I gotta say, this is a pretty crazy post to be writing. July 15, 2011, was the day I finally decided to create my own blog. To say that I’m still doing it ten years later is pretty nuts and I’m not sure I expected this hobby to go as long as it has. I could bore you all with my stats throughout the years or a nice bullet-point list of all the things I’ve learned, but I think the most important thing here is that even though I’m not the same blogger I was when I began, I still enjoy doing it to this day.
I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to post more and interact more but at the end of the day, blogging/reviewing was never a job for me. It was a hobby and I realized I needed to stop treating it as such. I post when inspiration strikes and if that doesn’t happen for weeks on end, it is what it is. Things in life, including blogging, can be a lot more fun if there isn’t quite so much stress put on it. I enjoy having a platform where I can shout from the rooftops about amazing books and that also allows me to connect with so many wonderful people. I’ve enjoyed it so much for the last ten years and I look forward to an endless amount of book discussions to come.
Today marks 7 years that I started officially blogging and it blows my mind that I’m still at it today. I was a completely different blogger (and person) 7 years ago and the types of posts posted and types of books read reflects that. I’ve gone through everything from YA phases to historical romance phases to horror phases and right now I’m trying to find as much happiness as I can in life so I’m picking up anything and everything that makes me happy. I’ve gone through plenty of reading slumps, TONS of review writing slumps (still in one), but I can honestly say that I’ve never found more joy in a hobby.
I’d like to thank all of my fellow blogger friends who still visit my occasional content and still put out their own content that never fails to inspire me. <3 Here’s to another year of discovering brilliant books to escape into and the ideal words to write about them.
Ever feel like life gets so crazy that you’re losing your mind? I’ve been trying to write a review for the past week and all I get is static… so I’m taking a bit of a break.
Going through some pretty heavy personal stuff at the moment and I’m not feeling terribly creative lately so I decided to take a step back and regroup. I’ve got a few posts already planned but I figured it was best not to force it.
I took a bit of an unplanned break this week, mostly just life stuff making review writing the furthest thing I want to do at the moment. I’ll be back next week. But today is a special day so I had to post/write a little something. Today marks the fifthyear blogging for me. Fifth. Year. If you had told me five years ago that I’d still be blogging today I probably would’ve laughed because back then I never could have imagined what a huge part of my life blogging would become. I love sharing my love of books and I love finding people that share that love and I just wanted to give an immense thank you to everyone that manages to keep me inspired and keep this dream alive for me.
Well, I didn’t make it very far into 2015 before losing my mind. Okay, maybe I exaggerate but I’m definitely in need of a break. There’s the normal stress but I’ve also been dealing with some serious health issues (not the best way to start the new year) and it’s bled into my reading time. Nothing has managed to capture my interest and my reviews are basically shit. (Don’t mind me, I’m just whining.) I’ve been trying to keep up with posts but I’ve decided I think a complete break is called for. Considering reading is basically my sole hobby and I read to escape the stress in life but I’m stressing out because I can’t read therefore I can’t escape and…
So I’m going to take a step back because
Dani seems to be going through the same thing with life getting in the way of reading so maybe this break will help us both get back on track. I’ll still be around, just not on the blog for a bit. Fingers crossed I get my reading/reviewing mojo back soon. 🙂
Hello everyone! I had a pretty alright week. It’s finally starting to get cool at nights which has caused me to become addicted to snuggling up on the couch with Netflix. October 1st has come and gone — anyone else glued to Gilmore Girls? I had never seen the first season (and I’m not sure if I ever the saw second season either) so this has been fun to re-experience it from the very beginning. As far as books go, I got two review books and a library audiobook I’ve been really looking forward to.
But the best news this week? I officially have a coblogger!
Hi. My name is Dani. By day, I am your average cubicle drone, but in my heart, I am and always have been an adventurer. Here are a few random things about me:
I’m one of those awful people who treats her dog like a child.
I am an incredibly proud auntie.
When I’m not working or reading, I take to the road drinking in all the beauty that is the West Coast (ahem, best coast).
I think Tuesdays should not be reserved for tacos. Every day is a good day for tacos.
I love taking pictures. Photography is right up there with reading as far as personal bliss goes, and at times, it can be equally as frustrating.
I consider myself a collector – not the creepy kind of collecting, the awkward yet still lovable kind. I stockpile books like I am preparing to be a one-woman library after the apocalypse.
I am also incredibly superstitious. Around my house hang several dream catchers, totems, dried sage, horseshoes, and owls to protect me from evil spirits. Just to be on the safe side I also keep some Letharia Vulpina in a locket that either rests above my head when I sleep, or is around my neck when I hike. Yeah, that’s to ward off werewolves.
I am nervous to share my thoughts on all the things I’m reading, but I am also so excited to share in a new adventure with all of you.
