I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for two years! I’m not a pro at it by any stretch of imagination but not going to lie, I feel I’ve accomplished something. It’s also a wonderful feeling knowing that a lot of you are still around; whether or not you’ve been actively commenting or interacting with me is immaterial. Just knowing that I’m still tucked away somewhere in your periphery is good enough for me.
When I first started this blog, the main source of steam that kept me going is because I like expressing my views whether solicited or not. I needed an outlet. Before blogging, I had my Goodreads profile linked up to my personal Facebook account. I get complaints from everyone saying they need not know which page I was on or how many stars I’d give a book. So I unlinked my Facebook. I hated putting a lid on my thoughts when all I wanted to do was rave, rant and sometimes, rage. I was about to explode. Don’t get me wrong, writing reviews on Goodreads was awesome too. But I hated getting lost among the ten million reviewers on there.
Then came Blogger. Him and I became the best of friends. But as time goes by, and as my followers grow, the pressure soon mounted. I was receiving books for reviews that I wasn’t able to commit to. I was joining book tours that to be honest, I wasn’t really cut out for. Soon, book blogging wasn’t as much fun as I thought it was. And I blame myself.
I’m learning to find a balance between blogging for fun and blogging because I’m obligated to do so. The truth is, I’m still behind on reviews but I’ve been contacting the authors that have sent me books in the past. I’ve apologized and offer the blog for whatever they may need.
This month, things on the home front are back to normal. I quit my part time job and I’m back to my old job. I have scheduled some post and written reviews for books that I’ve read while on my two-week break. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to keep the momentum going.
I’m sorry for the lack of fan fare or the Debbie Downer tone of this post. It is what it is. I’m sorry to say that there won’t be a giveaway for my two-year milestone. Truth is, I can’t afford it and I’m not the type of person who bothers authors or publishers for books to giveaway. I’ve decided that I’m starting this year of my blogging differently. I will be doing it because I have something to say. I will disregard the pinch of jealousy I usually feel because your blog is way better than mine or your posts get more comments. Blogging takes a lot of work, sure. But I refuse to let it take over my life.
I have other interests. Lately, I’ve started to collect vinyl records. I’ve been enjoying taking pictures. I’ve also been watching movies lately. So this blog has been made-over. It’s not going to be just about books (though it’s likely the dominant topic), it will also be about music, or the odd theatre, the films, the photography. Heck, I might even take up baking (gasps!).
So I hope you’ll all stick around for whatever antics I come up with.
As for book reviews, I decided that I’m not going to hide my affection with Erotica. I will post reviews with warnings. I will tell you if a book review isn’t appropriate if you’re a teen who reads my blog.
For music, I’m not going to rate it. I’m not an expert. If I discover something, I am most likely to write a bit about it. Music is universal and can also be an acquired taste sometimes. I guess it’s like books that way: What is pleasing to my ears might just be nails on a chalkboard to you.
Anyway this has gone on long enough. Just some people I’d like to thank:
We Fancy Books who got me started on blogging. For Jay Jay and his continued support (technical and otherwise).
Alexa of Collections and Bethzaida of Bookittyblog my fellow Melina Marchetta fan girls who share my passion and obsession with Jonah Griggs.
Tiffany of Escaping One Book at a Time who gets me. For real.
Simone (DreamySim1) whose talent in design knows no bounds. I only have to tell her what I want and she gets it in one try. Seriously, woman. You freaking rock. Her blog can be found here.
Kara Karina of Nocturnal Book Reviews I have not been around lately but this woman’s reviewing talent is an inspiration to me. Hope you’re doing okay, K. Miss you.
Jasprit & Rachel of The Readers’ Den , Christy’s Love of Books, who are all a bad influence for someone trying to wean herself from buying more books but I thank them anyway for the influence. Keep them coming, ladies!
To all the publishers and authors who continue to contact me regarding their books…
To all my friends and family whom I badgered until I got them to read a book, liked my page and especially to those who tolerated all my crazies…
And to every single one of you who follows the blog, follows me on Twitter and Instagram, liked my Facebook page…
To my fellow bloggers who continue to inspire, to push, to promote books to the masses…
To all you brave and brilliant authors who keeps fanning the flames of my love for reading…