Hey warriors. Today’s post is one I’m extremely sad about, but I need to make it. We need to talk about why I didn’t post over the last few days and what’s going to happen. Let’s dive in.
Explanation and Apology
I’ve been recovering lately from some burn out. I realized after a big church event that kept me from writing and posting that I couldn’t let blogging come before two things: health and the church. Those things come first. Then I had a check-up with my doctor. I’m not going into detail but we discussed my workload and anxiety and it’s definitely been too much at times. Posting almost daily is nearly impossible, even though I’d love for it to be easy. I wish I could just keep posting amazing Novelist’s November posts as quickly as writing my name. But I can’t.
Another thing I need to announce is that I dropped NaNoWriMo this year. This has been weighing heavy on me for almost two weeks now, as I quit three Thursdays ago. I dropped it because both my co-writer and I felt too overwhelmed this month and could use a break. Burn out is far worse than quitting when you physically can’t do it, and I was already burnt out to some extent. This doesn’t mean that I won’t still be supporting and cheering on the NaNoWriMo writers. It doesn’t mean that I quit The Novelist’s November all together. But what it does mean is that I’m going to be less forceful towards myself. As much as I adore posting consistently and faithfully, and as much as I hate any trust broken by my inability to fulfill The Novelist’s November, I need to remember that without me, there is no Words. And without a healthy me, there is no content worth liking or commenting on. If I don’t put my mental health first, I won’t produce content that encourages follows but content that produces unfollows. And while this blog is still an author blog and a place for authors and readers alike, I can’t promise that it won’t become just a little more casual because right now, I don’t absolutely need new followers or increased views. I’m going to try and not look at the numbers and just write what you and I want when I’m able to write it. I want to enjoy being a teenager.
You’re probably wondering how that affects the Gary D. Schmidt interview. Well, I’ve decided that I won’t spread it out anymore, even though it’s over 10,000 words long. Instead, I’ll make the post and add it to my resource page so you can all find it again and again. I’m nearly done transcribing and working on converting it from the way people talk to something a little more readable, though I’m not changing a lot and doing my best not to lose the essence of the interview. This interview has taken a lot of work, even though I absolutely loved getting to have it. I can’t promise when exactly I’ll post that whole thing, but I can promise it will be before December. Hopefully there will be no more postponing and I can get it to you very soon!
As for my schedule… I’m going to be trying to blog once a week once December starts, although I can’t say that it will always be every Friday or every Monday. I will try my best to get a grasp on the blog and establish some plans. It’s high time I take my own advice and develop doable consistency. But! Although this event flopped, I hope to thoroughly plan and prepare for other events and exciting things in the future. I hace ideas but this time, no promises until I know I can keep them. I’ll be posting more once I’m healthier… and who knows? Maybe just maybe Words will branch into language comparison posts, individual word profiles, lyric analysis, book reviews, and even Writer’s life posts with more lifestyle content! Perhaps we can sprint together sometime and maybe the Weekly Help posts will become a monthly thing. I don’t know yet what the future holds, but I do know I love blogging and refuse to just give it up.
One last comment: thank you all for your patience! I’ve been amazed to see more followers and no unfollows in the past couple weeks, as well as more likes than expected. You guys are the best and I love you all so much! 💙
Dream with me, warriors. What kinds of posts do you really want to see? What kinds of posts would you want more of? What events might you be inclined to see? What interests you? Let me know in the comments.