If I had to sum up 2017 in one sentence, ‘a change is as good as a rest’ would be it. I’ve changed more this year than I remember doing in the previous. Both personally (moving out and meeting someone) and professionally (getting a new job), the change I’ve gone through has been nothing short of restorative. The only element of my life it’s impacted negatively is my desire to write.
When I started this blog, I didn’t have much going on and I didn’t know who I was. I only knew I loved to read and I preferred not to really see people. Now, I’ve found a balance between hiding away and experiencing the outside world, and it’s only been a benefit. Where writing filled a void it had suddenly become a chore. And, if I am honest, the more brilliant fiction I’ve read over the years the harder it is to be impressed.
Where does that leave blogging? I’ve hardly blogged this year, I’ve not really wanted to, I’ve just wanted to read. However, I don’t want to stop writing at all. To that end, I’m changing the of Books format to write one good review a month, rather than 1-2 fluff posts a week. A more in-depth review of a book that I might write for somewhere like Shiny New Books. Valuable content, rather than ‘oh god, I should write something’ content. It also means I won’t feel pressured to write about every book I read, and thus, I should read more.
I’ve also changed the of Books layout, because why not.