Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Sunday Salon: A Few Links

I am way too busy right now to properly keep up with everything. My sister's family is still visiting and I'm trying to squeeze in all those extra moments with my nieces while also gearing up a second round of Game On Diet, and getting ready for the year. I'm already feeling overwhelmed by my many commitments and a little bit frustrated with myself. But mostly, abundantly, above all, I just feel frustrated that time is always in such high demand, that there's so little of it to give and that when I make a decision in one direction, I'm choosing against something else. You know. The usual life stuff.

I have managed just a little bit of blog reading and would like to point you towards a few links that are worth your while.

The Cybils Shortlists have been announced but there's still work to be done in making sure high quality books that represent a wide range of experiences for people of color are getting noticed and published.

Eva hits the nail on the head with her post about stepping back from blogging. The more you blog the more you feel like you need to blog...I think that's a trap a lot of us have fallen in. This year, I want to read less actually, and spend less time blogging, and rediscover old passions (music) and even take up a new hobby or two completely different from anything I've done before. I suspect that these things will make my blog an overall better place to be. But I'm not exactly there yet. (see first paragraph)

I write post after post on why I read and why I'm addicted to the acquisition of books and yet I never feel I adequately express it and Beth Kephart writes a post that sums it all up beautifully.

Also, I saw Avatar a couple of weeks ago and I liked it but didn't love it and thought about writing to explain why, but Pete beat me to it with his spot on perfect review at the Rabbit Room.

And lastly!! Connect with me in 2010!

Follow me on Twitter (if you don't already)

Friend me on Facebook

Friend me on LibraryThing and Goodreads. (Just opened the Goodreads account...there's nothing there yet and I'm feeling lonely with no friends!)

Have a fabulous Sunday all! I hope you get a chance to rest.




Amy

13 comments:

Beth Kephart said...

I have told myself—often—that I will blog less, and I so respect those who have found a way to do that. And then I wake up and there is something I want to say or a photo I want to share and I can't stop myself. I know exactly what you mean about the need to rediscover other parts of yourself. It's a truly perfect goal.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

It's tough to balance. I think the key for me is limiting my twitter time. That gets me every time.

Amanda said...

Yay for Goodreads! I just send you a request. I think I'm friends with you already everywhere else (except LT, since I'm not on there).

Eva really did hit the nail on the head about blogging. A couple months ago I had to step back and say look, it's time to get back to writing, it's okay if I don't post 6-7 times per week! My goal in 2010 is to have some balance.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Blogging does tend to take over your life if you let it. I volunteer at the kids' school and play golf (plus clean house, do yard, pool, and kids' activities) which gives me as much balances as I'm going to get. Plus now there is Game On, which I fear will totally consume me in January!

If it makes you feel that you aren't alone, my sister, who is a movie critic, didn't love Avatar either.

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

That's one of my goals too, to do things other than reading and blogging, but I don't know how long that will last. I want to crochet more, but I haven't crocheted at all in the new year! I guess I shouldn't beat myself up, we're only two days in after all, but I'd really like to have a hat and mittens before I head up to NY in a few days....

bermudaonion said...

There's never enough time to do it all! I think you try to do more than most, my friend. Good luck with your goals!

readerbuzz said...

I am a tiny blogger. When I started, I decided to commit to posting once a week and visiting ten blogs a week. I wasn't sure I was up to that!

I'm hoping to learn some new things at Blogista next week. I review every book I read, but I hate to post a million reviews here. I'd like to have a filing cabinet where I can post reviews for myself, but link it to the blog. I have all of my reviews at Goodreads, but I'm not sure if I can post them here....must figure this out.

Beth F said...

Balance, balance, balance -- I'm not online much at night or the weekends because I like my offline life. Sometimes I forget that.

Meghan said...

Balance is so important, and is something I've striving for myself. I want to find other hobbies this year and not limit myself to reading and blogging because I feel I must. I took a really big step back in December, but am not sure where I'm going yet. You are capable of doing far more than the rest of us, but it must be so exhausting. I hope you find your own balance, Amy!

Jen - Devourer of Books said...

Balance is definitely important and you do so very much in the blogging community I'm glad that you'll be doing some other things, because I don't want you to burn out!

Michelle said...

Balance and prioritizing is an important thing in all areas of our lives so it makes total sense that you want to reflect on what works (and what doesn't) for you at the start of a new year. Blogging is fun and certainly important but it shouldn't be the only thing we do, being well rounded makes for a better experience for everyone (as you have so eloquently stated).

However you determine to move forward in the coming year I wish you much success and happiness in doing it. :)

Nymeth said...

I definitely want to devote more time to my other hobbies in 2010. I need to start by reminding myself what other hobbies I have :P

Luanne said...

I think a lot of us are thinking of taking a 'step back'. I want to get more quilting in this year....

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