Balance

I’ve put off writing this post for – looks at date of last post – almost two months now. Personally, I don’t enjoy reading this kind of post on other blogs and I don’t expect you to either. I’d have deleted this tab by now if I were you. So by all means, if that’s how you feel too, please go right ahead. I will not be offended.

Having said that… I also think it’s important to be authentic. In social media in particular I know there’s this phenomenon where readers and bloggers alike end up perpetuating the myth (either knowingly or unknowingly) that the life portrayed on the screen is the real and honest one, and that if the person looks as fun, happy and together as she does, then her life really is that fun, happy and together. The question that then lurks in all of our minds: “So what’s wrong with me?”

Not one of the healthier byproducts of the social media culture, I think we’d all agree.

So I haven’t been blogging much lately, as you might have noticed. It’s been a mixture of factors:  one part a busier schedule, one part to a shift in my interests and a desire to invest more time into those interests, and one part, if I’m honest, of just being generally depressed from seeing so many of the bookshops I’ve written about close. It’s hard to read about that without asking “What’s the point of continuing?” Especially considering I first began this blog as a way to research and explore the possibility of one day owning my own bookshop. It would not be inaccurate to say I’ve had a change of heart. But if I were to say that, what happens to For the Love of Bookshops?

One thing I will say, I thought I’d miss it or at least feel guilty about abandoning you…Honestly, I was just really enjoying having the time to do other things. But then y’all kept commenting. Mostly I read the comments in my email but resisted opening WordPress and getting sucked in. I told myself I was doing a little experiment, taking that activity out of my life so I could free up the possibility for new experiences. And I didn’t miss it, not at first. But then the comments kept coming.

In the past two months I have read books I’d like to share with you all. I’ve visited a couple bookstores and seen some cool news items I’d like to ask your opinions on. In spite of all the sad news about indie bookstores closing, there has been positive news too of booksellers fighting for survival, readers continuing to read. Just the other day I was delighted (and a little amused) to see Books Again pop up on my Scoutmob feeder. 50% off any purchase at Books Again, people! Not a bad deal. And way to go, Books Again, for utilizing social media marketing tools!

But I’ve also been doing other things not very related to bookstores, books or book culture, and I’m just as interested in them as I am in books, maybe even more so. Would you want to hear about them too? It’s been a little over a year now since I started FtLoB and I’m wondering if it’s time to let this space evolve.

Without making any promises about what this space will look like, how often I’ll post, or what kind of things I’ll post about, I just wanted to check in with you all, say Thank You for your comments, and just generally let you know what’s happening. I really do love how blogging allows you to connect with people who love whatever it is you love, have different and valuable insights about various subjects, or, in the case of this blog, have some really great book and indie bookshop recommendations.

And on that note, I’d love to know: have you read any good books lately? Been to any cool bookstores?

 

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5 comments
  1. I’m currently trying to visit every indie or secondhand bookshop in a Leeds postcode, there are depressingly few left but I am going to try and promote and support those that are left. I did however fall in love with Sharston Books when I visited Manchester recently, it has shipping containers of books as well as the actual warehouse. *swoon* (http://alexinleeds.com/2012/04/04/sharston-books/)

    If it helps, I’m always interested in both the books and the ‘other stuff’ people post so long as the navigation’s good enough I can dig around for the information I forgot to bookmark or can find a post to see how the comments thread developed.

  2. Erin, thank you for this blog, and for all you’ve shared! You introduced me to a cat in blue shoes, and I’ve introduced him to many, many people through my http://www.wordplaynow.com business. Don’t give up the dream! And write about whatever your heart leads you to. Wishing you all the best, Maureen Ryan Griffin

    • Erin said:

      Thank you, Maureen. And I’m glad to hear you’ve been sharing the gospel according to Pete the Cat. He’s life-changing!

  3. Anne said:

    This makes me sad :( For the Love of Books is a little light in the darkness for bookshops. You are to be commended. Love, mom

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