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 first decided to start 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.
For nearly a year I didn’t post anything. Then, in August 2015, I started writing again.
I joined an irl book club and discovered NetGalley shortly after. 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. I’ve left all of the portfolio stuff online because I figure it might come in handy someday. 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 to share that love with you all. Over the course of 2017 I wrote 35 posts, which is more than two and a half 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 I’ll spread the posts out. 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 that’d encourage me to 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:
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 Classro
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!