Chatterbox: Tribute to My Fellow Bloggers

April 10, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Chatterbox, Features

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So I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, and there’s one major change I’ve noticed. Many of the bloggers I used to follow have either given up, gone into a slump or disappeared altogether. Given the amount of time it takes to blog, it’s not surprising. But three years is a long time to stick at any hobby, and I’m proud of everyone who has made it to that milestone.

I met some wonderful bloggers a few days ago, and although it was the first time we met, we had so much in common from following each other’s blogs, and tweeting each other. I really appreciated theย passion and the connection we have as bloggers. Knowing the limited time each other has to spend on reading and reviewing, on blogging and commenting, yet somehow finding time out of our busy schedules to do it. Wanting to pick up every new release, yet feeling the guilt of our unread books at home. Knowing how we, as bloggers, each have our individual opinions on different titles, and we can still respect others’ wildly different opinions to books.

Having that connection and a blogger support group, is has what made me continue this thing throughout the years. Because no matter how much work you put into your blog, without those cheeringย you on as your moral support group, it would be so much harder doing it all alone.

We pour our heart and soul into a hobby that we could have easily given up a long time ago. But even if we were able to touch someone’s heart, to make someone’s day, to connect to others through our words, that makes it all worth it you know? And to make some wonderful friendships, that transcendย time and place. That is powerful stuff guys.

With so many of my beloved bloggers quitting, I don’t know how many of us will still be around in a few years time, let alone tomorrow. But let it be known, I’ve really appreciated getting to know every single one of you. With your unique voice, your craft, your style and your thoughts and opinions, thank you for sharing your time with us.

I’ve glad to have known so many beautiful, passionate people through their craft and it’s been amazing sharing some wonderful conversations with you.

xoxo_jeann

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87 responses to “Chatterbox: Tribute to My Fellow Bloggers

  1. thesepaperhearts

    I love this post Jeann! My blog's been in a slump these past couple months as I'm working to close New Chapter Designs. I have a comeback plan ready though! Blogging is very rewarding, getting to talk to so many different people. I definitely don't want to give that up any time soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    I still know some of the bloggers who were around when I first started blogging. Although I guess that wasn't nearly as long ago as it is for you haha.
    My recent post I’m Going to BEA and The Bloggers Conference!

  2. This was wonderful to read. I've been blogging for — yikes, 10 months now, nearly a year! I didn't even realise until I wrote this comment! I was still leaning towards the "half a year" thing. Anyway, it was really daunting at first, but it's amazing. It's a lot of hard work, but it's also so much fun, and the community has been amazing and very welcoming. I really feel part of it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    My recent post Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

  3. Honestly, I thought about quitting for a while because I didn't expect grad school to be this overwhelming. But now I'm glad I didn't because it already suck really bad just thinking about missing the friendship I've made and the people I've met through blogging. Just like what I've read somewhere, I'm not just blogging for me anymore. I'm blogging for my readers, friends, authors, and basically, for everyone. It's not just a simple hobby anymore.

    I'm glad I met you Jeann. ๐Ÿ˜€
    My recent post Review and Giveaway: Attraction by Penny Reid

  4. Aww this post makes me think about how great this community really is. It looks like you had a good time at the meet up, and I think it is important to know that you have people waiting here for your reviews and posts, and supporting different thoughts on the same matters and still showing respect while saying this!
    My recent post Hollow Blood (Review)

  5. Aww Jeann, I know exactly how you feel. If not for the book blogging community as a whole, I probably would have given up after a few months. But I learnt to be a part of that community from you and Dre. Before that, I had no idea about blogging etiquette.

    Over my 2 something years of blogging, I've seen so many blogs on a permanent hiatus and it's sad that bloggers aren't able to continue, but I guess as we go through our life stages, priorities change. I'm glad it's only been as I've gotten older where I've started to blog, I couldn't imagine having to juggle uni, dating, socialising, work all with maintaining a blog. I couldn't do it. I think once you're practically married and comfortable with your life, it's much, much easier to find that bit of time each week. But when it comes time to have a baby, then I'll be slowing right down. But hopefully will find the time to post at least once a week. Awesome post Jeann, sharing the luuuuuurve <3
    My recent post Hold Me Closer – The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

