I am a procrastinator. For sometime now I have been contemplating a major change in my blogging habits. Sadly, I have been going back and forth on my decision. If I wasn’t so big on procrastinating, I would have gotten a lot done and been at ease. So before I rethink this decision again for the hundredth time, here goes.
As is evident, I have been less frequent in updating the blog. It is not that there is a dearth of good books to read and review. On the contrary, I have been reading a lot (books, graphic novels, manga, comics) and even managed to listen to a few good audio books. So that is not the problem. What I am going to say next will seem like a repeat of everything you have read and heard before but it is true. Reviewing has turned in to work. It used to be fun. So much fun. Now, it is an obligation. I have been doing this since 2008 and have had my off days before but never have I felt this sort of a need to get away from it all. And before you say it, let me tell you, this isn’t a phase because I have gone through my PHASE, more than once. This is real.
I love shiny new books. I love reading Advance Reader Copies. I am more than thrilled when I receive a book mail. I squeal with joy when a book catalogue arrives in my inbox. What I don’t love are the obligations they come with. Not all but a few do come with some instructions. At this point, I am not interested in being told how to run my blog. I don’t want to jump those hoops just to keep steady flow of ARCs coming my way. I don’t want to sit and write responses to queries regarding, how soon am I going to post the review. I know they are valid requests. You send me books and I am answerable to you. But all said and done, I personally don’t want to keep at it. You guys do an amazing job promoting books and I appreciate you for it but I have lost the joy I used to find in reading and reviewing. I am just trying to get it back. Trying sounds like the right word here.
Don’t worry, I’ll honour all the previous commitments with respect to review requests but won’t be taking up any more. Not for a really long time.
As for my blogging, I’ll surely be doing it but not here. Not on this site. I need a clean break. I have an alternate platform in mind, where I think I’ll be able to express my love for all things bookish in a perfect manner. For a couple of weeks now I have been playing with this idea and it seems I have come up with the best way to do it.
Yes, that micro blogging thing where you can reblog and have loads of fun. The more I explore it, more I fall in love with it. I have had an account for a while which I have been using for checking out the latest on pop culture but now it will serve a different purpose.
Tumblr is flexible that way. It gives my fangirling a new channel, actually multiple channels, to manifest. I love that. It even lets me change my blog name as many times as my want. For real. If you know me then you know how many problems that solves in one sweep. So from now on you’ll be seeing me over there. If you are not the Tumblr types and do not wish to keep following the updates, I totally understand. We had a good run. It was fun interacting with you guys over the last few years and many of you have helped shape me up as a reader. I learned to embrace cross genre fiction and got reading steam punk thanks to some amazing bloggers out here. You’ll see me around commenting on your posts, asking for recommendations and such. So we are good.
As for this blog, I’ll probably keep it up and running but the future posts will be on the Tumblr Blog. As of now I haven’t got the heart to take this down. I’ll probably transfer the posts to WordPress or Blogspot but more on that later. I don’t have to take that decision right now.
So what will be doing on the new platform?
I’ll review books, comics, audiobooks but solely based on my whims. I have a couple of reading projects in mind which I want to undertake including the one I already have running. I have neglected my Project Mythology for a really long time. Not any more.
Most importantly I’ll be gushing over music, movies and television.
So that’s it.
See you on the other side dear friends!