What Happened in September and my Plans Moving Forward

Hello there!

I know, it’s been so long and I’ve disappeared from my blog, but I have a good explanation and if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me announce a small hiatus there.

That’s the thing about blogs, you can’t really just jump in and make a two liner post about going on hiatus. Anyway, I feel like I owe you all an explanation plus I wanted to discuss some of my future plans for this blog and my blogging schedule. Enough of babbling, let’s get started!

What Happened in September and my Plans Moving Forward

So, a lot went down in September. I remember up till September I was just extremely happy with my blog, quite possibly the happiest I’ve ever been. This was mostly because I was loving the content that I put out. I enjoyed writing it, I wasn’t running out of ideas and most of all, I was happy to see everyone else enjoy my content too. I guess I got happy a little too soon…

Girl saying ‘I shouldn’t have said that’

September was the month my new semester started and I knew that online classes would suck the life out of me but I guess I didn’t realise how exhausted I would be left. Normal university is hard for me because in order to do a double major and a creative writing minor I have to take five courses at the minimum, every semester. I’ll probably do a more detailed post on my university plans and classes, but what I mean to say is that while university can be taxing as it is, zoom university is worse.

I am constantly on my laptop.

Literally every waking second I’m either in a class or meetings or group projects or just writing my assignments. There came a time when I absolutely hated looking at my laptop so I simply couldn’t associate the fun blogging part with my laptop. Long story short, I didn’t have the energy or the motivation to blog.

That’s why I decided to go on an indefinite hiatus.

I didn’t know how long it would be before I would be back here but then I absolutely had to come and write this post because the truth is, I miss blogging. I’ve been collecting more and more ideas in the last month and even right now, my fingers are flying over the keyboard because I’m so excited to be back!

Yup, I’m definitely back. But the problem remains that my university workload is still as intensive as ever. So what do I do?

Girl holding up a finger and saying ‘Shh! Let me think’

I’m absolutely not giving up on blogging. I’m going to start to schedule more and more blog posts in the pockets of time I get for myself. I especially have my mid-semester break coming up very soon so I’m really excited to just spend a whole week reading and writing 🙂

I’ve never had a set blogging schedule but I try to publish about 2-3 posts every week and I know for a fact that I can’t keep up with that, at least until November. So my current plan is to go with a pace of one post a week and maybe 2 if I’m feeling up for it.

What’s most important is that I want to let myself write but not push it so far that I get burned out. I tend to have an all or nothing approach with life and sometimes when I put my everything into projects I burn out so I’m really trying to not get to that stage this time.

So yeah, you can expect to see more posts from me this month and hopefully I’ll be able to settle into a stable schedule soon enough.

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who reached out to me and told me to take this break and not stretch myself too thin. I love you all 🙂

If you are a student, how do you juggle school or college with blogging?

Are you able to judge when you’re nearing burnout?

What’s your blogging schedule and are you happy with it?

22 thoughts on “What Happened in September and my Plans Moving Forward

  1. I’m so so SO sympathetic! School can really consume your time even in a normal year, let alone a time like this where everything is such an exhausting mess. Your plan sounds great, and I hope it all goes well for you. I send many many good thoughts.

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  2. I’m glad you took a break and hope it was good for you! Online classes do suck and 5 courses a semester sounds like a lot, I’m struggling with just 4 😦
    I’m really excited that you’re back tho, and I just want to say I’m here in case you need to vent about college and classes and Zoom
    Take care!

