I wanted to apologise for the post that went out earlier today. I was trying to schedule some posts to go out this week and planned to write up a post in reply to all the wonderful support I got on my last blog post but hit the ‘Publish’ button instead of schedule!
I wanted to thank everyone for all your support. I’m sorry I took the entire weekend off so didn’t reply to anyone except briefly to some people on facebook. This whole issue around my blog has been really stressing me out lately as most of you know. I have really been considering closing down my blog too – that’s how bad I’ve felt.
This whole blog has recently been treated more like a service for authors than a place for readers to enjoy book reviews and it’s this constant ‘service’ feeling that’s made me question whether I should keep this blog running or not. I’m still not sure to be honest. There are a lot of wonderful bloggers and readers out there who have supported me through this, but many authors (perhaps well meaning) have made me feel as if I’m only here to do a service to them, interested in the blog for only my ability to write a review rather than reading/following for the sake of enjoyment. Even now I’ve still been receiving review requests and requests for spotlights and cover reveals from authors who I’ve never heard of and who clearly ignore the fact I’m closed to reviewing. I’ve even been offered books that are clearly not the genres I ever read. It doesn’t take much to be courteous and read someone’s blog details or a blog post or two to see that someone isn’t coping.
I will be taking a break from the blog. I have some left over reviews I never put out that I will post this week. I took on far too many books and my circumstances have chanced since I took the books on for review. I will send out emails to all the authors I have promised to review for and as you have all advised, the good authors will understand and I cannot worry about those that do not.
I am still making decisions on what to do with my blogging life, but I haven’t decided yet. I hope that I can put away the stress this week an maybe I’ll start to feel better.