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Be Positive About Your Book Blog This Year <3 Take What You Need From This Post And Spread The Love

2017 is nearing its end, and as I read many book bloggers’ wrap-up posts, I am noticing a sad trend… Examples:

“This dumpster fire year is finally ending…”
“No more of this 2017 nonsense…”
“Maybe 2017 will finally leave us alone with all the Twitter negativity…”

And it makes me think. Okay, 2017 was not an easy year. But how much longer can we keep hearing this stuff and not break down? And how much longer will we keep saying it?

To top it off, there our usual book blogger insecurity. Stats, likes, comments, shares. We’re not good enough. We’re never good enough! You’ll turn a corner and see someone better! Or maybe you don’t get any ARCs? Enough ARCs? (Maybe you’re international? Then go read this.)

Well, I don’t want 2017 to look like that. And I don’t want amazing bloggers to keep feeling crap about themselves. (Yes, I often feel like that too. I don’t really want to keep feeling that way.) So let’s look at a list of things that we should be happy about! Let’s try to find positivity in the act of blogging!

Book Blog Positivity And Love ❤️

#1. The Community

Small blogger, big blogger? I don’t care! You’re welcome in the community. And you’ll find sub-communities too! YA bloggers, librarian bloggers, diversity bloggers, international bloggers… There are many different groups that will accept you and warmly welcome you. (Give me a shoutout in the comments if you’d like to join the international bloggers group and I’ll arrange that!)

#2. Your Voice

Your blog is an outlet for your voice, and believe it or not – nobody else HAS that voice. That’s if you’re being true to yourself! Don’t copy other bloggers, don’t try to be like them! We NEED your unique voice. It’s what makes our community diverse! And also, by searching for your voice, you are searching for yourself. You are embracing yourself and finding out what you didn’t know about YOU! If this isn’t positivity, I don’t know what is?

#3. Yes, Your Stats

Actually, your stats will be the thing that most commonly give you anxiety, probably (amirite or amirite? If you don’t fret over your stats, I bow down to you in great respect! Teach me your ways!) But I say (even to myself…) that we should stop paying that much attention to stats. So I don’t have as many followers. But you know what? Most of my followers engage and comments, and I value that so much! It basically means that even if I don’t have a ton, the ones I do have are gold! YES, you heard me. YOU ARE GOLD. Go frolic.

But back to the topic. I suggest, on Dec 31st, to take little post-it notes, write down your follower count, your total comments and your number of posts during that day, and put it down somewhere. On your wall. In a scrapbook. Photo album. Or even somewhere you can see. And BE PROUD of what you have achieved this year! Even if it’s 6 followers! You HAVE achieved them! You probably know those people! You have this many friends who care to hear what you say. Isn’t that great?

Also, keep in mind that up to this point, this is how many posts you wrote. This is the number of times you sat down and spoke up. This is how many times you’ve been heard and maybe even heeded! Is that not worth a lot?

Let those numbers remind you that they’re not a measurement of popularity, but rather a stone to the steps you have built to reach where you are standing now. (Complicated sentence much, huh…)

#4. Blogger Besties

I already said community, I know. But even aside from that, there will also be those 3 or 4 people whose messenger contact you’ll have. You’ll message them at night for any kind of non-blog related thing. Even if they’re all over the world! If their day is your night, even. They might even send you treats and books (with international shipping!) If that’s not friendship, what is?

(You know who you are.)

#5. The Fact That You Know What’s Going On

Before I started blogging, books were just books. Libraries and bookstores held them. They were something of a mystery. Now? I know only the Western scene of publishing, which is a little bit different from where I live, BUT. I will go into a bookstore now and I will not need help. I will go like “oh, this has been published here now… And this. And this, go Lithuania!” Basically, I know what is coming out and when. What people might like it. Why I might dislike it, even. I might even know actual author names. Tell me what layman does that? Nobody knows names! The best they’ll know is the name of a book (that’s usually a classic as well, so it’s been around.) Meanwhile you? You, my kind Lady or Sir, know all the new releases. You cannot be trumped in any bookish trivia. My hat off to you!

