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It’s that time again to take a look back on the year that was and start thinking about the one that will be.  2019 was an interesting year blogging year for me in that I had some definite peaks and valleys in the amount of time and energy I had for posting.  I did manage to stay somewhat regular though, largely on account of mixing up my posts. This was something I had a lot of fun with, so I’ll be doing more of that in the year to come as well.  I found it helpful not just in terms of keeping me interested, but also keeping up with my posting in light of changes to an already hectic schedule. That said, let’s take a look at the two mainstays of my blog, beer and books, and see how I did.

The Beer

This was an unexpectedly challenging year for me beer-wise.  I felt a definite decline in my enthusiasm for reviewing, and I think one of the biggest factors in that feeling was that I often found myself coming across a whole lot of perfectly fine yet surprisingly homogeneous and unremarkable brews that were not particularly inspiring to write about.  To remedy this going forward, and to save my wallet and waistline a bit of stress, I will be slowing down my reviews and being more selective about the beer I pick up. Don’t worry, I’ll still have plenty of excellent brews to share and will still be checking out local breweries whenever I can.  I just felt like I needed to make an adjustment to make this aspect of my writing fun again. In that spirit, I do already have a few locations and events planned for the new year that I can’t wait to share!

The Books

I felt like I had another pretty solid year on this front.  I’ll never read as much as I want to, but upon looking back I find myself extremely satisfied with the books I did get to.  I read a whole bunch of great books, crossed a few key items off my TBR list, and managed to get almost all caught up on the Cosmere.  Needless to say, I’ll have a very interesting annual awards post coming up in the next few days! As for next year, I plan to focus more on works that are a bit shorter than my usual fare.  I have some personal and professional obligations coming up that may cut into my already scarce reading and review writing time, but, again, rest assured I’ll definitely still be reading.

And that’s a wrap on 2019.  Looking forward to blogging with you all in 2020!