Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bye, Bye, Bye.

Honestly, it makes me incredibly sad that I am typing this post right now.

After a long and sad discussion, Carla and I have decided to step back from blogging on Makeshift Bookmark.

For the past two and a half years, I've found solace in blogging. The people I've met, the events I've attended, the amazing book conversations I've had. I've made friendships that I am 100% sure will be long-lasting. I always found time to squeeze in a blog post here and there. I wanted to share my thoughts with the world and have people squeal in delight over this and that with me.

But then things kind of...fizzled.

I'm so proud of our little blog and what it's become, but all good things eventually come to an end, right? I just don't have that spark anymore. And I hate that I don't.

But, considering that I posted that Big Bookish Positivity Post a week or so ago, let's focus on the happy things:

I am so grateful that blogging has brought so many of you wonderful people into my life. My bowing out of blogging will not change that. Hellooooo, I still have the Twitter and I don't plan on ceasing my bookish conversations any time soon.

The last two years have given me opportunities that I would have never dreamed could happen. I've met and hugged my favorite authors, the people who have created entire worlds that I lived in for days, weeks, months at a time.

Makeshift Bookmark gave me a sense of accomplishment and a sense of community. You guys have all been so incredible and holy crap, so. much. FUN. I love talking to each and every one on a daily basis.

Not to mention the last six months sharing the site with Carla have been a blast. She is one person that, if I could invent a teleportation machine and bring her to me (or me to her, because I WANT A BRITISH ACCENT), I wouldn't give it a second thought. I have so much love and admiration for this girl that it is borderline creepy. SERIOUSLY. She rocks. Carla, I love your face.

And to my friends, and especially those of you who are some of my best friends: your presence in my life makes me a better freaking person. Period.

I don't regret getting into blogging. Despite the stress, the benefits far outweighed the sads.

I love you all. Thanks for putting up with me <3


HEY GUYS! Carla here; I just wanted to say a massive great big THANK YOU to Jen, co-blogger extraordinarie and my go to girl for anything and everything. These past 6 months sharing this blog with you have been full of hysterical laughter, inside joked and endless conversations that somehow always wind up being about food. I am incredibly lucky to call you a friend; I know this sounds super cheesy but I really don't know what I would do without you and just knowing that you will always be there whenever I need someone to talk to, well, I appreciate it more than you will ever know. No one else can match my dramatic tendencies quite like you. I love your face so hard it's not even borderline creepy, IT'S STRAIGHT UP CREEPY. (p.s. Jen, lolololol dawson leery crying. GET A GRIP BRO)

For everyone who has taken the time to comment on our posts, THANK YOU for taking the time to leave us with a little bit of yourself. I've loved reading your comments and discovering new blogs. I am so proud of this blog and what Jen has built it into and I am incredibly chuffed to be able to walk away from this and know that none of the friendships I have made will end. For me, blogging was never about the books, it was about you guys, so thanks for letting me share this experience with what I consider to be the best kind of people in the world.  You guys rock. READ ON. 

(OH and p.s. we will still be tumbling (is that right??) at, with teenie weenie reviews but mainly just commentary on stuff.)


  1. So sorry to see you go, but I understand. Makeshift Bookmark was one of the first blogs I ever followed!

  2. LOVE YOU LADIES. This gives me the sads but I've hugged you both in real life and shared good this changes nothing.

  3. SO sorry to see this, but I can certainly appreciate needing to step back. Best of luck to both of you! :)

  4. So sorry to see you ladies go - Makeshift Bookmark was always a guaranteed laugh for me (had a rock in my shoe yesterday and had to stop to make sure it wasn't a spider!!) and you girls are both sweethearts. I wish you both the best in your future endeavours and I hope to see you kicking around on Twitter :)


  5. Good luck in your future endeavors, ladies!
    If blogging has started being a chore, then this is the right decision, sad as it is, because it should always be fun. Without the fun, what's the point?

    And, hey, at least you can read whatever you want again without deadlines...?

    We will miss you, though!

  6. Awwww, I just found you guys and you're leaving! This is a sad thing. But it's also a happy thing, because you're doing what's right for you, which is totes the most important thing. :) I followed your tumblr, so that I can enjoy your mini-reviews.

  7. NO! :( This is so sad.... I just jumped on the boat. Do I smell??? You will be missed.... If I'm sad after only a couple months, I can only imagine how everyone else feels about this. I hope you feel some relief! Better to drop the blogging than the books! <3 Twitter. Be there or be square. *HUG*

  8. Wahhhhh. I've obvi been following since the very beginning, so this fills me with all kinds of sads.

    I swear to god someday I am going to meet you Jen, even if it has nothing to do with blogging or whatever. And omg ew I just sounded like a serial killer there.


    I WILL MISS BOTH OF YOU IN THE BLOGGING SPACE even though I totes interact with you guys on twitter.

  9. I knew it was coming, but I could cry nonetheless. To two ladies who have become some of my bestest friends: Love you! Keep up your twitter or else I'll REALLY cry. Deal? DEAL. xoxo

  10. Both of you have become dear friends of mine way beyond books... so this is NOT goodbye, by any means. But I will miss the reviews and such here at Makeshift Bookmark. You both created such a fabulous home here & I've loved visiting it! Thank you for opening up your bookish thoughts & everything in between to me and the community <3 you ladies are AMAZING! Love you! xoxo

  11. This is a sad day. :( I just want to thank you for giving us such an awesome blog.

  12. My heart is breaking - I love Makeshift Bookmark, and your posts have been among my favorites in the book blogging community. But I do support your decision to do this! Good luck with everything that's ahead - I'm sure that it's going to be great, whatever it is. Lots of love!

