CW: intimate partner violence, drug use, and suicide
So. About those changes.
This isn’t going to be one of those sweet, loving, adorable personal posts where I tell you how great my life is and all that.
Today, I want to talk to you about blogging burnout.
I’m familiar with burnout from social work. It’s when you’re just tired and exhausted and cynical and everything else. You can’t do any of the work that you need to do despite needing to do it. If you want to know more about the signs, click here.
And, I’m burning out. I’m just running out of steam. This isn’t just with blogging, but just in general. However, it’s really showing up here. I’ve already stepped back from doing Instagram posts every day to help ward off against this.
Since Chantel left, it’s been very hard on me. I’m feeling very discouraged and get so damn stressed about making sure I have posts set-up and am reading enough books and checking the blog a few times a day. And, what I get back from blogging isn’t justifying the stress.
I don’t feel like I’ve been putting my all into reviews because I’m reading and reading and reading to try to make enough content to last me a month, then I’m so busy that I can’t write reviews right away. And so I can’t write quality reviews that I want to.
Don’t get me wrong, I fucking love all of your likes and comments. I love your posts. I love it all. But, I’m just so damn stressed and am barely able to function. Last week, I had a breakdown on Tuesday because I was so stressed. Chantel and I talked about this, too, because I value her input in the blog even if she’s no longer an active presence.
That means I’ve made a decision about the blog that did not come lightly. I’ve been thinking about this for a very long time, going between various ideas that included quitting altogether or bringing in another blogger to create content. I don’t want my mental health to suffer. I’m very much a go-getter so I don’t like doing this, but I know that I have to.
I’ve come to this conclusion.
I will not be posting daily anymore.
My goal is to post somewhere between 3-5 times a week.
What will the blog schedule look like?
Well, it’s going to look something like this.
- Top Ten Tuesday every week
- A tag that I’ve been tagged in bimonthly on Thursdays
- Fridays: alternate between First Lines Friday and Down the TBR Hole
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays will feature a book review.
And, that’s basically it.
I don’t really like that I’m dropping back because I’ve loved posting daily for the past months. However, as Chantel is currently on an indefinite hiatus and I’m in graduate school, that’s not feasible. Making this decision, I already feel so much lighter. I don’t feel nearly as stressed and I’ve been able to enjoy reading more.
These changes are going to be effective immediately.
Despite these changes, I’m going to be around each and every day to like your posts. I’m hoping that this will translate to me having more time to comment on your posts as well.
Thank you all for following us. I know that we are in awe at how many of you there are. And that goes for whether you’ve been here from the start or recently found us. Thank you all so much. I know my life would be less rich if I hadn’t gotten into this community.
CW: death, murder, and slight ableism
CW: pedophilia, graphic descriptions of sex with underage people, child abuse, and gore
I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
CW: parental disappearance, mentions of abuse, and animal mutilation
Oh, how I’ve missed you. This week is my spring break, which I am very excited for.
Although, I’m not taking much of a break. I’m still going to see clients and I need to get ahead of some assignments so I’m not too stressed at the end of the semester, but I’m hoping to get some self-care done at the same time.
Even with all of that, I’m planning on making a TBR for my spring break. I’m insane, right? However, it’s a damn short TBR. For once.
Yes. I’m going to read this book! I’m super excited about it because it’s just such a good series. It’s gonna be great. And painful. A great way to end my buddy read with Emily!
I’m very excited to keep reading this series. Even more so now that I’ll be reading this with the wonderful Jesse!
You all have any spring break plans?
Are you at least excited for spring??
I don’t know about y’all, but I love the library.
It really helps that my mom’s a librarian so I can get her help or ask for her to do something for me, but I fucking love the library.
But, lately, I have a crazy amount of books out. I think this is because I have bad book impulse control, so I put holds on new releases that interest me so I can at least leaf through them.
Yet, all of them seem to be published or start getting to me at the same time.
Right now, I have 12 books out from the library and I’m pretty sure that more will be coming in by the end of the month.
And, it’s such a problem because I have 200+ unread books that I own, which I’m desperately trying to get through, and then I have 10+ holds come in that I’m trying to read. Usually, they’re books I want to read immediately or check out if they’re new releases.
What about you all? Do you use the library? Do you feel you’re addicted to it? And, if you’re from areas that don’t have libraries like most of America has, what do you use to read your books?
Y’all, it’s March 10th.
It’s our second blogiversary!!
So, first and foremost, thank all of you for following us! We seriously can’t believe that you’ve all decided to follow this blog. It’s amazing and gratifying and just has been an experience neither of us would take back.
Second, there will be a few changes coming to the blog! We updated our About Us page, so you should check it out. There are also a few more practical changes coming. There will be a post, so keep your eye out for it.
But, thank you all for following us! We’re so happy that we’ve done this for two years and that we’re getting closer to year three!