On the one hand, I absolutely ADORE all of my friends and the community I'm a part of as a book blogger. That's my biggest fear about not blogging. I know I can still Tweet and email and read other people's blogs, but what about my little corner of that world? I finally feel like I've found a bunch of people who actually 'get' me, who like reading and books as much as I do, and appreciate my *cough* more interesting quirks as, well, interesting quirks, rather than character flaws. I also really like sharing what I'm reading with people who'll talk back instead of telling me to be quiet already. Over the last two and a half years I've built up a collection of bookish thoughts, random posts and fun features that I'm really proud of, and sometimes I love to go back over them all and remind myself how much I've created during my time as a blogger.
On the OTHER hand, I feel like my blog has lost its sheen in the past few months. I genuinely have no desire to review books right now, for example. I've not finished rounding up my MIU2012 challengees for the final giveaway. I haven't posted my Monday Music since the New Year. I haven't written any of the discussion posts I have stashed in mini-format in my draft folder. I sometimes find myself dreaming of the days when I could just read a book and move on, without constantly thinking about how I was going to write about it later. Is this just a winter-lethargy thing, or is it the inevitable result of trying to combine reading, box set addiction, working a lot AND blogging into one life? And this is coming from someone who doesn't even have any semblance of a social life (agoraphobia killed that stone dead, oops) - I'm not sure how that would fit into the equation!
To me this feels more organic - like chatting about books, rather than writing a book report - but I have no idea how most of YOU feel about it! So I'm throwing the door open to comments, ideas and all that jazz.
Do you like the reading journal idea, or did you prefer the 'full review' style I've previously used? What about frequency - does the 'week to a post' format work for you? Or should it be once every day or two, perhaps allowing more depth on 'good' reading days? Do you think it could turn stale quite quickly, particularly if I'm not writing a ton of other posts in between? How do you feel about the blog in general over the last few weeks or months? How do you personally balance life and blogging? Are there particular things that have kept you rooted in the blogosphere even when times have been tough? Things that have kept you reading THIS blog since you first arrived here?
Yes, there are many questions here, but obviously you don't have to answer them all - I just genuinely want to know what you think, and get someone else's take on the issue. It's not very often we really step back and consider an entire blog rather than individual posts, beyond our vague thoughts that X blog is good for non-fiction recommendations, or that Y blog is one of our favourites, and getting some honest feedback might just help me decide what to do next!
WALK OUT THE DOOR! WRITE A COMMENT! TELL ME SOMETHING! ANYTHING! The good, the bad, whatever. Or you can drop me an email - you'll find the address at the bottom of my Review Policy page - if you'd rather comment that way. Share your thoughts and experiences, advice and ideas!