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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!

Another new Year! Amberkatze's Book Blog will be 6 years old in April and I have to admit the blog has gone way past my expectations. Despite the great guests, books and contests 2012 was a hard year and it is time to make a few changes.

Unfortunately I just haven't got the time to keep the blog going as strong as many other sites. I also really haven't had the time this year to keep finding author guests and hunting them down for interview answers. The Amazon and Book Depository links are not bringing me in any money plus the majority of the books I read are paid for with my own money. I get maybe one review book a month for free and don't hardly get any before the release dates.

So I am cutting back. I will post author interviews/guest blogs when I have them but they will no longer be a weekly occurrence. If the author or publisher isn't offering a prize/contest then I won't be offering one either. When I have time or if an author contacts me I will set up events but they will be posted if and when I have them.

The Monthly Giveaways will continue. Once a month I will keep listing my five favourite reads and let you all vote for the one you want to win. I love seeing what you guys vote for and giving away one book a month isn't breaking the bank.

As for reviews. I will continue to read and post my reviews but it could be that the blog only gets a new post once or twice a week. Regular readers will have noticed that I haven't been posting everyday and well, to be honest, it just isn't possible. I have a full time job. I don't have time to give the blog that much attention.

I have considered adding more reviewers to Amberkatze's Book Blog and sharing the work load. However after careful consideration I came to the conclusion that doing this would also cause more work for me. I can't even begin to imagine how much time that would cost me to co-ordinate.

I am however opening up the blog in a different way. Maybe it will be something of interest to you guys? Writing guest reviews! If you have read a good book and want to share a review about it then I will post it. Maybe you read a book I read and had a difference of opinion? Have more to say? Want to warn people about a book you wasted your money on? Then send me your review! I will give the writer of the review full credit and link the review to their own blog/site.


All queries and reviews can be sent to Amberkatzes_book_blog@gmx.net

So I hope you will all still come by and see what is happening over here! Subscribe to the newsletter and you won't miss a thing. Maybe sometime in the future I will be able to, once again, put more time into the blog. For now it just business as usual but will some little cut backs.

Thanks to everyone who has been stopping by all these years! Keep coming! I am still reading....

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Diane said...

I understand and thank you for all the work it entails. I will be coming back to your blog!!!

Alexia561 said...

Happy New Year! Totally understand that you need to step back a little from blogging, as it does eat up an awful lot of time. Don't worry, we'll still be here whenever you post!

Aurian said...

Happy New Year Amber, and I totally understand your decision. Blogging daily costs so much time! And I do visit for the reviews, not especially and alone for the giveaways, though those are nice of course.
Happy reading!