June 2020: A Month in Review

I can't believe that June is over. It's been a while since I've written one of these recap posts, but I wanted to update everyone on some exciting news and generally what's going on with the blog. I didn't write a recap for May, but I ended up getting pretty burnt out at the end of the month, and I took a little break. I was glad that I decided to take that time for myself and reevaluate what I want my relationship with blogging to be. I've gotten much better at pacing myself and also only focusing on the parts I truly enjoy and am passionate about.
This month, I've put out some content that I had a ton of fun making, and I'm excited about July's schedule too. I have two amazing author interviews coming up (with Jennifer Dugan and Lyla Lee!) along with some reviews of books I've loved and some great discussion posts. It's nice to have a lot of the posts ready to go already so that I have more time to focus on other projects. I've done a ton of writing this month and also spent time drawing and playing music. I'm working on making sure that I can consistently keep posting even when college starts at the end of August.
Speaking of college, I found out that I won't get to move to NYC after all. My school has decided (probably for the best of all of our safety) that all classes will be taught online. After seeing cases in my hometown skyrocket with tourist season starting, I don't see how there won't be more challenges presented to NYC before this is said and done. Also, it doesn't feel very practical to bring in kids from all over the world to live on top of each other. While I am admittedly sad because I've been dreaming about this moment for years, I understand it completely. I'm hopeful that somehow the pandemic response will have been stepped up so that we can all start school in one place for the Spring semester.
I had a lot of plans centered around the move and starting college that I had to reevaluate. The more I sat with it, the more I realized that I couldn't put the parts of my life I can control on hold. I'll still be starting classes (I filled out the class registration forms yesterday) and learning what it means to be a college student. I was also going to launch a YouTube channel to document moving to college and share my experiences because I've spent the last couple years searching for insight into what that experience is really like first-hand. There's so much media about high school. Its a whole, giant category in books, movies, and the media. It feels like that amount of representation disappears until people are in their late 20s or early 30s. I wanted to create a channel to try to add to what's out there about college because there's so much you don't know going in.
After thinking it over, I decided starting my channel shouldn't be reliant on a move or something out of my control finally happening. I can still make interesting, new content while stuck in my house. I'm going to make a longer post about it on Monday when (I think) I'll put out my first piece of bookish content. I didn't have space in my blogging schedule for my midyear freakout tag, but I still wanted to do it. I know people usually making a BookTube or don't post book content at all, but I wanted to keep my channel open to sharing a variety of types of content since my focus is so narrow here.
As far as posting schedule, I'll be posting college related videos on Fridays (I'm starting a series of college admissions tips sharing what I learned the hard way, so if you're about to apply to college or know someone who is, I'd love if you could share my channel with them). I want to try to help as many people as possible with those videos. On Friday, my first full length video will be about starting your college search, narrowing down your options, and tips on researching schools. On Mondays, I'll post more personal content either in the form of vlogs, book related posts, or talking about music.
Like I mentioned, I'll be making a more full blog post about it on Monday when I have a couple videos up on the channel, but I wanted to talk about it here because it's been a major part of my June, and I've talked about YouTube a lot on here.
If any of these things sound interesting, you can find my channel to subscribe here. I just have a short trailer up now, but I'm so excited about what's to come.
That's all the news I have for the end of this month. I hope you had fun reading the new posts from this month. I've been loving getting to hang out with more of you on Instagram as well. I have a really good time coming up with fun photos and seeing all of your amazing bookstagrams. If you want to follow on social, you can find me @ReadingWritingAndMe on Instagram and @ReadWriteAndMe on Twitter. Let me know in the comments if there's a post or video you want to see in the future!

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