Happy New Year 2013!

Jan
01
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2013

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s 2013 already??? I certainly can’t! 2012 absolutely flew by!

Despite that, it was a really great year for me, blogging and reading-wise. I read 138.5 books which is 26.5 more books than last year. I took less unscheduled time off, and (officially) participated in my first 3 community-wide events (Bout of Books, Bloggiesta and Armchair BEA). This led to making some great new friends: Kristilyn, Amanda, Alissa, Kelly and many more! I also made the switch to WordPress, and I am loving it! Second-best blogging decision I made all year! First-best decision? Deciding to stop accepting and/or requesting ARCs and all review requests. I was able to spend the second half of the year reading for me, and getting much more done towards my massive TBR pile, and it was GREAT!

I have never been much one for New Year’s Resolutions – for one thing, they’ve begun to carry the stigma of expected failure! But I do think a new year is a great time to revisit your goals and see if there are any that should be updated. Some goals I have for myself this year:

  • I will stick to my published schedule for posting.
  • I will write reviews within a week of reading the book.
  • I will write a discussion post at least every other week.
  • I will be more organized, so that (heaven forbid) should I get sick or lose internet for some reason the blog will not be forced into unscheduled hiatus. (Speaking of which, sorry for the silence last week – I did intend to announce a short break for the holidays, but our router broke on Christmas Eve just as I was about to sit down and write it…)
  • I will comment more on others’ content, and will reply to comments on my own blog in a more timely manner.
  • I will participate in community events whenever possible.
  • I will have fun and make new friends – that’s what this is all about!

Thank you all for such a lovely year in 2012, and here’s to another year just as good to come!

PSSST – Don’t have enough challenges for 2013 yet? Have you signed up for the Book Bingo Challenge? We’d love to have you!

 

 





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6 Responses to “Happy New Year 2013!”

  1. I was already doing too much reading challenges, but when I saw the Bingo Challenge a while back, I had to participate. A great idea from you two! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Happy 2013! I hope that you can read a lot of good books this year and I hope that you can stick to your plan! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  2. Those are AWESOME goals, Anne! I am terrible for leaving my review writing until the last possible minute — as you may have noticed yesterday. It’s just so much easier to write the review right after finishing a book! And I need to participate more and just get out there more — visit more blogs! Make more friends! Spread the love! I hope you can get more scheduled — I try to have at LEAST a month’s worth of posts ready. This month, I only have to write 2 Weekend Library posts (which I like to wait to do), I have 2 book tour posts, and I left a review spot open for a review copy. It feels nice to not be totally bogged down!

    I wish you luck with all of your goals! And I’m happy we’re friends, too! :)

    • Anne says:

      I have been known to skip a day I was intending to have a review up because I just don’t feel like writing it… it’s terrible! The thing is, I so often finish books at an inconvenient time (i.e. going to bed) or inconvenient places, so I don’t write them right away and then weeks later, I STILL haven’t written them! I’m hoping to set aside an evening a week to just write up whatever reviews I’ve accumulated, so I never get to where I’m writing a review a month later lol. Plus then I should never be short reviews when I need them :)

  3. Yay for Bout of Books!

    Happy 2013! :)

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