Annual Blog Stats:
Total Posts: 225
Total Words Written: 125.2K
Total Views: 17.9K
Total Visitors: 7.2K
Books Read: 135
Pages Read: 45,814
Average Rating: 3.28
I’ve changed my presence here on WP due to the new job change back in October. Not following nearly so many people and not reading or reviewing as much. Considering that some of the main people I used to follow have also dropped off the radar or severely curtailed their own online presence, it seems that I am caught up in one of the waves. It has also made me really appreciate those bloggers who have kept on blogging on a regular schedule. While I am affected by those coming and going, I don’t want to take for granted those who just keep on going. More power to you!
Blogger is simply a backup in case of some catastrophic event. I don’t really even take it into account any more.
Librarything just rattled along this year. I interact with 2-3 people on a regular basis there and that is about it. LT has been touting some changes coming in 2020 but I don’t use the site enough for it to matter to me.
Best Book(s) of the Year:
There was some severely stiff competition for this title this year, so I gave up and I’ll list the top 3.
- The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell
- Death Wish by Brian Garfield
- The Burning White by Brent Weeks
Worst Book(s) of the Year:
Once again, I read some stinkers, so I’ll post the top 3.
- Torchship Captain by Karl Gallagher
- Valor by John Gwynne
- The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
Plans for 2020:
The only “change” is that I am going to start including a word count for the books I read. I’ve been using Page Numbers as an additional metric besides just straight up number of books, but I am finding huge variations even with using the same format (ebook to ebook for example) depending on WHO I get my info from. I am going to start using Kobo.com (a book seller) which has both page and word count for books. Accurate data just makes my metrics that much more relevant the longer I read.
I do plan on keep doing the Give-Aways, #6 Degree series and Survival Saturday’s when I can and a movie a month. Beyond doing a re-read of the Wheel of Time, I have almost no plans for 2020. I’ll be satisfied if I can do a post every other day on a consistent basis.
The job change has really buggered my non-work life up. My reading has dropped over 50% and my overall life satisfaction is much lower. This is not what I was expecting. The problem is if I had stayed where I was, I might be happier but I’d be so much poorer that it would bring about its own set of worries and stress. So since I have to stress, I’ll take this. But I don’t have to like it! And in all fairness, I am getting exactly what I asked for (office experience and full time help in the field). I also talked to a relative who works in HR for another company and she said that 6 months is how long it takes to fully integrate into a new job. So while it annoys me that I’ve still got 3 months to go, it also encourages me that maybe I don’t hate the new job so much as I think, I just hate the change 😀
Thankfully, almost every other part of life IS going well. I am thankful for that.
Here are the top 5 viewed posts in each of the various categories. It isn’t quite equal, as posts from November and December just don’t have the time to accumulate the views.
Book Review Posts
The Scarlet Letter
Fellowship of the Ring
Book Blogger Insider Tag
PSA: The Etiquette of Commenting on Comments
Ratings as Sandwiches
Rage Against the Whiny Pants Momma’s Babies!
Seven Deadly Sins Tag
Commentors + Runner Up