Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Quiet Three Year Anniversary

Today marks three years since My Summer Girl Books was created. Yay! This is a huge achievement and I'm happy to celebrate it.

Yet I can't help feeling this milestone is a little bittersweet. Right before I went on vacation, as I was frantically trying to type out twelve reviews for an insane meme I dubbed 12 Days of Review-Mas, I realized my heart wasn't in it. Feeling more than a bit guilty, I put up my laptop and decided to give myself a rest from the blog until January.

While on the break I considered getting rid of the blog. It takes so much time, research and energy to keep a blog going. I started playing the comparison game, which is always a fatal mistake. I have a large amount of envy for bloggers who can make quality posts multiple times a week while keeping up with their daily tasks. I got frustrated with my blog design, my platform, even contemplated switching to Wordpress and teaching myself design. I felt guilty over everything I should have been reading, but wasn't.

I understand now I fell out of love with my blog.

Trust me, blogging is nothing but a labor of love, even if you're paid to do it. I let all of the stress and pressure I was putting on myself take away something I used to love doing. Two years ago I was excited for every ARC approval, ecstatic when someone commented on my posts, happy to share all of my opinions online. Now, an ARC approval means one more book to shove into my reading pile, comments are still exciting but responding is just one more chore to do, and I can feel my brain scraping the bottom of the barrel on what to say in reviews.

On my break from blogging, I've refused to read any books, slept as much as I want and fried my brain watching TV show marathons. I think it's helping me. I'm not 100% ready to throw myself back into blogging yet. But I'm getting more excited and confident as the days go by. I certainly feel like I'm missing out watching others buzz about new releases for 2014!

This year I'm focusing on appreciating what my blog does for me in providing an outlet, a social connection etc, and looking to fall back in love with it. I wish the same for all of you. Whoever you are, remember something you love to do and do it. Fall back in love with that activity and enjoy it. Let it make you happy.

Happy Reading,

1 comment:

  1. Happy 3 year anniversary! I think everyone gets burned out at some point or another (I was getting pretty close in December). Taking a break can be a really good thing, and getting a refresher on why you liked blogging in the first place and where you want to go with it is definitely the way to go. Enjoy your break, and I can't wait to see all your future posts!


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