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Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 is here! And with it, some Deep Thoughts.

First of all, I hope everyone had a fantastic and safe New Year with more fun, family and friends than you can shake a stick at! 2011 was very kind to me, and I hope it's not too much to ask that 2012 brings more of the same and other, even better surprises!

On this, the first day of the new year, I find myself in an interesting state of affairs regarding the direction I want to take for What Book is That. I am not going away, so let me say that right out of the gate. I am also going to continue working on the Snowed In reviews and giveaways, and more of them will go up before the new January 13th deadline. Will I get to as many as I'd wanted to? Probably not, but I will certainly do the best that I can.  Thanks in advance to everyone for their understanding about that.

With the exception of some guest posts and a couple of guest reviews, everything that's posted here at What Book is That is written, conceived, formatted, etc. etc. by me and me alone. I enjoy that in that I have almost complete creative control over what I write here and I work pretty much on my own schedule, working in feedback from folks who have an interest in seeing things get posted here as best I can. Over the past couple of weeks I've come to the realization that I am probably the most brutal task master when it comes to my own projects and as a result I have the unfortunate tendency to completely overextend myself in every facet of my life. This means that things get done, and they get done more or less to criteria, but the focus lately has certainly been on quantity and not on quality.

I feel like this has seeped into my reviewing somewhat as well. My review queue is gigantic (isn't everyone's?) and in an effort to sort of beat it back I try to have as quick a turnaround time as possible. This means that my reviews aren't as long, aren't as playful, and aren't as detailed as I'd like. Don't get me wrong, I haven't said I liked books when I didn't or lied about my opinion of those books, I'm certainly not saying that. I'm saying that I don't feel that my reviews are of a high enough quality to meet my own standards.

For someone whose only goal in starting a book blog was to talk about books and whose criteria for a "good" review are only that I enjoy reading what I've written, this is a problem. In the interests of dealing with it, here's what I've decided:

My focus for 2012 will be on reading and reviewing books I already have. This means review books, library books, books I own, etc. etc. I've made commitments to these people and to myself and I need to honor those commitments.  I've changed my review policy to reflect this as well.

My reviews in 2012 will be more detailed, but probably posted less often.  Considering that I was up to 3-4 reviews per week I don't feel like this is that big of a concession.  Doing things well takes time and I need to allow for that fact, as well as for the fact that life doesn't always permit me to do what I want.  Shocking!

I will be focusing a lot on Authors After Dark 2012. I can't even begin to say how excited I am to be going!  To that end, I want to do as much coverage as I can, as well as I can, and also read a whole bunch of books by the authors I'm going to be meeting while I'm there!

Nothing is getting posted here unless I personally am proud of it.  If that means there are some gaps between reviews, then that is okay.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but you'd rather read something fun and excellent then tepid and mediocre, right?

So basically, What Book is That in the new year is going to be going in a slightly, more personally guided direction.  I'm grateful to all of you that are coming along for the ride!

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Here's to a great year and many great books ahead!
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