LET’S TALK ABOUT BLOGGING AND MENTAL HEALTH

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new discussion, in which I chat with you guys about how our mental health can affect our blogging!

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So, just to preface I have extreme anxiety and I had depression from the age of 11 to 17 so I know a bit about mental health. I also run a blog (duh) and I’ve noticed over the past year, how my grossass anxiety has been affecting how often I post on my blog and also how I feel about them before and after they go live.

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So recently I finished high school, so my anxiety has been fluctuating from barely there to do not get out of bed or you’ll get run over by a bus. Because of this, I have not been prepping as many blog posts, just putting them in my drafts to gather dust.

I find that my outlook towards blogging always counts the most towards whether or not I ever get anything done. If I’m in a good mood I might feel good enough and have enough of a clear mind to dedicate a day to writing reviews and then I try to blog for all of the next day and then I will give myself a day off.

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So, how does my mental health effect my blog?

  • It affects my outlook on life in general and my attitude towards blogging.
  • It affects what I talk about: Is it relevant? Am I ranting? Is it a lacklustre blog post?The tone of my posts can differ depending on how bad my anxiety is for the day
  • Do I write a discussion or a tag?
  • I generally feel more inclined to blog and talk about books when I’m in a lighter mood. On these days I don’t feel obligated to blog and I will probably write a tv chats post or a recommendations post.

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So, does blogging and mental health correlate for you? Does the way you’re feeling affect the quality of your content, or whether you even post anything?

I think, for me, my mood will always determine the quality of my blog posts and then how I communicate you guys. If I’m not, feeling it, then I might not answer comments for a month or two, which has definitely been known to happen. I also might avoid social media and might just rewatch tv shows and ignore my responsibilities.

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Does mental health affect your blogging?

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HOW I FEEL ABOUT JOHNNY DEPP IN THE FANTASTIC BEASTS FRANCHISE+ Introducing HP Discussions

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a Harry Potter discussion talking about the casting of the character of Gelert Grindlewald. This is my first post in my new series.  Next year I will be re-reading all of the HP novels so I thought I would create a new feature, in which I discuss my thoughts and feelings about the Potterverse. The topics I discuss with you guys will be ones I really want to talk about like why I like or dislike a certain character and how I feel about the movies vs the books.

**Obviously, there will be spoilers for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise within these talks

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So…as most of you probably already know, Johnny Depp was cast as Gellert Grindelwald way back in 2016 and the Harry Potter (and pretty much everyone else) had something to say about it. At the time Fantastic Beasts was arriving at the cinema, Johnny Depp was being accused of domestic abuse by his then wife. And as a lot more scandals are being revealed around more famous people like Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein, who have both lost gigs because of this, are wondering why Johnny Depp’s role as Grindelwald has not been re-cast.

HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT THIS DECISION?

Honestly, I think that anyone accused of any kind of assault should not be cast in tv or film, no matter how big or small the project is. I know I am definitely not alone in this opinion, with a large portion of internet-goers agreeing with me, whether they care about the film franchise or not. Is this fair to the actors? How far could this rule go?

I honestly don’t know but I am not here for actors being rewarded for assault, while fantastic unknown actors who have never assaulted (and would never dream of assaulting) a person go unnoticed.

However, there is still a few (I have only seen a couple) of people who still believe that Depp should be allowed to stay in the role. I don’t begrudge them this, if they don’t have a problem with him in the role then that’s up to them, but I just don’t agree.

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Do you have any HP topics you want to me to discuss in this new feature? How do you feel about Johnny Depp’s casting?

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DO WE PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON OURSELVES?

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new discussion, in which I discuss blogging pressures!

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FULL-TIME BLOGGING

I’m pretty sure that most of us on here are full-time bloggers, at least I know that I am one. By full-time blogger, I mean that we post regularly, answer comments and still manage to pay attention to the posts coming in on our reader.

