As you probably know, Ink Skies has been on a semi-hiatus for the whole of August, and now that it's September... well, we should be back in business now, right? Right?! Um, not quite. We have some good news, and we have some bad news. Both are pretty important, so let me start with the bad news.
The reason Chri and I decided to take a break was because we were almost in a blogging slump - and truth be told, I was in a reading slump, too, so I hoped the hiatus would be able to clear that up (it did). Blogging just wasn't appealing to us anymore, which was why you noticed that we were quite absent from the blogosphere. We hadn't been responding to comments, we hadn't been visiting other blogs, and basically - we were having a tough time even getting ourselves to type up reviews or discussion posts and whatnot.
The hiatus helped me figure out several things:
- My patience for Blogger - and Google as a whole - was reaching an end
- My love for blogging had evolved
- I needed something fresh to boost up my passion again
- I had MANY ideas that were begging to be used
- YouTube has a very negative effect on my reading
With the death of Google Reader, which I admittedly never used, and the sudden deletion of so many book blogs just because they used affiliate links, both Chri and I were very concerned for Ink Skies. Blogger itself was grating on my nerves because I was starting to get bored of its layout (that's Meg for you). Now, Chri and I had been planning to make the shift to Wordpress.org for months. We just needed to earn enough funds to make the transition (through Vade Mecum and These Paper Blogs), but then I realized that I had something else more important than switching to WP or buying a domain name or deciding which hosting company to go with.
I desperately needed a new laptop.
The current one I'm using - still am, in case you were wondering - is a very heavy, very ancient, and very unreliable Dell laptop. It has served me well, but I'm afraid that it's life is nearing to an end. It has to stay plugged into life support 24/7. I can't have too many tabs open or the motor will start working overtime, before overheating and crashing on me, causing me to lose work that I'd forgotten to save.
We all know laptops are crazy expensive - and I want one that would suit my needs perfectly. I won't go into the specifics, but trust me when I say that I would have to raise a lot of money in order to buy it. That meant that our plans to move would either have to be postponed to a very much later date, or we would have to ditch it altogether.
Secondly, my love for blogging had evolved. I realized that I couldn't go on with what I'd been doing with Ink Skies. Meaning, I didn't want my blog to be something focused entirely on book reviews. Where's the fun in that? I have to thank Asti (you wonderful person!) for helping me realize that, though she did it unknowingly. My blog is pretty much an extension of me, so I want it to be as personal as possible, without revealing too much about myself that it'd put me in danger of being robbed or kidnapped or targeted for some sinister purpose, duh.
Thirdly and fourthly, I just really needed something new. Something fresh. Something that I would need to figure out how to work. Blogger, simple and easy to use as it is, just isn't enough anymore.
So here comes the bad news: Chri and I, after much discussion, have decided that it's the time to say goodbye to Ink Skies, for good.
Are we serious? Very. But this is where the good news comes in.
Remember how I said that I needed something new and fresh? Chri thought so too. So the both of us won't be gone from the blogosphere entirely. We'll still be around, only now, we've both jumped off the Ink Skies tug boat and are clinging on to different pieces of driftwood. This means that we're both starting up our own individual blogs. Blogging will be a passion that I'll always love and cherish, I'm sure. So I'm not quite that prepared to let go of it yet, in spite of all these problems.
Chri is starting up a new blog, called Fathomless.
And I? I'm moving to Wordpress! I've also created my own blog there, called Adrift on Vulcan.
So this isn't goodbye! We're still here, and I think we'll continue to be for a long, long time. Don't hesitate to visit our new blogs and leave us comments so that we can continue to be bloggy friends forever and ever! That totally didn't sound cheesy at all. ;-)
Aaaaaand... that's about it. I hope you guys, as the wonderful readers you are, will come and see us over at our new blogs. Plus, Chri's goodbye post will be going up tomorrow as well, so don't forget to stick around for that!
May the book gods be ever in your favor.
P.S. We'll still be running Vade Mecum BT and These Paper Blogs, so if any of you are interested in our services, feel free to drop us an email!
P.P.S. I know that this post is extremely long (what can you expect?! I'm a writer!), so I forgive you if you skimmed through it!