So, I’ve decided to put Book.Blog.Bake. on hiatus for August. It wasn’t an easy decision, and this isn’t an easy post to write. I’ve been going back and forth about this for a few weeks now, mostly playing the comparison game. I see friends who have been blogging for years–2 years, 3 years, or more–who never seem to have to take a break. Oh, they might skip a week when they go on vacation or stop posting during holiday weeks, but they never really go on hiatus or take a big break. I’ve been comparing myself to them, wondering why I feel like I need a break and they never seem to. My mind plays mantras of “Why can’t I keep up with them?”
But that helps no one. There’s no use in playing the comparison game, and I’ve decided it’s time for a “rest” month for the blog.
I’ve been blogging for over a year and a half now, and in that time I’ve never taken a break of this nature. The only times I remember pressing pause on the blog at all was in May 2013, when I graduated college, got a job, and moved all in the same week, and then a few months ago in May 2014, when I moved apartments. I’m always cautious about saying I don’t have time to do things. We all have the same amount of hours in a day, and we decide what to do with those. So I’m not going to say other things are eating up all my time right now, because that’s simply not true. But other things are eating up a lot of my time right now, and I don’t feel I have the time this month to dedicated to blogging in a manner that would satisfy me. There are other activities vying for my time, so I’ve decided to go on hiatus for the following reasons:
1. I’m job hunting
You would think that job hunting would mean I had MORE free time, but I’ve found that’s simply not the case. When I was working in my program that was (mostly) 9 to 5, I had a very clear-cut designation of “work time” and “my time”. Sure, maybe a few times there was some carry over during particularly busy or stressful times, but for the most part I knew what was work and what was personal. Now that I’m job searching, I feel like I have to always be “on”. I’m looking for jobs at 9 AM and 3 PM and 9 PM. I’m tailoring my resume at 6 AM before I go to the gym or 8 PM after I eat dinner. It all runs together, and even if I don’t spend eight hours a day working on resume, searching, and applying for jobs, it’s highly mentally taxing.
2. I’m concentrating on my personal writing
I’ve been really concentrating on my personal writing lately, which means I often don’t have the energy to write tons of blog posts, even when I have the time. I’ve found these two activities fight for my “creative attention”, if you will, and I think it would be easier to just concentrate on one for a month.
3. I’ve lost my backlog of posts
I know some bloggers have no problem writing posts the night before or the day of they post, and it works for them, which is great–but that doesn’t work for me. I just can’t do it. It stresses me out to be writing a post the night before I want it to go live, and it makes blogging feel less like a hobby. Since July has been so busy, I’ve basically used up my entire backlog of posts. Right now I have a few scheduled reviews for September and October for ARCs I read early this summer, but my highly efficient backlog of posts has been mostly wiped out. Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve always had at LEAST two weeks of posts scheduled in advance, and it’s normally more like a month’s worth. During August, I’m still going to be writing post, but not posting until September to build my scheduled post back up.
I know I don’t really have to explain why I’m going on hiatus, but I just wanted to make it clear–I’m not burnt out on blogging. I’m not really in a rut. I’m actually really excited about blogging right now, but I wanted to explain because a month can be quite awhile without new content, and that’s generally when I start to wonder if a blogger has quit if they didn’t announce a hiatus. I am definitely not quitting–just going into hibernation!
To be clear, this hiatus is only for blogging and not the internet in general. I’ll still be on twitter, because it’s basically my second home. I’m also still participating in ARC August, and keeping track of that over on my tumblr. I’ll actually probably be doing a few Top Ten Tuesdays over on tumblr as well, so any sort of blogging content will be over there for the month.
Now that I’ve rambled on for quite awhile, I’ll just say see you at the beginning of September!