Happy Monday! How has your day been? Today has been a pretty good day for me! I was so stressed the past few weeks about the essays I had to write for class and I got my grade back for one of them this morning and I got a B2 (which for people who don’t use our system thats 16/22 or 70-ish%) so it’s definitely a weight off my shoulders a little but I still have more grades to come in and hopefully they go as well as this one did. Thanks again to everyone who sent me supportive messages on my essays – they really helped me get through it ❤
Anyway, today I thought I would do a spin on a post I did a couple months back called What I am Reading vs What I Read where I basically look back one year ago to the day I am writing it and see what I was reading then compared to now. I planned to do a sequel to that post today but I went to goodreads to see what I was reading and realised that I didn’t read anything this time last year so I had to improvise – hence this post was born. This might have been done before (knowing the internet it probably has, but I couldn’t find anyone doing it – if you know of anyone please tell me so I can credit them!
The plan is for me to go back on this day the past 3 years of my blog and see what I was posting in this week of each year to see how the things I post has evolved. I hope you enjoy this because I think it’s a fun idea and it would be cool to do it again.
Well there has definitely been a lot of development in my blogging style since then. Firstly, I don’t listen to audio books so me doing a Blitz for one is crazy and I am almost 100% sure it is the only time I ever attempted to do Audiobook content on my blog because after trying it once I knew it instantly wasn’t for me.
Secondly, that is a lot of organised posts. By organised I don’t mean that I scheduled them (because I definitely didn’t do that since I only started doing that in 2019) I mean that it was posts like Book Tours, Blitz, Giveaways etc that were organised by an outside source and I just had to write a post on a set day (or basically copy and paste a pre-written post onto my blog) and while I do these occasionally when it is a book or author I really care about, I would never do them to this extent anymore because they never feel as real as my other content. No hate to these because I like reading these posts, but they aren’t really the kind of stuff I like to write myself.
And the last thing I notice there that I wouldn’t do now it double posting on the same day. It makes me feel like I’m trying to churn out content and less like I have put effort in. It works for some bloggers but not for me.
Some similarities I do see however, is obviously my Wednesday’s Word of the Week posts are still going strong three and a half years later which is pretty incredible! And also it looks liked I have a decently regular posting schedule which is something I am really proud to say I have today (although as you will read shortly…) I definitely have not always been this consistent with my posting.
Disappointingly, in 2018 I had a blogging hiatus of two and a half months where I was just starting Uni and I hadn’t worked out how to cope with the blogging/life/studying balance yet so I just stopped posting and sadly November fell into that slump. So nothing to reflect on here other than the fact that I have learnt how to get a better balance between all those things so that I can still do well in school, have a life and do my blogging too. I actually did a whole post on tips to help with balancing all of this – HERE – if you are interested.
15th – First Lines Friday #4
Similarly to 2018, I again struggled to keep up with my blog whilst back at Uni so it was a barren few months on my blog during my first term. This is the only post I did close to these dates. I haven’t done one of these in a while but I still enjoy doing them, I’ve just had other things I needed to post on Friday’s instead and that’s the only real downside to these posts are that you have the constraint of only being able to do them on Fridays.
I actually don’t know how well this week’s content represents the stuff I generally post as a whole, it does show that I have a regular schedule, my Wednesday Word of the Week is still going and I doing Review Sunday’s so it does show elements of the staples that I think are all favourites of my blog. Anway, I hope you enjoyed this! I thought it was super fun. I will see you on Wednesday with my Word of the Week! ❤