Monday, September 5, 2016

7 Years.

Roughly 7 years ago, on September 1, 2009, I decided to start my little blog here on the internet. And while I'm a few days past that anniversary, it did get me thinking about coming back and trying. Again.

I can't make any excuses that haven't already been written here. I had a very busy, and very difficult, school year last year. The last 3 months of the year were the worst, and I plunged into a deep depression that didn't go away until early July. I took the summer off and planned on reading and relaxing. And trying to get back to myself.

School starts tomorrow and I feel more than ready to get back into the swing of things. I very much lost all sense of myself last year. I spent most of the year in a fog and there was no work/home balance. I had no idea how to make more time, as I was consumed by prepping/grading a difficult course and maintaining my sanity.

This year I have a new schedule and I'm teaching a lighter load (in terms of grading responsibility). I'm excited to finally have that work/home balance I've been craving since starting in this position 5 years ago. I'm finally feeling super confident in my abilities and I have enough lessons under my belt that I don't have to obsess over the planning aspect of my job.

This summer I had intended on returning to blogging, but truthfully, I was enjoying my time reading, relaxing, and spending time with my husband. I also started up a new work-out regimen and have had a lot of success. I'm excited to continue all those things moving into the school year, but I want to add blogging back into the mix. I'm shooting for 1-2 posts a week. I mean, I have a ton of books to talk about. And other things.

I doubt I will ever return to the blogger I used to be. For awhile, I really lost sight of the importance of reading in my life (I went 4.5 months earlier this year NOT reading. Anything. I think that added to my poor mental health). I've been reading a lot of YA and few classics, which is okay. I'd like to read more oldies, but right now, it's enough that I'm reading. In any case, I'm here to revive this dead space and begin again.

Wish me luck.


  1. Happy blogiversary! And good luck - it would be good to have you back :)

  2. Hello, Allie! As I hit my eight year blogiversary this year, I came to the realization that I care more about being a good reader than a good blogger. Once I took that pressure off myself of having regular posts or fancy ideas, I started having more fun both with reading and with the blog. I hope you can find that balance too! :)

  3. I've recently gone from 4 posts a week to 2. Four was too stressful, and I ultimately decided that it was more important that blogging was fun than frequent. I hope you can find something that works for you. Best of luck with your school year and all other endeavors!

  4. Happy blogging anniversary! I say whatever works for you works for us. Have a great school year!

  5. Happy 7 years! I'm glad your coming to a happier place. Life and blogging is full of ups and downs, isn't it? Read and write what makes you happy :)

  6. I started blogging again recently, too. Let's see if it's really going to work before I can offer advice, but what I've been doing lately is just writing about things I love. It's really made things easier and it's why I started blogging in the first place. My blog doesn't have to be good, it just has to be me. That's it. I just need to remember that. Happy to see you back here :)