Hello everybody! I’m not sure if you all may have noticed (those of you who follow me on Book Twitter may have) but this month has not been great for my motivation, my engagement, or my relationship with this blog. I was very excited to start Blogtober this year, as last year it was the highlight of my blogging experience. As a brand new blogger in 2019, Blogtober blew me away with how much community engagement there was. This year, coming up with prompts was a struggle and my engagement dropped to lower than it’s been since I was on my brief moving hiatus. Emotionally, this was a big hit for me, and I’ve since stepped back to think about how much effort I expend for this blog if it doesn’t feel like it makes a difference.
Prior to last week, I had over a 200 day streak of posting on the blog. I’ve since let that drop obviously, but I’m okay with that. I think I’m going to be approaching my blog less like a daily obligation and more like the fun hobby it’s supposed to have been. I threw my all into this blog during the period where I was laid off in the spring, and I’m glad I had this to work on for six or seven hours a day. But now, I have other things to concentrate on and that take up my energy. I love this blog and the blogging community still, but there will be days where I’m home and exhausted and just want to play video games and cuddle with my husband rather than spend four hours reading, writing, and promoting my posts.
I’m probably going to stop signing up for blog tours to avoid unnecessary obligations, and I’m going to give myself looser scheduling. I’ll still try to stick to a posting regimen, but I don’t think I’ll keep doing my Monday schedules (or if I do, I’ll be less intense about them). I definitely won’t be posting every day anymore.
Please bear with me as I figure out my footing in my new approach! That’s all for now, and I appreciate those of you that have stuck around and kept me going. I do love seeing your names pop up in my inbox with your new posts and your responses to mine.