Looking back and looking forward

So, New Year’s has come and gone, and it has been a solid two months since I last posted anything on this blog. So maybe it’s about time that I fixed that!

Looking back

2016 has been a year which for me wasn’t a great reading year and an even worse blogging year. I’ve struggled and failed at my goodreads goal of reading 52 books. I only read 45 books in 2016 and I don’t even know how few of those I’ve reviewed (and I’m not inclined to check the stats on that one either!). It has been a year for me personally where I have also struggled to find what I want to blog about and how to go about that. But besides blogging I did do a lot of fun stuff this year. I went to Ireland and La Gomera, I ran a 10K, had a real good time with my friends, and turned 25 to boot.

Looking forward

Nobody can look into the future, but that won’t stop me from trying to set some sort of goals for 2017. Once again I set my reading goal for 52 books (and have yet to finish reading my first book of the year, so it’s looking good on that one already!). I also want to get back into running (because I haven’t run since that 10K and that’s just a shame!). I also hope to find my blogging mojo again as well as my love for reading.

The bigger picture

2016 has been a year in which a lot of things happened globally speaking, and from looking at the news most of if wasn’t all that good (or I can just go ahead and say that a lot of it was really bad actually). So I just wanted to say that I think 2017 should be a year where we try to look at the positive things in life, without ignoring the bad, and find a way of giving our life meaning in profoundly positive ways. Let’s not let hate become part of our life, but find love wherever we go.

 

Have you set any reading goals for 2017? What are your thoughts on 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Wanted: a co-blogger?

So, pretty recently the lovely bloggers over on pages unbound were talking about whether or not co-blogging is the blogging of the future, especially with standards being raised higher than ever to be better at all of the things connected to blogging (writing reviews & discussions, social media, photography, deadlines,…). They posed that maybe co-blogging could be everyone who finds themselves in this position might just be saved from their own high standards for the blog if they just could share the load with someone, a co-blogger.

In the comments it became apparent that there were quite a few people looking for a co-blogger but just didn’t know quite how to go about that. The ladies from pages unbound gave us some tips on how to create an add to attract a co-blogger, and here I am offering a different route for those of us who just don’t feel like creating an add will do the trick.

I myself am part of (as in I participated, not manage in any kind of way)the international geek girl pen pals, where people all over the world could sign up,list some of their interest and a couple of days later: voila: you were matched up with a pen pal that would be best suited to your personality/interests. And now here I am thinking that something just like this could be what will help us find our co-bloggers. A sort of dating site for bloggers, to find their co-blogger.

And so here that goes:

Mail your applications to: nieke.wille@gmail.com

Things that should be included in your mail to improve the matchmaking odds:

  1. Are you already a blogger?
  2. If you are a blogger, what are the topics you blog about?
  3. Would you like to keep your blog/join someone else’s blog/create a new blog?
  4. Which of these are you good at/do you like to do:
    1. write reviews
    2. use social media to grow your brand
    3. write discussion posts
    4. photography
    5. organize bookish events
    6. graphics
  5. which of these are you looking for in your co-blogger:
    1. write reviews
    2. use social media to grow your brand
    3. write discussion posts
    4. photography
    5. organize bookish events
    6. graphics
  6. what kind of posting schedule are you looking for? (daily, weekly, twice a week, nothing set in stone….)
  7. any additional comments?

Don’t worry, your personal information is perfectly safe with me, I’ll use your mail for this, and only this.

As to the timing I have for this matchmaking project, I think that it sort of depends on how many reactions I have to this post. But let’s just assume that things go reasonably well, then I should be able to pair people up within about two weeks. Come back to this post if you want an update on the process!

Rambling: How quickly we forget

While I was working on (finally) updating my page on what I’d read in 2013 and I came across a lot of books that I remembered only by reading their titles on my Goodreads. Once I read these titles I had at least a vague idea of the contents of these books. More often I even remember the main story line and what my general feelings about these books were. But thinking about the fact that these were books that I read a year ago, I just couldn’t stop thinking about all the books that came before it. The ones that I read in 2012 but more importantly the books that came before that. Because 2012 was when I started writing this blog about book, mostly to help me remember my feelings and thoughts about the books I read. And I’m glad to say that I still feel as if I need this blog to record my thoughts about (mostly) everything that I read. Yes it’s a way to connect with a community, but for me writing about books has always been about more than that connection. And I’m glad it is, because I’m such a small blogger that I wouldn’t get enough satisfaction from the amount of traffic I get. Don’t worry, this is not me whining about not getting traffic, this is me being happy to have started this blog for the reasons I did. And yes, these days there aren’t a lot of reviews appearing here. But that’s just mostly because I don’t seem to be getting through books fast enough to keep this blog alive. In the near future I hope to be out of my reading slump or at least find more time to read. And when that’s the case I will definitely be putting my reviews on here, to help me remember the books that I read, the good, the bad and the plain horrible.

Do you easily forget about the books that you read? If you are a book blogger, why did you get into blogging about books?

Day 9: Why I blog about books

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

The main reason seems pretty obvious to me, I have to say. It’s simply because I love books and I love talking about them. This blog is definitely a way to do that. And it also helps me to preserve how I feel about the books that I’ve read. If you’ve read my confessions you’ll know that I’m a very inconsistent rater, so for me it helps to have words to go with a couple of stars. It puts things in perspective and allows me to remember the book better. What’s not to like about this system?

Having discussions about books is a lot of fun but to be able to do so, it always helps if everyone in the discussion has read said books. It’s no fun to argue with someone who doesn’t have a clue what you’re going on about (and it won’t even be a real discussion except if it’s about whether the book should or shouldn’t be read). Through this blog people can share their thoughts on the books that I’ve reviewed which means that discussions are very possible.

The other perk of blogging is that I keep my writing skills at least on a certain level. Writing is like a muscle: if you don’t use it, it won’t be much use. So putting my thoughts down in writing also allows me to look at how I’m phrasing my thoughts and if I’m being in any way structured when I talk about things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in any way saying that I’m a good writer, what I am saying is: I want to be one and only practise will get me there.