100 Followers: A Reflection on blogging so far

I’ve recently hit a small (very small, actually) milestone of 100 followers. I started this blog with the hope of reaching this target by the end of the year, so I’m incredibly pleased (and amazed) that I’ve gotten to this stage.

Without a doubt, being at home for 4-5 months during the Coronavirus pandemic has meant that I could put more time into my blog. Despite everything, I’m very thankful for the extra time it has given me to read and write. Having said that, some days and weeks I have struggled.

When there is no routine, or even exposure to ‘normal life’ I have sometimes found my energy or inspiration to write completely sucked out of me. There were days that I just stared at a blank screen and no words would come, or I could simply not summon up the energy to even start.

I still ask myself, how on earth did Shakespeare write King Lear during quarantine?

I think what I have learnt most of all from the short time I’ve been doing this, is that writing and running a blog takes time, dedication, and love.

When I post frequently I see more engagement and traffic – which obviously makes sense. It is not all about followers but it is nice to know that people enjoy reading what I have to say.

I’ve already met some really nice people via this little online community and I think it’s really important to engage with other like minded people. I love starting conversations with people about books and will be forever grateful for this platform!

I have really enjoyed the process of curating my little corner of the internet – although my blog is by no means perfect or big, I’m proud of how far I have come. I used to get so nervous about posting and people reading my work, but now it has just become routine. It has done the world of wonders for my confidence and finding a ‘voice’ as a writer.

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Starting this blog has also given me access to lots of advanced copies of books, for which I am very grateful for. One thing is for sure – I feel like I am never going to run out of things to read! It’s so nice to play an active part in the reviewing process and know that I could influence a reader to buy the book and also, help the author.

Reading has now become such a big part of my life and I really do love writing about books and sharing my reviews with you. I feel out of love with reading for pleasure when I was at university and am so glad I can now read what I want. I’m a firm believer in the power of books and only want to spread that message.

I’ve also enjoyed sharing my thoughts on politics. These posts don’t do as well, partly because with everything going on at the moment, I think it’s nicer to read about other things! Nonetheless, Covid-19 has been a testing time for the government, and I think it is important that we scrutinize them and go on doing so. I have always had a passion for politics and will continue to share my thoughts and ideas on this platform. However, I do this more on Backbench.

Honestly, writing has been keeping me sane over this period. Without it, I would be pretty lost!

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who reads my posts, likes and comments, and who follows me – I am hugely grateful and really appreciate your support. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

Love and best wishes,

Violet xxx

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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Many thanks to Beyond the front cover @ Jess for this lovely nomination, I never expect to be nominated for one of these! You should all check out her blog if you’re anything like me and love all things book related, it’s a great blog! 🙂

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog
  2. Answer their questions
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo
  6. Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog/

What do you do to unwind/de-stress/relax?

This depends on my mood but at the moment I’m really enjoying long baths with a podcast or writing in my journal. And turning my phone off, that’s always great too!

Are you an early bird type of person, a night owl, or somewhere in between?

I am definitely not a night owl, I begin to loose concentration as soon as I’ve finished dinner in the early evening. I always feel more productive and positive in the mornings!

Do you have a favourite movie character? Who is it and from what movie?

I don’t really watch that many movies but probably Emma from the movie, One Day, an adaptation of the book written by David Nicholls. I just think she’s so cool and blase – oh and really funny.

Who is your favourite artist or what is your favourite artwork?

This is a tough one! In terms of artists I would probably say Rembrandt or Turner. Rembrandt for his wonderful self portrait’s and sense of feeling and Turner for his vivid skies.

Which of your blog posts is your favourite?

Interesting question! I would probably say the post I wrote about Black Lives Matter, it was a really hard one to write and very personal – but I’m incredibly glad I wrote it.

My Nominees:

  1. carly books
  2. Soph’s Book World
  3. Gil Reads Books

FYI those are all really good blogs so you should go and check them out! Of course, there’s no obligation to take part, I just thought it might be a fun activity to do at the moment!

As for the questions, I think these are really good ones so you can just copy those. If you choose to take part I look forward to reading your answers! 🙂

Thanks for reading!