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Yikes! So much pressure! Seems like one of the universal truths about blogging is that a blogger is expected to write an end-of-the-year post. I’ve seen a few already–good ones, too, in the form of revisiting predictions for the New Year from last year (along with the promise of an end-of-year list of predictions for 2012); to books-read lists; to all-around wrap-ups with philosophical overtones. Oh, and there’s a post that’s kind of an end-of-the-year thing from Jamie LaRue, someone whose library work and philosophy I greatly admire. And it’s only December 28. There are still 3 more days for bloggers to fill the blogosphere with enlightened, thoughtful, thought-provoking, nostalgic, reminiscent, resolute, and forward-thinking posts.

And me? I’ve got nothing except a lot of leftover holiday cheer, tickets for the theater Friday night, and a nice, moderately expensive bottle of champagne for New Year’s Eve. Translation: I am still in holiday mode (I worked a half-day today, will work tomorrow, but then will be off again until Jan 3). My heart is full from days of celebration and family togetherness, but my brain is fairly empty. I don’t think clearly, coherently, or particularly philosophically over the holidays. When December 24 rolls around, I freely admit that I put aside any hope of fruitful productivity until the first day back to work after the New Year. Unless by productivity you mean watching a lot of movies, eating a lot of food, and staring into a lot of space.

So then, what to write? And from which perspective? If you read this blog regularly then you know that this is a half-and-half blog–half about libraries and half about everything else. I am fortunate to have readers that appreciate one aspect or the other or both. When it comes right down to it, I am fortunate to have readers at all. I am so grateful to anyone and everyone who takes the time to read what I have to say, not to mention sharing the link to one of my posts or commenting on or “liking” a post Those are not small things (to me) because every share or like or comment is encouragement and very much appreciated. I especially appreciate those loyal Facebook followers, co-workers (Ed, Stephanie, and Grisely), and my family and fellow Laura Bush scholars.

I guess as a blogger what I most want to say at the end of the year is this:

I can’t wait to see what next year brings because starting a blog in May 2011 has been one of my favorite things ever. Having a blog is an outlet, an extension, a forum, a way to connect, reach out, and contribute. I have discovered some amazing people as a result of this blog, and I have been touched when something I write touches someone else or prompts them to share something of themselves. I truly believe it is a privilege to write words that others read. And if you’re a fiction fan, I have a tip for you: Keep an eye out for Joellyn and Nicole Powers, who are going to take the literary world by storm in the very near future. Their words are now and will be well worth your time to read.

At the end of the day (or the end of the year) what I really want to say is just, “Thanks.” I hope you will keep reading in 2012 because I have lots more to say. And I hope some of it will be worth your time. Special thanks to that group of loyal readers, which keeps me going, and to those bloggers (Andy, Will, Sarah, Bobbi, Steve, Roy, Henrik to name just a few), who have been doing this a lot longer than me and provide inspiration, information and incentive to keep writing.

But right now, I have holiday leftovers to reheat and a glass of wine calling my name.

Happy New Year with a toast to you and yours for a lovely 2012.