#6. Communication With Authors

So what about that time when your favorite author tweeted you? Or, okay, liked your tweet maybe. What about that time?? How awesome did that feel? None of your workmates, classmates or friends have probably ever had ANY sort of contact with the people they admire (possibly movie stars or whatever you’ll have it.) You? You own the place. I’ll bet if you blog for at least a year, you’ll have had contact with more than 3 authors you like. Or maybe even more than 5. What I’m proud of? My name being on the special edition of the ARCs of Senlin Ascends. #lifegoals

Senlin Ascends ARC Cover

(it’s there on right under the author’s last name!)

#7. ARCs

Hey, even if you’re a small time blogger, even if you’re international – you’ll still get SOME ARCs! And that’s definitely a thing to be happy and positive for. Do I need to explain?

#8. Education And Diversification Of Reading

Chances are, before you became a book blogger, you just sort of read whatever you found or what was popular. Do you now? I mean, do you really? Or do you choose, based on what you should read more of? Like, diversity? PoC? LGBT? Discriminated groups of society? Maybe war? Maybe just other cultures? I’m sure you read more of that! You wouldn’t, had you not started blogging. I’m sure of that.

#9. You’re More Goal Oriented

So, we fret about our stats and popularity a bit. But you know what that makes us? It makes us work and fight to get better! It makes us reach for newer and higher goals. And that, in the end, makes us better people. You’re always bettering yourself, if you have something to strive for.

#10. Insert Your Own Reason!

And now it’s time for your own reason! I know you’ll have ones I didn’t list! So tweet a link to this post with YOUR REASON of how blogging has been positive for you this year, or maybe in general. Or you can just comment and tell me! Spread the love, share the post and tag the ones you want to also take their own positivity from this. Or if you know that someone has been feeling down about their blogging game, tag them and tell them they shouldn’t!

And just please keep this positive vibe throughout the holidays! Happy upcoming holidays, everyone!!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

99 thoughts on “Be Positive About Your Book Blog This Year <3 Take What You Need From This Post And Spread The Love

  1. Another great post Evelina! Sometimes I think, how do you manage to write such amazing sentences? Have you done your degree in literature? Well you just write amazing things that really inspire me ❤️ So one point that I would definitely like to add is that Inhave learnt a lot in this community anf have got so much inspiration to move forward.
    Also, I have come across amazing people like you.. the moment I get your post in mail, I read it at that time (obviously if I am not changing cities ). You inspire me in such a way! Fangirling enough?? Lol

    And I didn’t know that your name was actually mentioned in any book? Have you told this before anywhere? Did I missed that? That is really amazing and is #lifegoals.

    I hope the next year too would be equally amazing for you. Lots of love
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    1. Thank you! You must be my number 1 fan 😀 thank you so much for always encouraging me in your comments, it’s downright amazing <3 🙂

      Haha, nope, I have never had anything to do with literature, other than reading it, and also writing 6-page-long essays for school during one and a half hour tests xD (not but seriously. That is true.)

      Anyway, thank you 🙂 speaking of which. We should exchange addresses and send each other postcards xD I know I am already writing a snail mail letter to another bookworm buddy and I've dropped it mid-letter because BUSY LIFE, but I think that would be fun, when eventually I have less work 😀 we should consider this 🙂

      About my name, I think I mentioned it once in a Sunday post, but that was before you were even blogging 😀 let me see if I can find it... It has more info. Hmm.. can't find it! Maybe I just mentioned it on Twitter... Basically, for the ARCs for a self-published book, the publishers were doing a cover with all the good reviews quoted and the reviewers mentioned. So that's how my name got on one of my favorite books 😀 #lifegoals indeed, I was super excited 😀

      Thank you! I hope 2018 is also incredibly great for you as a blogger, and just personally as well 🙂 <3

  2. I love this post. I feel like since this is my first year of blogging I haven’t really had a chance to be negative about it. Since I’m new the only way to go is up. I love the book community, I’ve already started talking to really great people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.

    1. That’s great then! Speaking of which, I’m thinking of creating a new bloggers’ support group where we could share hacks and some more seasoned bloggers could talk and help out, answer questions 🙂 tell me if you’d want to join.

  3. What a great post! Thank you for the inspired words and reminders. I think sometimes we get so caught up in getting arcs and have g these amazing stats, and we forget why we really started blogging. We love to read and want to tell others about it. ☺ Have a wonderful holiday!!!