    • I\’m so glad you didn\’t give up Kelly, I know how rough you had it for a while. Have things picked up this year? Looks like you\’ve been able to get a lot of reviews done. After meeting up with other Sydney bloggers, it appears that I\’m not actually doing too bad. All unsolicited copies are submitted for \”review consideration\” and don\’t neccessarily need to be reviewed, although it\’s nice. That kind of alleviated some of the pressure and I take the time to read more \’me reads\’. I totally understand Kelly – even if you post once a week, you\’ll still have the readers there. Lots of love <3

  6. It's sad to see bloggers quitting.I myself quit blogging for some time before starting all over with my current blog last December.And I am glad I did so.The blogging community is a really wonderful place,and I adore the friendships I've made with fellow bloggers.

  7. Jennifer @Boricuan Bookworms

    Aww this was beautiful <3 Though we don't chat much, I enjoy liking and sharing stuff from instagram and occasionally reading your blog whenever I can. I've seen around what you mean of bloggers either because life gets in the way or money issues. The last year has been weird for me, but I'm getting back on track and I hope to reach that milestone. Having a blog is such a wonderful way to connect with people from all over the world–readers, bloggers, authors, publishers, etc.–I wouldn't trade it for anything. Also, Congrats on the years of blogging and for the ones to come! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. rlsharpe

    That was so beautiful and well said, Jeann. Blogging can take up so much time so it is understandable why some people give it up, especially if their lives suddenly become busier. I plan on sticking around for while but you never know what the future holds. I hope you keep blogging for a while yet, and that you keep enjoying it.

  9. redizabzh

    "Wanting to pick up every new release, yet feeling the guilt of our unread books at home. " Sigh, how much do I relate to that !
    I've been blogging about this kind of books that I review now for… about 3 years. When I updated my Bloglovin feed recently, I was surprised at how many bloggers had disappeared, but truth be told, blogging is not so much hard work than time-devouring passion. And the more you blog, the less you read ๐Ÿ˜‰
    However, it's great starting a blog on the net, then finding people whose tastes you can relate to, others who allow you to discover books and things you would never have thought about, feeling a connection with people you might never see and who live so very far away from you ! Internet is wonderful for that ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great post, Jeann ๐Ÿ™‚
    My recent post The sunday post #43 : What’s up ?

  10. Romi

    Oh Jeann, this is so fantastic of you! It feels like such a personal post to write and I am deeply touched. You made me smile, with what you wrote.
    I think there’s only one blogger still occasionally posting from when I first started, and so many of the people I felt close to and had started making friendships with have moved away or disappeared out of the blogging sphere, and it’s really bittersweet. I miss them, wonder what they’re up to, but I’ve met so many new people who I love talking to, since; I’m sure very few of us will blog forever. Life will no doubt continue to pull us away from this, but I, too, am so very glad that I even got to talk to these amazing people that make up our community. And that includes you, Jeann. Thanks for such a beautiful post. Xxx

    My recent post Adorkable (audiobook review) by Sara Manning…

  11. Sunny @ A Sunny Spot

    This post made me really happy because I can definitely relate. I've also been blogging for 3 years and as you can see have had many dead periods on mine (hoping to change that soon) but having supportive bloggers to egg me on and inspire me has been so helpful. Great post!
    My recent post Letter to Jennifer Niven

  12. Aw, this was a gorgeous post, Jeann! I've only been blogging for one year and I've only seen one blogger quit, but it's sad just to think about these blogging friends I've made quitting. Still, the friendships I've already made after one year, have been wonderful. I've particularly made some great writing friends that have really encouraged me. They've also terrified me a little bit (somehow we got to talking about spiders the size of dinner plates when we were in the middle of some word wars), but for the most part, they are awesome. I would not be writing as much as I am no without the writing community.

    • Thank you Ana! It is really sad to see a lot of bloggers quit, although there are definitely more people starting to blog as well. It\’s so exciting how your online support group can become some of your closest friends!

