Kernels of Nonsense is a discussion feature on the blog where I discuss blog and book related subjects. I haven’t done a discussion post in a long while, but I wanted to make sure I at least got one more in before the end of the year.
Today I’m discussing something I’ve been experiencing in my reading and blogging life for the last month and that is an end of the year slump. November was an incredibly stressful month for me. I won’t get into all the specifics, but it just felt like everything was going wrong. I took a mini-hiatus from blogging in order to regain my focus, but I never really did get back into the swing of things.
My blog posts for the month of November equaled about half of my posts in October. The only reason I really was able to post anything during and after my hiatus was because I blog a lot in advance. I usually manage to read around seven books a month, but in November I was barely able to finish four. Aside from being pretty busy, I just found it really hard to sit down and focus on reading. Usually my reading slumps are over in a week (if not less). I don’t think I’ve ever been in a reading slump that surpassed a week and a half. It now feels like I’ve been in one for a month. I thought this reading/blogging slump was just a temporary feeling and that by the end of November, I’d finally feel like myself again, but it is now December 11th and I’m not sure the end is coming any time soon.
Instead of enjoying blogging and reading, I’ve had to really push myself. I had planned to do a lot more discussion posts before the end of the year and although I’ve managed to compile quite a list of topics, nothing has me itching to write. In terms of reading, nothing on my shelf is truly speaking to me. I made a November/December TBR list that has very little hope of being fulfilled. I’ve been able to read and get through a few books, but when it comes to sitting down and writing down my thoughts, it’s a struggle (I mean, more of a struggle than usual).
Meeting my Goodreads goal early hasn’t helped things. I’m the type of person who has to meet my goal no matter what. Not having it complete is all the motivation I need, but that’s completely disappeared now that I’ve met my goal. On top of that I’ve reached almost all of my other yearly goals that I signed up for, so that ever-elusive motivation is even harder to find.
Have you experienced an end of the year slump? How do you stay motivated when you’re just waiting for the year to be over? How do you get yourself out of a blogging and/or reading slump? Let’s discuss in the comments.