I’ve had this post half-written for two or three months as I’ve tried to decide what to do and where to go with this blog. It’s been several months since I’ve posted anything (here or much of anywhere for that matter), even though I’ve been reading (although not as much as I used to). There are three reasons for this:
1. I started a new job in July that is a lot more demanding than my old one.
2. The new job allowed me to move back home with my family (no more living apart from hubby, daughter and Tanzy) who are also a lot more demanding than living by myself which I have done for three of the past five years.
Both of these mean I have less free time and therefore, less time to spend blogging and online in general. But wait, didn’t I say there were three reasons? Well yes, yes I did. And the third reason is probably the biggest reason of all:
3. I haven’t felt like it much.
I started blogging seven years ago and have gotten so much more out of it then I ever thought possible . One of my favorite parts has been “meeting” new people who love some of the same things that I do and being able to talk about them and share information and ideas. It also gave me something to “do” and focus on during the time I was away from my family and my online “book friend community” became a great way of not feeling alone in new cities where I didn’t know anyone.
Recently I’ve read a few posts by fellow bloggers talking about blogging and review burnout so maybe it’s just the natural progression/cycle of things. Or maybe it’s because there are so many more outlets for online interaction these days and blogging may not be the most effective method.
I’ve considered shutting The Castle down; I’ve thought about not posting anymore but leaving up what’s there; then there’s resuming my “normal” posting. But after a lot of thought, I decided none of those would be an outcome I really wanted. So, now that I’ve had a little break, I’ve decided to just shift my approach a little.
This will still be a place about books. Books I’ve read. Books I wanted to read. Books I’ve bought (especially those older ones with the great covers I love so much). Books that sound interesting. Stuff that’s kind-of-sort-of history related but not necessarily about books. Maybe some travel.
I’ve decided not to set a schedule for myself. Hopefully that will take it back more to being something I want to do rather than feeling it’s something I have to do – I already have one job and sadly, reading, reviewing and blogging isn’t going to pay my bills. For my readers who are still around to read this – thank you for not abandoning me and I'll hope you'll stick around!So, back to books and stuff…