My wrap-up post for April 2017 will most likely be shorter and less substantial than my previous monthly synopsis for March 2017 because — cue dramatic pause — I’ve blogged even less frequently this time around. Yep, given my prolonged inactivity, I didn’t think this was possible either.
I think it’s pretty obvious that I failed to anticipate the sudden increase in deadlines and college work, which would explain the gradual decline of my online presence and activity here in my blog. It’s sad, really, because I was very motivated to publish a lot of fresh content and to write unapologetically. But life doesn’t make adjustments for anyone. I’m the one who’s tasked with the obligation to learn how to adapt.
I’m incoherently babbling, sorry. Let’s proceed with the wrapping up part of this post!
For the month of February, I read a total of seven books – including both novels and poetry collections. This is a remarkable increase compared to the two books I read back in January. I’m pretty happy about that. In terms of quality, however, I was largely disappointed and/or underwhelmed by most of these books. I’ll explain this further once I finish my reviews!
A couple of weeks ago, That Bookshelf Bitch hit 25,000 site visits — an incredibly large numerical figure I once thought to be impossible to reach. Additionally, within the same week, my blog surpassed the 1,500-followers mark — another tremendous feat that I didn’t think would ever happen to me. Can I just say, it is absolutely heartwarming to know that there is a large audience of people interested in what I write and in what I post! To reach two huge milestones in seven days is incredibly surreal and wonderfully overwhelming! None of this would have happened without all of you!
To celebrate these little achievements, I’m conducting a couple of international giveaways! Many thanks to the authors for making this possible!
Since my posts for January 2017 are (sadly) pretty few and far in between, I decided to include my posts from last November and December as well! Don’t worry, though. What I lack in original content, I make up for with a ridiculous number of recommendations! Be it a discussion post, a blog or a book. I may have only read one book in January, but hey, I’ve been exploring the cyber realm frequently and reading a lot of other people’s posts!
Quick tidbits of info: The Blogger Awards started, if I’m not mistaken, in 2015 and was initially hosted by a girl who went by the alias ‘Ambi’. For 2016, the blogging event was organized by Elm! To learn more about the awards, you can simply read this post.
To cut the long story short, That Bookshelf Bitch was deemed as the Best Looking Blog along with Elly’s blog, A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts (Congratulations, girl!!! Your header is adorable.). And hey, hey, hey, that happens to be my blog! Can’t believe it? Same here! I received a tiny notification legitimately just minutes away from New Year. To say I was surprised is a total understatement. What an incredible way to end my 2016!
So last night, I decided to reopen my Tumblr account and to clean up my existing blog there. I have never been a Tumblr kind of girl, and to be honest, I find WordPress to be much, much more user-friendly. I still don’t quite know how to navigate my way through the site, but I recently acquired a strange interest in Tumblr-published poetry.
To make the long story short, I’ll be using my Tumblr blog as a small online portfolio for my poetic attempts and short excerpts. Maybe even a few drabbles here and there. This does not, however, mean that I will stop sharing my original literary pieces here. I still will. It’s just that I feel compelled to create a separate, independent platform for my written works so that people can read them easily, without having disruptions from book reviews, lengthy posts and discussions. I hope that makes sense.