To my dearest friends of the Pond,
Hello, it’s CW here. 💛 I hope all of you are doing well and are taking care in these strange and uncertain times.
Since October 2018, The Quiet Pond has been my labour of my love, a place where all my love for books, reading, and blogging reside. Running The Quiet Pond has been a very fulfilling endeavour; I’ve discovered so many wonderful books and I’ve had the opportunity to work and connect with some truly fantastic authors. I’ve made lifelong friends and connections, and I am grateful that my paths with some truly remarkable human beings have intersected with mine because of book blogging. I have genuinely loved everything that I have done with The Quiet Pond and I am so, so proud of the work that I did and the things I have created.
However, it’s with bittersweetness that I announce that The Quiet Pond will be closing on June 27th 2022.
I have decided to close in June rather than now because I still have some eARCs to read and review and some promises to keep. Though I had planned for my Pondathon readathon to continue after The Quiet Pond‘s closure, unexpected changes to my personal life have arisen and I am no longer able to keep Pondathon going until December. Instead, Pondathon will end after the second quarter; this means that Pondathon II will now end on June 26th 2022. I am truly so sorry to our Pondathon friends and gardeners for the disappointing news.
There’s no grand epiphany to write about nor an ‘event’ that triggered this decision; I simply realised that I was ready to move on. I’m feeling happy and at peace with my decision and I know that, one day, I’ll look back on The Quiet Pond and think of my experiences fondly and with so much pride.
As for what I’ll be doing next, well, I’m looking forward to discovering what the new chapter in my hobby-life will look like. I’ve recently picked up crocheting, so maybe I will learn to make amigurumi or clothes for my friends. Maybe I will learn to love art again on my own, without social media’s validation. I’ll still be reading, but I’m looking forward to reading a book without having to think about how to review it. Maybe I will do something more with the Pond friends that isn’t about book blogging. I have no idea and I’m excited to discover it all.
But anyway, I’m getting too sentimental. This isn’t goodbye yet! I’ll still be here for the next three months, so let’s say goodbye then, okay?