May simultaneously felt like 2 years and 2 seconds. I don't know how else to explain it. On one hand, the days went by so slowly and I wasted a lot of time. But on the other hand, I didn't get to do much of what I wanted to do.

Generally, when I do wrap-ups, I try to keep an upbeat and positive mood. But this month, I just don't have the energy for it. I'll still try to filter it but this is just a quick disclaimer that this post may be more somber than usual. If you're not in a place to hear about other people's woes, you may want to skip this post.

Okay now that I've sufficiently warned you about my mood, let's move on.

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I posted 7 blog posts in May. I'm okay with the number but I'm not happy with the fact that I didn't post any helpful posts. I have multiple ideas but I kept pushing them off because I did not have the energy and, before I knew it, the month is over.

My goal is to put up at least one blog post in the following categories every month: books, blogging, bullet journalling and Kdramas, but May saw me post only about books and Kdramas. So, I'm a little disappointed about that.

But it's okay. My blog is currently a hobby and I need to put less pressure on myself about it. Sometimes, life and other priorities take over and it's okay to not work on the blog as much.

The posts that I'm proud of this month are:

On the plus side, my blog has started to rank for multiple keywords on search engines! I am happy to see views coming in from search engines. It means I'm doing things right, SEO-wise.

My blog's domain authority went up to 13! The fact that it went up to 13 in 3 months of blogging means a LOT. I'm making back all the credibility that I lost when I moved my blog. So I'm happy about the progress.

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My newsletter has over 90 subscribers now which is HUGE. OMG?! It is surreal to think about 90 people receiving emails from me every month. Hopefully, I can live up to the expectations and provide good content.

As for the resource library, I was able to add only one freebie to it. While my goal has been to add only one a month, it feels weird when I don't surpass my goals, you know? I may be toxic with my productivity but we will not talk about it today.

This month's freebie was a set of Pinterest templates. I find using templates for Pinterest images so helpful because the colour scheme etc. is in place and I just have to replace text and images. So I'm sharing some templates to make it easier for y'all too.

If you haven't already, sign up to my newsletter and get access to the resource library through the form below! My next newsletter edition goes out tomorrow.

words on books

I read 14 books in May! The number would have been more if I didn't fall into a semi-slump in the last week or so. So the total number of books I've read this year so far is 69. That's a lot, especially considering that I don't have an annual reading goal to work towards.

While I read some great books in May, none of them were.. mentally stimulating? Except 2, all of them were romance books. There is nothing wrong with that but I like to read multiple genres so reading only one feels a little stale.

But also, I understand why I read mostly romance books. I did not have the energy to consider what other books to pick and I wanted quick escapism most of the time.

My best books of May were:

  • Drag Me Up by R. M. Virtues. This Hades and Persephone retelling was everything. *chef's kiss*
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. I'm so glad I was able to get an ALC because this was so good. Read my review here.
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto. This book provided the best escapism for me. It was hilarious and wonderful. I do have a few tiny complaints about it but overall, it was great.
  • What Are The Odds? by R. M. Virtues. This author's books are FIRE. This estranged-best-friends-to-lovers book ticked all the boxes for me. And the steam, oof. *fans self*
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. The only amazing read that was not a romance. I could not stop reading until I finished it.
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words by other bloggers

While my blogging was not very satisfactory for me, reading other blogs made me content. I took out hours every weekend to just catch up on blogs and go blog-hopping and commenting. It is one of my favourite things to do.

Here are some amazing posts that you should check out as well:

words on life

In last month's wrap-up, I said that I want to concentrate on putting out good content and keeping my mental health up. Funny how I barely managed those and don't feel satisfied with either. I also barely drew anything for most of the month so I'm not satisfied with my art as well.

The second wave in India is still ongoing and it is hard. Our lockdown has not ended yet and it may get extended. I lost my only close cousin last week. My family is barely keeping up with daily activities. I have no idea how I'm working every day because it feels so pointless. I hear more and more sad news every day.

Keeping in mind all of that and more, whatever I did manage in May is more than enough, I think. Productivity and hitting goals are not possible when my mind is wandering every day and I'm barely able to concentrate on anything.

One way to notice my mental health slipping is my decrease in tolerance for texting and conversation. I barely want to talk to anyone right now. I have spurts of "good mood" where I text friends and I go off-grid for the rest of the time.

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There was one good life thing in May which was a result of me rewarding myself in the beginning of the month. April wasn't great and I just wanted to be happy and get myself something. So I got an iPad! Along with a cute pink flip cover. It reached me only last week and has been the only good thing in my days.

After setting it up, I immediately got Procreate and started playing with it. It is very different compared to Krita and is a whole new software to learn, but it will allow me to draw more often. I want to draw more and become better at digital art so having an iPad and Procreate will help.

Right now, I'm trying small and easy drawings so that I get used to the software and understand all of the tools available. I haven't drawn anything worth posting on the blog. But I am posting my amateur work on my Instagram so you can follow me there to see more of my work.

