Ever since my romp as a camp instructor at work cut into my blogging time, I have made a commitment to myself to be better about posting. It's actually been working out really well for me. I've been doing more reviews than ever, I resurrected my Listmania Monday posts, I've been better about talking to other bloggers and commenting on their blogs... It's been great!
But this week...I just haven't been feeling it. I've actually had a really good bookish week as far as books I've received (you'll hear all about it during tomorrow's Weekly Wrap-up), but not so good as far as books read. I've only read about 200 pages of Aprilynne Pike's Earthbound...and that's it. Let me tell you: I can knock out 200 pages in a couple of hours normally. This week, it's like there's an iron door that has been slammed shut on my reading and writing ability. Sure, I only comment on other people's writing, but the words I use have to come from somewhere, and I can't access that place right now. I have readers' block AND bloggers' block!
Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner has discussed thie phenomenon several times this summer, and although I'm a much newer blogger than she is, I've found myself completely empathizing with her struggles. It's a strange notion, but I actually have a "public persona" now. People who have never met me in real life know who I am and have a notion of what kind of person I am, and that is a terrifying concept to me. Some days, I'm just overwhelmed by the pressure of having to be "on," but then I wonder if the only pressure is coming from myself, from the expectations I've created.
As for the readers' block, I just need to make more time for reading. I got a little distracted by the tv show Girls this week, which ate into late-night reading time. Also, my book haul this week was spectacular, so I'm hoping the reading will sort itself out. As for blogging, I keep flashing back to Myra McEntire at the YA AdVANture event last week where she said that you have to fill the well of creativity, and that means more reading, so see the first sentence in this paragraph. As for the pressures of being "on" and having the public face....well, I'm still working on that.
So tell me. What do you do when you feel like you can't read or write? How do you feel about/deal with the concept of having a public persona? Feel free to share your tips, tricks, experiences, whatever!