First Resolution of the Year: Not Blogging!

Well firstly, I’d like to wish everyone a massive Happy New Year!

I personally am very excited about 2013. As with every year, I expect that there will be ups and downs, but I am hopeful that it will be a good one. There will be wedding bells for my fiance and I, and a place of our own! I am also keeping my fingers and toes crossed that there are good times in store for some of my nearest and dearest who have had a tough couple of years.

So, on to the main topic of this post. A farewell to blogging.


Geek alert! I take my New Year’s resolutions seriously. I know that I can set a goal at any time of the year, however I also find that as the year draws to a close, and the holiday provides a bit of extra time for thought and reflection, it is helpful for me to consider what I want to keep and to change in my life.

Over the past few months, I’ve had a recurring hunch that it might be time to give up blogging, so finally last night I sat down and penned the following pros / cons list:

To blog, or not to blog...

Novel Insights has evolved quite a bit since the early, earnest days. I’ve been blogging for four years now. I’ve loved the opportunity to express myself and to learn, and enjoyed developing my thoughts about books that I have read as well as spamming the interweb with various bits of personal waffle – knitting, running, baking – yes blogging has revealed my (not so) secret granny side!

But the past year, Novel Insights has been on a visible wind-down (hence the recent blogging break), partly because I’ve been busy, but perhaps more because if I’m being honest, then I’m just not as motivated as I once was.

I won’t rule out taking up blogging again sometime in the future, but the conclusion that I’ve come to is that it is just not right for me now.

So, I’m drawing a line under it.

I’ll leave you with some of my favourite personal literary moments:

  1. Being introduced to some of the more obscure / forgotten authors by Simon of Stuck In a Book. My favourite: The Vet’s Daughter, by Barbara Comyns
  2. Being entirely baffled and frustrated by Kafka, and Calvino which made me feel like something of a philistine! Challenging: The Trial, and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller
  3. Some fabulous book group reads. I loved: Middlesex, Never Let me Go, and How To Be a Woman 
  4. Being seduced by Sensation Novels courtesy of Savidge Reads (who introduced me to blogging in the first place!). The best female villain award goes to: Lydia Gwilt, in Armadale by Wilkie Collins

Thank you to everyone who has read and shared their thoughts on Novel Insights, and warmest wishes for a fantastic 2013.

Over and out…


Novel Insights.

28 responses to “First Resolution of the Year: Not Blogging!

  1. Happy New Year and Good Luck and see you soon here hopefully. 🙂

    • Thanks Armen. V. grateful for our other bookish venture that will give us a chance to catch up on a regular basis 🙂

  2. All the best for 2013 and beyond – looks like it will a busy and joyous year! I’ve always enjoyed reading Novel Insights and your blog is one that encouraged me to think that I could do it myself.

    • Thanks Sam that’s lovely to know! Well I can stay posted with yours now and become a vicarious blog reader instead of writer 🙂

  3. I’ll miss your blog, Polly! I did wonder whether this might be coming, and I’m glad that you’re happy with your decision – I hope to still see you around the internet, and hopefully again in person as well, in 2013. I can’t believe it’s been four years! Gosh.

    I was so flattered to see myself among your highlights! Your love of The Vet’s Daughter made me so happy.

    Au revoir!

    • Yes your instincts were correct! We will def see each other – I’m expecting I will rekindle my enjoyment of surfing bookish blogs by taking the pressure to write off and hoping for a chance to redeem myself at a future literary board game sesh xx

  4. Happy New Year! Your blog will be missed but I hope to still see you around the internets. Good luck with everything you have in store.

  5. Will miss your blog as well but good luck with all the other things in your life – 2013 sounds like it will be wonderful

  6. I’ll miss reading your posts, but I do think blogging is something we should only do if it brings us joy. Hope to see you in comments and on Twitter, though!

  7. Happy 2013 🙂 I love catching up with Novel Insights and will sorely miss it – however – I completely sympathise with your decision and it’s heartening to know that you haven’t lost sight of why you started blogging in the first place (i.e. a love of reading) and want to hold onto that rather than pressurising yourself with the blog. It is hard when you have a life to be getting on with! 🙂 Here’s to an exciting 2013!

  8. sorry to see you go you were one first blogs I started to follow ,all the best stu

    • Wow, that’s amazing – I never realised that. Makes me feel sad and happy all at once. Looking forward to your continued recommendations on Winstonsdad 🙂

  9. sorry to see you go, but enjoy your new life in 2013, and of course, keep reading! lol

  10. I wish you a very Happy 2013 and do so hope I’ll get to see you in person again before too long! I think by closing this door for awhile (but definitely not boarding it up!) you’ll have more time for all those other exciting things that are starting for you in 2013! I’ll eagerly look for updates vis twitter etc!

  11. Well I had heard an advance murmur of this and whilst I am sad that you won’t be blogging I know I will still be chatting to you about books off blog as we always have hahaha! Enjoy the blog break if its permanent or not. I’m very excited about your 2013, cannot wait for the wedding, and of course the hen night (organised by moi) is going to be amazing in the interim!

  12. Happy 2013! I wish you all the best, even though I will miss you on your space here. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch you on facebook and twitter from time to time.

  13. I’m very sorry to see you go, as your recommendations were EXCELLENT! Off to follow you on the twitter, and wishing you all the best for your new year!

    • What a lovely comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed the reviews. Simon has kindly asked me to guest occasionally at his blog Savidge Reads, so I might see you there in future!

  14. Happy New Year to you too Polly! I will miss your blog, but I do completely understand why you feel it’s not right for you at the moment. I’m pleased I’ll still get to hear your thoughts on books through book group 🙂

  15. @Donna – see you on Twitter!
    @SavidgeReads – you know you won’t be able to get rid of me, and am v. excited about hen do!!
    @Iris – thanks for the lovely comment. See you online and round about 🙂

  16. I’ll miss your blog, Polly, but completely understand why you’d want to call it a day. At least I will still see you at book group!

  17. We only stumbled across your blog recently – but still sad to see it go! Look forward to reading your posts over at Savidge Reads!

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