Monday, October 13, 2014

Stress-Free Blogging

I know I have been slow at posting and such lately, so I just wanted to give you guys a brief explanation for that and let you know what I'm going to be doing with this blog in the next couple months.

Basically, I started writing again recently - fiction writing, that is. And it's a great thing for me personally because as much as I enjoy blogging and reading, they're not my top priorities. I will always read, and I hope to keep this blog going as well. But writing is most important in my life.

Trying to focus on so many things at once has me burned out. It's a struggle to write daily, read review copies, and post here five times a week. I have been down on myself because I'm trying to not get behind on anything, yet I missed posts on both of my blogs. I might not finish the review copy I'm currently reading by its release date, which means I won't have the review up by the deadline I set.

Blogging is a hobby, as is reading. And when it's more stressful than fun, it's a problem. I'm not saying I want to quit, but I do have to slow down. It's difficult for me to realize, and especially admit here, that I can't do everything I would like to or "should."

For now, I'm setting up some "stress-free blogging" for myself. I will post when inspiration hits, and I will read when I have time. Hopefully I can still get 1-2 posts in a week, at least, but I'm not promising anything. I feel like if I'm less pressured, I can let things flow more naturally. In a sense, I'm giving myself time to miss blogging so that I can come back to it refreshed and ready to post - and also, hopefully, ready to set realistic expectations.

I'm sorry if this post is disappointing to any of you readers, but having this out there will make me feel a little better about my lack of updates. And just to make it clear, I'm not completely pushing review copies aside either - I'll have them done within the "30 days before or after release date" time frame that most publishers look for. I'm just not being so strict on myself.


  1. No, we completely understand! You are completely right, hobbies should be more fun than stressful. I don't always get my reviews up by their deadlines either, but I really do try my best to. I am also writing - especially Nanowrimo time now. So I hope the writing goes well, and we look forward to seeing what you do post. Five times a week was a lot anyway!

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment :) Good luck in Nanowrimo!