What is going on..

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I had planned to get back into blogging but then middle school kicked in. Dear authors, I used to think you exaggerated how awful middle school was, but no, you sugar coated it.

The short reason of why I am not blogging is bullying. I have classmates who are using images from this blog to harrass me. I tried to ignore it but it has caused major impact on my mental health and school work. So, hey classmates, I want you to know the school knows now too.

This experience has made me more committed to staying away from social media. It also made blogging not fun. I have read some great books but I just can’t bring myself to review them. (HINT: Christina Soontornvat and Melanie Conklin have some great new books)

Most of my readers have been great supporters over the years so thank you. I am sorry a few immature middle schoolers are ruining this for us. My focus right now is working with my team of adults to address this and to help me find my mental health balance. Ok, I also just get through middle school.

BTW I am not ashamed of being open about mental health, so that is not something you can use against me.

I am not sharing this for sympathy. I am sharing to let you know why I am not blogging and suggest maybe you go talk with your middle schoolers. We are a mess right now.

7 thoughts on “What is going on..”

  1. What?! They are crazy. You are intelligent, fun, and driven and will do great things in your life. The fact that you have had your own blog reviewing books for YEARS, despite your young age, shows you will go far in life. I can’t say the same thing for those bullying you. Keep your head up, and know that you are doing great things!

  2. What you’ve achieved with your blog is a heck of a lot more than I bet most of these naysaying bullies have done with their time. Even if you decided to never blog again you should be immensely proud of what you’ve done here. You’re a great kid and we support you 😊

  3. Keep doing awesome things! Middle school isn’t forever, but the skills you’re developing will serve you well for a long time! Take care of yourself but don’t let haters stop you from doing what you enjoy! -A Librarian

  4. I’ve used your blog to help my own elementary kids and really appreciate it! I’m sorry you are going through this but glad you and your family are taking it to the right people. Sadly, I’ve been researching both not being bullied and how not to be a bully at the library.

  5. Take care of you so the you you are will be there for us for a long, long time. You are a phenomenal youngster! YOU rock. So sorry you have run into bullies. But I am happy you are handling things with adult help. That’s a lot of yous, because YOU MATTER.

  6. Linnea the Librarian

    Hi, Bridget! Wow! You have a lot to be proud of. And you are strong and an inspiration. I am an adult. I have been a librarian for more than 20 years. A big part of my job is recommending books to other people. I also have ADHD and other mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression. I care too much about what other people think of me. I survived middle school, and you will not only survive, you will be greater for it, because you have support and a spirit that will keep you going. Continue to be the wonderful person you are. The world needs more people like you.

  7. Hi Bridget. I just wanted to send you big hugs and let you know that many, many people have your back and are sending support your way. What you have created with this blog is HARD to do — great content, a loyal following and information that the book world respects and helps them do THEIR jobs. Impressive and rare. Be very very proud and please put this on your college resume!!!! Back in the day middle school was unbearable…I cannot even imagine how difficult it is now. Be true to yourself, stay the course and surround yourself with good people. You got this.

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