Why I Joined Oh, the Books!
As a blogger, I know that I have the freedom to do what I want. I can make big drastic changes without needing others’ approval or support because what I do is a hobby and my own happiness comes first. That being said, I truly appreciate the love and support of my followers and always want them to understand why things are the way they are. The big explanation for today? Why I joined Oh, the Books!
I started blogging with everything: time, energy, ideas, etc. I would write posts every single day (with what I considered to be quality content) and would make a point to not only reply to comments on my own blog but go around leaving meaningful comments on everyone else’s. What can I say? I’m a bit of a perfectionist. If I decide to do something, I like to go big or go home. When it came to blogging, I wanted to do it all.
Unfortunately, that meant when my circumstances changed – when I no longer was living at home, working part-time, and had hours upon hours of freedom – it suddenly became extremely hard to balance it all.
I tried to come up with many solutions for the struggles I was facing. I told myself to post less because no one would mind (and no one did), but seeing these empty days with nothing on the blog after posting daily for months just felt wrong. I told myself to take hiatuses when needed, but I rarely ever got anything done on such breaks and always came back still struggling to keep up. I told myself to reach out for help from others, but I often just felt like I was being whiny and seeking pity and didn’t like leaving that impression.
I really just wanted what I had, but that was no longer possible with the circumstances of my life.
But then something happened… Kelley asked about starting a blog together.
Now, this is not something completely new. Kelley and I started talking shortly after I entered the blogosphere last March, and as soon as I knew I would be moving to the UK I had mentioned the possibility of co-blogging with her. I was trying to think ahead and prepare myself for my new life, and thought co-blogging might be the solution. At the time I think both of our blogs were going through growth spurts and we were unsure if we wanted to give that up to start on a new adventure. We didn’t do it.
The idea never completely left our minds though. We continued to talk and share our struggles with blogging, until finally I guess it just seemed like maybe it was the right time. The second Kelley brought it up, I said yes. Yes, yes, and yes. Please someone save me. (I can be a bit dramatic in situations like these.) And of course I agreed to letting Leanne join the crew.
The knowledge that it’s not just me anymore, that I have these two lovely girls who will help me out when I need it, makes the blogosphere seem like a more manageable place. I feel like my mind is in a better place, my expectations are in a better place, and I feel like I can finally be me again.
I feel like many of us can relate to these feelings, and while not everyone does decide to make that jump to co-blogging I do hope everyone still understands. I want to remain a positive presence in the world of blogging and feel good about what I do, and I feel like this will be the support I need to get back to that place once again.
But don’t worry… I still have my bookish features, I still have my bookish ramblings, and I definitely still have my bookish heart.
To celebrate Oh, the Books! Grand Opening I am giving away one of my favorite books! The only restriction for entering this giveaway is that The Book Depository must ship to your country. The winner gets to choose one book from my following favorites:
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio
- Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- This Is All: The Pillowbook of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers
What do you think?
Have you ever felt like you were truly struggling to keep up with blogging? What was your plan of action to fix it? Hiatuses? New blog? Just keep going? I’ve tried all three, but I think this is the one that will actually work for me (or let’s hope ;) )!