Welcome to Shelfleigh’s one year blogiversary! *fist pump*
I started this blog a year ago for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to help recover from the longest book slump of my life. I thought blogging would help me move past my reading
hellatus hiatus. Secondly, I wanted to be better at recommending books to people at my library. I hoped blogging would help me become more equipped at suggesting titles to people . So far I’ve been very pleased with my results. So I’m back for a year two!
To cap off year one, I’ve created a list of lessons I learned over the past year.
I should have blogged sooner.
No, seriously, did I live under a rock for the last ten years? I love reading, writing, and discussing books. I feel a bit cheated by my younger self. Younger self – what were you doing???
This is the WORST time for me to start a blog.
Sigh. Of course I would find something I enjoy so much at this time in my life. I have a million responsibilities, both professional and personally. It’s hard carving out time to read and review books, let alone read other’s book blogs. So while I do enjoy the experience, it sorta feels like I’m never able to give it my full attention.
I *still* don’t feel I’m particularly good at reviewing books…
…but there within lies the challenge – getting better at reviewing. I want to be able to persuade people to read books, particularly books outside their comfort zone. I do feel like each review gets a little easier to write.
I’ve learned so much about building a website and an audience.
While I don’t necessarily have the time to promote and market my book blog, I have applied the skills learned here at work…and the library accounts have certainly benefited!
I’m better at using my public library.
It’s April, and I have only purchased one book this year. Say what? In previous years, I would buy a book (or books) as soon as the urge struck. However, I’ve made the conscious effort this year to use my library more. I’ve spent less money on books, and I have not felt deprived. It also helps that my local library is on point with their book collection.
What plans do I have for year two? I hope to maintain a more consistent blogging schedule. My plan is to post monthly wrap-ups of my adventures in blogging. Additionally, I would love to get better at visiting other people’s blogs.
Finally, I want to thank each and every person that has taken time out of their day to read my blog. If you’re reading this post, I appreciate it. I appreciate YOU. We live in a busy world, and I feel honored to share some of that time with you.