Google+ Reading Teen: Why I Quit Blogging

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why I Quit Blogging

by Kit
And why I started again...

I have been blogging off and on since I was fourteen years old. A huge part of my life was completely consumed by everything book-related, but lately it's been more off than on. There are many reasons for that...

#1) Nobody on the outside understands the book blogging world.  Most people I'm friends with don't even know it exists.  My friends viewed my vast book collection and random bookish knowledge as some sort of weird quirk that they didn't necessarily comprehend or relate to.  Traveling to New York for BEA and filming IMM videos were foreign concepts to them, and try as I might, I couldn't ever fully explain it to them. And the concept that I met some of my best friends, who lived all over the country, through blogging? Forget about it.

#2) I was intimidated by the criticism.  Whether it was the way I talked while I recorded a vlog, or the fact that I had the audacity to dislike a book that everyone should love, there was a never ending stream of criticism from commenters, and it just felt like a reminder of everything I was doing wrong.  I once reviewed a book that I hadn't finished, but really disliked, and I was told my multiple people that I didn't have the right to review a book that I hadn't even "bothered" to finish.  I had so much fun filming IMM videos, but some of the worst critiques we ever got were in the comments.

#3) College. This one is easy to explain, my college reading list is long and insanely boring. I felt like any time that I spent reading should be spent reading for school, and I would feel guilty any time I read books just for fun.

#4) I felt like the blog controlled my reading schedule.  If all I needed was a good Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, or Anna and the French Kiss fix, I couldn't take the time to reread them, because I had a TBR pile that could fill an entire bookshelf and ARCs that had to be reviewed before their release date.  I realized that I was letting the blog slowly suck my love for reading dry, and I got to the point where I not only didn't want to blog, but I also didn't want to read anymore.

And how I remedied each one:

#1) I realized that the experiences I've had through blogging were some of the best experiences I've ever had, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.  Some of the highlights were: 
Meeting Tim Gunn.



Attending BEA again, and again, and again

Getting to do the fantasitcally amazing Sing Sweet Nightingale cover shoot with Spencer Hill.


#2)  I realized that if I believed that I was entitled to my own opinions on books, then I had to accept that everyone else was entitled to their own opinions about my reviews.  And I didn't have to agree with them.  So what if someone thinks I talk too loudly or have terrible taste in books? That doesn't mean I have to change or be intimidated by them.

#3)  I got lucky. This year I'm taking a class that has blog posts as homework assignments.  So I get to do what I've always done, and it counts as work. I also realized how reading for fun de-stresses me, and so I shouldn't feel guilty because I'm not reading for homework, because sometimes you just need to de-stress.

#4)  I took a break.  Freshmen year of college, I only read three or four YA books, and I didn't blog at all.  While this sounds a bit sad, it was rejuvenating and it made me realized how much I really missed the blogging community when I wasn't immersed in it anymore.  Then, I binge read.  I read 15 books last summer, and didn't blog about any of them.  I rediscovered my love for books themselves, and it made me happy.

All of this so say, THANK YOU.  Thank you if you've kept up with ReadingTeen from the beginning, and thank you if this is your first time coming to our blog.  Thank you for giving me a community I LOVE more than anything, thank you for commenting, and thank you for reading.

I love you all.




30 comments:

  1. I'm in love with this post. As a blogger, you went through the exact same things we go through as authors (insane schedule, criticism, the inability to find people outside of the book world who understand the overwhelming need to be part of the book world). Those who love it ALWAYS love it, though, don't they? I'm glad you're back.

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  2. It is SO great that you found a way to remedy the issues that made you quit blogging. Trust me, you are not alone in any of the things you discussed in your post - many, many bloggers feel just like you. And, while the YA blogging community is wonderful in many ways, there can also be a lot of drama and negativity. Find the people/readers/bloggers you enjoy talking to and respect and tune out the rest. And never lose sight of your passion and love for reading - without that, what's the point??

    Welcome back, Kit!

