As some of you may have noticed... ok, ok, let's be real, no one noticed.... Modern Jo March has been quiet for the better part of this year. I've had such a hard time figuring out how to make everything work, particularly how to make this blog work. Last year I rebranded and tried a few different approaches, this year, mainly due to illness, I've just neglected it completely.
For the last 6 months, every time I thought of the blog, I would feel frustrated with myself for not being able to make it all work and be the top-notch blogger who has loads of content, who's at the head of the game and schedules posts so that they are evenly dispersed throughout the weeks and months, etc. Last year I got so caught up in "content" and trying to stay ahead, I actually got to the point where reading felt more like a chore than the pure joy it has been for me all these years. That's when I put the blog on hiatus last summer. I came back in the Fall refreshed and ready to go...…… only to burnout yet again come the middle of Winter.
Part of my burnout issues is the fact that I suffer from a chronic illness and as a result, am often dealing with periods of illness, pain, and fatigue, which doesn't help productivity. I've come to learn over the last year or so, that I really only have a certain amount of energy per day, and therefore need to be very mindful about how I spend that energy. That's the hard part...
There are so many things I want to do. Every. Single. Day. I'm a creative and want to do all the things all the time. I'm also an Enneagram 5, which means that I constantly want to be learning something and often have multiple projects going at one time...… but it also means that I have limited emotional energy to give each day, couple that with an illness that brings chronic fatigue and you get yourself a complete mess.
So what do I do? That's an excellent question, one I've been asking for a little over a year or so now. Thankfully, I think I've found the answer.... FINALLY. I've come to realize that while I enjoy running this blog, I don't really have the inclination or the energy to turn it into a brand/money-maker. That's just not what I want to do. I don't want that to be my profession. I started this because it was fun and I enjoyed it, so that's the way it's going to stay. I realized I have no interest in keeping up "content" and further more don't have the energy or the time to do so.
I've learned that I can do a couple of things really well, or a bunch of things subpar. So I've decided to focus on my writing in the form of Writing Just In Case (where I share my poetry and such) and my book, and to move forward with Modern Jo March as a hobby project, fun and breezy, posting when I want. Less stress, more fun.
I hope you'll stick with me along the way.
As you may have already noticed, The Book Corner has been very quiet these last few months. BC ended up taking an unintended hiatus due to my health, life being crazy, and burnout. This break was totally on accident. I just simply walked away for a bit, and was so burned out on top of some health issues and a busy life that I seemed to naturally forget to get back to it. This unintended break ended up being really good for me and helped me to recharge and refocus. I’ve read books for the sake of pure enjoyment and learning, rather than to feature on the blog. I’ve enjoyed my time off and now have a stronger focus when it comes to developing and growing the blog. I will continue the hiatus through this month (August), and then return in September with fresh material and new ideas. :) I’ll have new reviews, features, and hopefully a few new interviews lined up, as well as a few new fun features planned for the later part of this year. I hope you’ll stick with me and stayed tuned!
NEW NAME!: While on Hiatus, I did a lot of thinking and developing. I've decided to rebrand and drop the title "The Book Corner". The name served its purpose up until now. Originally the blog was just a side, for-fun project, so the name wasn't too important, but as it has grown and continues to develop, I feel that a new, more original name is needed. I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to find a name that is fairly original and one that still represents what this blog is all about. I've landed on "Modern Jo March". Jo March is my favorite fictional character, from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women series. Not only has the character inspired me from a young age, I feel it also represents the blog well in that Jo was a writer (eventually becoming a published author) who loved books. I am a writer who also loved books. It just seems to fit well. I hope you like it too! ;)
Authors! If you’ve submitted a review/feature request, first off, I’m sorry for the silence, please forgive me. Second, please, if you’re so inclined, resend your request and I’ll get right to it, publishing them in September. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
* For the rebranding process, I've gone back through the interviews and posts I've published this year and changed the name to Modern Jo March, just so this year can be completely under Modern Jo March. :)
~ The Book Corner/Modern Jo March
Just a quick announcement. If you’re a regular, you’ll notice that a few books outside the historical fiction genre have been sneaking into my reviews. When I started this blog, it was with the intent of showcasing great historical fiction books and mainly indie authors, but the truth is, while I still love that genre and read books within it regularly, I do read a great deal of books outside of it. I’m an avid reader, and the majority of what I read is actually nonfiction as I love to learn and read about true events. I don’t just read one genre. Therefore, I’ve decided to let the blog reflect more of my reading habits and include all of the genres that I read. Now don’t worry, I will still be showcasing plenty of historical fiction reads and authors. Essentially, this just means that there will be more content, that’s all. I will label each post, so if you’re looking for a particular genre, you can just click the tab. Simple as that. ;)
Have a good Week!
Hello! Welcome to The Book Corner! :) I started this blog mainly to share my love of books and to highlight and lift up authors, particularly indie authors. I have several friends who are indie authors, so I know just how hard it is for authors to get the attention, reviews, advertising, and customers that they need in order to survive in the publishing world. Therefore, on top of reviews (featuring a wide range of genres and subgenres), I also hope to do features on authors as well, whether it’s a write-up on an author or an interview or maybe even a fun guest post/contest.. It should be interesting!
A little about me: My name is Liz (in case you don’t already know), I was born and raised in NY I’m a huge bibliophile. Reading is probably my favorite hobby. I read both physical/hard copy books and ebooks/digital books on my Kindle Fire, though I admit, I will always prefer a physical book in my hands over a device. I was actually totally against digital books, up until I bought my Kindle Fire, which I needed for a few college classes. Now I adore my Kindle and can’t imagine not having it. I ended up discovering so many authors who only release their books digitally (due to cost/publishing issues/etc). The Kindle ended up opening up a whole new world! I read both nonfiction and fiction. I love to learn. I admit to being pickier about my fiction books, I lean towards realistic fiction rather than fantasy. I tend to dwell within the Historical fiction and Western sub-genres, they are definitely my favorites, though I’m always willing to give any book a chance! I grew up on the Little House series, Anne of Green Gables series, and the Little Women series. Some of my favorite authors are Laura Ingalls Wilder, LM Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Elmer Kelton, Deeanne Gist, Karen Whitemeyer, Linda Ellen, Barbara Goss, and Regina Jennings. I love when a book takes me back in time and on an adventure. I personally prefer happy endings, though I do make exceptions. ;)
I love discovering and getting to know new books and authors, so if you have recommendations feel free to contact me (About and Home pages have icons that will take you to my email and twitter)! Also, if you’d like to do an interview, guest post, contest, or have me review one of your books, feel free to contact me. I hope you join me and stay tuned for upcoming posts. I plan on having several reviews up shortly after this post.
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....