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.
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!