No, you are not imagining things. HERE I AM! Staggering into your inbox!
No, I’m not dead, BUT YOU ALMOST WOULDN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE, WOULD YOU?
You might have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately and it’s time for an explanation . . . and a goodbye.
No, it’s not a GOODBYE goodbye. That was partially a clickbait title.
Sorry, guys. I tease: that’s what I do! Ahem. Now, allow me to sum up the situation.
In a nutshell, I’ve run myself into the ground. I’m fried – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This has probably been the hardest year I’ve had in a while, in regards to chronic pain and all the stuff that goes with that. Because of this, it’s become imperative that I change something, otherwise I’m going to lose it.
I pushed myself too hard in 2019 and now Certain Things have dug in their heels and cannot be ignored anymore.
It’s nothing that can’t be improved or fixed. Things just need to change. SO, that being said, it’s become necessary that I go to some extreme-ish lengths to rest and recuperate.
But don’t panic! (let’s just assume you panicked, all right?). I’m not disappearing ENTIRELY. Don’t be sad, my friend!
On to the details of what is changing for me!
SOCIAL MEDIA AND SUCH
Facebook / Twitter: Bye-bye for now.
While I enjoy seeing what’s happening with my friends, I feel like every time I log on these days I see something that upsets me in some way? I WILL be trying to post one a week on my Facebook author page with writing updates, writing-themed conversations and games, so I’d love to see you there!
Instagram: This is the one platform I will be active on . . . a little. I am going to try to post three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and I am alloting myself 15 to 30 minutes to scroll or comment on other people’s photos. I’m not going to be very active in my stories, though. So, three days of the week, I’ll be around on Instagram. Briefly.
You can have a private Instagram account just for stalking (I mean, following) people. There’s a couple of Goodreads friends that I’d really love to see there! Just saying . . .
Goodreads: Sorry, I’m not going to be on Goodreads much. Partially because I need the break and partially because every time I log onto Goodreads I invariably add more books to my TBR, WHICH MUST STOP.
So, if you are messaging me on Goodreads, it may be a while before I respond. I MIGHT be around on a few Saturday’s out of the month to catch up on messages, but no guarantees!
Email: You are welcome to email me but there are no guarantees when or if I’ll respond.
This new social media schedule isn’t necessarily going to be PERMANENT – just until the end of December, at least. At that point, I’ll take another look at my social media schedule.
Also, as a note, I am not going to be doing NaNoWrimo this year – too much pressure! As it turns out, I’ve already written almost 100,000 words this year, which is essentially like doing NaNoWrimo twice, so . . .
To all my friends doing NaNoWrimo . . . HAVE FUN AND BEST OF SUCCESS TO YOU! I’ll be cheering you on from afar!
And as a FINAL note (haha, I’m such a liar . . . ) I will be dropping more information about my upcoming publications and a few EXCITING WRITERLY ANNOUNCEMENTS on my AUTHOR WEBSITE’S BLOG PAGE or IN MY AUTHOR NEWSLETTER.
FUTURE BLOGGING SCHEDULE
I figured this would be a good(ish) time to take a partial break since a lot of people are going to be caught up in the holidays and NaNoWriMo. So, for the next few months, I am going to be posting only twice a month instead of four times a month. Four times a month is just no longer possible at this time.
*how I feel trying to keep up my normal blogging schedule*
To be perfectly honest, it has felt good not to have the constant pressure of having to post every week. I love blogging and don’t plan on stopping, but it was creating some pressure for me and it’s been a relief to have some of that pressure alleviated.
ANYWAY, here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store!
The Best Reads of 2019: 3rd Quarter: The consensus is still in favor of me posting these mini reviews, so you’re getting another one!
A Handful of Nutshells: (a recap of everything that happened in October and November).
10 Things I Want For Christmas and Probably Won’t Get. This will be the fourth year in a row that I’ve done this zany post. I have to do it!
10 Christmas Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard of. I would be willing to make a small wager that there will be at least one movie on this list that NONE of you have ever heard of before.
The Best Reads of 2019 – 4th Quarter: Every once in a while, you DO get what you want.
A Handful of Nutshells: A recap of everything that happened in December and January. Are you tracking with me this new Nutshell deal?
A Baker’s Dozen of Heart: My Top Favorite OTP’s. You may be surprised by what you find in this post!
Q & A Vlog: *muffled excited noises*
THAT’S RIGHT. I am going to do a Q & A video! Hopefully something fun like that will make up for my extended leave of partial absence?
So this means . . . ASK ME ALL YOUR QUESTIONS!
I already have a page of hilarious, quirky, insightful, and all-together intriguing questions from several of my chums, but I’d love to add a few more to the pile!
– SOME PARTING THOUGHTS –
For all the newer followers of Allison’s Well – *pauses a moment to beam fondly*
Here is a round-up of some of my favorite blog posts for you lovely people! When you’re missing my posts (or me – I’m not picky), take a moment to browse some of my blogging highlights all located and categorized in one convenient place for your perusing pleasure!
If you’re doing NanoWrimo, you might find this post helpful! (yes, I know it’s for Camp Nano, but it’s good advice for any month-long writing project and, if nothing else, should give you a laugh) It’s called How To Survive Camp Nano!
If you’d like to read some of my FICTION, I do have a piece of flash fiction published right here on my blog that you just possibly might not have read yet! Hope for the Holidays – A Short Story.
Funny Blog Posts –
Writing Themed Blog Posts –
Nostalgic Blog Posts –
Inspirational Blog Posts –
Thanks for your patience in sticking through this rambly blog post, guys! The long and short of it is I have to seriously pull back from the world, alleviate unnecessary pressure, and just relax in general.
Even though I am departing from your midst (in a sense) I do hope you’ll stick around! Thank you so much to every single one of you who has followed me all these years and made my days brighter with every comment and message!
Even though I need the break, I’M GOING TO MISS YOU GUYS. But it will make all the times we do chat even sweeter.
But, even if we’re not chatting, remember that you are in my prayers and thoughts! God bless!