Yes, I am Alive

A quick update and apology.

It has been quite a while.  So hello friends, how are you, I missed you!

Once again I found myself on a mini-hiatus, though as you can see this one will not be a year and a half of inactivity.  The details are the usual suspects; a major shake up at work once again upended everything.  Reading time once again dipped before being pulled back.  Even audiobook time took a toll as my travel got messed around with a bit.  Life is fine, this wasn’t a shake up that messed with quality of life for which I am thankful; it truly is only blogging that is being affected negativity.

But I am back, and a have a few reviews lined up again for next week, and am ready to get back in the saddle.  This is good for me!

The sad part is the sacrifices I am going have to make to keep this going this time.

-I have always prided myself on being one of the more social bloggers around.  Many people over the years have told me that I was one of, if not the, first to leave a comment on their new blogs.  I love doing it.  But it takes time.   LOTS of time.  I would often spend more time visiting blogs that writing my own.  And that is time I currently don’t have.  As such I will not be checking Feedly until things work out again.

This doesn’t mean I wont check out links that interest me.  Just that I will probably be more in the comment-back club than I used to.  I hope people understand.

-I also will not be quite so new release focused.  Now that work has stabilized again a lot of my reading will be audio format.  While some publishers do keep me in the now with audio books it is still easier to grab older books from the library for this purpose.

-Most importantly I am going to try some shorter reviews.  500 words don’t come as easy as they used to.  Sometimes the words flow like water and when the inspiration hits so be it, I will write.  But expect more two/three paragraph reviews with some quick thoughts when it is all I can come up with.

My goal is to not burn out completely and walk away because I know if I do that again it is probably for the last time.  Hopefully these changes will make it happen.

Thank you for reading.

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11 thoughts on “Yes, I am Alive

  1. Glad to have you back, Nathan. Totally get the whole commenting thing, it can really be exhausting. (I’m tired just typing this…) I’m looking forward to seeing your upcoming reviews!

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  2. Me too, about trying with the shorter reviews although sometimes I can’t help myself and before I know it the review has grown from a speck into an out of shape, uncontrolled blob.
    I noticed you hadn’t been around but figured you might be away or socialising. 😄
    I think you have to do what’s best for you and your blog and your ideas seem spot on. I’ve noticed myself how time consuming commenting can be (and yet here I am going on and on). Anyway, I always enjoy your reviews and think that making them shorter won’t change that.
    Lynn 😄

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  3. Glad to hear life is going well, even if hectic. And nothing wrong with shorter reviews! (or so I tell myself as some of mine are getting shorter these days as well). And also fully understand the reduction in comments. I have done that myself (unintentionally) just because I’ve had a shortage of time. So even when I find the time to read posts, or some posts, i dont always comment any more. ahh, well. Such is life.

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  4. I’m often in the same boat. When something has to give, it’s usually the blog for me. Thankfully my reviewing style is short by nature, but I think it’s important to write whatever feels natural at the time. This might sound extreme, but I handle the commenting issue by starting over with Feedly at the beginning of each year. It has definitely helped me focus my time.

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  5. Welcome back! 🙂
    Yes, free time is a very elusive beast, indeed… I know what it means to feel the contrasting pull of what you WANT to do against what you HAVE TO do, and more often than not the former succumbs to the latter.
    And short reviews will be as welcome as longer ones: what really counts is sharing our love for books and stories – and that has nothing to do with word count 🙂

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  6. I’m finding it a bit tough myself some weeks to keep up with comments and blog visits. I think I’d be totally swamped if I wasn’t ahead in my regular posts, having them ready to go weeks in advance. I’m lucky to have more time than most as I don’t work or have kids but time can still get away from us so quickly!

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  7. Short has always helped me, short is good 😀
    And yes commenting takes so much time! I used to do it before work, now, well now I tell BF that I need blogging time and he gets the baby

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  8. Fellow feeling – work is bonkers at the moment, so do whatever you need to do to make it work.

    I have a number of friends who’ve experimented with super shortform reviews – from ‘microlit’ (often facetious exchanges of dialogue that give you a feeling for the book, or just a brief paragraph) to 6 word reviews. Brevity is hard work for me but there’s nowt wrong with it!

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  9. Yay for living! Always a positive. You do what you gotta do, Nathan – it’s always fun to see you post whatever! That said, I often, weirdly, find it harder to write a short review versus a longer one but I am probably just special that way…. Anyway, I will look forward to your shorter reviews and will hopefully be inspired to write mine better. Blergh.

    Have a great week!

    P.S. Really glad the work shake-up wasn’t anything happiness threatening!

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