While I’ve been participating in the Top 10 year-end event for the past few years, I have still always said goodbye to the year separate and apart from that. I’ve taken a look at what I’ve accomplished here on the blog during the year that passed and looked to what I might accomplish in the year ahead – 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13. Last year I did things just a little bit differently as it was a really difficult end-of-year for me – 2013-2014. And while things aren’t nearly as dire this year, I thought I’d once again be a little less formal.
Saying Goodbye to 2014…
I’ve made a lot of changes in my blogging life this past year. In the first half of the year I pulled back from much of the social side of blogging, focusing on discovering amazing books, reading and posting. It was a quiet start of the year, but one that made me feel like for the first time since I started blogging my real life and my blogging life were in balance.
This past summer, however, I got embroiled in some drama in the blogosphere. It was quiet but it really cut to learn that someone I “knew” had plagiarized one of my reviews and also in the process harmed someone else who I respect as a blogger. It caused me to step back even further and announce here on Fiktshun that I was going to be trying to wind things down by year-end.
It also made me decide to try and change up my review style, become even less social, and be even more wary about the book blogging community.
While I haven’t quite gotten the chance to completely wind things down as I’d hoped – I still love reading so very much – I have shifted focus, changed my approach, and even have gone so far as to start blogging on a new site – Reading YA Rocks – to mainly share reviews of those YA books I have received for review.
I’ve also pulled back a lot of myself from my blog here on Fiktshun – with fewer Random Thoughts posts, no personal thoughts on reviews, et cetera. It’s been hard to willingly put myself out there, share my personal thoughts, when I feel like trust has been broken one too many times.
As horrible as that was to have happened, I am glad that I’ve been able to find a way to blog without all the pressure and stress. I’m glad to still have been able to discover some truly brilliant and amazing authors and to possibly discover more in the year to come. I’m glad that I won’t be walking away completely from this blog that I put over four years of my life into.
…Saying Hello to 2015
While I am glad that my goodbye to 2014 won’t be a goodbye to blogging altogether, I will be making more changes to how I blog in 2015.
I won’t be blogging as frequently as once per day. I will be mainly focusing on sharing reviews of books I read, and the occasional promotional post when I find a book that I fall madly in love with or am desperate to read. I will be trying to catch up on all those reads and reviews of books that I haven’t quite gotten the chance to read. I will read more books I’m in the mood to read at that moment versus ones I need to read on a deadline.
I am also hoping to vary the types of books I read this year. I’ve started really enjoying mixing up the YA books with a few PNRs and NA contemporaries. I even read a sort-of historical fiction novel that I absolutely loved. I would like to continue mixing it up in 2015.
And finally, I will also be turning my attention back to writing. I took 2014 off from any kind of writing. I needed the time away. Life kind of kicked my ass and I just didn’t have it in me to be creative, to get lost inside my head. I’m hoping things will be different this year.
Things may be a bit quieter here on Fiktshun in 2015 than they were in 2014, though given the number of (mostly) review tours I’ve agreed to be on, it might not be that quiet. I will be spending much of my time lost in a book versus formatting posts for the blog. But as my original goal in blogging was always to share my thoughts about the books I read, it is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll finally be back on track with my original goals. And… I’m upping my read and review goal to 125 books this year.
I sort of feel a little selfish by planning on taking more from the community than I will be giving this coming year. But after 4+ years of blogging I think it will balance itself out.
I am happy that in all this time I have never lost my love for reading. In fact, it has grown. I’ve discovered more books and authors than I would ever have known existed if I never took this chance to blog. And so while things haven’t always been a positive, the good has managed to outweigh the bad – even if only by the thinnest of margins at times.
And to all you book bloggers who take the risk and share your thoughts on the books you love or not-so-much love, who spend your free time promoting the authors you want to see succeed for little more than the chance to discover that next book that amazes, to the authors who write those books that will forever be in our lives, and to the publishers and publicists who do their very best to get those books out there in front of readers who will love them…