I confess that I have been thinking about exiting the book blogging scene for some time now, maybe even a year if I’m honest.
When I started doing this, quite a few years ago–over on Blogger at Ready When You Are, C.B.–I more-or-less planned on ending the blog after Dakota, my Basset hound who was a regular feature there, passed on. How could there be a Read When You Are, C.B. without her?
But, after many years, many challenges, many read-a-longs and give-aways, many ARC’s received and read, when Dakota died the blog kept on going.
Eventually, I got up to 350 visits a day, too, which I thought was pretty good. Ready When
You Are, C.B. even got a mention in The Guardian.
It was fun.
Then something happened and my traffic at Blogger vanished; my stats dropped to 20 visits a day and the comments disappeared nearly completely. I’ve still no idea what went wrong, though I suspect a change in Google’s mysterious algorithm brought about disaster.
So I moved to WordPress which lots of folks were doing at the time where I James Reads Books has been running along for several years now. On a good day I get 100 visits, but I’m not really about visits.
Don’t we all say that? We don’t care about traffic.
That’s both true and not really true.
I’ve not been focused on stats here, not much anyway. I’ve just been keeping a little record of my reading. Spending an hour in the coffee shop a couple of times a week writing up quick reviews of books I liked.
I used to spend hours and hours on a review. Editing over and over again. Really working it. But lately I’ve had a one draft, one edit and done policy for the most part. This is not to say that no thought has gone into writing for James Reads Books. Thought has gone into this blog, but not nearly as much as once did.
And, over the last year my interest has started to seriously wane. I’ve started to dread having to write up a review and to resent how much time I spend in front of screens overall when I could be in my studio making something. Just how long should this go on?
Many of the people who were blogging when I started have moved on to other things. So many that I’ve started to wonder if I’m the one who’ll have to turn out the lights when I finally go.
So I think the time has come to say goodbye.
I really have enjoyed getting to know all of you over the years. We’ve been through a lot together, some of us. Dating, marriage, childbirth, some no so wonderful events, too. We really got to know each other pretty well in quite a few cases.
I wish you all the best.
If you’re ever in the Bay Area and want to meet up, drop me a line.
And you never know. I may even return to blogging someday. Maybe after I retire.