Being a full-time blogger myself, I know that it can be quite daunting knowing that I should have at least one post up per week (according to my anxiety-inducing schedule inside my head) and that I should have my posts up by a certain time each day.

So, my question here is, why do we put all this pressure on ourselves? Because I feel like our followers would be chill with a hiatus and would understand if we didn’t put up a post along with our usual schedules. So why do we put the pressure on ourselves?

I don’t know why I do it, to be honest, but I know that my anxiety certainly plays a big part in it, also stats have really started to bug me lately so there’s always that.

KEEPING IT COOL (AS A CUCUMBER) & STAYING RELEVANT

I find that’s also hard to keep my cool (especially when it comes to stats) a lot of the time, especially around school exam time (which is now over haha suck it high school).

What I struggle with most on my blog is remaining calm about whether or not my posts are relevant and whether or not they actually make sense. I try to split my posts up into sections which is what the pink writing is for, but sometimes I just don’t make sense to myself or I’m really tired and then posts like this happen.

WHY AM I NOT READING RIGHT NOW?

I think the main thing for most of us though, is that as book bloggers we feel like we should always be reading, and this really doesn’t help if we’re in a reading slump (*cough* like I am now*).

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DO WE PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON OURSELVES??? 

I think the short answer is yes, we do. But, I think as the year goes on and as we get more comfortable with our blog and our followers, we end to care slightly less about whether our posts go up at the exact right time. That being said, I don’t think that the blogging pressure and stress ever fully goes away.

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How do you handle blogging pressure? Does the pressure ever go away?

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WHY IS BLOGGING SO STRESSFUL & HOW DO WE DEAL WITH IT?

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with a discussion post. Originally I was going to share my favourite of the month but honestly, I think I’m falling out of love with them and I don’t feel like forcing myself to write a blog post that I don’t enjoy writing and that you guys don’t read. 

Anyway, so today I am talking about blogging pressure. It’s a problem we all face and we all stress about it, no matter whether we want to. I know I’ve been facing it a lot lately, and so I thought I might talk about it with you guys!

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THE READING PROBLEM

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It doesn’t matter what type of blog you have, every blog has a main theme and criteria that sort of pertains to it. If you’re a life or health blogger you have to eat lettuce, if you’re a movie blogger, you have to actually watch movies, and I am primarily a book blogger so, I have to read, right?

I’m sure I could get away with not reading a single book for a while, maybe even a year if I just did tags and discussions, but where’s the fun in that?

BOOKS I WANT TO READ BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO

fridges antsDaughter of the Burning City Gap Year in Ghost Town All My Friends Are Superheroes Rocket Raccoon, Vol. 1: A Chasing Tale 27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY // GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN // ALL MY FRIENDS ARE SUPERHEROES // ROCKET RACCOON // 27 HOURS

I’m a book blogger so of course, I love reading, but in order to be “up to date” with discussions I have to have read all the books, but I feel like this is an unattainable goal, for me at least. I generally only read 3-5 books a month, with a bunch of comics sprinkled in there, but I’ve found that generally the books I read are either arcs or they’re books I’m still catching up on from the past 5 years.

I know this is pretty obvious and that everybody says it, but I used to read a hell of a lot more than I do know that I blog. Now, I do my homework, write a blog post and go to bed. I don’t read until I fall asleep, blogging has turned me into a very different person. I now take a book with me absolutely everywhere – physical, ebook (phone and kindle) and audio, I am prepared. I mainly read on the bus to school and in my breaks, I don’t have the luxury of reading before bed because I am too tired for that. On top of school, being social and work I now have to write blog posts and don’t get me wrong, I love my blog and you guys are all awesome, but running a blog can be stressful. I mean, I love it and definitely won’t be stopping anytime soon, but damn, for a book blogger, I really don’t read that much.

Do you guys ever feel like you’re running out of time? The month starts and you have these high hopes and you’re all excited to read all the books and then before you know it it’s going into the next month and you haven’t written the reviews you were meant to and wow, now I have 3 assignments and you’ve read like, one book.

