It’s My Sixth Blogoversary & I’m Starting a New Chapter of My Life! + Giveaway!

Posted July 26, 2020 by Nori in Discussion Posts, Giveaway, My Features / 15 Comments

Today marks SIX years of my blog existing in the world!

When I started ReadWriteLove28, I never expected it to last this long. Let me tell you all a secret. When I started this blog, I was in high school and faced a huge turning point in my life. After two years of playing a varsity sport, I decided to give it up. It might not seem like a big deal to some, but it was a decision I made after days upon days of ruminating whether it was the right decision or not. In the end, I decided that it was best for me to leave the sport and so I did. I decided to spend my extra time on something that I truly loved which was reading. I started this blog because I wanted to share my love of reading with the world.

Little did I know that instead of me changing the world with giving book recommendations, the book community would change my world. I started off as a newbie blogger, unsure where to start. I read lots of “How to Start a Book Blog” posts and even emailed a couple of bloggers to ask for their advice. I signed up for blog tours and wrote book reviews. I started participating in book memes like Top Ten Tuesday as I saw lots of other people doing it.

At that point, my eyes were wide open. I was eager to be in the book community and I wanted my blog to stand out. I was nervous that I would not be accepted in the book community, that my time would be wasted by blogging. I thought, what’s the point of a book blog if people don’t read the posts?

But slowly, my mindset changed. 

Instead of putting popular bloggers on a pedestal and looking up at them, I started interacting with them on Twitter. I realized that they were fellow book lovers. Instead of seeing them as my goal, I started making friends. I started blogging and creating posts regardless of whether I thought they would be viewed or not. And slowly but surely, my follower count increased and the number of views on my posts also increased. I was proud of myself but more so than that, I was filled with happiness. I had a strong community of friends all over the world who all shared my passion for reading.

But then, I started college.

All of a sudden, I didn’t have much time for blogging. I tried my best in the beginning to keep writing posts whenever I could, but I barely had time to pick up a book. I was focused on succeeding while in college and so my blog slowly started to die. Let me say this: I do not regret putting my blog on the back burner for those four years. I did what I needed to do and I would make the same decision again if I needed to do that. However, I felt like there was a piece of my heart missing. I didn’t have time to read, to write blog posts, or even to go on Twitter and talk to my friends. I didn’t even write a post to celebrate my fifth blogoversary.

And then, I graduated college.

I first thought, YAY! I finally have time to read and blog! I started reading a bit again. I went on Twitter and even held a #RQWN chat. It was fun! I put up a couple of posts. I thought that everything would go back to how it used to be. But instead, the more I tweeted, the lower my Twitter follower count went. When I posted on my blog, I barely received any views. It seemed like many of my old friends weren’t active anymore and I lost confidence to gain new friends. What happened? Is it worth it for me to continue? These thoughts persisted in my mind.

Now, I’m one week away from starting my full time job.

It’s the start of a brand new chapter of my life. Should I close this old chapter known as ReadWriteLove28? I found the answer when I was cleaning up my room.

Recently, I found some cards that I received from members of the book community. I haven’t talked to some of these people in years, but seeing the messages in their cards brought a huge smile to my face. (In case you’re curious, the people are:  Kelly / Melissa / Bayy / Sarah / Cassie / Jamie / Heather / Sabrina / Harlee ). These are just a small number of cards that I have received over the years. After looking through the cards, I remembered something important.

I do not blog based on the number of views on my posts.

I do not blog based on the number of people following me on Twitter. 

I blog because I LOVE READING.


So, today I am making a vow to myself. I will continue this blog. I will continue to cherish the friendships that I have formed over the years. I will continue to read and promote the books that I love to the world. Even if I don’t have much time, I will make time, because this is important to me.

I’m also extremely thankful to the many friends in the book community who haven’t given up on me even when I’ve been on hiatus for so long. I want to give a special shoutout to Lauren   / EllieMishma / Anna /  Jodi / Aila / Sarah / Sophia / CJ / Carrie / Sush / Chels.

This was a slightly heavy post, so thank you to everyone who made it this far. I appreciate each and every one of you. To celebrate this new chapter in my life, I will be hosting a giveaway.

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For the bloggers out there, have you ever felt similarly to me? What did you do to move past the feeling of not being good enough? For everyone else, how do you manage to find time to read even with a busy schedule? Let me know your thoughts below!

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15 responses to “It’s My Sixth Blogoversary & I’m Starting a New Chapter of My Life! + Giveaway!

  1. MC

    Oh Nori, I’ve missed you! My blog has gone through the same transitions. I’m rekindling my love of reading and even though barely anyone looks at it anymore (and I barely post), I’m not ready to let my blog die. Congrats on your next chapter! Wishing you the best!

  2. Emily

    Congrats on your next chapter! I’ve tried blogging in the past and let mine die because I wasn’t sure about it. Sometimes, I want to try again. As for reading with my schedule, I try to read during my breaks/lunch at work and before bed. However, soon, I need to take some of that time to get back to my WIP.

  3. NANCY

    It can be hard sometimes but luckily I tend to be a bit of a night owl, so I do most of my creating when the world is quiet. Congratulations on your milestone!

  4. Danielle Hammelef

    Congratulationgs! Yes, I have struggled with keeping up with the things I love to do. I decided instead of driving myself insane, that I would choose a few to keep and not continue others.

  5. Congrats on graduating and also on the new job! I can totally understand and relate to your feelings on this post. I constantly feel like “is there still a point to putting in the time into my blog if no one reads it?” but I then I realize that I still enjoy being able to put my thoughts down and write about books and I will never ever forget how grateful I am to have made the friends I have! I have to constantly come to terms with the fact that I do it as a fun hobby and the numbers part isn’t what made me start blogging and won’t be what makes me stop. 🙂

  6. Calvin

    Yes I do, I make realistic goals that I do my best to meet, life does get in the way, but you can always be flexible and squeeze some time for yourself.


  7. Oh Nori it’s as if I am reading my own experience! Granting I did start my blog after college but still, I could relate to this post on so many levels! Congratulations on another chapter of your life, you will learn a lot on this one I am sure of it.
    I guess when I came to accept the fact that my blog is there for me to write my thoughts and not the other way around, that’s when I became ‘okay’ with not being able to post as often and have as many viewers as others do. For the most part, I felt guilty for not being able to read more. So for me, I use reading as a way to slow down after a loooong day or week. I told myself that I need to actually set time to rest and relax otherwise I will burn out easily. So, I set time for reading, like for example an hour everyday. Since I cannot binge read like I used to, I have to make it a point to set side time for it as well.

  8. Cali W.

    Happy blogoversary! Writing is my passion and it’s hard to find time to ever write because I work all the time, but when I have some extra time I am able to write. Same with reading. It’s all about time management. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  9. LeonieT

    Congrats on your amazing achievement! I have struggled to make time for your passions due to my health. Wish I could do more currently and hopefully in the future dedicate more time to it.

  10. Kathleen P

    I do struggle sometimes. When that’s happening I make smaller goals that lead up to the big goal so it deans’t seem so daunting and so I can see that I’m making progress.

    Congrats on graduating and the new job!

  11. Megan S.

    I have really struggled to make time for my passions as I have such a busy job, but I’m slowly learn ing to put myself and my self care first 🙂
    PS – congrats on graduating, I am so happy for you!

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