It's Friday and the last day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Already!? I still have lots of posts I want to go back and read this weekend, but that means it's time to take a look at where we've been and where we're going.
This has been quite a weird blogging year for me. I've been struggling with the blogging blues, often wondering just what I'm doing this all for, and feeling like I'm not measuring up, or letting you all down. I have lots of ideas and things I want to blog about though so it hasn't been for lack of inspiration. Mostly I've found myself struggling with just finding the time to blog, resulting in often sporadic posts, or unexpected absences. And I've really struggled to get out there and comment on all the blogs that I love, which makes me sad. I have missed having that conversation with all of you. But despite my less than ideal blogging presence these last several months, along came Book Blogger Appreciation Week to remind me what I love about blogging and to get me back on track.
Book Blogger Appreciation Week is all about bringing bloggers together to pay tribute and appreciate each other. So I was thoroughly touched to be mentioned by both Tony and on Hawaii Book Blog in their "First Treasures" posts on Monday. So honoured. Then there were all the wonderfully kind comments on Sheila's interview with me on Tuesday. Your appreciation means so much to me! Thank you for reminding me just why I do this, as well as sticking with me through this 'dry spell'. And a big thank you to Amy and everyone who worked hard to give us a successful Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010.
And now that I'm feeling reinvigorated about blogging, here are my goals for In Spring it is the Dawn over the next year. First and foremost, I want to interact more. One of the best things about blogging is having that connection with other readers and I've really missed that. I need to work on my time management but I'm going to make it a priority to visit and comment on all those blogs that I've been neglecting.
I also want to continue focusing on Japanese literature. In all honesty, there are other bloggers out there that are much more well-read in Japanese literature than I am, but I'm enjoying the opportunity to discover some of these books and authors with you through the group discussions and read-alongs. My participation hasn't been great in those lately (even here on my own blog!) but I'm looking forward to being more active there as well. I think a little lighter schedule is called for next year, but I hope you will continue to read along with me. I'll be putting out a call for nominations soon for books that you'd like to read together next year.
I was also very happy to read several positive comments about the Hello Japan! mini-challenge. I'm so pleased that you're enjoying it so I'll be keeping that going as well. What I would like to do in the future is to spend more time advertising it, and to have more interaction with the participants.
So here's to another year of blogging in which I hopefully read more, review more, blog more, and comment more. And most importantly to have fun while doing it. BBAW has reminded me how fun and enriching blogging can be, and made me realise that I don't need to take it too seriously all the time.
Thanks again for your support, and for together making this such a wonderful event!