I contemplated writing this in the early hours of the morning, and then promptly fell asleep. So I’m actually writing this at a much more logical time, and hopefully it will sound a bit less scatterbrained and weird.
Who am I kidding? All of my posts are scatterbrained and weird because I am.
I’m not sure how long I’ve been bouncing this idea around in my head, only that it’s been there a while. I was originally going to post this on Friday, but life happened and I didn’t even look at my laptop. Oops. Today it is, then!
I started blogging in September 2015. * It’s clear, if you read my original posts (please don’t), that I’ve changed a lot since then. I thought it would be fun to go more in depth on that. Hopefully you agree, because that’s the plan. 😉
* Technically, I started blogging in 2012-13. I used Weebly and had 2-3 different blogs, all of which lasted maybe a couple of months. I may or may not have deleted them, I don’t remember. They were probably more embarrassing than my first few posts here…
So, let’s dive in!
I’ve gotten better at time management.
Okay, maybe this one is debatable. Posts still take me 1-2 hours and sometimes I still write posts at 7-9 pm. But what I mean is that I’ve figured out how to manage blogging and other parts of my life so I don’t end up skipping posts for a week. Hiatus excluded. And no, I don’t know how much or when I’ll blog once school starts. I’ll figure that out in August. 😛
I’m more aware of problematic elements in fiction and in life.
I became more aware and started teaching myself more late last year and throughout this year. Through Twitter alone I’ve learned a lot, and with reviews and Google I like to think I’ve improved. I know I’ve got more to learn and I still miss problematic things sometimes, but I’m definitely better than I used to be. At least now I’m familiar with diversity, and can look for diverse books vs problematic ones.
I’m more critical of the books I read.
When I made my Goodreads account in July 2015, basically every book I rated got 5 stars. Last year the majority of the books I read got 4 or 5 stars, though there were some exceptions. This year so far I’ve given a lot more 3 or 4 star ratings, with 5 stars being more uncommon. I feel like this is more realistic, because unfortunately I’m not one of those people that can pick up books they know they’ll enjoy. Not yet, anyway.
I’ve gotten more lenient with what books I add to my TBR.
This one can be interpreted as positive or negative. I like to think it’s positive, because there’s a bigger chance of discovering a new favorite.
It’s only negative for my wallet. THERE ARE SO MANY INTERESTING BOOKS, OKAY? Seriously, they all sound good. Some of them are bound to not live up to my expectations, but what can you do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I’ve expanded my reading tastes.
Before my blog, I picked up whatever sounded interesting. That tended to be one of three genres: YA fantasy, YA sci-fi, and YA contemporary. Since starting my blog, I’ve tried just about everything in YA. Steampunk, psychological thriller, paranormal, historical fiction, high fantasy, retellings, urban fantasy, dystopian, even horror. And for the most part, I liked it. Now I’ll read just about anything if it’s got a YA label. I also delve into MG and Adult, and there are more of both on my TBR. While I’m sure this would’ve happened eventually, blogging and the blessing/curse that is Goodreads definitely sped up the process.
How has blogging changed you? Has it given you a new perspective on certain things? Are there any books or genres you tried reading because of your blog? Let’s chat! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂
I’m off to read. I’m nearly done with my reread of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and after that I want to move on to Lola and the Boy Next Door and my e-ARC of Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…