A look back at the year

This year has been filled with many surprises from getting engaged to finding a new job that I enjoy more than I thought I would. It has also been a big year on this blog, which as of January 8 will reach its third year as well as a big year in books. And I have learned so much.

Blogging

When 2018 started, one of the biggest things that I promised was to post more. When I started this blog, I was only posting reviews and only once a month,  but at the end of the year I had only posted 9 times. So I had set a goal of posting every week, but before long I got hooked and began posting almost every day. There were two or three months when I fell off the wagon but I learned that it’s OK. It happens and I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. My followers were still there.

Speaking of, I want to give a huge thank you for the 153 of you who follow me and all the others that take the time to read, like or comment on my posts. At the beginning of the year, I had only 12 followers. I never would have thought that I would increase my blog by that much. So thank you all for the support. I have enjoyed talking with you and it has made this blog fun even on the days when I hit a rough patch and didn’t blog for a while.

I also have accomplished by other goals of creating a new template and providing more visual aids. The template was an easy one that I created that very day. The visual aids weren’t too difficult. I learned about Canva, a free site where you can make your own logos and banners, which I consistently use for my weekly memes and reviews. And I have been posting more photos, which ended up being fun. I was constantly trying to think of different photos I could take just to post.

The other goal I had was to go beyond the reviews and post other things. With the help of all of you, I have done just that. My favorite is the Top 10 Tuesday lists that we do. I also created my own weekly meme of Fun Fact Friday, where I post a fun fact about myself with the hope my readers would share a fun fact about themselves using the prompt.

This blog has grown so much in one year and I can’t wait for the new year.  I have a lot of plans for this blog in 2019 and I can’t wait to reveal it all to you. For now, I have to finish planning it all out.

Reading

I had set a Goodreads Challenge at the beginning of the year to read 50 books. I figured I would be reading 3 books a month for book clubs which is 36. Last year, I had beat that goal so I upped it to give myself a little challenge. I didn’t realize that I would not only reach it but pass it. So far I have read 61 books but I am going to try to read at least one more book by the time we ring in 2019.

Part of the reason why I surpassed my reading challenge was because I ventured into audiobooks. I was hesitant at first about this. I had always read a physical book. There is something about browsing shelves at the library/store, turning the pages and smelling the book (yes, I am one of the book smell lovers). However, I had nearly an hour commute to work, which was wasted on half listening to the radio.

So I took the leap and surprisingly LOVED it. I ended up learning that I loved listening to nonfiction narrated by the author. It felt like I was having a conversation with the author so I ended up reading more nonfiction this year than I anticipated.

The other thing I learned this year, after reading “The Gingerman” is that it’s OK not to finish a book. I used to believe that once I started a book, I obligated to finish it through. However, after reading “The Gingerman”,  I felt like I had wasted time reading a book I didn’t like right from the start and it didn’t get better. I ended up not finishing a few books this year after this. It’s OK.

Overall 2018 was a very good year for me and I couldn’t be happier. The next year will be full of unknowns but I am looking forward to it.


How did your 2018 turn out? Did you meet your reading/blogging goals? Let’s discuss!

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