Happy blogoversary to meeeeeeeee (Friday, that is)

24 Aug

Yeppers, guys and dolls. Friday is my 2 year blogoversary as Lavender Lines.  And it couldn’t have come at a better time. For those of you who follow the blog or follow me on Twitter, then you know, book wise, the last couple of months have been rough. I haven’t really been reading a lot and haven’t been loving what I was reading. After a dismal June and July I took August off to decide what I wanted to do. I seriously thought about shutting down the blog and not reviewing anymore. It was the worst reading slump I’ve ever been in.

There were several reasons, I think, that I hated reading. It was hard to admit some of the reasons to myself. But I love all of you guys and feel like we’re friends. So I wanna let you guys know what’s been going on.

First of all,  you may or may not know that I held an online book auction to raise money for Slave Lake Library. It was hugely successful and with over a hundred auction items it raised almost $5,000. But man, running an online auction all by yourself? DRAINING. I’m happy that I did it, but when it ended mid June I was physically and emotionally wiped. I’m still tying up loose ends. Was it worth it? Hell yeah. Would I ever do it again all on my own? Hell to the NO.

About a week into the auction the hubs decided we were going to go forward and open a used bookstore. While he and his best bud John did almost all of the renovations to our building, I gathered, sorted, inventoried and shelved over a thousand books for the store. Then we opened. And I averaged about $10 a day in sales. And I forgot that I pretty much hate talking to strangers and trying to get them to buy something. Also turns out I have a mini panic attack when referring books to people I don’t know. So my dream wasn’t quite the reality. Then we got hit with an infestation of earwigs at the beginning of August. The store has been closed since. Which my brain took as a failure. And since my brain was still exhausted from the auction, well, it wasn’t a happy situation.

The main reason, though was that most times I don’t feel like I’m a very good book blogger. I’m finding it harder and harder each review to really put into words my feelings, besides “I liked it, you should read it.” And, when you read a book that you know you should love and you were just meh about it, it’s hard to review.  There’s also the fact that I am so frigging behind on review books it isn’t even funny. I hate to admit this, but I have books from 2009 that I requested and haven’t read yet. I mean, I ASKED for the books. The publisher took the time AND the money to send them to me, fully believing that I would review them, and hopefully in a timely manner.  But I’ve found that I don’t do well with schedules when it comes to reading. I’m more of a “grab a book that appeals to me” and read it kinda reader. I have every intention of reader my backlog of review books. But when I look at the shelf, I get panicky and anxious. And I feel horrible and like a failure that I haven’t read them yet. Which makes me not want to read them. It’s a horrible cycle to be stuck in.

So, yeah, those are the main reasons I’ve hated anything book related the past couple of months. But this past week  I’ve felt myself coming out of it. I’ve read three books and loved each one. And I’ve decided that I would continue book blogging, but will be taking a bit of a different approach to it, for my own sanity.

  • Unless it’s a book by an author I absolutely adore, I won’t be requesting any review books for the near (and possibly distant) future.
  • I’m going to stop worrying about whether or  not my reviews are good and concentrate on making them me. So they’ll probably be short, a bit full of piss and vinegar and there will be the odd curse word (or five).
  • I will be working on my backlog of review books, but I won’t stress about it. So, dear publishers and authors, continue your wonderful patience. You’ve all been amazing.
  • There will be some mixed content on the blog. Some posts about me, music and my writing.
I’m excited about my third year as Lavender Lines. I’m frigging beyond excited about all the giveaways I have coming up over the next week. Honestly, there’s something for everyone. I even have a couple of international giveaways! So pop back in and enter as many reviews as you want.
Yeah, it’s good to be back. 🙂
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15 Responses to “Happy blogoversary to meeeeeeeee (Friday, that is)”

  1. LR August 24, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I’m glad that you’re going to come back to our little book blogging world, it felt empty without you!

    • lavenderlines August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      Aw, thanks!

  2. Chrisbookarama August 24, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Sounds like a rough summer but good for you for getting back at it! PS- I also have books from ages ago that I haven’t reviewed yet.

    • lavenderlines August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      I feel that these way overdue review books are something the blogging community doesn’t talk much about. Makes those of us that have them feel inadequate.

  3. Jody August 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Ohhh, I didn’t realize you were so stressed over everything. I knew about the earwigs but that’s about it. I did notice that I hadn’t been received as many blog updates. I’m glad you’re getting back into it. It’s not hard to tell you have a passion for books and it would be a shame to see you lose that. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself though 😉

    • lavenderlines August 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks, Jody. 🙂

  4. amymckie August 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    I’m so happy to hear that you are back! Congrats on the auction. Again, you did fantastic. And the Book Nook will do well, though hopefully you get over the panic at recommending books 🙂 NO MORE PRESSURE ON SELF ALLOWED. I won’t allow it 🙂 Looking forward to what you do in year 3 😀

  5. Colleen Easter August 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I have more ARCs on my bookshelf than I can count. You are not alone. Plus try to remember when you are recommending a book – it is just a book!! It is 3 hours of someone’s life. They will like it or they won’t. Let us know when you are open again so I can come and visit. I am glad you are back and look forward to reading any of your reveiws – trust me I also know the “you must read it!” review – it is my speciality. Happy Blogaversary.

  6. Kim August 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Happy Blogoversary!! I’m glad you are back!

  7. Pamela August 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Glad to hear you’re coming back to the blogging world! Happy Blogoversary as well! 🙂

  8. Mary Preston August 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Happy 2nd blogoversary!!! I wish you many more.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  9. Bella August 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I’m so excited to have you back and blogging 🙂

    It sounds like you’ve had a rough couple of months and the break has been good for you. I’m glad you didn’t shut down your blog. When I had a major blogging slump I shut my blog down and have regretted it ever since. We’d miss you all so much if you weren’t blogging 🙂

  10. Amanda Makepeace August 25, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Hell yeah!! 😀 I love your new review policy. I think when you read as many books as we do (and you’re trying to focus on your own writing too) your reviews must be 100% you; otherwise it becomes a chore. Nobody likes chores.

    Happy Blogoversary!! 🙂

  11. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth August 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Happy Blogoversary!! =)

    I totally know what you mean about review books… I have a couple that I accepted from the beginning of the year that I haven’t read yet and it makes me feel so, so guilty. But like you said, it makes you not want to go into them because even thinking about them gives you such a bad feeling. And I’m like you, I just tend to pick up what I feel like reading, I don’t like having a specific schedule.

    Hope everything will go well for you with the stores and everything.

  12. Laura Best August 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    It’s good to have you back.. 🙂 We all need a break from time to time.. Piss and vinegar can be very interesting..

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