Saturday, May 26, 2012

Changes to Come!!



I want to thank everyone for their congratulations and well-wishes in regards to my graduation from law school.  I am truly relieved that I am finally done with school.  However, my work is not yet done.  I have to take the bar exam, which means I have to study.  Yes...I graduate so I can study.  And it seems that this will be unlike any studying that I have done before.  I know...I'm so sad.   Since I have class 6 days a week and will be studying 8 hours a day, Reflections of a Bookaholic will be on a semi-hiatus until August.  I KNOW!! THAT IS SUCH A LONG TIME!

What is a semi-hiatus you say? 
It essentially means that posts will be greatly reduced and I plan to abandon my Google Reader (*sniff *sniff).  No longer will you see 5-7 posts a week, with 2-3 reviews a week over here.  I plan to go to 3-4 posts a week with 1-2 reviews a week.  I'm not quite sure where the reviews will come from but hopefully they'll appear on their own. I will visit my favorite bloggers, reply to my comments, and return comments but I can't commit to more than that.

So what's going to be going on over in quiet land?
It won't be too quiet over here.  It is only a semi-hiatus after all.

I have some fantastic things planned, so you can still be excited.  Some of my favorite bloggers have agreed to guest post for Why I Love Wednesdays so every week in June and July, you can expect to hear from a couple of bloggers on the topic of the week.  It will be fun. I'm excited.

I've got some changes planned for the layout, which should make getting around easier.  I wanted it to be done before bar prep but such is my life.

I'm also participating in Foodie Friday, from Geeky Blogger Book Blog and perhaps Sunday's Best, hosted by Girl xoxo.com.

So things will be going on.  There won't be any real-time contact and there will be a serious lag in my appearances.  But you guys understand right? Awesome.

Also...kind of off topic, but still things to come.  Reflections of a Bookaholic will be switching to Wordpress after bar prep. (*gasp) I know. I know. I said that I wouldn't do it.  I'm only switching because I received some nifty graduation gifts that I want to play with.  I'm not going to create another website that I'll never use to play so I'll move this one and play that way.  I'm really sad about it, honestly.  But I want to play with my presents more.  So... Oh well.



What about all those books you accepted for review?
Uhhhh!!  Saying that I'm behind is an understatement.  We will revisit review requests in August.  No worries, I won't accept any new ones until I clear ALL of my current accepted reviews.

But I've been emailing you and emailing you about my book?!!!
(*runs and hides*)

Honestly, the polite thing to do is to reply to your emails and let authors/publishers know that I'm no longer accepting reviews.  I'm a polite person, I promise, but my email scares me and I have yet to overcome my fear.  I'm sorry.  Maybe next week I'll become superwoman.

I have room for book spotlights if you put "BOOK SPOTLIGHT" in the Subject line of the email.  I'll send you a canned email explaining what I will need to feature your book on Reflections of a Bookaholic.
Please don't get offended if I turn you down.  I only want to spotlight books that I would have accepted for review.  Books that I would be interested in and would have read if circumstances had been different.

So with that... here we go!! I'm heading back to the classroom.  Grrr!
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35 comments:

  1. I'm with you on the whole "I'm behind" issue. The fact that I'm behind with review copies is a huge understatement AND I'm super busy with university. :(

    Congrats and good luck, though!!!! :) Can't wait to see the changes!

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    1. I feel so bad at how behind I am. The truth is that I was just too inexperienced when I started excepting reviews. Now I know better but I still have these obligations.

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  2. Woohoo, congratulations finishing law school! Best wishes on the bar exam!! No worries about the hiatus... we'll be here. :)

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  3. I know I am break this weekend so don't tell anyone that I commented. I have several family members that have taken/passed the bar exam so I know how much time/effort/sheer determination that takes! You need to concentrate on yourself during that time so you go girl! I will total cheer for you all the way!

    Don't stress over the review stuff when I quit accepting them---it was a little intimidating at first not to answer email (I am like you don't like being rude) but it is in my review policy so I should be "getting" an email. I do still work with like 3 people who don't take it personally when I say I am swamped ---I don't think I will ever go back to have a full open review policy --to much pressure :)

    I hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

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    1. Haha! I won't tell. It's our secret. Very few people understand how it is for the bar. I'm not sure I completely understand how I plan to make it through. Lol.

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  4. that would shouldn't be getting an email *sigh*

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  5. Study hard now :) But take time to read books too. That is a must for every booklover

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    1. I'm scheduling one hour a night for reading/blogging for stress relief. I don't want to go crazy.

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  6. While I'm a little less formal about my hiatuses and just disappear as needed, I completely appreciate your explanation. Come back when you're ready! Belle

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  7. Oh! good luck with your Bar Prep!!! I'm sure you'll rock it though I also gather it's a lot of work!!
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    Hiatus is sad but also necessary at times, so best of luck!

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    1. Tons of work. I've already started so it is overwhelming but hopefully it'll go by fast.

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  8. Congrats on graduating Law School!! I just got all my grades back from 1L year so it's nice to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and someone has graduated! Have fun studying for the bar lol

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    1. Thanks! Oh it will go by fast! Plus everything is better after 1L year except..maybe bar prep.

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  9. Congrats and good luck, Alexis!! Glad you will still be around!

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  10. Good luck sweetie!
    Take all the time you need.
    I'm sad about you moving to WP.
    I'm very curious, what are these gifts you received? ;)

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    1. I received Adobe CS5. I'm trying to come up with all the ways I can play with all that software. Lol. Plus a lovely family member gifted me the hosting.

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  11. Congrats again on graduation! And I know how stressful these next few weeks can be ... I had a few friends last year who graduated from law school and then had to study for their bar exam. Don't worry about us, though! Just study, study, study, and do your best! Good luck!

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  12. Congratulations! Take your time to study ad good luck :)

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  13. WOW!! That is a big list of to do during a hiatus. I mean semi-hiatus. Study and be well. Looking forward to seeing the new stuff. :)

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    1. Haha! You should see me when I'm not on a hiatus!

      Lol but no.. it just means that all weekly blog posts except for 2 are prescheduled and I'm' visiting like 10 blogs a day. Which is down from like 100. Though there will be things going on around here, I'm actually no longer blogging until August.

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  14. Good luck with your studying Alexis. That's a huge undertaking. You still seem like you will be busy with your blog. So I will be sure to check here regularly, as usual, for any new posts. I'll be looking to your posts!

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    1. Thanks! The blog will still be producing but I won't be doing it. Lol.

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  15. Wow, I don't think I could do it anymore - all that studying. Good luck with it. I know you'll do well. As for not doing as much or blogging as much, well you have to do what you have to do and right now school is more important. If you need any help let me know. I'll lend a hand if I can.

    I switched to Wordpress a year ago now and I'm happy with it. It's easy to use and all that stuff. I can't wait to see your changed, etc.

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    1. I know. I so want to be done and I never want to see another school again!

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  16. Yay for joining the Wordpress crowd. Double yay for new things! :-)

    I am sure you will do just fine on your bar exam, but I do understand the need to study. It's a tough thing to get through (so I hear). Best of luck and can't wait until you are fully back with us in August! :-)

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    1. Me too! I see all the good reading going on and I'm jealous.

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  17. Girl don't even worry. I'm officially 11 reviews behind. WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

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  18. Your doing great to even commit to doing a semi-hiatus. One of my good friends just passed the Texas bar recently and she was completely off the map for 3 months studying! I totally understand how much work you'll be doing. So no worries. Study hard! :-)

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