13 September 2013

Reflections on My 5-Year Blogoversary

© cbl for www.BethFishReads.comWhen I wrote my first post to Beth Fish Reads, I took it as a given that I'd quit this venture before the week was up. Here I am, 5 years later, with about 2000 posts under my belt and over 1 million page views. Who could have guessed?

My original idea for the blog was to write about my nightly habit of listening to audiobooks while cooking or baking. I also thought I'd throw in a photograph or two. I never had any notion of writing a personal blog (and I still don't), but I remained flexible and slowly found my rhythm as a blogger.

Unlike so many people in the book blogging world, I have no desire to publish a novel; I don't ever, ever want to own a bookstore; and I hate to write. Furthermore, I didn't start blogging to enter the industry--I'm already in it. In fact, 2014 will mark my 30th year as a full-time freelance editor, and I couldn't be happier with my career choice.

Wait a minute! What was that? I hate to write? Yes. And I'm also the world's slowest writer. If you can believe it, it often takes me 3 hours to write a blog post. Really. I'm pathetic. This leads me to the main point of this blogoversary post: Where I am and where am I headed?

© cbl for www.BethFishReads.comStaying the Same First, I am not joining the rest of the class of 2008 and jumping offline. I plan to keep Beth Fish Reads up and running as far as I can see into the future. I miss the old days of zillions of comments, lots of community events, and a full feed reader. I particularly miss the people who have disappeared off the face of the earth, some of whom I met in person and considered true friends.

Oddly enough, though, as the number of comments on this blog decreases, all my other stats (page views and subscribers) continue to steadily increase. So although I find that blogging is less interactive than it once was, my audience is still there and growing. Thanks to all of you for sticking with me!

I'm also pleased with the general schedule of Beth Fish Reads: two to three reviews, a photo, a teaser, Imprint Friday, and especially Weekend Cooking (and I encourage all of you to participate in that -- no need to cook, just share a quote, a photo of your favorite ice cream parlor, or even a movie review). I don't see that changing much either.

© cbl for www.BethFishReads.comNature of My Reviews As I mentioned, I'm a horribly slow writer. As a result, writing reviews can be painful, and sometimes I actually resent the burden of putting up a new post six days a week. Here's the deal. I've kept notes on my reading off and on since I was in first grade. I like jotting down my thoughts and thinking about the books I've read. Quite often I have a lot to say, but not always.

So I have a problem: The worst part of blogging for me is the pressure to say something worthwhile about every book I've read; I "need" to do this because one of my blogging goals is to keep a record of everything I've read. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I'm caving under the stress. I don't know about you, but sometimes I don't really want to write up a thoughtful, intelligent review of a book, and here's why:

  • Sometimes I'm reading for pure entertainment. I'm not expecting brilliant writing and profound thoughts. I just want to be lost in another world for a little while. What more can I say about such a book than "I liked it; it was fun"?
  • Sometimes I read a book that I'm dying to discuss with others, but the things I want to say involve spoilers. Then I'm stuck with something like this: "I can't say much without spoiling the book, but I'm still thinking about the decisions one character made." Kind of unsatisfying for me, though it might make you read the book.
  • Oh and then there are the series. I might have a lot to say about the first couple of books, but the 15th entry into Fables or the Hamish Macbeth books, I have nothing much more to say than "Not the strongest in the series" or "I love the changes in the main character's life."
  • Then come the books that are too personal to discuss. These are books that I loved to death, that resonated with me as few other books have. I hate writing in depth about those novels because a review puts distance between me and the experience. I'd rather post something like "just read it" than to force myself to be analytical.
  • Finally, I write freelance reviews for websites and print media and blurb for Bloggers Recommend. Once I've written up a review for another venue, I'm usually done with that book in terms of trying to write about or discuss it further. That means there are a number of books I've read that don't appear on Beth Fish Reads. That kind of makes me sad.
© cbl for www.BethFishReads.comSo what are the solutions? I want to put less pressure on my myself to have to write a full, in-depth review of every book I read. I am hoping that some of my reviews here will begin to take on a different look or feel, depending on the type of book. So a review for a book in a series may be short and to the point. A book I read for pure entertainment might consist of a few bullet points. A book that is too personal to pick apart may include nothing more than a summary and two gushy sentences.

