When I made the announcement back in May 2015 that I was going to take a step back from Mind Reader, I genuinely didn’t think two years would pass by. Seriously. I simply thought that a few months off would do the trick, but I truly underestimated my feelings. I really had too much on my plate—and I am one of those people with little patience—so, when I had too much going on in my personal life on one side, and was taking too much sh*t from authors on the other, I just lost it.
After that, I think I didn’t pick up a book for several months. I’d just had enough, and didn’t want to do anything remotely related to books. Instead, I began watching videos on YouTube, playing games, and basically do anything else.
I got passionate about YouTubers, and thought it would be cool to start my own YT gaming channel. That’s a lot of hard work, so I spent most of 2016 watching other YouTubers’ Let’s Plays, finding out what kind of equipment/software they used, and generally thinking about what kind of games I wanted to play. I still had a part-time job at the time, so I had a lot of free time to search for games to play and do my video recordings.
At the same time, I had a lifestyle blog with my bestie that didn’t last very long, unfortunately. However, it gave me the chance to explore a new blogging branch and work with some great brands. It was an interesting experience, as I got to see how that different side of blogging is, and I gained knowledge on how to approach brands (instead of publishers).
With that gone, I continued focusing on recording games. However, what is it that they say? Once a reader, always a reader… I guess that’s true, because I kind of started to miss reading. So I picked up a book. and read it. I believe it was Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain series which made me enjoy reading a book again. I hadn’t feel so excited and involved in an Urban Fantasy series since Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian years before. It was a very defining moment for me, as I rediscovered the meaning of ‘reading for pleasure‘. Then I read another. And another. And another. And soon I was missing sharing my opinions with the world. So I decided to give Mind Reader a new look and return to blog again.
I started fixing images on the old posts and try to match the new look that Silvia was giving the blog. It took a really long time and, in the meantime, I was also writing down reviews so I’d have something scheduled already. Fate, however, had different plans for me, as I found a job in publishing and everything I had been working on was abruptly put on hold. Although I was ecstatic to get the chance that I’ve been desperately (kind of, hehe) pursuing all these years, a part of me was sad that I had to stop everything else because I simply didn’t have time anymore.
The holidays went by, and a new year began. Still, I was using my spare time to recover from the exhausting weeks at work. I was telling myself that the blog would simply be delayed a little bit and yet, something in my gut made me feel like what I’ve been done so far (besides having the reviews already prepped) was not the right choice. At the end of May 2017, I finally gave in and purchased a domain name and hosting from Nose Graze, then something clicked and everything else felt right, like ‘this is what I’ve always been meant to do‘.
I’ve spent weeks learning how to use WordPress again, and scheduling posts, and using my free time to write a number of posts so that my blog would have variety. I have also learned so much and I have realised that I have grown as a blogger. I think you will be able to see it in my posts, I hope you will see it in my writing.
This hiatus was the best decision for me because it gave me the opportunity to get out of my shell and discover new things. It helped me understand what I now want for my blog and, most importantly, it helped me improve my writing style.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. If you have been through a hiatus period, please feel free to leave a comment, I would really love to know your story!