To everything there is a season and a time for every activity under the sun.... and for Modern Jo March blog, it is time to retire. I've been running this book blog for about 4 years now, first on one platform and then another. It started out as The Book Corner for 2 years, then re-branded, to be a bit more unique, to Modern Jo March for the last 2. Over the course of its existence, the blog has seen highs and lows. For 3 years, the blog was active and content heavy. This past year saw MJM pretty quiet with very few posts. That was partly due to my health, and partly due to general burnout.
At some point in 2019, I finally just let go of the "content, content, content" motto that we're all taught, and let it be. I took a step back and made the decision to just relax and have fun with this blog, instead of trying to make it something that I never intended it to be in the first place. Since that point, I've shifted my focus on other things (namely my health), and in the process, I've come to a realization.
2020 feels like it's going to be a significant year. It seems like it's going to be a big transition year for me. I've found my life (and career) going a different way, and while it is too soon to elaborate on that, it's not too soon to start the transition and paring down of things to fit this new chapter. I've come to learn that I can do a bunch of things sub-par, or a few things really well. Life is more of a juggle than a balance, and I've found that you need to be very mindful when choosing what to juggle and what to let drop. After a lot of reflection and weighing my priorities, I have decided that this blog is something I need to let drop. It isn't serving a big enough purpose for me to spend my energy on it at this time. To be honest, I've found it more of a chore than a creative outlet the last year or so. It was an easier decision than I thought it'd be.
Moving forward, I will still cover books over on Writing Just In Case, and even conduct an interview if the spirit moves me, but it will be for fun and not the main focus. Writing Just In Case is my personal blog, a catch-all for whatever I want to write about, and I like it that way. I plan to focus on Writing Just In Case, as well as my writing in general, and new endeavors. Juggling three things will be much easier and more attainable than my current situation. Have no fear though, Modern Jo March will not be removed/deleted, or at least not in the foreseeable future. All of its content will still be available under the "Archives" tab.
I'd like to thank the authors, editors, and others who have been guests on this blog over the last 4 years. I am privileged to call most of those featured on the blog friends. I thank you all for supporting me in this endeavor. I've learned a great deal through this blog. I walked away from many an interview having learned more about my craft and how to improve my skills, and for that I am forever grateful. I am indebted to those authors who were generous with their time and advice. Thank you.
~Modern Jo March
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....