In addition, if I'm on an editing deadline or I don't feel well or I'd rather be out walking or gardening or cooking, I'm going to try to give myself permission to skip a day of posting (except Weekend Cooking) if that makes sense for the way my day is going. I'm not sure this will really happen, but, hey, you never know.

Where to Find Me I really want to regain some of my lost offline life. I rarely make lace anymore and my gardens are a mess. Why? Because every spare minute is going into this blog and social media. I've already cut back on Twitter and have felt the relief. I am also going to try some experimenting to find the best way to read the blogs in my feed reader. Sometimes it's easier to read and not pop through to comment. Sometimes I have the time to make more personal connections. Sometimes I like to reach out on Twitter. No matter how sporadically you hear from me, rest assured that I am still here and still reading what you have to say.

© cbl for www.BethFishReads.comOne new thing I've discovered this year is the Instagram community. There I participate in photo challenges and have made several new online friends. I post one to four photos a day, and I'm loving how much fun it is to find things to photograph and to play with editing apps. I'd love it if you followed me (@BethFishReads) or let me know your instagram handle so I can follow you. Most of the photos in this post first appeared on Instagram (click the images to enlarge).

Thanks again to all of you who have made my 5 years as Beth Fish Reads so satisfying and fulfilling. Here's to 5 more!

60 comments:

Jackie Bailey 9/13/13, 6:19 AM  

We started blogging within weeks of each other and so I was very interested to see if your thoughts match mine.

We've seen massive change in the blogging community and I miss the golden age (I think 2010 was my favourite year). It is good to know that you still enjoy it, but I miss the comments. I know I can look at the stat counter and see the numbers growing, but it isn't the same as the interaction I used to enjoy in the comment section.

I think you may well be the last one standing. Good luck with your next five years :-)

Charlie (The Worm Hole) 9/13/13, 6:33 AM  

Happy 5 years, that's awesome :)

What you and Jackie have said about old days, even at just 3 years I sense a change as well. I wasn't as active at the start so comments were few by default, but I've noticed the decline on more popular/older sites. It is nice to hear your stats have increased.

It is so difficult to keep the writing-the-review momentum going exactly the same (particularly where 'thoughtful' is concerned) and sometimes you do just have to let it go. And books that feel personal, it's impossible to distance yourself whilst providing a thorough review.

Your goals and ideas sound very good, room to breathe whilst not loosing track.

Glad to hear you'll be here for the foreseeable future!

Molly 9/13/13, 6:34 AM  

LOVE this! I am SO glad that you will continue blogging, but in a way that works for your personal schedule. I hope to start participating more often in Weekend Cooking - baking was a long ago passion that I want to rekindle.

I am on instagram and would love to connect in that way. Your composition and photography style has always been an inspiration to me. (#mstermind1)

bookspersonally 9/13/13, 6:37 AM  

Lovely post Beth and congratulations on 5 years of a wonderful blog! Enjoyed reading about the ways you are pursuing a blog/life balance and your reflections on the changes in your blogging - issues we all wrestle with- lots to think about! You do it all so gracefully.

Trish 9/13/13, 6:40 AM  

First--congratulations on five years of blogging! I really admire you and all that you've done for and within the community.

Second--the changes. Everything that you've written here represents my struggles with book blogging over the past couple of years. I honestly don't know how some have continued on at the same pace without a measure of burnout! And I also absolutely understand the wanting to get back to some of the things offline and feeling that your online life is eating away at that time. Who knew that blogging would be so time consuming! I hope that you're able to find some balance!

Here's to many more. The book blogging community certainly would not be the same without you and I'm glad that you are choosing to evolve rather than hang up your hat. Seems there are more and more bloggers every day going that way and it makes me so sad (though it's also hard to ignore that there goes much of my active audience as well...).

Tea norman 9/13/13, 6:50 AM  

Hi Beth,

You write so well, Beth. I could have never put the five years in perspective on paper. By the way I did need a tissue. I for one am glad your still here loving it just as much as when you began your journey with the bloggers. Thank you.

