Saying Goodbye – For Real This Time

Early this year, I made a post where I said I wasn’t going to be blogging anymore. I thought a lot about it, but as soon as I published the post I realized that it just didn’t set right with me. I sounded like a complete psycho, but the next day I changed my mind. It is hard to say goodbye to something you have spent years working on, and I realized then that I just wasn’t ready. But now I am.

I can give you the usual speech about not having enough time – and it is true. For the last year or so, with my weird work schedule, I don’t always get the time I need to devote to doing the blog justice. And with my nature, I don’t do half-assed well. If I can’t do something right, I don’t want to do it at all. But even more than the time issue, lately I find myself…disconnected, I guess, from it all. I still have my raging obsession for all things Ilona and Nalini, still love Briggs and Armstrong, still can’t shake my Feehan or Leigh habit. But that’s all on the reading front. On the blogging front, I just find myself not so interested. I found the cover for the next Karen Marie Moning Fever book, and where usually I would immediately do a Cover Lover post for it and gush and swoon, this time I just didn’t feel the need. For a while, I looked every couple of days hoping to find info on the next Kresley Cole book. But now? Couldn’t tell you the last time I checked. That’s not the way I like to be.

So, long story long, I might be pressed for time, but if I still had the drive I would make the time. I just don’t. I want to be a reader again, and not feel guilty when I pick up a book I want to read instead one I need to read to get caught up. I will always appreciate everyone who took the time to send over their reviews, who emailed me release info and covers they had found, those who made book and author recommendations. I will always be grateful for those who took the time to make a comment. I appreciate it so much. In my real life, there is no one who reads what I read, and it was so nice to share a community where we have common interests. I will be leaving everything up as it is for anyone who needs to grab whatever info appeals to them, and if there is anyone who wants to take the plunge and take the blog over just give me a shout. So thanks for everything, everyone. It has been much appreciated.

46 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye – For Real This Time

  1. Omoye says:

    I’ll miss your blogs! Finding this site was a godsend for me. I couldn’t believe all my favorites were curated with encyclopedic efficiency. It was amazing and I’ve enjoyed all your post since. Thank you!

    Most importantly,

    HAPPY READING!

    • Harriett says:

      I absolutely LOVE this blog and I DONT read blogs. I’m sorry to see you go but I have found a kindred spirit in you. I have found new authors to enjoy so THANK YOU. I hope you come to the conventions as a Reader and enjoy your community in the flesh. Your judgement on books is spot on so please continue to read with gusto.

  2. Lisa says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I thank you for all you’ve accomplished. I’ve returned again and again to refresh my memories and just rehash things. I understand your need to read without all the pressure. This doesn’t erase all the work you’ve done. Thanks again.

  3. Douglas C Meeks says:

    I do understand, I love to read but reviewing has gotten to be like a job and I have less and less time to read the books I buy vs the ARCs I am provided. I hate it but I do understand, about once a week I threaten to stop all these ARCs and just read the books I buy but I have not overcome the addiction yet of free books LOL

  4. Sanam Khangura says:

    Thank you for all your awesome amazing hard work. I’ll miss your blog! If you ever start back up I’ll here! Thank you

  5. Delia Cruz says:

    I just want to thank you for everything you have done. Your blog suggestions have been on point and I will miss you. Good luck in everything you do. hugs, D

  6. lemonamour says:

    I don’t comment as often as I should, but I want you to know, though I understand your reasons, I will definitely miss your posts. Yours is the only blog I regularly follow. I never miss a single post. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. But as I said, I completely understand you wanting to enjoy reading again. THANKS! for all the time and energy you have put into this blog over the years. I wish you all the best and Happy Reading!! 😊

  7. Judi Soderberg says:

    Being so new to your blog, I feel terrible that you’re ending it. But also very proud. You recognized you just couldn’t give it the justice you once felt it deserved, so rather than let it just get piss poor, you are bowing out gracefully (and it was graceful!) with an explanation and a thank you to your readers. This was so well done that there’s no way to even get upset!

