Blogmas is almost over and it’s been an interesting experience. I’ve felt I haven’t really given the blogmas challenge my all, especially in the past week, and that’s been due to life, a lack of inspiration for posts and not being as prepared as I hoped to be.
I’d decided I wanted to try and do blogmas way back in October. I had some blog ideas, had even started drafting some, but didn’t have anything properly written or scheduled. Then I was without a laptop for almost three weeks in November due to mine dying and having to be sent away to fix. I was able to borrow a laptop from work, but I definitely didn’t get as much blogmas prep done compared to if I’d had my own computer.
I took part and completed blogtober last year and towards the end of that challenge I was finding it hard to think of things to write about, so because blogmas is shorter (by six days but still) I thought it’d be easier. In some ways it was. I fell back on weekly posts like Book Blogger Hop and Top 5 Wednesday to help me out, and I had my usual weekly film and book reviews, but that still left three or four other days each week to fill. I did write some posts I’m proud of. I loved writing all my thoughts on audiobooks and how my attitude towards them have changed, and the Avengers: End Game trailer led me writing a trailer reaction for the first time in ages and one that was almost 800 words long.
I do enjoy how events like blogmas gets me to push myself when it comes to blogging. It gets me to think of more creative posts than my usual book and film reviews, but at the same time it makes me appreciate my weekly book and film reviews. I like having a routine with my blog, both because it’s nice for me and, I presume, my readers like the regular mix of film and books and don’t mind my eclectic tastes that much.
Blogmas, like blogtober and the A-Z in April Challenge, taught me that I can write more and manage to post everyday – whether that’s through being organised and scheduling days or weeks ahead, or by getting something up at about 10pm like this post is going to be. But I don’t want the pressure of posting every day if I don’t have to have it. Blogging should be fun, and for me it still is even after having this blog for five years now. That’s an achievement to me and I hope I still enjoy blogging just as much in five more years – if blogging is still something I want to be doing of course!
I have over 500 followers now, in fact it’s very close to 550, and I just wanted to say a quick thank you to all you people out there who’ve clicked that follow button or who just generally read my posts. It means a lot.
I actually passed the 500-follower mark a while ago, maybe a month ago now, but life’s been busy so I haven’t really had the chance to say thanks. Thank you for following, thank you for commenting and sharing and liking my posts. Thank you for coming to my little corner of the internet and sharing your opinions. While I may be slow at replying to comments, I do enjoy reading them and interacting with you all.
I thought I’d use this post to share my plans for my blog, the last time I did this was when I hit 100 followers and my plans haven’t changed much since then to be honest. I’m going to continue to post a film review on Mondays and a book review on Thursdays (I like how it shows off my interests equally and I like the spacing between days) and I think it would be cool to post at least semi-regularly on Saturdays. Though I’m not sure what the topic of those posts would be so we shall see how that goes or how inspiration strikes me. My stats have gone up significantly this year and I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because of my MCU rewatch reviews (that was extra content I was posting every Saturday and I did like how I had more posts on my blog each week) so I could post more Marvel-related stuff – I could talk about some of my favourite characters for days. It’s a thought.
I also wanted to use this post to ask you my dear readers, whether you are old or new, if there’s something you’d like to see me write about or feature here. Do let me know any ideas you might have for posts or if there’s something you’d like my opinion on. I won’t guarantee I’ll do any, or all, of your suggestions, but it would be cool to see people’s thoughts. Also I occasionally take part in Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday and am always keen to hear about similar features, bookish or otherwise, as I think it’s a great way for me to discover new blogs.
Finally, thank you again for following this here blog. I can’t quite fathom how many people follow my blog or visit it every week and from all across the world too. It’s wonderful. I enjoy blogging and don’t plan on stopping any time soon, so I hope you won’t get bored of me.
It’s been just over a week since the April A-Z Challenge ended for another year and I’m very happy to say I completed it for the fifth year in a row! Can’t quite believe I’ve been taking part in this challenge for five years now, and that means I’ve been blogging for over five years! Time flies when you’re having fun.
My theme this years was My Favourite Songs. I was quite lucky in the sense that I found it pretty easy to find songs for every letter, the difficulty came when I would have about five great songs that I loved for one letter and had to figure out which one would be the chosen one. I found it easy to write each post and I had them all scheduled before the end of the month. I do wonder if because each post was made up of a music video, whether my actual written content wasn’t as good compared to my content generally. The reason I say that is because if I’m honest I sometimes wrote the posts without much real thought, and sometimes I found it difficult to say more than “this is a song I love a lot” and that’s it.
I think my content had an effect on how people interreacted with my blog this year. Compared to last year, I received more visitors but less views and comments which I found interesting. My top three most popular posts of the challenge were Take a Hint, Under Pressure and Mr. Brightside which I think shows off both my eclectic taste in music and the people who came to my blog.
I also did a terrible job at visiting other people’s blogs. I would always try and respond to comments left on my blog (they may be about a week late, but I generally responded to them all – sorry if I missed yours) but I rarely visited peoples blog either via comments left on my posts or by finding blogs through the Master List. April was a bit of a hectic month for me and my mind wasn’t really on blogging in general never mind focusing on the challenge itself. It’s a shame because reading other people’s A-Z posts is always such a joy but I missed out on it this time round.
