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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  • Jayati says:

    Yay for getting the vaccine! I'm just surprised you had to pay for it? I only had to pay for the hospital staff administering it but it is free from a Government facility, at least here.
    I'm sorry to hear you weren't feel too goof through the month but hopefully June is better for you!
    Yay for all the great reads tho! I adored Ace of Spades and am glad to hear you did too!

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    • sumedha @ the wordy habitat says:

      Thanks! So the government in my state said that govt hospitals will NOT vaccinate ages 18-45 (still prioritizing 45+) for now so all we can get is paid vaccinations.
      Hope you have a great June! ?

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  • Lois says:

    I’m sorry to hear that May wasn’t the best month for you. Hopefully, June will have some brighter moments for you. I feel like I've been less productive than ever on the blog, but while I usually beat myself up for not being as presence, the last couple months have seen me not stress over that anymore. Blogging is my hobby, not a job. I think the fact that work was so busy in May contributed to this lack of blog productivity too.
    Dial A For Aunties sounds like such a fun novel. Definitely the perfect kind of escapism on those rough days.
    Take care and enjoy playing around with the ipad. 😀

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    • sumedha @ the wordy habitat says:

      Thank you Lois! I totally relate with you, and we do need to be kinder to ourselves. I hope you have a great June as well!

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  • Love and Literature says:

    Don't worry about not achieving as much as you'd hoped, as you said, sometimes other priorities take over and that's okay! Congratulations on your DA and 90 subscribers, that's an incredible achievement! x

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  • Anika says:

    I'm sorry to hear about your mental health during the month, but glad to hear about all the achievements with your blog and reading, well done! Wishing you all the best in June 🙂

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  • Laura Hitt says:

    Keep going! Sounds like you're doing great to me!

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  • CristinaR says:

    I am so sorry to hear may wasn't great for you! I had my ups and downs too, so hope for a better June and truly hope the situation gets better! One last stop and Ace of spades are up in my TBR and can't wait to read them. Can't wait to see what art you create in June! Sending love x

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  • eleennaeisloved says:

    Hi Sumedha! Hope you have a restful June! Big hugs for you, and know that surviving each day is already huge.

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  • Lay @ bookshelfsoliloquies says:

    I'm sorry to hear your May wasn't great, sending all the love and crossing my fingers your June is better!? I have the Dial A for Aunties audiobook and I'm so excited to listen to it, I am already obsessed with the premise and have a feeling I'll love it! Also my copy of Ace of Spades just came so I know what my evening looks like!
    Thank you so much for featuring my post!?

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  • Your Tita Kate says:

    I can't wait to read Ace of Spades!! But I know my preorder will likely be late because customs here just really hates me.

    Hoping you have a wonderful June!

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  • Nicole Evans says:

    I'm so sorry May was rough for you too, Sumedha (it seems to have hit some of us particularly rough). Though I am very glad you were able to start to get vaccinated and purchase a gift to help you continue to grow and challenge and create your amazing art! I am rooting for you that June will be much kinder. <3

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