Seasonal Blogging Disorder

I don’t know about you, but I am finding it difficult to blog lately. I’m not just talking about difficulty finding things to write about, although that is true as well. I don’t even feel like reading any of the fabulous blogs that I follow. Perhaps I have been doing it too long, or the heat of the summer has completely fried my brain making me unable to focus on the wit and witticism of my favorite bloggers. When I do read, I struggle to make any kind of intelligible comment. I find myself surfing through blog posts without commitment, or simply erasing them from my inbox blaming it on a weak internet connection which cuts into my time online. (To be fair to myself, I do have spotty internet on the lot and have to seek Β alternative locations to get any real work done.)

This sun is from Okoboji Summer Theatre (my summer “home”) so I thought I would borrow it to represent the heat (as well as the drama) that has fried my brain.

I am a summer blogging slacker.Perhaps the amount of ice cream I have been eating to combat the oppressive summer heat has seeped into my brain and turned it into a receptacle of pure sugar and fat, incapable of actually communicating in an intelligible way.

Not that I pay attention to stats (HA!) but it does seem that overall the summer months include a drop of readership. Then again, I haven’t been publishing as many blogs and perhaps my quality has dropped as of late, so I could simply have lost readers. Is this lag a result of the season or a reflection on me and my blog?

It also seems that more of my blogging buddies have disappeared this summer. Perhaps they are simply out enjoying life, soaking in the heat of the sun or relaxing on a cool boat. Many of them have been taking vacations in exotic locations and/or having fabulous staycations in the comfort of their own homes and gardens.

So perhaps the laziness of blogging is simply a symptom of summer.

It’s easier to laze around than blog.

I hope that if and when the weather ever cools, turning toward my favorite time of year (the fall) I will overcome this sluggishness and find my way back to reading, writing, and commenting with enthusiasm and verve.

My apologies to all of you zillions of people who have noticed my lackadaisical approach to blogging this summer. (Who am I kidding, I’m sure many of you are thinking “Lisa who? Didn’t even miss her.”) Also, some of you might have noticed and been offended by my removal of the Blogs I Follow section. I found that it was a mess, as people’s blogs change , so I decided that for the time being I would remove it and make every effort to mention wonderful blogs within the bodies of my posts.

Of course, that requires reading more blogs and writing more posts. Sigh.

Does anyone else suffer from Seasonal Blogging Disorder? Is there a cure?

37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. codiart
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 12:50:20

    I got You, feel the same, also my favorite season is autumn. Have a nice summer


  2. Mikalee Byerman
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 12:51:47

    I think the cure is a beach, an umbrella in a drink and a laptop.

    OK, not sure if that’s a cure or not — but it sounds like a plan, right?

    Yes, the summer season is known to kick your stats’ ass. No biggie. At least I hope… πŸ˜‰


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jul 27, 2012 @ 12:55:34

      Funny, on my comment on your post I wrote “bite you in the ass” and then changed it to “bite you in the butt” because we haven’t really interacted that much. Good to know we are both sassy! πŸ˜‰ I do like your plan, but I doubt it will do much besides making me even sillier.


      • Mikalee Byerman
        Jul 27, 2012 @ 13:13:37

        That’s TOO funny. Even funnier: I did not make the connection between your comment and your blog. I was just perusing our FB group and catching up. Talk about strange timing, huh?

        So sorry if I overstepped the bounds with the comment. Sometimes I can’t help myself. Or, rather, I don’t help myself…

        But it sounds like I might be in good company.

        Cheers to you — I’ll have an umbrella drink in your honor this evening!


  3. jesterqueen (@jesterqueen)
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 13:15:24

    I’m sharing this with a friend who thinks he should quit blogging.


  4. k8edid
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 13:19:52

    I’ve missed you, Lisa – summer is really kicking my butt! Missed your entries into my contest. Things will pick up…

    That reminds me, I really need to clean up my “blog roll”


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jul 27, 2012 @ 13:27:36

      Blog Roll! I couldn’t remember what it was called. I told you my brain is gone.

      I feel most guilty about slacking on the sins, but I have been living the life of sloth and gluttony, with a little bit of envy and wrath mixed in. It is nice to be missed, though.


  5. Sparks In Shadow
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 14:18:41

    I don’t suffer from it until the temperature hits 95 in my house. Then my brain takes a dive and I can’t sit in front of the computer. I have been losing readers though, and hoping it’s hot weather and school vacations — and for lucky ones, family vacations — and not too much real life in my posts when people may just want to laugh.

    I decided not to write much about myself for a while. I started a serial (fiction) and I’m hoping for the best.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jul 27, 2012 @ 14:38:23

      Considering that it has been around 100 on all fronts, and the ac in the cabin stinks, I guess that might explain it. If it makes you feel better, Although I am hardly reading anything by anyone, I am more likely to read something personal that catches my eye.


