Pretty much says it all folks. After nearly two full years of blogging, posting two reviews each week, writing innumerable features, interviewing authors and collecting book headlines from around the world, the Boston Book Bums team is calling it quits.
We’ve been weighing this decision for a few months. We’ve talked among former members of our review team, our founders and others. Polled a select few other bloggers and friends about the future course of the blog. And at the end of each discussion, we were left with the feeling that the time had come to turn a page.
Holding a blog together, made up of different readers, of different lives, priorities and interests, can be challenging. But not impossible. We feel we proved that with the consistent quality you saw here each and every day.
For the very reasons why the blog worked, the diversity of interests and personalities, also meant that priorities shifted for the team during the preceding 20 plus months. Time becomes pinched. Writing about reading suddenly becomes last on the list. Our leader has moved on, reviewers have come and gone.
It is a hobby, this book blogging, not a profession. It was, for many months, a love. We never ran ads, nor accepted them. Monetize was not in our blogging lexicon. We did Boston Book Bums for the love the book.
But time has forced us to weigh the future course of the blog. Ultimately what made the decision for us was the lack of regular manpower. Without reliable, trustworthy and capable hands working on the blog, we simply cannot keep it going in its current form. We could scale back, just running a review a week, possibly a few news stories here or there as time permitted. However, that would betray the core reason why we founded Boston Book Bums- an intelligent, diverse and always reliable book blog.
Now, we will keep Boston Book Bums up for you to read on with, to catch up on the hundreds of books reviews, interviews and features. Is there a chance we might reignite this wonderful exercise? Surely. However, as of now, we must unfortunately take a bow and walk away.
And so, dear friends and readers, we will bring the Boston Book Bums news and review blog to close next week with five straight days of reviews. That stable of reviews will run as our curtain call to you our readers.
We are going out with a loud, intelligent and classy, bang!
We wish you all the best, many thanks and please continue reading!