I got my blog back, but my brief foray into promoting authors is over.
My wordpress.com blog (NOT self-hosted) was temporarily suspended for breaking WordPress TOS.
It was suspended because for the past two months while I’ve been neglecting my reading I have been taking part in a LOT of one-shot book blitz/book blast promotional-type activity. I figured that even if I wasn’t reading I could do what authors want us bloggers to do and still promote them, right?
“Book tour blogs: Blogs that consist of scraped, pre-written content, as opposed to original book reviews, for the purpose of promoting books and driving traffic to other promotional and giveaway sites.”
So this was what I was doing. i was promoting the fuck out of authors. I was adding in buy links, as most of the tour companies demanded. Those promotional posts are what got me suspended.
If I was on Blogspot or self-hosted I would still be okay. I didn’t know about this rule for WordPress. I’ve been running my blog for over two years and only recently started taking part in tours because I know how much authors are supposed to appreciate us promoting and supporting them.
I didn’t want the pressure of having to fit in reading a ton more books into my already crippling huge to-read pile, so I signed up to all of the posts that required minimal effort on my part.
I’ve learned my lesson. I was going to take a break away from the blog for the rest of the year anyway. I’ve been thinking about self-hosting for a while. This was my call to arms.
When I start blogging again it’ll be with a brand new self-hosted blog.
OK guys, here’s the deal.
I’m not just a reader.
I have one full-time job, one part-time job, a new husband, two adorable cats who love snuggles, and on top of that, I try to find fulfillment in other hobbies apart from reading and balance a social life.
This blog is like another full-time job on top of everything else, and it’s one I don’t get paid for. I run it by myself, and I post almost every day.
I can’t keep up with everything.
To top it all off, I’m in a reading slump.
I have to take a break.
I don’t know when I’ll be back. Maybe December, maybe not until 2015.
I still have two EverWorld books I owe for Project EverWorld. I don’t know when they’ll be published. Maybe on time, maybe not. I’m not committing to anything.
But I desperately need some time to recharge.
So look after the kittens for me while I’m gone.