I Took a Hiatus from Blogging
A few of you may have noticed that I’ve been absent for a long time … almost a year. There are two reasons for this absence:
- I’m getting my PhD. I started this blog during the summer between my first and second year. This was a glorious summer. I wasn’t expected to do anything. I didn’t have a job. I didn’t have to teach. I didn’t have to take classes. It was just me and my blog. But then my second year started. If you aren’t aware of what happens during your second year in an English PhD program, let me tell you: EVERYTHING. A second year generally has a better grasp on teaching but a very thin hold on what’s going on with coursework. It’s frustrating and challenging. You also have to form your committee this year. This means you approach four people you don’t have a very good relationship with and ask them to guide your exams and dissertation for the next 3-4 years. It’s terrifying. I happen to have a pretty awesome committee though and when that happens, it makes life just a bit easier. But with your committee comes EXAMS. I’m currently compiling a list of 100 books that need to be read between now and November for the most important exam of my life. So yeah, I had to take a minute to focus on my life before I could come back to the blog and give you quality material. The good news is that I’m done with coursework! That means I’m purely driven by independent study at this point, giving me a little more freedom to do the things I want to do.
- I also stepped away because I was dismayed by some of the things coming out of the blogging community. Between the “Goodreads Bullies” and the people running “Stop the Goodreads Bullies” (no links. Neither deserve traffic) I lost my faith in the blogging community for a bit. I don’t see an end to it either. One is always retaliating against the other. Always. Unless one side steps down, this childish feud is always going to continue and it’s always going to hinder how we’re viewed by non-bloggers. I decided to come back because there are so many awesome bloggers out there giving us quality reviews and quality content. The actions of a few who don’t seem to care about image just make the rest of us look like a bunch of fools who write on a lark, not in as attempt to professionalize ourselves. I’ve been a part of a blogging community that is SO supportive and helpful that it really cut me that people are being so inconsiderate to one another. So I stepped away.
I’m not a YA blogger and this seems to be happening primarily in the YA scene, so I’m wondering how my fellow YA bloggers who aren’t in all the drama feel about this?
But, I’m back! I’m also excited to announce that I’m writing for Examiner.com. I don’t have any links for you now because I’m still in the trial stages. I’ll make sure to link up with this blog so you can keep up with me.
What You Can Expect
I pride myself in being a high-quality reviewer. You can expect:
- For me to be professional.
- Quality content about books, authors, and all things book related.
- Not too many memes. I see too many bloggers rely on memes over quality content. With that being said, I may take part in a Top Ten Tuesday and a Sunday review type meme but I’m really keeping it to a minimum.
- Passion. In the end, I love doing this. I want it to show.
- Lots of content on early American literature! I have to incorporate my exam reading into blogging somehow!
As always, I value your comments. I’ve got a lot of spam coming in so it may take a minute for your comment to show up. But it will!
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