There comes a time in a life of most blogger's when push comes to shove and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. Not enough time for family and friends and things that need to get done. Not enough time to read or spend a few moments just being quiet.
It's at that time when you know you have to make some changes and I think that's where I'm at with the Book Bag. My blog is strictly a book blog. I don't add a lot of fluff or memes or unnecessary stuff. It is basically filled with reviews, guest posts and interviews with authors, and giveaways. In the last several months I think I have bitten off quite a bit more than I can chew. I have posted two reviews a day for a long time, that's roughly fourteen books a week. That's a lot of reading and a lot work.
Recently my boyfriend, Scott has been very gracious in helping me with my blog. He has helped me with Cover Art, prepping reviews and setting up giveaways and a lot of the behind the scenes things in order to give me more time for other things. I appreciate his help very much. But I've come to see that blogging has become more of a chore than a hobby. It is becoming less fun and more tedious and I don't want it to be that way.
I have decided to cut down on the amount of books I take on for review drastically. I will not be accepting outside submissions from authors. I will do a few select titles from publishers but not anywhere close to the pace I have tried to keep for so long. I want to enjoy blogging again and I'm looking forward to doing that.
I plan to continue my cozy mystery reviews and giveaways as well as a few other books to offer some variety. Sourcebooks has always been a very good fit for me here at Debbie's Book Bag and I will probably continue to work with them, but very few others, if any. That means that a lot of the paranormal romance and urban fantasy books will have to go by the wayside as well as many other titles.
You will begin to see the changes take place in the next couple of weeks. I will be cutting down to only a few challenges, if any. I plan to continue the 2012 Cozy Mystery Challenge and hope that you will all understand the need for these changes. It's a personal decision and one I feel confident that will make me a better blogger, mom, friend and companion.