      • Sparks In Shadow
        Jul 27, 2012 @ 14:51:52

        That’s an interesting point because for me it seems that the personal posts, especially the ones where I’m not only trying to relate something in an interesting way, but I’m not doing so well — those are the ones that get fewer views and even fewer interactions. As much as I think I need the interaction, I’m realizing that no one wants to hear it.

        My Monday Rants do best, but they’re about me finding the humor in something, often very sarcastic. Hot weather doesn’t put me in that mood much.


        • Lisa Wields Words
          Jul 27, 2012 @ 14:58:03

          I may not be a great judge. And, I admit, lately I tend toward reading shorter posts (if any at all). Your personal posts tend to be longer. Maybe that’s the difference.


          • Sparks In Shadow
            Jul 27, 2012 @ 15:14:56

            I wish it was. I’ve been working shorter a lot lately because folks are so short on time. It makes little difference. It’s discouraging, but this community and my writing is what I have, so I soldier on. Thanks for reinforcing my thoughts on shorter being better, though. That’s one important piece of the puzzle.


  6. Life in the Boomer Lane
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 14:40:54

    I’m pretty much burned out on blogging. I was spending a good part of the day reading and commenting on other people’s blogs. It was completely crazy. Now, I have stopped reading even the blogs I love. I still post, but I pretty much don’t care anymore about my stats or how many people comment. I don’t think it’s seasonal with me. It’s simply that I stepped back and wondered what all this was about, and I didn’t have an answer.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jul 27, 2012 @ 14:43:19

      I get that. I really do. I’m not sure it is seasonal for me. I mean, I can blame the season, but I just don’t know anymore . . . then again everything in my life seems to be shifting again so maybe its time for something else. Sigh.


      • Life in the Boomer Lane
        Jul 28, 2012 @ 10:47:18

        It would take me a long time to answer, but in a nutshell, yes, everything is changing in my world (or maybe it’s just me). I always need to have a passion (usually art or writing). For me, it’s my compass. And, at the moment, I don’t have that. For me, blogging isn’t a passion–it’s fun and it can occassionally be meaningful, but it isn’t what nourishes me or takes me to a higher possibility in life.


  7. notesfromrumbleycottage
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 15:37:44

    I looked at my stats the other day and realized I was suffering from the summer dips. And really that is Ok. I just hate that it will take sometime in January to get back to the same amount of traffic.


  8. lisaspiral
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 17:29:01

    I am having a difficult time just thinking about blogging. Since I’m committed to once a week I try and at least start several when I’m in the mood so it’s a little easier to get to it when the “deadline” arises. If I didn’t have a deadline, I’m sure I would be slacking big time!


  9. Kathryn McCullough
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 17:29:04

    I have it bad, Lisa! But, I’ve noticed readership really drops back in the summer. It did last year and it has this, as well. Can’t wait to see you!


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  12. Rose
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 22:18:21

    I’ve been extra missing in the last 7 months but personally I find that summer is no time to be spending on the computer more than I have to and I think a lot of people are the same. Of course, whether or not you have the energy or enthusiasm to blog yourself anymore, that’s a whole other thing! Hope you’re otherwise well (clearly I have no idea since I have been in my own tunnel-y offline world. πŸ™‚


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jul 29, 2012 @ 09:13:22

      You have indeed been among the missed and missing. I hope your 7 month hiatus was intentional and enjoyable for you. Only time will tell where my enthusiasm heads. I am dealing with a few things that influence everything else.


  13. An Embarrassment of Freedom
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 16:34:59

    Funny isn’t how cooler weather makes one feel inspired. I like it cold wet and awful before feeling like writing anything…very Bronte! (can’t figure out how to do the little accent thing over the e!)


  14. Victoria-writes
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 05:03:52

    I think things have got more quiet on here, I think the summer has everyone out and about. Thanks for the link! I hope the sun can inspire us both πŸ™‚


  15. joannevalentinesimson
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 09:58:16

    Lisa, I agree with you! Summer is the time for outdoor fun, not a time to sit inside and worry about the meaning of life! I’ve been out of internet access for about two weeks (in the wilds, etc, of Canada), and my blogging has dropped off completely!


  16. 4amWriter
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 22:48:20

    I’m having a super hard time also. I am not into it, not one bit. It also doesn’t help when traffic has slowed down and you know that fewer people are reading your blog. I feel like why should I bother coming up with posts if only my 20 regular commenters stop by and remark on it? It’s a lot of work for the same 20 people, and I start feeling afraid that I’m going to be boring or stale or repetitive to them.

    I don’t know what the answer is.


  17. Dana
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 22:58:17

    Summer is such a busy time for me offline that I’m suffering from the same Seasonal Blogging Disorder as you are, Lisa. (I was going to abbreviate it to SBD, but there’s that *other* SBD that I didn’t want to confuse people with… Did anyone else notice my maturity level dropping just then?)

    I think most people are out enjoying the sunshine and possibly time off from work, so the autumn months will be a good time to get back into the swing of things. Happy summer, Lisa!


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