Hello all… I think this is going to be a sort of harder post to write. <deep breath> Okay, here we go.
The Grown-Up YA has been going now for 2 years, 7 months, 15 days… so much longer than I even thought possible. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d make it this long. Heck, I was over the moon when I made it to 6 months!
Lately though, GUYA hasn’t given me the excitement it once did. I’m finding myself bored and feeling burnt out. Over the past couple months I’ve had tiny spurts of inspiration to write stuff, but they usually fizzle out fairly quickly and I go back to not posting things. It’s getting to where it’s like pulling teeth to even write a simple review. I feel like I’ve tried everything under the sun to get inspired, to pump some life back into the blog, but… nothing.
Let me just say this: I don’t want to give up blogging. I think that’s what has kept me motivated to continue. I love writing and posting and talking to people. I think I’m just ready to talk about something other than books. I love them, I love reading… I always will. But it’s starting to feel obligatory and unfun. So it’s time for a change.
Here’s where it’s hard… The Grown-Up YA will “end” on November 18th this year. Why that date? Because that will be 3 years. I like round numbers and want to see it out. I’m going to be pulling majorly back though, only posting reviews for books that I’ve accepted ARCs for, maybe a fun read here or there.
Now, good news! In the middle of my “What should I do with myself?!” conundrum I’ve been having lately, a friend asked if I’d ever thought about doing a lifestyle blog. We weren’t talking about GUYA at all; she just mentioned this during the conversation. I honestly had not thought about doing another blog because c’mon… I have one already. But that simple question got my gears going. Could I do another blog?
I discussed this with another friend and she has been 100% supportive and encouraging about this idea and guys… I’m feeling that spark again.
I pulled out a notebook and started jotting ideas down, things I want to write about, and holy moly! There are so many topics! It’s gotten me exceptionally excited and while I’m sad to see GUYA slowly go away, I’m super excited for this new endeavor and feel like it may be a jumping point for something totally new.
One of the things I’ve really loved lately are these True Story Thursdays. I look forward to writing them, purposefully look for things to write about, because I love sharing my life with you. There are things that I find so exciting and fascinating that AREN’T blog related, but feel like I can’t really talk about them on my blog because it’s supposed to be a book blog (I know, I know… it’s mine and I can write about whatever I want but I want it to be 90% books). So I decided to take my True Story Thursdays idea and run with it.
True Story Living, my new blog, is something I’m so looking forward to. Here are some things that you’ll find on it:
- Party planning tips/ideas/menus/FAQs
- Recipes/food/healthy eating
- Traveling to/discovering/exploring different towns
- Anything else my brain comes up with
As much as I am sad to “leave” GUYA, I’m excited about where I’m going. It’s been a fun ride and I’m so grateful to all of you who helped me make this blog a success. I love our friendships and chats and fangirling. I hope you’ll join me on my new endeavor and stay in touch!
Love to you all!