How are you? I hope you’re doing well!
I’ve got some news for you all, and it’s about a slight change that will be coming to my website with near immediate effect. Don’t worry – I’m not quitting or anything like that! Quite the opposite!
Over the last few months, I’ve found myself feeling a bit… like I’m on auto-pilot, if that makes sense.
I’ve been slightly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of bookish things I have going on – as a quick reminder, here’s what I do for fun:
- This website
- My Instagram (bookstagram)
- My YouTube channel (booktube, young but growing)
- Twitter (eh, kind of. I kind of let this one go to the wayside!)
- Goodreads (I’m use this as a mini-tracker)
- My bookmarks that I sell
And I love it all (maybe not Twitter quite so much), but recently I’ve found myself not finding joy in most of these activities (except Instagram). They’ve begun to feel like a chore, instead of a labor of love.
I took a bit of a time out, and talked to my partner (a.k.a The Boof as some of you from YouTube and Instagram may know him) about how I was feeling as he sees me ‘in real life’.
I came to the realisation that I was focusing a lot of attention on books that I – deep down – didn’t necessarily want to, or at least, not yet focus my attention on.
This was either because of:
- Pressure to do so via booktube/bookstagram – no one was ‘bullying’ me or anything! It was more of a ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’ vibe that I put on myself.
- Taking on too many ARC’s or blog tours from publishers.
So – to cut a long story short – I’m not going to do this anymore.
I will be reading books that I want to read and take them at my own pace.
I will still request the occasional ARC and take part in the occasional blog tour, but I’m only planning on doing either of these for books that 100%, genuinely excite me.
And I’m also shaking up my website a little bit because of this.
My blog/website, whatever you wanna call it, is about to become a lot more relaxed, informal and fun (at least for me!).
Bookish thoughts will be given a lot more focus, some posts will just be an ‘FYI, I have a new YouTube video up!’ and the book genre focus is likely to become a lot more YA! I’m still going to have adult books peppered in, but I love YA, and I’m embracing it more now!
I’m basically reclaiming my own content for me again, and hoping you all like it too!
If this isn’t going to be your thing, that’s no problem – there’s no hard feelings and I want to thank you so much for your support so far and I bid your great happiness in your onward bookish adventures!
However, if this sounds like your kind of thing, great! I’d love to have you along for the ride!
So that’s it! From now on, my website is going to be a bit more…true to me 🙂
I feel like it’s important to do what is important to you, find joy in what you do, and be your real, true and authentic self. So that’s what I’m doing!
Would you like to help keep my website going? If you want to, you can donate safely and securely via my PayPal.Me link by clicking here. Any amount, even if it’s the cost of a cup of tea, really helps and I’m incredibly grateful for any donations that you may wish to gift to me.
Alternatively, you can support me in other ways if you’d like. Even reading my reviews helps! So THANK YOU for reading!