Good morning, chums!
Today, I’m going to announce a blogging slow-down. Recently, I shared a Self-Care post where I chat about blogging slumps that can occur due to stress or simply burning out. While I’m not experiencing either of those things at the moment (well, there’s always stress, but it’s currently rather mild, which is a surprise), I do have other interests that require my full-focus, and I’d like to discuss that with you a little bit.
I know that I’ve chatted about this over on Twitter on occasion, but I am an aspiring author. My dream since I was a child has been to publish a book and become a semi-successful writer on a full-time basis, at least where I get paid to do it. Many, many stories have been stirring around in my brain lately, but due to my other obligations, I haven’t been able to really dedicate my heart and soul into writing like I have anticipated. Because of that, I believe, my depression and self-doubt as a writer has been getting exasperated. The truth is that the time has arrived for me to swing around my priorities.
Presently, I try to share approximately 2-3 posts per day. Most of the time I’m able to do that, while other times I only manage 1 post per day. Creativity can be a shifty thing and I’ve learned not to kick myself in the arse too much when that occurs. However, now that I have made the unyielding choice to centre my life on author-related pursuits, I shall be lowering my posting frequency quite drastically.
I don’t want my blog to become an empty space, and I refuse to call this break of sorts a hiatus due to the negative connotations that go hand-in-hand with that word (for me personally). I’m not stepping away for an undetermined amount of time. Hell, I’m not even stepping away completely. I’m merely slowing down. As a workaholic the idea of not blogging at all makes me very uncomfortable in my skin and within my headspace.
Thus, I shall be posting content 3-4 times per week at the minimum, rather than daily. I understand that’s a big dive. Nevertheless, if I don’t do this now then I’ll never be able to put all of my heart and soul into trying to become a published author. It’s very important to me that I try with all of my energy. If it still doesn’t work out after everything, then at least I can take comfort in knowing I gave it my utmost damndest resolve. Right this second as I sit here typing away on my purple-glowing keyboard, I can’t say that with confidence (that I gave it my all, I mean).
I hope you won’t be too disappointed in me as I embark on this Writer’s Retreat. I’ll still be active on Twitter where I’ll chat about what I’m reading or potentially even what I’m writing. I’ve recently joined OWLS, so those are guaranteed posts you can expect to see every month (I’m SO excited to be a part of the specific community!). I have a couple of personal reviews and beta reading projects I’m working on that I shall be finishing up by next week at the latest, so folks who are awaiting my feedback, please have no fear about that. Additionally, I’ll remain open to queries. So, as you can see, I’m definitely not disappearing. Just hitting the brakes on my daily presence.
This whole experience is terrifying to me. Never in my life have I wanted to succeed at something as intensely as I do at writing books. My brain has plenty of self-doubt and insecurities right now, which is why I must concentrate on it more so; to shut those voices and noises up. All I can ask from you is your continued support. It would mean the world to me and, honestly, it’s been so indescribably inspiring and motivating to me, not just as a blogger but as a person trying to follow their dishevelled dreams.
Well, that about does it for me. I apologise for the spontaneity of this announcement. I’ve been juggling it like hacky-sacks for the past few days. I realised that I need to just gut-up and do it before I chicken out.
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I shall see you again in a couple days for some anime reviews. Much love and joy to all.