel better even if I never do. I guess I’ve just lost my drive and it’s weird and I don’t know what I’m doing.


6 Responses

  1. Amy, I can’t tell you how much I understand. And I don’t know how this happened either. But you know, what I often think about is how we even got the idea that blogging has to be all or nothing – that we’re either super productive and post x number of times a week, or we really ought to pull the plug because we’re wasting everyone’s time. It doesn’t have to be that way. A blog that’s updated once a month, when the person behind it feels really moved to write about something, is still a blog I’d read and love. I know there’s a lot of pressure to do things differently, but we really should be able to set our own pace.

  2. To blog or not to blog is this the question of the day. I seem to ask that question every day.

    To be honest I could never figure out how you managed to keep up with all the post you write without burning out.

    I would miss seeing a new blog post by, Amy, in email everyday, but if it meant that you are happier with more diverse blog and more passionate with what you wrote, I would take that any day.

    I guess what I’m saying is do what makes you happy, Amy, and do not feel guilty or pressured to do what does not make you happy any more.


  3. Well you see how scattered and sporadic my blogging has been for a while now. So you can probably see that I know EXACTLY how I feel. With me it’s more of a time issue and a prioritizing blogging over other things in life issue. But when I do sit down to write a review, since I am reading so much less now and writing even less than that, it feels like I’m writing it just to write it … like I rarely have anything meaningful to say. But I agree with Ana in that we need to stop imposing these rules on ourselves … for now I am okay with posting when I want to post because I don’t want to quit. So I would say just do what you want to do, what you feel like doing, what’s in your heart, and people still will read and love your blog. I for one would be upset if you left the community even though, like you said, your part in it is very different from what it once was. Just do you, do what feels right.

  4. I echo what everyone else is saying – and my blogging has been sporadic lately, too. I like to talk about books, but don’t find as much enjoyment in writing reviews, as I seem to be saying the same things over and over again. My favorite posts are my Sunday Salon posts, which are chatty and more personal – I love the conversation in the comments. I’ve decided I’m okay with only posting once or twice a week, if that’s all I feel like. I don’t have the following I once had, but the people who do read and comment are people – like you – who I have developed an online friendship with, and I don’t think that will change no matter how much, or how little, I post. Do what feels right for you, Amy – I love your posts, both here and at My Friend Amy, no matter how frequently they come.

  5. As you might remember, I had a blog once upon a time (yeah, it’s been a while). I didn’t have areas of specialty like you do, or specific communities built around shared interests. Just daily access to an empty text box with a Publish button at the bottom.

    I have made many friends online, and still consider everyone that I’ve ever shared thoughts or online correspondence with to be a special type of friend. Several of them even became real life in-person friends, and are still my friends today. But I think it was easier for me to walk away from blogging, since I really hadn’t invested the time, energy, and passion into it that you have.

    The overwhelming sensation I had personally when I tried to keep writing even after I no longer “felt it” was that I had nothing new to add to the conversation. That I was just one voice of millions putting out essentially the same information that a weary web-traveler could find pretty much anywhere.

    I’ve been part of online communities since at least the early 90s, when I ran a dial-up BBS. I’ve been through several major paradigm shifts in how people use the available and predominant media of any given moment to form groups with others in a virtual environment. If you look at it long-term, you notice that sooner or later, most everyone eventually adapts to the new way of doing things, and everyone still manages to stay in touch with, and form communities with, like-minded people.

    I’ve always enjoyed your writing, regardless of the subject. You are thoughtful and intelligent, and always have interesting things to say about any given subject. I’m still here reading, after all these years. 🙂

    So I guess if you decide to follow your heart in another direction, do it. Keep the joy and passion in what you do. Life is too short to spend in drudgery and self-imposed obligation.

  6. It’s hard to say out loud, but: I haven’t felt like a book blogger in quite a while. Reviews are by far the hardest/most time-consuming posts I write (unless it’s a one-of, that I feel passionate about, and that’s not a “type”), and yet there’s by far the least amount of interaction. Even when I go long-winded, or post about a supposedly controversial book, there’s not much feedback. So, they become that much harder to write. And yeah, reviewing every book you read, even if you don’t feel like you have anything meaningful to say about it? HARD.

    I still want to be part of the book blogging community — that I would miss — but the actual book-post writing? Not so much.

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