I Feel the Need to Apologize…

…even though I read a great blog post a couple months ago telling bloggers that they shouldn’t feel ashamed/guilty that “real life” has gotten in the way of their blogging. (I can’t remember where I read it now.)

Because yes, while I absolutely love blogging (it’s been almost two years now!), I still have a full-time job and I still have hobbies outside of blogging. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to be able to do everything I want. Yes, sometimes I’m able to take a mini-break at work and get some blogging in, but if I’m honest, I have barely touched my laptop at my house since I finished my last graduate class last May. (Can you believe that? Me, who used to be glued to my laptop nearly 24/7?)

Last May, I challenged myself to write a blog post every single day. And I managed it. However, at the end of it, I felt supremely burned out. I then decided I was just going to find a nice schedule and stick with that, but again, I feel pressured to turn out something great and conversational, and I realize halfway through writing something that it’s not what I want to write.

Don’t worry, dear Reader. I’m not quitting blogging. I guess I’ve been on enough unofficial hiatuses, and I want to say that I will always come back. I’m trying to schedule posts ahead of time as best as I can, but as we all know, life is fickle and sometimes things don’t work out the way they should. I really need to just buckle down and spend some time on the blog instead of just frittering everything away by playing video games every night. (I mostly read on my lunch break so I can have the night free to either veg out in front of the TV or play video games.)

I’m not saying I’m going to be super active all the time, and I’m not even going to say that I’m going to attempt to keep pace with the schedule I have set for myself. If I say so and then I don’t meet that schedule, I feel like a failure. I’m not going to do that this time.

Books are only the beginning. I’ve got plans (that may never come to pass!), but I also don’t want to spread myself too thin. I want to be able to enjoy blogging and not stress out about it.

I’ll at least keep up with the Top 5 Tuesdays, and I’ll start collecting book reviews again. I’ve fallen way behind on my GoodReads reading goal for the year, so I’ve got to catch up.

Thank you for sticking with me, and as always, thanks for reading.

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