Melissa Owens 9/13/13, 6:58 AM  

Congratulations on five years of blogging! Wonderful post! I guess I will hit my blog's five-year anniversary next February, but who knows if I will actually be back to blogging when it happens :-/ As you pointed out, things have changed a lot in the community over the years, which I noticed when I came back from my last long hiatus.

BTW, I never would have guessed you hated to write, based on your various reviews and other posts I've read :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Amy 9/13/13, 6:59 AM  

I absolutely get what you are saying about reading about reading for entertainment! I did not buy twilight or the latest James Patterson expecting dickens or Shakespeare, yet I constantly feel pressured to write reviews analyzing them as if they were. Great post and congratulations!

Uniflame 9/13/13, 7:00 AM  

I think it is great that you will allow yourself more space :) I really encourage you will do that :) I did this earlier this year and it feels great. And now I am slowly picking up again.

Sandy Nawrot 9/13/13, 7:04 AM  

I do believe you may be the last one standing! I am coming up on the 5 year as well, right before I turn this thing off for awhile, or forever, who knows. I do know that real life DOES suffer for the blog, and I feel a little resentful of that. My kids are young only once. I'm going to pay attention to how you juggle your job and blog and life and maybe I can learn a thing or two to help me figure out mine!

bermudaonion 9/13/13, 7:31 AM  

Happy blogiversary! It does seem harder and harder to balance real life and blogging, doesn't it? I need to learn to give myself permission to skip a day as well. I think our Type A personalities are what have kept us at this so long but they're also what makes it hard to step back some.

Meghan 9/13/13, 7:33 AM  

I am very glad you intend to stick around - I've been so sorry to see many bloggers leave and I'd have been really sad if you joined them.

I have stopped forcing myself to write about every single book (for quite some time now as my way low posting volume shows), but now I find I miss the record. I think bullet points or just two sentence reviews is the way to go.

Amanda 9/13/13, 8:28 AM  

Congrats on your 5-year! Glad you're sticking around, even if I rarely get over here to comment anymore. Like you said, I'm still reading. :)

The Surly Bookseller 9/13/13, 9:00 AM  

I've always enjoyed your reviews, and, having just relaunched my own blog, I can tell you that I'm already rediscovering all the things you mentioned about writing an all-out review under those very common and real-world circumstances! It's the same challenge I face as a bookseller. At some point you trust that your followers just trust YOU enough not to need all the details that you hate to write anyway!

Congratulations on your blogversary, and here's to 5 more!

Col (Col Reads) 9/13/13, 9:12 AM  

Congrats on 5 years of blogging. Yours was one of the first blogs I found when I started, because of the What's in a Name Challenge. I hope you'll continue with that too! I took a long break, and then came back to the blog with a reduced schedule that made it way more fun for me. I'm glad you'll still be around -- but if you need a human connection, I'm available for lunch!

Jill Swenson 9/13/13, 9:19 AM  

Congratulations Beth. Appreciate you sharing your observations, experiences and intentions. They resonate with many others here and certainly with those who are writing/have written a book to promote. You've hooked me on audiobooks. You've generously given me a Black Betty recipe I thought had died with a distant relative. So glad you'll be blogging on. Cheers.

Marg 9/13/13, 9:22 AM  

Congratulations on your blogiversary my friend!! I am so glad that you are sticking around. I could rattle off any number of reasons but the only one that really matters is that I enjoy our interactions whether it be through blog comments, twitter, instagram, facebook...wherever and whenever!

I have struggled with blogging for the last few months but I can't yet imagine life without it and things seem to be a little bit on the up at least! I gave up on reviewing every book years ago, mainly because there was too much self imposed pressure and I constantly felt behind. I do sometimes wish I had of written reviews for some books that I can't quite remember but never mind!

I think that the kind of thinking that you are doing is pretty healthy really anyway. Nothing stays the same and blogging is no different. If our blogs remained static they would reflect the us of 5 years ago which would not necessarily be the us of today, and besides, that would be boring for us as well as for our readers!

