The Blogger Is In! (Back From Hiatus)

Hello hello!

This is the first chatty post I’m writing in a while, so forgive me if anything is off or awkward โ€” but it’s so good to be back, and I’ve got quite a bit to share with you all.

a gif of Lucy van Pelt from the Peanuts cartoon, brushing the snow off her psychiatric help stand and flipping her "the doctor is" sign from "out" to "real in"
real footage of me clearing the snow off my blog. and yes, I go to college (uni) in a state where it snows, and it is still exciting.

PAST: Hiatus Reflection

To be entirely honest, I didn’t miss blogging quite as much as I thought I would โ€” mostly because I just didn’t have the time. It was definitely a good thing that I had decided to go on hiatus, because I was even busier than I had expected to be. (More details on all that to come later.)

I did, however, miss the book community! Since I wasn’t bloghopping or [regularly] checking social media, I didn’t hear about exciting releases or authors embarrassing themselves or the week’s revived controversy. On a more positive note, I also missed sharing in everyone’s excitement about new favorite reads, fun experiences, and bookish memes.

Of course I also missed all the inspiration to blog. I did jot down a few post ideas each month, but I don’t yet know how many are really viable since I haven’t started writing out any of them.

My read-books count was actually about the same or higher than before hiatus, unexpectedly, with the single exception of September being at about half my monthly average. This is probably because I procrastinated studying by reading โ€” a bad habit facilitated the fact that I didn’t have any homework, just exams.

Probably no one, myself included, will be surprised to hear that my stats dropped drastically. I still got a few hits most days, but likes and comments dropped to almost none. And okay, I wasn’t supposed to be checking stats at all, but can you blame me for peeking while I made sure hiatus posts went up as scheduled?

(I’m a bit curious how much more engagement I would’ve gotten if I’d been bloghopping while on hiatus, though I likely won’t be running that experiment anytime soon. Too excited to get back into the flow of things.)

PRESENT: Brief Life Updates

As some of my friends are already aware, this semester has been really rough on my mental health. If I hadn’t already been on hiatus I probably would’ve ended up disappearing from the blogosphere anyway.

It’s been quite a time, but I’ll spare you the details of all my soul-searching and meetings with academic advisers. Long story short, I’ve decided to change majors. It’s a little daunting since I have only a year and a half if I want to graduate “on time” with my friends, but it’s definitely doable โ€” especially if I switch into a program that I genuinely love. (And which doesn’t require too many more classes.)

I’ll therefore be spending a good part of my winter break planning and changing my schedule for the upcoming semesters, so while I plan to return to some semblance of regular blogging and bloghopping, I may not get to totally catch up or finish some of the projects I had planned.

But big things are coming to this blog in the near future …

gif of Lin-Manuel Miranda saying "Just you wait!"

FUTURE: Planning For 2020

(This section was originally supposed to be about my end-of-year goals, but since there’s only about a week left of 2019 (!!!) and I have a reflection post coming up, I figured I could broaden the scope a little further.) 

If we include my three-and-a-half month hiatus, this blog is now just over a year old. Which means I’ve had a lot of time to think about and experiment with branding since I started last November without much of a plan (following all those posts that urge aspiring bloggers to “just start now!”).

I don’t have any major blogging regrets thus far, but honestly BookwyrmBites has never felt cohesive or very representative of who I am and what I want this blog to be

So over hiatus I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming, checking whether URLS / usernames were already taken, playing around with color palettes, even dabbling in digital art and graphics. I’ve been trying out book photography and planning out potential new post series. And lots more, though the list could be a post in and of itself.

tl;dr The Internet is a vast, ever-expanding space, so I really want to make the most of my little corner. So many possibilities!

gif of Barack Obama saying "What's been going on while I've been gone?"

Thank you to everyone who’s been here for me in any way, shape, or form โ€” in addition to the support and inspiration that hopefully go without saying, I’ve learned so much from all of you! 

How have the past few months been for y’all? Catch me up on what you’ve been reading and blogging about! And if you’ve read (or written) any particularly good posts lately, please send them my way so I can prioritize them as I bloghop!

14 thoughts on “The Blogger Is In! (Back From Hiatus)

  1. Welcome back, love!, โค๏ธโค๏ธ
    You made it! Changing major is definately always a good idea โ€” i graduated with mention in something I have no intention to go back to now after having lived what real life accounting is ๐Ÿ˜‚ so, cheers to you to have taken the step! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

    Canโ€™t wait to see what youโ€™ll make of your blog, iโ€™ll be here no matter what you change xx

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  2. Welcome back! I totally understand your hiatus and the reasons for it. I’m a senior in college and this semester has been really tough for me mentally too. I also actually just rebranded and changed my blog name from Downright Dystopian to Volumes and Voyages after taking a bit of a break. I’m excited to see how your rebrand goes, and good luck on changing your major!
    Krystianna @ Volumes and Voyages

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  3. Welcome back! And it’s true — if we are busy with other things we don’t necessarily miss the projects that don’t have too much of our time. I hope rebranding next year and making your blog more of a space you’re proud of and comfortable with will go well for you next year x I also really am looking forward to seeing what you do with it! Regardless of how busy I am, usually my reading stays round about the same. I think it just proves reading is something I need in my life ๐Ÿ™‚

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

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  4. Welcome back! Looking forward to your future contents. It’s good that you’re able to step back and prioritise yourself first. Be selfish when it comes to self care. I have been staying away from reading and blogging for a very long time and recently gotten back into it. Take things easily and you’ll be able to see your ideas developed into your contents. Good luck!

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  5. Welcome back! I totally get the need to rebrand. I recently rebranded because I realized my original brand wasn’t necessarily matching my content. It feels good to find a brand that works for you. I’m excited to see what you come up with!

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  6. Welcome back! Glad you’re doing what feels good for you in terms of taking a break from blogging when necessary and then coming back when it feels healthful. Good luck with the changing majors, I hope you find something you love!

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  7. I was internally panicking when I went to your blog and it was like ‘page not found’ but my feedly is updated now! I love that you’ve decided to change majors, I hope that it all went swimmingly and I’m so glad to have you back, I missed you! It sounds like you’re in a better place now and can’t wait to catch up on your posts!

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