Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Think I'll Return to Blogging Today

"Do you think she woke up one morning and said 'I think I'll return to blogging today?'"

That's not QUITE how the quote goes.
And I was never the Elle Woods of blogging.
But I must confess: I miss it.

I got so irritated with so many little things re: blogging before I quit almost a year ago, it was a domino effect. I just didn't have the passion for it anymore. I loathed the idea of reading a book because I knew I would have to come up with a couple witty paragraphs about it. Plus, my reading speed tanked for whatever reason, so the review frequency took a major turn for the worse. And oh, the ARC envy.


Turns out a hiatus is just what I needed, though. (Is it a hiatus if it's like 10 months? Or a sabbatical? Or a mental health year? Or do I really give an eff?) Sure, things have changed (AHEMihadababyAHEM) and I'm not the same blogging person I once was, but damnit you guys. DAMNIT. I miss blogging. I miss the community and the bookish conversations and just relishing in the overall excitement. But this time, things will be different.

Jen's New Blogging Commandments (or "How I Plan to  Post Things on Occasion, Perhaps.")

1. Post when I please. 
I thought maybe I'd set a goal to post 3x a week, but there are days when I don't eat or shower until like, 3pm. So that's out. Plus, the main purpose for starting up again is to reclaim some "me time" when and where I can afford it. Who knew it'd be so hard with a 6 week old?

2. Numbers? What numbers?
Stats and hits and visitors and followers? Yeah, I won't be keeping up with that this time around. I think I forgot how.

3. ARCs be damned.
Given recent developments, I can probably only read 3 books a month IF I REALLY TRY, so any additional requesting for print ARCs probably won't be happening. (Plus, that's where the blogger envy starts and I'm steering clear of that!)

4. Why limit to just books?
I have other interests. Let me show you them.

Because everyone's a winner, right? Seriously though, I don't want this to turn into what it was before: a burden. That little niggling feeling in the back of my mind, "shouldn't you be blogging instead?" I don't get paid for this. I don't HAVE to do anything. I just miss you guys and feel so out of the loop with new books and authors. I reserve the right to get excited about a book even if I won't get to read it for 18 years. It's all about that spark, that enthusiasm.

To summarize: I'm happy to be back. Even if "back" means that I post a couple times a month. My priorities may have changed, but I'm still me. It may take me 2 decades to finish a book (hahahaha, I HOPE I'M KIDDING), but I still been out over them just as much. And I may suck at commenting for forever, but I still love you guys, too.

PS. I do plan on sprucing up the blog a little bit, in due time. (Any takers? Halp.)


  1. Yay! SO happy to hear the news! Welcome back, Jen. You do whatever you need to do to keep yourself happy. It's your blog!

  2. Ahhhhhhhh. Pumped.

    Listen if there's any arcs that I get that you want just ask and ye shall receive.

  3. Happy to have you back Jen! Everyone needs a break once a while :)
    I also think that we should all never forget that blogging is still a hobby for us and that there are other things in life that might have to take number one for a while and that's totally fine and normal.
    Blog whenever you feel like it, read whatever you want and just enjoy life with your beautiful little girl :)

  4. I'm happy to see you're back to blogging. I totally get the whole pressure thing when it comes to blogging so making it a lot less stressful on your part is a smart move. Welcome back!

  5. I'm so happy to hear this!! Welcome back!!

  6. That's RIGHT! Blogging's supposed to be fun! Do what you've got to do and stop if it's not fun anymore.

  7. Yay for blogging about other things and not just books! Welcome back, Jen!! xoxo

  8. I think these are fabulous "rules" to adhere to :) It should be fun!

  9. Yay!! Welcome back! I love your new "rules" too :-)

  10. I did the same thing last year. I took time off and only came back when I was able to mentally purge all those blogger "rules" from my mind.

    I'm having fun with it again and I hope you do too.

  11. AHHHH! So happy that you're back! Yay for blogging about other things than books!

  12. Yays!! Great way of looking at blogging! You do your own thing and rock it :)

  13. I am so excited that you are back! And congrats on the new addition! :) And I love your goals... blogging should be fun, not a chore. And you should read books you want because you love them, not because you feel the need to rush through them to get words typed out by a deadline. Happy to see you back. :)

  14. Welcome back! :) I love your new blogging commandments. I think the best thing for me is deciding that I don't care about ARCs. I do get plenty from NetGalley, but something has shifted in the way I react to that. I no longer cry inside if I get declined. It's more so a, "Whatever, I have other things to read anyway," feeling.

    The most important thing is just to love what you're posting (whether they're reviews or not). And don't force yourself to post something if you have nothing to say!

  15. Good to have you back Jen! I like your blogging commandments. :)

  16. I'm so glad! I actually genuinely missed you. Though... actually, that's because you posted this, because I've kind of been a bit MIA myself. (I never check my Feedly! I still miss Google Reader...) Anyway, I kind of stick by those blogging commandments myself, and have done so for a few years now. I was never going to put myself under that amount of pressure -- I HAVE TO POST/READ/REVIEW X AMOUNT A WEEK/MONTH/YEAR!!! That's just not for me, and that really saps the fun out of book blogging. Interested to see some non-book content for the blog too!

  17. YAY!! This is exciting!!! You stopped shortly after I started so I never really got to be bloggy with you!! <3 I think it's great that you are making an effort to carve out some "ME TIME". I know how hard that is!! Seriously though, since I started blogging for that very reason I have felt so much more balanced and happier all around. :) Good for you!!

  18. Welcome back! I have missed your voice in this community. Do what you want, and what makes you happy. That's the best motto to follow, I think.

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  19. Good for you, Jen! I'm happy to know that you'll be coming back to blogging AND doing it in a way that will make you happy. It's always best to blog for YOU and I think your new blogging commandments are definitely geared towards that. WELCOME BACK! *throws confetti*

  20. Welcome back!! And doing it for yourself, adding no pressure to post a certain amount of times a week and ditching the arc envy sounds perfect :)

  21. THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. Music recs and book chat can resume! PS- Congrats on the little one ;) <3

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  23. I am so happy to see you are back. No matter how often, I'll still be around to check out your blog. :) And congrats on the new addition to your family.

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