Literate Housewife 9/13/13, 9:57 AM  

While everyone's situations are unique, it's very interesting that so many of the long term book bloggers are having very similar thoughts and feelings. Thank you so much for sharing this. I've known it for a long time, but it's nice to have it confirmed that I'm not alone. :)

I've been thinking a lot about how much things have changed and how writing what for me is a full length review feels more and more like a chore. It's not where I'm at right now. I'd much rather dish about what I'm reading more informally on Twitter or on my Facebook page. I also love participating in Bloggers Recommend. This post has given me even more to think about in regard to the future.

Congratulations on 5 years! I've loved meeting you as a blogger and as a friend.

Erica B 9/13/13, 9:58 AM  

Happy blogiversary! I've loved working with you over the years and getting to hang out in person. And your instagram photos always make happy--they're always a bright spot in my feed.

Marcie Lovett 9/13/13, 10:00 AM  

Congratulations, Beth! I enjoy your writing and your comments about life beyond books. I'm glad to hear that someone else struggles with writing. Please keep blogging; a lot of people look forward to hearing from you.

Swapna 9/13/13, 10:27 AM  

I'm with you. I still plan to keep my blog going, even if review formats and posting schedules change. Here's to the class of 2008!

rhapsodyinbooks 9/13/13, 10:27 AM  

Happy Fifth! (does that mean you should celebrate with a fifth of Scotch?) It hardly seems possible it has been five years already!!

Serena 9/13/13, 10:41 AM  

Congrats. I miss the old commenting days and full feeds, but at the same time, I have less time to devote to that since I have a toddler running around.

I like the idea of just telling me a book was fun and why; we all need pure entertainment books, and I know exactly what you mean when you want to discuss something, but that may contain spoilers...its so heartbreaking.

Barbara 9/13/13, 10:53 AM  

I'm so glad you aren't calling it quits after 5 years. I love your posts; would never have guessed you find writing difficult.

I never have posted every day. I think I would find it impossible actually. However, I do review everything I read and still enjoy doing so although sometimes I have trouble with a book I don't like. The problem I have at the moment is that I've been reading a book almost 1000 pgs. long for a looong time, with time out for review commitments occasionally. The stack of books (and commitments) on my desk is growing and now I feel such pressure to finish the long one so I can press on. Guess I'll always stress out a little about this kind of thing but I'm determined to read some of the behemoths I've put aside too long.

It will be interesting to see how I feel when I reach 5 yrs. :)

Andi 9/13/13, 11:06 AM  

Happy 5 years, Candace!!! Cheers to many more and for making blogging work for you. :)

Chelsy 9/13/13, 11:07 AM  

Congratulations on five years!!

SuziQoregon 9/13/13, 11:08 AM  

First of all Congrats on 5 years. I'm not sure at what point along the way you and I connected but I'm so glad we did.

I hear you on the bloggers who left - I'm the class of 2006 and while many are no longer blogging there are also a lot of folks I've known since my early days who still are and that's good. I think we've all adapted over the years and I think that willingness to adapt is what keeps the desire to blog going.

I'm reading through your section about the nature of your reviews and nodding to myself all the way through. I think it's good to give yourself permission to let the nature of the book or reason for reading it dictate the type of review. I have been working on this myself. I still want to post about every book I read because that's the primary reason I started my blog but some of them just don't need the full treatment.

I know you mentioned that you won't skip Weekend Cooking but I certainly hope you won't skip Wordless Wednesday either!!

Daryl 9/13/13, 11:17 AM  

what a great post .... i cant imagine not blogging, even tho as a 'personal' blogger there are days/evenings when i am just not in the mood to share ... and i think i like the idea of reading blogs via email subscription more than via the reader options and i wish you'd add the subscribe gadget to your sidebar ....

i am glad we're both here to stay as bloggers!

Beth Hoffman 9/13/13, 11:31 AM  

I don't know why, but as I read your post, I got weepy (in the best of ways). I wanted to reach through my computer screen an hug you.