    1. Thanks Jenea 🙂 I find it tends to happen with a lot of things in life, you just carried away with the process and forget the point 😀 I’m glad my post inspired you 🙂 thanks for visiting!

  4. This is such an inspiring post Evelina. <3 Thank you for being so kind. Thank you for always spreading positivity in such a dark and gloomy world (Internet is such a negative space that it's great to meet someone who always encourages others and does not try to get them down).

    No matter what I tell myself, stats will always give me anxiety – when barely no one reads that post that took hours to write or takes a moment to comment, I'll wonder why I keep blogging. I do love to share my opinions/thoughts, but blogging is time consuming and it's nice to feel once a while that what you do is appreciated. However, lately, I try to stick with the positive aspects (I've been teaching myself to always look for the silver lining) . This year, for the first time in many years, I've won new followers and thanks to you I've found a new community of book lovers.

    Happy readings! 😉

    PS.: Thank for what you said about my new template. Changing is also a source of anxiety for me, so it's good to hear from other people that they like it.
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    1. Thank you! I’m not always so positive 😀 I actually do get very negative in real life, and pessimistic, which is why I try extra hard to broadcast more positivity here… Hoping it will influence me as well 🙂 and of course, uplift others. And I am so glad it does do some good! I knew people would appreciate a post of positivity before the end of the year 🙂

      I know what you mean. I also always feel like numbers will still matter to me, although I try to make myself believe they shouldn’t. You’re right about the time it takes to make a post. In the end, I guess you settle for the schedule that works best, where you don’t have to write too many posts, but you’re also not abandoning your blog. I would also love to have more followers (in reality I don’t have as many as most people I know have xD) but I know I still enjoy my blog and wouldn’t give it up.

      Oh yeah, I love your template 🙂 great color scheme. As for the international group, I am SO happy about it myself 🙂 you never know what’s going to happen, I guess 🙂

  5. I’ll confess that I’ve been a bit of a Debbie Downer lately—2017 hasn’t been a stellar year for me (partially because of the political climate and partially because of some things that have been going on with me personally). BUT book blogging and the blogging community has been a bright spot in my universe—you guys are what keep me going, and I’m so thankful for that!
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    1. I’ve felt that in some of your past updates! Which is exactly why I wanted to bring some positivity to the spotlight 🙂 I hope 2018 is better for us all, and of course for you personally 🙂

  6. This post is amazing and just what I needed to hear (and probably others as well) It’s important to focus on the good things at the end of the year and appreciate what you have! You already mentioned many reasons that came to my mind as well 🙂 Another reason would be the international bloggers group that you introduced me too, it’s amazing that such a thing exists

    1. I am so happy you love the group! 🙂 and I’m even more happy that my post has been a source of positive thoughts for 2018 🙂 happy holidays, Caro!
      BTW, I’m thinking of creating another group for new bloggers (for questions and hacks and support). If you have friends who’d like to join or if you want to join yourself, just tell me 🙂

      1. The group is great and I’m glad that we’ve got something like that for international bloggers 🙂 I Happy holidays to you as well! 🙂
        Oh I think I’ve seen this, but I was a bit busy this last week. I’ll definitely check it out 🙂

  7. yes to all that you’ve said (and add me to this international blogger group please 😉 ) and I would add thi: I’m proud of what I’ve done. I began blogging one year ago and I did not know how to make graphic, use Canva or PicMonkey. I had never used Instagram I had never learned CSS or html or… So I’m proud of all that I’ve learned!
    I became more daring too as I spoke with many US friends and they dare! So I dared contacting one author I love to ask for an interview and she agreed! It was the first to a long list of fabulous interviews and encounters with authors.
    I made friends you are absolutely right! Friends whom I talk to on messenger or whatsapp and not only about books.
    The community… you said it all. It’s an incredible boost every day with this positive and supportive spirit.
    Last but not least: I could reconnect with my creativity. I had put it in a little corner for years and years but that’s who I am. I love drawing, painting, writing, singing, baking…creating! Being a blogger and making bookstagrams, graphics etc. writing posts allowed me to express this fundamental part of who I am.
    So YES I’m happy and proud to be a blogger and to know so many fantastic persons!
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    1. Oh yes, you’re right – reconnecting with creativity! That’s for sure. I didn’t even think of that before you said it, but it is a very creative outlet. And on a regular basis too!

