In 2021, I realized I just don’t like being online very much. I quit Twitter back in May, and I’ve been mulling over what to do with this blog ever since. Social media and blogging have changed a lot since I first became a heavy user in 2009. I’ve changed as a person even more. I used to love writing book reviews. Now I love nothing more than reading purely for myself. It used to feel special to share pieces of my life here and on my public-facing social media. Now it’s a constant source of anxiety, even though I’ve never received any kind of harassment or criticism (and have in fact made a lot of truly lovely connections with other people).
When I first started this blog, I was, to put it lightly, going through some stuff, and I poured a lot of that stuff into my book reviews, often without realizing I was doing it. I don’t know how obvious that was to my readers, but when I go back and re-read those old posts, it’s certainly obvious to me. It makes me feel sad and a little queasy to think of all that floating around in the ether, even if it’s a puzzle only I know how to put together.
I’ve been posting here less and less, which means less and less traffic, which means less and less reason to feel like posting. My heart’s just not in it, and the audience isn’t here either, probably because my heart’s not in it. The pro/con columns have been lopsided for a long time now, and I think it’s time for a clean slate.
In light of all that, I’ve set my archives to private. This will no longer be a book blog, and I will no longer be writing book reviews. This site will stay up and running, but I’m not sure what I’ll write about next.
Nothing ever really dies on the internet, and I have no illusions that this means my posts will be gone, especially since I’ll still be able to see them. I’m simply moving it all off the display racks and into the stacks, if you will. If you’re an author or publisher who would like a copy of a review I posted here, email me at maggietiede (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll work something out. Ditto if you’re just an ordinary reader who’d like to revisit something.
Thank you to everyone who read, commented, and otherwise supported me here over the years. It meant a lot to me, every time. Onwards and upwards. ❤