I’m Taking A Hiatus From Blogging: A Life Update

Hey there, blog friends! I’m posting today with some semi-sad news, though I think it will be positive news in the long run.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it has become a hot mess recently. My posting schedule is inconsistent, I’m publishing less reviews, and my comments are going unanswered for weeks at a time.

None of this is due to a loss of interest in blogging. I absolutely love being a part of this community, and embarking on this journey is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

However, my life has become pretty hectic as of late. On top of working a full-time job, I’m writing for two websites – one of which I’m also on the social media team for. I also recently began an editing course with UC Berkeley in order to prepare myself for a career in professional editing. It’s a lot.

With all of this going on, my physical and mental health have been suffering. Doing so much at once is creating a great deal of stress in my life, and I’ve been sacrificing important things like exercise and eating well in order to keep up. My lifestyle has become unsustainable.

Bearing that in mind, I’ve decided to cut two time-consuming stressors out of my life, at least temporarily.

The first of these is job hunting. I’ve been searching for a role in a creative industry since January, and not much has come of it. The process has made me depressed and obsessive, and it’s seriously affecting both my health and my time management. So for the time being, I’m going to forego looking for a new position.

The second and more upsetting thing I’ll be taking a break from is this blog. With my posts being rushed and half-assed, this hobby is beginning to feel more like a chore than anything else. My focus is primarily on churning out content with no regard for whether or not I’m deriving enjoyment from it. And the enjoyment is why I do this.

I will 110% be returning to blogging in a few weeks. I just need a break.

I want to use the free time to refocus my vision for this website. I plan on returning to Peaks and Pages in June with fresh content, a consistent posting schedule, and a whole lot more energy.

In the meantime, you can totally still discuss books with me on Twitter and Goodreads. And depending on how long it takes to revamp my bookstagram, I may be posting to there before returning to blogging. So you can watch out for that.

I’ll miss you guys, but I’ll be back soon. Happy reading in the interim!

6 thoughts on “I’m Taking A Hiatus From Blogging: A Life Update”

  1. Idk if we follow each other on Twitter but my name there is Takenbybooks.

    If it makes you feel any better….it took me five years out of college to get a job at a newspaper. I didn’t want to go back to school but I didn’t want to be at Panera the rest of my life either so I got really serious about finding something in my field from 2016 through last year.

    I had a reporting job offer my first year or two outside of college but I didn’t take it because it wasn’t the right time, right pay. I finally emailed that editor back last summer asking if they had anything available and they took me in for a second interview and I’m thankful for that.

    Everybody at my old job basically keeps saying still that I’m an inspiration to them because I stuck to what I wanted to do for so long. It’s not always easy, but it is worth it.

    Going after what you want to do will be worth it. You may have days where you just want to cry because it seems hopeless, but it’s not. Sometimes God has something better in store and uses the waiting time to prepare you. (Sorry if you aren’t a believer. Just was sharing my thoughts.)

    If I can do it, you can too! πŸ™‚

    1. If we don’t, we definitely should! Let me find you!

      And it’s such a shame how difficult it is for graduates to find work in fields they’re passionate about. How long did you need to seriously search before finding something? And I completely agree about not wanting to go back to school.

      I’m glad it worked out for you with reporting! It’s awesome that it came to you at the right time. Definitely an inspirational story!

      Thank you for the thoughts! <3 It makes me feel better to know that there is some hope out there. Good luck with everything! πŸ™‚

  2. I hope taking a break will afford you some time to breathe. If you need more than a few weeks, don’t hesitate to take them! Your mental and physical health is the most important thing!

    1. It did! I don’t know if it was enough time, but I missed blogging too much to prolong it haha. And yes, I’m trying to prioritize both of those from now on!

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