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November 1, 2016

Gush & Gripe: The 5-Year Itch


Talk Supe hit the 5 year mark this year and for the first time, I didn't make any deal out of it. I know it's a big achievement, maintaining a blog for five years averaging at five posts a week, blog hopping, comment popping. I took book blogging to heart and did my best to be innovative, creative, accessible, etc.

Until I hit the 5-year itch. If there's such a thing. 

I follow a lot of blogs who are the same age as mine, a few of them already closed shop, some are still alive and kicking, and now I'm wondering where Talk Supe stands in the blog barometer. I know I don't want to shut this place down, it has been my refuge for a long time and saved my sanity on more than one occasion; at the same time, I know that I can no longer keep up with the same rigorous schedule I used to.

I thought about this when I went on a break. I know I'm not ready to quit just yet because I still love reading, I still want to give my opinion even if I'm the only one who cares, I still want to be involved in this sphere, I also know that I still want to do the same thing but in a different way.

I tried v-logging, it's cool but it's not my style. Writing reviews is the most convenient as it's the most familiar but it's so sedentary that it no longer challenges my creativity. I can't keep up with memes, promos, and the like so I'm really stumped! 

So now I'm floating around while I try to figure shit out. Thank you for indulging this rather entitled gripe, but I also feel like I owe y'all an explanation for my random pops and poofs. I don't mean to ghost you, I'm just in limbo atm. 

In any case, THANK YOU for following Talk Supe. And where did the time go?! The year is almost over and this time next week America will once again change the face of democracy if not the world. Here's to hoping the people makes the right choice. 







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42 comments:

  1. Congrats on the five years. And I've always maintained that a person's blog is their own. If you need to change things up in frequency, content, or whatever to make you content and happy, then I'm all for it. Hope you can get clarity on that as you go.

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    1. I've been brainstorming and I'm still coming up dry. I keep switching things up so hopefully inspiration strikes and I'll come up with something fresh.

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  2. Can I just say YES! I totally know where you are coming from, more and more lately I've been slacking and contemplating what I want to do with my blog. I don't think my passion for blogging and even reading is quite where it needs to be and I don't know if that will pass or if it is something that will stay. :( So strange how that happens.

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    1. I'm so uninspired. I want to keep going but I'm not happy with my "product". So hard to reinvent the wheel...

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  3. Congratulations. I know sometimes I feel like it's a job, but I love it. I think we all struggle as we go along, but isn't that life? I agree with Sophie, it's your blog and you can do what you want. I have my moments, but I also take off the weekends, most times.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I've been doing that but it's still in the back of my head. I guess I'm not done with blogging, I just need to be happy with my output.

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  4. Yes! I can so relate to everything you have said. This summer my blog hit five as well and didn't even have the energy to post about it! lol

    It's hard to find a new way to make blogging fun...I am still struggling with this...but cutting back on the pressure, books accepted for review, posts I self imposed on myself every week etc has helped. As well as playing with how things looked!

    You'll get there...just let go of the self imposed pressure. You do you!

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    1. I've slowed down on arcs too while I figure shit out. Thanks for the empathy and the push :)

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  5. Well happy 5 years! That is a great accomplishment. I know a lot of bloggers only post once a week and that's fine. If you're too busy just change things up, you can post just when you have the time. It's your blog, do what YOU want.

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    1. I've slowed down and for sure it eased up some of the pressure. I'm not ready to give up at this point, I just need something to get m creative juices going.

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  6. Congrats on the 5 years, and hope you didn't catch the itch from me. I just did my first review in months (that wasn't prescheduled) and it was a short and tweet.
    I have been sustaining myself on twilight fanfic and while I have found some gems, there is just something missing, but I can't get into the same stuff as usual and havent requested from NG or Edelweiss in months either..
    Hang in there, you aren't alone.

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    1. I know and I'm happy y'all are here. I think slowing down is helping, I've also been exploring audiobooks and started listening to podcasts so maybe inspiration will strike and I'll be back to normal.

