Good morning, good afternoon, good night friends! How are you? I hope you all had a wonderful week! Today is Sunday, and I want to introduce you to a new kind of blog posts on the blog. I don’t expect you to remember because it’s been a few months, but I wanted to introduce something new a while ago, called, Blogging Ways… and here it starts with my first blog post, today, on Sunday. After today, this special discussion feature will take place bi-monthly, on Wednesdays. Here’s to hoping you will enjoy it, and let’s start with the presentation, then dive right into it!
Side note: I will still post other bookish discussions, and they will take place on Sundays, as my discussion posts always did. All blogging related discussions and debates will happen on Wednesdays.
Taking a hiatus. That’s a pretty crazy word in the blogging community. It’s surrounded by fear. Fear of being forgotten, fear of being at the lowest point once we have been at the highest. Fear of losing everything we have worked for, in this little tiny corner of the internet. It’s not like we built a fortune and we could lose it all in one single second, in a bad bet. But the feeling is much like it. Work, sweat and most of it all, TIME is devoted to our little corner of the blog every single day. What happens when time isn’t here anymore? Whether it’s for personal reasons, or for ANY reason, really, there’s that word popping around your mind at some point. Burn out, tiredness, holidays, travelling, family, computer issues, LIFE can bring us out of this little corner of the internet, by will or by force.
The thing is, when you care about something, you CAN’T stop thinking about it that easily. It was the case, for me. It’s no secret, or, if you are new here, I took a pretty long blogging hiatus – for me. In one year and a half of blogging, I poured my heart and soul into that little place until the beginning of July. Moving out, reuniting with my family, then travelling, overall I have been gone for three weeks, but really, I haven’t been into the blogging frenzy since a month and a half. Despite planning blog posts, being able to look around the blogosphere a bit thanks to my Twitter addiction, I couldn’t be there. And blogging, and my blogger friends, what would become of my blog, was ALWAYS on my mind.
It’s like when your favorite tv show is taking a break. You’re sad, you wait, then you find another show to turn to, and when the first picks up after its mid-season break, you forgot all about it and why you loved it so much. It is so, so sad. Despite being on holidays, blogging was always on the corner of my mind, and what would become of it while I was gone. There’s the fear, and then, there’s the guilt. There’s low stats, at the lowest, really, and even if stats aren’t everything, it’s still a punch in the gut to see yourself going back to where you were when you almost started. Low comments, low self-esteem at not really being a part of the community anymore.
Really, if there was a word to describe how going on an hiatus feels, I would say, WEIRD. Because blogging -if you’re into it like I am, and I am deep– is always on the corner of your mind, but you need to step back as well. Because when did I start CARING so much about a little website on the internet?
But, weird isn’t necessarily a bad word. Some books are pretty weird, and they are all kinds of awesome. Despite the guilt, the fear, the disappointment, stepping back is the best way to find yourself again. Just like getting lost, or whatever that quote is. While I was exploring England, falling in love with London all over again, taking the boat in Italy and getting lost in bookshops everywhere, I felt good. I felt great. Because blogging is such a consuming part of every blogger, it’s weirdly awesome to step back and LIVE outside of the screen. It’s weirdly INSPIRING. To start over, to do some changes, to remember why I started all of this, and where I want to go next. Funny story: it is in one of my guilty-feeling moments that I wrote two sentences, two simple sentences that are the blog post you are reading right now.
It felt great because, when I came back, I still had you. I have you. With all your enthusiasm, your awesomeness and support. Maybe I lost a bit of my blogging frenzy on the way, but that takes a bit of time to come back. Maybe my stats have been at the lowest, and maybe I felt and still feel guilty if I never catch up with ALL I missed. But you’re here. And in the end, sharing this adventure with you, before, after, and during my hiatus is all that matters.