Happy New Year, friends! When we cross over from one year to the next, most of us like to reflect back over the past 12 months and acknowledge accomplishments, and look forward to the future, making some resolutions and setting goals to improve ourselves. For me, it has been a good year. My family has been generally healthy, we've been able to pull through the economic downturn intact, and have spent quality time with our loved ones. I've taken four trips to Indiana to see my parents, spent two weeks in Poland this summer visiting my in-laws, and reconnected with old friends who I hadn't seen in 25 years. This is the fifth year I've been out of the workforce and able to focus on my husband and children, and feel that I am very blessed.
With regards to blogging, this was my first full year of nurturing my hobby. I feel I've made great strides, considering my technological ineptitude and my already-crazy life raising kids. Here are some blogging highlights for 2009:
* Started rating my books in April on a scale of 1 to 5
* Hosted two read-alongs (Wuthering Heights and Rebecca)
* Participated in the annual BBAW festivities, and was nominated in a handful of categories
* Featured a "Best Of" series for several months starting late summer, in which I solicited top 10 lists from friends and family from all walks of life
* Reviewed a number of ARC's, with author interviews and guest posts
* Participated in several interviews with other bloggers, including Nymeth @ Things Mean Alot, Jackie @ Farm Lane Books, and Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty
* Collaberated on several projects with C.B. James @ Ready When You Are, C.B., including a book/movie cross-post on Blindness
* Hosted some book giveaways
* Participated in a long list of reading challenges
* Walked almost 180 miles in a three month time period via a blogger fitness challenge
* Discovered a community of good souls with huge hearts that all love books
What changes would I make in 2010? Personally, I know I need to focus more on healthy habits. I've always exercised, but also love to eat and drink wine. This is starting to catch up with me now that I am over 40. I am hoping to start off on the right foot with the next 100 Mile Fitness Challenge running from January 1st through the end of March. Recognizing that accountability keeps me on the straight and narrow, I am also competing in the Game On Diet with a great group of women bloggers for the month of January.
My vision isn't quite as clear for my 2010 blogging goals. I am actually pretty happy with my weekly structure of book reviews, memes, and miscellaneous posts. I'd love to learn how to make tabs on my webpage to better organize my information. I'd like to post more discussion starters. I would also love for my daughter and I to participate in a 24 hour readathon. I need to find a better way to balance my blogging time as well. I'm moving in the right direction...I basically am posting into late January right now, which makes things much more relaxed. And I guess I need to reinforce to myself that I DON'T HAVE TO COMMENT ON EVERY POST I READ (even though I like to). I think I need intervention on that one!
Hope you all had a safe, festive new year, and I look forward to another fun year of blogging!