Where the heck did 2013 go? Here we are on the cusp of 2014…another new year. And with a new year, comes a time for reflection.
I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging lately. It has grown stale for me. I lack the energy for it I once had. Recently I made the decision to close down The Orange Prize Project and The Notable Books blog. I am also stepping away from the Chunkster Challenge (although the challenge will continue under the leadership of Vasilly). My reading fell drastically in 2013. There was a time that I was reading over 100 books a year. But that has not happened now for two years.
This blog has been a book review blog since 2007. That is a long time to be focused on one area. I don’t intend to stop reviewing books or talking about everything literary. But I will be expanding my scope in 2014 and there will be some big changes in how I do business here.
Perhaps the biggest change is that I will no longer be accepting books for review from publishers, publicists and authors with VERY RARE EXCEPTIONS. I may do a book tour and giveaway from time to time, but I will not be tracking review books every month and scheduling my reads for the most part. I have probably close to 500 to 700 physical books. Maybe more. I haven’t counted them. But what I know is that if books stopped arriving at my house this moment, I would have enough reading material to last a long time.
And all those books? Well, at one time I was excited about each and every one of them. I was dying to read them. But they’ve been gathering dust and cluttering up my space for years…and it is time I started reading them. So my focus will not be on the newest books, but on the books that I already own. Books that arrive unsolicited may be gifted to others, donated to my local library or join my stacks…but I won’t be logging them in my files and scheduling them to read.
I will be keeping my book journals page – I love the literary prizes and will continue to track those and read from those lists as I want. I also enjoy keeping a book journal each year and want to continue to log links to my reviews.
I’m have also deleted my reading challenges page because I am not planning to join challenges. My personal challenge to read books from around the world has been moved to my Projects Page.
Those of you who have stuck with my blog over the last two years have probably noticed I am rather addicted to sewing and quilting. And those posts of my projects will continue. I am planning to update my creative ventures page soon as a way of journaling my creative work.
I also will be posting about a variety of other subjects as inspiration dictates: travel, animals, photography, food, movies, music, etc… All those things that I enjoy as part of my larger life. Because, I am not all about books. I have a lot of interests and I’ll be sharing those as I wish. I won’t promise weekly posts or set memes. Things are going to get looser here. Less stressful. More fun.
I hope you’ll stick with me through this transition. I hope that moving my focus a bit away from books will not disappoint you. But in the long run, this blog began as a personal blog, one where I was free to express myself without rules and schedules. And I think it is time to get back to that…at least for now.