    P.S. You guys will still be on Twitter, yes? I don't think I could handle a complete disappearance :(

  13. This makes me sad, you guys. :(

  14. *sadness*
    Thanks was for the LOLest posts and reviews! I'll miss you :(

  15. I haz the sads, but I'm still pumped that we have Twitter and text to keep us connected :) Your witty and awesome reviews will be missed in the community and I'm so happy that blogging introduced us to each othere! *raises a wine glass in your honor*

  16. Ahh this makes me so sad. This has been one of my top book blogs I frequently check, and I've picked up numerous books because of you both! However, I do understand not having the drive and I'm super happy you'll be around twitter and tumblr so I can stalk what you're reading and then pick it up myself! Ahhh take care, much love<3333

    - Farrah

    PS, if you ever have a crushing desire to guest blog . . . I Eat Words is always open to you! :)

  17. Aw, Jen, I remember when you were a newbie blogger and we bonded over Michigan games. I will miss your posts and your gushing (like Farrah, I'd also be happy to turn over my blog for a day if you feel the need to gush about a book). Glad I'll see both of you around twitter still.

  18. Okay, you can't title a post something that makes me jam with an opening GIF of something that makes me giggle hysterically (yes, I'm a terrible person, but HIS FACE)...and then follow it up with a message that makes me sad. Unacceptable!

    But in all seriousness, you ladies are fabulous. ♥ Makeshift Bookmark was one of the first book blogs I discovered back when I started blogging, and you always made me smile. I hope this ultimately makes you both happier, not being tied down to something you just don't have the desire to do anymore. I totally get it. And I am SO happy your lovely faces will still be around on Twitter!


  19. I am so so so sad, you were always my blogging inspiration. Esp. days when I was so busy and I would say to myself " but Jen does it and she is a nurse!" I will miss your blog greatly!!!

  20. Sorry to see you guys go! Your reviews will be missed, but I'm glad you'll still be around. I'm following you on my work Tumblr. :)

  21. Aww you guys rock! Thanks for being awesome bloggers!

  22. Oh no! I just joined this world not too long ago but I'm gonna miss your hilarious and totally truthful posts :( You bet your ass I'm gonna continue to stalk you on Twitter Jen :)

  23. Your blog was one of the very first I followed when I discovered the book blogging community. I've loved reading your reviews and posts and will miss seeing them in my feed reader! It's good that you're doing what you need to do, though. Thank you for being such wonderful bloggers!

  24. I enjoyed your blog a lot! You'll be missed. :D

  25. *hugs* Best of luck ladies! I've enjoyed keeping up with your blog!

  26. I remember when I started out blogging 2 years ago and Makeshift Bookmark was one of the first blogs I followed. Really going to miss your reviews and fun posts. Best of luck to you both ladies! I'll see you around on twitter & tumblr :)

  27. I'm sad. I just discovered this blog recently and it's become one of my favorites. I love talking to Jen on Twitter and that won't change, but I'm sad that I have one less favorite blog to comment on. That said, I know that you need to do the right thing for you and I understand the need to walk away when you lose the passion for it. You will be dearly missed in my email and reader. Take care and I will see you on Twitter.

  28. This is honestly the worst news I have received all month. I am so incredibly sad to see you go! I am going to miss you guys so much. I'll admit, I'm a selfish person and there's still a part of me that wants you to stay so I can continue reading your blog, which has never ever failed to cheer me up. That said, I do understand the importance of doing things you love - life is too precious to waste it on things you have no joy in anymore - and I support your decision. Thank God we still have Twitter and Tumblr! I don't think I'd be able to survive with a complete absence from you guys! In the meantime, I'll be skimming through your archive. :)

  29. I love you and I love your blog and I love all of the things but mostly the crying Dawson .gif.

    oxo forever

  30. Makeshift Bookmark was one of the first blogs I started routinely checking out after I joined April as her co-blogger because April raved about it so much. I tried my best to keep up with all your reviews (even with my lack of comments I did read them!), and I became really excited when Carla came aboard because she was another person who April was always raving about. I've really enjoyed reading your reviews, and getting to know both of you. I'm so sad to see you go! But I completely understand. Take care of yourselves, enjoy your lives outside the blogging sphere, and keep in touch!

  31. Just FYI, I'm singing On My Own all heartfelt but out of tune like Joey Potter. I discovered Makeshift Bookmark when Carla started blogging here and it's been one of my favorite places to visit. I'll be stalking you on Twitter, Tumblr, and Goodreads now.


  32. WTF?!

    Where the Hades was I when this went down? Like, I haven't even had the proper time to grieve and be shocked? I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO BRACE MYSELF.

    Oh maaaan... For serious: what am I supposed to do without you guys posting about all my favorite things and things I didn't even know would become my favorite things (re: MORGANVILLE MOTHAFU—)? And Carla, six months isn't NEARLY enough time with you. I've just started to really get used to and laugh at all the funny because of you. WHY ARE YOU BOTH LEAVING ME?

    Of course I've made this about myself and am trying not to take this as a personal affront, but what do you EXPECT?



    Ok, I'm a little bit over myself. Sad sighs all around, my friends, even with the blubbering Dawson Leery gif to balm my heart with hysterical laughter.

    I think we can ALL OF US agree that one thing Stephenie Meyer wrote right, 'twas this: "The blogoverse will be a darker place without you both" or something like that or whatevs.

    I love you guys and Makeshift Bookmark and if it's not tooooo much to ask: DON'T STAY AWAY FOREVA, HOMESLICES. I'm scared of the dark.

  33. Aww ... I'm just reading this now. SO SAD to see you guys go! I wish you both well and hope that you continue to love books as much as you do now. :)

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