Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Death by Tsundoku! It’s hard to believe we’re about to jump into 2018. I am so glad that I’m still here and writing blog posts. This is a big milestone for me in the sense that I know I’m still young in my blogging adventure. The momentum isn’t slowing down yet.
I feel like I’m supposed to have something amazing and profound to share with you all after two years. But, let me tell you, I’m still learning. I have so much left to learn, too! Here are a few additional things I’ve learned this year:
Blogging should never be a chore. If you are feeling like blogging is pulling you down, take a break! You don’t need to run on all cylinders at all times. Blogging should be a fun way to connect with others about what you love, not a source of stress.
The book blogging community is forgiving. No one is upset with you for going on hiatus or missing a post you promised. Perhaps a little disappointed, or maybe even concerned for your well-being. But everyone only wants what is best for you.
Working directly with authors is incredibly rewarding. There is nothing better than helping an author get the word of their book out there. I love chatting with them about their process. But most of all, I appreciate knowing they are people just like you and me.
Habits matter. Okay, while I technically learned this last year, I only picked it up at the end of the year. I still had a lot to learn, and I have a lot more still. My favorite bloggers are consistent. And you only gain consistency through habits.
Never be afraid to ask for help. We are all figuring this out one step at a time. I love meeting new bloggers and learning from them. Over the past year, I’ve gotten stuck a few times and I’m always surprised how many people show up to support me. We are never alone.
Hopes for Year Three
Last year, I set some ambitious goals for myself. Not only did I have some resolutions, but also hopes and ambitions for the next year of blogging. Here are my hopes for 2018:
Expand upon by series posts. I currently have three different series of posts I intermittently use as a platform for my blog posts. Between the Lines is a series focused on better understanding books, trends in writing, and the labels associated with these. Building Better Book Clubs is my favorite series focused on all things book club related. And my newest series is Solving for Tsundoku, a series of posts about making peace with the piles of books. I really love these posts, but they require a lot more effort from me than a basic book review. I hope to write at least two posts from these a month next year.
Deepen my existing blogger friend relationships. There are so many amazing book bloggers in the world! Alas, there is only so much time. My goal for 2018 was to develop a bigger book blogging community. This year, I choose to focus on deepening those relationships instead of expanding to more.
Achieve an 80% feedback ratio with NetGalley. I am known to drink a bit too much bubbly and go on a NetGalley requesting spree. With the help of Evelina’s State of the ARC and some willpower, I hope to finally achieve the golden 80%. I’m only at 54% right now, so I’ve got some work to do…
Make my blog a source of solace and joy. There were some moments this past year where my blog felt more like a chore and a source of anxiety than it felt like a positive force in my life. Never again. I know this next year will be challenging. My life is going to change a lot. Never do I want to lose sight of the joy blogging, reading, and reviewing brings me.
Finally– thank you SO MUCH for being here. It means the world to me that there are people who listen, respond and push me to be more than I thought I could be. Thank you for being a part of my journey. Thank you for participating in everything I do. Thank you for sticking around through my rough spots and my amazing moments.
There are more people to thank here than I could possibly consider. But those who are extraordinarily meaningful to me should be called out directly:
- Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books – For constantly encouraging me and being the blogging bestie I always needed.
- Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom: For being here since the beginning and sticking with me even when you are on hiatus.
- Krysti @ YA and Wine: For encouraging me to go to author events and work closely with authors on the regular.
- Melanie @ Grab the Lapels: For pushing my reading boundaries and my views on the world through wonderfully insightful comments.
- Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf: For letting me tag along and co-host the #2017AnneReadAlong. This was a brilliant journey and I’m so sad it is ending.
- Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction: For co-hosting an AWESOME Thanksgiving Readathon! I cannot wait to do this again next year.
To anyone I didn’t mention directly– you are amazing and wonderful and meaningful to me as well. I don’t know what I’d do without you all! I hope that we all continue to grow together. Leave a comment below and I’ll work hard to include you in my goals for 2018 to deepen relationships. Let’s do this together.
What do you think?
- What do you think of Death by Tsundoku? What are your loves, likes, and dislikes? What do you want to see more of in the future?
- What lessons did you learn from blogging this year?
- What are your hopes for 2018?