Kernels of Nonsense: Blogging Hiatus Announcement

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Kernels of Nonsense is a discussion feature here on the blog where I like to discuss various book and blogging related topics. I haven’t written a discussion post in ages and that’s entirely on me. I’m planning on doing better for the remainder of this year, so expect to see more of these.

For this post I want to discuss my plan for a blogging hiatus. I’ve been a book blogger for two and a half years and while I enjoy every moment of it, there are times when I kind of feel the pressure to read all the books, to write all the posts, and to be involved in all of the blogging projects. I have those moments where I know I can’t possibly accomplish everything and I start to panic a bit. I’m the kind of person who has to get stuff done, I can’t flip a switch and not care. I do care, sometimes too much.

I’ve never taken a break from my blog aside from a few days here and there, but I wanted to carve out a week and make myself take a break. With this hiatus, I’m hoping that the break will refresh me, that it will give me a different perspective on blogging, and that I’ll be a little less stressed not having to put posts together for the week I am off.

This week I’ll be working on making sure I have most of my posts done for the month, so when I return I’m not trying to play catch up. What’s the point of a break if I come back with a bunch of work to be done? October is also right around the corner and I’ve gotten into the habit of putting together Halloween-themed posts throughout the month and while I still plan on doing so, it probably won’t be as much this year compared to last year.

So starting September 17th through the 23rd, I will not be blogging or logging onto my blog. I won’t be participating in any memes that week, so no Top Ten Tuesday or The Friday 56. But I don’t want my blog to be completely dead, so I do have two reviews scheduled to go up during that week: Kasie West’s P.S. I Like You and Jack Thorne’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’m planning on getting back into gear on the 24th, responding to comments left on my blog throughout the week as well as taking a look at what posts I’ve missed from all of you.

What will I be doing while on hiatus? Probably reading and wondering what the heck I’m missing out on. I have a feeling that I will spend a lot of time contemplating the blog and will have lots of post ideas when I return. I will still be on Twitter during my hiatus, trying to keep up with the happenings in the book blogging community and I will also be updating my Goodreads account, but other than that, I won’t be doing much blogging wise. I’m temporarily turning off my WordPress notifications on my phone, so I won’t be able to see if someone comments on my blog, but if you do need to reach me for any reason, Twitter or email are good places to start.

Have you ever taken a blogging hiatus? Do you have any tips for me? What was your favorite/least favorite part about taking a break? Let’s discuss in the comments!

20 thoughts on “Kernels of Nonsense: Blogging Hiatus Announcement

  1. I took an involuntary one week hiatus recently. I had a lot of work a other stuff to do, so I couldn’t write any new posts. When the hiatus was over, I still had little time and was writing posts well past midnight. So my advice is: prepare for the comeback or else it will stress you out further! You said you are planning to do that and to write for the rest of September, so try very hard to stick to that and then the rest of the month will be a lot more relaxed 🙂

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    1. Yes, I’m keeping my eyes forward and making sure I don’t end up with a huge amount of posts on my plate when I come back from hiatus. I’m doing a little here and there to ensure this. Thank you for your wise advice, I’m committed to making the rest of this moth as stress free as possible when it comes to the blog.

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  2. Girl! I came back after a 4 month hiatus 😂 and I TBH felt so refreshed! Sometimes you really need a break in order to feel that passion! 😘 Dont think too much and enjoy! 🙂

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    1. I almost went with two weeks, but I’m not sure if I could handle being away for so long. I think staying in touch with other bloggers definitely helps with being away. I’m so glad taking a hiatus worked for you. I hope to feel just as refreshed when I return.


  3. I’m so glad you are listening to your intuition and going on this small hiatus, Alicia 🙂 You’ll find that while it is irksome in the sense that you might feel like you are “missing out” it is also invigorating! You already know of my own recent blogging hiatus, and while it was not by choice, I have to say, it served to clear a lot of the fog I was treading in and lifted a lot of weight and displeasure I was finding with my blog. Needless to say, I’ve found a new perspective and now 🙂 I find I am writing because it’s what I enjoy most in life, and not so much because I am expected to if that makes any sense :/ (Sigh) It’s an internal war with my compulsive self I wrestle with continuously, to say the least; even so, it’s been liberating and oh so wonderful to skip a couple of days (or weeks!) of posts and place the focus more on my family and other hobbies I enjoy.

    Nevertheless! I hope that you are able to gain the perspective you are hoping to attain and a fresh look on blogging for the months to come, Alicia! 🙂

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    1. That’s wonderful to hear, Claudia. Every once in a while I feel that weight that comes blogging and I think having a little break will help with this. It does make sense, I want to be blogging because I want to and not because I have to. Thank you so much!


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