I decided to check my Bloglovin’ feed for the first time in a week. After¬†I read Wendy’s post about the romance community, I started thinking about my own reasons for disconnecting. It was partly a burnout issue: I simply wasn’t getting the same pleasure I used to from posting reviews. But there was another key component: the community doesn’t feel safe to me anymore and hasn’t for a long time. I’m sorry to hear that other readers are feeling the same way.

I took comfort in the fact that I’m still reading . . . until I tried to remember the last book I read.

. . .

It hasn’t been that long, has it? A few days maybe? No, weeks.¬†Truth is, I’m several books behind in more than one series. I’ve been stuck partway through two books from authors I normally enjoy very much. It’s a little comforting to know that I’m not the only one who hasn’t felt like reading, but I’m still sad about it. I don’t have any answers at the moment. I’m just reflecting on how things have been and how they are now.

The community is different than it was when I started blogging, but I still believe my community is out there. I’ve made some great friends along the way–people I still consider friends even though we don’t have daily contact like we used to. To those people, I say this: you may feel like you are a lone voice, like what you say doesn’t matter. But you matter to me.

I’m gonna go on writing here every now and then. I hope you’ll continue to share your voice too in whatever way you can.

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