Out With the Old…

It’s the last day of 2013, and I have never been more ready for a new year. 2013 had a lot of ups and downs for me, in so many ways. I am so happy to be perched on the edge of a new beginning.

Ruby over at Ruby’s Reads wrote a post yesterday about her long hiatus from blogging, and it really hit home for me. Life got hectic, I lost interest in a lot of things (including blogging), and when the time between posts kept stretching and stretching, I started to think maybe it was time to let it go.

Last year I started to feel the weight of keeping up with post after post after post, and this year, it was the tech side that got to me. I moved to a new hosting service, and it created a lot of weird characters through almost all of my blog entries. I couldn’t find a solution, and it quickly brought down the high I’d had from moving my entire site over to Bluehost all by myself. My fist pump of victory turned into a sad half-hearted junior high slow dance.

I am determined to move on, however. I’m fixing the problem as I go back to old entries, but I’m not going out of my way to search through hundreds of old posts just to delete out some oddities. It’s almost 2014! Time for a clean slate!

So where have I been? Goodreads, mostly. I’ve become crazy active on that site – joining groups and actively participating in them, doing buddy reads, and entering challenges and competitions that have pushed me to read more than any other year. In fact, I’m trying to wrap this up so I can go back to reading and hopefully knock a few more books off my list.

In 2014, I’ve decided to track all of my book challenges on Goodreads. I set up my own page (group, really) there to keep my lists organized, and I’ve found it much easier to check off my lists there instead of on the blog. I may do a post in the future on the different groups I’ve joined, but in the meantime, if you’re curious, here’s a list of where I’m a member. The Goodreads crowd is a lot of fun, and they are so creative with ways to keep reading fun.

Tomorrow I’ll have a post up summarizing my challenges in 2013, and I’ve updated my widgets and challenge page on the blog. Here’s hoping I can squeeze another one or two in before midnight!

Happy New Year to you all!

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5 thoughts on “Out With the Old…

    • That reminds me, Gina. We need to schedule our buddy read for the Throne of Glass sequel (whose name escapes me at the moment) with Small Review! I have it on hold at the library. 🙂

  1. Oh, you’ve been active on Goodreads? That’s good. I’ve been about as active a slug. It’s not just my blog that’s been neglected, but my reading, too. I’m going to have to check out your Goodreads groups!

    And thanks for the shout-out. We’ll have to hold each others’ hands while we ease ourselves back into blogging!

    • We should just hold hands always. 🙂

      I have to say – the immediate feedback of Goodreads is pretty addictive, especially in the larger groups. I make a comment, and people are chiming in right away. It’s pretty cool.

      Plus they have shorter challenges (monthly and quarterly) that make it easy to set up what I want to read and then make it happen. And again, the immediate feedback of finishing one and crossing it off the list is my jam.

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