How Has the Pandemic Affected Your Blogging?

How Has the Pandemic Affected Your Blogging?

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a rough year. Major life changes probably happened to just about everyone, whether that means losing a job, being furloughed, having to switch to telework, attending school virtually, or having to work and school at home. Many of us experienced–and are still experiencing–the pain of cancelling family gatherings, missing outings with friends, missing long-anticipated events like senior prom, and potentially having to celebrate the holidays alone. With so much going on, blogging may be the last thing on many of our minds.

Blogging, however, is also a major part of many our lives. It is the way that we find people with similar interests, make friends, think deeply about topics we are passionate about, and maybe even relax, when we’re not busy planning out and writing posts. But blogging now feels very different. At the end of a long day staring at the computer, going online yet again may actually be the last thing anyone wants.

I know I am certainly experiencing screen fatigue. Blogging used to be a way for me to unwind, to feel creative, to connect with others. Now the computer feels less like a friend and more like a chore. I am tired of all the emails and the IMs and the Zoom calls and the video chats. I am tired of staring at a screen and trying to feel like we are making meaningful connections, when, in fact, everything feels more awkward and less personal. I am tired of trying to pretend that we can move our lives online and it will somehow be the same.

It’s hard to feel really invested in blogging right now, when I am tired of my computer. I wish I could recapture the excitement I normally have about sharing a review for a book I loved, or starting a conversation in the comments. But, right now, everything online seems a little overwhelming, and it is hard to keep up. Right now, I really don’t want to look at my computer at all.

One day I hope we all achieve a sense of normalcy again, or at least something closer to it. I know there’s still so much to read and to discover–and so many friends to make and to keep up with! For now, though, I feel rather tired of the internet. And I imagine that I’m not alone.

How have you been doing?

54 thoughts on “How Has the Pandemic Affected Your Blogging?

  1. Kayslee Decker says:

    Hello! I actually have just started my blog, in part because of the pandemic. The camp where I usually work was closed this past summer, which left me with lots of free time. I started researching while I was home with my family, and started my blog about a month ago. I’m lucky enough to have a relative balance between in person contact and virtual time, so it’s been nice for me to make new online friends ☺️🐱👋

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  2. Carol says:

    I think we’re all feeling various degrees of fatigue. It’s a marathon for sure! It’s been interesting though to see how the pandemic has affected bloggers worldwide. Quite unique to have this shared experience. Hopefully 2021 will bring relief!

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  3. Books Teacup and Reviews says:

    I’m stay-at-home parent and I lived in different state than my parents so lock down didn’t affect me as much except I missed going out, have fresh air or change of environment but it definitely changed blogging. I’m getting so many NetGalley widgets and requests after pandemic and though I’m not taking any pressure or stick to publication timeline, I find it hard to keep up. Hopefully 2021 turns out better and brings a bit relief for everyone and everything.

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    • Krysta says:

      Yeah, I miss the little things. Like I can’t really just pop in the store anymore. It’s a big ordeal to go out and shopping! And I miss seeing my friends and family. I, too, hope 2021 is better!

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  4. Gerry@TheBookNookUK says:

    Same. I just can’t face the idea of blogging regularly at the moment. I don’t feel I have the energy to write anything, the creativity to come up with anything or the attention span to read other peoples posts however engaging & well written. I could barely read anything until recently! I’ve noticed a drop off from others blogs as well do at least haven’t felt it’s just me.

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  5. Jnana Hodson says:

    I can’t see where it’s affected my blogging particularly, though I’m no fan of Zoom and the like (except for a few instances where it saved me hours of driving to other parts of New England).
    The one plus has been the Met’s streaming of its lavish opera productions, but even there, I’m hitting an overload … nobody ever went to the theater every night, did they? And yes, watching on my laptop is not the same as feeling yourself as part of an excited audience.
    The important thing, which was just as true before Covid, is remembering to find time away from the keyboard and screen.

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    • Krysta says:

      I can agree with the not having to drive part! It does seem to be that maybe at least this has revealed that we don’t all need to waste our time and gas money driving around to meet up when we can say the same thing via conference call. I would be in favor of less travel in the future!

      And I agree! It’s important to step away from the screen!

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  6. dinipandareads says:

    Great discussion post! I think my blogging has definitely been affected but not so much for the same reasons that you’ve struggled with. It probably speaks more to my lack of a social life (lol), and also the work that I do, but not a lot has changed in the level of my computer usage since before the pandemic. But my blogging/blog hopping has suffered from my struggles with mental health during the pandemic. The static daily routine has really impacted my energy levels and drive to blog. I did take a hiatus earlier this year though, and it really helped to take a breather and focus on my self-care before coming back to blogging. I would definitely recommend it especially if you’re no longer finding joy in it and I think everyone would absolutely understand too!

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    • Krysta says:

      I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well! I think a lot of people can relate! It’s definitely a struggle not to be able to see friends and family. I think people who live alone have been particularly affected since they can’t even socialize there…. I hope you continue to feel better!!

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  7. Never Not Reading says:

    Sorry that blogging has been less fun for you lately Krysta! I can totally understand that, screens are a lot less fun these days. I find that I’m doing pretty much all of my blogging (including talking in the comments!) on Sundays because that’s the only time I really have, and I *hate* that. But it’s nothing to do with the pandemic and everything to do with being a parent. I like having a comment conversation throughout the week, especially now when it’s hard to get together with friends/family.

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  8. rsrook says:

    Definitely feeling the screen fatigue. I’ve been reading physical books more though. I also drive around aimlessly listening to podcasts a lot, just to get out of the house.

