Ah, summer. Every summer I find myself writing a post about how, shockingly, summer is never what I expect it to be. I always expect to have a ton of time to blog, but like every summer, this one finds me blogging a little bit less. I blog when I have the chance and I’m okay with that. There have been a lot of people lately that have been changing their blog, making it a more personal blog, and I love that. I love to hear what people are doing in their lives and I love to hear how everyone is. Because if I don’t know who you are as a person, how can I know who you are as a blogger? On our blogs we are who we want to be. I think most of us try to be as close to our real-life selves as possible, but we are still our best selves. Or rather, the best self we are capable of projecting. I want my book reviews to be about the books, but I also want them to be about me. I want you to know how and why I relate to a book so you can know if you will, too. But I, too, get tired of just expressing that person through book reviews.
Regular Rumination has never been anything but what I have made it. I know what I want Regular Rumination to be and I hope you don’t mind that it has never been as well-organized as some other blogs, as focused or even as open. I admire bloggers who are able to turn their blog into a brand, but the truth is that Regular Rumination has always just been about me and my thoughts. Though in my professional life I have decided to pursue publishing, thanks largely to this blog and the connections I have made because of it, I want to let you know that Regular Rumination will continue to be what it already is: me, telling you about books. I don’t review the most recent books, I don’t get tons of review copies, I often leave my “Currently Reading” book photo unchanged for months, and I read what I want, when I want. I read YA, I read literary fiction, I read comics, I read nonfiction; I have a niche, and it is called words.
Sometimes the pressure is there to make Regular Rumination bigger than it is. Sometimes jealousy is there, I admit that openly. But the overwhelming majority of the time, I’m just as in love with my little corner of the internet as I was when I wrote my first post. Blogging has changed a lot since Regular Rumination began, mostly because social media is always shifting and changing and reinventing itself. I started this blog when the internet was still a place where you kept your name a secret, but the reality is that Lu, while a nickname that I use mostly on the internet, is as much a part of me and my identity as Leslie is. I have been some variation of Lu on the web since 2001 and while I sometimes contemplate going by Leslie, especially since I want to jump into the publishing industry, it’s never suited this blog or my internet identity. I’ll always be Lu here and that separation is necessary. I want books to present in every part of my life, but I still want this, my hobby and my passion, to be different from my job.
All of this began as a simple note, a note to explain one thing that has changed at Regular Rumination the last few months. I’m sure you’ve noticed more review copies and NetGalley titles. I wanted to express that this is not because I am not buying books, I’m buying and reading just as many books as before, but I’m in the process of moving, twice. So I will not have access to a library for at least another month or two and most of my books are in storage. For that reason, I have been reading review copies and NetGalleys to make up for the library books that I no longer have access to.
Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging, but blogging sometimes changes your life. My career has changed, for the better, and I have met such amazing people through Regular Rumination. I hope I’ll get to meet some of you in real life some day. For now, I’m happy with what this blog is and what it has become. I’m happy that I can write nearly 1,000 words about blogging and books and reviewing and feel that it has a place on my blog. I’m happy that I can ramble and I don’t have to apologize, this is my space and you have helped me make it what it is. I’m happy that I see Regular Rumination being my home on the internet for a long time. Thank you for being such a huge part of my little corner of the internet. Thank you for talking about books with me.