Why I Haven’t Posted In A While

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Hey, everyone! I’ve pondered on whether I should write this post or not and I’ve decided to do it because you deserve an explanation. I don’t want you to think that I completely gave up on blogging or anything like this!

I decided that I can’t be as active as I’d like due to exams, having to write my thesis and some things related to the community that I’ll touch upon later. I can’t write posts weekly, I don’t have time to comment on other blogs – sometimes I can’t even reply to the ones I get on my blog. The truth is I’ve been going through a blogging burnout for some time now and some aspects made it even worse.

Back in January – when I was having my exams and feeling very eager to come back here, some conflict broke out on Twitter (that’s not something new, but it made me aware of how some authors perceive bloggers). I think after that happened, everyone felt a bit disappointed, but since I was on a hiatus it made me wonder if it even makes sense to come back and write on top of being disappointed.

I started blogging because I love writing, but it frustrates me to no end when authors and publishers don’t understand and respect our work and dedication. I know so many book bloggers that hype so many books daily and put so much hours into their posts besides struggling with their school or job or family – it annoys me so much when people outside the community only talk about the bad apples in the community or how we don’t have enough views to have the same demands as other bloggers from other domains.

I really don’t like when publishers or authors criticize bloggers for not helping them enough with the sales without keeping in mind that we don’t get that much from that equation. Some bloggers don’t even get ARCs (out of preference or not) and yet they do this work voluntarily. That, in my opinion, should be taken into account and also the fact that it’s probably difficult to see how many sales were generated by a blogger. I have people telling me that they are interested in a book I’ve reviewed and that they’ve bought it because of my review months after its release, maybe even years.

This whole discussion is so much more complex, but it made me so mad to see authors (popular authors even) say that they wish their ARCs wouldn’t be given to bloggers and instead to book sellers because they actually generate sales. And then when they were criticized because of it, they apologized and said they don’t understand what we do – well, maybe that’s the issue. Maybe you should get more informed before making such hurtful statements.

This being said, if I did have the time, I would still be blogging weekly, but that discussion surely gave me a bad taste and made me more picky about the books I chose to review.

After that, I’ve got some books to beta read which distracted me and took a lot of time from blogging, then I’ve gotten a free period and I’ve read a few books that I wouldn’t have read if I wasn’t on this somewhat-hiatus. I’ve read books that not many familiar bloggers have talked about, I’ve read books outside of YA. It was very refreshing and it made me understand that I don’t want blogging and ARCs to take over my reading, I don’t want to read whatever shiny, new book just because this is offered to me and I want to help or because it’s on Netgalley or because everyone is talking about it. I want to be more selective and be impulsive about whatever I read because at some point, it all became very predictable – I have to read that ARC in March, I have to read that other e-ARC in May – it became tiring and repetitive. Damn, it was so easy to just let go and read something from the Women’s Prize for Fiction – the book was out of my comfort zone, but I felt amazing!

So, I decided to come back here, read what I want, accept some ARCs from time to time (but not as frequently as I did) and post when I can. Stop putting so much pressure on myself to be super active or do that and do this because I need to be a model blogger. The most important parts of blogging for me have always been having fun, my audience enjoying what I’m posting and just the interaction & the positivity you all bring me. And I’ve been neglecting those parts, I want to do better and I’m going to do better – that might mean less posts, but more quality from now on.

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I know this might be a strange post for many of you, but I had to take some things off my chest before I could get into my usual reviews, posts or discussions. Clean plate now. You can even ignore this post and just wait for the next post which will be a book review of a very light, cute romance that I enjoyed a great deal.

I also enjoyed reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation, so I might try to read more books off the Women’s Prize list. Tell me if you’d enjoy a post dedicated to the books on that list and updates on my attempts to read each book.

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Do you get burnout from blogging? What was your longest hiatus?

Do you also get frustrated sometimes with the perception of people outside our community?

