Sunday, August 04, 2013

Blogging, my life, and a sincere farewell

To my faithful readers,

I started blogging about one of my greatest loves, books, on a whim last year in mid-June. I did have some less than desirable ulterior motives, such as expecting books to magically fall into my lap, but those ideas were quickly erased as I became immersed in the gigantic, chaotic, unimaginable community of book lovers. I wanted to become a huge blogger whose name rang through others' blog posts like a legend, one that didn't have to worry about how many pageviews and visitors she got because she knew that there would be a bunch of readers looking forward to each and every word she wrote. I have not achieved neither of those aspirations, and the me right now does not intend to.

Right now, I still have no idea how to get everything together, so I'll just summarize what has been going around blogging and me from the beginning.

In June, last year, I didn't really have an idea where to go with blogging. All I really felt in June and through summer was Wow, there's people reading this! I just did it like it was just a simple hobby, nevertheless one that was a bit nerdy and must be kept a secret at all costs. God forbid if my classmates found out about my weirdness and had me alienated even more than I was. I stuck with mostly memes to fill up my posts, and did a review once in a while. Was it awfully routine? Yes. But I was still extremely excited about being able to do something so amazing for once.
How I felt  when I first began blogging
Then school started in September and my stats and number of posts dropped, which is to be expected as I genuinely did not know how to juggle both school and blogging at the same time. (My respect goes to the girl at IB Book Blogging who not only blogs about books but also takes IB classes, which are pretty damn hard.) Life went on.

Back around December to March, I got really into blogging. I consistently put posts up, read like crazy in order to keep up. My blog stats jumped, and I watched as I got just a little bit closer to my initial dream of being a successful blogger. Perhaps if I somehow stuck with my spartan (to me at least) blogging schedule from that time I may have become a serious book blogger. Unfortunately, that couldn't happen as I kind of burnt out and just couldn't go on with the blogging anymore.

That time, I realized how much blogging was a part of my life. I'd come home from school, worried about the posts I had to write up and then when I finally finish the posts go on and do other stuff, like homework and perhaps a bit of family time. My grades didn't plummet, but they didn't shine the way they used to. All I had to talk about with friends were books which they don't mind but it does get quite tedious after a while. I was a bit confused, after all, I managed to come this far, it definitely can't hold a candle to my education and social life. Because of this, I began to think, a lot, about where this blog should go from now.

As you can see, for the last few months, there have been less and less posts, even with all the promotional stuff I cram onto this site. But after months of pondering, I came to a few conclusions.
  • I didn't love blogging as I did before. I didn't mind not having as many pageviews and visitors as others, but if it's gone to the extent when I'm tired whenever I try to write, I don't love it as I did before.
  • Though I still love books, there are other things more important to me (hanging out with friends, my grades etc.). I want to start reacquainting myself with the things I've been neglecting for the past year.
  • Most importantly, I do not regret choosing this hobby to stick with for the last year. I'm notorious in my family for never being able to stick with what I started, so I'm very proud to have been able to do this for so long. As well, I learned so many things during this time period. I now know just a little bit more about technology, as well as gained experience in professional relationships with authors and the such. I learned to not be afraid to state my opinions, such as when a book that everyone loves didn't really meet my standards. I now know what I find important, and while books will always be somewhere on my mind, I have discovered that there are other things I'd sacrifice my reading for.
Now, a year later, I understand myself and my priorities a bit more. I am older than the thirteen-year-old starting out with her first blog post a year ago. I am a little bit more mature. I am more confident and have the guts to talk with people I don't know. I'm more emotionally stable than the extremely moody girl last year. I've made more mistakes, but I've learned how to forgive myself for them and how to apologize to others for my mistakes. If the me right now walked up to the me a year ago, I wouldn't have recognized myself. I've changed, much more than I would have without blogging.

But I've said it a couple of times in this blog post: there are some things more important to me than blogging. I've taken breaks before from blogging, but I think I should make this my last, final goodbye. There may come a time when I throw a few posts up here for fun, or maybe a few years down the row I might decide to rekindle my love of blogging, but right now I think it's time I part with this blog.

To everyone, from those who've been with me since the very beginning to those who've just stumbled across this post just now, thank you for the journey, and I wish you all the best. May life, and its obstacles never deter you from your final destination.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Inevitable Bloglovin Post

I'm always a bit late for everything, but let's just get this out of the way . . .

Google is shutting down Google Reader. As of July 1 this year, we will not be able to access it, so everyone's talking of alternate ways to subscribe to someone's blog.

Some alternate subscription ways I already had are Feedburner (on the sidebar), Linky, and Networked Blogs. Another alternative would be RSS. You can either subscribe through the page connected to email subscirbtions, or the feed I burned solely for to be used for RSS. Find the email feed here and the RSS feed here.

