Friday, September 17, 2010

BBAW: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

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!



  1. Hugs to you Nat! I loved meeting you this year and getting to know your blog, even if you are sporadic with your posting. I don't mind. :)

  2. I agree - it's the people that make BBAW special.

  3. I shared many of the same sentiments in my post today--it's just tough to find the time, huh? Seems like every day is shorter and shorter and the "real world" obligation list gets longer and longer. I'm so glad when I do see a post from you, even if I don't comment as regularly as I'd like. I mentioned you yesterday on the "Unexpected Treasures" post as one of the bloggers who has been quite influential to me. It's certainly been a pleasure knowing you through blogging.

  4. I m really pleased to have found your blog ,and hope you have a great next year ,I ve really enjoyed BBAW this year and finding great new blogs ,all the best stu

  5. Great interview, Nat, and so very nice to see a photo of you there.

    Never worry about how much time you put in on your blog -- what you do has quality, as well as quantity.

  6. Hooray for more of the same :) (And it sounds like you really mean the more bit, heh!). I need to comment more too, it's just so hard to find the time!

  7. Here's to another year of blogging - keep up the good work ;)

  8. Glad you're still committed to Japanese literature, as I wouldn't be reading or posting on the likes of, Mishima, Endo & Murakami if I hadn't first learned of them through sites like yours & Dolce Bellezza's Japlit challenge. So if those blues strike again, remember theres people who wouldn't be doing this if you hadn't inspired them in the first place.

  9. I'm glad BBAW has inspired you, since I don't want to miss your blog!

  10. It's good to know you keep going, as you're still one of my favorite bloggers. It's always hard to find a good balance between blogging and real life, isn't it? Such a challenge for all of us!

  11. Nat it was so fun to meet you at BEA and it was fun to get to know more about you through the interview.

    I think we all get a bit of "Blogger Blues" but I sure enjoy the people I have met through doing this! :)

  12. Love your blog Nat. I don't participate in or comment on as many blogs as I would like, but I try at least to read them when I can, including yours. ;)

  13. i do very much like reading your posts about Japanese Literature, even though I haven't been good about commenting! Thanks for you and your blog and i hope you continue to find joy in keeping it up, sporadic or not.

  14. Hi Nat, This is Blacklin. I've had a tough year blogging as well. My mother died a year ago, and I tried to blog again a few months after that and it just didn't work out.

    Now I'm trying to get back into it. My mother used to be my biggest commentator and I felt like I was writing into a big, black hole.

    I've just moved my site back to Wordpress. New design and simpler layout along with simpler goals.

    Going back and reading other people's book blogs has reminded me why I originally started a book blog: I like reading and writing about them was fun.

    Now that a year has passed since my mother died, I feel that I'm ready to come back to blogging although I'm taking it in small steps.

    I do love your blog. I think your layout design is cool. Your posts are actually readable because of the appropriate colors. And I love your Japanese theme that you have here.


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