Well guys, it’s been a good three years, but this is the end of the road for ReadRantRock&Roll. Many of you already know it’s been a long time coming as we’ve discussed. In early July, this blog will close permanently.
There were many factors in my decision to leave, and after weighing the pros and cons it seems this is the best choice for me at this time.
When I started this blog I had so many ideas and felt very positive about interviewing authors and readers, writing book reviews, and sharing old books. Having a book blog felt rewarding. Unfortunately, the positive feelings have ceased. I can easily blame stats, difficulty in writing reviews, or even difficulties keeping up with content. I’m not going to get into all the reasons that brought me to this decision, but one of the main reasons is time. As I get older, and my kids continue to grow, I realize time is like gold. It takes too much time to keep up with everything—reading requests, writing reviews, reading reviews, Twitter—which in turn takes time away from my kids and other things I enjoy doing like reading books for pure enjoyment and spending time in nature. These things bring me more peace and less stress.
There’s definitely no telling what the future holds though. I’ve always had a passion for children’s literature and I’d like to do something with that. To me, children’s books are important, and they simply don’t get enough attention. A vision I have for the future is to have a site strictly for children’s book reviews, which would also include middle-grade and even YA.
With that said, I’d like to say thank you to this wonderful blogging community. I’ve met some incredible people here—many who remain friends. Over the years I’ve shared some personal posts and so many came through with positive comments to support me. Also, to every person who’s ever liked or commented: I want you to know that every single like or comment you ever left me was very much appreciated. Everyone’s time is important, and you took that time from your day—reading my posts and supporting me—time and time again. It never went unnoticed! I apologize if I missed some posts and didn’t always return the same kindness in a timely manner. Your support, generosity, and inspiration will always be remembered.
I’ll see many of you on Goodreads. I’ll also keep my Twitter account open, but I’ll likely not visit there much. For anyone who’d like to keep in touch via email, just let me know and I’ll gladly forward you the address.
P.S. I’ll contact yesterday’s giveaway winner personally. Thank you all for entering.