Three years ago on January 3, 2015 I made a blog called The Bookish Angel. I know I haven’t been much around here and I regret it but this is a post looking back on my little milestones.
I really wanted to blog in 2012, after having discovered Tumblr and the many wonderful blogs in it. But I didn’t know what to write about (surely not about One Direction–there are already a thousand celebrity blogs for that) and I wasn’t aware of the book blogging community then. Fast forward to 2014 I discovered bookstagram and booktube. Inspired by Sasha Alsberg, I wanted to start booktube but I have no camera so I just settled on joining bookstagram.
When 2014 was coming to an end I knew I want to make 2015 awesome so while rain was pouring hard on the first day of 2015, I wrote my first post which is My Top 14 Books of 2014. I started blogging on Blogger, moved to free WordPress on March 2015 and finally moved to self-hosted WordPress on July 2015 (thanks to Ate Dre of Sporadic Reads!). My first review was of 21 Proms by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft.
Around summer of 2015 is when I first started getting eARCs. I don’t remember the first eARC I got but my first review of an eARC is The DUFF by Kody Keplinger which I thoroughly enjoyed. Like other newbie book bloggers (or it may be just me?!) I requested a ton of eARCs even though I wasn’t really sure if I would like the book. I just liked the feeling of being accepted for a book review. It made me feel like I was a “legit” book blogger.
I started getting personal on my blog by posting my Blogger Dreams. Aaaand I only achieved 2 of those 9 dreams. I also celebrated my first milestone when I reached my six months of blogging (although it was only 5 months. I saw my mistake after posting it. Ooops!)
I received my first physical book from a publisher to review on June 2015. I really was so happy then but unfortunately, I didn’t like the book so I just posted a promo post for the tour. I still have the book with me just so I can remember that awesome feeling of receiving a physical book for review.
I only was actively blogging for like 7 months. After that I was popping here and there for months. I really regret it and I could’ve been better at my writing/blogging if I continuously did it back then. It has been three years though if I’m really gonna count only the months I’ve been active, it may only have been a year or a year and a half.
This year, I really wanted to change that. I want my drive and spark back. I want 2018 to be the year for The Bookish Angel.