Can I just humbly admit that I have been the biggest slacker this week? Please? Confession is good for the soul, or so I've been told. :o)
I should've announced the winners from last week's Birthday Bash a whole...three...days...ago. But I've sorta kinda taken an internet break this week, spent some time evaluating my blog goals (more on that later), and choosing the winners was the last thing on my mind.
But I know you're anxious to see if you won something, so here we go! :o)
The winner of Vickie McDonough's latest book, Long Trail Home is...Julie W!
The winner of Pack One of books from the Giveaways Galore post is...Kathy C!
The winner of Pack Two of books from the Giveaways Galore post is...Melanie D!
The winner of Pack Three of books from the Giveaways Galore post is...Beth M!
The winner of Ginger Garrett's latest book, Desired, is...Julie L!
The winner of Lori Copeland's latest book, Lost Melody is...Carol W!
And last, but not least, the winner of any one of Julie Lessman's books is...Sandy A!
All of the winners have been notified, and have 48 hours to respond with their mailing addresses. Congrats to all you ladies! You're in for some real good reading! :o)
Oh, right...I promised you an update here, too, didn't I? Well, here goes.
I'm in a rut. An all-encompassing rut.
I still love reading, but I don't know how much I love blogging about reading. There is so much time and effort that is required when there's a deadline to review a particular book. I know I'm not alone here, but I feel enormous guilt when I haven't gotten something read by a tour date, or when I promised someone, or close to a release date, etc. Don't get me wrong...I love the camaraderie of blogging, meeting new people, comparing what we love and don't love, the occasional recommendation from a friend, and so on.
But is that enough to continue, considering the dedication it takes to keep it going?
I read a blog post this week from my dear friend Casey about how after she finished with one week jam-packed with blog posts, she was simply exhausted. And she's right...being on "go" all the time will wear you out quicker than you can blink. Last week was like that for me. Don't get me wrong...I had so much fun, I could hardly stand it, but by the end of the week, I was flat exhausted. I was spending an hour or more every night gearing up for the next day's post.
So, all that leads me back to whether or not it's worth the effort. How much of an impact is being made with the content on this blog? A little? A lot? None at all? Do the reviews here convince anyone to go out and buy a book? Do people really enjoy meeting Christian fiction authors through the weekly interviews on Southern-Style Meet & Greet? Did you enjoy this post when I did a little twist on an author interview? Do people think I'm crazy because I'm a Southern girl who sounds like she's from the sticks once in awhile? Or do people just come because of the book giveaways?
These are the things that have been running through my head all week long. At this point, I just don't know which direction I want to go. I know this much...I don't want this blog to become stagnant. But on the flipside, I know I don't have as much time as I use to for promoting, tweeting, facebooking, etc. Does a happy medium really exist?
What are your thoughts? Have you gotten in a rut before, and if so, how did you get out of it?