May Wrap-Up

June 8, 2017 Uncategorized 18

Wow, I think I’ve been in as much of a blogging slump as I’ve ever been lately! I’m not sure if I’m still burnt out for all my science march social media-ing or if I’m just focused on other priorities right now, but blogging has felt more like work to me this past month. I’ve been pretty silent on the blog, but I’m hoping I’ve recovered enough to get back into it in the coming week. I’m thinking about how to better schedule and organize my blogging to it feels easier to keep up with everything, so if you have any tips for that, please share!

Books Read

I only read 8 books this month – on the low end for me, but not as bad as I feared! I’m also not as far behind on reviews as I expected to be, so it’s nice to get a more realistic idea of where I am.

Top Post

The Futuristic Friday post Tamara of Travelling with T and I put together was by far my most popular post this month. Check it out for our list of books we’re most looking forward too!

Preview

Given my blogging slump, I don’t want to commit to too much, but depending on how I’m feeling, I’m hoping to really get back into blogging with the Mini Summer Bloggiesta, June 17-18.

 

How was your May? Are there any upcoming events you’re particularly excited for?

18 Responses to “May Wrap-Up”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    What did you think of The Wanderers?!

    I hear you on the June slump. My June books have been terrible. I’ve gone through so many that haven’t stuck and haven’t loved the ones I’ve actually read. I’ve now gone to a trusted author’s (Anna Quindlen) backlist.

    Hope things turn around for you soon!

  2. TJ @ MyBookStrings

    I have struggled a bit with blogging as well this past month. There is so much nastiness going on online that I often don’t feel like picking up any electronic devices. I’ve given myself permission to just step back for a while, until my enthusiasm is back. It would not be worth it if the pressure to be an active blogger spoiled my reading, which is often my escape from reality. I think using the Bloggiesta to get back into the swing of things is a good plan. Maybe I should look into that as well.

    • DoingDewey

      It sounds like you’ve done a great job handling the slumpiness. I don’t think online nastiness was the biggest reason for my slump, but even now that I’m feeling more enthusiasm for blogging again, I am noticing how much more political my twitter feed has gotten. Sometimes I find it very difficult not to be pulled into nasty arguments and that’s typically not what I’m looking for when I’m working on my blog! I didn’t end up making it back into things with Bloggiesta, but I’m hoping to jump into some events in August instead πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Lory! A good call. I’ve not completely stopped posting, but I slowed down a lot over the last month and this month, I’m feeling renewed enthusiasm. I’m enjoying blogging again and it’s really nice.

    • DoingDewey

      I liked Good Omens pretty well, but like all of Gaiman’s fiction I’ve read, it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. Given all the hype though, I expect other people would recommend it more highly πŸ™‚ I hate to say this because of how behind it means I am, but Happy July to you!

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End

    I mean — I hate to give you this advice because I’d be sad to see you stop posting, but what’s worked for me very much is taking a hiatus when I need one. If blogging feels like work, taking a hiatus helps. If you miss it, you’ll know that you still want to come back. And if you don’t, then it’s okay to make it an indefinite hiatus like One Direction. (That is a reference I am newly able to make through RESEARCH into what the YOUTHS LIKE THESE DAYS.)
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    • DoingDewey

      Aww, thanks Jenny! I didn’t end up taking a complete hiatus, but obviously I’ve been behind on responding to comments and I have been posting less. I think I was pretty burnt out by doing social media for the science march and I’m finally starting to have the energy for blogging again. Also, I’m definitely suitably impressed by how in touch you are with the youth of today πŸ˜€

  4. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    I’ve been posting less and less often, too. It feels like so many of us have been. I opened Feedly for the first time in over a month, and there were only 140 unread posts in my subscriptions feed. I have a feeling things will pick back up for me soon, though. I’m reading a lot, just not posting as much… I need to get back into Litsy and then I can post clumps of mini-reviews on the blog, ha!

    • DoingDewey

      I’ve also noticed this trend, especially among the bloggers I was interacting with when I first started. Newer bloggers who I’ve started interacting with more recently seem more active. I know you’ve been posting less, but I have been enjoying everything you post, so I’m glad you’re sticking with it.

      It’s possible I’ll try to do some mini-reviews as well, since I’ve been in more of a blogging slump than a reading slump. I typically enjoy doing mini-reviews, but right now, I feel tempted to let the books I didn’t get to in my blogging slump go without reviews. We’ll see how it goes πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      Yes it is! I hope you’re able to get out of your slump, if those are things you want to keep doing πŸ™‚

  5. Charlie

    I’ve had some burnout too recently and have found just doing less than I usually do, for a while, has helped a lot. Definitely best if you can keep at it somewhat than stop completely, in terms of getting back to it later. A bloggiesta might be a good idea as you’ll have the community element there to help.

    8 books is great, especially all things considered (and that one is War and Peace!)

    I’ve some offline events I’m looking forward to but I’m totally out of sync in regards to online.
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    • DoingDewey

      Thanks for the suggestions, Charlie! I’m behind on answering comments, obviously, but I am starting to get back into it and I did find that just letting myself slow down helped a lot. I am also glad I didn’t stop blogging completely in the interim. It has made it easier to get back into things.

      I should probably cut myself some slack on the number of books I’m reading – especially when one is War and Peace. I just have so many books on my to-read list, I do wish I could get through more each month.