Guys, this is a very sucky post to write and, to be honest, I’ve been slacking and putting it off again, and again and again just to see if I change my mind. Most unfortunately, I haven’t. This past year has been an interesting one for me, both personally and professionally. I was engaged, then we ended it, then I got a pay cut, I switched jobs, I moved to a new town and apartment, and things are finally starting to settle down.
You would think that would make far more time for blogging, but it really hasn’t. I work, I swim, I CrossFit and I repeat this 6 days a week (sometimes 7). I’ve been stressed, overwhelmed and completely exhausted and, unfortunately, this lil’ blog paid the price one too many times this year. I don’t like doing things I can’t completely commit to, and I don’t like accepting books to review if there isn’t 100% certainty that I will be able to review them properly in a timely manner.
So, without some great speechmaking and with great sadness, I’ve come to the realization that it’s time to close up shop on I Swim for Oceans. Guys, this blog has been a part of me for almost three years. I don’t intend to get rid of this site. It will stay up here and, over time, I intend to transition it over to a personal/travel site, as I’m now a writer for a travel company and I have some big plans in the making.
I hope I do sound sappy as I say this because I absolutely, truly and wholeheartedly mean it. I love you all. To those of you that started reading my posts when I had 3 followers – thank you. To those of you that found me just recently – thank you, too! To all the amazing, amazing authors, publishers, publicists and other bookish industry people –thank you so much for your incredible generosity. For reviews I still owe, I will be forwarding my ARCs on to bloggers that I know and trust to give great reviews, and I will let you know who receives them.
Seriously…I adore you all. xo