Thursday, January 19, 2012

What to expect when you are expecting Red Headed Book Child 2012

2012 Updates and Changes

This year is starting out to be a very busy one for me, hence the lack of blogging as of late. I've been working really hard with my new jobs and trying to get them all working together and managing child care and household stuff...ACK! I have been reading and listening to audio books but have not had the time or really, the energy to write reviews.
I guess this is probably normal on year 3 of blogging...the romance is gone, eh?

But, no worries, I'm not going anywhere...I am simply just relaxing in my blogging responsibilities.

Every year I tweak little bits of my blog and try to stick to them for the year. This year is definitely The Year of Simple for me. I'm not going to stress about how many books I read or how many posts I post. I am going to keep it as simple as possible but still maintain some general guidelines.

So, for the year 2012 here is an update on what you can expect from
Red Headed Book Child.

I will continue to read my 3 favorite genres; literary fiction, mysteries, and memoirs but this year you may see me reading more young adult and children's books as well.
I will post the title and a link to Indie Bound for purchase information.
I will not post a review for every book I read. This is a change. Due to time constraints, I will pick and choose, depending on how strong I feel about the book, on what I will review. I will, however, keep a sidebar tracking of each book I have read, for your curiousity.

Rating System:
I found I was never giving any rating below a 4 last year when I had the 1-6 rating system so I am getting rid of that. Really, my purpose of "rating" a book is whether or not I think you, as a reader, should read it. So, it will be either Recommended or Not Recommended. I will then give a few points as to why and why not. See? Simple.

Book Clubs:
A lot of my reading last year came from my two book clubs. I will be posting reviews for those books read for each of them and will post along the sidebar once again.

I may clean up my sidebars a bit and get rid of these buttons. It doesn't mean I love you less, I just may want my blog to look a little simpler. TBD...

My sidebars will include my challenge, the challenges I've joined, my mystery giveaways, what I'm reading, my book clubs and any blog tours I may join. Those items will remain consistent.

I will not be accepting or giving any awards.

My Challenge:
Due to my lack of funds, I have only one link for my A-Z Mystery Author Challenge and that is the one to post your reviews. Click on the sidebar to grab the link and sign up and post your reviews as well.

I generally respond to your comments by email, not in my post. That could change if I am unable to reply back to you in email form. As always, I appreciate any and all comments I get!

I think I covered it all. My life has been a whirlwind of change these past few years since I started this blog. While I was working full-time before at the bookstore, I never would have had the time to do this. Though hard, my transition from that career to being a SAHM has opened my eyes and heart to the book blogging community. I still love it very much. I will try every year to continue to talk about my passion for books on this little ol' site.

I thank all of you for growing and changing with me.

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Julie@My5monkeys said...

Those are some good goals and so understand :)

Marce said...

Please don't go :-) Recommended or not recommended totally works for me, even though that may increase my TBR list.

I like the book club reads.

It is hard to keep up as parentings of young ones also. Good luck with the new job this year, hope you love it.

Jenny said...

I'll still be here reading whenever you post! =)

Tales of Whimsy said...

I understand gf. You gotta do what works for you. I think this year is going to bring changes to my blog too but I'm still working on what that will be.

Don't be a stranger ;)

Tales of Whimsy said...

PS Have you seen what I do when I receive awards? Check out my accolades page.

christa @ mental foodie said...

When I saw your post title, I thought you were going to say you are expecting :) I'm taking this year easy too. I'm still hoping I'll review everything I read, but my reviews will be much shorter, without any structure lol.

Stacy at The Novel Life said...

it is so easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down if you're not careful...and i imagine have a little one and working so much leaves very little for you & your blog...glad you are still going to be around =}

Christine said...

I thought this post was going to be you announcing something else... ; )

Blogging is a hobby and should ALWAYS be fun and rewarding. You'll find a pace and content that works for you as time goes by, but I know you can't leave it for good. Once you connect with the blogging community, you don't want to ever completely let go. It's too much fun. xo

StephTheBookworm said...

I'm glad you are making things simpler for yourself. No need to stress, just have fun! :)

My momma and I think of you often and hope to see you soon.