Wow. I can’t believe that as of today I’ve been blogging for four years. I’m late getting this up, but I think that’s probably apt given how my reading and blogging life has been for the last nine months — always a little behind what I want to be doing. But I’m here, still trucking on as best I can.
I haven’t talked about my job much on the blog, so for those who don’t know, here are the basics: last August I took a job as the editor of a small, weekly newspaper in rural Minnesota. It’s exactly the job that I hoped to get when I finished grad school, which I love, but it’s also a lot of work. I spend most of my day out covering events, doing interviews, or writing stories for our print edition and website. It’s a challenging, awesome job, but it also takes a lot out of me. Blogging, and all the things that go with it, have taken a back seat more often than I care to admit.
But honestly? Even when I’m exhausted and can’t think of what to write about and don’t want to sit in front of a computer screen, I wouldn’t want to give this up. But I’m just not totally sure what direction I want to take the blog in that will keep it fun and manageable with this job. I’m pondering, a lot.
Rather than doing a Year in the Blog wrap-up like I’ve done in the past (Happy Third Blogiversary to Me!, My Two Year Blogiversary!, and Happy One Year Blogoversary!), I’m going to ask you all for some feedback in the form of a Reader Survey so that you all can help me out a little bit.
If you follow this link it will take you to an eight question survey. And as an incentive, I’m offering two $15 electronic gift certificates to the bookseller of your choice to two people who complete the survey. So that’s cool, right?
Anyway, this is a pretty anti-climactic post, I guess, for being a blogiversary celebration. Four years is a long time to do anything, long enough that there are inevitably going to be some growing pains. That’s what I’ve been feeling lately, growing pains. Can you have those online? I think so.
But this blog, and all of you, have grown with me, and I’m so grateful for that. Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting, thanks for being here. That’s really all!
(And take a minute to take my Reader Survey! It will make me happy!)