How are you? I hope everyone reading this blog will have a wonderful day and are having a great February. 🙂 I do’t often do little updates of what is happening with me but I felt it was time to let you know, in case some of you are wondering about my slightly sporadic behaviour online recently. Things have been going well for me in general, although I have had a few setbacks through this last month which have made it more difficult than usual for me to keep up with everything I had set out to do.
At the start of the month (well a little before the month began) I came up with the idea of #Febookary a reading challenge to help encourage everyone to try reading something they would never normally try. The idea of this challenge came about from my own personal experiences having struggled to enjoy reading when I was younger, as well as the experiences of many others who struggle with reading or have been put off it completely. I wanted to help those who felt that reading ‘wasn’t for them’ and I wanted to encourage everyone to get involved online (and offline) in getting others motivated to read something new and different. Book worms were encouraged to join in as much as those who are new to reading and everyone could find a book that they wouldn’t usually read to challenge themselves to read this month.
Unfortunately, this last month has been a very hectic one, and hectic in a way I didn’t expect it to be when I began the challenge. Doing any reading challenge requires a lot of commitement and I am sorry to say that I just haven’t been able to keep up as much as I would have liked. 😦 I had every intention of being more active (than usual) on twitter and instagram with this challenge but in fact the opposite has happened and my activity on both social media sites has been a bit on-off with some days active and then bouts of not being there at all. 😮 Despite everything though, there have been some amazing people who have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the reading challenge and who are actually taking part, and to those who have can I just say a massive thank you!!! 😀
With the month almost gone I’m still proud of coming up with #Febookary and hopefully next year I’ll be more able to prepare for the challenge and have a lot of things scheduled and set up beforehand to make the event even better. 🙂 For those still interested: It’s not too late to take part in #Febookary. There is a lot of information on this challenge and its very simple rules if anyone still wants to take part this year (you can read it all by clicking here). You only have to read one book minimum and it’s a leap year so there’s a whole extra day of February to complete the challenge 🙂
Busy, busy, busy
The last month became very busy for me offline with lots happening and visits to see relatives I haven’t seen in a long time. Unfortunately, travelling, especially when it involves trains and the London underground, is very tiresome for me personally and I did a lot of it during the worst time of the month – during a raging storm! Although London wasn’t badly hit by the wrath of what was known as Storm Dennis, it’s still a bit of a dismal experience having high winds and rain pelt you when you’re moving about outside and of course the London underground can be efficient but it does also get tiring and hot down there, especially when the tube lines you wanted to take are closed and you look for alternate routes to get around the city and then find yourself walking what feels like miles underground as you transfer from one tube line to another (I shouldhave been better prepared and found the secret shortcuts obove ground)!
After travelling through all of that (it took me 3 hours to get to where I wanted 😮 -ridiculous right?) I felt like all my energy had been sucked out of my body and it took me quite a few days to recover. I don’t know if any of you every experience extreme tiredeness after travelling, but it’s definitely something that does take it out of me if I’m not in a car. As a result writing new blog posts and just keeping up with everyone else’s I just couldn’t do as I felt so tired and sleepy all the time! I plan to catch up with you all but in the meantime please forgive me for not visiting your blogs as often as I usually do.
The last thing I want to give a brief nod to is the slight change I’m going to be making on my blog. If it wasn’t clear in the post I made recently (Can Pushing Yourself to Achieve, Do More Harm than Good?) I was putting too much pressure on myself to keep up specific content type on specific days on this blog. As a result I felt a strain in keeping to a schedule that I had set up myself. Having decided that I can’t keep to that schedule all of the time I am going to mix up some of my content and rather than setting aside Wednesdays as always having something positive, and Mondays as always having an article-type post, I’m no longer keeping to that commitement as it just was too much.
I still plan on posting 7 days a week, at the moment, as I still have quite a few old blog posts from much older blogs I still want to get transferred to this one, but I don’t want to commit to writing up a new post for Monday and Wednesday with specific content in it every week as I just am not able to sometimes and I’d rather not disappoint you (or feel disappointed myself) if I don’t write up a new post. Instead I’d rather post something new and different when I can, and feel proud (and surprise you) if I am able to post up more than expected. 🙂
Our blogs are for us, and although we want to share our words with the world, what matters is that we ultimately look after ourselves more than anything and if that means cutting back on content for a while then I’ll be doing that. Instead I will feature some more of my poetry (including some of the sadder/darker ones as they are a part of my journey into becoming who I am now and were a cathartic experience to write 🙂 ), as well as more book reviews (I got a lot of books recently!) and hopefully you will enjoy whatever I post anyway as most of you don’t even know my old blog posts so probably all the content will feel new to you anyway, lol – it sometimes does to me as I don’t always remember everything I posted all those years ago! 🙂 😀
A BIG Thank You!
