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!


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!


Let’s Talk: 4 of my most unpopular opinions- AKA my bad blogger confessions

Happy Saturday to all you amazing people! I hope you have an incredible weekend ahead of you!

For this week’s Tuesday’s Tidbit, I wrote a post talking about how bloggers shouldn’t be afraid to post their most controversial or unpopular opinions, so I thought I’d follow it up by posting some of mine!

Here’s the thing: I have a ton of unpopular opinions, so this is gonna have to be a two part series!

So, without any further ado, the first set of my most unpopular opinions! (Please, don’t judge me too harshly!)

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Top 5 Fall Faves!

Happy Tuesday (again)! It’s been ages since I’ve done a Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ BionicBookworm, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about my favorite fall reads!

Technically the topic is cozy fall reads, but I’d only call a few of these books “cozy.” The rest are books that I reread (or plan to reread) every fall!

So, without further ado, my Top 5 Fall Faves!

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