I’m Taking A Blogging Hiatus (Because 2017 Is Out To Kill Me)!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but, recently, I haven’t been around the blogosphere much. Or, like, at all.

I still haven’t responded to comments on my latest post (don’t worry, I have seen them, and I’m sorry I haven’t replied). I haven’t commented on anyone else’s posts. I haven’t been publishing anything this past week. And I’ve been super quiet on Twitter.
I was going to just push all my worries aside and keep trying to blog, but then I realized that was a terrible idea. There are a few things I want to cover before I disappear.

1. I’m going to be going to YALLfest!

When you’re reading this, I’ll probably already be there, but still feel free to wish me a good time! I’ll probably sum it all up on Twitter like I did with Bookcon, and fingers crossed that I manage to nab all the ARCs I’m planning on getting! I’m super excited to go, and I just haven’t found a good time to tell the good news yet, but here it is!

2. I’m (probably) going to be radio silent on here.

The main reason why I’m going on hiatus is because school is KILLING me right now. I’m not going to pretend that I’m taking super hard AP classes or that I sit up hours studying, because I don’t and I’m not (truth be told, I’m lazy as all hell, and I don’t know how I manage to get A’s and B’s, BUT I DO), but I’ve had so many projects thrown at me lately, not to mention that I’m stressing about presenting all of them because that’s social anxiety for you, and since I don’t have the time on the weekends to post, I’m falling way behind! So, I probably will try to reply to your comments, but just know that I might not be able to, but that’s not because I hate you. And to all people who have mentioned me in their posts and such, I’ll try to get to those, too! But, overall, I’m probably going to be pretty quiet when it comes to commenting on people’s posts!

3. I (might) be writing again.

I actually surprised myself with this, but after years of nothing when it comes to writing, I think I’m actually going to get back into it, and it’s quite exciting. I already have three story ideas so far (and a fourth pending) but have no outline or anything. I’m not participating in Nano, since it’s far too late, but I am hoping to start writing again over the holidays, maybe? The only hint I’m giving is that all three of my ideas are thrillers set in a YA setting – one of them where a guy decides to take over the life of a missing boy, one where the aftermath of a cabin party in the middle of the winter turns deadly for seven kids, and another where journalism gets a little too close for comfort. THAT IS ALL I SHALL SAY.

4. I’m reading again!

I haven’t read a book in SO LONG, but just a couple days ago, I read One Of Us Is Lying in two days! I didn’t realize how much I had missed it, but I do! I’m hoping to get back on the train of reading again, and hopefully, come back in 2018 stronger than ever.

5. This hiatus won’t be long.

Seriously, it won’t. This month, I’m going to be writing all the posts for December, especially since I have a Thanksgiving break where I’m planning on doing absolutely nothing, so I’ll be ready and less stressed out. I’m planning to be back with my first post December 1, so I won’t be gone for long! There’s no way I’m missing my birth/blogiversary month! I wasn’t planning on doing something super special and extravagant like I did with my six month blogiversary, since I’ve started doing how-to posts for pretty much every month, but if you do have any suggestions, feel free to leave any in the comments!
Anyway, I just wanted to update you guys on what’s going on! I have really missed the blogging community, and I’ll miss you guys this month (especially my stats, which will probably cave, but I’m deleting the app to avoid it), but I’ll be back better than ever, and hopefully you will, too!
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7 Common Book Blogging Insecurities (And Why We Should Stop Worrying About Them)

A couple months ago, I wrote a post about seven of my book blogging insecurities.

It ended up being way more popular than I was expecting, and, as you can tell by the sidebar, it’s still one of the top five most popular posts on my blog. I thought it’d be a good idea to write a more positive side to the post, especially since it’s been a while since I’ve written that post, and I’ve had time to reflect on things!

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How To Write The Perfect Discussion Post | The Revised Edition

Nope, you guys aren’t seeing double.

I actually did a whole how-to post about this back in May – if you want to check it out, you can find it here – but, since then, I’ve changed the structure of my discussion posts, so I thought that I would post a more updated how-to guide of writing discussion posts for newer followers (or for people who have been around for longer and just want EVEN MORE advice)!

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[LET’S CHAT] How Many Chances Do You Give An Author?

Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in the day.

So, obviously, we bookworms don’t have all the time to read all the books that have ever existed (which totally sucks). That means we have to pick and choose which books we’ll spend time to read, and when it comes to authors that have failed to impress us, it creates a pretty tough situation: should we give them a second chance or go bye-bye? Let’s talk about it!

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[LET’S CHAT] The Perilous Process of Writing Blog Posts (Or, How I Write My Blog Posts)

I think we can all agree that writing blog posts is a difficult, but fun, process.

I thought it’d be interesting to talk about the process that commonly unfolds when it comes to actually planning and writing my blog posts, since it seems like you guys really enjoy when I talk about my day-to-day blogging life. That’s right, I’m spilling all my secrets! Enjoy it while it lasts.
(I kid, I am happy to spill my blogging “secrets” anytime!)

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The Do’s And Don’ts of Social Networking (Or, How To Make All The Blogging Friends!)

Networking is hard sometimes.

I mean, what do you do? What do you say? When do you do it? How much should you do? It’s a lot of work, especially since networking can possibly be what makes or breaks your blog. So, of course, I decided to list out some tips that I thought might help some people, since you guys seem to really like them!

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[LET’S CHAT] Are Diverse Books Diverse Enough?

Look, I’ve finally published the discussion I said I would write last month!

But, anyway, not the point. I’ve wanted to talk about this issue a while now, since there’s been lots of conversation around representation in regards to talk of diverse and problematic books, since it really does play a big part! So, I thought I’d write a discussion post about something regarding representation that’s been brought up often: are diverse books diverse enough?
(Also, ignore the terrible title. I COULD THINK OF NOTHING ELSE.)

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[LET’S CHAT] Why Are Book Reviews So Unpopular In The Blogosphere?

Book reviews are pretty unpopular.

It’s pretty much an inarguable fact. And it sucks sometimes. It hurts to work so hard on reviews only for them to completely and totally flop sometimes. But WHY is it that book reviews are so unpopular? I decided that I’d talk about it, because why not?

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13 Expectations Of Book Blogging (And Their Less Glamorous Realities)

Book bloggers are told lies before they even begin blogging.

I’m pretty sure we all came into the blogosphere with plenty of expectations, only to be smacked in the face with reality. So, of course, I thought I’d talk about some of the expectations I had when I started book blogging way back in December, and the cold hard truths I learned. Hopefully, this will help someone out there!

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