There are a lot of blogging advice posts about how to get out of reading or blogging slumps, and hardly anyone seems to view them as positive occurrences. More often than not, they are seen as needing to be “solved” as fast as possible through a variety of different methods. However, I think that taking this view of the situation can be more counter-productive than anything else, and it may overlook the benefits that can be gained from these slumps.
It’s understandable that not being in the mood to engage in one’s favorite hobby for a period of time can be irritating, but it’s not necessarily the end of the world. Being in a slump can allow you to pursue other interests that you might have neglected while you had been busy blogging or reading.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be in a slump; sometimes it’s good to be pushed to pursue other interests or hang out more with family and friends. There are a lot of different activities that one can participate in, and if you’re in a slump then it might be the perfect time to try a new hobby or a different experience, and perhaps engage more with the people around you. Mixing it up can be fun and it can also benefit you by exploring new things and perhaps discovering new interests.
Oftentimes, people tend to see the negative side of the slump rather than the positive one. No one is under any moral obligation to read or blog a certain amount, and as I often emphasize (to myself as well) that blogging and reading are hobbies, and therefore one can do as little or as much of it as they would like. There’s no requirement to read a certain amount per week or month and to do the same for blogging. I think that people in the various book blogging communities can frequently put pressure on themselves to read or blog a great deal when there’s no need to.
I believe that if people view blogging and reading differently, then slumps might not exist. There’s really no use in preoccupying oneself with “getting out” of a slump because they aren’t a negative experience that needs to end. As I discussed before, there are many things that one can do in the meanwhile, and that can be just as fun.
Letting a slump naturally run its course can help you discover that maybe reading or blogging just isn’t for you anymore, or the break might serve to renew your passion for it. I often find that once I’m out of a blogging slump, I have lots of energy and many new ideas for blogging. A similar idea also applies when I’m out of a reading slump, I have more desire to read and to read different kinds of books.
If I had forced myself to create content or read while I was in the slump, then it likely would have resulted in some uninspired posts or some dragged-out books, so allowing myself that break helps me to actually enjoy what I am doing, rather than feel as though it is a chore. I find it’s very beneficial to have that renewed passion and enthusiasm.
Forcing yourself to read or blog before you really want to will likely only serve to lengthen the slump, as you’re not interested in what you’re doing. Letting the slump naturally run its course will probably take less time, and in all likelihood, not last forever. In general, there are a lot of benefits from being in one of these slumps, as one can take the time to do different things and eventually feel a renewed passion for reading and blogging.