While writing has always been a hobby of mine, there is also the ‘real’ life I have to care about. It’s not just family, friends, my daily life and work. There are much more things I need to take care of – like my health (mental and physical) as well as personal stuff and my own needs (especially in work life where I want to get a better position). In the last month I also moved to a new flat which I had to renovate beforehand. Moving alone is stressful enough and while I barely found time for reading or posting on my Instagram Account, blogging completely left my mind. At first I still felt obligated to write reviews and post something but sooner than later it felt more like I had to do it and less like I wanted to do it. So – with so many things to do – I simply stopped blogging. And if I’m being honest – it was a relief for me. The little voice in my head, telling me to post, stopped nagging and felt free. And it was okay for me. But there were also time that I realized I missed blogging – even more when I made myself recall that I didn’t want to pause in the first place.
But I just couldn’t start with reviews again – because of the above mentioned lack of time – and so did not start until now. Right now I’m cosily settled in my new flat, adoring my bookshelves and my books. After this step my life has settled down once again and I find myself with so much more free time than before – even with meeting friends and family as well as fulfilling me wishes and needs. But still I realize that I miss writing. I know that I will now have time for reviews and bookish stuff again. That I can fill my blog with love and reviews again.
But before I start doing that, I wanted to tell you a simple thing – it is okay for not blogging sometimes. It’s just like I said in my post about feeling guilty for not reading: it is your hobby and it is totally fine to take breaks if you feel like it. You should have fun, not feeling obligated to post something just for the sake of posting. Take your time – like I did – and do what you want, not what you have to do.
If you ever felt the same about blogging or writing or reading or something else entirely – please feel free to leave a comment and tell me about it! I’d love to hear your point of view and talk with you about it. As always from the bottom of my – take care and stay safe, book dragons!
September 26, 2017 at 13:09
I wanna start with saying that I’m proud about your decision and how hard something like that can be. I started my own blog a couple of months ago, and even though I love posting, I sometimes hate it too. The time difference between posts varies so much, that I stopped caring about rushing it. I’ve got many books & products to review just yet, but I found peace in the thought ‘If I do it all now, I won’t have anything for later.’
If you have any big fans of any of your pages, they should understand that you have human too and live a life outside all this. You shouldn’t pain yourself thinking about people who don’t.
Stay smiling! Because that is the best in the long run 🙂
September 26, 2017 at 13:14
Thanks a lot for your kind words, Esmée! It’s so good to hear them and I’m relieved that you think so as well. Blogging should be fun and no rush. I really love the thought that brings you peace – maybe I should adapt it.
So again – thank you very much for your comfort and understanding. Lots of love x