Saturday, 23 September 2017

The Blog Squad: Part 25

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 


What's the strangest thing you've done in the name of blogging? 

Blogging has seen me doing all sorts of things I didn’t think that I would need to do when I was a newbie blogger! For example:

  • Learning strange new languages (HTML, CSS, JAVA)
  • Opening social media accounts all over the Internet (Twitter, Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest!) Who even has time to maintain all these things!?
  • Buying and binge reading 5 previous books in a series
  • Spending HOURS actually blogging and then minimal hours actually READING
  • In order to GET more reading hours I stay up WAAAAY past my bedtime (who needs sleep)

None of these are really strange - it’s just what book bloggers do… We are pretty legendary when you come to think of it!

Like the other chicas, the strangest thing I’ve done is learn technology *gasp* If you know me, you probably know that me and technology don’t get along all that well. I break my phones a lot, I am very hesitant about online payments and I just don’t trust technology (hence technology doesn’t trust me either). So having to learn all HTML and CSS stuff for my blog was pretty weird. Like I never thought I’d be learning about this stuff?

What do you do about blogging slumps? 

I think the question to ask yourself here is - why are you in a slump in the first place?
  • Is the way that you are blogging sustainable?
  • Are you tired of your posts/meme participation/ schedule?
  • Are you in a reading slump that is carrying over to your blogging world?
  • Is something else happening in your life that is forcing a blogging slump?

Once you know the reason behind the slump, you’re well on your way to being able to get yourself out of it - if you can!

Right now I’m in a serious slump - it’s been brought on by LIFE in general, particularly work. Everything else is just taking up so much time in my life that I haven’t had time for myself, let alone time to invest in a hobby like blogging! I’ve just stepped back, reiterated to myself that it is my HOBBY and a source of enjoyment and the blogosphere will be there when I return. I’m spending what time I can on blogging and catching up because, despite this all being a digital experience, I love reading everyone’s updates and reviews and my blogging friends are a wonderful part of my life. I just have to readjust my expectations and schedule to fit into my life right now, and you can do it to!

If changing up the routine or spending less time posting and blogging doesn’t work for you, it may be time to take a break - rest, recharge and come back better than ever!

Like Amy, I think I’m in a slump currently! Though it’s not for the lack of inspiration or interest but rather due to the fact that college = working in hell. I literally have no time to post these days, let alone reply to comments and blog hop. Even my holidays are spent doing study work!

But if you feel you’re in a slump due to the fact you’re not much interested in writing your posts, maybe it’s time to analyse why and think about taking a break. If you can’t think of much to say, then it’s probably time to take a little break until you feel inspired again! Also have fun blogging! If we get all formal about it, I think the pressure might tire us out.

Have you ever struggled to write a review? 

Only ALL OF THE TIME!!! What’s funny is that I always find it so easy to write reviews about books that I didn’t like or had huge issues with - there’s plenty of rant material available there! With books that I liked/enjoyed/loved I have less to work with so I rely a lot on the notes that I take while I was reading to direct me in what I’m going to specifically address in my review.

I always try to remember the basics when I review (I also quite handily have put these into an infographic #ShamelessSelfPromo) - the genre, the writing style, the characters and their development, the plot themes. How did the book make you feel?

If all else fails you, don’t be afraid to try a different sort of post - not only reviews sell books! You could try a 5 Things About list, a Pinterest Mood board, Author Interview post, Makeup or Nail Art inspired by post - there’s so many opportunites!

OMG yes I have! MANY A TIMES! Sometimes it’s because I’m writing a negative review, sometimes because I’m not not in a writing mood, sometimes because I’m busy and sometimes because I’m forcing myself to write a review due to time constraint. If I ever struggle to write a book review, I don’t. Not right away anyway. I just start doing other works and try to forget about the review for a while. Later when I’m in a better mood or have the time to work through the review slowly, I get back to it. This mostly works for me!

Come check out my answers over at their collab posts!: 

 We hope you’ve enjoyed Part 25 in our series of discussion posts! Please talk to us and let us know YOUR answers below. What do you think of our responses? If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s questions!


  1. So true on the social media! How does one hapless human possibly keep up with all those platforms lol? I can't anyway! And more blogging than actually reading- yup can't argue with that one. :)

    I like Di's ideas about alternative kinds of reviews or other ways to promote a book. Some good ideas there!!

    1. Lol, so true! Haha

      Definitely! She's so right.

  2. Di asks some really good questions about blogging slumps - is it actually blogging itself, which may mean we should take a little break, or life getting in the way? I think stepping back for a little while is good; it may help recharge you and get you excited for blogging again. Or maybe trying out some different kinds of posts may help break a rut.

    1. True. And yeah, those are definitely good suggestions.
      Thanks for stopping by, Angela!

  3. The strangest thing I've done is learning how to maintain the site. I have a self-hosted site and it's SO tricky. For a girl with zero experience in techs, website, etc, this is a HUGE challenge for me.
    I used to have blogging slumps but since I decided to read the books recommended by bloggers, I've enjoyed them all. Most of them at least. There is a freedom in it. I can choose whatever I want to read or in the mood for.
    I struggle to write reviews when I don't enjoy the books I read. How to make it less negative but still positive is HARD. Especially when I don't like the majority of the story but HAVE TO write a review. 🙈

    Awesome discussion as always, girls. You all are AWESOME! 😁❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Eish yeah I can imagine the difficulty of that. Good for you, though, going ahead with it. And your site looks great, by the way :)
      Ah I know, that's so hard! Those reviews are the worst.

      Thanks Geybie! <3


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