Formal Exit + What I Have Been Up To + I MISS YOU ALL

Hi guys πŸ™‚ So….

You may be wondering why I’ve decided to write an entry on this blog a year after I last showed up on your newsfeeds. I know that I just disappeared without a trace, disappointingly so especially after I had resolved to post more often for the New Year (well, the old new year!) I guess for a year now I’ve been denying the fact that I left so ungracefully, and so unceremoniously, and probably in a very annoying “poof and I’m gone” manner, which is why it had to take me this long to formally tell you guys that I’m no longer a part of the book blogosphere.

Well, technically, I haven’t been for as long as I’ve been AWOL, and I know that. I guess I just wanted to apologize for leaving without a trace, and not bothering to contact all of the friends I’ve made from here whom I have promised to stay in contact with. I’m not even sure anymore if anyone will get to read this, as I have considered the fact that most of you may have erased my blog from your feeds and subscriptions altogether because it’s been defunct for the longest time, but I just HAD to say this formally, or else it would’ve felt like unfinished business (and you and I both know how nasty that feels in every sense!).

Come to think of it, I may have gotten a few hopes up that I’d be making a grand return, but no such thing will happen, I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong, though– I love books just as much as I did before, and I still do keep up with all of the series you guys are into now, but lately, I just haven’t had the time to keep up a blog like this. For one thing, I’m in college now, and it’s way more stressful than I had imagined it would be. I’m majoring in an honors course and am trying to keep up a full scholarship at the moment, so I can’t afford to let anything get in the way of my academics. I wonder if I’m offending any of you guys by making it sound like I think of book blogs as a distraction. Of course not. Once upon a time, I ran a little something something called Flip That Page myself, and let me tell you, it was the most fun I’ve ever had in this lifetime. Of course, I still have lots of fun now, and really, it feels like I’ve found my calling, but I will always miss having amazing conversations with you guys, getting to fangirl with you over fictional characters, and of course having an opportunity to hold the occasional debate (my brother misses all of you guys too!)

It’s been tough having to leave, especially after working so hard on my blog and making sure I posted premium content. I always took this blog seriously, and it’s always been a shame that I couldn’t manage to keep it up. But truthfully, I’m the busiest person I know right now, what with all these org works, and projects, and meetings, and long exams, and research papers, and gatherings, and parties (it’s not the college life without one of these!), and me trying to maintain a steady social life, and everything else that I have on my plate at the moment, and what a ginormous plate it is.

So yeah. I guess I just wanted you guys to know that no, I’m not dead yet, that no, I don’t hate all of you, that no, I have not lost interest in books, that yes, I am sorry for going MIA, and that yes I miss all of you and all of the things we used to share. Of course, if you guys want to strike up a conversation or two, I won’t be a snob! So feel free to mail me anything, or leave a comment or tell me what you’ve been meaning to tell me for the past year, if anything.

Of course, special mention goes to Chiara, my bloggy best friend, whose blog is now the prettiest damn thing I have ever seen in my life. Chiara, I know we don’t get to talk anymore, but I’m still up for that trip to Paris and to Disneyland and to anywhere else around the world and I promise to visit you in Australia one day. I know you may think that I’ve forgotten, but I haven’t, especially since I’m still updated with whatever you’re up to on other forms of social media. I love you, I still do, and I will forever. SOUL SISTER! So proud of what you’ve achieved while I was away!

And to all of the other friends I’ve made on this blog, thank you for being a part of my life. I think I’ll decide to keep Flip That Page on the internet forever, because this is definitely an experience and and a journey that I will want to look back on fondly in the future. (DAMN I’M CRYING THE NOSTALGIA IS REAL).

Thank you guys for listening to what I have to say. I guess as a book blogger, it’s a (formal) goodbye for now, but I’ll always be around somehow, in other ways. And that’s a promise πŸ™‚

xoxo, Jasmine



12 thoughts on “Formal Exit + What I Have Been Up To + I MISS YOU ALL

  1. Jasmine! I tweeted a while back to you but I knew you were busy with college so I understood.

    WE MISSED YOU SO MUCH!! Eek, college sounds so stressful but I’m glad you can manage it. Don’t you worry about offending us, your education definitely comes first.

