It was my #bookstagram anniversary recently and to say time has flown by would be an understatement. Over the last year, my blog has grown into something I can say I’m very proud of. I’ve mentioned tons of times before that I’m not exactly new to blogging – I’ve done every single genre you could possibly think of, but nothing ever felt right, and I struggled to find my feet.
Last September, I was in limbo. I felt so disconnected from my blog and the content I was producing that I took a two-week break hoping I would return rejuvenated and full of ideas and sadly, that wasn’t the case. I considered throwing the towel in, despite knowing blogging was a hobby I cherished so much. I couldn’t afford to be a fashion blogger. I started to feel vulnerable sharing my mental health online, and lifestyle just seemed a vague topic. Then it dawned on me – I was reading 50+ books per year, following tons of #bookstagram accounts and a little lightbulb moment happened where I thought, why can’t I do that?
Of course, it was a huge gamble. I had built a small audience of loyal readers. I had no idea whether or not they would stick around because what I was producing was a massive change. I can’t lie, many did unfollow, and I completely understood why for such a drastic change in content, it was understandable. But for those I lost, I gained tons of amazing bookish bloggers that shared my passion for reading, and I finally felt a sense of belonging to a blogging community because I was made so welcome.
A year on and so much has happened. In May, I was nominated for Book Influencer of The Year by Blogosphere Magazine. That felt so surreal that I had to double check it wasn’t a mistake. Little old me, really nominated for an award eight months into my book journey felt crazy. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I WON! I attended the ceremony in Shoreditch and had such a fantastic night. I have a super lovely glass trophy which sits firmly on my bedside table and is my biggest achievement to date.
Another milestone is my Instagram, which you should follow if you aren’t already, hitting 2,000 followers just days after my anniversary. I planned to hopefully reach that goal by the end of 2018 so to surpass it with three months to spare felt amazing. I appreciate every one of my followers and enjoy engaging on Instagram. I still have to crack the book community on Twitter, but I’m gradually getting there.
Another exciting project has been starting the #TwoAmysBookClub with the lovely Amy from Amy Buckle’s Bookshelf. Her blog is fabulous so check it out. I always wanted to run a book club so when the chance to collaborate came up, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands, and it has been an amazing project to work on. You can find more about our book club from my recent announcement post which includes all of the information you need to get involved – I’d love you too!
There are a few more projects I have in the pipeline but the one goal I set out to do with book blogging was to have fun, and I can’t rave enough just how much I have. It has been an incredible year getting to know fellow influencers, enjoying documenting my reading journey and of course, winning my award. I want to thank everyone who has supported my blog transition, got to know me in the last twelve months and made me have as much fun as I have. Here’s to the next twelve months!