For any of you OG followers, you may have noticed a rather discernible change from how my blog used to look when I first entered the book-blogging community. And for any newbies who are curious, check out anything in the archive from my first year of posting as I left those old school! (And while you’re there, leave some likes and comments too.)
As you know, one of my resolutions is to get back to blogging more consistently again. I want to make more time for it now that I am not overseas living the life of a backpacker. Something I had been needing to do for years is a complete overhaul to fix all those things that were driving me crazy, but felt too overwhelming and time-consuming to actually do. Because we’re all self-isolating right now it seemed like the perfect time for me to finally get things done.
The first fix was pictures. Every post now has these pretty little graphics to let you know exactly what you’re going to get if you keep reading my post of that day. I can’t take credit for the photos though, so thank you Unsplash for the public domain snaps! With a wee bit of editing they now suit my purpose and look perfectly lovely, if I do say so myself.
The second step was formatting. I don’t know why, but I simply did not think about consistency when writing and it showed. Sometimes I justified my margins, sometimes I didn’t. Titles were hit and miss, use of italics and bolding was random at best, and you get the idea. I think I managed to correct at least 97% of my posts, so if you find any that need fixing (not from the first year) please let me know!
Then comes categorizing. I have added a few things so all my posts will be better organized and make it easier for you to find more of what you want. I have done an initial go-through trying to quickly gauge what topic each post falls under, but I will actually have to go through and re-read a lot of my old posts to ensure they have been classified accurately. That will take some time…
Particularly as I think I need to get some good hashtags added to my posts too. Not only do some posts not have any at all, but other ones have tags I am not sure even exist. I need to find out what you guys are using and following so more lovely people can find the fabulousness that is this blog! (Or, y’know, might be once I actually finish fixing everything).
Speaking of organizing, I gave my menu pages a bit of a shuffle. I have added a new one called “Directory” that gives you a breakdown of what each of my topics will consist of. There are also two new pages under the Editing tab. Not only will I be sharing with you tips and tricks for writing and editing, but offering my services as a freelance editor. And, last but not least, I have reorganized the book review links to be alphabetical rather than by date. It should make things a little easier to search for a particular book and author now.
I have yet to decide which phase will come next, either adding links to my posts so you can quickly have more similar to whatever you just finished reading or sorting through and typing up the stack of hand-written book reviews overflowing my inbox. Sometimes I prefer putting pen to paper to start and other times I am just too lazy to turn on my computer, something I am currently deeply regretting.
And finally, something that will be ongoing I think, is figuring out how to get blogging back into my every day life again. I am no longer a student with a ton of free time on my hands (when we are not in quarantine that is), so I need to carve out a schedule that both gives you more of this goodness without me becoming a sleep-deprived zombie. Having all of this time right now will mean –hopefully– getting gads of posts prepped so I can stay ahead of things.
Depending on how things are in the world, we may or may not still be self-isolating when this post is published. If we’re not * hooray * and you will have realized this post was written a couple weeks prior. If we are still in quarantine, please pretend you never saw this last paragraph.