It is with deep regret that I inform my blog followers and fellow book nerds that I have all but said farewell to my obsessive blogging days. The short of the matter is that I have started and not completed many a blog post in recent weeks. Honestly, I don’t even feel the desire to complete any of them. I think this is a sign that my heart is just not 100% into it anymore, not even 50%… Instead of writing reviews, I just want to read and enjoy each story, without feeling as though I have to form my thoughts into cohesive, intelligible sentences. I want to live without the pressure of the “marketing machine”. I work in marketing, I’m kind of tired of dealing with it in my personal life, too…
I am still (and will always be) a reader – as I always have been – I just can’t seem to muster up the enthusiasm for writing my thoughts and reactions down anymore. Not to mention, I have been busy with various other activities lately; which includes improving my professional life and having fun with the family.
I also have picked up a pencil again for the first time in many, many, many months. I have a talent for art and I want to focus on that area in my life again. I received a Wacom tablet from my husband this past Christmas, but have yet to do more than experiment with it because my free time has been so focused on the blog.
In addition, I haven’t typed a single word within my own manuscripts in almost 8 months. EIGHT MONTHS?! This is wrong, just wrong… The whole purpose of refocusing on my blog last year – the new name, branding, etc. – was so that I would discipline myself when it came to my own writing. That never happened. All I did was write more and more words in reaction to the books I read and nothing else. I no longer created my own words or worlds. I abandoned my characters… my dreams. I don’t want to do that anymore.
Blogging takes up a lot of time; A LOT of time that I do not have anymore. So many good things have happened in my life lately. I want to take advantage of those things and, as a result, adjust how I spend my free time. I will miss the interactions I have with you here on the blog. I will be maintaining my domain, so maybe I will post every now and then. But for now, my life as a “blogger” is over.
I will always, always see you on Twitter, though!
(@jennadoesbooks and @jdetrapani – Follow me!)
Ta ta! (For now.)