Not to mention the slumps, and that talking about the same books all the time can be really boring and frustrating. Also, I feel like sometimes book blogging can come with some criteria, but it’s different for each blogger. I feel like there is this underlying pressure to buy books or binge borrow from the library. I started seriously blogging this year, and this has to be the biggest year for book buying for me. Since June, I have had a haul every month, which to me is completely ridiculous, since last year I bought something like 10 books, probably less if I’m honest.
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HOW DO WE DECREASE THE PRESSURE OF BLOGGING?

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Honestly, I really don’t think there’s much you can do. The only thing I can really suggest is that you take a chill pill, go have a sleep and figure out what’s more important – blogging or your mental health. You could figure out a schedule or post less each week, or you could take a break from blogging. Whether it’s one day or one month, a break is healthy and it’s okay if you need to take one. If you need to focus on other things, whether that be school/ work or your mental health then you should do that Blogging is time-consuming and depending on what you’re writing it takes a fair bit of concentration and creativity.

Pretty much, the only solution I have come up with so far is to just take a break, just do it and come back when you’re ready, whether that be the next week or the next year.

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Do you suffer from blogging pressure? How do you deal with it?

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SHOULD WE RECOMMEND BOOKS WE HAVEN’T READ IN A WHILE?

Hey guys, me again with another discussion!

The other day I was writing a recommendations post, when it sort of hit me, the books I was talking about were books I hadn’t read in years. I mean, as a blogger I really enjoy being able to recommend books to people and share my feelings and point of view on certain books. But should we be recommending books when we haven’t read them in years? Should we be recommending books when we barely even remember the plot or the main character’s name?

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BOOKS I RECOMMEND ALL THE TIME

Above are some books I tend to recommend pretty regularly. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that I enjoyed these books when I read them. But, that was maybe 3 or 4 years ago and I know that, in that time I have changed as a reader. I’ve gotten older and my reading tastes have changed. I read high fantasy now and enjoy non-fiction novels, whereas when I read these books I had never read either genre before. So basically, what I want to talk about today is this. Should we, as bloggers and as part of the reading community, recommend and discuss books that we haven’t read in a while?

I’m going to narrow it down to books we haven’t read in over 4 years. Because as we all know, a lot can change in that time.

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RECENT BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I RECOMMEND

It shows a lack of originality, and makes it seem as though I haven’t been reading.

How do I know if the book is still as good as I remember, after all I read Anna when I was 12, so how do I know if I would still enjoy it today? I don’t, because I haven’t read it in over 5 years, therefore, by default how can I properly recommend it to you guys?

WHY DO WE TEND TO RECOMMEND THE SAME BOOKS?

Another thing I wanted to discuss with you guys is this: why do we not recommend new books?

Is it because we just get so used to talking about the same books that we barely even need to think about what we’re typing?

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Do you recommend the same books? How do you break the habit?

What books do you recommend more often than not?

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DNFing Books| Yay or Nay?

Everyone has their own view on DNFing books. Some will dnf within the first fifty pages and some just can’t dnf a book. Either way, I’m going to talk about my dnf views today.

One Man GuyNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

One Man Guy        //      Nevernight       //      Kiss of Deception     //      Hollow City

Have I Always DNF'd Books?

I haven’t always Dnf’d books, I used to be one of those readers who refused to leave a book unfinished. However, in the last few years I have stated DNFing books, I rarely finish a book I haven’t been enjoying.

Honestly, I just don’t see the point in continuing a book I have not been enjoying. I see it as a complete waste of time to continue with a book I know I don’t like.

Do I DNF Arcs?

So far in my reviewing experience I have only dnf’d one arc – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I expect that in the future, I will probably dnf more arcs as well. I generally try not to dnf books, especially arcs but if I’m disliking a book so much that I can’t even finish one that I’m supposed to review then I really don’t see the point in continuing.

