Feb 142014

Workaday Reads turns 3 on Feb 16! Continuing the tradition from past years, I wanted to post a reflection of what this past year has been like. I think it’s fun to look back at what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same. If you want to see what I said before, here are links to Year 1 and Year 2.

My library
Since I moved across the country in June, I greatly reduced my physical book collection. If you don’t count the pile of books that are waiting to leave, I have just under 3 shelves of physical books: 1 keep shelf, and 2 read and get rid of shelves. That’s pretty good.

Let’s not discuss my ereader though. I have over 250 books on it. Oops.

I’ve moved away from taking notes while reading, and moved back to writing reviews fairly soon after reading the book. I think that moving between these two schools of review writing is something I do fairly regularly, and both work for me at times.

Reading speed
Last year I read the least number of books since I started blogging, but it felt okay. I seem to read faster at the beginning and end of the year, and slow down in the summer. I feel like this is a natural cycle since the summer is all about getting outside and enjoying the sunshine.

Blog look
Looking at the button for my blogiversary giveaway last year, I realized that if my look has changed at all over the past year, it’s only been in small tweaks. Looks like I’ve finally settled on a blog design that I’m good with keeping.

Related to blog look is review look. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I installed the UBB plugin and am using it to update all my old reviews. This is a slow but rewarding project. I really love the idea of an auto-updating archive, which is the main reason I’m doing it. I definitely should have chosen to do this years ago.

I have slowed down with the author features, book tours and giveaways. This is more a reflection of being too lazy to set things up than anything, but that’s okay. I’ve also dropped all my memes for now and have tried to incorporate a discussion post at least biweekly.

Me as a Blog Reader
I have been very limited at reading other blogs for the past few months. I’m really only reading and following a small number right now, but I’m making an effort to comment a lot more. The next step is to branch out and find some new blogs to read. I just need to make the time.

I’ve almost completely ignored my stats over the past year, only looking when I want to update my stat information on the About page or my Netgalley profile. The stats just don’t matter to me anymore. I love all of my followers, but like I said last year, I don’t need to count you. I’d rather focus on creating content and returning comments.

If you made it all the way to the end of this reflective, thanks so much! If you want to leave me a comment about anything I’ve said, or just wish me a happy blogiversary, I’d be thrilled. Be sure to check back tomorrow when I’ll have a fantastic giveaway for you.

  8 Responses to “Blogiversary Reflection – Year 3”

  1. Happy Blogiversary! I follow a lot of review blogs, but I think you and I have a similar taste in books and your reviews always have a good explanation for what was good and what didn’t work so well, so I tend to trust your recommendations more often than others. While I enjoy seeing other author’s guest posts and interviews on book review blogs, I think some blogs are getting carried away with it so they don’t have to write as much themselves.
    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I enjoy your reviews, and congratulations on the start to year three!

    • Thanks! In the past I’ve done a lot of author interviews and guest posts, but they’ve been a little rarer now as I need all the posting space for reviews, lol.

  2. I can’t believe it’s been another year for you! It sounds like you’ve really grown into your own blogging wise, you’re at a comfortable place where you blog regularly but don’t stress out about it, and that seems ideal. Congratulations on three awesome years!

    • Thanks. I agree that I’m really comfortable with book blogging now and seem to have found a happy place where it continues to be fun to do.

  3. Happy ‘early’ Blogoversary!

    (Happy Valentine’s Day too!)

  4. Happy Blogiversary!

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