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  7. I'll second your hope for the elections.

    Oh man, I hear you for sure. I hopped on the blogosphere 8 years ago, and I've seen so much change. I've also adapted my posting schedule several times, going from 5 days a week to three, and finally one. (As home schooling my kids picked up.) There have been SOOOO many bloggers who have disappeared, and I miss many of them. There were a few times I debated taking off too, but then I settled on the Truth or Lie game to help promote other authors. I love it. The people who have stuck around are the ones who have a meme, a purpose, and accountability to others--meaning they blog for more than just themselves.

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    1. That's cool, I can't keep up with anything outside of me right now like promos and interviews. But it's cool that you found your niche, hopefully I'll find mine soon too.

      Thanks for the nudge and for stopping by :)

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  8. Congrats on the 5years on the blogeshpere Braine that is quite an accomplishment. And I hear and feel your pain. When I was a working woman I managed an office and had the job down so pat that I web crawled until I found things that interested me. And I found book addicts just like me all over the place. My blog will be 7 in March and I haven't really done any kind of celebrating either and I'm so busy caring for my husband that its challenging to get a post up several times a week. But I still LOVE interviewing authors, love hosting giveaways and I have two holiday themed blog bashes coming up one featuring St. Martin's Press releases later this month and my annual ho ho ho harlequin holiday extravaganza is on again this year. Good luck what ever you decide to do Braine and I personally hope you stay in the game!!! xo

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    1. Congrats! I hope I make it to 7 too and I love your format and always enjoy your interviews and features. Hopefully I'll find my groove again soon, this slump is getting old.

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  9. I think changing your schedule and just posting every now and then is fine, Braine! And it is hard trying to keep up the same speed as we did in the beginning when we first started out, right? I was so motivated, and I had a lot of reviews just ready to go back then, too.
    Now, between school, work, kids, husband, reading, writing my thesis etc it's definitely hard to keep up. And I do want to keep up, especially comment-hopping can be hard for me sometimes. I do read other blogs, but sometimes, I just don't know what to add to a conversation anymore.
    {{{HUGS}}}
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Oh gosh you're doing so much better than I am and I'm single! I don't know how you do it *bows down*

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  10. With over 5 years on the blogosphere and over 1 million views, you're doing something right, for sure. You're the 6t person I've seen in the past few days who is wondering about this blogging thing. Some people take breaks, but I wonder if switching things up and talking about some of your other hobbies for a while may be the fix for a little bit. I love your narrative and wit, so stay around a little while longer to hang out, please. Kudos and congrats! Hugs...

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    1. Thank you!

      My hobby revolves around stories. I don't write so I don't know what else to share. Hahahaha!

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  11. Congrats on making it 5 years, Braine! It *is* an accomplishment but I also understand re-evaluating things. I get that it's a lot of work and sometimes you feel stuck in a rut. I like that you're thinking things through and hopefully you'll find something that'll work for you without turning the lights off here. I'd miss you, your wit and fun reviews. In the end though, you have to do what's right for you. I'll be here, virtually holding your hand. *mwah* <3

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    1. Thanks, Brandee. I'm not quitting yet, the fact that I'm frustrated because I want to do more I think confirms that for me. Now I just have to figure out what I want to do...

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  12. I know exactly how you feel. My five year anniversary is this month and I have definitely gone through my moments especially this past few months. Somedays blogging feels like such a chore and I wish I could just read a huge thick book and savor it, but I always feel pressured to rush through. I cut back on the books I planned to read and now I am pushing to meet my goal because I didnt' read for three and a half months. I don't have any answers either. I am not ready to give up blogging but it is getting harder and harder. I think for me, I will continue to read more of what I want, take breaks and just try and enjoy it. No pressure no tours and schedules just stuff I want. I hope you find your way .

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    1. I hope you too.