It was four years ago that I discovered your blog and I've been a fan ever since. I also consider you a valued friend. So I lift my glass and toast you for all that you do and all that you are: Here's to many more years of blogging, sharing recipes, and posting tons more photographs. And, hopefully, some of those photographs will be of the lace you're making on the days you take off from blogging. Maybe, someday, you can bake me a loaf of gluten-free bread while I read to you in the kitchen of #Happydale.

Happy Blogiversary!

dog eared copy 9/13/13, 11:50 AM  

Happy 5th Blogiversary! There are so many things I want to share right now (memories of interactions, how this post resonated with me, etc) but that would entail a comment at least as long as your post! So I will simply leave it at, "Congratulations!" :-)

picky 9/13/13, 11:54 AM  

Congratulations! I'm so glad I discovered your blog when I began my own. I've enjoyed your little corner of the Internet.

Lately I've done well to post once a week. My offline life has suddenly changed quite drastically, and I haven't the time or energy to post as I did before. That will change. I'll find balance, but for right now, I'm not allowing it to bother me.

Here's hoping you carve out a little time for your other hobbies!

Too Fond 9/13/13, 1:06 PM  

Happy 5 year anniversary, Ms. BFR! Keep doing your thing. :)

Carole 9/13/13, 4:28 PM  

Congratulations on such an accomplished 5 year old! It's a real achievement. I support your move to doing some short informal comments on books rather than a full review. If someone is following you because they like your blog - it is your taste they will rely on rather than a detailed review - well that's what I think anyway. Cheers

fredamans 9/13/13, 6:39 PM  

Happy blogoversary! Keep on being you, it's what you do best!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 9/13/13, 9:28 PM  

WOW...Just look at all the comments on this 5 Year post! (Ask and you shall receive...LOL)

I was 5 years in June and I read loads of blogs, but don't always comment, and I totally understand that others do the same with my blog.

I honestly blog for me, as a way to track what is going on in my "book life", and whatever interaction that happens from others, I see as a bonus.

I am thinking about whether 2014 will be another blogging year -- I suspect so, but maybe a bit different.

Hope you stick around. Congrats

Nise' 9/13/13, 10:07 PM  

Congratulations on 5 years! I am glad that you have plans to continue even if you tweak the way you participate. I celebrated 6 years and plan to continue. Early on I struggled when I tried a style that was not me at all because I thought wordier was better (everyone was doing it that way). Writing has never been something I aspired to either. But once I gave that up and went back to my style of short & sweet and stuck with it blogging became the pleasure it was in the beginning. It is true that things have changed drastically in the last few years, but its okay! I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog and am glad that it will continue.

Mandy Boles 9/13/13, 10:16 PM  

Happy Blogoversary Candace! You were one of the first book bloggers I followed when I started blogging. I've always admired the way you blend your photography in along with your bookish posts on the blog.

When I started blogging 3 1/2 years ago it was around the tail end of the days when commenting was big in the community. I really miss the "good old days." Recently, I thought abut turning off comments because the number of comments I receive doesn't adequately reflect my page views. I think non-blogging readers are finding our blogs which is awesome, but they probably see our sites as a resource. I couldn't let myself turn off the comments though, because I love hearing from readers.

I can relate to your feelings concerning the act of actually writing reviews. I've been feeling this way lately too and couldn't quite put words to how I'm feeling. I think you expressed what so many of us feel from time to time beautifully!

Happy Blogoversary! And thank you for such a beautiful post about book blogging. Well said!

Mandy Boles

Stacy at The Novel Life 9/13/13, 11:33 PM  

Happy happy Blogoversary!
I've always admired how you and Kathy at BermudaOnion post almost every day ~ I've never been able to keep up with a daily blog schedule.

I'm glad you're going to stick around and hopefully ease up on your own personal expectations of yourself with blogging. You're one of the few veterans I always go to for how to do this blogging thing about books RIGHT.

And I very much appreciate your confession about struggling with the writing of book reviews! I thought it was just something I struggled with ~ nice to know it is a shared concern.

Enjoy your next 5 years and know even if we're not always out here commenting, you do have some very loyal fans.

Carrie 9/14/13, 12:08 AM  

First, congratulations on five years!

Second, I'm SO glad you're not going anywhere.