      Oh, and it seems we have been blogging for about the same amount of time? 🙂 that’s cool! And I’m glad you’ve also found all these wonderful things about blogging to be true.

      P.S. I will write you an email with instructions on how to join the group. Write me a comment if you don’t receive the message, OK?

  8. I needed this! As usual, you just won my heart, Evelina! There are supportive bloggers out there but not everyone’s vocal and once in a while, it’s nice to read posts that appreciate everyone, no matter the stats or popularity. Kudos to you for taking out the time and compiling this perfect list of reasons to be positive about my book blog <3

    Definitely agree on the changes that I've seen in myself, from a mere reader to a book blogger; I've definitely opened my eyes to varied genres, unpopular opinions and loads of undiscovered books. Nothing feels right than appreciating a book that hasn't yet gotten the praise it deserves. Yes to remebering author names! Lol, couldn't have related to it more. Knowingly or unknowingly, reading critically and for a blog, does give more insight and we end up remembering the name who created that story…sometimes even the publishers, like what?! I wouldn't have cared about who's behind getting that book out in the market if it wasn't for blogging. 😀

    Loved this post! <3 <3

    1. I know right! I guess I forgot to mention that. But it’s absolutely true 😀 before? I didn’t really even know a single publisher name. Now? I think I even know what sub-company belongs to a bigger one, lol 😀 you’re right!

      I’m so happy this post was relatable for you! 🙂 that was my goal. Believe it or not, I am not a very optimistic or positive person – which is maybe why I try more consciously to put out more positivity, such as this post 🙂 it can make the world of a difference for someone who is having a bad day, for example, so I’m really glad when my content is able to do that 🙂

      And I’m really glad I met you (and a lot of other amazing people) this year <3

  9. I needed this today. Blog stats? They don’t bother me. ARCs? I don’t go in for them because I can’t guarantee I’ll get them read. But my reading stats ARE important to me. I have nine books left to read to reach my Goodreads goal and, looking at my two-star and below reads, this hasn’t been a good year for reading. So yeah, I needed this.
    Thanks Evelina. Have a happy new year. 🙂
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    1. I’m so very glad it made your day better 🙂 maybe we should set more reasonable goals next year? I am certainly thinking of lowering my goal, even though I went over this year’s – I don’t feel like I want to push myself like that next year 🙂

    1. Congrats Aj! I also feel like a lot of times the blog can compensate on those positives in our lives that might be missing on the personal front. I’m really glad it’s been a good blogging year for you 🙂

  10. Well after reading this post I feel like I’ve had a boost and I kind of needed it. I admit I am glad to see 2017 end but just because the past year hasn’t been the best I refuse to let it bring me down, instead I am excited about what 2018 holds. A new year can only be a good thing. It’s easy to be negative about your blog so these little things are great things to remember.
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    1. I’m really glad it has been a pick-me-up for you 🙂 as intended! Exactly, I feel like social media has been getting us down A LOT in this past year, so we need some content to inspire us for 2018 and more positivity 🙂

  11. This is such an inspiring post!! I often feel discouraged by my small number of followers and lower stats, or the fact that I don’t really get ARCs the way other bloggers do. But at the end of the day, all of the points you made are SO true! My experience as a blogger has enriched my life as a reader by so much. I do get to interact with my favorite authors! And I know all about upcoming releases! That’s some priceless stuff that I never would’ve had without my blog. Great post! ❤️

    1. Thank you 🙂 <3 I know what you mean, I wrote this post of positivity myself, and the other day boyfriend was comfort-talking me into sleep about my feelings over my stats 😀 so we've all been there... I guess it's just a thing all of us bloggers do. And I totally get that about ARCs as well! But yes, other than that, there are just so many great things, and they come at you gradually - so you don't really notice that they're there 🙂 and those things are generally the best... Like anything in life, I guess 🙂

      Anyway, glad to have made you smile reading this! Happy holidays 🙂

  12. This is actually such a lovely blog post – it’s so refreshing and genuinely needed to see a breather from the typical content to take a step back and appreciate what we’ve all personally and collectively achieved.

