It’s been ridiculously long since I did a post like this, but I think that’s mainly because I always had plenty of reviews to share. I still do, but.. Like.. I’m procrastinating and not finishing them?
There are a couple of topics I want to talk about today. I’m still going to try and keep it brief and – hopefully – not make this into a rant but who knows. I might just do exactly that. We all know bloggers are awesome at those, right?
First up I really, really want to thank each and every one of you for sticking around! I’m in my ninth month of blogging right now and it’s been such a wonderful journey so far. I honestly cannot believe how much my blog has grown in that short period of time. Like, 850 followers? That’s HUGE. You are all amazing. I love you all. Your support is appreciated so, so much!
Of course this also means that I might secretly be planning a giveaway for when I reach the next huge, enormous, gigantic milestone in my blogging life. Or maybe I’m just saying I’m secretly planning one but actually still have to start doing that..
Second topic of the day: my procrastinating awesomeness. I think most of you are getting pretty used to my posting every day. You might also have noticed I didn’t post yesterday. Simply because I didn’t have anything scheduled.
Usually I make sure I have plenty of posts ready to go, but life has been getting in my way. Trips out of the country, meeting up with friends, job applications. Not to mention the fact that I simply used my spare time to relax and read. I put blogging a bit on the back burner. It wasn’t really noticeable since I had so many posts scheduled but I guess I sort of took a hiatus the last two weeks?
This equals me having only two or three more posts scheduled. I need to get a move on and get my blogging prep together! I’m not sure when – since I, once again, have a busy weekend coming – but I’ll get there!
I’ll also be posting less reviews next month since I read a lot of sequels in February and I simply didn’t feel like reviewing those. Perks of being your own person is you get to pick when you do or don’t write a review – ha!
Just know that this doesn’t mean I’ll be slowly disappearing. Not at all. I’m simply trying to find a bit more balance between my blog and the rest of my life. So weird saying that; you’d think I’d have figured that out by now but nope. There goes the fantasy that Kathy has her shit in order and never struggles! Told you guys this but some just wouldn’t believe me and thought this all worked perfectly for me. “You’re a natural at planning!” Yeah, no. I’m not. I try to. But I’m not.
Which brings me to the topic that I really wanted to tackle today. Pressure on bloggers. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane talked about how she experiences pressure when it comes to blogging and… I felt like doing a bit of a pep talk for every blogger out there.
It doesn’t matter what you blog about, we all know there’s pressure. Sometimes it’s other people’s expectations but most of the time we do it to ourselves. We want ourselves to be better, do better, grow more. We expect more and more, no matter how much we’re already doing and I’m here to tell you guys to stop.
It’s okay to take a step back, breathe and remember yourself that you do this for fun. You should have fun. Always. If you’re not? It’s time to figure everything out and find ways to get your groove back. Because, let’s be honest, in a lot of cases it’s very obvious when someone doesn’t feel it anymore. Your writing, your posts suffer when you’re in a place like that. It’s not meant to be that way, people!
You don’t need to invest even more time, put in even more hours, read like a crazy person and simply end up disliking everything blog-related. That’s not the point of having our blogs. We started them because we wanted a place to share, rant, meet new people. We didn’t sign up to be crushed beneath all the expectations and pressure. We didn’t. We should remember that.
That’s exactly what I’ve been remembering the last couple of days. I’ll be trying to get my blog prep done but I’m not making any promises as to how much I’ll be posting. Daily? Pretty sure that won’t be the case, but at least you’ll all get posts with my heart and soul in it and that’s most important to me.
I love all of you. If you struggle, in any way, don’t be scared to find me. It doesn’t even have to be blog-related. If you feel like having a talk but don’t know who to turn to, my virtual door is open.