{Aside} 100 Followers – A Retrospective On Starting This Journey

 

So this morning I woke up to a little notification that I’d hit 100 followers on my blog! It’s a small number compared to the people who have been blogging any length of time, but for a newbie to the community like myself it gave me a little bit of a lift for the rest of the day.

It also made me want to kind of go back and discuss my reasoning behind starting this journey in the first place; how I think it’s been going so far and where I hope to see it go in the future.

Why Blogging? 

I’ve talked a little bit before about my schedule outside of blogging and how it’s jam packed on a daily basis. I often felt like I hardly had time to think, let alone to read. Yet when I sat back and really examined how I was spending what free time I managed to scrape up – there was an awful lot of time spent mindlessly browsing social media, or trapped within a Netflix binge session.

So I made a choice in January of this year: give up the silly and superficial stuff. Using social media is okay in moderation, but no more spending hours on it. I can watch an episode or two of something with Mr. Bastion, or a movie in the evening, but otherwise my free time goes to reading. When I finish an assignment for school, I read. When I do cardio at the gym, I read on my kindle. Suddenly I’m a reading machine!

The decision to blog has been on my mind for years really, but I’m using it now as a motivation to continue with this hobby and I’m so glad I took the leap!

Expectation Vs. Reality

My expectations going into this process were really simple: read a LOT of books during 2017, and share my thoughts with lots of new friends! 

I read 30 books over the course of 2016. When it was time to set my 2017 goal – which was before I’d fully committed to this blogging venture – I set my goal to 50 books for the year, just to give myself something new to shoot for. That being said, I’m already at 28 books read so far this year, so I’ll probably be upping my year-long goal to 100 very soon.

The main driving factor behind all of this though is the fact that I basically have one person in my real life that I can regularly talk to about my love for books, and that’s one of my older sisters. She lives close by, and we’re best friends. I love reading slightly more than she does though, so what usually happens is I find a book I love, lend it to her and wait for her to read it, and then we gush over our thoughts on it together. I’ve found that making friends in the blogging community really satisfies that part of myself that I’ve never been able to really talk about before. You people get me, and that’s what I love about this community. 

One thing that has exceeded my expectations is just how welcoming the blogging community is! I feel like I’ve made so many friends since January! It’s truly amazing and inspiring. You guys inspire me to read more, and to continue growing as a reader and a reviewer.

Also, I had no idea just how quickly review requests for ARCs from publishers and authors would start rolling in. That’s been amazing to me!

So, What’s Next? 

Hopefully I’ll be writing another one of these updates when I hit 500 followers! I plan on continuing this journey with as few expectations as possible outside of making more friends and growing within the community. I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me!

 

xoxo

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How do you think I’m doing so far? What would you like to see more of on this blog? Less of? How has blogging exceeded your expectations? 

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  1. Congrats on reaching 100 followers! I’m do the same at the gym with my kindle, in fact I don’t leave the house without it:) And I agree, the book community is amazing, there’s always someone availability to chat about books which is just the best!!

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  2. Congratulations – that’s a great number 🙂 28 books is amazing – I think that’s about what I read last year hahaha. Was a very busy year though… I set my goal to 35 this year and so far I am on track with 10 books read 🙂

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  3. Congrats! It always feels amazing to reach a milestone on your blog – it’s such a mood boost to know that people are wanting to read your posts and reviews. It is amazing how much it’s possible to read when you make sure to always have a book/kindle with you. I read in every spare minute – even during the ads when watching TV! Hope you continue to enjoy blogging. 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on hitting 100 followers! It’s so easy to get sucked into the endless scrolling and checking of social media, replacing it with reading is a great idea.

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  5. Congrats Bentley! We’re on similar reading wavelengths – I also started this blog in January and hit 100 followers recently; and I set my goal to 60 but have already read 32, so I’m also thinking of upping it to 100. Happy reading!

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  6. Congrats, Bentley!! 100 is a big milestone, and soon enough, you’ll have another 100 more. 🙂 And as you said, once you devote time to reading, it really is amazing just how much of a reading machine you can turn into. XD Congrats, and I’m sure you’ll be doing another one of these posts in no time!! 😀

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  7. Nice, 100 followers is a great accomplishment! Esp if you started blogging in 2017. Meeting bookish friends has been one of my favorite things about book blogging, too. Isn’t WordPress special? 😀

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  8. I know exactly what you mean when you say you can’t geek out with many people in real life because that’s how I feel too!! Us book bloggers totally understand each other haha. I also went through a phase where I was tired of spending hours on Facebook everyday and wanted to read more, although now I’m just on Goodreads all day instead. I’m not sure that’s much of an improvement time-wise haha. Just think how much more time you’ll have this summer! 🙂

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