You may have noticed that I’ve been missing in action here for a few weeks. This was done to test a little theory. You see, for about a year now, I’ve been wavering about whether I wanted to continue blogging or not. It takes up a huge amount of time if you do it “right” (and this is my own definition of “right” — which entails writing regular posts, responding to all comments, visiting everyone who visits your blog on a regular basis and so on.) The truth is that blogging has, in the past year, swung over more and more into the “chore” category rather than the “fun hobby” category. In short, my heart is no longer in it. So I took a few weeks off from blogging to see how I felt about things. I have to say that removing the “chore” of blogging from my life felt wonderful. I had so much more free time to I do what I feel like doing instead of chaining myself to a desk to write a book review or visit blogs when what I really feel like doing is reading a book or working on a puzzle or volunteering for the PTO.
So, because I think blogging should be a fun hobby and not a chore, I’ve decided to cease posting on this blog and radically changing my blogging habits. During my experimental time off, I realized I didn’t want to give up blogging entirely but I needed to scale things way way back and change how I did it. Thus, I decided on a few things:
- I am moving my web presence over to tumblr (http://jencorner.tumblr.com/), which is a “microblogging” platform. I like it because the focus is on posting short posts and comments aren’t an option unless you install them. (I am not.) The idea is that I will post when I feel like it (mostly thoughts on books, movies, lists and photos of my dogs) and encourage an atmosphere of “no obligation” blogging. If you choose to visit to find some ideas for new reads or you just need a cute dog fix, you can swing on by. If you don’t want to, that is OK too. I want to get back to writing for my own enjoyment and not out of a sense of obligation. And I extend that freedom to you … please don’t feel like you have to visit my new place unless you really really want to.
- I am cutting way back on the time I spend reading your blogs. I find that I don’t want to give it up entirely (I’ve seen your children grow up for goodness sakes … you guys helped me through the deaths of my parents), but I just can’t devote the time required to read all your posts every week and leave comments. I plan on lurking more, skimming over posts to look for ones that really interest me and only leaving comments when I have something meaningful to say. Please don’t be offended if I don’t visit as often. As Seinfeld said: “It’s not you, its me.”
I’ve been blogging regularly for about 4.25 years now. That is a long time (an eternity in the blogging world, I suspect). It is has been fun, but my life is branching out into different directions. I’m busier than I was in the past so my time feels more limited. Something had to give and I decided that blogging had to be it. I hope you can understand. This doesn’t mean “goodbye.” (After all, at my new place there is a “Ask me anything” link that lets you, well, ask me anything.) This decision is really driven by a need to bring more balance back into my life. I’m sure you can understand … after all, we all have busy lives and blogging should enhance them, not become a chore or a burden. I’m going to leave this blog in place until my domain runs out. I’ll be moving content off to ensure it is on Goodreads and stuff (if we’re not already, let’s be friends on LibraryThing, Goodreads or Shelfari so we keep up on what books we’re reading … you guys are the #1 source for helping me find new books to read) and collecting my personal writings into possible book (I know … I’ll have time to actually write my possible book or, more realistically, a book format of my blog to commemorate all that I’ve been doing for the past 4 years here.)
Thank you for all your support and interest over the past four years! I so appreciate all your encouragement, support and comments. It has been a fun … this little blogging journey … but now it is time for a new phase in my “Internet life” — one that involves more actual “life” and less “Internet.” Be well, and I’ll be in touch … just not as often.
P.S. Trisha, I guess you win Tag Chicken since I gave up first. I’ll miss our little game … I was kind of interested in brainstorming Satan’s last name. Who knows, maybe I’ll address that over at my new place!