I’m going to open with it: I have decided to take the month of August away from blogging.
There are several reasons for this:
- My birthday is in August and I intend to spend it relaxing.
- Due in part to several reading slumps in quick succession, I am behind on my reading goals for this year.
- Given that I do not earn anything from the upkeep of this blog and despite this I have kept up weekly posting for over a year, I feel I deserve a rest.
- I am tired.
The latter is the big one, if I’m being honest. It turns out working full time, planning a wedding, trying to keep up any form of social interactions that don’t take place at the office coffee machine and reading and reviewing a book each week take a lot out of you. Couple this with a healthy dose of anxiety and you have the perfect recipe for burnout. I want to read, I want to write, I want to finish that video game and take pictures of books for potential blog decor, I just…can’t.
I love this blog so, so much, and I want to keep providing a certain level of quality to anybody who decides to read it. I’m under no illusions that I’m one of the blogging world greats, but I value each and every one of you very much and so I put my heart into this blog. I want to make reading posts at Sapphistication something enjoyable and worth your time, and I feel like taking a break is the best way to do that. It would be a discredit to you and to the writers whose books I am reading for me to post half-hearted, exhausted reviews. It would be boring, it would be rude and frankly it would be a waste of your time.
I want to take some time to plan things, to have reviews ready for you that will be entertaining and fun to read, to work on my LGBT+ Safe Spaces Online research – which I hope to extend in future to encompass a variety of things – to tweak the design of the blog itself and to read and enjoy books without the swinging sword of next Monday’s review deadline hanging above my head. I want to sit in the garden with my future wife and our dog, and enjoy a good book in the sunshine.
Provided we get any of course, this is England.
I should probably also sit down and plan out my bloody book, because I haven’t worked on it in a while after a ‘this is trash and nobody will read it’ mental block of epic proportions.
So that’s where I am, and I hope not to lose too many of you in my four weeks of radio silence. Thank you all for reading this, and for reading my entirely subjective opinions about books. It really does mean a lot, and I will see you in September.