Monday, June 22, 2015

The Blog Update I Should Have Written Months Ago

Well, hello there.

I haven't touched this blog in over two months.  As you might have noticed, I haven't posted since late April, and I haven't even updated the "currently reading" and "song of the week" on the sidebar.  As much as I'd love to go back to updating all of this and reviewing books on a regular basis, it's no longer a realistic goal.  When I posted about transitioning to college last August, I was concerned that this might happen.  I kept up with posting during my fall semester, albeit less than what I had done in the past.  I dropped back to one post a week for most of the remaining time.  That was working, most weeks, but it wasn't working well.  

TL;DR: It was time for some re-prioritization.

My problem is that there's this thing called college.  And this thing called college brings with it this thing called homework.  In high school, I could spare a few hours a week to work on this blog.  In college, it became harder and harder to justify spending that time away from homework.  Then I found myself cutting into my personal reading time to write reviews, and that didn't seem right at all.  Ultimately, if I have free time, I have to determine what is most important to me.  This blog?  Important.  Personal reading time?  More important (unfortunately for this blog).  Spending time with friends on weekends, when I have the most free time, is also more important because I value those relationships.  In all of this, the blog comes down as the last priority, and that last priority kept getting pushed aside. 

Am I stopping blogging altogether?  No.  Is this the end of regular/predictable posting, at least for now?  Yes.  Believe me, I would rather not do this.  I've had so much fun working with this blog, and I would so much rather spend time on it than spend time doing homework.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.  
That moment when all of your assignments are due on the same day.
You'll still hear from me.  I hope to be able to post every so often, because I still have things to say.  That hasn't changed.  The next time I come across a book that completely blows my mind, you'll probably get to hear me rant about it like I did with More Than This.  Maybe I'll go back to posting about non-writing topics more often, like I did when I first started this blog back in 2011.  I can't promise regularly scheduled posts anymore because I can't make that time commitment during the semester, but that doesn't mean I'm done here.    

This blog has had a good run.  It's gone further than I ever expected it to go, and connected with so many more people than I ever thought possible.  I've learned about writing, about reading, about the internet and myself and many other things.  I thank each and every one of my followers, and everyone who has ever taken the time to sit down and read one of my posts.  Thank you.  You're awesome.


What have I been up to in the meantime, and what will I be up to in the near future?  Well, I finished out last semester taking ethics, a theology/literature crossover course, Into to Communications & Journalism part 2, and introductory creative writing (where I received comments like "Your writing makes me want to stab someone...and I mean that as a compliment").  I wrote a short story that was published in my school's annual literary magazine (I would post a link but it's still not online).  I'm currently at home for the summer, where I'm spending my time working at a dog kennel, reading, working on novel revision, slowly accumulating every Fall Out Boy album known to mankind, and wandering along the Mississippi with my boyfriend.  In the fall I'll head back to campus for my sophomore year, where I'm living with my three best friends (science majors, the lot of them).  I'm taking editing, fiction writing, rhetorical criticism, and British authors.    

I'll still keep my Goodreads updated, so if you want to stalk keep up with what I'm reading, you can follow me right here.  I also have a side Tumblr where I post/reblog writing-related memes.  (I've decided to keep my main personal Tumblr completely separate from this blog.  You could always try to guess my URL, but that isn't going to happen.)

I'm not sure when you'll next hear from me.  Maybe it'll be soon; maybe it'll be a few weeks.  We'll see how this goes.  Like I said when I first moved into college in August, I'm not sure what my schedule is going to be like when the semester starts, so I can't promise anything.  

I'm still here, though.  I'm still reading, and I'm still writing.  Whatever happens with this blog, those are two things that I won't give up.  

And...*fingers crossed*...hopefully one day you'll see my name on bookstore shelves and we'll get to interact in a completely new way.


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