This post is sort of hard to write… though I suppose I’ve seen it coming for a long time. I’ve just been putting it off for too long now. I’ve been a book blogger, technically, since September 2010. That’s a ridiculously long time for me. In that time, I’ve had a lot of inactive periods, but I always said I would do better next week, next month, next year. The cycle goes on and on.
I entered my 20’s a couple months ago and I’m having an existential crisis. I know what I want to do with my life but it’s all moving too slowly for my liking and scaring me that it may never happen and that—gasp—I’ll have to get one of those dumb office career things. Yuck. I think a lot of people my age are experiencing this so I don’t feel like this is an excuse but, as I have very large plans for 2015, it’s definitely stressing me out.
As a result, I’ve had virtually no time to review any books I’ve read in the past months (which hasn’t been very many anyways). I came to the conclusion after the New Year arrived that book blogging just isn’t something I’m particularly interested in continuing with. I’m making a lot of changes and eliminating things from my life that are no longer worth the stress/guilt/whatever and blogging has been a major point of stress and guilt for me for a while now. The book blogging community is wonderful, full of passionate and kind people, but I’ve always been on the edge of it, observing more than anything else. I often couldn’t make the time to have reviews or other posts up every other day, as seems to be a guideline of being a decent blogger, because I’m terrible with time management. Other people are fantastic at this and they amaze me. Praise you, awesome bloggers!
I am sad to be officially calling my blogging days over. I’ve loved being apart of this close-knit community all these years, even before I started blogging myself, so it will be weird to not actually be among it. Obviously, I don’t plan on unfollowing all of the bloggers I follow or removing myself entirely, as I aim to be published one day and book bloggers are such a pivotal part of an author’s success, but not being able to call myself a blogger anymore—that’s kind of weird.
I don’t know what will happen to this space. I know I’ll keep it online but I’m not sure if I will unpublish my previous posts and reviews or keep them up. I’ll figure it out though :-)
Thank you to everyone who has read my blog over the years. Thank you to the authors, publicists, and others who’ve sent me review requests and copies over all these years, even though I was obviously terrible. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For everything.
Yeah, yeah. It’s half way through the first month of 2014 but meh, I do what I want.
2014 is promising to be an extraordinary year and that goes for this blog too! I have a few giveaways planned already, including on my Twitter account, so be sure to follow me there if you’re not already! In the coming weeks, I will have some great reviews to post as well! Including:
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Vicious and The Unbound by V.E./Victoria Schwab
The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond
Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
Save the Enemy by Arin Greenwood
The Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
…and a few more which aren’t exactly planned just yet. ;) I’ll be unveiling my site for my web design business, so if you’re in need of a web designer, watch out for my portfolio! Expect that sometime in March. So yeah, basically, I’m planning for 2014, my 20th year on this planet, to be a big one! Watch out, peoples.
As you can tell, I’ve finally gotten around to getting a new theme up! What do you think? I hope you love it! The header was made by me (and I’m quite proud of it); the theme coding was done by my amazing friend Siobhan and it fits the header perfectly! Thanks Siobhan! There’s still a bit of work going on but for the most part, the browsing should be easier and better looking. =)
I have quite a few reviews to come, as well as the giveaway of the ARC of A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink, which will be reposted soon. Let me know what you think of the new theme!
Also, please visit my newest fansite for The Carrie Diaries actress Stefania Owen! Watch The Carrie Diaries tonight at 8 EST/7 CST PM on The CW.
It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?
As you can tell, I’ve moved from Blogger! It would’ve been sooner that I had unveiled it but it was put on the back burner for another project I took on in early September. =) So I finally pretty much finished this new blog!
The theme is only temporary so things are not 100% done around here just yet. But I’m working on it! Within the next week, I’ll be reposting the giveaway for a signed ARC of Michelle Zink’s fabulous novel A Temptation of Angels! Check back!
Well, I’m quite the fail at this blog again.
I’ve figured out the problems, though.
1. I hate Blogger. The new dashboard is stupid, stupid, stupid. Unorganized, which drives me mad to the point where everytime I log in, I go O____O I use WordPress for every other site that I own, so WHAT POSSESSED ME TO USE BLOGGER?!?!?
2. I am one timid little reviewer and blog owner. Because I failed to promote my last giveaway (for A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink), it only got TWO entries. ARGH. Don’t get me wrong, two entries is kind of awesome… but not amazing. :-( And I tend to not like asking to review books, because I feel like a bother. Which I SO need to get over.
If you see this post going nowhere,
you’re not wrong I will tell you right now: I’m planning on moving this blog to my own server, revamping it, making it more personal and organized, and offering more features, reviews, and fun stuffs! It is going to ROCK!
I’ve had issues with this blog from the beginning so it will be nice to have a dashboard I’m familiar with and an easier way to communicate with the world!
Sooooooooo, basically this blog is on hiatus for a tiny bit. It won’t be long and when it’s back, you will loooooove it! :-) Also, the giveaway for the Temptation of Angels ARC will be reposted when the new blog opens.
I am a bad, bad blogger.
It’s not that I don’t want to review books. It really isn’t, in any way.
It’s that I am SLOW! Yes, extremely slow. I like to take my time when I’m reading books, and as such, it could sometimes take me weeks to finish them! Other times, things happen and I can’t get to the books I’m reading for a few days, which elongates my reading time even longer.
As such, I am formally announcing a plan. No, I’m not going to close this blog. But as of today, this blog will be updated only as I finish books and write reviews. That is not to say that if a review is request, it will take me months and months to get to it. If I am requested to review a book, generally, as long as the pub date isn’t more than two months off, it will take a front seat to the book I would’ve read next.
Occasionally, I’ll still do memes like Waiting on Wednesday or In My Mailbox and post about cover reveals and such as I have time. Hopefully, I’ll have the time to do this more often than I have since this blog was opened back in September 2010. But knowing me, I can’t promise that will happen.
I’m sad that I haven’t been able to keep up this blog like I wanted. But I guess life gets in the way, right? Which, you know, SUCKS. Thanks to everyone for visiting, and to the 57 of you who follow as well! It means the world, especially since I leave my lovely readers hanging so often. Now, we have an agreement, don’t we? Okay!
Oh, and there will be a giveaway… NEXT MONTH! ;)
It happened again!
M.I.A. again, I know. Well, this time, I have a great
excuse explanation. You see, my mom, back at the end of October, got a new job. How does this affect me? Well, it’s simple–the job is in Houston, Texas! Quite a ways away from my little Ohio town. 1300 miles away, to be exact.
It was a big journey to make.
One that now, I am not making.
Houston is a lovely place, so big, with so many places to see and shop and eat. It’s ridiculous! The way people drive is so different, the way they live is entirely different. The scene is completely different. I do love it there. But it’s also very stressful to even think of trudging all the way down there with your whole life in a truck behind you. When you have to make multiple trips there to find a home.
It lead to a very stressful November and December. I hardly read any books, or did anything related to the internet because of this stress. I couldn’t really function with the thought that my whole life was about to be thoroughly uprooted. I worked until the end of November, then left (in great humiliation, but that’s a story for another day) with my thoughts not quite intact.
I do love Houston and hope to visit it regularly but I’m also glad that I don’t have to move there. Maybe one day, I could consider it but not now.
I basically wrote this post to tell you that I am not dead (nor close to it) and I will have some fab reviews coming up for books like A Million Suns by Beth Revis (AGH TOO GOOD) and Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink (ALSO GOOD). Also, I may be attending Leah Clifford’s launch of A Touch Morbid next month in Michigan so perhaps I will be able to grab something for a giveaway???? Let’s hope!!!
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