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31 thoughts on “Why I Haven’t Posted In A While

  1. Lois says:

    I could not agree more with you on the post. When this whole drama kicked off I basically removed myself from twitter because I was getting so frustrated with it all. I’m lucky in the sense that I never got into the whole ARC debacle and chose to focus on reading books that interested me instead of reading for a deadline and that take has been the game changer for me because it reminds me that I started this blog for myself as a space to share my thought on books, TV, and film and build a conversation with people that had similar interests.

    Admittedly, I’ve never taken an extended hiatus before because I always made sure I had scheduled posts ready. However, if I need to take a break I will because you gotta look after yourself first.

    I am all for a post on the Women’s Prize list. That sounds epic. 😀

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    • Marta says:

      That’s a very smart thing to do! I’ll probably still request ARCs from time to time, but I’ll try to request just those who really interest me and not focus on the hype. But yeah, Twitter can be very tiring, I love debates – I love seeing people rant and talk about what’s on their mind, but it can get very exhausting very fast.
      I used to be so great at scheduling posts, but now it’s almost like I can’t do it anymore – it’s so frustrating! 😦
      Can’t wait to do that! ❤

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  2. Lorryn says:

    I completely agree with you. There is so much drama sometimes within the community that it can ruin reading and blogging. I try not to get involoved with it but sometimes it’s all you see. I’ve taken what feels like too many breaks from blogging but they are necessary. I get burned out not only with blogging but qith reading and It’s hard to post about books when you’re not reading them. I think the longest has been maybe 4-6 months I’m honestly not sure.

    I would love to see your Women’s Prize list. It sounds like something I’d love to challenge myself with as well.

    Take all the time you need and do what makes you happiest.

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    • Marta says:

      I try not to get too involved in it as well, but it still affects me because you read those tweets and it’s kind of hard to avoid them when it’s everything people you follow talks about. I agree with you! Due to college, I’ve also read fewer books than usual and I always feel like I don’t have enough material to write posts!
      I will post it soon, you can definitely join me on this journey of reading them all ❤

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  3. thebookreaderroo says:

    I had a break earlier this year too. It’s totally needed sometimes. Also, when your work, that comes from such a personal place, is disregarded or treated with disrespect it can be such a blow! Good luck with your exams and studies. And take all the time you need. 💕💕💕

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much for your kind words, it means a lot! ❤
      You're absolutely right, it's very insensitive to disregard someone's work like this while you're complaining about your work not being appreciated as it should.

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  4. Erika E. @ The Nocturnal Fey says:

    OMG YAS! My motto as a book blogger is “to blog at my own pace”. I used to put a lot of pressure to myself especially back when I was active on both blogging and bookstagramming. I hated the feeling. It even led me to a phase where I stopped enjoying blogging and boosktagram altogether. This is also why I decided stop getting too hung up with the idea of ARCs/review copies. Each time my ARC pile increases, the pressure also builds up. Last year, I decided to stay away from ARCs for a while, unless it’s a book that I badly really want. Whilst still not as active as before on bookstagram, I am very happy to be enjoying book blogging again.

    I’ve heard about that Twitter drama, and seriously, there’s been a lot of dramas in the book Twitter lately. It’s exhausting tbh. I used to be so active on Twitter, but I only do now when I’m organizing blog tour. I stopped interacting as much as before. I’m trying to stay away from all these dramas as much as possible because I don’t need any more extra negativity in my already messy life. lol.

    Anyway, it is nice to see you back! Good luck on your thesis!

