Change happens, and it is happening to Writer Quirk.
When I started Writer Quirk, it was about, well, writing. I had, as a writer, determined to focus on writing YA and actually make something of it instead of just writing here and there and having files gather dust on my computer. I had stumbled upon blogs, both about YA books and writing YA, and decided to jump in, mainly to join a writing meme hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of the Unpublished.
Then I began seeing all these book blogs, and it looked like so much fun, so I started following the blogs and joined the routine: reviews, features, memes, followers, giveaways, etc. And it was fun. And then I took a break, because I couldn't keep up. And then I got back into it, and tried to be like all the greats out there, and book blogging became extremely time and energy consuming.
And I just can't keep it up.
Okay, let me qualify. I have the time, the energy, and the desire to blog. I just don't have the time/energy/desire to book blog.
From what all the great YA book bloggers say (there are many successful ones with how-to tips on book blogging), a great book blog worthy of a following should have regular postings, great content, a blogger behind it who is involved (commenting, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and more.
I tried. I really did. I wanted to have a great book blog, but honestly, I cannot keep up in the world of YA book blogging. To speak honestly, I, as a book blogger, cannot really offer up much in the way of new or better content than the thousands of other YA book bloggers out there. I maybe had a different take or voice on things, but really, the only thing truly different was me, personally, and what I thought about the books I read.
And I don't want to lose the joy of blogging, but unfortunately, when you are one small blog among so many, many great ones, it is hard to focus on the fun of it and not trying to be as good as the rest. It is hard enough trying to keep up with the Jones' of the blogging community, especially when your offline life is rather full. I now have a husband, and I also have a disabled mother and an elderly father, several pets, a full time job, four church commitments, and a novel I'm trying to finish before the next NaNoWriMo in November. Book blogging was stressing me out, and the thought of returning to it even now that life sans wedding plans has calmed a bit, is distressing.
In other words, I can't really afford to do anything that I don't feel 100% about, and I just don't feel 100% about book blogging.
But I do feel 100% about this blog, so Writer Quirk is not going away. Things are just changing.
I am no longer going to classify Writer Quirk as a book blog.
That might sound like quite an insignificant change, but it's a little bigger than it seems.
Let's face it; no matter how much a blogger loves YA, much of a blogger's energy is so that GFC count will grow. There are very few people who enter the blogging world to share their opinions to an audience of zero. I know I didn't. But I also didn't start out thinking I was going to be creating posts just aimed at gaining followers. I will concede that those posts also served other functions, but I was operating under the mindset that if I didn't do this or that, I wouldn't gain/retain followers.
I love YA, but I love the rest of my life too, and the blog had gotten off-track from where I had intended it to be. But I'm not going to let those things drive my blog anymore. This gives me more freedom to post what and when I want to since I'm no longer going to be trying to keep up with the standard for YA book blogs. I'm sure most of you know this, but the YA book blogging community has pretty substantial standards for YA book blogs, and those that are deemed great operate at quite a high level and constant, and sometimes feverish, pace (depending on if you blog ahead of time and schedule or do it week by week). I have always blogged (on other blogs) in more of a laid-back manner, going with the flow of my mind rather than on a timetable, producing content on a certain schedule. There's nothing wrong with the way the book blogging operates. I'm still following all the book blogs on my feed because I still love the YA book blogging community. But book blogging is just not the course for me.
So, Writer Quirk is headed back to its roots. I am going to continue blogging here about my journey as a YA writer, which will include more personal content (though not too personal, of course). And when I feel like, I'm going to review YA I read. Because I still read YA. Of course I do. I wouldn't be writing it if I didn't read it and love it. And I hope you'll continue with me as I head on this renewed path.
I want to thank each and every reader, follower, commenter, blogger, for joining me here. I know many of you only follow or are only interested in book blogs, and since Writer Quirk is no longer that, I completely understand if you remove me from your feeds. That's why I wrote this, so that those who came for the regular reviews, memes, content, etc., could know I wasn't trying to hoodwink them by not doing those things anymore.
With all my writerly heart,