So you may have been wondering where I am – and that’d be a fair question. My hosting renews every August, and this year, I really debated whether to continue paying for self-hosted, or indeed, to keep blogging at all. I’m in a very different place from where I was when I started this blog more than 5 years ago as a student with ~20 hours of lectures a week. I’ve talked before about having less free time to spare, and feeling like blogging and reading have taken over my other hobbies. I feel like I’ve got into a rut with my post types, and I miss the “I-just-had-an-awesome-blog-idea-and-I-can’t-wait-to-write-it” feeling I got with posts like seeking originality, increasing your NetGalley ratio, using a filofax for studying or anything to do with Harry Potter Month! I guess generally I’ve been feeling a little lost with blogging which is why I wasn’t sure whether renewing my hosting was the right decision.
On top of all of that, some big (and good and exciting!) offline stuff has been going on too. I deliberately keep my personal life and my blogging very separate – no one from my offline life knows this blog exists and I like to keep it that way! – but since all of this is having a big impact on the blog, I’m sharing a few personal life details for a change. The first thing is that I got engaged (!) and we’re now planning our wedding (which will be next summer, so plenty to organise in a fairly short time). The second thing is that I’m contemplating a total career change, which would involve going back to study and a truly massive workload for a while. Finally, we’re looking at hopefully trying to buy our first house too, so things are unsurprisingly fairly mad around here right now, which means that I’ve been away from my keyboard and my books a bit more than usual [By all means, if you’d like to know any more details on the personal stuff, I’m happy to discuss by DM on twitter or email!]
Now given that you’re reading this on my blog, which is still here, you can tell I obviously did decide to renew my hosting (which I hope makes somebody out there happy, but it certainly makes me happy!). I love connecting with other bloggers, I love sharing our passion for books and I just generally love having this little space on the internet. I want to keep posting, keep connecting, keep commenting, and of course keep reading. Sure I want to diversify my blogging a bit, mix some new stuff in with the books, maybe give instagram a proper go (who knows, there’ll be some experimenting). It’ll probably take me a little while to figure out all the details, but I still love blogging, I still love connecting with you guys, and I’m really hoping you’ll bear with me while I figure everything out!