Since starting my book blog in December, I’ve always been extremely paranoid about leaving it on the back burner and letting this secret part of my life fade into oblivion. As bloggers, we invest so much time and energy into our blogs that we often let it overrun other priorities, turning a passionate activity into a chore.
I decided to take a break from blogging during my university’s final exams so that I could focus on grades. I knew that it was the best decision for my academic life, but I was worried–What if taking a break leads to stopping blogging entirely? How much would I miss? What if my friends forgot about me?
Step away from the book community for a second, and you miss so much. FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out, is such a pervasive feeling throughout every activity we invest ourselves in and every community we join, especially the book community on Twitter. As much as I’m an extrovert who loves engaging with others, I feel so pressured to constantly be interacting with others and staying up to date with the latest trends.
Part of me already feels bad for being unable to read the latest books when they’re released (Looking at you Children of Blood and Bone & To Kill a Kingdom). Another part of me feels like my growth in this community is hindered because I’m unable to devote my entire time to it.
So how has this break helped me?
Well firstly, I got the grades I wanted! I was able to focus on studying without planning the next blog post in the back of my mind. The second I was able to accept the fact that I wasn’t going to write a post I felt a weight being lifted off my shoulders.More importantly, it really forced me to remember why this blog exists–to share my passion. I love reading, and I love being able to talk about it with everyone in this community. Personally, I always find myself comparing myself to others. But that’s so dumb! My success and another person’s success are not mutually exclusive. We’re supposed to be a supportive, loving family. My mindset hasn’t always reflected that in the past, but I’m ready for change.
I’m ready to spread the love and to squeal about our favorite books. I’m ready to have our hearts broken by beautiful writing and imperfect characters together. I’m ready to reignite my passion.
How has blogging been for you lately? What have you been up to? Let me know in the comments! 💕