When Blogging Becomes Overwhelming… | Rants & Rambles


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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.

This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:


Oh look, I’m actually writing a discussion post this week…

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I’ve been quite the busy bee these past few month as I tried to balance blogging and real life and it ultimately led to me falling into both a reading and blogging slump that I struggled to get myself out of. I’ve been in reading slumps so I was actually okay with not feeling the need to read, but not wanting to blog…NOW THAT WAS SOMETHING NEW! The mere thought of starting up my laptop to write a post made me tired, so I just didn’t post unless it was a weekly meme. And it may be strange to admit, but I actually liked not feeling the need to post everyday. It was a bit freeing not being tied down to my laptop and I lowkey felt like a rebel.

But then the need to post came back and I already had ideas floating in my head…until the election happened and everything went to shit again. Seriously, that was one of the worst weeks ever because the tension was at an all-time high, both in the blogging community and in my real life and it didn’t feel right to post, so I closed my laptop and stepped away from it once again. 

I’m kind of rambling at this point, but during my unofficial, somewhat-but-not-really hiatus, I realized a few things. One being that taking a break and stepping away from the keyboard is OKAY. I would’ve hated it if I grew to resent that one thing that brought me joy so stepping away when I did was the right thing to do. The second thing I realized was that I’m kind of having a blogger identity crisis. When it comes to the types of books I want to review, I realized that YA books are just not cutting it for me and I’ve never truly felt a part of the YA community because I haven’t read majority of the books people rave about (damn that 6-year-long reading slump that made me miss out on all the YA books). I’m also not really interested in many 2017 debuts other than the ARCs I’ve already received. With that being said, I’ve decided to make some changes to my blog and I’m hoping that these changes will bring back the excitement I once felt when I first started blogging and remind me why I blog in the first place.

As for my weekly discussions posts, for right now they won’t be weekly because the holiday season is upon us and my real life gets a bit crazy during this time. I’m not saying there won’t be discussion posts, but they won’t be as frequent and I may even post on a weekday instead of on the weekend! But to bring everything full circle, if blogging ever becomes overwhelming, stepping away is never something you should feel guilty about. Your blog will always be here when you come back, so take time off, recharge, and come back ready to work. I know I’m excited for the changes I’m about to make, and I can’t wait to share them with you all too!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when it comes to blogging?

Let me know in the comments!

-Ari (2)


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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

18 thoughts on “When Blogging Becomes Overwhelming… | Rants & Rambles

  1. I’ve taken so many blogging slumps that it’s now a blessing in disguise for me to catch up on television shows and other stuff (which is really just my way of saying I take more naps and submit myself to abyss of YouTube — which are both equally fine in my books haha).

    Weekly memes definitely made it easier on me as well to at least “attempt” to open the blog link and write some nonsense that no one probably reads (but was more for my sanity that I was still somewhat present without actually being present); especially when I have the lack thereof for comment dropping (slowly trying to change that though. See, ma, I’m writing a comment!)

    I definitely write best when inspiration hits as I do notice my tone of delivery is so much shittier when I’m trying to force feed someone my thoughts. That’s on me though haha.


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    1. This comment had me LOLing so hard! 😂😂 This was exactly me and I’ve been trying to get better at commenting and replying to comments as well (says this while replying a week later). The new year is just around the corner so hopefully we can both get it together by then, although I’m pretty sure I’ll fall off the bandwagon and go back to being a lazy blogger. 😅😅


  2. I’m the same way with YA books. I used to read tons of them and now I feel like I haven’t read a lot of the books everyone is always taking about. I have so many different friends and followers who read different genres that I’ve been branching out. I know what you mean about feeling overloaded. I have plenty of ideas for posts, but I’m honestly so burned out I’m not sure I even feel like writing them all. I say take a break or maybe post less. I’ve been posting less so I don’t wear out too fast.

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    1. I think that the YA community is so big, that it can become overwhelming sometimes trying to keep up with all the releases and all the different fandoms it just becomes too much. I feel like I’m getting to old to keep up with the times, lol, but I’ve been liking the new authors I’ve been discovering and would rather promote their books since not a lot of people have heard about them and hopefully bring more attention to the underrated reads.


  3. Blogging slumps are so much worse than reading slumps because I at least have blogging to turn to in reading slumps, it’s not the same turning to reading in blogging slumps as I still feel the need to write reviews for books I’m reading. Then I start thinking about blogging and inevitably I end up with a half written post I’m not happy with. It’s a nightmare.

    I’m so glad you’re step back from blogging has helped you realise a few things and it’s fine to be posting less. I actually prefer it, it definitely takes the pressure off.

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    1. I think it was the best choice for me as well. Posting just of the sake of posting felt wrong and if I wasn’t believing what I was writing, why would any one else? LOL, that would be a pretty shitty thing for me to do. I think we can all use a break from time to time. Plus, now that I’m out of my reading slump, I can review all the amazing books I’ve been reading! 😅😅🙌🙌


    1. I definitely agree about making your blog reflect what you’re reading which is why I’m going to make some changes. I would rather review books I know I will enjoy than just go with the flow and review only the hyped reads. Plus, if I can get others to check out some underrated reads, I’ll be happy.

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  4. I’m a writer, not a blogger per say, but I can definitely relate to this right now. I feel like things always have a way of coming to a craziness head in November … and it can leave you feeling really burned out. I hope you have time to take some time for yourself!

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    1. Thank you, Julia! It’s a good thing to take a break from time to time. If we put to much pressure on ourselves, it could lead to us hating our passion and that’s the worst thing can happen. Plus, it’s the holiday season, we all deserve a break from all the hard work we did this year!


  5. Sometimes it’s just nice to take a break for a few days, a week or even a month. It helps so much and when you come back you actually miss blogging. My hardest part of blogging is commenting. I love to reply to comments on my blog but it takes me a while to get through my bloglovin feed. (Which is why I’m commenting on this 10 days late even though I had it saved on my feed).

    Hope you find your blogging muse again 🙂

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

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    1. I feel like I’m the total opposite. I love commenting on blogs but when I actually have to sit down and respond to my own comments, I procrastinate until the last minute (which is why I am now responding days later). Hopefully my blogging muse returns sooner rather than later.


  6. Blogging is a hobby so it should bring joy. I think it’s better to take a break, relax, recharge and come back with new ideas and posts. I can say that I had “blogger identity crisis” when I started my blog. I read a mix of YA, NA and Adult and my bloggish friends read mostly YA. Also being a foreigner I only begin to read in English a few years ago, so I haven’t read many of the books people rave about too. But then I decided just blog as I do and I don’t try to put myself in some blogging box. It really helped me.

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    1. I think my problem was that I was kept putting myself in a box and trying to label what type of blogger I was. The problem with this was that I felt like I was limiting myself and I kind of felt stuck. So I guess now I’m going to do away with the label entirely and just review books I want to review and if that means not reviewing the popular books, then I’m alright with that. Kind of happy I realized all this now because now I can reinvent my blog for the new year!


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