Friends, it’s time for me to take a blogging break. I was originally going to take a couple of weeks away from the blog in December, but I ended up sticking around. Probably not my wisest decision as I know I need a break and at this point, I feel myself starting to check out mentally. I was going to post a couple of more times before going on hiatus, but I’m going to go ahead and wait on those instead of trying to push myself to write and edit them when I’m not in the best head space. I have no definitive return date, but expect to be back sometime during the first week of February. I should still be active on Instagram and occasionally Twitter if you need to reach me. See you soon, friends ❤
Hello, dear friends. In the past, I’ve taken periodical breaks from blogging when I was feeling really overwhelmed by it. If you’re not careful, blogging can go from a hobby that you enjoy to a chore on your to-do list. It’s usually around July that I feel this need to step away from the blog before diving back in for what’s usually a busy second half of the year when it comes to blogging. This year is a little different as I haven’t been as consistent with blogging as I would like to be and I have some definitive plans not to stress myself out over posts in the latter part of the year (I will share more on this when I come back). Still, I need a break. Maybe not necessarily from the stress of blogging, but more from the stress and guilt I’ve been feeling because I haven’t been blogging very much. I plan to be back mid-August, but if I’m still not feeling it, I may drop in with an ARC review I have planned and then bail out until September. I can’t promise that I will be on Twitter or Instagram in the meantime. I haven’t spent a lot of time on either of those apps in the last month and that’s something I don’t necessarily want to change right now. I will be checking DMs periodically, so if you need me, you can reach me there. See you soon, friends ❤
Hello friends, I’ve finally decided that I need to take a blogging hiatus. I am usually really good with taking periodic breaks, but this year has been really rough and blogging became one of the few things I looked forward to. Unfortunately, I have been running on fumes for the last few months and have kept putting off taking a break. I do have one important post (Talk Chisme to Me, featuring books by Latinx authors that come out in July) that I want to go up and I will be scheduling it at the end of the month/beginning of July. I will be back July 10th-ish. I will still be active on Twitter and at least occasionally on IG. I might even do some blog hopping while away. I have been terrible with this and I think part of it is that I am exhausted from blogging and by the time I have a chance to blog hop, I just don’t have the energy. I need to refuel and hopefully come back with renewed vigor.
One last thing, there are a lot of resources out there that you can use to educate yourself about systemic racism, petitions you can sign, and lists of companies you can support. Please check out the following:
A Radical Library
Taking Action for Justice
Black-owned Indie Bookstores
I know many of you are probably wondering what happened to me. I’m usually really good at letting everyone know if I’m taking a hiatus whether planned or unplanned. I’ve gone over in my head what I would say and how much I would say to you when I decided to come back. I still don’t know, so I’m just going to go for it.
I don’t talk a lot about my family. I’m not very open online when it comes to them for several reasons. Some of you may know I have two brothers. One of my brothers unexpectedly passed away. It hasn’t been easy. I have so many thoughts running through my head. Our older brother was always so much older than us and so my brother and I were always super close. We fought so much growing up. So many of my childhood memories are irrevocably tied to him.
I’m still processing. I’m still hurting. But I missed this space. I missed all of you and the camaraderie. So I’m tentatively coming back because I think working on the blog will help me feel some kind of productive or at least help me focus on something else at least for a little while. I can’t promise you I will be here consistently or that I’ll always be on top of comments, but I want to be here. I’ve still got my Latinx Heritage Month series in my drafts and for now, that might be the only thing going up on my blog. I appreciate any offered condolences, but probably won’t be replying to most or maybe none of the comments for this post, just a heads up.