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Confession: I Don't Feel Like Reading Your Blog

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It just hit me today that school starts in three weeks. Count 'em: one, two, three. O.O So here's the thing: I don't usually do stress in big, obvious ways like chugging a pint of Ben & Jerry's. I do stress in little, sneaky ways that I don't always realize are stress-related until I really stop and think about it. But I'm thinking about it now, and the best way I've found to deal with stress--besides praying like my sanity depends on it (because it does)--is to be honest. To objectively evaluate why I'm doing (or avoiding) stuff and what I want to change.

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I feel like a traitor as a blogger saying this, but I don't feel much like reading other blogs right now. It's seriously, completely me, not you. See, it's not that I don't want to read your posts. I do. I am still interested and want to read lots of blog posts. But I don't feel like doing it. Right now, blog reading feels like work. Sad, but true. Partly because I feel like I should read in detail so I can leave a thoughtful comment. It doesn't take long to do that once or twice, but I procrastinate, and I'm busy with other stuff; and once it builds up into a backlog of 50, I procrastinate even more and just don't want to deal with it.

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Here's my solution: I'm giving myself permission to ignore blog posts I'm not super excited about, and I'm giving myself permission to read posts without commenting. I love giving and getting comments, and I still hope to comment a bit, because I love interacting with the blog community. But I don't want one more thing to worry and feel guilty about.

My head's not in the game, and that's okay. No High School Musical pep talk necessary.

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I already knew blogging would take backseat to school come fall, and it makes sense that other parts of blogging life have to be trimmed back, too. In retrospect, it was silly to think otherwise; and now that I've realized I only have three weeks of freedom left, I'm re-prioritizing. There are a few things on my summer to-do list that need doing before the first day of class. :)

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  1. LOL girl. There are a lot of blogs where I'm like o.o I'm not sure if your blog is one for me. There is this one blogger who comments on my blog ALL THE TIME and I feel SO BAD because her blog doesn't interest me at all. It's not book-based, which is totally fine! But her posts don't interest unfortunately :/ I love her comments but I'm just not into what she blogs about and can never really find something to say! Like, I'm sorry but... I'm probably not your target audience.

    In any case, I totally understand the feeling that some blog posts should probably be skipped! Heck, I'm so behind on my Bloglovin feed sometimes, but a lot of posts are formulaic (which I am guilty of, with WoW posts and STS posts), or just not terribly interesting. And as you said, with summer ending/school starting soon, it's hard to do everything! It's a struggle O_O

    Anyway. Fabulous post, Kel!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I'm usually okay ignoring or bypassing blogs that don't interest me, but I feel bad when I'm neglecting blogs I like where I normally post lots of comments. :/ Still, school or commenting? School. And at least there are some ways to still give the post some love like tweeting a link. Thank you, Alyssa! :)

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  2. Honestly? If it's a question of school or commenting on blogs, pick school! *grins* I don't think any of us are going to have a problem with you picking school over other things. (And if people do, they're crazy. And NOT in the good way!)

    Do what makes you happy and less stressed. School is a big enough stress all on it's own without adding other things. We'll all be here once you surface again.

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    1. Aww, you guys are great! I wanted to do a little post so I didn't just disappear into the black hole of school with no warning, but definitely school and breathing and other important things over commenting. ;)

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  3. I do this too Kel and it's something I know I do. If I'm feeling just a little iffy and don't know why, I can figure it out by the posts I want to read, or don't want to read, and it's great for me, and bad for other people. Luckily today, I'm feeling SUPER TALKATIVE to people I'd usually shy away from, or just people in general, so today is a good day. I guess the thing to do would be to either take time away and unstress yourself, OR, surround yourself with bloggers you always want to read. I do the latter personally. This is great and personal though Kel, really great! :)

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I'm always finding more posts I want to read. Here's hoping the time to read them presents itself! :)

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  4. I so understand, I can totally relate. I have fallen behind on replying to comments, writing reviews, ect and then I have to remember that I do the blog primarily for me! Do what makes you happy and fits into your schedule!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Thank you, Missie! The guilt is still there in the background, but I'm working hard to remember this is fun, this is fun, the world will not end if I do not write a post or a comment. ;)

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  5. Don't feel any guilt! Blogging, both writing your own and reading others, is supposed to be enjoyable! Make it fit into your life where and when you can! I hope all these wonderful comments can help convince you ;)

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    1. Oh don't worry; the guilt is quickly being eclipsed by pain and soreness. ;) (Part of the end of summer included hitting tennis balls and starting Zumba.) Thanks for the support, Alyssa!

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  6. You should never feel guilty about this, and certainly not like a traitor! As soon as you start feeling that way, you need to take a step back and remind yourself that this is supposed to be fun - it shouldn't feel like work!

    I cannot possibly read every post of every blog I follow, and if I tried, I know it would make me feel burned out. This one of yours, however, caught my eye, and I thought, "I've got to read that," so here I am. :)

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    1. Thanks, Steph! You're right. If it feels like work, I'm probably doing it wrong. ;) Oddly enough, freeing myself from the "responsibility" of reading/commenting on other blogs has jump-started some motivation to write more blog posts before school starts. :D

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  7. Blogging does feel a wee bit like a chore sometimes, doesn't it, especially the social etiquette of commenting back etc. Your life is definitely WAY more important and I hereby give you the ultimate right to ignore my blog should you so wish ;) ! Look after yourself first and foremost, the internet is definitely not leaving any time soon.

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    1. Thanks, Aentee! Let the ignoring begin! Not really, but it's nice to have the option. ;) And you're completely right: the internet isn't going anywhere. It may become more heavily regulated and/or collapse under the weight of cat videos, but it will still be there. :)

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