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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- It’s a chance to remind your blog who’s boss.
- Your content in 2012 will be better.
- It’s Christmas. Focus on what matters.
- Less people are reading during Christmas.
- 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!