Anyone who blogs knows that blogging is not just a hobby – it takes time and dedication. You have to want to work at it, even if it’s still something that’s fun for you, like blogging typically is for me. I don’t try to make any money off of it, and at this point I still don’t ever try to get ARCs (but if there’s a book I want desperately enough, maybe that’ll change, who really knows?), and it is definitely a hobby for me, albeit a time- and energy-consuming one.
So, what exactly do you do when you have problems happening in your real life and you still have your blog to think about?
As you probably all know by now, I disappeared last month with a vague “I haven’t been feeling well and need to take an impromptu hiatus” post. If you read September’s Monthly Rewind (aka my first post since the impromptu hiatus), you have a better idea of why I disappeared. Basically, to sum things up, I’ve been having lots of trouble with anxiety lately and it’s bled into my everyday life, which included blogging.
So, what do you do when your real life is getting in the way of blogging?
I’m not talking about blogging burnout, when you just need a little time away to recharge (although it was nice and made me feel more productive and motivated when I started writing posts again). I’m talking about when you really would like to post, and you feel guilty for not doing it, but something is happening in your life that just has to take precedence. Maybe you’re sick like I was (and still am, although definitely better), maybe there was a death, maybe you simply are too busy with the many things going on in your life. You’d like to blog, you swear, but you just can’t.
What do you do then?
I think the best solution can be different for everyone. For me, taking that nearly-month-long break was really helpful. I had a week or two to focus on simply making it through the day without literally freaking out, and then when I was able to write blog posts again, I was able to start building up a stockpile so that I wouldn’t end up stressed over my blog a week or so later. Having a specific date I was going to come back (October 1st) and not coming back even though I thought I was ready early has worked wonders for me.
This is a really short post (at least for me) because this is a discussion that I want to have with all of you, whoever might be reading. I want to know how you all deal with stuff like this, where you just can’t blog even if you want to and you have to take care of yourself before you think about your readers. I want to hear from you – because you all are definitely one of the reasons I felt guilty for disappearing without any notice (that’s a good thing! I swear! It means I feel needed!) and was so anxious to come back with plenty of great content and books!
So, let me know what you think! I guess that’s no different from normal discussion posts, but I’m putting the pressure on you all a bit more than normal – sorry! 😀