Hi! Okay, first things first: I’m fine, don’t worry. This is hopefully a good post.
So our beloved Jess posted a blog recently about how we only show the positive side of ourselves on social media, so people don’t see the real us. It chimed with me. I think this attitude is as harmful to ourselves as it is to other people.
So here I am being honest: I took some time to let things slow down this weekend, and it was great. I ran out of things to tweet, so I just put Twitter down. I played a PC game for the first time in ages. And, oops, I tentatively said yes to doing another round of an anthology I’d been involved in.
And that’s part of the reason for this post. Truthfully? I’m too busy. I have too many things to do. So I took some time to assess just why I felt so overwhelmed.
For one, I realised I’d had 45 different DM conversations on Twitter in the last week. And that’s only one platform. My day involves a lot of messaging as it is, and with this too, it takes up a lot of time. So I’m not going to be as responsive to DMs for a few days or weeks. We’ll see. But I just can’t prioritise them right now.
Second, I’ve cut back on some commitments I’d made to other writers and creatives on here. I hate to do this more than anything, I want to be dependable – in fact I pride myself on it – but I don’t have the mental bandwidth for all of them. I’ve had to narrow down to a few I want to keep focusing on.
Third, I will try to get back to betas for my short story collection soon, but it may be a while. It may be a little while before I write for it again.
This is the thing: we all have stresses, and we don’t like to talk about them – often not with those closest to us, let alone the internet. So I don’t want to go into much detail, but my life is a bit complicated and hectic, and to manage that properly, I have to clear a bit more brain space for it.
So hopefully you’ll understand if I’m not as busy on twitter as I was, or as responsive to messages, and if you’re one of the people I’ve had to cancel on, I’m sorry, I really am. But poking my head up showed me how much more I need to do that, and to be able to, I have to recalibrate.
I’ll see you around. ♥️