  13. bethwhatley23

    I think the thing with blogging is that there is always pressure to do better. You can always write that one extra post, comment on that one extra blog, read that one extra book, design that one extra element… it's exhausting. I kept my old blog for a 15 months before deleting it as it just didn't compare to all of the other wonderful things I was reading. Hopefully my current blog will last a lot longer than that, but the pressure is still there.
    I do think that it's an amazing hobby to have though. It's creative, and gives you the opportunity to bond with people thousands of miles away (my blog is most commented on by Australians for some reason. I'm English. Literally the other side of the world!)!
    Beth x
    My recent post Currently | April 2014

    • You are totally right Beth, there is always pressure to do more, to be more. I realised at some point that I can\’t do everything and that this is a hobby on the side, which is why I\’ve kept with it. It is definitely an amazingly creative hobby where you can \”meet\” so many people through similar interests. Thanks Beth!

  14. Faye M.

    I know, Jeann ๐Ÿ™ I've known a few people who I was close with suddenly disappear from the face of the book blogging world… I would look for their Twitter, their email and everything else and I would get nada. It's so depressing especially since the friendships formed since then were real and then they're just gone. I just want to let you know that I appreciate you, too, so so much!
    My recent post Random Things in Motion #16: Why is Fantasy so White and Straight?

    • I know, it is a really sad thing isn\’t it Faye? But we do get to know newer bloggers too, which is great. Me too Faye, me too <33

  15. You are an amazing person Jeann ๐Ÿ™‚ and this is such a sweet post. It sometimes makes me sad when I see bloggers go away. I understand their decision, but it's a shame; and you never know when someone decides to quit.

    • Awww thank you so much Mel! It does make me sad and I do understand, but yes I just wanted to write this tribute now.

  16. It's so wonderful meeting bloggers in real life! I went to Sydney last year sometime and was able to meet up with Jaz, Joy and Laura, and it was just so nice being able to actually talk with people you've been chatting with for a while online!

    I have to say, I'm going into the harder years of my uni course, and it's getting harder and harder finding that balance between study and hobbies. More often than not, I want to just read or do something else rather than blog. But then I'll have random spurts where I want to do some blogging, so I feel like it balances out ๐Ÿ™‚
    My recent post Review: Ensnared by A.G. Howard

    • Oh man, I would love to meet you one day Nara! Come to Brisbane lol! I met up with Jaz, Joy and Laura too and it was so much fun meeting with them! It definitely will get harder. I'm actually planning to study part time as well while working full time, I don't know how I'm going to find the time.

  17. Awh, Jeann *hugs you tightly*

    This is such a lovely post, and I feel so grateful to have created my blog and met so many incredibly talented people. I find it sad that some of your favourites are quitting, especially because I could never imagine quitting myself. I love blogging way too much, and it gives me far too much happiness to ever let it go.

    I'm so happy to have met you (both on our blogs AND in "real life") <3 <3 <3
    My recent post Books for Mail + Simply Sunday (#17)

    • *hugs back* I'm so glad to have met you, Bec and Sarah, I always have a friend at a convention and bookish events and bookish movies! I definitely love blogging so much hehe <3

  18. AWWWWW. I love you Jeann! I understand what you mean, back then, I had a lot of bloggers who I knew because we all started out at the same time, but sadly, I only see a few of them on my feed, and some of them even deleted their blogs already. This is such a great way to spread love for the community. Good thing we get to meet new bloggers as well, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lots of love for you too Jules! Definitely a sad time to see so many bloggers drop off, but that just means we'll have to discover more.

  19. Zoe

    Aww…this is such a beautifully written post Jeann. <3 It's so sad that so many talented bloggers are quitting. ๐Ÿ™ Seeing bloggers quit just makes you realize how much of a home you have in the blogosphere and how book blogging really does get you to connect to people and build friendships, you know? Thanks for sharing this Jeann.
    My recent post Under a Painted Sky

    • You are so right Braine, it's been wonderful getting to know new bloggers too. Thank you so much, I love discovering new reads on your blog too <3

  20. I will have made it to four years in September! I also feel sad when a friend stops blogging, but I understand. For me, the way to make it work is to blog on my terms: read what I want, post when I can, and just try to keep it fun. The camaraderie is what I'd miss if I stopped blogging, so I'm glad you're still around! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    My recent post Extra! Extra! (Spring) Book Fever

    • Wow, it's such a wonderful achievement that we should all be proud of Jen! 4 years is an amazing time to continue blogging! You've nailed it, I just love finding out what everyone's been up to each week.

