Up and Coming: November

I was going to apologise for the gap in posting. Then realised I don’t need to apologise: it was what I needed.

I love blogging. I love reviewing. Diving into a new adventure, then sharing my thoughts, still gives me a thrill even after a few years of doing it. I’ve had the pleasure of discovering new authors who have quickly become favourites thanks to access to novels I wouldn’t have otherwise heard of. I’ve had the thrill of comments saying they would check out a book because of my review.

I’ve seen the blog really grow this year, which is why I put off having a break for so long. I’ve really got to grips with the community and promoting my own work.

Monthly wrap up: November

But I reached a point that it wasn’t sustainable. Everything felt like a rush as I raced to get reviews up on time. I wasn’t commenting as much as I wanted, I was missing self-determined promotion slots because I was too tired to put the effort it.

It turns out I was anaemic with low vitamin levels. No wonder I was exhausted! It explained a lot: my lack of inspiration; my lack of commitment; my lack of enthusiasm in everything I was doing. I decided to take the break as a chance to recharge, to get some posts written and scheduled.

Not all my reasons were so negative though. There have been a lot of fantastic books released in the last couple of months, and a lot of them are sequels or final instalments in trilogies I’ve been following for a couple of years. I wanted to re-read the first books before indulging in the new additions. There simply wasn’t enough time to slot these books in as well as keeping to my review schedule.

A pile of books
Photo by Gregory Culmer on Unsplash

When you realise you can’t read what you want because of running a blog, that’s when you realise you need to change a few things. So, I’ve paused on posting for a couple of months, allowing myself to not only catch up, but get some reading done for me rather than for the blog.

It’s harder than I thought it would be finding my productivity again after a few months of really struggling. I somehow turned into a last-minute panic type of person rather than the organised one that I’d always been, and I didn’t like how that was making me feel about myself.

But I’ve had a breather and I’ve spent a lot of time reading over the last couple of months. Having some posts scheduled takes off the pressure for a little while and I can really focus on the parts that I love again.

The end of the year is fast approaching, and I’m adamant I’m going to finish it on a high. That involves getting myself organised, getting myself sorted, and admitting that it’s okay to have a break now and again if needed.

I hope you’ve stuck with me, and enjoy what is scheduled to come.

A Rambling Reviewer

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