A New Blogging Year

Birthday Bouquet by Florine Stettheimer – source

It’s the first day of the new year and also my blogiversary — ECBR is three years old today! To help me celebrate, I hope you’ll enter the Reading New England giveaway, which is still open for a few more days. You do not need to have been a challenge participant to enter — although I hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore some of the posts that have been linked up during the year.

These three years have been so full of wonderful books and blogging connections, and I’m very grateful to all who have visited and commented. The chance to get to know all of you and share our love of books and reading is what makes this whole enterprise worthwhile to me.

For at least the first half of 2017, I’m going to be blogging a bit less. I’ve been doing three posts a week, sometimes more, but I’m going to try to cut that down to one post a week (on Sundays) with an occasional extra. This is to try to use some of my limited time for some other writing projects — which I hope to let you know more about if they pan out.

I’ll still be doing my monthly wrap-up post, a monthly discussion post for the Book Blog Discussion Challenge (now starting its third year – yay!), and a classic book review each month, plus another review or other post. I also still plan to host Elizabeth Goudge Day in April, and of course Witch Week in October/November.

Elsewhere, there’s also Jane’s Margery Sharp Day to look forward to in January, as well as Nonfiction November, Adam’s Classic Book-a-Month Club, and many other events that will tempt me along the way.

As I’ve unsuccessfully resolved in earlier years, I’m going to try to cut down my requests for ARCs and thus will do fewer reviews of new releases. Though I’ve enjoyed discovering new books and authors this way, I find the deadline pressure a bit overwhelming. I’m going to try going more at my own pace, and getting new books from the library — which may be a few years old by the time I get to them. I’ve found that my reviews of classic books get by far the most response here anyway, so I don’t think this will be a huge disappointment to anyone. (If you disagree, do speak up.)

In my reading goals, I’m hoping to make a serious dent in my towering TBR pile with the Mount TBR Challenge, I’m continuing with the Classics Club and the Back to the Classics challenges. I would like to read more books from or about other parts of the world, so I’m joining in with the Reading All Around the World project.

I’d like to read along the Six Books to Understand Trump’s Win with Hibernator’s Library, and in general read more challenging and serious books that will help expand my view of the world and the difficult times we face. I may or may not blog about these, but I feel a duty to get more informed and active. If you have recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them.

What are your plans and hopes for 2017?

42 thoughts on “A New Blogging Year

  1. Happy blogiversary! Three years is an impressive accomplishment.

    I certainly understand your need to slow down a little. I struggle to get up just one post per week.

    Heres to 2017. May it be a great year for reading.


  2. Sounds like you are going to have a very busy year with all those challenges! I’ve come to the same conclusion that you have about the pressure of ARCs and will also be cutting way back on the new releases and using the library instead.


    1. It sounds busy, but some of them overlap so it’s not as much as it seems. Glad I’m not the only one feeling the need to pull back from review pressure.


  3. Happy third blogiversary Lory! Glad you had so much fun blogging! OMG! the Reading New England challenge! Totally love it since my blog is about New England and coincidentally I have read three books in a row the last days set in New England! Good luck on those writing projects, looking forward to hear more about! Happy New Year!


  4. Happy anniversary to one of my favorite blogs! It sounds like we have a lot in common this year challenge-wise. I’m intrigued by the Trump readalong, although I know I won’t have a lot of time to commit. Good luck with your new projects! I scaled back quite a bit in 2016 but now I’m looking forward to diving back in. Good to give yourself a little break, I think.


    1. My blogging goals are evolving and changing. At the moment I feel like doing less book promotion (even though I love pushing books I love) and more self-development and reflection. I wonder if that will alienate some readers, but so be it.

      Regarding the Trump list, I’m just going to read the books that speak to me. I’m interested in discussion, so that’s why it’s good to do it along with others. I’ve started the first book, The Unwinding, and finding it very compelling.


  5. Happy 3 years! I totally failed on Mount TBR this year, and with blogging in general. Your resolutions for this year make a lot of sense. Good luck with your new writing project!


  6. Congrats on your bloggiversary! I’m going to participate in as many of Six Books to Understand Trump’s Win as I can. I’ve been wanting to read Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash for a while and this looks like a great opportunity to discuss them with others trying to make sense of all this. Thanks for bringing that read along to my attention.


  7. Happy Blogiversary, Lory!I understand your need to cut back your posts and I wish you well with your writing projects.

    I may have bitten off more than I can chew with my challenges this year, but as this is nearly the beginning of only my second year of blogging, I am still learning my limits. I always enjoy your posts and have learned a lot from you both about books and your thoughts on book blogging. I look forward to see where you are going this year!

    Happy 2017!!


  8. Happy blogiversary! I hope you enjoy your reading in 2017 and that your new blogging schedule works for you. I’m pleased to hear you’re still planning to host another Elizabeth Goudge Day and Witch Week!


  9. Happy blogiversary! I love reading your posts and have had fun joining in your reading challenge last year to Read New England, and the year before that when we spent January “putting the library on hold” to read only books off our own shelves. Can’t wait to see what awesome posts you and your blog bring this year. šŸ™‚


  10. Happy blogging birthday! I’m hoping to set up a more reliable blog calendar this year. Last year I was constantly falling behind on my blogging schedule, and it made me feel super anxious all the time about my blogging habits. So in 2017, I really really really want to get ahead of the game and schedule some posts out in advance, especially some more analytical ones, rather than posts only focusing on single books. We’ll see though! I know that New Year’s Resolutions mostly fail. :p


    1. Scheduling ahead is important for me, so I don’t get stressed out about falling behind and can take time off from blogging when I need to. I hope your resolution turns out to be more successful than usual, and helps take some of the pressure off.


  11. Happy New Year! And happy blogiversary =) Looks like you have some great plans for the year ahead. One plan of mine for 2017 is to participate in a Canadian literature bingo, partly in celebration of our 150th year. Oh, and best of luck with your new writing projects (I’m certainly intrigued…!).


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