Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Musings

This was supposed to be my "Sunday Salon" post but yesterday just got away from me so I'm posting it today!

I was reminded of the quote or saying "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" as I sat down to write up this blog post....finally! In my last post, almost a couple of weeks ago, I hinted at big plans to get my blog up and running again on a daily basis. I also planned to make some improvements to it. Alas, what I didn't know is that the antibiotics I took for bronchitis did a great job of wiping out the bronchitis but did nothing for the pneumonia making its way to my lungs. Fortunately, I didn't get a very bad case of pneumonia but it was bad enough that it exhausted me and put me out of commission for more than a week. I think I slept more in the last week or so than ever in my life. I just couldn't seem to sleep enough. It was kind of scary, especially because I don't sleep a lot, I prefer to read! But I had no choice those days! I tried to keep up with work-related things I needed to do including letters and emails, as well as research I had to do. I was able to take care of most things, luckily. I really wanted to post in my blog but after visiting some blogs and posting a comment or two, I was always wiped out! Ugh! So much for my plans! But, the more time I wander through this blog community again, stopping at different blogs and reading bloggers posts and comments and discovering interesting books I wasn't aware of before, I realize how much I miss this place and want to make it a part of my life again.

I started my blog last July but considering as I've taken a "break" of almost 6 months from my blog, I'll probably delay my 1 year blogiversary until late fall or winter. I had great plans to participate in some cool challenges and get to know this community much better. But those plans had to be scrapped. Hopefully I'll be able to resurrect them for 2011. After being away from my blog almost completely for close to 6 months, I feel, in some ways, that I have to attract followers/bloggers to my blog again. Some of you have been wonderfully loyal and I appreciate that so very much. Your loyalty is what's convinced me to make the effort to keep my blog going. I suppose, on the one hand it shouldn't matter to me how many people visit my blog and comment on my posts, but on the other hand, since I am going to be reviewing ARCs I've received from publishers, I feel I should try to bring followers back to my blog and try to attract new ones. I think this is a blog issue I see discussions about from time to time. If any bloggers have opinions or advice, whatever it is, please share!

While spending much of the time in bed with the kitties for company - they loved it, of course! - I was able to get some reading done. I read mostly enjoyable, lighter stories that didn't require me to think too much! I am hoping to review
A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White, The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano and Critical Care by Theresa Brown this week!
I'm reading
My Name is Memory by Ann Brasheres and will start I Will Not Be Silent by April J. Maley this week. I am feeling better and stronger so I hope to be able to post regularly on my blog this week.

I hope you all have a good week.


  1. It is lovely to see you back Amy. I hope you are OK and there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. I must have missed your last post (was on vacation - I'm sorry!). It has to be hard to get back on the blogging wagon, but I did really value your blogging friendship and loved your reviews. Like Vivienne said, I hope things are looking up for you. YOu are such a fighter and I'm so proud!

  3. Sorry you've been sick. A lot of your followers are still here. Once you get back on the blogging wagon, the rest will come back.

  4. Yay! Amy's back! So sorry you were sick. When your 'old' followers see you're back, they'll visit. As far as attracting new visitors, you might just want to visit new blogs -- a couple each day -- a leave comments.

  5. Welcome back, Amy! I'm sorry you've been sick. I'm sure things will get better and I hope you've a great week ahead!

  6. Glad you have your kitties to keep you company as you recover.

  7. Yep, a lot of us are still here, hanging around. No worry. Sorry you have been sick but being busy with work stuff is good, no?

    Btw, I remember I liked The Girl She Used To Be. Curious to see what you thought of it.

  8. Sorry to hear you've been sick... glad the kitties can keep you company! Hope you're having a better week now.

  9. Sorry to hear about the pneumonia but I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better. I'll bet the kids did enjoy all of that snuggle time!