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  9. Sam@WLABB says:

    My job was always very computer heavy, so no big changes there, but I can imagine it being a lot for those not accustomed to it. I have noticed a lot of my blogging pals have disappeared. I used to spend quite a bit of time blog hopping, but not any longer. I still enjoy blogging as an outlet, but I miss the interactions I used to enjoy. I understand a lot of those with children are now parent, worker, and teacher. I can get blogging falling to the wayside.

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  10. Zezee says:

    Same here on screen fatigue. At the beginning of the pandemic, I was more committed to blogging than usual because suddenly all my plans fell through and I needed to distract myself from wanting to go out or hang out too much. But these days, I sometimes get so turned off that I’ll fall way behind on blog hopping or writing posts. I’m on the computer 9-5 for my job and I also freelance, so sometimes I’m on the computer 9 to maybe midnight, which isn’t great for my eyes. I can plan posts in advance, which I often do, but keeping up on blog hopping is often difficult these days.

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  11. louloureads says:

    I’ve been alternating between reading and blogging way more and way less than usual – I live by myself so I now have plenty of free time, but I’ve struggled to concentrate on reading. And my eyes also need a break after screen time all day.

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    • Krysta says:

      Same! Looking at a screen all day definitely makes my eyes tired. Sometimes I might want to blog, but looking at a screen some more just feels like too much!

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  12. Lois says:

    To start, blogging became a greater escape from the world and it gave me the chance to switch things up on the blog and take more time to catch up on blog posts that were stuck in my drafts etc. However, after a while, the slump hit hard, especially when I was working from home and needed a break from the screen, but then even when we went back into work we had so much that needed to be sorted in the building that I was drained upon returning and just not motivated to blog/blog hop, so my blogging game has been inconsitent at best at the moment.

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    • Krysta says:

      I can relate to that! I know some people who barely seem to be working in their telework situations. But I feel busier than ever, somehow, since we’ve all had to stay at home! I definitely feel drained at the end of the day and don’t often feel like I have the energy left to start blogging!

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  13. Eustacia | Eustea Reads says:

    I think when the pandemic started, I built up a really huge post of blog drafts because I was reading so much more! Now that things have calmed down, I’m sort of back to where I started? I think not being able to go out for so long made me appreciate the connections that book blogging (and social media in general) bring, though I also get screen fatigue!

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    • Krysta says:

      That sounds nice! I wish I had time to read more, but somehow it feels like I don’t? XD But I think it’s true that it’s nice to be able to socialize online. At least we still have that!

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  14. Jas @ XIV blog says:

    All of my work is usually on a computer, so I didn’t think doing it all online from home would be that much of a difference. But I was wrong. After work, I’m just not in the mood for anything, except lay on the couch and watch tv. In the beginning I was reading a lot, but that stopped too. It’s exhausting.
    I’m glad to read that I’m not the only one!

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    • Krysta says:

      I think working at work is a little different maybe because most people don’t actually spend their 8 hours doing nothing but looking at the screen? People tend to socialize more, chat with their coworkers, that sort of thing. But that’s missing when you’re working from home. Especially because some employers are really big about their employees being consistently online, like they can’t go take a 15-min break to walk about or anything.

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  15. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    I understand this has been the case for many bloggers, and it’s completely understandable, but for me, it’s been the opposite. Since I’ve been laid off since March, blogging has been a lifeline. It’s amazing how many hours you can sink into reading, reviewing, and blog hopping, lol. I’ve had many weeks where I’ve posted three times, which I never thought I could manage before. I certainly won’t be able to sustain this when I get back to work (I had screen fatigue even when my job didn’t require being on a computer all day), but for me it’s been enjoyable.

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    • Krysta says:

      I’m so sorry you’ve been laid off. I know you mentioned it before, but I don’t think many people expected all this to drag on for so long. But I am glad you’ve been able to enjoy blogging, at least!

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      • Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

        Right! I remember when the layoffs first happened, I thought “Of course we’ll be back in June”, haha… This wasn’t the case for most public libraries in Canada; my library had unique budget challenges, apparently. I don’t want to say much in case it doesn’t pan out, but there are a couple prospects for me to get back to FT work by the end of the year. 🤞

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        • Krysta says:

          Yeah…I think everyone was hopeful in the beginning. Now it looks like we might be waiting at least until NEXT June for things to start getting semi back to normal. :/ I hope that you do get back to work soon, though! I know being out of work can be rough!

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  16. MetalPhantasmReads says:

    It totally has for me. It’s made me less motivated to even look at it at times. This whole thing, in the beginning, made it hard to not think about it. But I still keep trying to work with it

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  17. puneybones says:

    I have the same limited amount of time to blog now but less to blog about aside from what happens within the confines of my house and the walls seem like they are closing in some days. I hope you are able to rest and refresh to beat screen fatigue and to keep blogging.

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  18. Milliebot says:

    I’m not even dealing with the computer cuz I’m out of work, but I’m taking an indefinite hiatus from blogging by the end of the year. It’s not all due to the pandemic…but I definitely feel a lack of motivation to do anything after all these months.

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  19. danielle pitter says:

    Blogging has changed my journey for me throughout the pandemic. At first, I was blogging almost every day or week, now I do it whenever I feel like it, or when the inspiration hits. I feel like being home more has sparked some inspiration in me, now that I have a bit more time. However, I still do wonder when all of this will slow down…

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  20. BookerTalk says:

    The first month of the UK lockdown coincided with an A-Z blogging challenge which involved blogging for 26 days in April. It kept me very occupied for most of that month. Since then I’ve found it hard to summon up enthusiasm for writing reviews. List type posts and more general reading related posts are not as demanding….

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