Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday 🙂 I think it’s time for me to take a break from blogging. I have mentioned a hiatus to a few of you in comments here and there for a while now but I think it finally needs to happen. I began my social media hiatus (Twitter and Instagram) on Monday and now my blog hiatus starts today. I’m going on a 1 month hiatus and will be back one month from today in April. I’ve realized that I need this break for a few reasons:
- I’ve kinda fallen out of love for blogging, as far as posting my own content. I love so many of your blogs out there and like to see what you all have been up to. But despite wanting to talk about books, video games and music stuff that I like, I’ve felt like doing that work has become tedious. I do have to work on my time management skills, but I don’t feel motivated to post anything right now or even think about making my blog look better.
- I do feel like my priorities are changing and I need to figure those priorities out (sort of). I’m realizing that I’m only getting busier as I’m getting older. From house renovations, work, juggling a spouse and pets and other interests, my blog has started to fall to the wayside. I’ve been doing this for 3 years and I feel differently about it now compared to when I first started. Similar to the first reason, I feel less motivated but also not quite in love with blogging anymore. I like to put my thoughts out there about books like so many of you, but I’m not sure if I even want to continue blogging. I recently met another blogger in person at a book event and she feels the same way as me and I realized that I wasn’t alone. She’s thinking about only doing it until the end of this year and then being done. I hope that taking a break and really examining how I feel about the blog will help me make a decision.
- I’m also uncertain of blogging due to the amount of negative reactions against bloggers from authors and event holders. If you haven’t seen Twitter in the last year, bloggers have been accused many times of selling books on eBay (which just makes me mad), tagging authors in negative reviews and overall the view on bloggers isn’t great anymore. Big name authors have either been rude, ignorant, have questioned whether to work with bloggers anymore and even BEA has taken a stance. BEA (Book Expo of America) is a huge event that happens every year and bookstagrammers, librarians, booksellers, booktubers and bloggers have gone to BEA every year to see authors and get ARCs to review. But recently, some bloggers have found out that so many bloggers are getting denied media passes for BEA and the rules have changed. Many bloggers I follow have talked about this and they feel judged by the people that organize BEA because of the negative attention bloggers are getting. I don’t know what will happen to this current stereotype, but it makes me worried how valued bloggers will become. While none of this is targeted at the blogger as a person, it still hurts to see authors and other people demote us, despite all the work we do to help these authors by talking about and reviewing their books. So this small situation has also made me want to take a break.
- I need a social media break in general. If you guys follow me on Twitter and Instagram in general, you know that I don’t post a lot. But we’ve seen how books are cancelled or such horrible harassment that people go dark entirely which isn’t okay. But I’m taking break from even looking at social media entirely, since I personally think that too much is bad and doesn’t do well for my mental health. I want to spend my energy focusing on better things instead of scrolling mindlessly for over an hour.
I will still be on Goodreads if you want to know what I’m reading and I will watch Instagram stories on occasion. If I need to shout about something like a new favorite book, of course I’ll jump on Twitter to send a tweet about it. But besides popping in here and there on rare occasions, I think taking a month off will be good. I hope you all understand 🙂 you guys have been so awesome these last 3 years and I’ve had some great opportunities and met amazing people. But I need to do this for me and I’ll see you guys in a while 🙂