It’s not the first time I’m writing one of these posts, but sadly I’ve had to make the decision to take a little step back from the blogging world and focus on self care and the simple joy of reading in the next eleven months of 2020. I’ve been struggling with a blogging slump for a long time now, and I’ve tried all kinds of tricks to overcome it, but none seemed to work properly and keeping up with all things blogging has increasingly become a chore instead of a hobby. That’s why I have decided to go ‘light’ during 2020 and limit my time blogging and using bookish social media… Although it’s not the only reason.

I’ve also decided to take a step back to focus on my health again. Most of you don’t know, but I have the Hashimoto disease, which basically means my thyroid hormones are under constant attack from antibodies, leaving me without sufficient thyroid hormones for my body to function properly. I’m medicated, but antibodies can flare up and it’s kind of a vicious circle… And with an already slow metabolism, Hashimoto (a form of hypothyroidism) makes it even harder to keep that weight in check. The thing is… I’ve been neglecting aka ignoring my health in recent years and it has really come up to the point that I have to kick myself and do something about it. I finally started about two weeks ago, changed my eating habit to mostly fruits and vegetables and doing exercise for 1-3 hours a day… This time has to come from somewhere, and I’ve been having even less time to blog and read.

So: what will this whole going light mean for It’s All About Books?

# I will still post quite frequently thanks to the magic of scheduling posts, although I probably won’t be posting daily anymore…

# I will still join a select few blog tours and still read a limited amount of ARCs, but only of books I’m superexcited about and would read anyway as soon as they come out. This means I will only accept a select few ARC review requests for the rest of the year.

# Instead of ARC obligations, I will be mostly reading my own titles and I hope to rediscover the joy of reading just for myself again. Backlist and new releases alike, but without obligations that can take the fun out of reading.

# I’m going to try and bloghop and answer comments 1-2 times a week (or more if I can), but not stress out if I can’t because I don’t have time. Real life and self care comes first in 2020!

# Social media time will be severly restricted. I don’t think I will be active on my bookstagram account much, as it simply takes up to much time… Likewise, I have been and will be less active on Twitter, although I will probably still be there lurking around at least once a day.

I will miss being around more, but I hope taking this step back will have me fully refreshed and healthy again by 2021. A huge thanks to everyone in the book community for being so fabulous!! ❤ ❤ ❤


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