No doubt over the past year or so, you’ve noticed the steadily decreasing posting. Reviews once or twice per month, at the most. Hardly anything beyond that.
It started out as a slump. And then some personal things surfaced. And, well, this basically lost its importance in my life. And I realized a few very important things.
- For a hobby, this was awfully time-consuming, awfully stressful, and somewhere along the line had become unenjoyable. This started out as a labor of love. I’ve always loved reading. And sharing what I read through writing reviews was something I stumbled into. For most of my time as a book blogger, I have absolutely loved it. But somewhere along the line, it became more like a job. A job for which I don’t get paid — and, no, free books (especially ARCs) don’t count as payment.
- I had once again lost my love of reading. While book reviewing and blogging had helped me rediscover my love for leaving, the aforementioned pressure and stress soon sucked the joy out of reading. And before I knew it, I was reading out of obligation, not for fun. Don’t get me wrong. I have discovered many excellent authors and books I never would have found otherwise. That alone makes this journey something that was worthwhile. Yes, my reading horizons have been broadened. Yes, I’m happy about that — assuming I’m ever able to find my love of reading again. I know I will. There’s something out there that will suck me back in. But this time, I won’t read for any reason other than enjoyment.
- My kids are getting older. Book blogging worked well when I had youngsters who napped. I could read during naptime. Now? They’re older. They have activities that require me to be present — not just physically, but mentally, too. My kids are my primary focus, and before I know it they won’t need me so much anymore. Anything that takes away from my time with them just isn’t worth it. And, yeah, this has been one of those things. Before I went back to work (while my kids are in school), I did have time I could devote to reading. Now, most of that time is spent working — at my job or around the house.
I have not come to the decision to pull the plug on Proud Book Nerd lightly. I have been thinking this through, trying to find other solutions, for several months. I considered bringing other reviewers onboard. I have considered moving this back to Blogger or WordPress.com. I have considered many things. But at this point, I think the best solution is the simplest: say good-bye. Most of my reviews will be copied over to Goodreads so they aren’t lost entirely. That way authors still have my support. And that way all of the work I put into those reviews isn’t completely gone. But I don’t intend to come back to book blogging, so I will be canceling service and letting this die away. It’s a painful choice, but the right one.
So, with that said, I will maintain a presence on Goodreads. Please follow the link on the right to find me there, if you’d like to stay in touch there. Until this site is gone, I will also remain on Twitter and Facebook. But I will eventually let those go, too. I haven’t yet decided about Pinterest. If you’d like to stay in touch, Goodreads is the best bet. Or shoot me an email. For now, my email account associated with this blog will remain. That is another thing I haven’t yet decided what to do with.
For those of you who have supported me over the years, thank you! For those of you who have become friends, please do keep in touch elsewhere. It is with a heavy heart, but a strange sense of freedom, that I say good-bye.
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