Let’s Talk: Book bloggers and hiatuses// Where does blogging pressure come from, and how can we fix it?

Hi there everyone! Today’s discussion has been on my mind for about a week or so, but I wanted to take some time to organize my thoughts before I threw all the words at you.

In the past couple weeks, I’ve seen five bloggers I follow say they’re taking a hiatus, some of them indefinitely. They all had a few different reasons, but one of the things they all said was that blogging, combined with everything else in their lives, was stressing them out. The thing that got to me, though, was that, in the end, each of them apologized for leaving, saying they feel guilty for leaving their blogs.

Which begs the question: where does that pressure come from? How do bloggers get to the point where they feel guilty for taking care of themselves? And how do we try to minimize that?

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Tuesday Tidbit #11- Watch out for spammed comments!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome folks! I hope you all are living your best lives!

Today’s Tidbit is something that becomes an issue pretty regularly for every blogger, whether they’re aware of it or not. It’s something that I forget sometimes, and I’ve been blogging for almost two years.

Every once in a while, make sure to check the comments section of your admin page! Sometimes WordPress will assume that a comment is spam, when it’s really not! If you don’t know how to do that, it’s actually super easy!

If you’re looking at your blog, you should see a little tab in the top left that says “My Sites.” If you click on that, all the way at the bottom should be a tab that says “WP Admin.” That’ll bring you to a new page called your admin Dashboard, which has a whole bunch of information.

In the middle of the list of tabs on the left, you’ll see one for comments. Once you click on that, you’ll be able to find the spam comments pretty easily. Go through there and see if there are any that shouldn’t be in there.

You don’t want any of your followers to feel like they’re being ignored, so make sure to go through those spammed comments every once in a while to make sure you’re not ignoring anyone accidentally!


Thanks for reading!

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Let’s Talk: Blogging with Depression

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have an amazing weekend ahead of you!

For those of you who may not be aware, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and Wednesday was Mental Health Day. There have been so many people sharing their experiences, tips for living with mental illness, and inspirational stories of overcoming it all over social media.

And I wanted to give my two cents on the mental health conversation by sharing how depression affects me and my life as a blogger. Because the truth is, a lot of us are affected by mental health issues, but as bloggers we sometimes feel the need to be perfect. So I think it’s important to be open about our mental health so we can take some of that pressure off each other, and off ourselves.

So without any further ado, here are some of the ways depression affects my blogging, and some ways I combat it.


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Tuesday Tidbit #10- Bring out your inner mad scientist and experiment!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! I hope you’re coming off an incredible weekend and that you have an amazing week ahead of you!

I’m super excited, because it’s my tenth Tuesday Tidbit post! When I started writing these posts, it was just something I wanted to experiment with. I had all these little tips and tricks about writing, or blogging, or just good life advice, and I wanted to share them. I wasn’t sure if they’d stick, but they weren’t doing anyone much good sitting in my notebook.

And now, ten weeks later, it’s something that I really enjoy, and I look forward to putting on my blog regularly! And that’s kind of what this week’s Tidbit is all about.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your posts! I’ve seen a lot of people say, “Oh, I want to talk about ‘x’, but it’s not exactly bookish, so it doesn’t go with my blog.” Who cares? Go for it! If you run a book blog, but you want to write a post about how well your garden is doing, post that shiznit.

#1- It’s your blog, you can post whatever you like, whenever you’d like.

#2- I actually love when bloggers branch out a bit! It makes me feel like I’m getting a little sneak peak into their lives, like I’m getting to know them better!

#3- I can only speak for myself here, but a post about something that isn’t specifically related to your “theme” makes me more interested in that post! If you run a book blog, and once in a while you post about mountain climbing, it makes me think, “Hey, that person loves books, and so do I. If that person loves mountain-climbing, maybe I will, too!”

So maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a new weekly feature, or writing a new post about something that doesn’t exactly match your blog’s theme. That’s okay! Go ahead and experiment, you might find out that it fits your blog better than you thought!


Thanks for reading!

What sorts of posts have you experimented with? Have you ever been nervous to write a post that didn’t fit your theme? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #5!

Do you ever have one of those days where you’re just not feeling it; you’re tired, feeling sluggish, and you aren’t really motivated to do anything? But then, all of a sudden, something awesome happens and all of a sudden you’re able to do EVERYTHING!

That was me earlier this week. My sleep schedule had been all thrown off, and I was ready to spend a few days doing nothing but Netflix. But then, the captivating Katie @ Melting Pages nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and my whole day turned around! (Seriously, if you’re not following Katie, you’re missing out!)

I love the questions she asked her nominees, so let’s get right to it!


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Tuesday Tidbits #9- A different way of looking at “failure”

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! I hope you all have an incredible week ahead of you!

Today’s Tidbit is inspired by something one of my high school teachers taught me. I decided I wanted to take Latin in high school, and let me tell you, that shit is HARD. Like, every single person in the class failed a test at some point.

But we were super lucky, because our Latin teacher was one of the most encouraging people I have ever met. And every time we failed a test, he would remind us of something that has really affected how I view progress and failure.

If we got a 50% on a test, he would remind us that it was actually a good thing! At the beginning of the year we knew 0% of the material, and that, even though school will say it’s a failing grade, that 50% means we have learned SO MUCH. We went from knowing 0%, to knowing 50%, which is something to be really proud of!

Once I really accepted this mentality, I wouldn’t get so hard on myself. It became easier to look at failure as a form as progress. I could look at things and say, “It may not be where I want to be, but it’s further than I was.”

When writing my book, I can say, “15,000 words isn’t where I want to be, but it’s much  further than 0 words.”

When looking at my blog stats, I can remind myself that yes, I would love to have more views or followers, but I have way more than I did when I started, and I can be proud of that.

So if you’ve ever felt down about your progress in any area of your life, try reminding yourself of how far you’ve come, instead of looking at how far you have left to go.


Thanks for reading!

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