January 08, 2014

I Eat Words Says Goodbye to Blogging . . . For Now!

Hey loyal readers,

When Britney tweeted the idea of this blog and asked if anyone wanted to jump in for the ride, I was all about it. Book blogging has been a blast and not only that, but it's brought me a lot closer to Britney--someone I've known since I was 14. We've shared the same passion for reading and writing, and collaborating on this site together was easy and fun. We created SO many great ideas and videos and laughs and met some AMAZING fellow book bloggers--Hilary and Liz and Ginger and Melanie and Jen and Jamie and Carla and Kristi and Lindsi and Kelsey and Capillya and Bethany and so many more. I love our little community, and I never want to leave it.

But the thing is, three years ago I had a LOT of free time. I'm sure you've all noticed the lack of videos and posts over this last year. The truth is, I just don't have as much time as I used to and maybe, if I'm being honest with myself, I've lost a bit of passion for book blogging along the way. And I know that if I'm thinking of writing a blog post the same way I think of doing laundry or cleaning my room, it's turned into just that--a chore.

I was 21 when we started this adventure together, but in these last 3 years my adult (omg adult?! am I really an adult?!) life has taken more of a priority. As many of you know, I've signed with an amazing literary agent and I began to put writing first. I was also promoted twice within my current job, a job that's given me amazing experience in a market I've grown to enjoy (most of the time). And I can't say anything just yet, but my life is about to get pretty crazy (in a good way) over the next two months.

The thing is, we don't want to say goodbye forever. Our website will still be up and available and we will post when we feel the burning desire to share our bookish opinions with the world. I'm sure we'll still blab about books through our twitter account. But for now, each of us contributors have some really great things coming up within our future, and those are the things that have to come first.

I'm not leaving the interwebs forever, though! You can stay up to date with me through my personal blog or when I blog twice a month over at The Secret Life of Writers. I'm also forever on Twitter!

Thanks, you guys. I love reading your comments. I love freaking out over books with you. It's been SO great. You've all made it the fun adventure that this has been.

Love,

Farrah



Hey there!

I'm already wanting to tear up thinking about writing this letter. I think Farrah did an amazing job of summing up our emotions and decisions of why we're having to put I Eat Words on pause, probably better than I will. She's always been able to put my incoherent emotions into better words than I could.

I Eat Words, and the blogging world, has been such a huge part of my life, though, and I wanted to say thank you and "see you later" in my own way. I've loved being part of the book blogging community and meeting so many great people. I've met some of the best people I know through blogging and I know that those friendships won't end. I've loved attending BEA (twice!) and other bookish conventions. I've loved getting excited about books, authors, twist endings, kissing scenes, and beautiful writing with all of you. I hope to never stop getting excited about books and meeting other bibliophiles, but sadly I don't have the time or energy to put what I should into this site. It deserves more than forced reviews and right now I can't provide much more than that. I think forced writing comes across to readers and I don't ever want I Eat Words to be a chore.

Like Farrah, I'm at a place in my life that I don't have the time or the excitement for book blogging. I'm about to start grad school and am also working in a career that I'm passionate about. And when I'm not doing either of those, I'm trying to write because that was my first passion. It still is my biggest passion.

I'm loving my life and have a great group of friends. When I read, I'm finding myself picking up books that have been on my To Be Read pile for ages instead of books that I should be reviewing. That doesn't mean that I'll stop geeking and nerding out on Twitter (@bookishbritney, let's be friends!) and I have a personal blog where I'll occasionally update, but I Eat Words is going to be put on pause. For now.

I hope to keep you all with me in whatever I pursue next because you are all great, wonderful, intelligent, beautiful people. Farrah and I would have had very different thoughts on book blogging if it wasn't for all of you. I hope to have the occasional lovefest of a book review on here, but until then, this is a See You Later to I Eat Words.

Happy Reading,
Britney



4 comments:

Michelle (Book Hangovers) said...

Good Luck with everything gals!!
xoxox

Michelle (Book Hangovers) said...

Best of luck to you gals!!
xoxo

Jamie said...

LOVE YOU LADIES <333

Few things:

1. SADS. It's been awesome to get to know you both and meet you and hang and talk books.

2. I love that picture of us.

3. Every time I see that picture I think, "DAMN my hair looked REALLY good in that picture and I know it didn't look that way that day" haha

4. TWINNYYYY.

5. I am proud of you guys for doing what you need to do. ALWAYS put life first. It's a brave thing to be able to let go of something you love/worked hard on and recognize it's time to move on. Also a very GROWNUP thing to do too so good job.

6. even though I'm still really into blogging right now, I'm finding myself conflicted on letting it go (maybe not letting go but toning down how much time I spend on it). It's hard to figure out when it's time and sometimes life just naturally takes us that way.

7. So many of us "old timers" are leaving and stepping back. I think, for me, it's a lot of how book blogging is now PLUS just life stuff. It makes me sad but I hope I will still keep in contact with you both! SAD to see faves of mine keep leaving but I'm happy for everyone and excited to see what happens next for you guys!

*mwah*

fishgirl182 said...

Lovely post. Good luck to both of you!