Another good thing was me finally getting my first vaccine dose! I've been struggling to get a slot for the vaccine for weeks and finally got one for this morning. I got the shot just a few hours back, and I'm so relieved. Sure, I'm not fully vaccinated yet but at least the process is started.

I recognize that I'm very privileged to be able to even afford the vaccine dose which costs more than double the average daily wage in India. I won't start on the mismanagement and corruption that has risen through the pandemic and vaccination. But I'd just like to say: if you're able to, get vaccinated!!!

Now my only concern is having a bad allergic reaction because I'm very allergic to medicines in general (even the most common tablet prescribed for a cold). Keeping my fingers crossed!

I have zero goals for June. Hopefully, I'll post some good blog posts and draw more often on the iPad. But it is all right if I don't do that well.

One thing that did help in May was writing guest posts for other blogs. I wrote three guest posts, and I liked the quality of all of them. Weirdly, writing posts for other blogs was cathartic and took some pressure away. So I may do a couple more in June as well.

Let's see! Hopefully, June is better than May.

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How was your May? Did you have a good month or not-so-good month? Did you read any good books? Tell me in the comments!

stay wordy, Sumedha
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  • Ruth| Ruthiee loves Glamour says:

    7 posts in 1 month is pretty impressive. I didn't post on my blog this month. I was on a little blogging break. And I want to correct something you said. You said "I’m not happy with the fact that I didn’t post any helpful posts." I want you to know that every post no matter how useless they may seem might be helpful to someone haha. I’m sorry this month was a tough one for you and I'm glad you were able to get your first vaccine as well. I must admit that even if I am not Indian or in India, the ever rising number of deaths and infected cases is alarming. I love reading your monthly wrap ups haha. Sending love and light your way.

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    • sumedha @ the wordy habitat says:

      Thank you so much, Ruth! I hope your blogging break was good. And yeah, I should change my mindset about helpful posts haha. Glad that you like reading my wrap-ups! Hope you have a great June!

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  • Rukky @ Eternity Books says:

    Oh Sumedha ❤ I'm glad you were able to get moments of happiness in May, but here's hoping that June will have much more happy moments! And don't put so much pressure on yourself about writing posts, you're doing a fantastic job. I really hope June is a lot kinder to you overall ?

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  • Ena J. @ Fly(er) on the Wall says:

    Love and hugs from my corner of the world, Sumedha! I hope things start looking up soon. <3 but it's great to hear that there are still happy things happening for you too. Escapist reads truly are a godsend during these weird-as-heck times.

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  • Fadwa says:

    sending you a lot of love. I hope things start improving soon ❤

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  • I'm sorry you've had a tough May, Sumedha. I can't imagine what it's like being in India right now. Don't be too hard on yourself for not meeting your blogging goals. Your readers will understand no matter what. Your mental health comes first.
    I'm so glad you got yourself an iPad and that you're vaccinated! I always get excited about new piece of tech! I hope you enjoy it!

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    • sumedha @ the wordy habitat says:

      Thank you, Nick! I'm trying to reassure myself that my mental health comes first but sometimes my brain just goes "nope" haha. It's a constant struggle.
      And I get excited about new tech, too! It is my first iOS device so it is all-new for me to learn and use.

      Hope you have a good June!

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  • Amanda @ Bookish Brews says:

    Aaah, Sumedha, I’m so sorry your month has been tough. You’re doing amazing here especially with all those challenges! Getting your first vaccine is HUGE! congrats!!!! ?? And thanks for linking my new releases, you’re the sweetest ??

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  • Della Driscoll says:

    I'm sorry to hear it has been a tough month for you but I'm sending all the love your way! It's great news to hear about your DA going up - congrats xx

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  • Pooja says:

    Hey sweetie! Sorry about the situation in India! I feel your pain coz I’ve got all my family there and it’s a struggle at the moment. However, you have been quite productive ! Keep going babe one day at a time. That’s what I tell myself ?


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  • A Cup of Wonderland says:

    I'm so sorry that this month has been a tough one for you Sumedha, and I hope that you are staying safe and well. It's brilliant that you were able to get your first vaccine though! I'm so happy to hear you loved Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé as I have it on pre-order and can't wait to be able to read it. I hope that June is a good month for you!

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    • sumedha @ the wordy habitat says:

      Thank you so much, Hannah! Getting the vaccine dose has definitely reduced my stress by a lot. I'm sure you'll love Ace of Spades, it totally deserves all the hype! Hope you have a great June as well 🙂

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  • Poulami @ Daydreaming Books says:

    I am sorry you had such a tough month. May actually seems never ending, it still hasn't ended! I wasn't able to read or post anything worthy this month. The amount of times I tried writing and then ended up closing my laptop. I wish I stopped feeling hopeless but with this condition in India, it's quite tough to remain positive all the time.
    Anyhow, here's to hoping both of us can achieve some of the goals for June. Sending love your way.

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    • sumedha @ the wordy habitat says:

      Thank you, Poulami! I'm sorry that May has been equally bad for you as well. I totally get what you mean about motivation and hopelessness - its hard to not feel that during this time with how our country is going. I hope your June is much better as well ?

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