I’ve been thinking lately about my journey over the last year as a book blogger. I began this blog after seeing 5 Minutes for Books and, thus, being introduced into the plethora of book bloggers and their reviews.
I’ve always loved reading, but in the last few years I had gotten away from reading consistently simply because of the busyness of life. After the birth of my first child in November 2008, I had a lot of time to read. All those nursing sessions really do add up! I was enjoying reading again and finding a community of bloggers who love reading. Blogging about my reading experiences at Mountains of Books, I think really helped me to cope with life after a baby. It gave me something to do when I felt like I simply couldn’t for 20-30 minutes doing nothing while nursing. It allowed me to express my thoughts and ideas to a community and gave me something to look forward to on those new days of mothering when I wasn’t quite sure what I was feeling or how to handle life.
But as I’ve come to have a better grasp on mothering and my son’s grow (over a year old now!) my reading time has become less and less. My time is becoming more focused on maintaining our home, building relationships with new friends, as well as training and teaching my son. I predict that for 2010, no matter the number of books on my list for this year, I will be reading less.
And, I’m okay with that.
I don’t plan on book blogging as much this next year either, but when I do I plan on making a few changes:
- Write reviews within a week or so from finishing a book, if I don’t do it by then I doubt it’ll get done at all.
- Have an outline for reviews: synopsis, what I liked/didn’t, why you should read this
- Write concise reviews.
- Don’t join any challenges.
That’s my plan for next year…what about you?