The Girl Who Went Missing: A Hiatus Story

The Girl Who Went Missing - A Hiatus Story

A month and a half. That’s how long I’ve been gone from the book blogosphere. The longest hiatus I’ve had so far. Hopefully, the longest I’ll ever have to go without the book community.

Truth: life kinda sucks when I don’t have any of you to talk about books with.

I guess you’re curious why I suddenly went MIA in the first place. Or maybe not. I’m telling you the reason anyway. 

College Struggles

Last semester was tough. I had a particular course I found really hard to keep up with and the rest of them sure weren’t easy either. Since the last week of February as well as the first half of March covered the finals period, I knew I had to put all my focus on keeping up with requirements and surviving exams. I resolved earlier on to take breaks from blogging when I really needed them and it felt like a good time to carry out that promise I made myself then.

So I did. And it was refreshing to spend my extra time on my priorities for once, without having to worry about writing a post or keeping up with the latest.

Finally, the semester reached its end a few weeks ago and summer vacation arrived. But I still couldn’t bring myself to dive back into the community.

Writing Woes

After finals, I busied myself with revisions. Or rather, I buried myself.

Have you ever felt like you dug yourself a hole and somehow couldn’t get out? That’s how it was for me. I wanted to come back to blogging but was stuck on my manuscript, the one I’d written a year ago and have been revising ever since. Basically, I spent the past weeks drowning in so much self-doubt that I couldn’t bring myself to write on the blog or reach out to people even though I badly needed to.

How miserable, right? Well, I’m done with misery. I’m done keeping to myself, away from a community I love.

Blogging Again

Here I am, back to blogging. Not to sound trite, but it feels like I’m retrieving a part of me that went missing the past month and a half. Let this be the start of an epic summer of blogging about all the books I’m reading and loving. Watch out for a ton of catch-up book reviews, hauls and features!

How are you? What have you been up to? What did I miss? Do let me know in the comments!

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Annika @ Hiding Books on April 7, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Welcome back!!! Taking a break is sometimes so important, I’m really glad you’re ready to get back in it though, especially if you miss the community!
    Look forward to all your catch-up reviews ;)
    Hope the finals were okay!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on April 8, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Thanks, Annika! I completely agree––taking a break definitely helped me concentrate on school last month. I’m really glad to be back though. I have a mountain of books to review, so you’ll probably get sick of me sharing my thoughts on them once I get through the pile haha!

  2. Mark @ Bongbongbooks on April 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve been curious about your whereabouts and it’s nice to see another post from you. Glad that you’re finally back! I hope all went well. I am looking forward to your upcoming posts. :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on April 8, 2016 at 2:05 am

      It feels nice to have a new post too! I’m happy to be blogging again and am super excited to come up with new content. :D

  3. loo on April 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Whew. I know school can be tough. Hooray for summer vacation! Also, I’m so glad that you’re working on your writing again, and that you were able to dig yourself out of that revision prison pit. But mainly, I was selfishly pleased to see your blog pop up on my RSS feed again. Welcome back. :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on April 10, 2016 at 12:09 am

      I’m super excited that it’s summer break now! And thank you- I’m glad you were pleased I popped back into your feed. ;)

  4. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders on April 9, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    That does sound like misery, and I go through periods of similarity with the massive work overload. I feel so guilty, and that may blog will literally disappear if I do. I am so glad I started my blog after I finished school, although now I teach it so it makes the same difference, maybe even worse. I hope your revisions are all done, or at least mostly! Welcome back!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on April 10, 2016 at 12:07 am

      Glad I’m not the only one. I’m sure it’s even harder balancing work + blogging. I’m done with major revisions and am mostly just tweaking now. I might just start querying before the month ends! :)

  5. Alexa S. on April 10, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Yay, welcome back Hazel! I’m glad you took a blogging break to see to your other priorities. I think that can be very important. And I’m glad you feel refreshed and that you’re back in action <3

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