Discussion Post: Back to the Basics

Posted June 3rd, 2016 by in Uncategorized / 11 comments


I’m at a loss guys. I can’t seem to get enthusiastic about blogging right now. I’m not sure if it’s the stress at work, learning to live with a new work schedule with the hubs’s new job, or if it’s because I feel like I don’t have anything original to say or do. Sometimes I feel like I’m just churning out the same content over and over. Often I’ll get really excited for about a day or two and have several posts ready to fly and it feels great. Then there are days where I don’t think I can pick up a book if I have to think about how I feel about it before, during, and after reading.

I still love books! Don’t get me wrong. A book is like an emergency escape hatch. It will always have a special place in my heart. Instead of calling it quits (as I’ve thought about doing often over the last year or so) I’ve decided to take it back to basics. When I started blogging I had no idea there was a whole community of people out there. When I co-founded Once Upon a Chapter I had literally no clue that there were memes and that you could participate in them weekly. I didn’t know showing off your haul was something that would be fun for others to watch. I started Once Upon a Chapter with just the idea to share my thoughts on books.

So I’m taking it back to the basics. I’m going to get myself in gear and work on book reviews. If the inspiration strikes to do anything more than that then I will but for now I really want to focus on getting my reviews up. I’ll still post my monthly budget post but I’m going to cut out TBR videos and weekly posts until I get that spark back. I certainly don’t want to churn out content just to have content. And I’m sure you don’t want to read it either.



11 Responses to “Discussion Post: Back to the Basics”

    • Stephanie

      I’m glad this worked for you because that means that there is hope for me! I’m hoping to get started this week with my reviews again.

  1. Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    I went back to basics a few years ago (no memes, stopped discussion posts, although I would like to get back to discussions…) and while it hasn’t necessarily rekindled my love of book blogging (I think I have too many other things going on to focus 100% on it), it has allowed me to keep up and not stop. So there’s that.

    Amanda @ On a Book Bender recently posted: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton {Beth’s Review}
    • Stephanie

      I think that’s kind of what I’m going for really. I no longer have the desire to be all about the ARCs and the busiest and hottest blog. I’m okay with a small community and doing my blogging for me and not the other way around. 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! I think it’s working so far. I’m getting the reviews going. Once I have a handle on the reviews I may start adding in things again but I really want to focus on putting up good content instead of feeling like I just need to post something.

      Totally not saying that’s what others do but it seems like that is my response.

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