It's a little late to do this and I've debated on whether 2012 even merits a wrap-up post, but I finally decided that I might as well bite the bullet, get some closure, stop feeling guilty, and look toward the future.
In 2012, I signed up for a lot of reading challenges and didn't complete that many. I believe I completed four, though I didn't make posts on all the books I actually read. A couple of challenges are either perpetual or haven't ended yet, so there's still a chance to make it through. I can't help but feel guilty for not at least making a better effort to complete and participate in the various challenges, since I was very excited about both reading the relevant books and seeing what other bloggers read and posted.
Without going into too much detail, 2012 was a fairly trying year. Both my parents had some relatively minor health problems that resulted in each of them spending some time in the hospital and then going to a rehabilitation unit to regain strength. I also had some health problems in 2012, though nothing significant. Everyone is much better now and hopefully things should get back to normal.
External factors played a huge role in reading, posting, and participating, but there were several internal factors as well. In fact, those internal factors probably affected my blogging more than the external, especially after I felt like I was falling behind. I'm a perfectionist. And a procrastinator. And I majored in English in undergrad. So even though I spent a lot of time writing about books, I'm still having trouble with how to approach book blogging, specifically what to post and how often.
To make a long story short, I've decided to try to do short reviews of everything I read on Goodreads then make a blog post when I feel like I have more to say. I also plan to interact more with other bloggers and try to go outside my comfort zone in choosing books. To that end, I still plan to do challenges, read-a-thons, and read alongs. This year, though, I plan to sign up for them throughout the year, after I've read at least one appropriate book. I already have my eye on a few, so I have a feeling I'll end up signing up for quite a few year, too, but hopefully I'll actually manage to complete more this year.
Oh, and I'll hopefully make my 2013 wrap up post before January is nearly over.