Third, I can completely relate to your feeling about writing reviews - I struggle with the same things. I feel like I should write "full-length" reviews for review copies, but end up relying on mini-reviews for the books that I read on my own initiative, with no obligation. And when I read reviews written by other bloggers, they are so in-depth and well-written, that I feel like mine are paltry. And yet, I have no desire to spend more time and effort to make mine more "literary." So, oh, well, I'm going to have to be happy with what I'm doing and my few regular readers and commenters. And I'm glad that group includes you. :)

Beth F 9/14/13, 5:56 AM  

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. The community and the connections mean a lot to me. And thanks too to those who stopped by to read but didn't comment -- I understand, and I'm grateful for you too. :)

(Diane) bookchickdi 9/14/13, 8:36 AM  

This may be my favorite blog post you have written. I feel the same way about books that I absolutely adore; I just don't have the proper words to express how deeply I feel about them.
I too, have no desire to write a novel and sometimes the prospect of writing a post fills me with anxiety. (But I do have a killer idea for a screenplay; alas it will never be written.)
Congratulations on five years; I think you have hit the perfect balance and BethFishReads is the one blog I always read. I look forward to many more years.

Laurie C 9/14/13, 9:13 AM  

I'm just past my four-year blogoversary, and am glad to hear you're not retiring! I'm happy if I manage to post twice a week, so the pressure on myself is a lot lower. (I still struggle with twice a week posts, believe it or not, so really I'm happy if I manage one post a week.) I have always intended on writing a full review of every book I read, but come nowhere close to that, and realize that that's something that might come with retirement from full-time work, if it ever does. I can't keep up with reading daily posts, so that's why I'm just catching up with you on this one now, and other commenters have said everything better already!

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine 9/14/13, 10:49 AM  

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I'm looking forward to seeing how your blog evolves going forward.

Booksnyc 9/14/13, 11:00 AM  

Congratulations on the past five years! Your blog was one of the first I started following and served as a model for me as I started my own blog - even though I don't even approach your consistency in blogging or quality in reviews.

Cheers for the next five years and getting that balance you are looking for!

Joy 9/14/13, 11:27 AM  

Congrats on 5 years and finding ways to still make it fresh and workable for you.

Joy's Book Blog

Ali 9/14/13, 12:03 PM  

Happy blogiversary! We started just a couple of months apart--though you've been much more consistent than I have! It's that struggle for balance between blog and life--I tend to lean towards life and let the blog suffer.

I like your idea for different styles of reviews--and weekend cooking is one of my favorite memes. Even though I rarely get my act together to participate, I always enjoy reading the posts when I can.

thebookbully 9/14/13, 12:09 PM  

More congrats on your fifth anniversary. I am humbled by what you've accomplished and know you are gratified by all of the best wishes you've received.

Like others I enjoyed your thoughts on reviewing books. I've often wondered how to reach out to other bibliophiles in a quick yet interactive way. And, yes, often it's so tough to find the right words other than "What a great book!"

I'm new to your site but plan on becoming a lifer. Best of luck to you in the future wherever that takes you!

Karen B 9/14/13, 12:41 PM  

Congrats on 5 years! I don't know how all of you bloggers do it. I'm a reader and can hardly post a comment! I plan on staying a follower no matter how often you post and would enjoy your reviews even if you only gave a few sentences and a rating (1 to 5).

Waiting to see a picture of your lace!

Create With Joy 9/14/13, 3:47 PM  

Congratulations on reaching this huge milestone Beth! I am coming up on my 4th anniversary in just a few weeks and I relate so much to many of the insightful things you wrote!

I am SO glad you plan on being around for many years to come.

I'm glad you've become a part of my blogging journey and I look forward to getting to know you even better in the years to come!

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

Margot 9/14/13, 5:43 PM  

Congratulations on a successful five years of blogging! And I do consider you very successful. You have always been one of my favorite bloggers. You've led the way in so many areas and inspired fellow bloggers as well. I don't believe I've ever thanked you for your leadership until now. Thank you.

