Well, today is apparently my second blogoversary with Books and Bark! That snuck up on me. FAST.
But I still can’t believe that I’ve been blogging (consistently) on Books and Bark for TWO WHOLE YEARS! Isn’t that crazy?? MY BABY IS OLD NOW.
To get all sappy on you: I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this blog. I mean, I certainly wouldn’t read so much for enjoyment. Before I really started writing on Books and Bark and connecting with my fellow bloggers and SEEING TORTUROUS PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALL THE PRETTY BOOKS, I hadn’t been reading that much, and was mostly focused on school. I mean, I still mostly focus on school, but reading is what keeps me sane. It’s what I turn to after a particularly stressful week (or sometimes weekend) and need a bit of comfort. Sure, I don’t let myself read on weekdays, but it’s still a nice feeling to know that my books are there and I’m interested in reading them. AHEM. That rambled off pretty quickly.
So, to recap what’s happened in the past YEAR since it was last my blog-o-versary…
I REALIZED THAT I CREATED MY BLOG ON AUGUST THIRD, NOT AUGUST FOURTH, 2013.
I mean, yes, I did post my first post on August fourth, but I think August third counts as my actual, true blog-o-versary.
SO NOW THAT THAT IS OUT OF THE WAY.
I CHANGED MY BLOG DESIGN!
So I think this is pretty important. I want my blog design to reflect who I am, and I think my old design just wasn’t working for me. I wanted something cleaner and older and more sophisticated, so I think this really works a lot better. I mean, I changed it from
so I think my taste (not to mention my graphic design skills) really improved.
OH, I ALSO DIDN’T WRITE A NOVEL.
“Um,” you say, chewing on your nails as you look around for the exit (as I am clearly not sane), “why is this a good thing?”
Well, I shall tell you. First off, I actually studied this year. I am really proud of how my study skills improved from the previous school year to this past one. Secondly (because there oddly is no such thing as “second off”), I’m proud of my ability to think. I actually began this achievement by saying I had written a novel, but then I went through my post archives and realized I… hadn’t? I finished my novel over a year ago. And I haven’t edited it or written another one since. And although that is sort of discouraging (I mean, writing always gives me this awesome sense of accomplishment), I kind of like the feeling. I can not write a novel and… not go crazy. GOOD TO KNOW. But seriously. I like it. The fact that I am taking my time before I finish my next one. And that I’m not sharing the process with you. Which might seem incredibly selfish (or maybe you don’t want to hear about it at all, I don’t know), but I mean, I’m still referring to it as SSP–Super Secret Project–and I don’t really know what it is yet myself. I think the fact that I didn’t write a novel and haven’t really been writing one tells me that I’ve matured a little from a writing standpoint. I’m taking my time, and not rushing into writing, like I’ve always done before. And maturing is always a good thing.
I LEARNED TO RATION MY POSTS BETTER.
Last year, my posts were either sparse, or so densely packed you could hardly squeeze by them. This year, I got better at planning my posts, and writing consistently (around five or six a month), and then cutting down when I had too much homework, or AP testing, or finals. Which is great. Like number three, this is another sign of good progress! And since I’m going to be having more classes than ever next year, rationing my blogging time is going to be more important than ever.
I’VE LEARNED TO BE HAPPIER IN MY POST-WRITING.
Well, this one sort of goes along with the previous one, but… I think I’m happier when I write posts now. Blogging sometimes seems like a chore, so it’s really important to me that my blogging isn’t like that. I really love writing, and I released some posts I was really passionate about and really loved writing! So yay.
So, that sort of turned more into a what-I-learned-this-past-year. But it was fun to write and reflect on! Even if it wasn’t as planned out as last year.
I wrote a lot of fun posts this year, though, truly.
My favorites to write were
- The Funny Thing About Feminism™
- Becoming A Tourist
- When The Words Won’t Come
- TFiOS: The Re-Review
- Why Sherlock Holmes And I Need Platonic Relationships // A List
I REALLY LOVED writing that last one. I also started linking up with Top Ten Tuesday this year (although I won’t be linking up tomorrow, August 4th, because BLOG-O-VERSARY). I also got more into writing about diversity and women’s rights and I want to keep doing that. OH, and did I mention I got an Instagram?
OH, PLUS PRESENTS!
I jest, I jest. I just… happened to buy myself a lot of books/get myself a lot of books for review recently?? So now they count as blogaversary presents to me. From myself. SHHHHHHH. I know. I am a hermit. I have no friends. I am proud of my friendlessness.
But what say you that I shall give you pie?? Pie is good, no?
(IF THE ANSWER IS ANYTHING BUT YES, PLEASE LEAVE THE PREMISES OF THIS BLOG IMMEDIATELY.)