I think for next year, the best way for me (and potential readers) to get the most out of this challenge is to think ahead and start writing posts for the challenge months in advance. This year’s challenge kind of crept up on me and I didn’t sign up till a week before the challenge started – leaving me with a lot of work to do.
That being said, as I was kind of apathetic to the challenge this year I am considering I might take a break from it next year. We shall see how I feel in early 2019.
I hope all those of you who took part in the challenge had a great time and you achieved what you set out to do. For more information on the challenge and to find many other blogs who participated, check out the blog.
April begins next week and that can only mean one thing – the A-Z in April Challenge is back! This year’s challenge has kind of crept up on me but I have a theme, a good idea what each post will be for each letter, and I just need to write them.
But first some information on the Challenge. The challenge is to post on your blog, every day of April bar Sundays. Since there are 26 days in April (not including Sundays), that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet.
This year will be my fifth year in a row participating in the challenge! Five years with this blog have just flown by! I did want to have a theme that was something to do with forgotten women in history but due to my late planning I feel I wouldn’t be able to give that sort of topic justice. Instead, I’m embracing my musical side and each letter of the alphabet will correspond with the title of one of my favourite songs. I don’t really post about music a lot here, so it’ll be a chance to sample my musical tastes. There will be old favourites and new ones so expect an eclectic mix of genres and music from a variety of decades.
During April I should still have my usual film reviews on Mondays, book reviews on Thursdays and my MCU rewatch reviews on Saturdays – there will just be a lot more music here than normal.
To find out more about the challenge, visit the blog and you can check out what I’ve done for the challenge on previous years here. Do let me know if you’re planning to take part in the A-Z Challenge – I love to see what people put as each letter, especially some of the harder ones like Q, X and Z!
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. It’s the start of a new year! How 2015 has flown by! Now I’m not always the greatest at making and sticking with my resolutions, I think I managed to keep half of my resolutions last year, so let’s see what happens in 2016.
Continue to post at least once a week.
This year I’ve been doing really well with my blog and have posted at least once every week and, when it comes to what I’m posting, that leads me on to my next resolution…
Post at least one review a week.
Now I have been doing this and generally I’ve set it up that on Monday’s there’s a film review and on Thursday’s there’s a book review. If I read/watch a lot there’s sometimes extra reviews not on those dates but I’d like to try and stick to that schedule as long as I’m still reading and watching stuff that I have enough feelings about that I then want to review it.
Continue to read diversely.
In 2015 I did pretty well in reading a whole range of genres and the the authors I read was pretty much a 50/50 split between men and women, with slightly more female author. I’d like to continue doing that and make a conscious effort to read books from authors of colour. You can check out a summary of my reading in 2015 here. (more…)
As you may or may not have noticed, there’s been a lot more posts on my blog over the past few weeks. This is because I was incredibly organised and took part in the Blog A head 2015 Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and Caffeinated Book Reviewer. The challenge was simple. Throughout October I just needed to increase the number of scheduled posts I already had by 31 posts and all posts should be scheduled from November 1st.
And I did it! 31 posts all scheduled by the end of October. Most of the posts will go live in November and December but I’ve got a few scheduled at the start of next year as well. It’s a great feeling having my blog so organised. I’m still writing and posting reviews as I read/watch stuff but on the whole, the majority of the stuff you’ll be seeing on my blog will have been written and scheduled a month ago.
Ii enjoyed taking part in this challenge. Some days I wrote and scheduled like 5 posts and then left it a week before I wrote anything else. There wasn’t that much planning involved really and doing memes like Top Ten Tuesday certainly helped me get to that 31 post target.
I think I’ll take part in the Blog Ahead Challenge again, it made me think about what I want my blog to be and to work on my writing and scheduling.
Did you take part in the challenge? Do you usually schedule posts or just post as you go? This was the first time I scheduled really and I’m quite pleased how it worked out for me.
Thank you very much to the wonderful Felicia Sue Lynn who nominated me for the Encouraging Thunder Award. This little corner of the internet is my little space for thoughts and reviews and to think that other people like what I’m rambling about half the time and think it is award worthy feels great.
-Thank the person who nominated you.
-Post the Encouraging Thunder logo.
-Mention your purpose in blogging.
-Nominate others for the award.
My purpose in blogging:
I first started this blog when I was still at University as a place to show off and develop my writing skills to potential future employers. Over time it’s grown from being solely film-focussed to being about my growing love of comics and rediscovering my love of books. To be honest, I blog for me. It’s a fantastic feeling when people comment or like a post or follow my blog but I enjoy having this little bit of the internet where I can write reviews of books and films and comics, or talk about something big that happened in my life. Just having this blog for where I can share my opinions is a nice feeling.
I’m still getting the hang of the community aspect of blogging, I’m one of those people that likes following blogs but not too many because I like to try and make a connection with the blogs I do follow but then I end up missing out on some great blogs because of that. Let me know of any blogs you think I should follow!