Monday, September 27, 2010

When Life Takes Over

Dear readers, authors and fellow bloggers,

This is just a short note from me to explain why my blog has experienced a hiatus of sorts for the past month or so. It has been an incredibly difficult time for me and it's been increasingly hard for me to keep up with reading, reviewing, etc.

This September, my relationship of 15 or so months of incredible love and emotion reached its conclusion. Naturally, this leaves a huge stain on one's emotions and I was am still very emotional and sad about it. It also was a very strenuous time in school, with six exams I have to pass and very little time to do it.

I am very aware that this sort of post can seem unprofessional. The truth is, I'm not a professional blogger. I don't make any money off of this. And when I (as I'm sure many other bloggers do) review a book, it's because our passion for the industry, for the authors and for the written word.

So I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the month of September - the reviews I failed to write, the giveaways I failed to wrap up (and which I'm going to do very soon, the best way I can) and the posts I failed to comment.

This blog is my baby, but I had to temporarily abandon it. Life took over. And I'm happy to continue balancing everything the best I can.

Thank you everybody. Just following your blogs in my Google Reader and reading your books is making my world a better place.

xoxo

Nikola.

12 comments:

Jenny said...

I'm so sorry to hear that =(
You definitely have to do what you need for you, though, and don't worry about the blog. Your readers will still be here!

Amanda said...

Oh Nikola I'm sorry to hear about your relationship. :( That's so rough.

Take all the time you need. We all understand and I'm sure we'll all be here reading whenever you have a chance to post. :)

btw, I wanted you to know that I changed my blog to a new URL - going self-hosted. I wouldn't normally put that in a comment (it feels spammy!) but the feed isn't working properly for the old blog and I didn't want you to think I'd dropped off the face of the planet if the posts don't go through properly. I'm still working with it. Sigh. Anyway, the new blog is http://zenleaf.amandagignac.com.

*hugs*

Amanda said...

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Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Nikola.... sorry to hear of your difficult time. *hugs*

Hope you are doing better and I am happy to see you are still around.

Take your time, I will still be around to check in when you are back.

itsJUSTme said...

I am so sorry Nikola! I am sure you are hurting. It will get better, in time.

You are a real person, not just a blog on my computer screen. And real people have feelings.

Good luck to you, you are in my prayers.

Spring said...

Nikola, I'm very sad to hear about your breakup and the stressful time you're having with school and all.

School is obviously much more important than blogging so just consentrate on that and start blogging again when you've got the time. We'll still be here!

Spring

Vivienne said...

Nikola I am really sorry to hear your relationship has ended. Life can really throw a lot of crap at you at times. Take time off to grieve and learn to move on.We will still be here when you get back.

brizmus said...

So sorry to hear that - I know how hard the end of a relationship can be. I hope that you're okay, and take your time - we'll be waiting when you're ready to come back.

Ashley Amanda said...

I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling! During the Read-A-Thon I asked my mom (Wendy @itsJUSTme) "where's Nikola? and she told me you weren't doing it this time because of everything you're going through right now. We missed you! And I hope somewhere there is a peace that can be found for you in this time of chaos. My thoughts and prayers are with you, you are a beautiful person and you deserve only the best that life has to offer.

Jenny Girl said...

Oh Pumpkin! I am so sorry to read this bad news. Hang in there and know that we are here for you when you are ready.
good thoughts and {{hugs}}

kwesifriends said...

Bless you dear, I'm one of your lurker and I find it difficult not to read any of your reviews for the past month.

http://kwesifriends.blogspot.com/

Jenny Girl said...

Just stopping by again to say I hope things are getting better for you. We miss you and are thinking of you ;)