The End of the Road.
Today is a very bittersweet day for me (Willa). After much deliberation, I’ve decided to no longer continue Lit Up Review.
I started Lit Up Review at the end of my freshman year of high school, and it has stuck by me since then, featuring more than a dozen writers who are truly spectacular and I can not thank enough for joining me on this journey. Lit Up Review began as a blog to bring reviews by teenagers to teenagers, and I think that we’ve (the LUR team) succeeded in that goal.
However, we are teenagers. We spend our days at school, we do homework, we play sports, go to club meetings, work part-time jobs. We spend time with our families and play with our animals. We sleep (but never enough). And then, in the hours left, we read and blog.
As time has gone on, we’ve gotten busier and busier. It’s the nature of high school – the farther down the road you get, the harder it becomes, and if there’s one thing I know about all of the Lit Up Review team, it’s that we work hard. So, this blog has really fallen by the wayside lately. This month, I stopped and thought about what I wanted Lit Up Review to look like when I went to college, because it was never in my plans to continue writing for Lit Up Review once I was no longer in high school. Except, there was also this feeling that it was time.
I talked to the other writers, and for the most part, they agreed. We were all getting tired and wanted to do different things. So, we made the decision to have April 2016 be the last month of Lit Up Review.
We will keep the site up so you can read our reviews and recommendations, but will no longer post. Feel free to check out our individual blogs or chat with us on Twitter, where we will happy to get to know all of you better.
Thank you so much for being a part of the Lit Up Review journey. It’s been a ride filled with love, joy, and books since day one, and I can not thank you enough for supporting us. I love you all from the bottom of my heart, and I know the rest of the team does as well. You can read their thoughts below and their love messages to all of you.
All my love,
Ah, Lit Up Review. I’ve been with you from the beginning, and I’ll never forget the excitement I felt when Willa asked me to join as a writer back when we were high school freshmen. A few months earlier, I was a new blogger, alone and just barely figuring out how to run my site. Now I was going to be a part of something, a collaboration headed by someone I was starting to view as one of my closest blogger friends.
Through the years, Lit Up Review, you went on to draw me even closer to the marvelous Willa—as well as several other people as the staff shifted and grew. And while I’m proud of all we accomplished together, I most treasure the friendships that grew out of our hard work.
It’s bittersweet to let you go, but I can’t wait to shift my focus elsewhere, to other projects with some of the people I’ve bonded with through this site. You were an important part of my life these past three years, and I know I’ll be returning from time to time, reading old reviews and interviews and smiling fondly at the memories.
It’s been quite the time, y’all. Although Lit Up Review has definitely not been my first priority this year- a reason we came to the conclusion to end it now, before we scatter- it was a massive component of many of my friendships with other teen bloggers (love these girls) and a way for me to continue immersing myself in this industry that I adore. I cannot express how thoroughly grateful I am that I was a part of this. Thank y’all all so much for your support and encouragement.
I started blogging at Lit Up Review around the same time I launched my blog platform on Blogger, which was a pretty big step for me because that was when I first started taking blogging seriously. I was a scared teen, with insecurities, and just starting to get into this book blogging thing. When I first started blogging at Lit Up Review, I was actually really nervous about it. I remember opening up my first post, starting it, and just being really nervous about it because of how intimidating everything was. You have me, who has been blogging for just a few months, along-side these wonderful ladies who have been blogging for 2+ years.
Over time, though, Lit Up because less intimidating and as I got to know the wonderful ladies who blog at Lit Up, it became more fun. I really loved being able to be apart of a group dedicated to book blogging and it’s an experience that has definitely changed my blogging journey. I really want to thank Willa, Grace, and Emily for allowing me to share my words on Lit Up Review. I want to thank Jessica for really helping me out when I was first starting to blog here, and also to my other fellow contributors who have joined Lit Up Review. Really am happy to have gone through this journey with you guys. Finally, thank you to Lit Up Review, who has given me so many opportunities, new friends, and just a wonderful experience. So glad I got to be apart of this wonderful website.
Let me start off my saying that even though I only contributed to Lit Up Review for about a year and half, I am beyond thankful for my time here. Not only have I made some amazing blogging friends in the wonderful group of girls that is our Lit Up Review team, I’ve also had the pleasure of reading some amazing books with them. Each member of Lit Up Review has made an effort to reach out, push each other to grow, and offer the mentorship of kind friends. Although this is the end of LUP, I know that this isn’t the end of my friendships with these lovely ladies, and I’m forever thankful that this blog brought us together. xoxo
I generally don’t like saying goodbye, especially not to people and things that I love, so letting go of Lit Up Review absolutely guts me. I’ve only been a contributor for about year, but I’ve come to really care about this little piece of the Internet. But at the same time, I’m glad that we’re going out on a high note. LUR is something that I’ve been proud to be a part of, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity it’s given me to make new friends and share my love for books with a wider audience. So thanks to the writers for choosing me as a contributor last year, especially to Willa for letting us all in on your brain child. Thanks to the whole team for being so supportive and helpful and for being overall lovely people to work with. We’ve had a good run, and I’m sure this is something I’ll remember for a very long time.