You can find me online on Twitter (sometimes), Instagram (daily), Goodreads (always), and see some of my snapshots here.
Dani and I work together and we squeeze in book talk as much as possible. She’s just as nuts about books as I am, if not more, and I was so glad she accepted my invitation to join in on my blogging adventure. She’s tons of fun, an AMAZING photographer (seriously, check out the link to her snapshots above) and a really great friend so please give her a warm welcome. 🙂 Her first official review is already schedule for November but I’m trying to get her to read something creepy so she can participate in Ominous October and share her first post sooner rather than later!
Hello, everyone! Hope you’re all having a fabulous summertime and not melting too badly like I am. I’ve decided to take a bit of a break for a few reasons:
1. Life has become a busy again lately with work and all my ongoing kid stuff. Plus I’ve been reading too many large books and can’t seem to keep up on posting. I’m currently reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (848 pages), Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (1216 pages) and Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (24 hours – audiobook). Reading little bits of each of these leaves me with no idea when I’ll actually finish a book. lol I’d really love to be able to focus on reading and have a nice stock of reviews available for future postings.
2. I’m flying to Kentucky with my mom to see my grandpa and won’t have internet service unless I go hang out in McDonalds. There aren’t even Starbucks. Yes, I’m already panicking.
3. It’s my 3rd blogoversary on the 15th! *cheers* And I’d like to celebrate by taking some time off from blogging. Makes sense, no?
Celebratory cupcakes! Mmmmm… cupcakes.
I’ll be back with some new posts for you guys in a few weeks. I’ve got Bookish Bingo to keep up on after all. 🙂
Just wanted to wish all the mom’s a Happy Mother’s Day. 🙂
And especially to mine, the best mom I could ever ask for. I love you mommy!
In other news…
Just wanted to post a quick note letting you guys know I won’t be around very much this upcoming week because I took the entire week off from work before I officially lost my mind + my mommy’s coming to town! I haven’t seen her for two years and it’s the first Mother’s Day we’re actually together since 2004 so we’ll be spending lots o’ time together. There won’t be any new posts but I’ll be back at it on the 19th!
I’ve been debating with myself over whether or not I really wanted to do this for about a week now. Whether or not I want to do this, I finally decided that I needed to do this. For those of you that are concerned as to the whys, there are a few reasons:
My life is constantly busy and posting daily has become trying for me lately and I’ve been considering cutting back on posts for a while now. I have a full-time job and four step-children so life is forever hectic but a wrench got thrown in the metaphorical spokes of life for me recently. I’m going through some (to put it plainly) life changing shit (and not the good kind) and I lack the mental capacity to deal with anything more at the moment. I’ve been reading very little because of it so I haven’t had any reviews to post. At this point I would hazard a guess that any review I write would be complete crap anyways so I’ve just decided to spare you all that torture.
Second, I’m still dealing with my transition to WordPress. I’m slowly working on updating my past reviews so that they look all nice and pretty and it’s taking a lot more time than I had anticipated. I suppose I could leave them as is and say fuck it, but using the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin means if I don’t update them they aren’t added to my indexing system so it needs to be done.
I don’t know how long my blog will remain post-less but I hope it won’t be for long. I hope to get things back on track in my life, to rediscover my love of reading, to have some solid reviews to post when I come back and finish getting my posts all updated. I’ll likely be absent on Twitter and on my commenting in the blogs but don’t think I’ve forgotten you all.
There have been big changes, although I’m sure that’s obvious. I went from Sweet Tidbits to For the Love of Words. From Blogger to WordPress. From stripes and polka dots to paint splotches. From my iconic picture of a sunny meadow to some strange random child with bubbles. (That is me by the way. A couple decades ago.) Blogger was causing me far too many problems than I cared to continue dealing with and I’ve been itching for a change.
So yes, big changes but I am absolutely loving WordPress and so glad I was given the opportunity to make the change hassle-free. I had the indispensable help of Ashley with Creative Whim who not only did my migration but is responsible for my gorgeous design. I know. It’s less colorful and clearly missing polka dots but it’s simplistic and less colorful but is so much more me. I love it and I hope you do too!
In the bottom right corner is my new WordPress follow button where you’ll get all my new posts automatically sent to your e-mail. My Bloglovin’ button is below (or the cute little heart over to the right). I lost all of my Bloglovin’ followers with the change because apparently that is one thing that does not redirect. Boo-hoo.
I also noticed that those of you that had my blog set up on their Feeds? Well, my feed address changed too so that’ll need to be updated. Pain in the butt, I know, but I hope my followers stick with me (and re-find me if necessary). I’m in the process of trying to make a new blog button too so keep an eye out for that.
So what do you think of my new design? Of my new blog name? Would love to have your feedback!