December 5, 2011

Help Followers! I Think I Need a Break

Hey everyone.  I'm posting this because unfortunately I'm the type of person that needs permission to do things, and it's your permission I need.

Lately I've been feeling a clear lack of excitement for writing my blog and reading the books needed for it.  It has been weighing heavily on me.  Because of this I feel like I'm not giving the blog the effort YOU ALL deserve.  It feels half done on my part.  I'm thinking about taking the months of December and January off from blogging.

During the time off I want to try to get back to the heart of what this blog should be - my love of reading. When I come back I want this blog to get back to just sharing my love of reading and the MG/YA genres. I also want to come back knowing for MYSELF that giveaways and interviews and getting the "cool" books are awesome and fun UNTIL it all stresses me out.  And that this blog can be fantastic without all that as long as my passion for books stays at the core.

 Here's where you all come in.  Sadly I need "permission" to do that - take the time off! And yes I realize how sad sounding that makes me.  But I need you to remind me that when I come back any followers I lost will be replaced by ones just as great (well actually I hear that Google is getting rid of GFC so that may not matter!). I just kinda need a little gentle push that say it's ok - go do what you need.

I love you all now - I'll love you more if you can give me that :)

And all that are reading this - I really do love you all.  The fact that I somehow do something ok enough to bring you here amazes me and I am thankful for each and every one of you!  I<3!!!!

AMENDED!!! For those I've promised reviews/interviews/guest posts to!! These, of course would still happen but I would get them done in the next two weeks.  I guess that means that I'd take mid-December to Valentine's Day off!


  1. Take all the time you need. I'll miss reading your updates and reviews, but I understand. It's a busy time of year and you can get burnt out in a hurry. Enjoy your rest and I'll be waiting for your return. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year....and maybe Happy Valentine's Day.

  2. Jill - You are so smart to listen to your soul; go get rejuvenated and you'll feel much better! I will definitely look forward to your return in February.
    Happy Holidays!

  3. I know where you are coming from! I have taken time off here and there all fall and still feel so behind things. Take all the time you need and I look forward to seeing you again in the new year! Best wishes.

  4. No worries darling! And good luck! How long do you plan to be gone?

  5. It is absolutely okay to take some time off. I actually (unfortunately) just didn't have the time or effort to put into my blog for about a month and a half so I took a break. But don't worry, your loyal followers will keep reading your blog after your break and it's better to take a break for a while than to only put half your heart into your blog. I look forward to your posts in February!

    - Amanda

  6. So understand your need to take a break. And your desire to be responsible and blog because you have one. Yes, take the break. We love your blog and will come back when you're ready.

  7. I'll be here waiting for you to return :)

  8. Go with your gut!! Everyone needs to recharge. Enjoy!

  9. You have our permission! We'll still be here when you get back (and love you just the same).

  10. Jill, everyone needs a blogging break once in a while. I take mini breaks (2-3 weeks) throughout the year when I first start getting that feeling. It really seems to help!

    And I didn't hear that about GFC...

  11. So you piqued my curiosity and I went searching on Google and this is what they say:

    Google Friend Connect—Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We’re retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affected sites to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site so they can bring their community of followers to Google+ and use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch.

    So apparently it's just "Non-Blogger sites" that will lose the service.

  12. I say do it! I have had feelings just like these the past few months and I had to do a get back to basics posts, that is, reading what I enjoy without any of the drama and envy that can come with being a blogger. I just wanted to share my love of books again.


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I have decided to have my blog be an "award free zone". I am always shocked and humbled when someone wants to give my blog an award, and I greatly appriciate each and every one. The problem, I have no time to pass them on so I end up feeling horribly guilty! Because of that I cannot accept awards I can't pass on! I thank you for the thought tho!