      I also feel like because I have a few things going on in my personal life that somehow it's getting in the way of my creativity. I just maybe need to ride this out

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  13. You will find your way, or find that blogging maybe is not for you anymore. But I do hope it is the first

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  14. Congrats on 5 years Braine. Yeah that five year mark makes you reassess, and prioritize. I stopped posting 7 days a week and took Saturdays off. I unplug one Sunday a month, even if I am hosting the Sunday Post. My readers understand. And while I still post content (due to Ads, etc) I do take 2 weeks in the summer and 2 weeks in late December off. It really helps.

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    1. I've done that and I still can't keep up lol. I'll just keep floating for now, I hope I figure it out soon because this "meh" feeling sucks.

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  15. Aw bummer you're feeling blergy about blogging. I hope inspiration hits and you find a fun way to continue things!

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  16. Congrats on five years. I'm seeing several people who are starting to get down on blogging. And it makes me sad. I would say, if 5 days a week is too much, drop it down. I post three days a week, usually. Twice on Hot Listens and once on Rabid Reads. After I came back from vacation, I was a bit overwhelmed with stuff outside of the blog, so I dropped down to two posts a week, one on each site, until I got things back together. You don't want this to start to feel like another job that you don't even get paid for. Go at the pace you can handle. At least, that is what has worked for me (though I'm not five years in yet). Maybe it will help you. {{hugs}}

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Thanks and that's basically what I'm doing now. It's me, I'm dissatisfied with my output. How Loupe btw?

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  17. I start year 9 on DEC 31--I think I haven't celebrated blogversary in years. I am not sure how much longer I will blog --my hosting is up Nov 2017 so that will be when I make the decision. I do know that in the last year or so I have changed how I blog drastically. I take off time now and I don't put any pressure on myself (except November, June, and September but those are labors of love). I haven't done a blog tour in forever (and probably will never go back to those) and honestly just stick around for my little group of friends (that makes me think I won't ever give up blogging completely LOL)

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    1. Wow congrats! I hope I reach 9!!

      I don't want to give it up either even if I'm just blogging for myself. But I'm not happy with my output, I need to figure out how to get centered again and go back to blogging for me.

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  18. Congrats on 5 years Braine! I think you need to do whatever it is that makes you happy. If that means only posting a few times a week, so be it. Blogging is a labor of love and we all know that - hope you rediscover what makes you want to continue blogging :)

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I'm praying my Muse will whisper in my ear soon.

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  19. You are no stranger to that feeling :), I was just saying this to some other blogging folks. When your inspiration, post when you feel! We all got caught up when we first started, it was something new right? But life interrupts and we have to take ourselves too. So post when you feel. You're an amazing blogger and you'll come back just fine :D

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    1. meant to say when you feel your inspiration, lols. ugh!

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  20. Time sure flies when it comes to blogging. I can't believe my blog is almost 4 years already and I've seen quite some blogs come and go in that time, many of the blogs I used to visit when I started aren't around anymore and I've found new blogs as well in that time.
    Take your time to figure out what you want with your blog You can also just post less frequent and post when you can. If you can't stick to your schedule then don't. Blogging has to stay fun!

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  21. This happened to me at 5 years too.(the blog will be 7 next month) and I never truly recovered back to full force blogging.

    I was right on the edge of quitting but for some reason I'm not ready to. I still enjoy the people and having a place to share my thoughts even if it's infrequently and to a smaller audience. But who knows in a year or so.

    The whole thing is changing and everyone is quitting so it might be a matter of time.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  22. Well, you put it right "the five year itch"! :-) I don't remember when I changed from full on blogging to 3 reviews a week at most but it must have been when we moved to Portugal, so I wasn't even hitting 5 year mark! Braine, you need to let go of your own expectations and guilt, and just do what makes life easier - reduce the amount of reviews, get rid of extras which feel like a chore. Clean up, you'll feel better for it. It took me a year of very shaky blogging to find my footing again, but I feel stronger and more balanced now, and wish you the same! Huge hugs xxx

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  23. Wow - 5 years, that's crazy! Congrats so much on it :D Aw man, I really hope you can get back up from the 5 year itch Braine. I believe you can do it!

    - Aila @ Happy Indulgence

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