Hello my lovely lemons! Would you like to join me in a little celebration? Two years ago today I published my very first post. Since then I’ve had the most amazing experience, and it just gets better with every post. I’m absolutely in love with this wonderful, positive community, and every new connection I make just fills my heart with joy. If you’re reading this post right now, I hope you know how happy you make me.
Happy 2nd Birthday to my blog! 🎉
I thought I would celebrate this anniversary by looking back over the past two years and all my best experiences. And let me tell you, there have been many. I’ve been inspired, had meaningful discussions, made wonderful friends, and discovered many incredible stories. I’ve learnt a lot of important lessons along the way: both about blogging, and about myself and what I can accomplish. This post has come at a really good time because…
I just completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge!
This year I set my goal at 52 – my highest ever. And I’ve completed it with 3 months to spare! I’m soooo proud of this, especially since it’s the first time I’ve hit my original goal. (I lowered it in 2018, and just didn’t hit it in 2019.) While I have to admit it probably wouldn’t have been possible without being in quarantine and off work for 2 months (or was it 3? I’ve lost track of this year…) I do think I’ve also just been more dedicated to reading. The longer I spend immersed in this community, the more books I find that I just have to read, which is motivating me to read more and more. I’m not exactly at the 100 books a year mark yet, but who knows, maybe in 2021?
The posts I’m most proud of
I’ve published a grand total of 68 posts since starting this blog, and quite a few of them have stuck in my mind all that time. Here are my favourites, in order from oldest to newest!
The most important lessons I’ve learned
If I could give one piece of advice to a new blogger, it would be stop judging yourself based on your stats. Checking them daily has never helped anyone and they are not a good measure of success. Instead, focus on something that actually makes you happy – for me that’s the number of comments section conversations I’ve had. The number of views a post has gotten means nothing to me if nobody felt strongly enough to respond and talk about whatever I’ve written. Stop focusing on numbers and look at what makes you happy.
The most recent (and definitely most important) thing I’ve learned is to seek out and embrace diverse books, written by and about people of colour. I’m ashamed it took a global movement to make me step back, look at my reading, and realise how white it is. Now I can’t believe I was missing out on these amazing stories for so long. My TBR is now growing at an unprecedented rate, so if you need some more diverse recommendations here are the ones I’ve added recently.
My favourite books I’ve found from blogging
When you blog about books, you tend to discover a lot of new ones you wouldn’t have found otherwise. And because you all have marvelous taste, I’ve found a lot of favourites from my fellow bloggers! Here are the most memorable books that I read because of blogging:
I want to say thank you so much to everyone who has read my posts and talked about books with me over these past two years. You mean the world to me, and I can’t imagine my life without this wonderful community. Here’s to another year of brilliant books, fun posts, and great discussions with you all!