Friday, March 1, 2013

I'm Back


If you couldn't tell by the title of the post, or the lovely image above this sentence, I'm back and I would like to welcome all of you back to Wordsmithonia.

When I decided to take a break in January, I pretty much had it in my mind that I wasn't going to come back.  I was stressed out over how much I had not been getting down on here, I was annoyed by the whole job situation (which still has not be solved), I was just getting over the flu, and I was missing my reading habits and life before blogging.  What I did not count on at the time, was how much I would missing being here and interacting with all of you.

Even the decision to come back, wasn't easy.  For that matter I'm having second thoughts as I'm typing this, but I know that I'm not ready to say goodbye right now.  I can't promise that I'll be here in 5 or 10 years, or even that I'll be here next year.  What I do know, is that I want to be here, in this moment in time, keeping the blog going is the right decision for me to make.

Even though I'm coming back, I'm still going to be cutting down.  I will no longer be doing memes, so Mailbox Monday is gone, and even the feature I started, Favorite Fictional Character, will continue to be on hiatus.  I may, occasionally, still post one of my favorite characters, but it will not be every week.  Tyring to come up with that many characters, week after week, has been a lot of work.  And while I love every character I have highlighted, I still need a break from them.  I am open to resuming it as a weekly feature at some point in time, but I'm not sure when I'll be up to doing that.

For the most part the blog will focus on reviews, mainly of books I want to read for myself, not because I agreed to review them.   I have decided to accept review requests from only two sources, and will be taking fewer of them.  I want to get back to reading the books for the love of reading, which means I will get to reread more often, and spend more time with my favorite authors, genres, and characters.

When I first made the decision to come back, I was not going to write reviews for the books I read over the break, and I read quite a few.  But I figured that since I'm more often to watch a movie right now, over reading, I will go ahead and write those reviews, so you guys have posts to read.  And speaking of movies, it's been a long time since I've done a movie review, and I will probably start doing them again.  Not often, but whenever I watch an old favorite, or see a new movie, that I have something to say about.

So I will stop myself from rambling any further, and would like to finish by saying Thank You.  Thank you for being patient with me, thank you for allowing me the time to find my love of blogging again, and thank you for giving me your support, checking in with me over the last month and a half, and just being there.  It means more to me than I can ever truly express.  Thank you.

29 comments:

Michael @ Literary Exploration said...

welcome back

My anxious life said...

Hello!!!!!!!! And welcome back!

Oregon Kimm said...

Welcome back. :-)

bermudaonion said...

You just made my day! I'm so glad to see you back! It's your blog, you can write about whatever you want - books, movies, TV, life - and I'll be reading it.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I've been waiting for this, hoping you would be coming back. Yay! Welcome back, my friend. I totally understand your feelings. I have them myself at times. That's why I don't push myself to participate in any memes. If I feel like doing Mailbox Monday one week, I do it. If not, I don't. Trying to make it less like an obligation and more just for me. Anyway, again...welcome back. Looking forward to seeing what you read while you were away. *hug*

LM Preston said...

Wonderful news. Remember a blog is for YOUR pleasure and we are just happy to play in it with you. When it's no longer fun, we understand. Also, take care of yourself.

Ellie Warren said...

Welcome back! A lot of bloggers have been experiencing burnout recently, I think you just have to blog for yourself. About what you want when you want.

Beth said...

Welcome back!

Loni said...

Welcome back! You should blog as much or as little as you want. Keep it fun!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

YaY! I'm glad you are back. I've been thinking of cutting back and you know how well that intention goes sometimes. :) Hope you have fun blogging again. :)

Blodeuedd said...

Welcome back :D

Becca Lostinbooks said...

Welcome back, Ryan! It is crazy how we can get burnt out and then end up missing it so much, right? Just do what makes you happy with your blog, and in doing so I think you will find we are happy cause you are!

Staci said...

Ramble on!! I'm just glad that you decided to come back. Post about whatever you want...love movie reviews old or new!! Have fun taking control over your reading. I know I certainly have with no more review copies except from favorite authors!! Hooray!!!

Tasha B. said...

I'm glad you're back. :)

Man of la Book said...

LOL couldn't stay away.
Welcome back.

http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

Jaime Huff said...

Glad you are back!

Simcha said...

Good to see you back! Even though I'm not blogging anymore I do stop by to see what everyone else is up to and I'm happy that your blog is back in action. I also miss blogging and the identity that being a blogger gave me but life is still too chaotic for me to consider picking it up again. But I'm still glad to see you back and I'll enjoy reading your reviews. just take it easy and don't let yourself get overwhelmed. ;)

Bev Hankins said...

YAY!!!! Welcome Back....Welcome Back...Welcome Back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVS3WNt7yRU


So glad you're with us...for as long as you feel like staying.

Lisa said...

Welcome back! Do it on your own terms, in your own time. I have Fairy Tale Fridays - I've done it once so far this year. I love the idea but sometimes it's work and more work I don't need. Make it fun, an outlet, do what you want with it!

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Great to have you back, Ryan. I hope the break helped you in many ways. I am on one right now.

Alexia561 said...

Welcome back Ryan! So glad you decided to keep Wordsmithonia going! I'm looking forward to more movie reviews, as I love old movies and have fond memories of staying up late for the Late, Late Show!

Think several of us are experiencing burnout, so hope cutting back on review requests and reading what we want to read is the cure for what ails us. So glad you're blogging again!

Bookfool said...

You're back! I'm glad you decided to continue. I've had to alter things, now and then, over the years. Change is good. It keeps things fresh. Welcome back!

carol said...

So glad you're back.

Kaye said...

Happy to see you came to the conclusion for what works for you. It's a tough situation when when you are undecided but making the decision gets you over the hurdle.

Hope your work situation is solved soon.

samantha.1020 said...

Yay! I'm glad to hear that you are back :) I always look forward to reading your reviews on books (especially old mysteries).

Bella said...

Welcome back!!!!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog to comment too! It's always good to take a break and put blogging into perspective, like I did with my big long break. So glad to have you back :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

So glad you are back. And you have to have boundaries, I'm going to have to set more for me as well...and try to stick to them. :)

Glad to have you here with us!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Welcome Back!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

So happy to see you back here! Love your new look, too.

I like that you've redefined what you want to do with your blog, thus allowing you to resume your activities here. Looking forward to stopping by to visit!