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As you might know, about a month ago I set up a blog focused on writing and personal reflections over at wordpress. I did this knowing that I probably wouldn't have time to update both that blog, and this blog, and the events of the last month have pretty much verified that. This is a symptom of just how busy I've been this year, as I've really focused my attention on writing, and publishing. When you add in my other commitments (my day jobs, my relationships, planning my upcoming wedding), I have come to realize that temporaryworlds just isn't a priority for me any more. It's become something I have to squeeze in, instead of something I look forward to. And when I make time for the book blog, that ends up taking away from other hobbies, including reading!

The second reason for closing down this blog is I've begun to think of the ethical issues of keeping up a book review blog as I'm trying to become a published author myself. Call me over sensitive, but something about that just doesn't fit. Perhaps it's because I don't see book blogging as just as place for people to gush their favorite books, or trash the ones they hate. Book blogs, and reviews from the public in general, are a way to keep authors, publishers, and the rest of the book world on their toes. In a world where the industry often seems more interested in jumping onto the latest trend (vampires, dystopias, etc.), a good book reviewer never forgets that whether the purpose of a work is to enlighten, educate, or just entertain, a level of quality should be expected. A book is more than a collection of tropes and trends. It is a tiny universe contained in a neat little package, designed to engage us as readers in a way which makes us FEEL ALL THE FEELS. And by rewarding the exceptional, calling out the mediocre and everything in between, reviewers make sure that the people on the other side of the fence are kept honest. And if I'm planning on one day standing on the "author" side of the fence, can I continue to be depended on to write fair reviews? Maybe you can, but it just doesn't seem right for me.

For these reasons, I've decided to shut the place down. In a lot of ways, this feels like a big deal for me. I know that temporaryworlds has never been a big blog, but I've been posting since December of 2008. Over a hundred people find my reviews worth at least glancing at, if not reading. It feels strange to be putting that all to rest. If you're interested, I can still be found on the internet, talking about books. I will use my goodreads as a way to share my informal thoughts on books. Seeing as my new blog is pretty open (I mean, I talked about the Laundromat once on there), I suspect that I will post about the books, movies and comic books I read from time to time, just not as regularly as I would here. I also have a pretty active twitter account where I yammer on about everything (usually in large chunks at the end of the day).

For those who have been there, whether you've been a vocal or silent participant, thank you for everything. And for all of you book bloggers and reviewers out there, I hope that you will be the ones to keep me on my toes if my work ever is found in print.

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calico_reaction
Jun. 17th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
*HUGS*

I will miss your book blog, but as you well know, I totally get where you're coming from. I'll be sure to continue reading your WP blog as well as try to keep up with your reviews on GR!
temporaryworlds
Jun. 17th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Yeah. My time is finite. I really need to make sure I'm spending it in the right places.

And thanks for all of your comments over the years. They've always been appreciated.
calico_reaction
Jun. 17th, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
I'm a big believer in comments! It helps to know you aren't alone in the big, bad blogging world. :)
ardenmoon
Jun. 17th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
*sigh* All of my favorite bookish people from LJ are shutting down, first Anna from Genre Reviews, then Calico Reaction and now you. Luckily I can still keep up with all of you on GoodReads (or my preferred LibraryThing).

I wish you well in your future endeavors :)
temporaryworlds
Jun. 17th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I knew that it was going to happen sometime within the next six months, but it was actually calico's decision made me realize that now was as good of a time as any to take the plunge.

And thank you! See you on goodreads :)
fbajet
Jun. 18th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry to see you shut down your book blog! I always looked forward to your thoughtful, measured commentary. Good luck in future endeavors!
temporaryworlds
Jun. 19th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was a tricky decision, but I think it was the right time to say goodbye
geekygirl
Jun. 26th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
This is so sad!!! I completely understand! I'll add your WP blog to my feed! I know you are pretty active on GR and Twitter, so I'm sure I'll see you around on those sites as well! Good luck with everything!!!
temporaryworlds
Jun. 26th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
janicu
Jul. 7th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
I feel bad that I didn't see this post until now. I've been obviously posting less lately too, so I struggle with the time aspect as well. I'm glad that while you aren't posting reviews, you're still on twitter and I can visit you on your new blog. Thanks for all the reviews.
temporaryworlds
Jul. 7th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
That's okay. Life get's busy sometimes, and I still post comments from this account sometimes. Thanks for checking out the new blog!
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