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Blog News: Identity Crisis

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.


  1. Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Oh Jacki, just be you, that has always been good enough ‘for me anyway’. I look forward to your reviews and the book shelves you find and share with us.

    When I need a break I don’t force posting at all, definitely once a week when I need a break, find what works for you.

    Enjoy reading….

  2. Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    1. I’ve missed your posts.
    2. Life is too short to do something else that feels like a job.
    3. Roll with it.
    4. Maybe one of those posts a week can be full of Izey photos?

  3. Posted May 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a hard time writing reviews period but I love sharing what I read. I do what I want. Sometimes I write 4 posts and scheduled them in advance.. other times I’m wriing a random blog at 10pm haha.

  4. Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Welcome back! I hope your decreased posting schedule keeps you around, as I really enjoy your blog – to me, it stands out among all other book blogs I follow.

  5. Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been thinking the same things lately! My break has been a bit longer though. I’m just so unmotivated, ugh.

    I enjoy reading your blog. You always have great reviews and fun bookish stuff to share. I’d rather read a review written by you once a week than read seven mediocr reviews/posts from someone else. Quality over quantity! :)