But because Feedburner may or may not be taken down by Google somewhere in the near future, and because I've personally had a few problems with it, I've got to provide an alternate way for you to subscribe, don't I? This is where Bloglovin comes in. Bloglovin's quite simple, and fairly easy to use. Your fave blog doesn't have Bloglovin? Don't worry; you can still subscribe to them through Bloglovin. You can subscribe and unsubscribe to someone's blog quite easily, and can choose to have emails sent straight to your inbox. For the emails, you can choose to have a daily email of a compilation of all the blogs you have subscribed to, an email whenever a blog post is posted, or none at all. Easy? Then subscribe to Lust For Stories below!
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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

My Highly Anticipated Reads of 2013

There's so many good books coming out this year! Here are just a couple that I've had my eye on for the longest time, in no particular order.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Best of 2012: Part 3

There are just some books that I just can't express my love for enough. Genuinely, I loved all these books because they grabbed my heart and mind, wreaked havoc upon them, and left me wondering at how a book can do so much to me. There's just so many that I'd have to split them up into several different parts.

Like I mentioned yesterday, these are in no particular order.

Since today's the last day of 2012, this will be my final Best of 2012 post. Though there are many more books I'd love to name my best, these are the ones that stand out the most.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best of 2012: Part 2

There are just some books that I just can't express my love for enough. Genuinely, I loved all these books because they grabbed my heart and mind, wreaked havoc upon them, and left me wondering at how a book can do so much to me. There's just so many that I'd have to split them up into several different parts.

Because I forgot to mention this yesterday, I'll just say it now. This is in no particular order, nor grouped into any category. So it's just a big jumble of a mess.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Best of 2012: Part 1

There are just some books that I just can't express my love for enough. Genuinely, I loved all these books because they grabbed my heart and mind, wreaked havoc upon them, and left me wondering at how a book can do so much to me. There's just so many that I'd have to split them up into several different parts.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Greetings

Christmas is already half-over (at least according to my time zone), but I just wanted to throw out a short and sweet message to everyone out there!

Merry Christmas, and may your holiday be as wonderful as I know you all are!

 Thank you all for a wonderful year so far, and watch out for a recap of this year soon!

 

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Lust For Stories's New Look

Well, it's not a total makeover, but it's still a new look. I mean, just look at it.

[Insert a very uncharacteristic squeal from Grace.]

Can you feel how unbelievably excited/happy/freaked-out/ecstatic I am right now?

For those that have been around with me for a while, you probably know how I once had a super generic Blogger layout, and when I started messing around with it into this lovely purple you now see. But it could still be achieved by just about anyone who knows how to use the Blogger template. So, a while back I was messing around on my fave blogs, and one of them had just got a beautiful header, button, and signature set from an awesome designer.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

School's starting - What's going to happen from September onwards

Yay school. Who's excited? Definitely not the better half of the teenage population.

As you know, I was gone for a while before this because of a private matter that I am not at the liberty to disclose and only posted one post in who knows how long. Only one. That's definitely not good for my track record. As a beginner blogger, shouldn't I be putting more effort into blogging, in order to earn my place in the blogging community?

Yes, I probably should. Except lately I've felt like blogging was more like just a chore, not something I love doing at all times. I genuinely love just writing posts about posts, but I've decided that I should cut back on one thing that gets me a ton of traffic. Memes. Don't get me wrong, I love the traffic, but right now I have more meme posts on the blog than reviews. Some of them just say things that you can find on Goodreads, meaning I didn't put my brain into it. Doing so many memes at the same time is taking up a lot of my time, and I feel pressured to churn them out as fast as I can, instead of writing book reviews.

So what's really gonna happen?

Well, since school's starting, I won't be able to uphold my commitment to weekly memes anymore, so instead of having a ton of my meme-ish posts to read, you might just get one or two in a while. At the same time, I'll focus on reviewing more books, because that's what I want the bulk of my blog to have. I can't make any promises for anything. I may get a few book reviews in a week, or have a review pop up once every two weeks or so. Doing less meme posts would definitely leave me more time, but school's another matter, so I'll just have to go with the flow.

Right now, the only one thing I can say I'm absolutely sure of is that I'll continue blogging. My sisters read, but I don't share with them my tastes, so reaching out to readers, whether you're a subscriber or strictly anonymous, no matter where you are, or the books that you read, is a perfect way to share with an audience that'd just stopping by to hear someone's take on a book. To my readers, you keep me going, and thank you.

Cheers!
Grace

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Notification of my absence

Long story short: Something happened and I won't be around much.

Very recently, a family emergency came up and I won't be able to post regularly for the next few days, as I probably won't be around a computer often. I won't be around books so I can't write reviews, but I'll try and put something together once in a while.

Someone hinted that they'd like a review of Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. I'll get that out as soon as I can, although I can't make any promises.

Sorry everyone for the disappointing news.

Grace
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