Monday, May 9, 2016

Update & Impressions of a Reader Turns 7!

Yesterday was the my 7th Blogoversary. Still seems unreal that it has been that long. I know… I say that every year, but, time does fly.

I feel weird celebrating this anniversary. This past year my blogging took a huge hit. I slowed down in 2015, and now I am struggling to get my reviewing mojo back. I'm not sure if it is the reviewing mojo, though, or that I just need to make blogging part of my daily / weekly schedule again. Is it a matter of practise, discipline, or enthusiasm? I'm still enthusiastic about sharing my reads and thoughts.

I have been reading this year, but truthfully, it has slowed down to a crawl. I find myself taking three or four days to finish one book. That is because these days there are other things to do during my free time. I am trying to make a bit of an effort on the socializing front. My not-so-new job is going really well. I'm loving the work as well as the people. However, it keeps me quite busy and involved so that by the time I get home, I'm done! (More like my brain is fried)

I mentioned reading, so what have I read these past few months? Well, a combination of LGBT, UF, fantasy, poetry, and more romance than usual. No science fiction or literary fiction. I've given those two categories a rest for a few months, even as my "to be read" pile bulges at the seams.

Question: What do you do when blogging or reviewing becomes difficult after taking time off?

At this point, I am trying to reboot by posting something every day for 30 consecutive days. I fear content may suffer by posting daily, combined with my lack of time and brain freeze! However, I'm hoping this strategy will work.

Anyway, thank you for hanging around Impressions of a Reader. I'm looking forward to my 8th year!


18 comments:

  1. It's awfully good to see you showing up in my feed more often! I wish I had an answer for getting ones blogging habits back. I don't want to abandon mine, but it's harder to set aside the time. Enjoy that TBR pile and happy blogiversary.

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    1. Thank you, Phyl! I've come to believe that it is all about discipline and commitment, more so than enthusiasm about sharing my reads. I am still enthusiastic, but I really need to re-commit and make an effort -- schedule the time the way I used to do it before taking that partial-hiatus. If I can do it for 30 days in a row (or so), I can certainly do it a few days a week!

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  2. Hilcia! I'm also glad to see you more often recently. You know, believe me when I tell you that a post from you, no matter how simple, is always welcome. I don't have answers for you except I think if you really feel the love for it, the moje to write will come back for sure!
    Have fun!!!

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    1. Sonia! Thank you so much for your encouraging comment! It goes a long way. And yes, I need to get that sense of fun back. :)

      Hugs!

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    2. I hope the next days/months are better for you!
      And congratulations on the blog's anniversary!!

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  3. Wow - hard to believe it's been 7 years! So glad you started blogging and continue to blog no matter how often. It's always a pleasure to read your posts.

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    1. Right, Les? After 5 years, it is all surprising to me too! Thank you!

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  4. Happy Blogiversary, Leslie!!

    I think we all need a break. We can be reading the way we are all the time. It's just crazy ^_^; I'm just happy that while my reading slowed down, it hasn't stopped altogether - I know it'd happened to some people!! Anyway, I think the only thing that we can do is not take it too hard, not making it harder on ourselves than needed be.

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    1. I agree Nath. I believe we burn out sometimes with so much reading. It has happened to me before (for a few years in the late 1990's, I slowed down significantly and then came back strong). But, like you, I still read. I've just been taking it easier and hopefully can pick up the pace a bit. Write a few reviews!

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  5. Ugh, obviously, Hils, it's supposed to read:

    Happy Blogiversary, Hils!!! Hils!! Hils!!

    I blame the error on the fact that the last comment was leslie's ^_^;

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    1. Oh! LOL! Thank you, Nath! I knew who you meant. :-)

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  6. It's been so nice to see so many of my favorite bloggers coming out of lurkdom to do posts as part of the 30-day Challenge. I'm going to squeeze you all extra tight so you don't immediately disappear on me again after 30 days is up :)

    Happy, happy, happy on 7 years! By blogging standards you are now, officially "old." LOL

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Wendy. And yes! I made it to my "old" blogging age! I should have celebrated with a bit more whooph…

      I'm glad to be out of lurkdom myself. And, I believe we are all excited to be back. As Ames said, mutual support helps. But, hopefully this push will get us all going again.

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  7. A belated happy blogiversary! Like everyone else, I'm loving seeing your posts pop up every day.

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  8. Thank you! Also for the encoring comment, Li. I'm glad to be around again.

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  9. Happy belated blogoversary!

    I'm so glad you started blogging and we became friends. :P

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    1. Thank you sweet Ames! Same here! XOXO

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