Over the summer I suspected I'd be writing this post when September hit and my blogging break ended, and sure enough, here I am. And it's a tough one for me to write because it's my last for a long, long while. I'm not shutting down my blog or deleting it, I simply won't be posting much -- if at all -- in the foreseeable future. The reasons are many but the sum total is this: my life is changing. The changes are good ones; they just don't allow me the time I need to be a good blogger -- and to me blogging means more than just posting here; it means spending time on your blogs too.
My kids are now ages sixteen and fourteen (a high school junior and freshman), and the time I have with them before they head off to college is precious and I don't want to miss a minute. And after a break from traditional classroom teaching for quite a few years, I'm back at it -- substituting right now, which is providing a perfect transitional phase for me.
But as I took my extended blogging break over the summer, I contemplated "What is it I most want to be doing?" And my answer was always "I want to spend my life living my life." And sometimes that means making really hard choices -- like not blogging and even sometimes not writing as much as I want to -- because first I must live life. All the rest comes second.
As far as sharing about middle grade books, I'll be using Twitter. Each Friday, I'll tweet under the hashtag #FridayReads to spread word about what middle grade book I'm currently loving. I even have a few giveaways planned.
And now as I close this post, I thank each of you for supporting my blog. Because without blog readers (who honestly feel more like friends), a blog is simply a journal. But because of you, this truly has been a blog.
Until we meet again,