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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Well!  It's been a wild year here at WBiT, but a good one filled with lots of good books and good conversation and projects and hard work and all that stuff.  2013 looks to be more of the same- always onward and upward!

I had every intention of writing a standard Happy New Year post, with a list of the best books I'd read in 2012 and a list of books I was eager for in 2013 and all the things you'd expect to see on a blog at the end of the last month of any given year.  To that end, I went back through my old posts to see if I had made a post listing blogging related goals and what have you, thinking it'd be interesting to reference the post and see how much progress I'd made.

The fact that I couldn't remember if that post existed is pretty telling if you ask me.

Anyway, I found my post, and it was interesting to compare my ideas and priorities in December 2011/January 2012 to where I am now.  I'm a firm believer in reading the writing on the wall and it should be clear to anyone that writing about books has had to take a distant back seat to other things.  Work things, school things (I just can't seem to stay away from higher education,) crafty things (I'm an enthusiastic knitting and cross stitcher) and other projects too.  I cook a lot more now than I used to.  I exercise more and have committed to training to walk a half marathon in April (woo!)  I'm making it a goal for 2013 to clean and organize more around the house.  I'm a busy, busy bee, more so than ever before.

This means that my reading habits have changed dramatically over the past twelve months.  I'm not proud of the fact that I've completely ignored my pile of review books lately, but that's what's happened.  I've focused on reading books that I've purchased or have enjoyed in the past; I've read one new to me book in the past two months (Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards and it was awesome; a review is forthcoming,) I've enjoyed audiobooks (thanks Audible) and didn't post here at all in December.  Time was spent doing other things.

Probably the most indicative thing I've discovered is that there has apparently been an issue in my blog emails being forwarded to the email address that I check all the time, meaning that blog related emails haven't been getting to me.  I realized this today when I finally noticed the pop up that said there was a problem and went to check it out.

Honey boo boos, there were over 12,000 emails in that inbox.  I don't recall the last time I logged into the account but apparently it's been quite some time since any blog related correspondence reached me.  The problem has been addressed and I should be back on top of things now, but the point to take away is this- I didn't deal with blog related things for a long time, and nothing bad happened.  I did find some thoughtful and kind emails from folks who had requested a review following up on the status of said review, and I responded; if I missed yours, please send it again.  I responded to one request for review that was too good to pass up and that should be scheduled for February.  Other than that, I will not be accepting new books for review.  Probably ever.  If I have committed to reviewing a title for you, I will get to it; if an unsolicited copy of a book has shown up at my door, I will make decisions on a case by case basis but bear in mind, this book was unsolicited.  I am updating the review policy today to say that I am not accepting books for review.  Beyond that, this blog is now a place for me to track my personal reading habits and to keep track of thoughts on my reading.  In effect, it's going back to what it was in the very beginning.

I don't know why I was so hesitant to take this step, but it feels good.  Reading and books will always be a part of my life, but now this outlet is totally on my terms.  I guess I wasn't ready to take that step a year ago.  I am now.

I'm thankful to everyone who has been along for the ride since I started spewing my book-related thoughts all over the internet back in 2008.  I hope you decide it's still worthwhile to see what this next incarnation of WBiT brings.  Comparing notes on books has always been my favorite part of the blogging community and I'm looking forward to doing just that.

Thanks to any and all who are still reading and here's to a great 2013!
 
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