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.
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.
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.
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.