A Brief History of Swallow Song + 2018 Stuff

I realized yesterday that January 2nd marked the one-year anniversary of my having a dedicated domain.

 

I decided to launch a hair and lifestyle blog back in 2013, just before I went to university. After I started covering my hair full-time, I realized it made no sense to publicly discuss my hair when I was no longer allowing people to see it. I can’t remember exactly when I shut down the other blog, but it must have been sometime near the end of 2014. I focused my attention on writing and editing articles for my school’s newspaper instead.

 

For nearly a year I didn’t post anything on my own domain. Then, in August 2015, I started writing again.

 

I joined a book club at my school and discovered NetGalley shortly thereafter. In 2016, I started writing reviews in earnest.

 

To be honest, I mainly purchased the domain to satisfy the “personal portfolio” requirement for one of my courses. Since I was already blogging though, I decided to keep the domain after the course ended. Blogging about books helps me keep track of what I read.

 

Halfway through the year, I decided to blog about tea as well. My love for tea is no secret, and I like sharing that love with you. Over the course of 2017 I wrote 35 posts, which is more than 2.5 times the number of posts I wrote in 2016.

 

Right now, I’m trying to strike a balance between work and blogging. In the past, school took nearly all of my energy, and now it seems work is doing the same. That said, I’m going to try my best to keep this blog alive. I enjoy writing, and I hope you all enjoy reading (if you don’t I’d like to hear how I can improve, but please be nice D:).

 

I’m going to try to keep a regular schedule, but no guarantees. 😉 If my Goodreads goal is 36 books but there are 52 weeks in a year, how can I write a review every week? I’d run out of books, lol. I guess you could argue that I should read more, but I’ve got to take things one step at a time. I know that blogs with more frequent posts receive more traffic, but this is a matter of quality over quantity, isn’t it? Besides, on the off weeks, I can post tea reviews or random rambles.

 

There are still quite a few books I never got around to reviewing last year, so I’ll most likely start with these, unless something else catches my eye (update Feb 2018: I read some more interesting stuff and review those first, with the following reviews mixed in):

  • Old Geezers: Alive and Still Kicking
  • Anne of Green Gables (Graphic Novel)
  • POS: Piece of Sh*t
  • Zen Pencils: Creative Struggle
  • The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

 

They’re mostly graphic novels, because I was trying hard to reach my reading goal, but The Newcomers is standard nonfiction book, even if it isn’t a very good one (spoiler?).

 

I didn’t personally make any resolutions because I acknowledge that I don’t have the follow through to even bother with them, but I’m curious to know if any of my readers made resolutions. Drop a comment below, then get back to working towards those goals, ha.

 

Cheers to a wonderful 2018!

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