Hellooooo book blogosphere! I am back and I return to you with a vengeance. Did you notice? Did you? YES. Snuggly Oranges is now a self-hosted WordPress blog! From indefinite hiatus to STRAIGHT UP LONG TERM COMMITMENT, because THAT IS HOW THE ORANGE ROLLS.
You have Christina to thank for that line.
Super duper thanks times infinity to the amazing and wonderful Ashley from Nose Graze, who offered to move me to WordPress. I’m pretty sure everyone’s familiar with how amazing she is, but yeah. The idea of moving scared the hell out of me, but she made it completely painless and simple, with lots of guidance and patience for my n00b questions. I instantly fell in love with the UBB plug-in and with her Tweak Me theme, so all in all I’m very, very happy in my lovely new WordPress home, and I don’t think I’ll regret it for a second.
Thank you, Ashley!!! You’re the best!
Do bear with me, because all of my posts need to be reformatted. I daresay I’ll have an easier go of it than Christina, as I had a measly 221 posts, but still. Things may look messy for a bit. But then it’ll look absolutely beautiful and it will all be worth it 😀 A lot of comments did get lost in the move, however. That’s sad, but… onwards, I say!
Obviously moving to WordPress meant I would need a whole new layout. I was most terrified of this point because WordPress is so different compared to Blogger, and while I do have some HTML and CSS knowledge, I’m far from an expert. But this is why I love the Tweak Me theme! So many customization options and such an easy interface to use. So I went on my way, and ended up with this and… I don’t know about you guys, but I freaking love it. I love these colors, in particular. It just makes me instantly happy. So. YAY.
On Blogger Burnout
So maybe you’re wondering what happened, I mean, I did disappear off the face of the blogging world (and if you don’t care, you can skip this part). I definitely suffered a blogger burnout. I felt completely unmotivated to create content anymore, and personally I just wasn’t in a good place in my life at all. So I desperately needed a break, and I took my time deciding what I wanted to do. To be honest, I was very close to calling it quits on blogging. But after some rest, I started to feel better.
little rather long personal story, press the spoiler tag.) View Spoiler »At work, we had a workshop about energy management, and to me, it was life-changing, and it came to me at just the right time. The conclusion that I came to in that workshop is that I’ve been oscillating between high and low negative energy for the past few months, with little to no positive energy in between. It, quite frankly, is a horrible way to live. But I got stuck in this cycle somehow and didn’t feel like there was anything I could do about it. Everything was annoying me. All the time. I let things get to me way too easily, but I felt trapped.
But the coach was amazing and gave great tips for how to change things. A key message was to in all things look at your current situation, look what will happen if you continue on that path, and think about what you will do differently tomorrow. The change needs to be backed up by intrinsic motivations, or it won’t stick. But resolve to change and instantly do it. Take a 90 day challenge, and after that, it will stick.
Some things that I have started to do differently are to eat better and move more. The quantity of energy you have is affected by oxygen and glucose. So eat, for the glucose, at 3 hour intervals, and move, for the oxygen, stretching frequently and exercising when you can. The quanitity of my energy is definitely already improving. I feel less fatigued and more motivated in the afternoons.
Another suggestion was to keep a journal and write in it for just around 3 minutes every night. Write about things you’re concerned about and things that you’re grateful for. On the way home after the workshop, I went and bought a journal and started using it the same night. It works guys. It may sound corny, but it definitely does. It gets me to confront my worries (and think of how to solve them) and focus on the positives.
And a big flaw on my part was that I allowed myself to stay stuck in stressful situations. I didn’t resolve conflicts. I let things and people who bothered me stay in my peripheral vision without doing anything about it except complaining to innocent bystanders. This is a major character flaw and one that I am tackling now. I am not catering to people who treat me badly anymore. If things get too stressful for me and I’ve tried everything, but there’s no way to improve it, I will cut ties. Life’s too short.
What hit me the hardest, possibly, was the final point the coach made about finding your personal mission in life and constantly striving for it. It’s not something set in stone, and you can edit it as you please, but you should have some goal or ambition for how you strive to be in life. And he said the best way to start the process of finding your mission is to think back on the time that you were most proud of where you stood in life. And that brought me back to blogging. I’m proud of the time and energy I put into this blog. I’m so hapy with how it’s let me connect with people so far away who have honestly become some of my best friends and who understand me like no one else. I love reading so much, and writing down my thoughts about books is fulfilling. It makes me feel empowered.
So I found the desire to continue this blogging journey. The negative energy will stop, and I’d like to apologize to anyone I’ve offended the past few months while I was in this dark place. I will be the first to admit what a flawed person I am, but self-improvement is something I’m constantly working on. Just know that this is a new start, and I feel great. « Hide Spoiler
Snuggly Oranges 2.0
I’ll take a leaf out of The Newsroom’s book and say this is Snuggly Oranges 2.0. We’re starting fresh, ladies and gentlemen (lol if we have any of the latter). New digs, new layout, new attitude, all signs point to go! I have about 3 weeks of content ready, so expect great things!
In the meantime, here are some of my blogging resolutions:
- My main priority is my content, simply because I love creating content. When I don’t have the time to write new posts, I will not stress. I blog for me.
- My Feedly is cleared and reorganized. I’m not massively following blogs, because Feedly reading 300 new posts? That’s stress I don’t need. This is day 1, and I hope to keep up as of now. If I’ve missed any interesting posts though in the last couple months, feel free to leave a link below 🙂
- I will only reply to comments if I feel like I have something to say. I had this huge backlog the past months because I felt like every comment needed a reply (and the result was that none of them got any). No more! I will, however, try to reply to comments the same day. It doesn’t take up *that* much time, Debby, gosh.
- I will visit blogs and comment when I want to. I know it may make me a bit anti-social, but the social expectation to always visit blogs, returning comments for every comment left to me, it’s stress I honestly can’t handle.
- I do not need to be omnipresent on social media. I am now focusing on a few channels only: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram. While my Pinterest and Tumblr accounts still exist, I will not be using them for blog purposes and more for my personal use *when I feel like it*.
- I will vlog only when I have an idea and feel like it. Honestly, saying I would start making videos regularly (while I never actually did it) was such a burden on my mind. I did not need to add that to my plate. So, sorry, YouTube folks. There may still be book hauls and wrap-ups but don’t expect much more than that. Writing is my primary outlet and priority. If ever I do have more free time and am still willing, I might do a video here or there.
Basically, I’m reclaiming my blog as my own, going to do it my way, and, above all, going to have fun doing it.
So you sat through all that. :’) Well done. You’re getting me emotional. But this is a milestone moment for Snuggly Oranges, and I do want to share some love (some positive energy) and thank you for sticking with me. So, of course, that means that there’s a giveaway, because I love you all.
- 1 Winner can select any one of the Debby Books™ (including sequels to listed first books in series). You have over 50 books to choose from! What is a Debby Book you ask? We have a page for that.
- You must fill in the Rafflecopter below to enter.
- The giveaway is international!
- You must be 18 years of age or older to enter, or 13+ years old with parental permission.
- Any entrants who are found to be gaming the system will be disqualified.
- This giveaway runs until December 9th, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
- When the contest ends, the winner will be announced here and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, before another winner is picked.
- I am not responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail.
ANYWAY. Seriously, I think that’s enough for now. Off I go!