5 Years Later

Five years ago today, I was a sophomore in college and without a thing to read over my winter break. I wanted something new to read, so I got online to find book reviews and discovered that there was such a thing as a book blog. I knew that this was how I wanted to spend my time and a baby blog was born.

Since then, a lot of things have changed, but one thing is still the same. I feel so fortunate for that day, because book blogging has changed my life in more ways than I can count. I have met amazing people, been fortunate enough to have many opportunities, and hope to be a blogger for a long time.

Usually, I don’t do much for my blogiversary, because there is just so much going on. It’s the end of the year! There are year-end surveys and book lists, New Year’s Resolutions, and holiday posts. But lately I’ve felt the blogging bug and I thought I might share some of my blogging resolutions.

  • Blog at least once a week. I know this won’t happen every week, but I’d really like to try to make this a priority in 2014.
  • Blog about books, but not necessarily reviews. I like my book lists, my conversations about books, but I’ve been tired of writing reviews for a long time. I think it’s time to just let them go.
  • Post a quote from every book I read. Weekly post about this, maybe?
  • Blog about other things. I’ve thought about blogging about NYC, crafting, recipes. I’d like to find a way to do this consistently. I want my blog to reflect my life.

And that’s it. I want resolutions that are doable. I want 2014 to be the year of getting it right in all aspects of my life. Or at least trying my best. Will you join me?

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13 thoughts on “5 Years Later

  1. Happy Blogiversary! I have missed mine entirely a few years because it is also in the middle of the holiday season… Those resolutions sound very doable, though. Good luck!

  2. I’m a newcomer to your blog–I found it during your November Nonfiction posts. Congrats on your anniversary, and I look forward to continuing to read your book-ish thoughts, in whatever form they take!

  3. Congrats on 5 years dear Lu! I’m so glad to have known you through blogging–you have such a sweet spirit.

    I love your goals (especially the last) and think you’re own to something about the reviews. It’s where I really struggle too but I just haven’t know how to tackle it!

    Happy 2014!!

  4. Happy blogiversary!

    I love the line “I want my blog to reflect my life”. I need to make that my goal also. Posting a quote weekly on your blog sounds like a good idea. I plan on doing the same thing. It has that commonplace journal feel. Good luck.

  5. Happy anniversary, Lu! I too love your goals and perhaps I should take some inspiration from them myself. I can struggle with writing reviews of some books as well, even if I really like them. It can just be so exhausting to be thoughtful ALL THE TIME πŸ˜›

  6. Will I join you in which aspect? πŸ™‚ 1, 2, 3 or 4? Or all? Or those things you mentioned in last paragraph? Well, whichever, yes, I will try to join you in almost all of those, but I’m not making any promises, which is something I’m trying to do next year…of course, that’s making a promise too, isn’t it? Making a promise to not make any promises? πŸ˜‰

  7. Happy bloggy birthday! I’ve seen a few bloggers set a goal of quoting from every book they read, and I love the idea. I’m not going to do it in January (because I’ve already scheduled a bunch of those posts and returned the books to the library and it is now TOO LATE), but I’d like to try to do it in February and after.

  8. I love these goals. They feel a lot like what I want to do this year. I want to think about different ways to write about books… reviews are sort of tiring me out. Or maybe I just need to start thinking about reviews differently. I’m not sure. I love the idea of quotes from books. I’m excited to read those posts. I also want to blog about things besides books, but I also haven’t decided the best way to do that. I was thinking about making Friday an “other” day and posting about something that isn’t bookish every Friday. We’ll see though. January is such a busy month, it’s hard for me to make plans because they just fall apart before I even get started πŸ™‚

  9. I love your resolutions for you blog!

    I still remember when I decided to start a book blog. I agree that this community is life changing. But I also love how much I’ve been able to adapt my blog to be so much more than just a book blog. Yes, I am a reader and that is a huge piece of my blog but my blog is more about me than about books.

    I look forward to seeing how your blog develops with the execution of your resolutions!

    Happy 2014!

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