Struggling to Stick Around

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Since January, I’ve noticed that several of my favorite bloggers have either shut down their blogs or announced a hiatus (Jane Brocket, Book Snob). I’ve wondered if the death of blogging is imminent, if people find blogs helpful or relevant anymore and if I should take this opportunity to quit blogging myself. I haven’t felt any passion or excitement about Gudrun’s Tights since around October and it is a struggle for me to find time or interest to write about my reading or even my life. Most days I feel that I don’t have anything to contribute to the conversation about books and that my writing is boring, shallow bunk.

But then I think perhaps quitting is not so easy to do. I would miss sharing my life with all of you and telling you about my latest obsessions and passions. Not very many of my non-blogging friends here in Arizona care one whit about Barbara Pym or Mary Stewart or about comparing book covers or drooling over new editions of old favorites. This really is a unique community that allows like-minded people from around the world to connect over our shared discoveries and curiosities.

So, what to do? I could let Gudrun’s Tights languish and just finally float away. Or I could try to force myself to blog even when I feel sick at the thought of it. Or I could revamp the structure and post less frequently. The thought of posting individual thoughts on each book I read no longer appeals to me, but I did enjoy writing the mini book thoughts I posted earlier in the year. Maybe a weekly update, like my friend Melissa does, would work better for my life right now.

How about you? Have you noticed that people are abandoning their blogs, posting less frequently, feeling blogging ennui? Have you felt it yourself? Do you think blogs are dying? I’d very much appreciate your feedback.

24 comments / Add your comment below

  1. From what I can tell, there are still people reading and writing blogs, I don’t think it’s dying out. I think there is great appeal in what you describe as “sharing my life with all of you and telling you about my latest obsessions and passions” – especially it seems to me with book people finding each other. I’m lucky, all of my favorites are still reading & posting. I do think though that blogging needs to be about what inspires or appeals to you.

    1. Yes, it is a great and magnificent tool for all of us who have similar reading tastes and interests to find each other and feel like we have found our tribe. For that reason alone, I have been truly grateful to blog. I would miss that if I left so that is why I can’t easily make the decision to go.

  2. I’m sorry to hear you are struggling with your blog. I would be very sad to see you go but you must do what is right for you. I went through a similar feeling last year. I decided to revamp of my blog and simplifying my posts which really helped me.

    1. I think simplifying is really the key, Jessica. I do so want to continue blogging – I just need to find a better system for me. Thanks for reading!

  3. I can understand that as you are working it’s going to be more difficult to find the time and energy to blog. It’s different for me, it’s my way of ‘meeting’ people as I don’t go out to work. I would really miss you though and hope you can keep going in some form. I think blogging is like any relationship really, with ups and downs. You can’t be head over heels in love all the time, it comes and goes and there are times when you just about hate your other half – then for some reason you’re back at the loving again – unless you get divorced of course!

    1. You always make me laugh, Katrina! I would miss your wonderful comments 🙂 I honestly don’t think that divorce is in the cards for me and Gudrun’s Tights, but I need to find a way to make time to write. I seem to always be so tired when I get home from work and so busy on the weekends.

  4. Your writing is far from boring shallow bunk 🙂 There was a study recently that showed that bloggers are the second biggest source of influence when people want online recommendations on products. Most of us don’t blog for money, but it’s something to keep in mind. We’re still very relevant 🙂

    Maybe a short break, or perhaps better still just posting whenever you feel like it would be a good idea? And doing a roundup review rather than one post per book? I’ve noticed that there’s less posts at the moment, but then people are busy. I think when spring/summer finally gets here, it’ll pick up. I agree with Katrina on the ups and downs. There will always be good and bad times.

    1. Thank you so much for the suggestions! I do believe that blogs are still relevant. I have found all of my favorite authors through blogs. I honestly don’t think I would have discovered Barbara Pym any way else. For that, I have to be grateful and acknowledge that bloggers have influenced my life.

  5. Random thoughts.
    I like your mini book round ups.
    Isn’t there a statistic about how long the average blog lasts for?
    I go through phases of thinking of stopping blogging, and am pretty sure I’ll stop once the baby arrives.
    Blog when you want to.
    With Twitter, Instagram etc is there just too much, plus do we keep up with those we ‘know’ that way more than with blog posts?
    I’d miss not reading your life posts.

  6. I think we all go through phases. The one thing I try to do is to never force myself to blog – if I don’t feel like posting about a particular book, I won’t. If weekly mini-updates would work for you at the moment, I say go with that.
    I would miss your blog if it disappeared.

  7. I think blogs still have a lot of relevance. Yours is one of my favourites and I don’t find your writing boring or shallow at all. I would miss you if you decided to stop blogging but there’s no point in forcing yourself to continue if you’re really not enjoying it anymore. I think I would recommend posting less frequently for a while and maybe trying the weekly updates and mini book thoughts. Hopefully you might regain some of your enthusiasm for blogging if you can find a structure that works for you.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions, Helen! I’ve been pondering this a lot and have tried to figure out why the passion went away. I’ve decided to continue blogging and hope that the joy and fun that I used to feel will return soon.

  8. I do not think that blogging is a dying art, although I do think that bloggers can experience burnout if they’ve been at it for a while. And I very much enjoy your blog posts. I don’t always leave a reply, but that doesn’t mean I’m not reading them, and I bet there are plenty of others out there as well who find them interesting but maybe don’t bother to post anything themselves. Maybe less frequent blogs, or taking things in a new direction would give you a fresh start?

    1. Judy, thank you for reading! I do think I am burned out. I am so tired when I get home from work most of the time that I don’t feel like even turning the computer on. But I am going to continue blogging and try to regain the passion I used to feel by sticking to a schedule and writing about things that truly excite me.

  9. I’ve been sad to see quite a few of my favorite bloggers closing up shop or taking indefinite breaks lately. I hope it’s not the end of blogging! As I think Charlie mentioned above, I find that blogs are one of my biggest influences in discovering new things, and especially new books. I think a huge percentage of my Goodreads To Read list could be traced back to recommendations from you, Rachel at Book Snob, or Simon at Stuck in a Book! I hope you find a new blogging rhythm that works for you. I find myself posting a bit less lately, not because of blog ennui but because I’ve given myself permission to just not post if I don’t have anything I want to write about, even if that means for a stretch of a few days or a week.

    1. Blogs are also one of my biggest influences when it comes to reading! I would NEVER have discovered Persephone or Virago or any of the amazing authors I have read in the past few years if it wasn’t for blogging. Simon’s was one of the first book blogs I started reading and I get many of my book suggestions from him, too! I think I need to structure my time at home better so that I can find time to blog – that has been a big struggle for me. Thanks for your advice!

  10. Don’t stop! Simplification is key — I never stress about writing. I usually add a little to my weekly recaps throughout the week and then post Sunday or Monday. No rules or requirements, you know? But definitely don’t stop! I especially love your cover comparisons!

    1. Thanks, Melissa! Wow, I love your idea of adding a bit at a time throughout the week. So simple, yet it would really help me a lot. Thank you! I enjoy doing the cover collections so look for one coming soon 🙂

  11. I think it’s more likely the age of the blogs in question – there’s a blockade that seems to derail a lot of bloggers around the three or four year period. Around that time you tend to see lots of name changes, background changes, stop and start posts, should I do this type posts etc. It’s growing pains. Just ride it out in whichever way works for you, we’ll be happy to see what you do whatever. 🙂

    1. Alex, I’ve only had Gudrun’s Tights for just about 2 years, but I’ve been blogging for nearly 10 with different blogs! I guess a little burn out is to be expected 🙂 Thanks for reminding me of this.

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