It’s been a while since I did anything for this blog. To be completely honest, last year, I challenged myself to read 12 books. I wanted to read a book a month, however, I failed. In 2017, I only got to read 5 of 12 books.
Surprisingly, I finished one series – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Overall, I rated the series as a 3.33/5. I believe the main thing that got me hooked was the fact that most of the characters in the book are Asians. Also, the I did love his writing.
But this post is not really about what I read last year, it’s about why I abandoned this blog.
My reading slump has been on and off for the past few years. I tried to find a cure, but it’s a recurring disease that eats me up inside. It makes me feel like if I don’t read a book in a week, I won’t be able to blog about anything and people will forget about me. Which most of my readers did. They don’t even send any tweets my way anymore, so my tweets started to dwindle.
Reading as Fast as You Can
There are books published every single day. There are books that you are pressured to read because everyone is reading them. You need to read those books really fast so that you can write a review about it and you pat yourself on the back for being one of the first ones to read and rate a trending book.
Quality VS Quantity
Do you ever feel like your reviews are trash? Like you are not qualified enough to review a book? You don’t follow a certain criteria and just type whatever feels like a good sentence to write. You just want to get it over with so that you have content in your blog. And you mostly forgot what the book was really about because you read it too quickly. Now, you end up with a blog full of reviews, but are they proper reviews?
When you start a blog, it’s not always about what you want. You’re creating something that requires an audience. The internet is a vast ocean. If your content is not up to par, then your blog will remain an empty shell. The bookish friends that you have acquired start to delete you from their link list. Some do wonder what happened to you, but that’s it. They just wonder. You’re unpopular now, better not associate with you!
This blog stressed me out. I started to hate reading books. I started so many books but left them unfinished. My bookshelf was recently dusted after many months of not even lifting a book off of it. I did lose some bookish friends. I got hurt. Abandoned by the people I thought won’t leave. I got seen-zoned on Facebook messages, ignored on Twitter DMs. So I decided to just leave this blog up. I renewed my domain the day before it expires because I was contemplating on whether or not I will come back to book blogging. Maybe I will. Maybe if an inspiring book comes along. I don’t really know what will make me come back.
Sometimes I miss book blogging. But I think book blogging doesn't miss me.
— Dré Wanders (@dreWolf) January 15, 2018
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