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    • Haha yes, 4 is a decent number and since you’ve just started I can imagine. Aww thank you so much ❤ And of course you can come to me anytime if you need help with the courses or Ashoka in general 😊

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  3. I can relate so much to school completely knocking down your time for doing things outside of studies. Granted, I’ve been on a self-imposed break from uni myself for the last few months. Between struggling to find my passion for college and dealing with health things that took priority, I just haven’t had the mental fortitude to dedicate to school. I’ve been toying with the idea of returning to uni and studying subjects that make me happy versus make others happy (i.e. my parents lol), but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely horrified by the dedication to studies and exhaustion that shall take a toll on me physically and mentally. It’s the only thing that’s kept me from re-applying. All that being said, I think breaks are a necessary part of life, especially if one is a content creator with tons of other life stuff happening. Taking that space to rejuvenate and relax and doing whatever else is necessary to feel healthier emotionally and mentally is a big act of self-care. I’m glad you were able to do that. I hope that your classes slow down a little bit so you’re not so overwhelmed. I wish you all the best in your endeavours! I know you can kick total butt. 🙂

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    • I really hope your physical health only gets better from now on! I would definitely suggest not rejoining until things are in person at the very least cause online classes are more distracting. Thankfully my parents are letting me do what makes me happy but I’m still trying to figure that out 🙂
      Thank you so much for your faith in me, Shāfiya 😘

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  4. I just graduated thankfully so I don’t have to deal with an online semester plus blogging. But I have been working from home since March and it is not helpful to stare at a screen and use my brain all day. It took me a long time to find a new routine that worked, because my previous one worked well only when college was there.

    I definitely suggest taking time off and resting, especially your eyes. Try audiobooks or podcasts so that you still feel like you’re doing something productive (if you’re like me haha). But blogging is not a priority. We’ll always be here but we’ll be glad to see your content only when you’re up for it 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment! Ah congrats on graduating! I totally get what you mean regarding a change of routine since something similar had happened when I shifted from school to college. Oh yes, I love listening to my audiobooks when I go for a walk of paint. Just keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t get thicker glasses though 😂

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  5. Welcome back! I definitely remember the challenge of balancing blogging and university. That point about always being on a computer was really hard for me as well. Often I just took mini-hiatuses whenever I needed them. It sounds like you have a good plan going forward. My advice would be to 1) remember what’s important in the moment – it’s not always going to be blogging and 2) remember that blogging should be enjoyable. It’s okay to take a break if it’s not working for you 🙂 Good luck going forward with everything!

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    • Thank you so much for your advice, it definitely makes sense. I think I used to be worse at this in the past in the sense that I would make myself blog even when I wasn’t completely up for it. But I’ve definitely been growing in that area, don’t want blogging to be anything but fun for me 😊

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  6. Aaah I’ve missed you on your blog so much but also I’m glad you took a break because your health and mental health is more important ❤ For me I used to post like three times a week (not sure if you remember) but these days I'm content and happy, posting once a week. It gives me time to work on the post, making sure it's one I'm proud of etc etc that being said, I'm not always on the laptop. However I do work and I've been doing more this past month, it's definitely been enjoyable but it's left me feeling drained when I get back home. I have no energy to do much of anything so I've had to restructure my days…when I'm able to get up early xD I would say that your plans sound solid but I would also suggest maybe reflecting back on your last few weeks, try and see where/when you felt like you had energy to do things.

    For example, I know in the mornings I'm more focused and can work on course related stuff then and even blog stuff if I want to before work. After work I know I'm likely to be drained, so I'll probably be catching up on YouTube content. However come evening/night I sometimes have the urge to write blog posts or just write/journal/read it really depends, my creative energy tends to be more receptive later on in the day. So I could format posts in the morning/edit them but I often write a lot of them in the afternoon/evening or at the weekends now.

    Also just…rest. Like I don't even want to imagine how heavy your workload for uni is but it's ok for your blog to not be your priority. It's ok to prioritise yourself, your mental health, do self care and just take some time out for yourself instead of thinking that pocket time needs to be for blog stuff. Anyhoo I love you and your blog millions ❤

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    • Clo! You’re absolutely the sweetest, thank you so much for this wonderful comment ❤
      Yes, I've absolutely been reflecting on my time distribution and I think I work best in the morning but I usually have morning classes so when uni starts again I might just shift back to writing during the mornings when I don't have classes and then formatting can be done in the evenings.
      I did notice your posts are less frequent but they're like amazing quality and I'm glad you're giving yourself time to rest and the energy to write as well ❤ :*

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