If you know me or follow my blog you might be aware that I’m a huge advocate for self-care. Self-care is a term I’ve only really come to know (and love) since starting blogging. Before joining the big ol’ blogosphere, I obviously knew we had to take care of ourselves, take time for ourselves and focus on our physical and mental wellbeing – but I didn’t realize quite how important and crucial it was. Especially the mental side of the coin.
Over the last month, my relationship with social media has changed. Whereas once upon a time, heading on to Twitter to express my concerns over something, finding comfort in scrolling aimlessly through hundreds of tweets and just generally, zoning out of real life was my solace but now, I find myself… resenting that very thing. And it’s not only Twitter, don’t worry Twitter bby, I’m not singling u out. Some days, I can’t bare to look at Instagram and the thought of going on Facebook? Oh, hell no. My relationship with social media has changed. But why?
I wasn’t actually planning on posting anything else until July but I figured it’s a good a place as any for general ramblings about stuff I’m feeling right now. So I wanted to talk about and share some current goals I have at this moment in time for the month/s ahead. They’re mostly blog related, unless I think of any random thins I want to do like skydiving. Hahahah, nope.
When I look around now, all I see are people with their heads down, necks strained and fingers and thumbs flickering constantly.
When I came onto the blogging scene in 2013, I had no idea what a Twitter chat was. I’d never seen one or heard of one and when I finally came across one (Lord only knows which one it was), I wasn’t particularly eager to get involved and I didn’t think it would be for me. When I finally did take part in my first one, I wasn’t nervous at all – I just thought I would answer some questions on Twitter and see other people’s answers to the same questions. I realised it was quite fun so started to take part in more and more, particularly ones in different topics.
If you follow me on Twitter (which you totally should be btw, I’m hilarious…), you may have seen my mini rant about a comment I read regarding social media. Before I continue, this comment was made by a random person I don’t know on someone else’s Facebook, so I’m not going behind anyone’s back by talking about what they said. Anyway, what they said was this, ‘I’m no good at social media because I’m rubbish at faking life’. Whatever context they actually meant this in, I don’t know and I’ll never find out but it’s no secret that lots and lots of people all over the social media-sphere share this view. You might be one of them.
I sincerely hope you’ve not read the title of this post and thought, ‘finally, she’s realised!’ But if you have, well, whatever. Nothing I can do about it. All seriousness, I’ve noticed a lot, I mean a lot of ‘blogging etiquette’ that every blogger and their nan seem to be doing, trying to do or wishing they were doing to be in and amongst the very best of the best who know exactly what they’re doing and are seemingly perfect in this big, crazy blogosphere. I… am not one of those people. Not for lack of trying, seriously I have tried but I just can’t seem to get to grips with all this. Does that make me a bad blogger? Absolutely not. But I am a bit rubbish sometimes. Here’s why.
Last month, author Holly Martin posted this photo on Twitter and just the other week, it was half 11 at night at after being up for 14 and a half hours, I was still on my laptop finishing up the current book review I was writing. It got me thinking about how much time actually goes into book reviewing; not just writing the review but the whole process from beginning to end. Especially considering book bloggers don’t get paid a penny to do it. Continue reading
Aside from the wonderfully supportive community, amazing friends and gorgeous review copies, for me, one of the best things about book blogging is the overwhelming response from authors when you love their work and the idea for this post come about after a very enthusiastic Twitter conversation surrounding Holly Martin’s new book, One Hundred Proposals the other day. Continue reading