    I flit in and out of activity like nobody’s business, and have only managed to post like 3 blogs this year (after a really great 2016 where I really surprised myself with how dedicated I was and rewarded I felt). I think once personal priorities replaced my blogging mojo, I lost my steam and felt a bit as if there was no point jumping on the horse once more because I’d never have that same motivation or momentum as I once did. That being said, I’ve just posted today and honestly have forgotten how much fun I have just writing and presenting my posts, let alone reading everyone else’s and that whole interaction sphere! Sometimes a little positivity is all we need!

    Wishing you as positive and successful a 2018 (and hopefully more so! #aspirations) as it seems you had this year!

    Thanks for the boost 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yeah, we all need positivity to start the new year fresh 🙂

      Sometimes this happens… Life takes over. It’s alright if that happens, and I guess you can still keep in touch with the community through social media if you want 🙂 you always know you can come back.

      Thank you so much! I am wishing you a wonderful 2018 as well, and maybe even some mojo to return to blogging every once in a while! 🙂

  13. This was such a great and uplifting post! Sometimes I do get lost in the stats, although I always say that this blog is for myself and the numbers do not count, it can affect me. But you are right, the community is awesome and probably the best part for me, although I am fairly new and shy here!

    Thank you for such a great post, it really made my day!

    Happy Holidays!

    (this might be a double comment, but when I tried to first comment I got a weird error… sorry)
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    1. No worries! Double comments happen to everyone 🙂 thanks for commenting in the first place! 🙂
      Happy holidays to you too! And I am very happy this post was relevant to you 🙂 it’s alright to be new, don’t be shy, our community is really lovely and welcoming and I’m sure you already feel quite at home with us 🙂 thanks for reading!

  14. Such a great post! I not gonna lie, I kinda needed this post right now bc I’m always super insecure about my blog.There are times when I find myself thinking if I should stop blogging but then I read great posts from some of my favorite bloggers (like you) and I remember how much I love this community and how I don’t want to ever leave it 🙂

    1. I’m so happy I could do you some good 🙂 your blog is great! I just wish you were available more often *curses schools* 😀

      You should BY NO MEANS stop blogging. Just keep doing it! Your posts are enjoyable and everything is great! Hey, even if we’re not bloggers who have like thousands of followers, we get to be in this community because we blog, and that’s the greatest thing 🙂 so don’t even think of leaving! I’d absolutely miss you.

        1. I know right. I mean, work also makes it kind of hard to blog, but if you make a schedule you tend to stick to it xD but school is important, so it’s absolutely understandable 🙂 I think you will adjust though! The first semester is always the toughest one. Later on you just develop special time saving powers 😀

          D’awwww thank you! <3 happy holidays, BTW! :)

  15. Well, just to be honest, there is a lot of negativity in the blogger community which is why I’m not as active as I was last year. I guess I’m over all the drama. I’m in my early 30s and this nonsense feels so juvenile.

    I love discussing my stats but I also don’t get too anxious when I don’t meet my goals. I’m pretty much a laid back blogger and stressing out over things that I can’t control.

    I guess I’m just enjoying blogging and reading without all the drama and negativity.
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    1. You’re right. But you know, it’s easy to avoid the drama… Last year, I had a lot of drama on my feed (mostly, the Twitter feed) too, but then I realized that the drama comes from certain people… Then I cleaned out the feed… And I have to tell you, it’s been so much better!

      I’m glad you are able to enjoy blogging without really minding the stats 🙂 that’s something me (and a lot of us) still have to learn!

  16. This is the bestest bestest thing I have read in a while. This is so good. I loved the post-it note advice. I don’t know why (maybe I am weird) but that part had me in teas. Wonderful post! <3

  17. It has been a good year for my blog. I wrote a series of outside columns, which helped build my audience. My page views in general have steadily been growing. I settled into a regular posting scheduled (every Tuesday and every other Thursday, with ample exceptions), which I have found to be less stressful than more random postings. I managed to get a lot of posts–and substantive posts–up, and experimented with some success with some series (my Big Read of the Dark Tower series and the Summer of Conan).

    I was a good year for me personally too. I started a new job in a new city. We bought our second house and have our first child on the way.

