Where have we been? (Alise says goodbye for now)

June 30, 2018 Uncategorized 10

(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.

10 Responses to “Where have we been? (Alise says goodbye for now)”

  1. Sarah J.

    Aw! I love this blog so much and I’m sorry to hear that it’s been a bit of a struggle to find a passion for blogging and a way to balance everything with reading and blogging. I’m going to miss seeing Alise around, but I do look forward to seeing whatever you guys decide to do with this blog.:D
    Sarah J. recently posted…Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

  2. Kat Snark

    This is so sad! Readers in Wonderland was one of the first book blogs that I found and looked up to as/before I started blogging myself. But now I find myself in much of the same boat. I have posted only one thing since Easter :( Partl because I’m so busy, and when I have free time, I just want to enjoy it! Something I know you understand from this post. I may not be very active anymore, but blogging is something that I’m not quite ready to give up yet, either. If it helps, there’s a HUGE community on instagram that I have loads of fun with. I just enjoy seeing the beautiful photographs and having discussions with people on there – not that I find the time to take my own photos very often, of course. I just I just wanted to comment and say that I’m very sad to see you go – but of course it’s 100% understandable! I look forward to hearing from you in the future, Bec. And to Alice: good luck on that commute! I don’t have the patience for that kind of thing. As I stated above, readers in wonderland was one of my first book blogs that I followed, and I will be sad to see you go. Good luck in life and traffic! :)

  3. Marie @ KookBookery

    I totally understand. Sometimes, it just feels like too much work. I’ve been away for a while too and I just recently started posting again. I agree that reading should be fun and for me, blogging should be something that feels like an outlet, not a job. I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do in the future. :)

  4. Kyra Morris

    Aw I love your blog, and I’ll miss your posts, Alise! I completely understand what you mean though. I’ve been doing my A-levels the past two years and after a long day of studying maths and physics, I just didn’t really have the energy/concentration to read a book and blog about it. I completely understand where you’re coming from and you have to do what’s best for you! <3

  5. Tyler H. Jolley

    I only discovered your blog for the last year, but I truly enjoyed it. Thanks for all the thoughtful and detailed reviews and spotlights. Good luck with your endeavors.

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    Reading and blogging does become more difficult to fit in when your life changes and you’re working more or dealing with school, etc. I’d love to still read updates about your lives – even if it’s not book related. I just love hearing from the blogs that I love. :) But I understand that it’s stressful and not as much fun — so you take care of yourself and maybe we’ll see you all around!

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  7. Sara Letourneau

    I know the feeling, ladies. I actually didn’t start blogging until I was working a full-time job, and as it fun as it still is now, it can be a juggling act sometimes. Sometimes I miss a couple balls, and sometimes I have to slow things down or take a break. But I understand if it becomes too much for other people.

    Whether this is the end of RiW or not, it’s been a pleasure following you ladies and reading your reviews and other bookish thoughts. And thank you both for answering my interview questions last year. (I’m still working on the book, btw. It’s much longer than it needs to be, but oh well it’s a first draft. *lol*) Best wishes in all your future endeavors, online and offline. :)
    Sara Letourneau recently posted…Honoring Your Reality When You’re a Blogger

  8. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Girls, take as long as you guys need. I totally understand where you’re both coming from, because I am in the exact same boat here. The past two years has been a mad juggling act with work and all my other hobbies. Safe to say, blogging hasn’t not been a huge priority for me, and reading became a bit of a chore.

    I still adore my blog like the both of you, because of all that I’ve achieved with it. Which is why I still keep it around…and blog for myself. The pressure to keep up with all the latest trends has completely lifted, now that I’ve told myself that there’s no point reading something unless you REALLY want to. I hope that one day, you both will find the passion to read and blog again. But like I said, take all the time you need. xx
    Joy @ Thoughts By J recently posted…Book Review: Addicted to You (Addicted Series #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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