Gloomy Weather and Affected Blogging Habits

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Gloomy and rainy and clouded. Yes, gloomy, rainy, and clouded, that’s what the weather has been reduced to for the past week and boy does it affect my mood. While its the perfect weather to curl up on the couch with a blanket, hot cup of tea and a good book, I do feel like pointing an accusatory finger towards the sky and scold whomever will listen for bringing this weather down on me and making me feel miserable. It should be snowing, everything is supposed to look beautiful, the streets covered with a blanket of fresh sparkly snow.

Lets rewind a little bit, and follow my own advise… That’s better! Armed with my precious laptop on my lap and safely wrapped inside a warm and comfy blanket I am now typing away while sipping a hot cup of tea. Don’t worry, this is not going to be a post where I’m bashing on the weather. It is going to be a post about the weather and how it affects my mood and therefore my blogging habits.

I love blogging and all that comes with it. And before I since I started blogging I’ve grown a lot. There are lots of things I’ve learned since and I now know about things that come with being a book blogger. The receiving and reviewing ARC’s, the friendly blogging community, the awesome blogger friends you make and experiencing the authors that aren’t as scary as you first thought (even befriending them, how awesome is that!). But unfortunately, also the lesser moments, such as the slumps, the hardship of actually DNF’ing your first book, and I found another one this week… Though this is probably an Iris-issue.

Because weird enough, my reading habits are suffering under the weather. The weather is just so gloomy, and while I read (boy do I read, because like I said before this is Perfect reading weather) I feel like I’m lacking inspiration. I want to write. I feel like writing. My fingers are literally itching to type away, but when I sit down, the magic just isn’t happening…  And now I am wondering, does anybody else have the same problem?

My tea is gone, but I’m still all kinds of toasty warm wrapped in my blanket, so I’m going to grab my latest read: The Geography of You and Me, and do some magical reading. Lets hope that inspiration will sucker punch me in the face soon again.

So do you have a similar problem? Do you find that it affect your Blogging or Reading habits?

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  1. 27/02/2014 / 22:54

    Ahhh I’m dying to read The Geography of You and Me!

    I actually love winter. I think I’ll be all sad and mopey when it starts getting warmer. I think I just love everything you talked about in your first paragraph: cuddling up with blankies, hot chocolate, socks, and a good book. I ADORE that. It’s like comfort galore. I think hot weather puts me in a bad mood because it feels too hot, I don’t have AC, and it makes me feel sluggish.

    • 28/02/2014 / 00:03

      I’m with Ashley on this one! I hate heat which is unfortunate because I live in a tropical country. And it’s already boiling up here since summer’s about to start for us. So yeah, I’ve been in a slump and feeling totally lazy. I guess weather does affect my mood and therefore my blogging habits as well. Nice discussion, Iris! :-)

    • Iris
      16/03/2014 / 13:31

      You’ll love the Geography of you and me! I finished it while on my snowboarding trip and boy *sigh* it was perfect!

      I love winter too… when there’s snow, and it’s freezing so I can ice-skate. However, when it’s only raining, that’s when I get sad and yeah… mopey. The cuddling up with blankies, hot chocolate, socks, and a good book, that’s the GOOD part! But it’s just the raining and gloomy weather that gets me down.

      We have AC… haha, that probably does make a difference. But, I do love lying on a blanket in the sun reading a good book! (picnic and all) I need that weather!

  2. 27/02/2014 / 23:19

    I’m just a miserable person when it’s either too cold or too hot. Is it so hard to ask for perfect weather all your round? I like coolish weather, like a light jumper. BUT. RAIN. Where I live, it rains and rains and rains. *shakes fist at rain clouds* I have a tiny itty bit of itchy-feet-disorder. lol I LIKE TO MOVE. When it rains and I’m stuck inside for days on end? I go a little crazy. The weather doesn’t usually affect if I feel like reading/writing, though. I tend to just do it anyway.

    • Iris
      16/03/2014 / 13:34

      No! It’s not too hard to ask for perfect weather all year round, I mean… No. We need perfect weather! (I’m sticking with that, even though I can’t give you a legit reason, besides me wanting and needing it haha).

