After spending the last couple of days reading posts about the topic, it seems like I’m not the only one reeling over the recent announcement that Google Reader is going away. If you were out of touch this week and missed the news, Google Reader will be gone as of July 1st. In reading the various news articles, I’ve read several times that the whole idea of RSS feeds is dead, and that social media is the future of the internet. Apparently, I am dreadfully behind – and I honestly can’t make myself care. To me, social media and RSS feeds are two completely different things. I don’t want to follow a bunch of blogs on Facebook or Twitter or whatever other social media sites I’m missing out on. Social media seems to value quantity over quality, and it gets to be too much. I like the simplicity of GR; I like the fact that it lets me know when the blogs I read have been updated; I like that I can choose whether or not to click over to comment. And, honestly, I don’t want to learn how to use something else!
I know that this sounds like a big old whiny rant, but I feel like whining. And, in light of the fact that I seem to have lost my love of blogging, temporarily or not, I am now questioning the future when it comes to my internet use and presence.
Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of things I continue to love about blogging, and the biggest is you, my readers. I have gotten to know so many of you through your blogs, through commenting back and forth, through blogging projects. I definitely do not want to lose touch with any of you! I will be looking for a new way to keep touch with the blogs that I follow, and hopefully I will find one that is as simple to use as GR is.
As far as my own blogging, I have been sensing a change coming for a while, and the GR announcement has caused me to spend a lot of time this week talking and thinking about the form those changes will take. I find that these posts – my Sunday Salon posts – are the ones I enjoy the most. I like simply chatting with you all, telling you what I’ve been doing, what’s been happening with Kevin and the kids, and yes, what I’ve been reading. And I am reading – a lot! But while I am reading a lot of great, discussion-worthy books, I am not wanting to write long, discussion-filled posts about them. I like writing my mini-reviews, when there is no pressure to write more than a few sentences of reaction to a book, but when I sit down to write a longer review, it feels like a school assignment and I struggle to make the words flow.
While I don’t think that I want to stop blogging altogether, I do think that a change in focus is coming. My life has been FULL of changes in the past six months, so why not one more, right? I have come up with a short-term plan, as I have some review obligations that I simply cannot walk out on. Here’s what you can expect:
~ For the rest of March, April, and May, things will stay pretty much the way they have been for the past few months: sporadic reviews and Sunday Salon posts. This will give me a chance to clear up the few review copies I have left.
~ I will be taking an extended blogging break during June, July, and August, with one exception – I plan to read the monthly books for the “I’ve Always Meant to Read This Book!” Challenge, and will post my review and the Mr. Linky for others on schedule throughout the end of the year.
~ When I start blogging again in September, this will be more of a personal blog. I will definitely still blog about the books I’m reading, but that will not be my only focus. I honestly don’t know what you’ll find. Posts about parenting teenagers, my faith, marriage, politics? Who knows!
~ I do apologize to those of you who have signed up for the Ireland and Essay reading challenges, as I haven’t been engaging with any of you the way I usually do. I hope you will continue to read for the challenges, and continue to enjoy the reading, but I don’t know that I will be maintaining the challenge pages the way I have in the past. The Mr. Linky’s will stay up, so feel free to continue to link your reviews.
After reading Amy’s post, and the subsequent comments, I know I am not the only one contemplating change. What about you? Do you use Google Reader? Will you mourn its passing? Where do you see your blog taking you in the next year or so?
Oh, and because this is technically a Sunday Salon post, I should tell you what I’m reading!
~ Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors – Beautifully written historical fiction.
~ Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman – Love, love, love, love it!
~ Shades of Earth by Beth Revis – Very hard to put down; I want to know how it ends!
~ The Twelve by Justin Cronin – On audio, read by the velvety-voiced Scott Brick.
~ Brooklyn Bones by Triss Stein – Also on audio, read by another amazing voice, Xe Sands.
What are you reading today? Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!