  21. Francoise

    You HAVE to visit Sydney again! It was so awesome meeting you and it's so cool that you even thought of us on your holiday with your boyfriend. I love how easy it was to get along with everyone even though we've never met before it felt like we've been long time friends.

    Meeting up with you and the gals has renewed my motivation to blog again which is what I really needed. Hanging out with bloggers always help me. Blogging therapy haha!

    It will certainly be interesting to see who will still be blogging in another year's time!

    Great post girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    My recent post Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard {Mini Review}

    • I really loved Sydney and hanging out with you girls, it was definitely so much fun Francoise! I definitely want to come back soon, it did feel like we had been friends forever hehe. .I am so happy that you have started to blog again Francoise! I did miss your blog hehe. <3

  22. Naww Jeann, you are such a sweetie! I love this community of ours and how supportive everyone is of each other. I'm so glad to have an outlet to share my love of books with everyone, and that people take the time to come read my posts. <3 <3 Keep doing your thang!

  23. readerswonderland

    Jeann I love this post for so many reasons. It reminds me of why I started and how many great things that have come from it. I've been somewhat absent lately but this is definitely motivation. Yay for almost three years! It will be three years for RiW too come June!
    My recent post Aristocrat’s Ransom: A Breath of Frost

    • Oh Alise, I am so glad that you guys kept on going! <3 we both nearly started our blogs at the same time, mine is early July!

  24. Eugenia

    What a lovely post Jeann! Sure, life does get busier and it's sad to see people quitting. What keeps me in it is not only my passion for books, but the community itself, especially the Aussie YA Bloggers. It's always so amazing to meet people at bookish events, and share our passion for books.
    My recent post Discussion: Found In Translation

    • Thank you soo much Genie, definitely the passion and the community and I just LOVE my fellow Aussie bloggers! <3

  25. Jeannnnnnnnnnn!!! Seriously, ily and this post and gah! You've said it. The thing that has me sticking around (apart from passion I guess) is 100%%%%%% the friendships. I've gotten to know some of the best people through this, and some of the best of friends. Oh god, I'm about to get all soppy now but being real here, blogging has changed everything. I feel like book blogging is just the gateway, you know, because through that you find so many people with literally the exact same interests as you and you wonder why on earth someone out there decided to separate you from your twin at birth HAHAHAH and it's the moments that you actually get to "meet" that really make it all worth it. It was fabulous meeting you, fabulous meeting everyone. These friendships..I wouldn't trade them for anything else in the world <3

    • So much love Jess! Definitely the friendships and the camaraderie and being able to relate and have awesome discussions with each other! Haha I definitely felt emotional after our meeting as well. It was just so awesome meeting and having so much in common! xoxo

  26. Marianne Curley

    Well said Jeann. You have helped those of us who are not bloggers understand the enormous time and effort bloggers such as yourself put into being a blogger, into reviewing books, and entertaining us. Thank you, and I hope you keep going for a long time, for as long as it remains a joy in your life.

  27. Wow three years is a long time.. I remember I used to read your posts when I didn't have a blog myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I got so excited the first time you commented on my blog, and it totally made my day. I barely talk to anyone who I first talked to when I first started blogging, I'm happy to know so many people now! Great post Jeann, thank you <3
    My recent post Angelfall ♥ by Susan Ee Review

    • I know right, I can't believe I'm almost there! Awww Benish that is so lovely of you to say! I'm so excited I discovered your blog too! <3

  28. It is sad. Especially when they're not active anywhere else like FB or GR and you lose contact completely. Even if I quit blogging, I'm sure I'll still be on GR. I mean, I was on GR way before I started blogging anyway.
    My recent post 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

    • I know, I've lost contact with so many bloggers unfortunately. GR is definitely where it all started, I mean we've put so much time and effort into that.

