It was only after talking with a friend that I recognized what was happening, and that this was a form of depression. Losing the ability to enjoy some activity that had always brought pleasure before is a marker of depression. I realized that this was something that would have to run its course, and that I couldn't force myself out of this condition by an act of will.
Over time this condition has slowly improved. I have slowly regained the ability to read for fun. But as a side effect, while my reading has been slowly returning, my enjoyment and ability to write has hit the skids. In short, I exchanged Reader's Block for Writer's Block.
Now, I am trying to regain my writing again. I am renewing this blog as a starting point. Even if no one is still following me, or reading this blog (after all, it has been two years!), just following a schedule for writing something down may help me work my way out of this slump.
I'll take it slowly. Perhaps, at some point, I'll start to advertise this blog again.
And on the whole, if I only regain one pleasure, I would rather it be reading. After all, these days writers are a dime a dozen.