A few thoughts and a question about future blogging

Hello friends!

As I write this, it’s a cold and dark day here in Newcastle. To be honest it somewhat matches my mood.

As you all know, I’ve had a particularly bad year. I don’t think I’ve cried as much or felt as miserable as I have for a VERY long time. The loss of my Dad in May has not been the only testing moment in time. I’m currently experiencing low moods and am waiting to see a psychiatrist as my Dr attempted to take me off some long standing meds. Let’s just say that really didn’t work and my husband had many sleepless nights worrying about me.

So, I’ve started thinking about next year.

I’ve already decided that I’m taking on no new books for 2019 (except 2 blog tours I’ve already agreed to). I will still be reviewing what I read – I’ve got over 50 unread books on my Netgalley shelf and loads of my own titles I want to read, as well as a fabulous library that I’m terrified of losing if I don’t use it!

But do books that are not necessarily the most recent that are being reviewed still interest people enough to be worth carrying on my blog? This is the main question that is worrying me at the minute. Especially as recently I have really enjoyed books but have struggled to put into words my reasons why?

I enjoy doing tags and wrap ups and things, but am worried without reviews I may as well not have a blog.

In my heart I would love to continue – that’s the honest thing. But I’d love others thoughts.

21 thoughts on “A few thoughts and a question about future blogging

  1. I am so sorry to hear that you’ve been having a difficult time. Losses are immensely hard. I enjoy reading reviews of any books, not just the most recent, and I also enjoy reading tags and any kinds of posts you feel like writing, I’ll be here. Thinking of you, Sheila, and hoping you feel better soon. Xoxo

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  2. Book love is simply that, whether tomorrow’s books or classics. There are books I have picked up from reviews that I would ne er have otherwise read. Do, simply put, your blog, your rules. I hope 2019 will bring you better health and that you cal look forward to still being part of the blogging community x

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  3. Hello, Ok, I am going to write a sizeable reply because I want to show some support and hopefully, what I have to say will be helpful to you and I don’t want to miss your main points.

    I am so sorry to hear you are feeling this way. I hope you are being well supported. People take grief in many different ways. There’s not a right or a wrong way. Don’t shut yourself away, keep making connections, it may help you in the long-run. I just wanted to say that first and foremost.
    Secondly about your blog. I would suggest just keep doing what you feel like doing. After all, lots of us do this out of the kindness of our hearts and not for monetary value, it’s yours. You are the one in-charge. It is good that you are going to forefill what you’ve already signed up to. Excellent practice there and so thoughtful of you.

    For the Netgallery, I have no idea if you will lose it all or not. What to do is just every so often, open it up. You don’t need to feel obliged to read anything. Computer packages aren’t that sophisticated yet, so it will “think”, that you are using it fully, even though you aren’t. Hopefully that makes sense and also eases your mind somewhat. You don’t want to add to your worries.

    I think, given your circumstances, you are wise not to take on any more books for 2019. You don’t need the additional pressure. You have a love of books though and it shows. I would suggest, keep your Blog and Twitter and go ahead and showcase books without actual reviews. You could just show the covers and perhaps a blurb and do all your hashtags, retweets etc. This way, you keep within the community but with less pressure and obligation and still, it could be a very interesting read and I am sure authors and publishers will be pleased that you are helping to spread the word about their books. Then every so often, if you feel like doing a Blog Tour, just opt for a Cover Reveal, something that is less time consuming than a full review.

    Remember, it is your blog and you are the owner of it. If it’s the tags and wrap-ups that you enjoy the most, then I say go for it. Create your Blog and Twitter to be about that. I am sure people will still read it. A blog is whatever you want to make it. There doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong way of doing one. You want to get well again after all and also find the fun in life and also blogging again.

    I hope this helps a bit. I hope you remain with us and take care!

    Lou at Bookmarks and Stages

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  4. So sorry you are having such a bad time. With regards to your blog, I enjoy reading reviews for older books, they make a change from reading many reviews of the same recently published books. You should do what you need to, read what you want, review if you want. Your blog will always be there if you want to go back to it xx

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  5. I am sorry that you are having a trying time. I would love to read books which are no longer current.. Books are books, I would love to know about all those I missed.
    Secondly, take lots of time to heal and go slow with yourself.
    Thirdly, if you can’t write a lot of words… Just put a few lines about what you liked and disliked.. I like bullet point reviews. I can visualize the book more easily to know if I would want to get it…
    Do what makes you happy!!
    I just realized a day back – one life, so I have a right to be happy so I am passing that message to you… Be happy and kind to yourself always♥️