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    • Marta says:

      I’m slowly learning to blog at my own pace as well! I think I always want to be at the top of my game and comment everywhere, write a few posts weekly and answer to comments. And whenever I can’t do that and I fall behind, I start feeling disappointed and end up doing nothing at all.
      Yes, it’s definitely very exhausting. I primarily use Twitter to interact with my bookish friends because I’m not huge on IG and WordPress doesn’t make it easy to chat! But the drama almost makes me rethink everything about how I use it and how often.
      Thank you very much! ❤

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  5. Marie says:

    Marta, love, I’m so happy to read a blog post from you ❤
    I completely get the feeling of frustration, of misunderstanding of what we do and the endless hours we put into book blogging, only to be completely disregarded and criticized and even at times, made us feel completely worthless. I get your feeling and your burning-out feelings, too and I'm glad that you took some time aside and for yourself and, most importantly, that you found yourself reading good books aside from the ARCs and "responsibilities" of book blogging. I'll be always looking forward to your posts and to hear from you, no matter how often, and I hope you'll find the fun you used to have while blogging ❤
    Sending you tons of love and hugs and best of luck for your thesis ❤ ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Aww, Marie, thank you so much! It’s been a while, that’s for sure! ❤
      It surely helped my decision to take a longer hiatus away from blogging and everything! I missed it, though and writing this post reminded me how much I love blogging and interacting with everyone, I truly miss that! ❤
      Thank you very much! ❤ I'm sending you tons of love and hugs right back, love ya! ❤

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  6. Rachel says:

    I’ll never understand how some bloggers manage to do this while also being in school, I’m always so impressed. Take as much time as you need! And definitely feel free to DM me re: your research if you still need people for that.

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    • Marta says:

      It’s been easier in the first two years of college, but even though I have quite a lot of free time in my third year, there’s so much more stress and pressure to do well and finish things on schedule.
      Thank you very much again for the help, it meant a lot! ❤

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  7. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    I’m really happy to hear from you, Marta and appreciate that you are so open with us and have been telling us what has been going on 💗 I’m sorry that you’ve been feeling so down, but I understand, as it’s very demotivating to be put down like that 😢 Definitely do what is best for your right now, I’ll stay here to support you!! I would love to also see other content, if you decide to share a bit of other books, that’s always helpful for me to branch out as well 💕

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Caro! ❤
      I kept wondering if I should just post a review and skip past this post, but I felt like it needed to be say in order for me to feel better and get past that! You're amazing and I hope you find some great books, I can't wait for me to read more genres and branch out a bit. Even though I'm sure YA will still remain a focus on the blog.

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  8. justbeingnessa says:

    I get burned out from blogging. From thinking about content to obsessing over social media. It’s insane. I agree, be selective in what you read. Don’t let ARCs stress you out. So many books to keep track of. New releases everywhere. Sometimes I find out a lot are hyper for no reason when I read them. No one should be bullied into pretentious reading.
    I learnt something from this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much! ❤
      I think it's easy to start requesting everything because you hear so much on social media about that book or the other book and you want to read them all! But reading is a hobby after all and hobbies aren't supposed to be stressful, they shouldn't be… So, being selective about what you read and only requesting books that you really love the sound of is probably the best thing to do!

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  9. Melina Elisa says:

    While I’m not a book blogger, and occasionally review books, I completely get where you are coming from. One of my favorite book bloggers, Marie from drizzleandhurricanebooks.com recommends so many books for me, and while I want to read them, I can buy them all immediately! I have to prioritize which books I get! I have added books to my TBR list, and not bought them for years after I add them to my list. At the end of the day though, I added that book on my list and ended up purchasing it because of HER! I hope you don’t let ARC’s stress you out too much! Great post, and hope to hear from you soon! xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    • Marta says:

      Aww, Marie is amazing and she gives some of the best recommendations ever, so I absolutely understand your struggles! ❤
      I agree that we should be responsible with the books we buy and want to request, it's so easy to drown slowly into a TBR-pile that never seems to end.
      Thank you very much! ❤

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  10. Marta says:

    I completely understand what you’re going through and I’m glad you’ll be adopting a different plan, instead of giving up. I love your posts and I’ll obviously keep reading them, no matter how often! 💕💕

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  11. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    I am glad you are back. I am glad I never got much into Twitter drama. I also prefer reading backlisted books that are on my TBR than read ARCs despite the glitter and glamor around it. I accept I may not be getting all the views but I am happy without all the pressure and I enjoy blogging.

    I hope you find your place!

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