  29. Aw. This is such a sweet post, Jeann. I'm going into 4 years in August. Sometimes, I can hardly believe it myself. I've had so many bouts of disappearance from the blogosphere over the years, but the think that keeps me coming back is simply the love of reading and the fact that I can't help voicing my opinions on the books that I read. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Wonderful bloggers that have become friends of mine over the years are also the best incentive to come back!
    My recent post [509]: Give a Little by Kate Perry

    • No problems Joy, wow 4 years is a long time to stick to blogging! I can't believe the 3 years I've been blogging either! I definitely love voicing my opinion on books and reading. Definitely the other bloggers makes it worthwhile! <3

  30. It's true that some bloggers have completely disappeared, and it's always making me sad when someone I enjoyed interacting with just spends their time either offline, or elsewhere online than usual.
    At the same time, I can kind of understand why some bloggers just find it to be too much – there have been days when I felt like blogging was a second full-time job… But 99% of the time, I love coming up with posts, writing up reviews, visiting other blogs and just interacting and having fun with other book-lovers!
    *hugs* I hope you'll be around for a very long time, still, Jeann!!
    My recent post Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts #11

    • Yeah, it does make me a bit sad too when I see another one disappear. I can understand though, blogging can be a full time job! I love it as well Lexxie *hugs back*

  31. Jeann this post is beyond beautiful. I love the blogosphere and everyone I've had the chance to meet and get to know through blogging. Lovely post ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. This is sucha great and heartfelt post! There aren't many bloggers still around from when I started blogging either. It's certainly a time consuming hobby. But I met a lot of great bloggers over the years and some I've grown pretty close with even thought we live far apart. It's a great community and it's certainly one of the best things about being a blogger.
    My recent post Lola’s Kitchen: Ten Foods I don’t like

    • Thank you so much Lola! I was just looking at my blog roll and realising how many of these blogs are gone now. It's definitely a wonderful community.

  33. This is such a beautiful post Jeann! I know I don't have as much time in commenting on other blogs right now, but I love blogging and it's partly because of other awesome bloggers making it such a special community. I totally agree with everything you said here. If not for you guys, I wouldn't have as much fun doing this. Love you Jeann!
    My recent post Musings: I’m a Wuss of a Series Reader

  34. thebigfatf

    Aw!!! Thank you so much Jeann! This was really sweet and I felt really touched. I did notice that a lot of bloggers now are forced to give it up because of time problems. And while I understand fully, I still feel so upset because I know that its probably so hard for them to do that. And I do love blogging friends, even if you don't see them face to face (which probs sounds really bad cuz I don't), you're still buddies with them cuz you all understand what's its like juggling blogging (which is harder than people thinks) and real life.
    Lovely post!!!
    My recent post Life Through The Lens

    • No problems Faith, I'm so glad everyone's being so supportive! I do feel a little upset when I lose touch with another one, but there are definitely more bloggers coming out too. Thanks lovely!

  35. Aww, this is such a thoughtful post, Jeann! <3

    I rarely talk to fellow blogging friends, but when I do have the chance to (whether on Twitter or somewhere else), it's fantastic. Aside from book club, there's really no one else out there who understand the pain and joy we all feel when it comes to books and blogging. ^_^
    My recent post Review: Gates of Thread &amp; Stone by Lori M. Lee

  36. karawrites15

    This is such a lovely post! <3 This is why I love the blogging community so much; it's impossible NOT to feel welcomed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately people's lives often just get busier and busier, and blogging is put on the backburner–which is s shame, but I suppose people need to focus on their life. (
    My recent post Friday Photography (13)

  37. Oh, Jeann. I love that this is one of the first posts I read after coming back from my mini hiatus!!! It makes me sad to hear bloggers quitting but I totally see why they do it and tbh, I'm just thankful I got to know them in the first place and hope that just because they stop blogging, it doesn't mean they disappear for good.

    I'm so grateful for all the friends I've made through this community: people like you, who are just so lovely and make me thankful for all the ways reading can bring people together ๐Ÿ˜€
    My recent post Review: Landline {Rainbow Rowell}

    • Yippee, so glad to hear you come back Allie, good timing! Yeah, after being a blogger over the years my attitude has changed and all that. Thank you so much hun, it really is lovely getting to know everyone <3

  38. I basically talk to like, um, two people, that I've known since I started blogging. 0_0 It's a little scary! I mean people change and get other interests and stuff, but I do miss them. And it always makes me sad when a blogger quits because they were treated badly by others or because they feel uber pressured or something. GAh. BUT ANYWAY. I AM ON A RABBIT TRAIL HERE. XD I love this post, Jeann. ^_^ I love having blogging friends…it is literally THE BEST.
    My recent post As White As Snow // The Awkward Moment Of Sequel Blues