    Do keep in touch! πŸ™‚ Good luck for everything! ❀

    • I don’t use that twitter anymore 😦 It’s kinda sad that I had to let go of everything related to this blog to keep myself from getting distracted, but I do have a personal twitter now @jaralejards so we can talk on there instead if you would like! I’ll keep my email address open so we can talk πŸ™‚

  2. I LOVE YOU, TOO, SISTER. And GOSH it makes me so sad that you’re doing a final goodbye because I still have you in my feed and was hoping one day I’d see a post that was just all “I’M BAAAACK”.

    Also, I did not get very emotional over your words to me AT ALL. But seriously, I miss you so much, and I miss our emails, and our 23478395784967 long comment chain on our blogs, and just everything 😦

    I know how tough juggling a blog and uni can be, and I can understand why you’re bowing out. Sometimes it gets super stressful trying to keep up with everything. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll have the time enough to come back here because you’re a top blogger, sister. Everything you’ve ever posted has been 100% amazing.

    I hope college is going well, and I know you’ll be doing brilliantly because that’s just the kind of person you are. ❀ ❀ ❀

    • HAHAHA I kind of hoped so too 😦 But that’s life for ya, sometimes you just have to pick a priority, and my education is definitely at the top πŸ™‚ I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND I AM WRITING YOU AN UBER UBER LONG EMAIL RIGHT THIS MOMENT. One day, I’ll want to get back to blogging, maybe another book blog, or a blog of a different sort, but definitely one where I can keep in better touch πŸ™‚ You are amazing too, like I’ve said. Your blog has grown so much since I’ve last seen it!!! College is brilliant. Stressful, but brilliant, and I have so many stories to tell. Love you Chiara, will send you a message in a few once my email’s been sent πŸ™‚

  3. Awwwwwww, this makes me so sad but I completely understand why you are making this choice. Or actually why you made it. I’ll miss you!! I noticed when I didn’t see posts or comments from you on my blog but I still stayed subscribed because I had hopes you would one day come back *cries*
    Good luck in college my dear! I know how hard it is to keep up your grades for a scholarship. It’s the worse. And yes a social life matters. If you ever need anything I’m here! I have all the social medias so πŸ™‚

    • HAHA me too, of course. I guess everyone sort of hoped for that, me more than anyone. But eyy, I have other things in mind, and I haven’t regretted the decision since it’s given me the focus to excel in my studies. But of course I still wish I had the time to stay! I miss you too, of course! I’ll be happy if we can stay in touch! I’ll check out your social medias for sure πŸ™‚


    I’m so sad to see you announce your exit officially but I totally understand! I can’t even imagine what it must be like in college and then having to deal with a book blog on top of that! I don’t know how some of the bloggers do it! So I definitely don’t take offense to that and I don’t think anyone else does either. You’ve made such a great mark on the blogosphere already, I know none of us will forget you.

    Best of luck with college and everything else Jasmine! <3333

    • I don’t know how they do it either! I guess I’m just really grade conscious since I have a scholarship to maintain. I’m glad to hear that!! Making that mark was my goal from the beginning, haha! Thank you so so much Annie. Happy to see how much your blog has grown. The best of luck to you too, and for when you get to college yourself! πŸ™‚

  5. AHHHH Jasmine! I’m happy to know that life is still going well for you, even if it’s a different direction. Go enjoy college and study your heart out! We’ll miss you, but you can always stop by on twitter now and again, yeah? Even if not, we’ll still love you ❀

    Good luck with everything!!

    • It is! I’m happy about it too. My summer break has just started, which is why I had the time to do this πŸ™‚ I will enjoy, I promise! You do so too, okay? πŸ™‚ I have a different twitter that I use now, and it’s a more personal one, @jaralejards. I will always love you guys too! Best of luck to you and your blog as well! Just checked in on it, and it’s doing FABULOUS ❀

  6. I still had you in my Feed in the folder ‘unactive :(‘ so I was hoping this would be a ‘I AM BACK’ kind of post, but it’s completely understandable that you’ve made this decision. I wish you the best of luck with college ❀

    • Aww well I was hoping for the same, too, but I guess some things just don’t go my way in this world. Haha! Nevertheless, I’m doing well in college. I will really miss this blogosphere, so I’ll be sure to check in like this from time to time. Missed you so much, Mel! I’ve always loved your blog, so I’m happy to see that it’s been growing πŸ™‚ Thanks, and I wish you all the best too!

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