    It may not have been a good year worldwide, but it wasn’t any worse than I expected going in after 2016.
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    1. I’m really glad it’s been a good year for you blog-wise 🙂 I guess it has been for me too.

      Yes, having a schedule is definitely much less stressful! Especially because you can schedule in advance.
      Oh, your personal life sounds to be working out well too 🙂 ten 2017 must have been a pretty great year for you too. That’s wonderful. You’re right, I agree – the way we expected this year to turn out.. It has actually turned out better. I guess we were being all very pessimistic 🙂

  18. Beautiful and much needed post for the community, Evelina. 🙂 2017 was a shitstorm in real-life, for a lot of countries anyways, in regards of their political climate, but man.. I’m sure we can all put some light into 2017 and showcase all the positive things that we’ve accomplished on our blogs!! 😀
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    1. Thanks, Lashaan 🙂 I just wish I stuck to my own words more about the stats, haha 😀

      Yeah, 2017 was not easy in the world arena, but I guess we had positive things too 🙂 mostly community-wise.

      Happy holidays!

  19. I think a lot of people needed this blogger positivity post! I love this post. I think of my stats as a great thing. I’m always kind of surprised that even one person bothers to take the time to read my blog, let alone comment. And yes, reading is diversifying all the time, and I am glad it is happening more and more! Communicating with authors is the ultimate best – it’s one of the things I really love about blogging.
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    1. Haha, Olivia, that does sound like a really positive outlook about your stats! I remember even though I am trying to be positive to you all, only two days ago boyfriend was comfort-talking to me before sleep about my stats cause I was being all sad about them xD so I am really proud of you and your attitude, it’s still something I have to learn 😀

      Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  20. Such a sweet post. I love your blog, it’s a place that feels welcoming and positive. You have raised some really great points here. I have been part of the book blogging community since the tail-end of 2016. Before that, I did not really know where I’d fit in. But, like you said, it’s nice because each community has sub-communities that are more specific to who people are and what they want to accomplish from their blog. I guess the trick is to actually figure out one’s identity first, which is SO HARD OMG. Ahem. Not that I’m struggling or anything *Narrator: she lies. She is struggling all the time*
    *Shoos the narrator away*
    I wish there was a magic quiz to take, just to figure things out.
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    1. Awwww thank you Dina 🙂 oh, so it seems we have been blogging for a similar amount of time! For some reason, I thought you were here before me 😀

      Oh yeah, I know what you mean… Figuring out who you are (even if only as a blogger!) is tough enough, but I guess it’s a journey, not a place 🙂

      Maybe one day we will come up with that magic quiz 😀 let’s keep hoping! And for now, there’s at least the sorting hat quit xD xD

  21. Ahh I love the positivity!! I am sending you virtual hughs through the Internet!

    I really feel like we need to be more positive about ourselves. Even if my sense of humour is very self deprecating I know we shouldn’t go down that rabbit hole. If we keep saying how bad this year was and tell ourselves that we aren’t good enough we will start to believ it more and more. Sometimes it’s good to get a cookie, a cup of hot chocolate, think about everything YOU’VE achived and realise that “hmm…you’re actually pretty great”.

    Also the whole community is amazing! Despite some really bad things happening we’ve come togheter with positivity and love for each other and I THINK THAT’S PRETTY GREAT!

    1. Thank you Ioana!! 🙂

      For me, I feel like 2017 hasn’t been such a bad year. Yeah, the world events were kind of.. mehh.. I agree on that one! But personally.. It wasn’t bad 🙂 and especially because of the blog and the community!

      You are totally right about the cookie and the cup of hot cocoa 😉

  22. Such a lovely post! You’re amazing 😀
    I definitely need to have a reflection on what I’ve achieved this year at some point too

  23. 100% Yes. It always makes me super sad when I hear people beating themselves up for not achieving all their dreams. That’s not how this should work! We are all amazing, wonderful, unique snowflakes. Yes, we can compare ourselves to each other, but no one will ever be us. I love learning from everyone around me and seeing all the awesome stuff they are doing. I am constantly getting ideas from other people and trying to incorporate them. Because everyone is AWESOME!

