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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
Oh look, I’m actually writing a discussion post this week…
I’ve been quite the busy bee these past few month as I tried to balance blogging and real life and it ultimately led to me falling into both a reading and blogging slump that I struggled to get myself out of. I’ve been in reading slumps so I was actually okay with not feeling the need to read, but not wanting to blog…NOW THAT WAS SOMETHING NEW! The mere thought of starting up my laptop to write a post made me tired, so I just didn’t post unless it was a weekly meme. And it may be strange to admit, but I actually liked not feeling the need to post everyday. It was a bit freeing not being tied down to my laptop and I lowkey felt like a rebel.
But then the need to post came back and I already had ideas floating in my head…until the election happened and everything went to shit again. Seriously, that was one of the worst weeks ever because the tension was at an all-time high, both in the blogging community and in my real life and it didn’t feel right to post, so I closed my laptop and stepped away from it once again.
I’m kind of rambling at this point, but during my unofficial, somewhat-but-not-really hiatus, I realized a few things. One being that taking a break and stepping away from the keyboard is OKAY. I would’ve hated it if I grew to resent that one thing that brought me joy so stepping away when I did was the right thing to do. The second thing I realized was that I’m kind of having a blogger identity crisis. When it comes to the types of books I want to review, I realized that YA books are just not cutting it for me and I’ve never truly felt a part of the YA community because I haven’t read majority of the books people rave about (damn that 6-year-long reading slump that made me miss out on all the YA books). I’m also not really interested in many 2017 debuts other than the ARCs I’ve already received. With that being said, I’ve decided to make some changes to my blog and I’m hoping that these changes will bring back the excitement I once felt when I first started blogging and remind me why I blog in the first place.
As for my weekly discussions posts, for right now they won’t be weekly because the holiday season is upon us and my real life gets a bit crazy during this time. I’m not saying there won’t be discussion posts, but they won’t be as frequent and I may even post on a weekday instead of on the weekend! But to bring everything full circle, if blogging ever becomes overwhelming, stepping away is never something you should feel guilty about. Your blog will always be here when you come back, so take time off, recharge, and come back ready to work. I know I’m excited for the changes I’m about to make, and I can’t wait to share them with you all too!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Do you ever feel overwhelmed when it comes to blogging?
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