Back in 2008 a group of Open University students were swapping book recommendations on an ever changing forum and from that moment the idea of Bookersatz, a blog where the recommendations could be archived in the form of short reviews, was born. I was one of the co-founders and enjoyed editing the blog.
But I am well known for taking on too much and last year, when I was on the final course of my OU degree and diploma and also feeling unwell, Bookersatz became rather neglected. I had no time to chase up or write reviews, my personal reading time was consumed by my studies. I put out a plea for assistance amongst writing friends and lovely Helen M Hunt came to my aid, admirably taking over the editorial functions.
Life has moved on. The OU creative writers who were the original reviewers for the blog have moved on to other things and the focus of the blog has changed slightly. A new group of contributors and readers has come forward. I fully intended to return to a more proactive co-editorial role as my health improved, but real life has got in the way yet again and I have had to make a conscious decision to devote far more time to my own writing.
So, after much agonising, I came to realise that for family reasons I still don't have the time I would wish to devote to Bookersatz. I've formally stood down as co-editor, although I will continue to be involved as an occasional contributor. I've left my baby in Helen's capable hands and I know it will thrive.