Explanations and Goodbyes

If you had asked me a month ago if I had ever dreamt I’d be writing this post, I’d have laughed at you. Yet here I am, with a heavy heart, typing the exact words I had refused to accept. While August was more hectic than any month I’ve had before, I had several other excuses for staying away as well. The distance helped me clear things up in my mind and I had to make some tough decisions. Since I’m the kind of person that likes to do it all, I feel very guilty of leaving things out of my to-do lists completely. Here’s a breakdown of my plans for the future, written in a conversational Q&A format to make it easier for me to address everything before I take your leave.

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Q. What will happen to Pages That Rustle?

A. I regret to inform you that I will no longer be actively posting on this blog and am considering deleting altogether in the coming months. It breaks my heart to have to do this but I hope you understand that what with my new job and my daily commute (that I’ve talked about in previous posts), I’ve been having limited time for my other activities. I’ve been feeling that this blog has been directionless for months now and the passion that once drove me has all but vanished now.

Q. What about the second blog, Unputdownable Books?

A. I have good news to share on this front. I have decided to shift my focus and concentrate solely on building my online presence as a reader, so I’ll continue posting on there. It may seem like the allure of something new is driving this decision, but rest assured that I’ve given it a lot of thought. When I looked at where my writing is at the moment and whether Pages That Rustle was the best platform to showcase that, things didn’t quite add up in my mind. I find that my reading hasn’t suffered because of my lifestyle change, so I’d like to stick to talking about my passion for books from that perspective for now.

Q. Should I follow Unputdownable Books now?

A. I don’t think I have any right to tell any reader what they should or shouldn’t do. If you think you’d like a book blog on your feed, feel free to follow it (link here). But if you’d rather not, I completely understand. If you don’t want to follow my other blog but want to stay in touch with me or get updates on what I’m doing, you can follow me on my social media. I’m most active on Twitter, but you can find me on Pinterest or Goodreads as well.

Q. What is happening on the writing front currently?

A. I did mention early on in August that I’ll be taking part in The Scribbler’s Challenge this month and I’m happy to report that I successfully completed it. It was quite difficult to meet deadlines at times, but it kept me in touch with writing and the feedback I got really helped me get a sense of where I stand at the moment. Based on that, I think it’s best to take a step back from my novel-writing and get back to basics. So, as for now, I’ve decided to suspend writing for a few months.

Q. What plans do you have for the future?

A. At least for as long as I’m working, I plan to maintain only one blog. I haven’t thought too far ahead into the future, but once I start taking my writing seriously (which may take years), I might consider building an author platform from scratch. The way this blog is currently, I don’t think I can re-purpose it for that later. So, unfortunately, Pages That Rustle is shutting down for good.


I can think of at least a handful of people who would be disappointed with this choice, but I hope that you, dear reader, who has stuck with me through thick and thin, understand why I’m having to do this and will consider supporting me in my future endeavours. I must say that I’ve learned quite a lot from this blog and will always be grateful for the experience. If you have any additional questions or just some thoughts in general, let me know in the comments section below. With that I must bid goodbye, so here’s a quote that puts it best:

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29 thoughts on “Explanations and Goodbyes

  1. My Wednesdays will be less interesting now. 😒
    All the best for your future adventure. You will shine wherever you are. Follow your passion but listen to your head.
    Will be travelling for a month starting tomorrow and go to Bharat in December.
    Kabhi alvida na kehena.

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  2. Good luck and see you on your other blog! Kinda funny (weird funny, not haha funny) Mez and I have pretty much decided to do the same thing, focusing on books at brewhaha and making our own individual author pages.

    Anyway, thank you for this blog, really helped us with our own!

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    • Thanks a lot for letting me know how much this meant to you. πŸ™‚ I’m so emotional at the moment looking at everyone’s kind words.

