Stepping Back This Month

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I know that many of you are no stranger to my frequent, smaller health hiatuses on this blog. They are a necessity. Lately though, they have not been enough and I am honestly struggling. And I am not going to spend any length troubling you with my current symptoms or trials (we all have our own).

I will say that I have made a difficult but necessary decision to step back for a more extended period of time. I apologize for not responding to comments here or on social media. It is best for me at this point to fully unplug and take some real time to focus on mental and physical health. I will reassess where I am at in the beginning of September.

Should you wish to connect with me, please email at booksvertigoandtea@gmail.com or message me on Instagram. These are the to methods of communication that seem to send me proper notifications. I will likely be avoiding all other social media, and I will not be commenting, visiting or posting during this time.

Thank you always for your beautiful support, encouragement and friendship ❤

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Blogging Life: The Challenges I Encounter With Discussion Posts

Discussion posts rank highly among my favorite aspects of the book and blogging community. They bring us together, offer insight and encourage..well discussion. Through them, we can learn a lot about one another and expand our own views. They can be a highly rewarding experience. But for me, they are not without their own set of challenges.

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The Challenges I Encounter With Discussion Posts

Insert my usual disclaimer: These are my own thoughts and experience, not intended to be advice or guidelines. I do not believe there is a right or wrong. Just do you.

Discussions, they are wonderful! And I will continue to present them and hopefully grow through the experience and improve not only as a blogger but as a person. I consider them to be one of the most beneficial aspects of the community. Afterall, we are all here to share common passions and hobbies. What better way to do so than through friendly talk and debate? But I have found that I am at times intimidated by the prospect of posting a new discussion. It is not something I openly admit, but sometimes I force myself to hit that schedule or publish button… It is easy to wear a mask of confidence behind this screen.

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So Why Do I Struggle At Times?

  • Coming up with original content is practically impossible in this sea swimming with millions of bloggers. Is my discussion still relevant? Do my viewers want to read it?
  • Tackling sensitive or personal issues is very important but challenging. I do hold that secret fear that I will unnecessarily offend or upset another (which is something I will never, ever intentionally do). I proofread discussion posts for hours to assure my point is clear and not offensive. But it can still happen. And I am still nervous every time I post.
  • Constructive debate and exploration of opposing views and thoughts are what discussion is all about. However, there is always that chance that someone will respond in a negative manner. It happens, but how do we handle it? I finally encountered this in last month in June, and I was floored and honestly, heartbroken. I attempted to apologize and steer the conversation back on track. I failed. So I simply stopped replying since I did not wish to block the commenter or encourage argumentative behavior. I am still not sure I handled this correctly? Is there a correct way?

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  • Is my point actually clear or am I rambling? I find it difficult to address topics that I feel strongly about without my post turning into a very winded and personal session. And I do not want this. I want it to remain open and encouraging for all opinions and viewers. I often worry that personal ramblings may come across as selfish or pointless.
  • Discussion posts tend to gain more views and shares than book reviews, tags, etc. I feel like I am really putting myself out there and it really intimidates me at times. I know this point might sound ridiculous because isn’t that the point of blogging? Yes, but there is still something about logging in to see a discussion post making all of the rounds that has me slightly on edge. I suppose I am sitting here reflecting on all of the above.

And there you have it. I am sure I could spend another hour rambling about my personal experiences with drafting, sharing and responding to my own discussion post but these are the biggest hurdles I encounter. Do you post discussion posts and if so, what are some of your own struggles? Maybe you have some personal advice or tips you can offer for myself or those who still encounter many challenges.

Let’s Chat,

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Sunday Sum~Up

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Happy Sunday! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend ❤ We are struggling a bit here as our air has been out for a few days and it is nearing 100°. So I am admittedly sluggish. My symptoms and heat do not mix well. I will be keeping this brief and returning to melting on the couch under the fan now circulating hot air.

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My next newsletter will be out this coming week if the heat does not slow me down. You can always sign up here if interested. It is still once a month at this time. I am not sure what else will happen on the blog this coming week as I am seriously behind and headed into a reading slump. I may have to set aside my current reads and reach outside of the box for some inspiration 😉


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What I Am Reading This Week

Ok, so I am mood reading and cannot settle on a title. But I really need to start Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. If anyone has an ARC and would be interested in a buddy read, please DM me on Twitter or Instagram. Or you can email me 🙂

seafireSeafire
By Natalie C. Parker

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After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

thedramateacherThe Drama Teacher
By Koren Zailckas

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Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York, her life complicated by the usual stressors and tedium—young children, marriage, money—and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But Gracie, underneath all that’s marked her life as average, has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been. And when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have.

Gracie learned from her manipulatively charming father how to steal identities in order to survive, and she eases back into her routine of lying and cheating with a wicked skillset and gritty resolve. Things begin to slip out of her control, though, when her web of deceit lands her a job as a private school drama teacher–a role that demands emotional honesty–and soon more questions about the truth of her past are raised, including all the ones she never meant to, or even knew to, ask.

Written with the style, energy, and penetrating insight that made her memoir Smashed a bestselling phenomenon, Koren Zailckas’s next novel confirms her growing reputation as a psychological novelist that can stand up to the best of them.


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Other Happenings

I watched nothing this week, which seems to be the current trend. My days were spent with plenty of thunderstorm and ocean sounds playing as I attempted to drown out some tinnitus and gain focus.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 
~Groucho Marx

What are you reading this week? Do you have a go-to genre for beating reading slumps?

Happy Reading,

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