3 years on, where am I now?
Welcome to blogmas day … I don’t fucking know anymore. I’m being informed that it’s day 17. If you want to see more of the Blogmas stuff search Blogmas 2020 on my blog to get the rest of the posts or follow the link at the bottom of the post to go to yesterday’s post.
Today I want to talk about my blog. It’s just coming up to 3 years since I started it and I thought now would be a good time to look back and where I started and what it’s become. I’m also going to talk about what I want for this blog as well as maybe giving a little advice.
I started this blog after a trip to LA in January and I knew it was going to be a passion project, it was something creative for me to do as a distraction from my job and to help me feel more included in the book community as well as inspire me to read more. And honestly it has worked super well, I do feel super inspired and find myself constantly wanting to read.
For the first 2 years of its life the blog was named the Millennial book reader, this coming from the fact that I was sick boomers claiming millennials were the reason book shops were closing and print was dying out. That obviously isn’t true and I wanted to prove that wrong… Though that quickly changed, it just didn’t have the right ring to it and I wanted to try something new. Around the time I decided I wanted to change the name my dog, Mylo the Jack Russel, developed glucomba and went blind because of it. It was a devastating blow to the family and I hated it so much. I did a lot of traveling around the country to bookshops and he was my little travel buddy. So naming the blog what I did felt like it fit just perfectly.
Around the same time as starting the blog I started my instagram. I knew how important this kind of marketing was and it’s where I get most of my views from. I do love writing my blog but I’ve never much cared about the numbers, the blogs were just an enjoyable hobby, whereas on Instagram was something I really worked hard on to build up my numbers. I currently have 671 and I would love to reach 1000 in the near future.
I love wiring reviews, that’s definitely the thing I want my blog to be known for. I read a lot of different books, from YA to adult, so I do appeal to a wide range of readers but the problem is I sometimes do think this is my downfall. I think about this quite often actually, I’ve applied for a couple of ambassador programs and I worry that because I review YA books adult publishers don’t want me and because I review adult books YA publishers don’t want me. But then again, I’m not about to change my reading style just for that reason. I like that people can come to my blog to read a review about IT by Stephen King and then read one about FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell.
Now, where do I want the blog to go? Well I don’t see myself stopping any time soon, I know I want to keep building it up and finally getting involved with some publishers! As I’ve mentioned a couple of times I would love to open my own bookshop and I know I want to keep the branding with both my blog and the shop consistent. I would love to add an online shop to the blog or maybe make them two separate things. Who knows!
I also want to work hard on building up my Instagram. As I said I wanted to get to 1000 followers but even after that I would love to just keep going after that.
This blog has been a huge thing for me, especially over 2020 when I’ve been stuck at home on my own most days. It’s given me something to focus on and put my creativity into. It’s a reason for me to get out of bed every day.
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