Monday, February 11, 2013

The End

Alright, I'm gonna get right to the point, this is the last Battle Hymns post.

An end for the blog has been on my mind for a while now, and it's time to make it happen. In the past few weeks, my energy and desire for blogging has been waning, and this past week I realized my heart just isn't in it these days. I'm not a fan of half-measures, or going through the motions, and I certainly don't want that for this blog, so a clean break is way to go for me. I won't lie, I tried to drum up ideas, new approaches and directions for Battle Hymns, that would create a spark but it didn't happen.

I'm not done with the internet and the world of blogging though. Over the years I've come to be a huge fan of so many of my fellow bloggers and I can't fathom not visiting their pages and reading their words every day. Additionally, I don't plan to vanish from the internet map either.  I'll still be commenting at blogs, rambling on twitter, and possibly, (if there's any takers) writing a guest blog post here and there.

Who knows, after some time, I might even take up other internet pursuits...Battle Hymns Pinterest anyone?... Or maybe "Mood Lighting" the romance novel blog.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who's ever taken the time to make Battle Hymns part of their day (or night). It means a lot. Thanks to all the authors or publishers who've deemed me worthy of sending me free books, or have succumbed to interviews. That was pretty awesome of you.

Oh yeah, I'll keep the blog up for posterity or whatever, and I'm reachable at the battlehymnsblog_@_gmail[dot]com email address too should anyone ever want to email me...

Alright. That's it. Thanks!


Mieneke van der Salm said...

Oh no! Sorry to see you go, Ryan :-( But I understand why making a clean break of it would be more restful for the mind. I'm glad you won't totally disappear though and if you ever need a place to guest post you're always welcome over at mine ;-)

Anonymous said...

It's been amazing to see how much Battle Hymns has grown over the years. The internet world will definitely miss your blogging voice! Wishing you the absolute best in your future endeavours/adventures (Pinterest included)!

Ryan said...

@Mieneke- I definitely wont disappear. Your blog will be one of the many I continue to frequent and get book recs from. Also, thanks for the offer! If/when I get the urge to write something up I'll keep your blog in mind!

@Anon- Thanks for the kind words and well wishes!

Unknown said...

You what?

Such a sad way to end a day. But if you feel like Battle Hymns isn't doing it for you any longer, Ryan, you're quite right to hang up the hat. I'm just selfishly sorry I won't have new posts from you to read whenever I check my RSS feeds.

But hey, let me know when Mood Lighting goes live!

Failing that, if and when you feel like there's something you simply have to blog about, I'd welcome a semi-regular contributor to TSS. For serious.

Truly, the very best of luck in whatever you do next, dude. Keep in touch!

Mihir said...

Its always sad to hear such news and especially since I very much enjoyed your reviews. I hope all goes well with whatever you choose to do next mate.


PS: I would second Niall's suggestion of guest reviewing at TSS and should you feel like it FBC as well ;)

Cursed Armada said...

Sorry my post is so late, but I wanted to wish you the best of luck in whatever future endeaveors you choose to pursue! Don't disappear entirely okay? I've enjoyed your blog immensely and I know how frustrating it can be. I hope to see you around the 'sphere!

Ryan said...

@Niall- sorry to let you down good sir, but thank you for the kind words. If and when I get the urge, I'll be sure to knock on your door with a guest post tailored for TSS. It would be an honor.

@Mihir- Likewise to you too sir. For the kind words and the generous offer, which I'll likely take you up on as well.

@cursed armada- I'll still be around for sure. Sf/f blogs will always be a part of my life. I'm also on twitter too where I mostly talk about the same stuff as battle hymns, just in less words.

@everyone- apologies for the slow response, I've been on vacation in Mexico for the past few days. My neck looks like a cooked lobster, but I'm having a great time!

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Stories Behind Our Hymns said...

When are you returning to blogging. We miss your voice in the blogging community.