In retrospect, I don’t think it was fair to the author to write it there, so I apologise Ed James, plus I don’t think I was particularly clear on my reasons or where I plan on taking the blog from here. So, I thought I would address it in a full post, which I should have done in the first place.
For as many years as I have been blogging, I have been reviewing books. At first, I was adamant that I wasn’t a book reviewer. I was simply sharing books, with my blog readers, which I had read and loved. But, over time, I was given books by authors and publishers, I joined NetGalley and it turned into proper book blogging/reviewing. It morphed without me having really wanted it to.
As a writer, I hadn’t wanted to give opinions on other writers’ books. I just wanted to share great books I’d read in my spare time.
With the growth of the book blogging side of the blog, I began to feel under pressure. Time was becoming a precious commodity. I had piles of books to read and then to write reviews for. And yet, I had books I needed to read for research purposes or simply because I wanted to read them for my own pleasure and I couldn’t get to them because I’d agreed to read and review other books and I couldn’t let people down. This was leading to a lack of enjoyment. Yes, the books are great that I’m being given, but the joy of choosing my own books, that had gone.
So, with the lack of time and some of the joy missing, it was already feeling like it was time to bring it to a close – and that was last year!
Roll forward to this year, I’ve released my second book, I’m going to be releasing a novella in about six weeks and I’m now working on the first draft of a standalone novel before going back to Hannah Robbins 3. You can see, I have my hands full as a writer.
And, this is what I want to focus on.
I only have limited energy every day as I battle my own body, living with a chronic debilitating genetic illness, so I have to prioritise.
I want to focus on my writing career. I want to write as much as I can. I want to read the research books I need to read – at will. I then want to pick up any old book, to relax with when needed. And then when I have some energy reserves back again, I can write some more. Not worry about the toppling TBR pile and the people I am letting down because I’m not getting through it fast enough.
So, what of the blog?
I’m still going to blog. In fact, as mentioned some time ago, it’s getting a whole new facelift. I couldn’t do it myself, so I had to ask someone else to do it for me, and it should be going live very soon. It’ll be a website with a blog as a part of it. I’ll blog as I do now, about three times a week – hopefully.
Monday’s will be the crime series – either the policing section or the fun facts.
Wednesday’s will be personal posts or anything of interest I want to put in there.
And Friday’s will be the writing series. Finishing off the First Draft series and then moving to the Revisions series.
But, I won’t be feeling pressured to read particular books, in particular timeframes (which I was never good at anyway) and think about how to say what I think without giving away the plot or twist or bad guy. If I love a book I’m reading, I’ll just share the love on Twitter or Facebook. I’m a natural reader. I just don’t want to do it as a role.
Are you a book blogger, do you ever feel the pressure and fancied a break?