Why Do I DNF?

I try to avoid DNFing books but sometimes I just can’t stomach continuing a novel. Sometimes, in the case of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell I read it purely with the intention of writing a scathing and angry review. Whereas, with other books like One Man Guy I literally hated reading the book so much that I stopped 40 pages short of finishing it.

I often try to avoid DNFs by being more particular about the books I read – I only read a book if it sounds interesting to me, has good reviews and I genuinely want to read it. If I’ve read at least two books by any particular author and I disliked both then I immediately quit the author. This was the case for Ransom Riggs, Claudia Gray and Jay Kristoff.

 

Do you DNF books or do you stick it out to the end?


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THE HYPE

Past Discussions: SEX IN YA // Deciding What to Read // ILLUMINAE TO BE A FILM???

Okay, so we all suffer from the hype, right? I don’t know which is why I wanted to talk about it. I know that some people may suffer from different aspects of the hype, some people might be about to start reading the book but get distracted and then the hype gets to them and bam, it’s been a year and they haven’t picked it up yet!

Does the hype make you want to read the books? 

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)  Falling Kingdoms  (Falling Kingdoms, #1)  The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

Snow Like Ashes; Falling Kingdoms; The Black Prism – hyped books I want to read

First of all I want to start off with the main question; does the hype influence your decision about reading a book? 

I know that it certainly influences me. I mainly hear about new books on Goodreads and BookTube, and because of that I mostly seem to only here about the hyped books. Don’t get me wrong these sites are really great and I’m on them almost every day. However, they seem to mainly talk about the same books. At the moment Goodreads is talking a lot about A Conjuring of Light which is fine, I mean it just came out but it seems like along with Strange The Dreamer, everyone is reading it. 

Above, I’ve put three books that have been on my Goodreads tbr shelf for at least a year, The Black Prism only made it to the TBR in 2016 but the other two have been there for years, probably around the time I learnt about BookTube. I want to read them, in fact I own Snow Like Ashes, however, because they’re so popular I have shyed away from them. They sounds amazing, but the hype has really gotten to me. 

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)  Moby-Dick  You

A Darker Shade of Magic; Moby Dick; You – hyped books I need to be in the right mood for

The next sort of, big thing for me, personally as someone who is definitely effected by the hype is whether or not I’m actually in the mood for the book. It’s all well and good for a book you’ve been excited for to come out but what if you buy it and then you then find that you’re really not in the mood for the genre or the writing. 

The thing is you think you’re safe but then over time other people start to read it and then everyone loves it and everyone is giving it 5 stars and you get intimidated. What if I don’t love it? Will the mob find me if I give it a bad review? This is my favourite author, I’m going to love it, right? 

Sequel Releases

The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)  Consequences: Opal & Origin (Lux, #3-4)  The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

The Eternity Code; Consequences; The Wise Man’s Fear – Hyped series sequels I still haven’t read

Here’s the big thing, sequels. You loved the first book and now book two is out and you swear you’re going to read it but there’s this other book that you’re already reading and ohmygod that New Rick Riordan book is coming out and you swear you’ll get to it in a few days and oh what’s that, yeah it’s been a year and the third book is coming out in a month and you swear you’re going to read it and yeah, fourty years have past and you still haven’t read book two. 

Are there books you've been putting off because of the hype?

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  We Are the Ants  The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)

Six of Crows; We Are the Ants; The Foxhole Court – hyped books I’m putting off

I feel like this is probably the main factor in my hype problem. A book just sounds too good or everyone is talking about it and it kind of puts you off. I own two it the above books and yet I still haven’t picked them up. I’ve had The Foxhole Court on my Kindle for over a year and I have heard nothing but good things about it, so why haven’t I picked it up? Because I don’t want to be let down by the hype. I have never heard anything negative about the series, there are Tumblr accounts dedicated to it and it seems to have a really cool character group.

Does the hype effect you? Are there any books you haven’t read because of the hype?

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