Like I said…. ‘sort of.’
Let me explain because I could leave this here but wow, that would be the shortest and most pointless blog post ever. If you know anything about my blog posts you know I can’t keep them short but routinely excel myself on the pointless.
I am taking a temporary hiatus of sorts from blog posting.
In the words of Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park, “Life, er, finds a way.”
To expand in the words of Gerry, “Life, er, finds a way to be incredibly inconvenient and annoying.”
In a nutshell I am struggling a wee bit to keep on top of writing blog posts, interacting with other bloggers (or even reading their posts!), writing my ‘so-called’ novel, reading any books and just generally ‘doing life.’
For reasons that I have alluded to in previous blog posts I have been off work for the past six (almost seven) weeks. You’d think not working would mean I would have boundless energy, inspiration and time but alas no. Because it’s been health related and not a holiday it doesn’t really have the same relaxing effect.
If it was a relaxing holiday I’d be drinking mimosa’s at 11 am on a sun lounger but one cannot drink mimosa’s at 11 am at home in one’s bed.
Well, one can but it wouldn’t be right.
I’ve started working again this week on a ‘phased’ approach which means a lot of mental energy is getting redeployed from the blog onto work. As well it should. I love this blog but it doesn’t pay me to keep my cat in the manner to which she has become accustomed.
Guys…. she now won’t eat anything other than Sheba cat food. Sheba. The effing premium brand.
Look at this cute, spoiled cat who gets whatever she wants.
Side note: She is obsessed with towels. If they are wrapped around a freshly showered human, even better.
Because I’m behind on a whole bunch of stuff and just getting more and more behind something has to give. I’ve decided that the ‘something’ has to be new blog content for the immediate future. Possibly until December.
My plan of pre-writing and pre-scheduling posts hasn’t worked and so I’m now trying to write 3 – 4 blog posts per week which are supposed to go up that very same week.
Ugh. I don’t like this approach at all. I’m such a stress head as it is.
So what’s the plan if I’m not posting blog updates? Do I even have a plan?!
Well my ducks, of course I have a plan!
It’s very important for all of us to take a break when our brains get tired. Being a book blogger is surprisingly tiring as many of us can probably attest to.
Being a book blogger means we have to y’know…. read books. And then we have to actually blog about them. Writing is hard. Thinking about what to blog about is hard. Words are hard. Brains are hard.
Well, apparently brains are more the consistency of thick custard but you know what I mean.
I’m pretty sure I’ve blathered on about this before but I think it’s really important for people to take a break. If the things we love doing become more of a chore than fun than it’s definitely time to take a break.
You know what’s great about a re-charge? When you’re all charged up!
You come back with more bounce than Tigger.
Eh. I won’t go into this one in too much detail because it’s only a ‘possible’ and I don’t want to get into it. I will only say that if this ‘possible’ becomes a ‘definite’ than I’m going to have to spend some time on this.
Otherwise the cat will be back on Whiskas and frankly…. I can’t handle the look of betrayal she’ll give me.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a book blogger in possession of a book blog, must be in want of books to read.”
~ Completely 100% original quote by Gerry
Earlier this year, on account of mental fatigue, I went through The Slump.
The Slump is an urban horror story told by readers to other readers around darkened campfires. It starts off by taking you ages to finish a book that shouldn’t really take you that long. Then you struggle to find a book you want to read. You eventually pick it up…. you put it down.
You never pick it back up.
This can last for….. weeks….. maybe even…..months.
I’m over The Slump, thank goodness, but want to get back into more of my reading mojo. If I’m not reading than eventually I may struggle with blog content.
Guys I am loving GIF’s because they are summing up all my feelings better than words ever could. Remember what I said earlier? Words are hard.
There was a tweet recently from someone, I’ll call him ‘Entitled Dude’ who basically said that unless you were dedicating 100% of your time to writing – regardless of jobs, personal commitments, health and financial worries – then you aren’t a proper writer.
Because I am loving GIF’s here is the awesome Kristen Bell again with my response to that statement.
Writing is work and Entitled Dude has clearly not seen Jurassic Park nor learnt the important lesson that Ian Malcolm was trying to impart.
Entitled Dude has had an outpouring of outrage which is probably one of the few times I’ve agreed with twitter users responding with irritation to a tweet.
Needless to say, I have waaaaay too many sexy and non-sexy WIPs and probably need to do something about that. Not because Entitled Dude says so but because I say so.
November is NaNoWriMo anyway and I’d like to give that a shot again.
Er Gerry? You said you were taking a temporary hiatus.
Yes but I also said ‘sort of’ and may I refer you back up to this statement:
I am taking a temporary hiatus of sorts from blog posting.
My sneaky self italicized the word ‘posting’ and it ain’t just because I think italics are pretty.
I am so behind on reading and commenting on other blogs which sucks because it means I’m missing out on one of the things I enjoy the most about blogging – the community.
I don’t want to sit in a vacuum and yell out my thoughts all the time (even though I definitely want to yell out my thoughts) because I like hearing the opinions of others.
When people announce a hiatus from blogging, usually that means they are taking a full step back. I’m aiming to take half a step. I want to still be present but instead of updating on my blog I want to be checking out what’s going on.
Basically over the next couple of months I’m bringing nothing to the party but plan on eating your snacks.
Oh bleeding heck woman, you just told us that you weren’t going to be blog posting for a while. What is actually wrong with you?!
Ok, so hear me out.
I’m not actually going to be posting anything (aside from maybe an ARC review or two…) but that’s also because I am behind on that pre-writing and pre-scheduling stuff I was telling you about.
Now I know I can’t schedule my way into infinity here.
Or can I?
No. It turns out I can’t but what I can do is try and get back to a reasonable enough schedule. This will hopefully mean that I’ll have enough blog posts pre-written ensuring that I’m not trying to scrabble to write those 3 blog posts a week on the week I was intending to post them.
It will also hopefully mean that if I have a dud week or two that I have some content, however little, already lined up and ready to go.
An organised Gerry is a happy Gerry.
Er the below is me… on top of the world… having organised myself.
Just in case you didn’t get that.
So that’s it for the time being.
That sounds ominous. It really isn’t. Honestly, I’ll be hanging around people’s blogs like a bad smell and if I get inspired by something and absolutely MUST write a blog post and post immediately than I will.
Just because I’m temporarily hiatusing myself doesn’t mean I can’t temporarily un-hiatus myself.
See you soon!