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  3. Great post! I've scaled back on my blogging lately, partly because I'm recovering from surgery and partly because I just needed a break. Glad you found your way back!

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  4. I agree 100%. There is no point to a book blog without a passion for reading.
    Thanks so much:)

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  5. So true. Even when I wasn't immersed in it, I still loved it. The book world never fully leaves you;)
    Thanks, I am too!!

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  6. Going to miss you!!!
    Good luck getting your reading mojo back and enjoying it again!

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  7. Seriously, I think this is one of the sweetest blog posts I've read in awhile! Sometimes, we all need breaks, and that's fine. You've had some wonderful experiences (that I'm totally jelly of btw) but I'm glad you've found a way to remedy your love of blogging. Some people can't do that and quit forever. I'm glad you didn't! :D

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  8. Amanda P. @ Of Specs and BooksNovember 13, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Good!!! I love everything about this post! I can understand it too! Blogging puts a lot of pressure on you as a person and as far as your editing or writing or filming skills go. It's difficult to receive criticism, or rather learn how to receive it, especially when you're first starting out and people are being mean. I'm glad that you didn't quit forever. This community always needs another smiling book lover face! :)

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  9. This post is fantastic. And truly, people don't understand the blogging world unless they are in it. I was trying to explain to someone yesterday and she just looked at me like I was an alien! LOL! I'm glad you do come back. I really enjoy seeing what you post! And that cover reveal at BEA was fantastic! I remember being there and seeing you and thinking, wow, that's just great!

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  10. As a blogger, reader, reviewer, and writer, I can relate to your post. I'm glad you've revived your love for blogging. I've always enjoyed your blog. :)

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  11. Yey! Do because you love, not for others. But sometimes it is nice to have to do something so you get to do what you let ve (I.e., blogging so you read).

    And, by the way, this is very nicely written. Your prof will be happy.

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  12. Welcome back! I know how you feel. Last year, blogging became a huge burden for me, since I was distracted planning my wedding. I trudged through it, but it was hard and I wasn't sure I'd be able to keep it up much longer. I went on a mostly-hiatus for about three months leading up to the big day. But lo & behold ... after the honeymoon, I got back into a regular blogging routine and loved it more than ever!

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  13. I loved your explanation of dealing with #3!! That's what I keep telling myself to

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  14. Great post and fantastic ideas! Welcome back :)

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  15. So glad you're back at it!

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  16. I love your thoughts on this. I too get overwhelmed with all of the "boring" readings that are required for school and also find YA fiction to be a relief. Keep it up!

    Also, you should check out my blog http://fangirlsguidetojaneausten.wordpress.com/ and read my thoughts on Jane Austen, the ultimate YA author.

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  17. I'm so glad you're back too! I've enjoyed this blog for years as I came of age as a young American enamored with literature written for young Americans!
    Recently I've found a great way to destress through blogging as well, but also taking a dip in a pool beforehand. Check out my endeavors at Metropolitanlifeaquatic@blogspot.com!

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  18. Thanks so much! I love your site!!:)

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  19. Thank you!! I'm glad to be back!:)

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  20. Wow. I cannot imagine blogging and planning a wedding! Hiatuses are fantastic, but I'm glad you're back too! And congrats on the wedding!!

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  21. This is a great post! Few people on the outside get it, but we really enjoy this hobby and omg look at all the amazing people you've met and great stuff you've had a chance to do!!!

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  22. Such a good, thoughtful post Kit. Missed ya girlie! Hope you're enjoying college.

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  23. Thanks!! And I hope you're recovering quickly!

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  24. Haha, I know! There's just no way to understand it unless you're in it!! THANK YOU! Haha, the reveal at BEA was so fun!! I didn't even know it was happening until right before, and they came and grabbed me and said they needed me, and I had no idea what it was for, lol! But I'm so glad I happened to be there!!

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  25. Ahhh, I love everything about your comment!! It really means a lot, thank you!!:)

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  26. Thanks!! Haha, I know, they just don't understand! But I've had so much fun from blogging, it's cray how many opportunities it provides!!

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