Lately blogging hasn’t been as fun as it once was. When I started blogging almost three years ago, I loved to turn on my computer and talk about the latest book I read or see what books other bloggers were talking about. In the last year or so, the atmosphere of the blogisphere has drastically changed. The atmosphere isn’t as friendly as it used to be. There’s been so much talk about the in-crowd and who’s in them and who’s not. Three years ago there wasn’t many bloggers so it wasn’t enough of us to even make a crowd! Even with the changed atmosphere I’ve made so many friends in the past year who shares my enthusiasm for books.
After going through my Reader last week, I’m noticing a kind of blogging/reading rut that’s still going around. I noticed it in January and February when I was going through it and this week there’s a few posts by some of my favorite bloggers about taking a break from blogging.
So it made me want to ask the question: what inspires you to keep blogging?
For awhile now I’ve been thinking about giving up blogging permanently. I would still be on Twitter to discuss books and life but the pressure that I’ve been putting on myself to churn out reviews has been stressful. Last week I started thinking about National Poetry Month which is celebrated in April. I thought about all my favorite volumes of poetry and several of the review copies of poetry that I’ve received lately. I’m not a huge reader of poetry but I started thinking about ways I could celebrate NPM, becoming energized about reading and blogging in a way that I haven’t been in a long time.
I wonder if the librarians in charge of holds at my library are wondering what I’m up to. I’ve placed at least twenty volumes of poetry on hold, from Hip Hop Speaks to Children edited by Nikki Giovanni to Writing and Enjoying Haiku by Jane Reichhold. I still don’t know exactly how I’ll celebrate poetry next month, but I’m sure there will be tons of poetry reviews.
So for now poetry is influencing my reading and inspiring my blogging. What’s inspiring you to blog right now? Are there any poets that you recommend?