What? Have I been blogging for A YEAR?! According to WordPress, I made my first blog post on May 24, 2017. Apparently.
Yup. It’s official. Sophie’s Corner is one year old. First of all, I want to thank everyone for supporting me and reading what I have to say. I started out with one sad follower (me), and now I am proud to have over 500. I love the blogging community so much, because you guys always have kind and positive words to say. (Did I mention that this is my 152nd post!? And that I’ve written 92K words in blog posts – that’s like a NOVEL!)
This past year has been at times tough and stressful for me. As you guys may know, I moved across the country with my dog in January, leaving my friends and family behind. I started a new job, which is challenging because involved a different area of specialty and a new group of coworkers. Everything was new and overwhelming, but it was a relief to see that my blog friends and blogging community remained the same.
(No worries, I am all settled down now :’) )
What I am thankful for
#1: Never running out of books to read.
Before I found the book blogging community, there moments when I wanted to read, but didn’t know WHAT to read. Now I have the opposite problem- My TBR is always overflowing, and it is a matter of choosing what book to read next.
#2: Finding books that I enjoy.
Thanks to book blogging, I’ve become pretty good at choosing books that I end up enjoying. Maybe it’s because I read book reviews more often, or because I get stellar recommendations from fellow book bloggers!
#3: Being a voracious reader.
Before blogging, I didn’t read much at all, especially since university drained all my time and energy. 12 books a year would be an accomplishment. When I met the book community, I was amazed by how much everyone reads. This influenced me to read more, and I became fascinated by books again.
#4: Finding my writing voice.
When I wrote my first few (quite embarrassing) blog posts on WordPress, I couldn’t quite get my voice and my personality just right. I was writing words, but I didn’t feel like they were an accurate reflection of myself. Now, 150 posts later, I think I am finally writing me.
#5: Having the motivation to write.
Even though I’ve loved writing for a long time, it’s always been an on-and-off hobby for me. I would have bursts of inspiration, and then… nothing. Around the time I started blogging, I also began to take writing me seriously. I am so thankful that there are people who care about my WIP, whether I post snippets, aesthetics or just a blurb. It means a lot to me and it encourages me to continue going. I am also inspired by the other writers that I’ve met through blogging, who remind me to never give up on my dream.
#6: Meeting a group of amazing people.
AKA. You guys! It always makes me happy to read your comments and feedback on my posts. I learned that blogging is more than just writing, it is about the interaction with the community as well. It is because of you all that I keep doing what I do. Thank you ❤
I am actually a bit nervous since I’ve never done a Q&A before! However I’ve seen other bloggers do this for their blogiversary so I thought I’d give it a try. So… Any questions you’ve all been dying to ask me!? (Reading, writing, blogging, DIY, life!?) Ask away!! 🙂