The End of ‘Miriam Joy Reads’

Hey, everyone. Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with this blog — whether I should change the name so that it better matches my other social media, or whether I should keep it the same; whether I should merge it with my main blog or keep it separate.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not sustainable for me to maintain two separate blogs, because all that happens is that I end up not posting on either. I find myself avoiding talking about books on my main site, but then I don’t post those thoughts here, because I locked myself into a pattern of posting exclusively reviews. It’s also partly that I post about books on Instagram every day, which tends to use most of my book-related thought power, and there isn’t that much left over for blogging.

And then there’s the fact that I’ve been in a huge reading slump for, like, the whole of 2019 so far, and it feels like the only books I manage to finish are rereads or nonfiction, neither of which I tend to talk about here all that much.

So I’ve made the decision to merge this blog with my main site.

What does that mean? Well, in the first instance, it means that this blog will become inactive. (So, you know, you probably won’t notice a difference… ohhhh I went there. It’s me. I’m roasting myself. I don’t know why I said that.)

I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to try and import its archive into my main site, nor am I even sure if that’s possible. On the one hand, I’d like people to be able to find all my posts in one place; on the other hand, integrating a few years of reviews into my main blog might get messy…

In the longer term, the plan is to post about books on my main site too, as well as my usual personal posts, news, and more general ramblings. I doubt this will mean I post regular full-length reviews there, since as you’ve seen, I’m not great at doing that. It’s more likely I’ll posts lists and book tags and shorter posts that cover multiple books, although it’s possible I’ll do full-length reviews of books I really love.

If you’re disappointed by this, I’m sorry. You can still find my reviews on Goodreads, where they vary from one line to half an essay, and I’ll be trying to write more complete reviews there in the absence of this blog. I also talk about books (and only books) on Instagram, so that’s another place you might want to follow me if you think you’ll miss my bookish content.

But I’ve concluded that I can’t continue to spread myself so thin with blogging, as I’m simply not committed enough to maintain multiple blogs that do, after all, have considerable overlap of topics.

Whether or not I integrate my old posts into my main site, I’ll be leaving this site up as an archive of reviews, so nothing I’ve written so far will disappear. If that changes (e.g. if I’ve successfully moved everything over), I’ll let you know. I may decide instead to update/rewrite some of my best reviews from this site and post them there as new posts.

I hope those of you who only follow me here will consider migrating to Finn Longman; if not, you’re very welcome to add me on Goodreads or follow me on Instagram. I also talk about books a little on Tumblr, though this is frequently in the form of cross-posting my bookstagram pictures, so if that’s a platform you use, you can find me there as finnlongman. (You can also find me on Twitter. At the moment it’s mostly cat pictures, because I’m catsitting.)

This hasn’t been an easy decision to make, and in the long run, I might miss having a dedicated platform just for book reviews. But honestly, between Instagram and Goodreads, I’ve pretty much got that covered, and I hope that by reconciling the disparate aspects of my blogging presence, I might actually end up blogging more regularly, rather than avoiding it because I’m not sure which blog a certain post belongs on.

(What will this mean for my identity as a ‘book blogger’? I guess we’ll have to wait and see…)

For those who have been faithfully following this blog during the years it’s existed, thank you. I really value your readership. I hope you’ll follow me as I try this new approach, but if not, then I wish you all the best!

And that’s over and out from Miriam Joy Reads.

3 thoughts on “The End of ‘Miriam Joy Reads’

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    Awww, I’m sure many of us will be sad to see you “go” – but you’re not really “going” per se, so that’s a relief, and I think it’s awesome that you’re making a tough choice valuing your own brain space and sanity. Look forward to seeing you on Goodreads and Instagram and everywhere else! ❤️


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