February 2017 Recap: Blogging Triumphs, Mishaps, and Discoveries

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What’s on Repeat: Shape of You ¦ Despacito ¦ Chantaje

Did I complete my goals?

In my last recap, I listed my goals for the month of February. One of my main goals was to get on a blogging schedule and stick to it, which I kinda (?) did. I made an overly ambitious schedule that required me to post everyday and made a bank of post ideas to work on. This worked for the first 9 days, but I burnt out soon after resulting in an inconsistent schedule.

What I learned: While posting everyday did increase the number of views I received, it isn’t worth the burn-out and inconsistency. Also- I really need to work on a promotional schedule/system that doesn’t take me too long to set up because setting up Hootsuite did not help with my burn-out.

What now? After tweeting a poll, I discovered that most people prefer 2-3 posts a week.

What did I read/review?

Thief of Lies Goodreads Review (3 stars) ¦ Guardian of Secrets Review (4 stars)

Books I received for review:

The Princess and the Page via Christina Farley ¦ Garden of Thorns via Blog Tour/NetGalley ¦ Island of Exiles via EntangledTeen ¦ Off the Ice via EntangledTeen ¦ Secrets of a Reluctant Princess via EntangledTeen ¦ Ensnared via NetGalley ¦ Paper Hearts via NetGalley

 On the blog:

Discussions – 20 Things to do Before Turning 20 ¦ What is Minimalism? ¦ Guide on Who Can Make Political Comments ¦ Meeting Lin Manuel Miranda

Series/Tags – Netflix Book Tag ¦ TTT Books I Wish Had More Pages ¦ TTT Book Boyfriends I’d Spend Valentine’s Day With ¦ Sunday Smiles Intro + A Kitten

Promo – Starfall Book Blitz ¦ Guardian of Secrets Blog Tour

Community Posts:

It’s always important to spread the love! Here are a couple posts that I loved:

Jessica @ The Book Bratz convinced me to Help Bring a Bookstore to the Bronx (after my next paycheck!)

Alice @ Arctic Books put together a visually pleasing February Uppercase unboxing and review!

SERIESous Book Reviews created one of my favorite Perfect Match, ‘if you like this, then try this’, posts.

A Small Wardrobe wowed me with her minimalist One Week of OOTDs.

Looking Ahead:

Since I have many personal goals in March, I will be keeping my bookish goals to a minimum! I learned a lot in February and plan to apply this knowledge to the future.

  • Read all the books I was sent to review
    • This will be the hardest, but since I’m not currently watching any shows on Netflix I should be able to do it.
  • Post 2-3 times a week
    • I definitely do not want to burn out again!
  • Create an easy promotional plan
    • I want to start utilizing Pinterest on top of Twitter, but often find myself dreading scheduling tweets or taking pictures. My plan is to try out a couple of systems to see which one will ease the dread.
  • Write
    • Anything, please!

How was your February?

January 2017 Recap: Books, Posts, & Music (OH MY!)

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This year I really want to revamp my blog by introducing new content and ‘series’, such as the monthly recap! I’ve seen these types of recaps floating around and decided to try it out.

Current Music Obsessions: Bad Things ¦ I don’t wanna live forever ¦ Chicago album

January has been quite an emotional ride for me- it marks my first month as a college graduate, America inaugurated a new president (yikes!), I worked my butt off working on an application to my dream grad program, and I began my journey to minimalism. January also (hopefully) marks the beginning of a new era on my blog! As I mentioned, this year I want to prioritize blogging and try to encompass all of my interests in one space. As the year progresses I hope to continue expanding on the variety of posts here.

But before we start looking into the future, lets take a quick look at what’s happened this past month!

What I read and reviewed:

Due to the fact that I’ve been focusing on my grad school application I was not able to read as much as I hoped. I read and finished The Hidden Oracle and A List of Cages. I am currently reading Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Hyperion Reviews: Shadow Magic & The Hidden Oracle

Tags I completed:

I love tags and hope to complete more this year!

Bookish Resolutions Tag

Promotional Posts:

I’m so happy that I started signing up for more promotional posts. They’re really easy to put together and I love helping get the word out about new releases.

Cover Reveal: Black Bird of the Gallows

Till Death Trailer Reveal

Lifestyle:

I am over the moon excited about introducing lifestyle posts to my blog. It’ll definitely motivate me to blog more and keep me accountable!

30 Day Simplify Your Life Challenge (Announcement)

Journey to Minimalism: Set Your Intentions

Fun:

It’s always fun to include creative posts to break up all the reviews, promo, and tags that can sometimes feel repetitive.

My Dream Crate: Creating the Ultimate Loot Crate Subscription Box

Community Posts:

Spread the love! Here are a couple of posts I loved from other bloggers that I wanted to share.

The Book Bratz discussed What Blogging in College is Really Like (I also contributed to this post!)

Growing-Up Booknerd shared her experience seeing Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

The Writing Duo introduced a new series called What’s on my Night Table

A Small Wardrobe discussed Minimalism and Adapting Your Space

Looking Ahead:

In the month of February I hope to:

  • establish a schedule that assigns certain days to lifestyle posts and bookish posts- that way you guys know what to expect when!
  • read 3 books
  • get back to writing
  • continue my ‘journey to minimalism’ posts
  • publish some discussion posts

What are your goals for February?