2013 Year In Review

Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 was quite a different year in blogging for me, as I took an inadvertent hiatus. Things had already been slowing down at the end of last year, but this year I only had TEN posts... the entire year!!!  Although I miss the book blogging community (and am noticing that a lot of other book bloggers have sort of disappeared too), I did find the break and change in priorities relaxing. I didn't feel the silly pressure to read or obligation to review new books, and I found time for other hobbies and activities. But the downfall was that I ultimately overwhelmed myself by focusing too much on work and sort of forgot how to escape work by putting time into hobbies. And then that translated into not being able to take work off my mind EVER. So I do realize I need more balance overall.

This year, to date, I've only read 32 books (and may finish one more by the end). But I feel pretty good about that. I have not written reviews for most of those books but still plan on it! So maybe I'll end up having a lot to post in this new year. As far as the blog itself, I've made some efforts to make it more anonymous than it was. Anyone know how to/if I can change the main blogger sign in a different google mail account? Also this year I joined a dinner party book club started by my sister and some of her friends, and I was able to invite one of my best friends who recently moved back from New York after several years, so that has been a fun outlet.

As for the non-reading year itself, the hubby and I finally jumped back into dealing with our fertility issues which included additional tests, another HSG, an MRI, and ultimately surgery for me in July. Then I had the mandatory waiting period and we have finally started the next step. For travel, we took a road trip to North Carolina to visit my brother-in-law and his fiance, and in November we took a family trip (husband's side of the family) to Thailand for two weeks! Would you believe that with over 24 hours of travel in each direction, a 10 hour road trip (each way), and other bits of free time I only finished reading one book (and one novella)!?

So when it comes to blogging, I'm still around, and I do still read my favorite blogs (though I still need to comment more). But it probably won't ever be like it was for that few year stretch there! I will be back in a few days with my best-of-2013 lists!Here's to making blogging (and reading) fun again and not full of silly pressure in the new year!


Sandy Nawrot said...

Well there you are!!! No blogging probably won't ever be the same for me either. At least for the short term future. I feel blessed to have met and made fast friends with so many people though. And WOW WOW WOW on the fertility front. You have been through some serious stuff, and I will say a prayer and do a fertility dance for you. We had our years spent in that endeavor as well, so I can completely relate to the emotions. So good to hear from you!!!

Aarti said...

Cheers to that! Welcome back :-) And good luck on the fertility stuff - fingers crossed for you two.

Michelle said...

You had a VERY productive year! Can't wait for 2014! :)

Ti said...

Very nice to see you again. I only reviewed 50 books this year. My heart wasn't in it and I am okay with it. I continue to blog though because I'd miss the people too much.

Good luck with the fertility stuff.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

So why the move to being more anonymous?

Good luck with your fertility issues sugar. I hope 2014 is your year.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Welcome back my friend! I'm on the same boat with you on fertility. Good luck!

Booksnyc said...

Glad to see you back here! The dinner and book club sounds like so much fun! I hope 2014 brings you much happiness and blessings - and most of all, balance!

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