Discussion: Dealing with a Shift in Interests

As you all have no doubt noticed, the blog has been rather vacant recently. Along with it my Litsy and Goodreads accounts have been kind of neglected as well, to the point where I haven’t even updated on new purchases or reading progress. Part of this is that I haven’t been reading, at all, and also because I’ve scaled back on my book intake drastically.

So that leaves the questions, why have I backed away to almost nothing and what have I been up to instead?

The first answer to the first question is the simple one, I simply haven’t felt the desire to read in a long time. Normally I go through book slumps that last a few months at a time and eventually circle back around to being back to form. All last year I dealt with a book slump that only broke for a few weeks, and it’s rolled over to this year but to the point where I just have no interest what so ever. New releases aren’t appealing, my back list is stale, and I can’t even be bothered with my yearly reading of at least one Harry Potter book. I am completely and totally burned out. It kind of breaks my heart to be honest, this is the one constant that I’ve had my entire life. It didn’t matter how busy, hard, slow, or fun my life was at that moment, I always had a book. Now I’d probably rather eat the paper than actually read it.

The second answer is to address the social aspect of it. Obviously writing reviews for books I’m not reading is kind of impossible, or at least incredibly shady, so that’s one reason for the hard stop. The second is that I’ve been feeling like I haven’t got much to say anymore. I mean it’s not totally true, but it’s been hard to sit down and get my thoughts out on any topic.

And to answer the second question I’ve been bouncing around between interests. I’ve been gaming more. I have a Nintendo Switch now and I’ve been enjoying my time with it, plus working at a game store means I’m surrounded by them all the time. I’ve also been attempting to relearn how to draw and create things, as anyone who follows my Instagram has no doubt seen. Back in school, I used to draw all the time. I carried a massive sketchbook with me. Then I graduated and I simply quit, and now my hands have forgotten all of it. It’s been fun breaking out different mediums and relearning how to use them.

So where do I go from here? Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve had this blog for so long that I don’t really want to bring it to a close. It’s been a massive and important part of my life for almost a decade. I may start to incorporate my other interests more, sort of like I was doing before I quit posting. So more video game content, possibly some posts on my art, and hopefully book content as well.

At any rate, I’m super thankful for everyone who has been with me for this ride and I really hope to be able to provide you guys with more content in the future.

 

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3 Responses to Discussion: Dealing with a Shift in Interests

  1. Greg says:

    It happens- I can relate a little because I’ve gone through some stretches lately too where I haven’t felt like reading aNYTHING. Whatever you end up doing- good luck! Hopefully you stick around but you have to do what works for you. Video game content sounds great, I wish more blogs did that.

  2. Jinjer says:

    You can’t fight it. Interests change. Sometimes they circle back again. My only advice is to not delete your blog because you may want to update it now and then. Maybe it will evolve into to a different kind of blog.

    Whatever you are doing, reading, gaming, something else, just enjoy it!

    But of course I hope you do feel like updating us from time to time. LOL

  3. It’s understandable. I have gotten back unto the HP fandom more and my blog has reflected it and I know that HP is not of interest to some of my readers, but it makes me happy. Ha ha. I also want to start watching more anime and that will take time away from reading, too. I know how you feel. 👍✨

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