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In recent years I've usually taken an unplanned "burnout break" around the middle of the year, but this year I thought I was going to make it all the way through.
I've been having great fun with my Knight City material for the last couple of months and that's certainly not a factor in my current mental health troubles.
Those stem more from anxiety fuelled by 'behind-the-scenes' blogger issues, that are probably nothing but fuel my inescapable habit of catastrophizing.
Couple that with an extended spell of bad sleeping and the dark clouds of depression have been rolling in, spitting voices into my head demanding to know why I'm "wasting my time" blogging...
So, it's time to take a step back.
The plan is to ease up from now until November. There may be some random posts, if the Tuesday Knights get their game on or if I watch something I really like and decide to review it.
Actually, that's one of the the new "rules" I shall endeavour to enforce for the future: I'm only going to write something up if I really enjoyed it and want to share the love (hence the absence of any commentary on The Flash).
I'm also strongly considering reining in the "news" coverage here. I mean, who am I kidding? HeroPress is not a news outlet. It started as an avenue for gaming chat and things just got away from me.
The plan, now, especially given the enormous fun I've been having with the Knight City bits and bobs, is to head back towards square one, start emulating blogs I respect (e.g. The Other Side, Halls of The Nephilim, Barking Alien, Monstrous Matters etc) and focus more on gaming (and comics/films/TV etc that relate to gaming).
While treating HeroPress like an (unpaid) job has definitely helped in some respects over the years, it's also created a massive rod for my own back. And I'm not getting any younger. Or healthier.
Sometimes I just want to kick back and binge a whole season of My Hero Academia or watch some films without that nagging pressure that I should be taking mental notes for a review... that, maybe, one or two people will react to.
In a roundabout way this is me saying HeroPress isn't going anywhere, it's just not going to be as frequent as it currently is, and when I post I'm going to try - for the most part - to make it more relevant to the core ethos of the site.
I'm sure the odd post will appear between now and November, there may even be a flurry of reviews now I have all this "free time" to recharge my batteries, but either way, barring any major catastrophes (real or imagined), normal service will resume in about six or seven weeks' time.