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Announcing Christmas Giveaway Winners And A Christmas Vacation

To start today’s post, congratulations to Notes from Rumbly Cottage (Karyn) and Evan, who were the randomly selected winners from yesterday’s giveaway.

Karyn and Evan, if you would like, post in the comments below which book you’ll be selecting from the first 34. Also, send me an email at rbrucewriting@yahoo.com with your shipping address, and I’ll get your selected book to you soon.

Now, on to the main subject of today’s post.

I’m about to hit pause.

Back in the summer, I took a week away from 101 Books while I was on vacation. During that week, I reposted four of my favorite past posts from this blog.

For weeks, I’ve been debating whether or not to do that again. There’s always an inevitable traffic hit, even after I return. Will I lose all the readers I’ve gained over the last 16 months? That’s the kind of stuff I asked myself.

But then I read this post from Jon Acuff–who gets 100 times the traffic I get on a daily basis–and I decided I would take some time off again. Not only for my sake, but for yours as well.

If you write a blog, especially a daily blog, I encourage you to give this some thought. You can read Jon’s entire post at his blog, but here are the five main reasons he says to take some time off:

  1. It’s a chance to remind your blog who’s boss.
  2. Your content in 2012 will be better.
  3. It’s Christmas. Focus on what matters.
  4. Less people are reading during Christmas.
  5. Give people who are reading a chance to see something great they might have missed.

So what does this look like?

Next week, 101 Books will be featuring five of my favorite posts from 2011.

These won’t necessarily be the most popular posts in terms of traffic or comments (as most of you have probably read them anyway), but maybe there’s a post or two in there that you might have missed and may be worth taking a look at it–“hidden gems” perhaps.

Enjoy your Christmas, your holidays, your Hanukkah, your New Years, your whatever it is wherever you are. I’ll definitely be reading next week…I just won’t be writing.

101 Books will return live on January 2.

Until then, enjoy the rest of 2011!

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congratulations Notes from Rumbly Cottage (Karyn) and Evan! Enjoy your time off Robert!

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    December 23, 2011
  2. Evan #

    Hooray! Thanks for doing the contest Robert. I think I’m gonna have to select “I, Claudius” as my pick.

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    December 23, 2011
    • Excellent choice! I’ll do my best to get it in the mail to you next week.

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      December 23, 2011
  3. Merry Christmas and have a happy new year! I’m taking the week off myself 🙂

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    December 23, 2011
    • Merry Christmas to you as well! Have a great off week.

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      December 23, 2011
  4. Merry Christmas. Have a great week off!

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    December 23, 2011
    • Same to you, Teresa. Have a great Christmas.

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      December 23, 2011
  5. Great idea, Robert. Call it a “mental health week” and come back refreshed. Happy Holidays!

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    December 23, 2011
    • Same to you Ross. I think the time off will do me good.

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      December 23, 2011
  6. I really liked #1 – It’s a chance to remind your blog who’s boss. I have a cooking blog and I only post twice a week and even then sometimes it can feel like a job. I also took a week off over Christmas and now I feel inspired and excited to start writing again. Hope you enjoyed your time off!

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    January 4, 2012

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