Many of you have read Meg's post that went up yesterday about Ink Skies and the hiatus and changes. So, um, it's my turn to get on the little soapbox, write my little explanation and goodbye note, which'll probably explain more than you'll ever need to know and seem ever more dramatic than it needs to be. But here it goes:
Meg and I took a month-long hiatus due to a semi-blogging-slump that we were both in. And like Meg, the hiatus helped me figure out a lot of things, some that I've been feeling for a while now.
First and foremost, though, I'm a quiet, anxious person. And while I wish I could say I'm so much louder online than in real life, that's only semi-true. I'm pretty much the definition of a lurker, both on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and everywhere else. Which applies to here on Ink Skies, too. I just find it really hard for me to put myself out there. In real life, I stammer when I speak; I stop speaking and falter mid-sentence way too often; sometimes I freeze up, and I just can't say anything. Online, I can rarely pluck up the courage to send someone less than 140 letters on twitter - I normally end up hitting backspace halfway through. I've tried sending fanmail to my favorite authors before, but always end up biting my nails and trashing the email.
I'm not admitting this for pity, for attention, for views. The first step is admitting that you do have something you need to improve, right? And, frankly, I'm a nervous wreck. I'm fifteen years old, I've been blogging for just around two years, and I can't even tell an author via Twitter that I love her novel. I really, really need to change that. But here on Ink Skies, I feel like I'm hiding behind Meg, making her do all the "putting the blog out there" work, all the publicity, and even most of the blog posting. Listening to Meg while we were talking about the future of Ink Skies helped me realize that. And I feel that, right now, I'm not really cut out to be a co-blogger. I love book blogging, and I'm not going to stop, but as of right now, I'm not good co-blogger material. I need to learn how to run a blog with myself before running a blog with others.
Secondly, like Meg, I needed something fresh; something new, and I had a lot of ideas for the blog, ideas that really weren't Ink Skies, but something different, if that makes any sense.
And so, after much nervousness and uncertainty and discussion, we decided to say goodbye to Ink Skies for good. Not to the book blogging community, though - we'll still be around!
Meg has started up her own book blog on wordpress, Adrift on Vulcan.
As for myself, I'm staying in my comfort zone for a bit more, on my new book blog, Fathomless. It isn't quite done yet - I'm in the middle of setting up all my pages and the blog design and whatnot. But I have begun posting a little, and I'd love if you could drop by and visit sometime.
Like Meg said, this isn't goodbye! I'll still be here, and Meg'll still be here, though on different blogs. Please come visit us sometime! You guys have been amazing readers here on Ink Skies. Thank you for all the comments and emails and tweets, and I hope I can continue seeing you guys around.
Also, though we'll no longer be co-bloggers here at Ink Skies, Meg and I will continue running our blog tour site, Vade Mecum BT, and our blog design site, These Paper Blogs, together, so if you're ever looking for a new blog design, a blog tour for your novel, or if you're looking for another tour site to become a member of, I'd love to work with you!
And, as a thank you for going through this huge post (or, if you skimmed it, that's okay too!) here's a Jack Frost GIF :D