      I’m jealous of how the weather doesn’t affect you! Probably because of all the rain you get where you live “RAIN. Where I live, it rains and rains and rains. *shakes fist at rain clouds*” That would kill me. But maybe you got used to it, Maybe I need to try that…. Nah, I really hate rain ;) haha

  3. The Geography of Me And You! I NEED to read that one, because reasons. It seems soooo good T_T And I loved the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

    I hate snow. I hate cold weather, and to be honest, I rarely read outside of my bed, so I’ll always end up being warm and cozy. I’d rather get to the warm weather, so that I can sit outside in the garden with a nice book in the nice warm weather. I’m so done with winter.

    • Iris
      16/03/2014 / 13:36

      You’ll love The Geography Between You and Me! I’m sure you will! I did :)

      I think the Netherlands is messing with our brains… The winter has a way of getting to you here. If there’s pretty snow I don’t mind (neither when it’s freezing and I can Ice-skate) but when the cold is there for no reason… yeah that gets me down :(

      I plead for MORE SUN!

  4. 28/02/2014 / 13:31

    It can’t be warm enough for me! (Okay, there are limits, but I do love warm weather) When it’s so gloomy as now, I just don’t have the energy to do anything. This affects my commenting, because all I want to read is read and be lazy :p

    • Iris
      16/03/2014 / 13:38

      *basks in warmth under a blanket in front of the fire place* Nah, right now its doable… it’s actually sunny outside, so I’m happy :)

      Gloomy weather will be the death of me (or blogging… *shudder*)
      I vote for better weather all year round!

  5. 28/02/2014 / 15:06

    Hmm. I’m not really sure. Really, my reading slumps come more when I’m incredibly busy. It’s just hard to find the time to read anything. Lately I’ve been drowning in coursework. I have gotten so little reading done this year and it’s very depressing. I hope you can find some magic book to get your writing and reading back on their feet!

    • Iris
      23/03/2014 / 13:09

      Extremely busy periods mostly leave me with slumps as well… The more I read your responses I think that whenever some changes happen in our lives (short of long term) it reflects on our Blogging and Reading habits pretty fast. Which is understandable..

      Lets find the magic together, shall we?!

  6. I’m completely with you! Here in the US we’ve been getting sleet for 3 straight days, and it’s been making me so miserable! It’s definitely been making me in a reading slump; so I definitely see where you’re coming from. Thanks for sharing Iris and hope you get out of your slump soon! <3

    (P.S. Sorry I haven’t commented in a while! It’s tech week for my play, so things have been kind of busy! The show ends tomorrow, so hopefully then I can get back to my regular commenting schedule!)

    • Iris
      24/03/2014 / 12:02

      Zoe! Don’t apologize! I haven’t been around in forever and I miss our awesome comment conversations <3 we should talk in more ways then through comments (though they really are awesome, and your comments always make my day!)


  7. 01/03/2014 / 15:53

    Oh, definitely! If it’s too cold I just cannot be bothered. I want to curl up with a blanket and some hot chocolate and eat cupcakes and not think about blogging. Cold weather makes me lazy and needing of comfort. God forbid it starts snowing soon, I’ll have to take a hiatus ;)

    • Iris
      24/03/2014 / 12:16

      Hot chocolate and cupcakes *yummy*
      It’s just that reading comes naturally, but when you’re all lazy and cold, it’s like the energy gets sucked right out of me and I can’t manage to write or blog… its a horrible trait!

  8. 01/03/2014 / 21:45

    I find cold, dreary weather conducive to reading. However, we’ve had the longest, dreariest winter I can remember in a long time and I am also feeling blah. (And on top of that I think I am getting a cold.) So I wish I were on a beach with a book right now!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    • Iris
      24/03/2014 / 12:21

      On the beach with a good book… damn that’s a really really nice idea! I want that too :)

  9. 02/03/2014 / 20:18

    I hate gloomy weather. I don’t mind the cold, but I need the sun! Gloomy days make me want to read, but like you, they don’t necessarily inspire blogging creativity.

    • Iris
      24/03/2014 / 12:22

      I’m so happy that I’m not the only one, the response to this post was kinda baffling, but awesome as well :)
      Thanks for stopping by Sara! How have you been? :)

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