Weekend reads and considering closing the blog...
I think it's maybe that I'm trying to renew my work on it -- I'm trying out different review formats, attempting some YouTube vids, hoping to integrate my tarot and woowoo research -- but I'm so aware of how little interaction I have through it all. I know -- or 'know' -- many bookish folks online, but my interactions are fleeting and quick. I started my blog to connect with other readers -- a virtual book club, I imagined -- and I'm just not doing that.
Reviewing books to help authors and publishers promote them has become the meat-and-potatoes of my blog, and I'm not that excited about it. Certainly my free-range reading of these last few months have been refreshing and fun, but even writing about those reads feels like I'm talking to myself.
So, if that's the case, why continue here?
This post is kind of me "thinking out loud" (so no need to reassure me, I swear I'm not fishing for compliments!) and I'd love to hear from folks who have either stopped blogging or intentionally stayed on. I know I need to give more if I do stay blogging; I need to engage more deeply with other bloggers, rather than do the drive by "great review!" comments that seem necessary and collegial (but maybe aren't?). But I'm also aware of my limited time. I come to work early to write, and after work, I'm trying to wean off being online so I can do other things -- my woowoo work, kitchen witchery, and other homemaking stuff. And reading -- I'm reading voraciously again, and I'm loving what I'm reading. And I'm a social creature, so I keep circling back to this place, the online book community, because
My weekend read is Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller. It's an authorized prequel about Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother, Caroline (or Ma). I'm not a Little House fan (more of a Caddie Woodlawn girl myself) but my wife and toddler have been listening to the audiobooks of the series (read by Cherry Jones, by the way, and they're smashing) and I've been intrigued by Ma. She's the more biased one, to my adult ears, and very cautious considering she's with someone who keeps moving and introducing major disasters into their life.
So...what are you reading this weekend? And do you have any tips for helping me figure out whether to stay or go?