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Monday, April 4, 2011

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming…

So…if there’s anybody out there, you might have noticed I took a little break.

Nothing personal, I just wanted to do some reading…

My blog was starting to give me some philosophical questions, like “Why?” and “What’s it all about?” and “What does it MEAN?” the meaning of life, and so forth.

I know; right!?!?

I’ve been blogging for close to a year…and for the most part, I, um LOVE it… I didn’t exactly know where I was going when I started… I was just kind of winging it, discovering things as I went along…Discovering AMAZING things…like authors…and new books…and then one night I stayed up reading a book that I had just downloaded…And when I finished it, I HAD to tell someoneEVERYONEand suddenly my blog had purpose (thank you Wendy Toliver and Lifted.)  I got it.  Things made sense.  I was on a rush, I could post multiple posts every day and never run out of things to talk about.

Fast forward to November and NaNoWriMo=blog fail.  I was so excited about the idea of NaNoWriMo, because even though I may not have mentioned it before, I don’t think I’m the only book blogger out here that also has aspirations of writing.  It’s part of what I love about blogging.  And every time I sat down to write my project, I was thinking about blog posts I wanted to write…but I didn’t want to get distracted (too late), so I wouldn’t let myself blog until I met my NaNoWriMo quota…  It was a vicious circle of unproductiveness, and although I still feel like it was very valuable learning experience, it was kind of hard to get the momentum back after that…

Then after the New Year’s, I started seeing all these other blog posts:  commenters bullying authors, authors attacking “negative” reviews, does a negative review kill a writing career, if you don’t do negative reviews are you less credible, “grocery list writers,” to meme or not to meme, and is it kosher to be a book blog and blog about non-book-related things?????????????????  And my ever-growing tbr list.  Book challenges… Wanting to read all the fun, current books that everyone else is reading…and kind of longing to go back to some of my old favorites that needed re-reading…   And when was the last time I just READ a book, just to READ it, without judging it, or having my blog-voice narrating in the back of my head????????


So.  I had a couple of books that I was SO excited about them, so I decided to take some time off and ENJOY them.  And I also may have gotten slightly addicted to Buffy:  The Vampire Slayer.  Seriously, if you haven’t seen this series, you are missing out on possibly (probably) one of the most awesome things in the universe; awesomeness out of all things awesome can not be overstating it.

And after all that enjoyment, I still missed blogging, still thought about it all the time, so I guess I still love it, too.  And what about all the drama?  Well, I kind of love to hear about it, and I think it leads to some fascinating discussions, but I don’t feel the need to live the drama.  Negativity?—eh. :/ Life is short, I want to enjoy it…Which is my philosophy with the books I read—Are they all perfect-amazing-rays-of-sunshine-and-awesomeness?—Maybe/maybe not.  I don’t expect perfection, I just want to get wrapped up in a story and lose myself, and that’s what makes a book good for me.  I’m not saying I won’t do a negative review—trust me, if it bugs me enough, I’ll let you know, but I’m not all about the hating, if I enjoy it, that’s what I want to share with people.  Bullying?—Not cool.  I’m all about the (not so common) common courtesy.  People have feelings.  And I don’t want to be a person who sees someone in trouble and keeps walking, so if I think someone’s being treated unfairly, I’m going to say something.  Um, “grocery list writers?” *rolls eyes* honestly, I think it would be crazy awesome to see everyone post their grocery lists—I think there is an untapped potential for creativity there!  Hmmm….may have to think about this some more…  Memes?—I like them—I like the sharing and the community aspects… along with non-book-related things—yeah, I’m a book-lover, but I’m also a movie addict… It’s my blog, so I’m going to write what I feel like writing, what I feel like sharing, and TRY not to over-think everything…. (I said TRY)   Basically, I’m not going to write just to write something; I’m going to write because I enjoy writing and sharing and hearing my own voice.   And if that includes movies, and books that I read in grade-school, well then, uppity-blog-voice-in-my-head, that’s just the way it’s going to be, so deal with it.  And TBR?—that’s just the story of my life, when I don’t have something to read, well, I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a forlorn moment as staring at a bookstore shelves knowing I’ve read everything and it’ll be another month before there’s anything new….

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…



Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I'm glad you are back and still love it. :) I get worried with myself from time to time that I'm taking to much time with the blogging things. But I love sharing my books too. So I keep doing it. :) But, I try to set time limits on myself now so I don't get to carried away with it.

With the drama. Yeah, I don't get into all that. I try to be honest with out being cruel to the books and authors because those authors are doing something write to be in print. But, I also take the reviews I read with ease. What one loves another hates. It's just the way of the world and I don't want to get caught up in it like others do. So, I see your side here. :) ANd just glad you will still be joining us here. :)

Have fun and enjoy!

nymfaux said...

:) awww thanks!!!! :) I'll have to think about time limits--that's definitely a hard one for me, because once I get going...

And I agree with taking reviews with a grain of salt-- I love hearing the different opinions, which is one reason why I read other people's blogs--but I've usually got my mind made up if it's something I want before I've even read the reviews--Although, if I'm on the fence a good review can usually push me over.

And I definitely agree with being honest without being cruel. Writing books (or even blogs) is such a personal experience, and the authors are really putting themselves out there on a limb. It's a very scary/brave thing to do!