Tuesday, December 25, 2012
As 2013 Fast Approaches
Too a much less tragic degree, this year I am even seeing it happen in the book blogging community we all share. In the last week, I've seen notices from three book-bloggers that they are shutting things down for good - after periods of six, three, and seven years of sharing their love of books with the rest of us. Two of them even shut down comments so that no one could try to talk them out of quitting or even say goodbye, a decision I find kind of sad.
Believe me, guys, I understand why you're doing it. As much as we love what we do with our blogging, it does have a way of taking over one's life. I sometimes find myself scheduling the rest of my week around the time I need to spend on my blog posts and reviews. Even though all the stress is self-induced, stress by any other name is still stress. I get it. I doubt there is a book blogger out there that has not, at one time or another, considered shutting things down. I know that I have...more than once. But I keep coming back, and Book Chase turns six years old on January 20, 2013.
I do think I'm going to have to take a slightly different approach, though, if I'm going to get the most out of blogging next year. At least for a while, I'm going to be more selective than ever (and I was already pretty damned selective) about the books I take on for reviews. I'm the kind of guy who reads every word of a book I review - and I strive to review every book I receive. Don't get me wrong, I love doing it, and my main goal has always been to spread the word about as many books as possible. I hate, absolutely hate, the thought of good books just slipping through the cracks of a world dominated by the kind of trash that dominates today's bestseller lists.
But it all takes time - and I want to spend some of that time re-reading some of my old favorites, along with new work from authors I love most. My taste has definitely changed (I like to think it has grown) over the years, and I need, if I am going to stay enthusiastic about my reading, to concentrate on the kind of reading that still excites me. Too, I've promised myself for a long time that I was going to go back and read some of my favorite series all over again, one-by-one. I'm starting on one of those series tonight, in fact: James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books. There are something like 19 in the series, and my first edition copy of book one, The Neon Rain sits on my desk right now, just waiting for me.
So, here's to a fresh start in 2013. Hang in with me if you can. There are likely to be fewer new books mentioned next year, but I really want to share with you the books that I love, and have loved most for a long, long time. Thanks for being here.