Loyal Readers, nice to see you again.
I know that since I’ve been blogging (almost 3 years!) I’ve never taken a break as long as the one I just did, but it was much needed. I always told myself if I reached the point where blogging felt like a job or annoyed me or wasn’t enjoyable, I’d throw in the towel, no questions asked. I’ve been inching up on that point for a few months, but at the beginning of May, I just felt kind of done.
I’ve always enjoyed the book blogging community, but I found myself kind of “over” it- all the schmoozing for free books, talking bad about each other and competition was just on my nerves. I’ve tried hard not to become a part of that, but a huge portion of what I enjoy about keeping a blog is reading other people’s blogs- and with only a handful of exceptions, I was even tired of that.
I found myself dreading writing reviews and uninspired by the bookish stuff I was seeing. I didn’t have stuff to post about every day and it was annoying me.
During the last few weeks of not posting, I’ve also abandoned my Google Reader all together. I have over 1,000 posts on there- I just checked for the first time in a long time and laughed out loud at the high number of unread posts.
Here’s the thing: the break helped. I’ve had so many fun ideas for posts and actually feel really inspired to continue.
On one condition.
I’m not going to be posting every day anymore. I’m not even going to try. There are are several blogs that I really like that just update on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That sound so perfect and fun to me. I’m going to shoot for a review a week. If I don’t feel like reviewing a book, I’m not going to force myself to review it. I’ve always tried to do this blog thing on my own terms, but I’m going to try to do that even more so now.
So that’s that.
Sorry I abandoned you. It feels good to be back.