And OHHHH how I hate to do that! But times are hard.
For the last 4 years I've had great fun running a Birthday Blog all through January, with guests and excerpts and chat galore. Normally at this time in Dec I'd post a calendar of those yawning empty days with the hopeful plea for guests to take up a date - everyone welcome, with whatever they'd like to post :)
It won't be happening in 2013, I'm afraid.
It really upsets and frustrates me to pass a year, but I've had to face the fact that this January is going to be hell for me. Some of it nice hell - writing, family events - but some of it not-so-nice hell - tighter timetable on the year-end audit at work, exams and work problems for the Sons, some medical appointments etc.
My guests are always fabulous and send the posts in with lots of content and smart presentation, but it still takes time every day to monitor and manipulate the blog. It's always been time I've ENJOYED, don't get me wrong, and I love reading the range of interests and topics. But January 2013 won't even have a small window of free time for that.
Perhaps console yourself by reading the posts from previous years *g* over at Dreamwidth and Live Journal ??
And MANY thanks and hugs to everyone who's followed and contributed along the way. Here's to more time in 2014!