April 25, 2013

This Is A Goodbye

After 3 and a half years of blogging I have decided to call it quits as of June 9th.  I have a few blog tours I've committed to that go through the 6th.  Since my last day of teaching for year is June 7th, I figured it would be a good time for The O.W.L. to soar into new places.  

Why am I doing this???

My life is in a completely different place now than it was when I first started blogging. I've started a new job that is taking a lot of my time. I love it, but it's keeping me really really busy! AND I'm getting married. Spending time with my soon-to-be husband is so very important to me - way more important than blogging.  I'm just in a whole new place now.

AND THIS.........

Me when I FIRST starting blogging.
Yes that's TWILIGHT!
That's not how I feel anymore :(

I've lost the complete joy in it.  Not for reading (well ok for that some too since it has become more like a job for the blog than just for fun), but for blogging.  I used to love sharing and writing about books - the author interviews (ok that's still cool to do!), and guest posts - the contact with writers.  BUT now it seems more like a chore. And to be honest - I'm ok with letting it go because of this reason alone.  If I'm not enjoying it whole heartily I shouldn't do it!

I need time to write.  I've been dabbling in writing for a few years now, and it's time to jump in with two feet or give it up completely.  When it comes to finding time to write I feel guilty not working on the blog.  I can't have that. And I don't like feeling like I'm not giving the blog 100%.  I don't like doing something unless I can devote all the time needed to do it well. I can't do that with the blog right now.  

I want to read just to read.  I want to share with my students like I use to - to have that joy for reading and writing and publishing be given to my students and my classroom and my school.  And, since my students, have started their own book review blog HOOKED ON BOOKS I can get my blogging fix there if I need to :)

I won't lie and say I'll miss blogging, because at this point in my life I won't.  I'll miss the interactions with other bloggers/readers, but I can still get that without blogging myself!  I'm so very excited to go back to JUST reading for the joy of reading. It makes me smile huge when I think of it. I do have a Pinterest account (Jill the OWL) where I pin books I love and am excited about.  It's a quick easy way to still share with the world my love of books.  Feel free to follow me there.  And I still have Twitter (justkeepreading), so I'll pop in there every now and again.  

I wish you all the best of luck in blogging and life.  I'm heading off into a happy place that I'm excited to explore.  
I can't wait to see where it leads!

PS - I will post pictures of my wedding! It's the end of May.  We are doing a book themed wedding, so of course I have to share :) :) :)


  1. Oooo hon. I'll miss you. *hugs* But I hope everything goes awesome and congratulations on you're upcoming nuptials. *hugs*

  2. Definitely miss you, but it sounds like you have many wonderful things heading your way! Best of luck and I look forward to the book-themed wedding photos :)

  3. So sad!! I totally get it though. I go back and forth between quitting and not. It might come soon, but not yet. I will miss you for sure!

  4. Congratulations on the wedding, and thanks for all the great book reviewing you've done! And best of luck with the writing!

  5. Congrats on the wedding! We'll miss you, but blogging does take a lot of time and it isn't good if it's a chore. Good luck with the writing. Can't wait to see your pictures.

  6. Gonna miss your blog, but if it's no longer fun, then you're making a good choice and you have so much to look forward to! Good luck with the writing and congratulations on the wedding!

    brenda (proseandkahn)

  7. Well, I certainly understand. I didn't post this week. Just didn't have it in me. And yes, you need to spend time with your new hubby (congratulations!!) and your own writing. Good for you for making the choice that is right for you. Good luck and please visit us sometimes.

  8. Good for you! All the best with your marriage. xo

  9. Well you gotta do what you gotta do. I will miss your sweet blog. You've given me countless ideas for MG reads. Thanks and best of luck with your new job and marriage.

  10. You will be missed! :( I've really enjoyed your blog. I completely understand, though. I can't wait to see pictures of your wedding!! :D

  11. Congrats and best wishes for your wedding! I'll miss your blog but I understand.

  12. I'll miss reading your blog, but its so understandable with everything on your plate right now. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and all the best on your new job.

  13. Wow! I got busy and was not keeping up. CONGRATS on the upcoming marriage. CONGRATS on the writing and CONGRATS on three awesome years of blogging and inspiring the rest of us. I am totally going to miss you (yeah, even though I don't come around that much). Totally pumped that your students are out in blog land though. Am doing a Middle Grade May Reading Challenge, came here to link up and let everyone know about your blog/s...so will get on over there and let everyone know a great spot to go find some good reads.

    All best to you, Jill. Exciting times ahead!

  14. I'm even more out of the loop. Congrats on your upcoming wedding, Jill! Book themed, no less.

    I can't believe you are leaving blogging! Sniff. But how wonderful that your students are carrying on the tradition. Best of luck with your own writing. Hope someday soon we can all feature YOUR book.