Art is long, life is short.



For a few months now I've been feeling my limitations, particularly in respect to blogging. I love blogging, and, in various places, I've been blogging for thirteen years. But I am changeable and above all I am busy, and I can't maintain On Bookes for the foreseeable future. There is simply not enough hours in the day, and for a long time (well over a year) I've not been able to sit down and write a post without at least several interruptions, and that alone is grating on me.

In order to counteract this I took to writing mini reviews and began posting them on my Classics Club page, and because that was working for me, and because, as I said, I do love changing things about, I decided to try a new blog and migrate those mini reviews to there. I've been doing that this past fortnight and finished this evening: what I didn't want to do was take all the old posts from this blog and put it on the new one - I don't see the point for a start, and I wanted to completely break with that old tradition of attempting full reviews on everything I've written and start something afresh.

So, I have created a new blog that, thus far, consists of mini reviews on everything I've read from my latest Classics Club list (there's about 50 reviews). What I propose is to keep that up on the new blog (and when I say "mini reviews" I really do mean mini - just a few sentences). To keep it interesting, I'll post every week or so a "Book of the Week", keep up the Wordless Wednesdays, and partake in the odd meme as well as whatever strikes my fancy. Above all, it will be a sort of 'hit and run' style of blogging, but that's all I have time for right now. I do still love challenges, lists, and all of that, but it frees my time and means I don't feel I have to write lengthy pieces when I don't have the time or I really don't want to.

The new blog, then, can be found here. It will be different and it will be brief, but as I say there will be weekly in depth posts and plenty of pictures! I'm still very much around and I'll still be reading up a storm, but I won't be here for what I imagine will be a very long time. So, I hope you join me over at my new blog and forgive me for changing around again 😊

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  1. okay... i guess comments will be endured? or not?

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    1. Comments welcomed, especially from you :) Sorry I've been very good at replying - it's been a mad week.

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  2. I was afraid you would say you are done blogging! I'm super quiet but read most of what you write. I totally understand busy however, and have long wondered how you keep this place going! You've inspired me lately with your posts on Virginia Woolf -- enough I went out & bought one of her diaries. I meant to buy the first but they sent the third volume. I figured I'd just read that one, ha ha. <3

    I'll certainly be following the other blog. Pictures and mini-reviews sound great! Sending a hug. x

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    1. Oh, this is the Jillian who has known you off and on for years. The Classics Club jillian. I forgot my profile doesn't link to anything. Talk about slinking off. :P

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    2. I knew it was you :) Are you blogging anywhere again?

      It doesn't seem an easy task to get affordable copies of VW's diaries. I have the third one too! Hoping Santa might bring me some more this year... :)

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  3. I actually LOVE this idea, especially as life has been getting busier for myself recently... it's both hard to keep up with reading posts and writing posts, not to mention reading books themselves. ;) And as always, your new blog design is beautiful!

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    1. Yes, I can't manage to juggle, and I've found it's actually put me off my reading! Plus I never have time to comment on other blogs though I do read them. I think this ought to free up a good chunk of my time :)

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  4. You stated exactly how I feel! I don't feel like I can properly review the things I read, yet I want to say something about them. I just end up doing some sort of mini review unless I have a strong reaction to something. I'm dialing back how much I blog in the future. I'm a reader after all, not a writer.

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    1. Yup, that's pretty much it for me :)

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  5. So glad you are getting more time to read with your new approach to blogging.
    As Joseph Pulitzer said: " Put in in a nutshell".
    "Write a story so simply that anyone could read it
    …and so colorfully that no one would forget it."
    Are you keeping OnBookes online? It is such a good reference blog for my reading!

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    1. I'll keep it online I should think. :)

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    2. ...thanks, it is a treasure of good reading and will help me with my challenges for 2019!

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