Reflecting on 2 Years and Temporarily Hitting Pause

Thank You & BRB

One of my favourite bands have a song called “This Isn’t Goodbye, It’s BRB” and that kind of explains the situation perfectly.

I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be starting this blog 2 years ago. I never even expected to start reading again. I won’t bore you with that story for the 50th time, but this whole journey was so incredibly spur of the moment. There was zero planning. I had NO IDEA what I was doing (confession: I still don’t) and I literally winged easily the first year or so of my blogging life (confession 2: I still am).

I’ve been part of online communities since 2004 and there’s only been two places where I felt like I truly belonged and that was during the LiveJournal era and then again when I started this book blog.

I thought I would maybe occasionally post a review. I never expected to meet so many wonderful people. I am so honoured and grateful to call some of you friends. You are all such beautiful, wonderful people and I can not thank you enough for making the past 2 years of my life absolutely amazing.

I feel really proud with what I’ve managed to accomplish with this blog. I’ve almost reached 1000 followers. I’ve worked with publishers like Pan Macmillan and Bloomsbury. Something that still blows my mind. Despite being consistently inconsistent I’m really proud of the effort and work I’ve put into this blog and if you’re reading this I know you probably already have a blog but if for some reason you don’t and you’re thinking of starting one then this is your sign to do it. 

I wish I could do some more in depth post with really cool stats and graphs and charts and analysis, but I’m tired and that brings us into the second part of things.

I’m taking a break.

I wish I could say for how long, but I honestly have no idea.

My life has been completely turned upside down in the past six months. I thought I was going to be homeless and then once we had a house a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders only for my entire family to fall apart. I won’t go into details because you guys don’t need to be bored with me being whiny. My parents split up in a way that was not mutual or tidy. My family is currently split up all over the place and my mum hasn’t spoken to me in over a month and I don’t even know why. I’m currently staying with family, but it’s temporary and there’s just not really a space for me have a consistent blogging schedule. I tried so hard, but there is just too much going on.

Whenever things decide to settle down I will more than likely be continuing with this blog. I love it too much to quit all together. I definitely still plan on reading and buying books (rip my bank account) and maybe I’ll post a wrap up or haul every now and again??? I just know I won’t be able to put in the effort I want to with this blog currently so it’s why I’m taking a break. The past six months I’ve felt like I’ve posted more “Hiatus” announcements than actual REAL content and I’m not happy with that at all. Not to mention I know I won’t be able to read your guys posts or reply to comments and I’d feel so bad that I wouldn’t be an active part of the community.

I’ll still be on Twitter (just be prepared for lots of bands Tweets 😂)! So please feel free to give me a follow over there so we can still chat about things. I have a non-bookish Instagram here and my Goodreads is here if you want to keep up with what I’m reading!

I won’t make this post go on forever because there’s not much else to say, really. I can’t thank you all enough for making the past 2 years some of the greatest of my life. 

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15 thoughts on “Reflecting on 2 Years and Temporarily Hitting Pause

  1. Ohh Lauren, I’m so sorry you’re going through this – it sounds very stressful and upsetting, and I am sending you all the love and positive vibes hoping that things will get better for you. I completely understand you wanting to take a break, and although we will miss you, you need to do what is right for you 100%. Also, you should be very proud of all you have achieved with your blog, it’s fantastic and so are you! Sending hugs xxx

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  2. I’m sending you so much love and positive thoughts, Lauren! I agree with the book community. When I started my blog, I had no idea how nice it would be to find a community that is so accepting and in which I find so much comfort. But your personal life and mental health will always be more important. I’ve taken a blogging break before too, when my personal life became so hectic that I really couldn’t imagine adding blogging on top of it. We will always be here, when you are ready to return (and obviously I’ll still see you on Twitter). Take the break you need. I hope everything will turn out okay for you ❤

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  3. Lauren, I’m so glad you created a blog and that we found each other. I love having someone who is also Waterparks trash, like me. If you ever need someone to talk to, I’m definitely here for you! 🙂 If you need a break, you need a break. Focus on yourself, blogging will always be here!

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  4. I’m sending you loads of love, hugs if you want them and loads of positive thoughts ❤ ❤ I hope that things will get better for you and that you will manage to settle down and that things will be, well, a bit calmer for you soon ❤ I'll miss you a lot and I am thrilled to have met you thanks to blogging, you're one of the sweetest souls ❤ Sending you all the love ❤ ❤

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  5. Lauren I am so so sorry about everything you’re going through. ❤️ I’m sending you lots of love and I really hope things get sorted out soon.
    I’m glad you still love blogging, and that this isn’t goodbye forever, but take as much time as you need because it sounds like everything is very up in the air for you at the moment and you know we’ll still all be here when you’re back blogging again. 🙂 ❤️
    I felt the same way you did when I reached my two-year blogiversary. It’s a truly wonderful community and I never imagined all those years ago I’d have something like this I loved so much! 🙂
    Again, sending you much love and all my best wishes! 🙂 ❤️

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  6. Lauren, I am so so sorry love about your situation. You know how much I wish we didn’t live across the world from one another so I can give you proper hugs and be there for you. My DM is always open, email, my phone number if you ever want to whatsapp or anything.
    We’ll be waiting for you to return lovely. You are so so strong, never doubt that and you’ve done so much and given so much up for your family. It’s a struggle but I know you will pull through this.
    Keep your head up lovely xxx

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  7. Sorry to hear about your troubles, Lauren, I hope everything settles soon. Sending you all the love and hugs and take all the time you need. ❤
    You have been one of my first followers and have always been one of my absolute favorite bloggers and I'll definitely still be following you on Twitter because you're a wonderful person and I for one also love your band tweets 🙂


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