I hope you will continue to want to read this blog whatever is posted up and check back in the future as I hopefully will be able to build up more blog posts ready for the future during this little (sort of) break.
A big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for reading this and for reading my blog in general. I have said it before but I don’t think it is acknowledged enough how amazing you all are! I appreciate every single person who has ever read any of my blog posts, and a special extra thank you to all of you who take the time to like, comment and even share my posts. This blog is not far away from having 2,000 total followers and I’ve managed to get over 500 wordpress followers alone, and it’s not even a year and a half old yet!
You are all amazing and I wish you all have a wonderful day, week, month and year! May all your wishes come true and may you all have a beautiful, amazing and happy day! ❤ 🙂
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It happens to the best of us, we end up trying to do more than we are able to because life got in the way. Glad to hear you are on the up again!
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Thank you ❤ 🙂
I’m glad you’re doing OK. Sorry about the setbacks though. I hope the changes you’re making help make things easier for you.
I completely understand about not being able to keep up with everything you thought you could do. As I said in your recent post’s comments section, it’s all the posts I scheduled ahead of time that’s made it possible for me to keep up my posting schedule. Well, that and splitting things that could have potentially been just one post in to a couple a few times. It’s so easy to get caught up in trying to do all the things, isn’t it? I’m trying to get better at listening to my body, and not the little voice in my head that says I’m letting people down if I don’t do all the things. It’s easier said than done though, as you know.
I understand about the traveling thing too. Outings in general tire me out. I was out for about three hours on Friday, and ended up spending half the weekend either napping or doing things not requiring much energy while wishing I was still in bed. It’s not so bad since I’ve been able to get my anemia under control, but since it wasn’t the only cause of the tiredness, outings or busy days still take a lot out of me. At least now they’ve sorted out the issue causing the anemia I’m not also feeling dizzy all the time though, and can enjoy the outing in the first place (even if I need to rest for a few days afterwards).
I read the Warhammer book hubby got me for Febookary, which I tagged you about getting on Twitter, and enjoyed it more than I thought I would, so that’s good. I was going to read another book for Febookary (well, two, since they’re a short series, so I figured I’d read both) but I don’t think I’m going to end up doing so. I think I’ll go ahead and read the books afterwards though anyhow. It’s a pair of thrillers by an author I’ve read books by before, but I usually stick to her middle grade mystery stories. I’ve been avoiding reading her thrillers, but Febookary inspired me to commit to taking a chance on those, especially since I do love her middle grade mysteries.
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Thank you ❤ 🙂 That's an excellent idea, splitting up longer blog posts into two to make more posts. I might try that lol.
Outings can really take it out of some people, I wonder if introverts or more sensitive souls are more affected by going out? It's not just the journey but possibly all that energy around so many other people.
It's good that you are able to go out and enjoy yourself, and don't worry about taking some rest time, I know too well how important that is. 🙂 Do listen to your body, we can be so overly critical in the mind but our bodies do know what we need (I'm definitely getting more in touch with my own and trying to ignore that inner critic).
I'm so glad you enjoyed your Febookary book read. And that is so amazing, that you'll want to try some other books too. Don't worry about whether they fit into February or not, the whole idea was just to get people interested in books they'd usually not pick up, and if that's what trying Febookary has done then it's just wonderful!! I really hope you enjoy those books when you read them 🙂 Who is the author, if you don't mind me asking? I love middle grade mysteries 🙂
Yeah, I thought the splitting up of posts was a good idea. 😉
I think you’re right. It takes a lot more energy for introverts to deal with any kind of social situation. At least, I think so. I know those I know to be introverts are more likely to need some time to rest after any kind of social situation than those I know who are more extroverted, which supports the theory it’s no coincidence.
The author’s name is Janice Spina. She’s a self-published author who’s lucky enough to be able to have her husband do her covers and the illustrations for the books that need illustrations.
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Thanks for her name, that’s great that her husband does the pics. I’ll check out the books 🙂
My Febookary read was Elizabeth Strout’s ‘Olive Kitteridge’ – my book club’s choice for this month’s meeting. It was definitely out of my comfort zone because there was a lot about ageing in it and I was afraid it was going to be difficult and depressing. However, I was surprised to find I enjoyed it once I got into it.
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That is so wonderful! I am so glad you took the challenge to read the book and found out how enjoyable it was. Thank you so much for taking part in Febookary, I really was worried at the start that nobody would be interested but it’s been amazing to have so much support ❤ 🙂 😀