I am debating with myself whether I’m shutting down my site after I finish with SPFBO stuff. There is a possibility that instead of quitting blogging altogether, instead, I will just stop taking review requests. The final official decision hasn’t been made yet, and it will depend largely on my health status.
I am incredibly sick, I’m not doing well, and I’m also totally burned out. I got myself in over my head with review requests and with my illness I just keep falling further and further behind. I’ve been sleeping for the majority of the day for weeks on end, and when I’m conscious it’s hard to concentrate. I can barely read, let alone come up with a review. It’s getting to the point where it’s giving me anxiety thinking about how many books I still have on my review request list that I haven’t gotten to yet.
I’ve had a blast while doing this in the past, but in recent months it’s become daunting. I’ve let other hobbies like my music, painting, knitting, video games, hiking, etc go to the wayside and 100% of my free time is being eaten by reading and reviewing.
I’ll continue to support TBRindr, and indie authors. I will still read from time to time but it’ll be on my own time. I understand that you guys want reviews to come out quickly, but messaging me asking when it’s coming out, or asking me to post the review to another site that you prefer is just getting to be too much. They aren’t unreasonable requests when you only get 1 of them, but I have hundreds of review requests a year and it’s getting unruly. There is a small chance that after some rest I will take a few review requests again much later on next year – but I don’t anticipate that happening for a while.
Thanks so much for all your support, this has been a crazy ride.