(Officially) Taking a Blogging Break

Posted January 6, 2016 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 46 Comments

Blogging Break

A belated happy new year, booklings! And while we’re on the topic of things “belated,” I must apologize that this post is coming rather later than it should have. As many of you know, the last six months of my life have been filled with earth-shifting changes, and although I held the blog together pretty well at first, I haven’t had the time or brain-space to write, or even to read very much.

It feels slightly surreal to look back at the changes of 2015. I spent most of the year unemployed after being laid off from my office job in late 2014, broke up with my boyfriend of nearly six years in July, moved out of the apartment we had shared together, spent a few months living in the spare bedroom of incredibly generous friends, started dating someone new (a fellow bookworm who claims allegiance to houses Hufflepuff and Stark), started working two part-time jobs (as a sales associate at LOFT and a page at the library downtown), and moved into a new apartment (where I finally have a space to call my own) with two lovely roommates. It was the most challenging, discouraging, and terrifying year of my life so far, but it was also the most momentous. 2015 taught me more than I ever could have expected — about myself, life, love, and friendship. I feel stronger in my convictions, my sense of self, and my resilience. My life kind of fell apart in 2015, but I’m slowly rebuilding it and allowing it to take on exciting new shapes.

This is all wonderful, but it hasn’t been super conducive to running a blog. What little reading I’ve done has mainly been for comfort — re-reads of Tiny Beautiful ThingsWhen Women Were BirdsHarry Potter, etc. I’m woefully out of touch with the blogging/publishing community, and my reviewer hat doesn’t seem to fit right now. So although the blog has been quiet for more than two months, I’m finally, officially, taking a break.

Thank you to everyone who has shared kind words and messages of support over the last few months. I love you all, and I hope to be back when things calm down a bit! Until then, happy reading.

Much love,

Leah

  • Words for Worms

    Take a break! Regroup. Enjoy your place, enjoy your new jobs! (I friggin love LOFT, enjoy that employee discount!) And enjoy the time with this new fellow. Hufflepuff and Stark are solid affiliations.

  • I’m so glad to hear that things are looking up, and I hope that they continue to!

  • Amanda

    I’m glad things sound for the new year! Enjoy your break.

  • I’ve missed you, dear, but it’s been great to see your tweets and ‘grams and know that things are getting on track. I think Sugar would have great advice about how all of 2015’s struggles are going to turn 2016 Leah into a totally new, amazing person.

    • Thanks, lovely <3 Sugar is the mysterious starlight that guided me this far, and she hasn't steered me wrong yet!

  • Amy Sachs

    So glad to see that your new year is off to a great start! 🙂

  • I miss you terribly, but I’m excited about all the wonderful things happening for you, and I love following along on Instagram and wherever else you may be. Cheers to 2016 and great things!

  • Elena

    Yay! So happy that we kind of went through the same together. It’s been an amazing year, and it’s been better to go through Heaven disguised as Hell with you. Much love to you, dear xxx

  • Hufflepuff AND Stark? Obvious keeper. 🙂
    I hope the blogging break goes well and that life continues to look up for you. Happy 2016!

  • Sending you a HUGE hug! So happy that this year is beginning better than last year because you went through a lot. I know no matter what you turn your mind to, you will be awesome. Having said that, I’ll miss your blog- you are so creative.

  • Glad that tough year is behind you and that you’re focusing on a healthy happy new start to 2016. Best wishes and we’ll be here when you get back!

  • I so admire you for taking the time you need to look after yourself and rediscover what makes your new life tick. You are one tough cookie. You will be missed in these parts – your blog has definitely been one of the ones I’ve looked up to as I’ve tried to find my own blogging voice. But I know whatever you’re getting ready for, it’s going to be great!

  • Dan Beicke

    #starklepuff

  • I’m so glad to hear things are settling down and you’re finding your footing after such drastic change! I’ll also miss your blog…you’ve given me some great recommendations in the past…and hope you do decide to return to it at some point.

  • What everyone has already said. Happy New Year! Happy Reading! And, it will be great to see you again when you’re ready to come back. 🙂

  • Happy new year, Leah! We’ll be here when you’re ready. Wishing you the best in 2016! 🙂

  • Change is always difficult, but it usually makes us stronger. All the best to you! We’ll be here when you decide to start up again.

  • And the best news?!? You have not only survived but managed to thrive throughout all these earth-shattering and life-changing events!! YAY YOU!!! We will all be here whenever you return! (Unless, of course, we need breaks for ourselves!) 🙂

  • It was good to hear from you! I’ve been thinking about you lots and wondering how everything was going! I’m glad to hear things are moving in the right direction! Best of luck in 2016!!!!

  • Chrystal M

    Good luck with 2016! It sounds like it’s looking promising… enjoy your time and read for fun!

  • After just recently returning after a book blogging break myself, I totally feel you. We will miss you, and will be here ready and waiting if/when you return. Good luck, and here’s to hoping this year treats you a bit (or a lot!) better than the last.

  • I can’t tell you how happy I am to see this post. Happy to hear how you’ve kicked 2015’s butt and have great things coming in 2016. I’ll miss you in the book blog world (thanks for recommending Handmaid’s Tale- now one of my faves) but ready for your return! To quote Cheryl “This isn’t a spotless life. There is much ahead, my immaculate peach”. Much GREAT things ahead. <3

  • Love you!! Here’s to exciting new things in 2016! You’re a great person. You’ve been through so much and you’re going to kill it now that things are settling down. ~stay in touch plz~

  • Good luck, Leah! Hope to see you back

  • I read this when you first posted but didn’t have anything to offer so I’m just going to say you do you. Ha. It’s clear everyone misses you, and will continue to do so, but we understand the need to take a break from time to time. I hope this one of your best years yet!!! P.S. PLEASSSSEEE come to BEA so we can hang out. 🙂

  • I’m glad things are going in a good direction for you in the new year! I hope you’re doing well 🙂

  • Just glad to know things are okay and moving in a better direction for you. You take all the time you need – we’ll always be here when you come back. <3