Firstly, you can read more details on the Patreon changes here, but they have some reprecussions for this site and blog as well and it’s high time I actually talked about them properly.
The very short version is: I’m burnt out on book talk posts, having to consider them reviews and just, generally speaking, feeling pressured (by myself) to provide a lot of posts in order to provide continuous content. So, effective immediately, I will cease writing reviews. You won’t notice this until several months from now when I run out of scheduled posts, but it is happening.
After much deliberation, I’ve decided that the ones I’d scheduled beforehand will go up as scheduled, but after that I’ll add “make significant changes to the blog structure” to the list of things on my To Do list. By then I’ll have a good idea of how the rest of the changes impact everything and what the most sensible way to restructure is.
In addition to being burnt out on reviews, I also find that I vastly prefer to analyse books and ace and aro representation in a more essay-style format and I’d like to shift from these reviews to something longer and more detailed. That said, due to the increase in time, effort and money these take me, I won’t be offering them for free until we reach a milestone threshold on Patreon. When we do, I’ll start reposting them publicly here. This is also part of why I want/need to restructure the website here because I want people to be able to find these easily.
Beyond that, though, I really want to try to be more diligent about cross-posting from Patreon to here and to promote the Patreon posts more than once a week or a few times per month. Yes, it’s nice that WordPress lets me post to Twitter automatically, but it’s annoying to readers if they have to click through another link to actually get at the content. That doesn’t mean the round-ups are going away! I find them useful. It just means I want to do more than the round-ups.
These changes mean that the blog is shifting over into more of a news and updates section than a blog as such. Not that I’m very good at general blogging anyway.
Basically, what I’m aiming for is to produce less but imo far higher-quality content and to have more time for writing fiction instead of having so much of my brain space dedicated to book discussions masquerading as reviews.
I will, undoubtedly, find some other way to keep chatting about narratives I consume because I like talking about stories and I’m not changing the goals posts. I don’t always tick off all the items on it, but I find them fun and helpful. I’m just changing up everything else. Hopefully for the better!
Thank you for reading all of this! You can read more details about my essay-writing plans on Patreon if you’re curious about the nitty-gritty of what I’m planning there.