    Just so you know, I may not have been here long, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate all you’ve done here. You will be missed. You did a phenomenal job, something to be proud of, and you can sign off with a smile for all the people you’ve enriched through your hard work.

    Now, get reading all those pleasure books you’ve been looking forward to for so long! Thank you for having accepted me so readily into your little group for however long it lasted. It’s been a true pleasure!

  8. PhoenixFyre says:

    Hi Kaleigh,
    I understand where you are coming from. Life happens and you never know what will interfere with it. You can lose interest in certain things especially when it comes to big series in UR & PRN. So I will wish you luck and happiness.

    My only question now is what will happen with the “Character Bios”? Should I continue the BDB bio? I am almost caught up reading them. I have two books left. Please let me know. And thank you for everything.

  9. library addict says:

    I will miss hearing your thoughts, especially about the latest Nalini release but I understand.

    Take care of yourself. And Happy Reading!

  10. LW says:

    Hi Kaleigh,

    I completely understand and wish you happy reading. I will miss your posts very much. Thank you very much for all your work.

    Take care,

    Lisa

    • Sylvia says:

      You did an awesome job of keeping us all up to date. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm and excitement when a long awaited book was finally available. You have introduced me to many new and wonderful authors. You will be missed.

  11. psub20 says:

    I so understand this. The time you spend talking about the books you’ve read could be time spent reading more books, lol.

    I’ve mostly been a lurker but I’ve always appreciated the work you put into your blog, the character lists and the release dates. I will definitely miss you Kaleigha. Happy reading and hope you have a great life. Lotsa love to you all the way from Mumbai

  12. cheryl says:

    Everyone here have posted such wonderful thoughts and wishes.
    Trying not to sound too sappy but you have spent lots of precious time doing this so other readers have the joy of finding new stuff and reminders of things are brains forget.
    For all the time an effort… THANK YOU!
    Enjoy all your spare time (like a water bubble that splats)… never enough of that commodity but reading and other things should be a fun thing and not a chore.
    Thanks again.

  13. Jan says:

    Thank you Kaleigh for all the work you put into this amazing blog and for sharing it with us. I have been following for a long time. You have done an excellent job. But we grow and move on to other things. I think you can chalk this up to a success. I will miss you and Wicked Scribes. Best wishes from the heart and again thank you so much.

  14. Claire says:

    I’ll miss your posts because thanks to them, I discovered some series & authors I truly liked.
    So thank you again for all the hard work and your time.

  15. Deb says:

    You have provided a great service to the romance community. Thank you so much. Your site has been greatly appreciated. We are lucky and thankful you were able to do it for as long as you have. Enjoy reading purely for pleasure…you deserve it!

  16. An says:

    Love your site and appreciate all you put into it. The Character Guides are amazing. I hope you keep this site up and our emails. If you ever return for just 1 post, I’m here. Thank you so much! Happy Reading 😀

  17. Marcia Wilson says:

    Although I just discovered your site, I can understand the stress of maintaining such an awesome location. Thank you for providing another resource for those of us that love the genre. Thank you for providing the reviews, as well as keeping us updated on all of the fabulous new writers and books. I will miss your input, but, I wish you the very best in the future.

  18. Bobbie says:

    I will miss your blogs. I didn’t comment much, but always looked forward to your post. Thank you for all the time that you put into your blog. It was greatly appreciated. Take care of you.

  19. Ginger Hamilton says:

    I’ll miss your blogs. I always look forward to them. I commented occasionally. I understand you on the “hard to keep it up” frontier. I was doing an online Bible study and at first it seemed easy but quickly morphed into something that I dreaded because it was so time consuming. You have to do what is right for you. Good luck.

