For fellow Canadians out there: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
I spent my Thanksgiving weekend with friends (on a pumpkin patch), family (eating lots of good food) and my novel (it’s thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to being finished).
Although we celebrate Thanksgiving, turkey really isn’t a thing in my family. We are so teeny-tiny (just Mom, Dad, and I) that we would never finish a full turkey if we cooked one. So, we had lobsters :’)
Today I want to write about something that is personal to me. You guys might not have known it, but I… was kind of in a blogging slump a while back in August. For a month or so, I dreaded the thought of writing a post, and even replying to comments (which is usually my favourite part of blogging) seemed like a chore.
Now, thankfully, I am out of my blogging slump. Here are some things that helped me 🙂
1. Change up the type of posts you do!
Do you always do the same kind of posts each week? I did. Monday was a discussion post, Wednesday a snippet of my novel, Thursday a quote from a book, and Friday a review. Next week: Repeat. I liked that I never had to think much about what to write. But it also got… kind of boring.
It’s time to switch it up a bit! Check out some other bloggers’ posts and see if there are interesting tags and memes that you want to try out. Maybe it is time to take part in a Top Ten Tuesday or a Top Five Tuesday! Maybe another blogger’s post inspires you to write your own opinion about a topic (it is always a good idea to leave a link back or to ask the blogger for permission!)
For me, I got super duper excited about making an aesthetic post for the first time. I also realized that I don’t really like writing reviews, so I made an executive decision to………. write less of them. No one noticed :’)
2. Change up your posting schedule!
It might help to switch up when you post. Do you feel too much pressure going by a fixed schedule (Ie. Monday, Wednesday, Friday every week)? Maybe it will be help to be more flexible, like posting three times every week on whichever days you feel like. If you’ve always blogged on a flexible schedule, maybe you will find stability in a more regimented approach.
Or, your posting frequency might need a change. Maybe posting x times a week is exhausting, and you need to pull back a bit.
Although I initially loved posting 4 times a week, I soon realized that it was causing me stress and just wasn’t sustainable. So, I decided to scale back to 3 blog posts a week, which made a world of difference. Not only did I feel less pressure, it also freed up more time so I can put more thought into each post. The unexpected thing is that it didn’t change my blog stats at all. Just look at some of the other bloggers out there: There are immensely popular bloggers who post two times a week or even just once a week.
3. Post about something other than books and blogging!
Is there another passion that has been pulling on your heartstrings lately? Maybe you like fashion, or TV and movies, or music, or dance, or travel, or you’ve recently started writing your own novel! Chances are, you’ll have plenty to say about these things. Personally I LOVE to read about other bloggers’ travels, WIPs, outfits of the day (OOTD), or other hobbies and interests. It’s like a breath of fresh air!
As for myself, I haven’t ventured far from book/blogging topics. BUT I would very much like to make an OOTD post one day. In fact, I was thiiiiis close to posting one today… before chickening out :’) I also want to share my pole dancing journey! One day, guys, one day!
Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your culture? What helps you get out of a blogging slump? Is there a “right” number of times to post each week? Is there something you’ve always wanted to post about, but haven’t? What are your other favourite hobbies?
And, guys… did I just reach 200 followers?!?