Today marks Novel Novice’s 9th birthday in the blogosphere, and it’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this for nearly a decade.
Well, let’s be real. I’ve been doing this for MORE than a decade, since the original Twilight site that got me started here dates back a couple more years. Still. NINE YEARS OF NOVEL NOVICE!!!
The blogging world has changed a TON in the last 9-10 years, and I’ll be honest … I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be at it. Part of me still loves blogging and being part of this community. Part of me recognizes how much things have changed (and how platforms like Instagram and YouTube have grown in popularity, while traditional blogs have waned). And part of me is just burned out and a little jaded. I get really tired of writing book reviews. I am frustrated by contest entries being taken over by people who enter giveaways for a hobby, rather than actual loyal blog readers. And sometimes I just don’t WANT to read that book I promised to review. (It’s part of the reason I’ve been committing to fewer and fewer reviews.)
Here’s what I do know: I definitely want to see things through to my 10th anniversary; so I’m not going anywhere for at least a year. But in that next year, I DO want to figure out what my future in book blogging looks like (if there even is one for me).
I pay a little over $200 a year just for hosting this site, and I’ve never monetized the blog — so that’s money I pay out of pocket. My husband and I are both okay with that expense; it’s one we knowingly took on a few years ago when I switched over to WordPress.org (from WordPress.com). But if I stop blogging, do I want to keep paying that just to keep the blog alive on the Internet? What happens to all this content I’ve curated over TEN YEARS if I stop? Lots of questions plaguing me, and while I have contemplated quitting at least once a month for the last 1-2 years, I’ve pretty much stayed the course because I don’t know those answers and I don’t really want to figure them out.
But this is the year I figure them out. It’s my promise to myself!