  20. Charleen H Bailey says:

    I fully understand, your feelings and commend, your patience all this time. I will miss your blog, but you being able to live the life you want, on your own terms, is what’s important. I’ll be 70 in a few days and I guarantee, that life is too short for us to do things out of a sense of duty, rather than a sense of joy. Reading is my number one joy, I do try to review books on Amazon and Goodreads but I do it when I feel like it. Enjoy, your life and don’t feel guilty. You have done more than enough for all of us! Be blessed, put your feet up, have a drink and a snack nearby and READ! God bless you and thank you for all your efforts over the years. And I really, really thank you for recommending Anne Bishop, I’ve read The Others at least 4 times and not long ago I finished the Black Jewels. I never would have read her, if it weren’t for you!!!

  21. J York says:

    Saddened to hear you are no longer going to blog. All good things must end. Take some time off, find a new hobby woman does not live by work alone. Maybe in time reading will become pleasure and not a duty. So long and good reading. Judy

    • Mel Ferr says:

      Have been reading the character guides and your blog for a few years now, haven’t commented before but truly appreciate the time and work you’ve put into this blog.
      I can trust your reviews and have found a number of amazing authors in this genre that I wouldn’t have tried without your recommendation. I love the release dates so much too. Thank you! And happy reading !

  22. Carol W. says:

    Have never commented before, but have been reading the blog and character guides for two years now. Totally understand that it has become a chore for you, and fully support your decision. Thank you for a terrific service and for introducing me to a lot of new series. Best of luck and happiness to you.

  23. snapdragon says:

    I understand when you don’t feel something any more than it is time to stop and step away. Enjoy the books you want to read and have fun in the future.

  24. cathymccaughan says:

    I completely understand. I will still miss what you do. You helped add to my ‘to be read’ list and made me feel like I’m not the only person in the world who reads what I enjoy reading. If you ever decide to come back in a way that works for you, I think there are a lot of people in the comment section here who will take on tasks to help and support you. Just ask. Happy reading!

  25. Cassandra B. says:

    I have followed the blog for several years. I will miss your posts, but if it isn’t fun or enjoyable it isn’t worth it. Thank you all your hard work. Happy reading and best wishes!

  26. Lidy says:

    Oh, Kaleigha, I’m very sad to see you go! But I understand why you’ve made that decision. All your hard work is appreciated, I have no words to describe how much you helped my own reading addiction, from suggesting authors (Nalini and Ilona) to the guides to the good conversations in the comments. Thank you for that.

    Best wishes and happy reading!

  27. Kristi A Haftorson says:

    Thank you so much for all your blogging! For the past couple of years I’ve looked forward to your blog on Saturday mornings and getting all the info on my favorites series and authors. Good luck moving forward with everything!

  28. Veronica T says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and will miss your updates on the authors new books. Thank you and good luck with life, love and happiness💕

  29. Debbie H says:

    Thank you for the many years of work on this blog. You introduced me to many new authors and many hours of enjoyable reading. Thank you for the New Release list and the Character Guides. They have always been a great go-to-place for me. I will miss your posts but I understand just wanting to read for the joy of it. Best Wishes.

  30. monadh says:

    I understand completely! I once read that to run a successful blog you have to post at least once – better twice – a week. That is why I don’t have my own blog, just too much work. I really enjoyed your blog (although besides yours I also follow Ilona Andrews’ blog). I am also very grateful that you were kind enough to feature my occasional review. I will keep it on my list as an important reference.
    Also, if somebody should wish to continue the blog I would pledge to help with one or two of the character guides and to share reviews (just so the offer is out there)…

  31. battleborn82 says:

    Sorry to see you go I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and found some of my favorites authors here. I would love some recommendations of some other blogs from you or your readers, but i doubt they’ll beat yours. Take care Kaleigha !

  32. sharebear says:

    I’ll miss your blog, but I understand how sometimes something you previously enjoyed can become a chore. Thank you so much for all your hard work! I’ve really enjoyed your blog. It has helped me so much to keep track of new releases, find new authors, and keep track of characters. I found many new authors that I really enjoy thanks to your recommendations. Good luck and happiness in all your future endeavors.

  33. AndreaH says:

    Thank you for telling us why you are no longer going to blog. Enjoy going back to reading for its own sake! And yes, if you don’t mind leaving up the Character Guides that would be excellent! Cheers!!

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