I enjoyed reading your recap of the last five years. My five years is coming up in a couple of months. and I've been thinking along the same lines. I've already cut back on posting but I just can't give it up completely. So. I'm glad to hear you are planning to continue too. Best of luck to you. I join Beth Hoffman in reaching through the air with an online hug just for you. (She wasn't the only one who felt a little misty-eyed.) Excellent post.

Julie P. 9/14/13, 8:49 PM  

I think everyone is feeling the pressure after this long. Good for you for wanting to stay with it.

Tif Sweeney 9/15/13, 9:55 AM  

Congratulations on making it 5 years! I'm going on a little over 6, and am still shocked that I'm still around and wanting to blog!! :)

I look forward to your reviews, though I don't comment near enough, and think changing them up a bit when you simply don't have much to say is okay. With all the different avenues, connections to occur in so many ways, and I personally love that.

And, I just love your pictures you post on Instagram! I look forward to many more years of words and pics from you! :)

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 9/15/13, 11:59 AM  

First of all, congrats on the five year anniversary. I've been blogging in one place or another since 2006 so I know how difficult it can be to keep up the enthusiasm.

I can relate to what you say here. I too am a very slow writer and have no desire to write a novel. I enjoy the interaction, the comments, discussing books, sharing my photos and recipes, but it takes a lot of time. While I'm still reading a lot of blogs, I'm probably not commenting as much as I'd like to. Some days I'm one of those statistics that stopped by and didn't say anything.

As for the nature of your reviews - whatever works for you is the right answer. The best blogs change and evolve over time.

We all need a little balance in life so you have permission to skip a day now and then. Looking forward to reading another 5 years of posts here. :)

Jeanne 9/15/13, 9:16 PM  

Congratulations on five years! I'm glad there is a core group still going on.

JoAnn 9/16/13, 8:41 AM  

Congratulations on reaching five years - we started blogging just weeks apart! So much of what you've written here mirrors my own thoughts, but you've expressed it all so much more eloquently than I ever could. You have been an inspiration for me personally and I appreciate all you've done for the community, too.

I don't see myself quitting any time soon either, but the book reviews are getting me down. Contemplating a drastic change in style.

Here's to the next five years!

Melissa (Avid Reader) 9/19/13, 4:00 PM  

I'm so glad you're going to continnue to blog. It does seem like a lot of people are abandoning the blogging community lately. I've only recently discovered your weekend cooking posts and I can't wait to join in!

Louise 9/20/13, 10:34 AM  

Congratulations on reaching the 5 year landmark, you've been extraordinarily successful. I fully understand about speed of writing, and how difficult it can all be. I know we all have our own expectations, but it's your blog, and it's got to be done for you, your way. I could never cope if I pressured myself to post every day- I simply couldn't. I post when I can, but sometimes things bank up, and some posts never get written. I don't blog about every book I read though. I record them all on goodreads, sometimes if I really don't like a book, or don't have anything positive to say, then I might say it there, instead of on my blog. It's not that I want to love everything, I don't, noone does, it's just that there's too much good stuff to be bagging out the bad all the time. Congratulations once again, and I'll look forward to the next 5 years, but I do hope that you ease up a bit on the pressure you seem to put yourself under. It's not worth pressure for me, it's got to be fun or it's not worth it.

wordsandpeace.com 9/22/13, 6:30 PM  

congratulations on your 5 years! sorry to answer late, was off the grid for a while, and I have so many blog posts to catch up with. glad you are here! celebrating my 3 years at the end of this month

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 9/23/13, 6:50 AM  

Wisely said.

In many ways, I'm like you; I'm not blogging for any ulterior motives but because I like blogging. For me, that's the idea that sticks in my head: Remember to keep things fun or change things up.

Heather R 10/11/13, 5:49 PM  

I too have had to make a change to the way I blog - mostly due to time constraints. My theory is - blogging should be fun for me and not feel like a job (because it isn't a job). While my reviews are still very much the same in style to how I have always written them, I primarily only write reviews for 2 genres - anything else might get a passing comment in Goodreads. I think everyone goes through phases of needing change/burnout etc. So shake it up a little and have fun! I'm coming up on my 5 years mark in just a couple months!

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