    One of my goals for 2018 is to be grateful for what I have and who I am more often. I hope this will reflect strongly on my blog too. 😀 This is a great way to start the new year. I can’t wait to take hold of this theme and run with it. 🙂
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  24. Great post! I find it hard to think positive but my blogging has helped me to connect with fellow book lovers and it’s got me reading more books and helped me to gain acess to ARCs. 2018 hopefully less ARCs and more books on my tbr. (ARCs from Netgalley).

    1. Thank you 🙂 believe it or not, but I also find it quite hard to be positive. That’s why this post was more or less a Christmas miracle 😀
      Also, maybe you want to join #ARCsAnonymous? It’s a group where we pick a theme each month and even have scores based on how many ARCs in the theme we knock off our shelves 🙂 really does help with ARC management!

      1. Thanks I’m not planning on reading many ARCs this yr but instead wilk read from my tbr list. I requested something recently but haven’t heard back. And I need to read books I’ve bought.

  25. Great post, Evelina! I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out and unenthusiastic about my blog this year. (And to some extent, more generally as well. Besides the political situation, I’ve been dealing with empty-nest feelings and a bout of mono last spring, from which I haven’t completely bounced back yet.) Your post encourages me to look at the things I do enjoy about blogging, and see if I can’t restructure my approach a bit to make it fun again.
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    1. I know those feels. I often feel like that too. That’s why I posted about positivity, I guess 🙂
      I hope my post brings out at least a little bit of sunshine, cause it seems everything’s just sort of bunched up for you! Hope 2018 is all better 🙂

  26. Thank you so much for this post! I truly needed it. Right now, my blog stats are dropping since I’m posting way less than I did a few months ago (I went from like 4-5 posts a week to 2-3), but this definitely reinforces how I need to just forget about stats. I’m happy for all the connections I’ve made and all the opportunities I’ve been given this year! I wish more people commented on my blog, haha, but knowing someone’s reading my posts still means something.
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    1. I’m so glad you loved it 🙂 oh yeah, 4-5 posts are quite tough to do. I mean, there’s life to live, just aside from the blog… :p

      Comments are such a thing.. You have to visit other people and comment to get comments on your blog 🙂 a lot of people don’t take this into account! When it’s actually really important. I’ll be posting a post on it soon 🙂

      1. It is! Last semester and summer I had a lot of free time, but it’s so scarce now in my junior year (of high school) that two works the best!

        And yes, I’m making it a resolution to make at least one comment a day (which will be 365 for the entire year)! Comments are way more important that we realize–it’s so hard when you have such little time to do so!
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        1. I’ve recently made a resolution of 5 comments per day, but that’s a little tough to keep up with, haha 😀 good luck to you on your resolution! It is entirely doable, so you should be fine 🙂 commenting gets super easy when you realize you can just comment from the phone while you’re in bed or eating breakfast 🙂

  27. This is such a nice post. I agree with everything on your list. My blog has actually inspired me to follow a long time dream of mine to pursue a career in books (details coming soon). Thanks for sharing all these positive vibes!
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  28. This is such a fantastic post. It’s so hard to not get bogged down in negativity when you are a blogger. One thing I learned a few years back is to not look at my follower count or stats. I know a lot of people would be horrified by that because how am I to know what draws my audience in? That’s great and all except, every time I looked at my stats I was overwhelmed with the feeling that I wasn’t doing good enough. So, I just stopped paying attention, and I blog about what I want to. 🙂
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    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you liked it 🙂
      Well, I know what you mean, but I think I have yet to learn “not to” look at my stats, even if I do write positive posts about how I should 😀 I just… just can’t.
      But yes, looking at stats can be depressing. Sometimes I feel like, when is enough though? I don’t know if I even would feel any different, had I double or triple the amount of followers that I have now. Human psychology, complicated!

      I’m glad you stopped paying attention to the stressful numbers 🙂 I guess I still have to learn that myself! 🙂

  29. YASS positivity! It’s so easy to be hard on yourself as a blogger, and I have guilty of this too. BUT I just love how welcoming and supportive this community is 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration – it reminds me why I started my blog in the first place – for the love of books!

    1. I’m glad you found my post uplifting 🙂 that was the goal! Yeah, sometimes we just have to look back on WHY we even started blogging. It’s easy to get bogged down in the numbers… But they are probably not the thing that matters 🙂

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