      I think it’s great that you guys are heading in that direction. I can’t wait to see what you have in store. You will always have a follower in me. πŸ™‚
      Good luck to the two of you as well! πŸ™‚ And how great is it that we both have book blogs now?! I can’t wait for what’s next! 😁

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  3. oh.

    i’m utterly gutted that you have decided to end this blog and that pages that rustle will cease to exist but i completely understand why and i am glad you have made a decision which will benefit you. I look forward to seeing you on your book blog and the best of luck

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    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ Since you did something similar recently, I’m sure I’d find a sympathetic ear in you. I’m an emotional mess as I’m going through the comments, but this needed to be done. 😭 I’m so glad that I have such wonderful people supporting me. 😁 Your words mean everything to me!

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  4. I was wondering about you the other day, since I hadn’t seen any new posts from either of your blogs in the past couple weeks… And I’d heard that some parts of India have had some awful flooding lately, so I wasn’t sure if that was close to where you live. So I wasn’t sure if your absence was tied to that or not. (Either way, I hope everyone you know and love is safe from the flooding.)

    Anyway, I understand your decision to close Pages That Rustle, given how busy your life has become because of your job. And it makes sense to close one blog to focus on the other, especially if your lifestyle change hasn’t affected your reading too much. I’m pretty sure I already follow you at Unputdownable Books, so I’ll make sure to continue following you there, and on Goodreads and (when I ever get back to a regular schedule for it) Twitter. Because I adore you as one of my blogging friends, and I’d be incredibly sad to see you leave altogether. So I’m glad to hear you’re still be around in some way.

    *hugs*

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    • I’m so very late in replying to this, but I only got the time to get on WordPress again now. I’m not sure when exactly I’ll start things off again on my book blog, but it’ll definitely be in September. It’s just that life is a little more than hectic now.

      I’m safe and so is my city. Everyone I know is safe as well. Thanks a lot for thinking about me when you heard about it. πŸ™‚ Every year during the monsoon season, there is flooding in some or the other town/region/state. It’s a thing we Indians have learned to live with by now.

      Thanks for understanding my decision. I’m so glad that I am still maintaining my link to blogging in some way and that my regular readers here are more than happy to follow me on my second blog as well. I can’t express sufficiently in words how much that means to me. I really appreciate this comment, Sara! I’m reading so many wonderful ones at the same time now and I can’t deny that I shed a tear or two.
      *hugs back*

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  5. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss
    I don’t want to say goodbye because I know I’ll see you on your other blog as well as Twitter, etc. This was a tough decision to make and I applaud you for being upfront about it and taking this path. Your new job has to take priority as well as your mental health and if you don’t have time/aren’t feeling the blog anymore, then so be it.
    I’m sad, yes, but I’m confident that you’ll excel in your next adventures. I wish you all the best! Keep in touch. πŸ™‚

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  6. Aww…I’m going to miss this blog, but I’m glad you’re not leaving the blogging world completely (life without my brain twin would be lame). πŸ˜›
    Ending this blog isn’t something that you should feel bad about. You aren’t quitting; you’re moving forward. Sometimes we have to let go of some things to make room for new things. I’m like you, and sometimes I put too much on my plate. I want to do everything and feel guilty if I can’t. The unfortunate truth that I am not Super Woman sinks in and I have to accept that I can only do so much. πŸ˜‰
    Don’t think of it as losing something. Think of it as making room for a new adventure. πŸ™‚

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    • You’ve helped me look at the positive side by telling me it’s not an ending. Thanks a lot for that, Megan! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’d ever quite give up blogging altogether because of the friendships I’ve built here over the years. Everyone’s comment on this post means so very much to me! Thanks a lot for understanding and supporting my decision. I will see you soon on my new blog. πŸ™‚

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  7. I’m sorry to hear that! I can understand that it would be rather difficult to manage two blogs at once, and I wish you all the best with the new one!
    The only thing I would say- if you’re able to change the link next to your name (for comments etc) to the other blog that would be good? That way if you comment on someone’s blog (like mine) I can click your link and find your active blog? I think there’s a way to do that. Anyhow, I’m headed to check out the new one!

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  8. Your new Book of Job has to admit precedency as well as your mental health and if you get into’t throw time/aren’t feel the blog anymore, then so be it.
    Thanks for reason my conclusion.

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