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  6. Sorry to hear you are having a bad time. I hope things improve soon. As far as your blog goes, I love reading reviews for all books and, actually, reviewing older books will make you stand out when other blogs are all reviewing the same new releases or on the same blog tours. I say, stick with it and do what makes you happy. That is what blogging is really about. You’ll still have my support. X

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  7. Sorry it’s been such an awful year for you Sheila. Hopefully 2019 will be so much better.
    I think it’s your blog and you should do whatever you want as long as you enjoy it. I do write reviews for older books I read and although I don’t get much traffic on my blog I don’t think it is hugely affected by the book not being a new release.
    Best wishes for everything xx

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  8. I’m probably echoing many people who have written before me already in hoping you have a much better 2019 and I would agree with others that it is important to review the books you want to read. Your blog is not there fundamentally for the readers and actually I quite enjoy reading reviews from less recent books as it is usually a book I have missed first time around.

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  9. I’m sorry you’re having such a tough time at the moment – hope things improve for you in the new year. As to reviews, I love reading reviews of books that aren’t the new releases. To be honest, I get fed up when my feed is full of a zillion reviews for the same book because it’s just come out. My own feeling about blogging is – read what you like and write about it if you feel you want to. Tags and memes and reading list posts are always a fun way to fill a blog too. So I say keep on blogging!

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  10. Your blog, your style. Post what you want, when you want. If you enjoyed a book and want to tell everyone about it, it will shine through in any review, it doesn’t matter how old the book is.

    If you are reviewing under pressure and aren’t enjoying reading or writing the review it will become stale. For instance I’ve stopped reviewing for blog tours, I dislike the pressure and refuse to big-up a book that I had issues with. It doesn’t sit well for me, so I walked away.

    I hope you find your way back to your path in 2019.

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  11. It’s just over two years since my dad dies Sheila and I have found it very hard this time around. Be kind to yourself. I love your blog. It’s measured and, fittingly, quiet. Your reviews are so good and you mustn’t worry about the doubts. I hate every review I put out as I never feel they are good enough. i think it’s a perennial blogger problem. Do what is right for you but only blog as and when you feel like it. Sending you love xx

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  12. I’m sorry to hear that you have been having a bad year. You’re fellow bloggers are always here should you need a shoulder!

    As for reviewing older books, Go for it!

    I have recently created a seperate section to my site called “from the bookshelf” which are reviews of books I have bought / been hoarding and I often get more traction on those posts than blog tour posts.

    Do what is best for you. Never mind the audience. If you’re like me the blog is not only about connecting readers, but as an outlet. If you need to drop the blog tours for your health, fo ahead, don’t even second guess yourself.

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  13. It sounds like you’re being very wise. Now would be a good time to read for enjoyment and just review the books that you want to review. Be kind to yourself and give yourself time to grieve and heal. Xx

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  14. I think it’s a good plan! Reading and reviewing books you are really interested about is great. Reading should be enjoyable not a chore. There are so many bookish people who are interested in older books too.
    I reviewed quite a few old books this year. They were still new and unknown for some people.

    Hope you feel better soon and that next year will be a happier one 🤗

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  15. I am sorry to read about the hard time you have been having. To echo what others have said, I would write about what is interesting to you and not worry too much about staying current. You may well find that helps the words flow in any case.

    As for reviews of older titles, I am always happy to see reviews of backlist and older books. Often it serves to help get me excited about something that has been sat on my TBR pile for a while, reminding me of titles I meant to read or sometimes that I missed when they first came out.

    Whatever you decide to do, know that your writing is appreciated by your readers. Wishing you all the best!

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  16. As long as it is not a ‘chore’ for you, then definitely continue on Sheila. ♥ I’m SO far behind on my reviews that I too will be reviewing a lot of older titles. My belief is that “FICTION DOES NOT GO OUT OF DATE”. Unlike non-fiction which can become outdated easily, fiction is timeless. Just because a book is two years old, ten years old, or two hundred years old, doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy it just as much as one that is recently published.
    I enjoy your blog.
    Here’s hoping that your ‘blue’ mood lifts in 2019 and that the pain of losing your Dad will lessen over time. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  17. I’m so sorry for your loss of your dad,💕 I’ve been considering giving my blog up too as I’m going through a really bad time too within my family with my elderly parent leaving me many sleepless nights too. I don’t think my dad will live that much longer either. Another reason I don’t seem to get many bloggers visiting my site, both problems together I have kept quiet about. But hearing your sad has helped me speak out. You have many Blogger friends who are right behind you supporting your website please carry on even if you blog about your feelings or read what you want to, we all stand by you and support you. All my love to you for 2019. xx.

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    1. I’ve always found it helps to talk or write about problems, and quite often the easiest way for me to do that is to open up on the blog. Sorry to hear you’re going through a tough time. You will be in my thoughts xx

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