(Note: since both of us have pieces to say in this post, Bec = normal text, Alise = italics & purple)
This post feels a lot like deja vu. Another “we’ve been gone so long, what happened?!” message that I feel I’ve been repeating a lot lately. And by lately I mean a while ago because it’s been over a month since we posted anything on this blog, and probably at least 2 months since I’ve written anything that resembles a post.
So why have we been absent this time?
We have been… nowhere
There is no special reason for our radio silence. We just haven’t felt like blogging. Part blogging slump, part lack of time due to work, it’s been a struggle for Alise or I to get any motivation to write posts. I’ve had ideas for post topics, and many empty drafts save, but they’re empty of any words.
What have we been doing?
Obviously life if a bit more than work and blogging. While neither of us have been reading or blogging much, we have been gaming… a lot. Most of our reading time has probably gone to playing our respective game series oops.
I’ve explained it a lot this way: reading used to be a relaxing activity. I have a hour long commute (that I have to drive so I can’t read) which is extremely stressful, to get to my job where I usually stay eight or nine hours, do the same commute, and come home. That leaves me about a good four hours of free time and I honestly just want mindless entertainment after thinking, working hard, and dealing with idiots on the highway. And knowing that not only do I have to find time to read a book, I have to find time to review it and put the right words in the right order… There’s no fun in it anymore.
I know many people that can manage and balance everything, but I’m not one of those people.
This post is just to say “hey, Bec is still lurking around!”
I make no promises of being incredibly active in the near future. I wish we could be back to posting 3 or more times a week again. I can’t speak for Alise but I tend to feel too tired to read after work, let alone blog and interact online. I’m in awe of those in the medical professions who juggle full time work, blogging, and personal life. I’m still trying (and failing) to learn the balance.
Unfortunately, I may not be around on the blog much anymore. Like I mentioned above, there is just too much to balance right now and I have no motivation to read or review anymore. Should any review copies come my way, I will absolutely be reviewing them but I expect that to die off, as it already somewhat has.
Where to from here?
We have no idea what the future holds for Readers in Wonderland.
I’m not going to lie, Alise and I have thrown around ideas of not posting anymore. Purely due to lack of time and motivation. However I still love being part of the community, even if I’m not contributing that much anymore, so there are no concrete plans on ending Readers in Wonderland just yet (although Alise is going to bow out for now). Plus I’d feel terribly guilty about not getting to some of my review copies.
I feel like the community as a whole has changed, the friends I have made and connections I used to have moved on or left. Whether they have also grown up or changed hobbies or whatever else it may be, part of the reason I used to enjoy blogging is gone.
I do wonder where book blogging will go in the future, since I’m not active in the community anymore I don’t know if people have transitioned to Tumblr or YouTube or stopped talking about books altogether.
For now I guess just expect the occasional sporadic book review, maybe a discussion post now and then if we get the motivation and inspiration. I’ll be lurking, commenting and reading.
This blog has been a huge part of my life, it’s something I am amazingly proud of and people I have met in The Real World think it’s really cool that I kept this going and accomplished so much with it. It’s sort of bittersweet because I can’t say I will be missing the pressure and work, but this blog was my baby for almost seven years, which is why I have absolutely no plans to stop hosting or take the site down. I may post once in a while if the motivation comes back but Bec will be here!
Thank you all for everything.