Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013-A Blog Year in Review

Can you believe there are just 3 more days left in 2013? I always like to take some time to reflect on the past year. What have I done, seen, and learned? What accomplishments have I achieved? I thought I’d review this blog as well. What was the year like for Cozy Up With Kathy?

One major milestone was August 12. That was my 1 year anniversary for the blog. Should it be birthday? Whatever the case, the blog is going strong, in fact even stronger, one year later!

I’ve also increased the number of posts. At first my intention was only to post on Sundays and Wednesdays. However, being involved with so many book tours I now also occasionally post on Tuesdays and Fridays. It’s nice to be popular!

Did you know that Cozy Up With Kathy has a corresponding Facebook page? I started that page on January 19th to share even more information about cozy mysteries. If you haven’t already done so, please, stop by and give me a like!

The most exciting thing for me is welcoming so many authors to my blog. I love doing interviews and have done over 30 this year. So, which authors paid Cozy Up With Kathy a visit in 2013? Starting back in January and continuing through December I had Linda O. Johnston, Cindy Blackburn, Tonya Kappes, Jennifer Oko, Susanna Calkins, Mitzi Kelly, Lucy Burdette, Madison Johns, Kate Carlisle, Peg Cochran, Erika Chase, Sam Cheever, Daryl Wood Gerber, Cathy Ace, Dawn Eastman, Teresa Trent, Christine Wenger, Cate Price, Joyce and Jim Lavene, Jesse Giles Christiansen, Wendy Delaney, Amanda Flower, Isabella Alan, Joanna Campbell Slan, Jessie Crocket, Rosie Genova, M. Louisa Locke, Barbara Jean Coast, Pamela Rose, June Shaw, Victoria Hamilton, Julie Seedorf, Krista Davis, Sharon Pape, Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and enlightening me and my readers.

I’ve read 56 books over the past year, sharing some with you on my Wednesday Currently Reading post. The first book I finished in 2013 was Fox Tracks by Rita Mae Brown and the last was Teacup Turbulence by Linda O. Johnston. (I’m fairly certain I shan’t finish the book I’m currently reading by the end of the year.) I’ve been introduced to several new cozy mystery series that have quickly become favorites (Victoria Hamilton’s Merry Muffin series, J.J. Cook’s Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series, Rosie Genova’s Italian Kitchen series, and Jenn McKinlay’s London Hat Shop Mysteries to name a few!) And of course, I’ve tried to catch up with many of the wonderful series I already follow (Sofie Kelly’s Magical Cats series, Krista Davis’ Domestic Diva series, Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft series and Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile mysteries, for example).

This year had been a great one for my mystery blog. Thank you for visiting me in 2013. I hope you’ll continue to join Cozy Up With Kathy in 2014 for lots more mysterious adventures!