WOW: 1 Year @ ReadandReview / 500 Followers @ReadandReview!

WOW: 1 Year @ ReadandReview / 500 Followers @ReadandReview!

I was really hoping to get to 500 followers before writing this milestone post!*

Oh well.

*Edit: I’ve reached 500 followers a day later! 

You can follow ReadandReview with your WordPress account, or just an email address!
You can follow ReadandReview with your WordPress account, or just an email address!

Today is the day that ReadandReview2016 reaches its first blogging anniversary!

I honestly can’t believe the time has flown so quickly – one year ago, I was feeling nervous and scared about putting my energies into writing for such a public audience. Now, I really don’t regret it.

Sometimes it has been a bit of struggle to write blog posts I’m happy with, but most of the time it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I’ve written book reviews, film reviews, book tags, joined Twitter**, come up with my own book-themed challenges and even collaborated with other bloggers***, as well as joining Rosie’s Book Review Team.

**You can follow me on Twitter @judiththereader.

Hopefully I’ve developed as a blogger and writer, and I look forward into writing new forms of blog post this year. One example being my new series that I started at the end of January: From One Blogger To Another, where I interview/discuss various book or film themed topics with other bloggers. For a new year of blogging, I’ve also changed and updated the rest of my blogging schedule– you can find details about this here.

To all my followers, whether you’ve recently joined ReadandReview, or you’ve been a follower for a long while, thank you for continuing to read, share, like, or comment on my blog posts. My favourite aspect of blogging is when I receive comments – feedback, discussion points, encouragement, you name it – so please don’t forget to leave one!

***Thank you to all the bloggers I’ve collaborated with, or written guest posts for, over the last year:

1. Making Time For Me

2. Nothing In The Rule Book

3. Reading Ahead

4. The Blog From Another World

Here’s to another year of blogging!

– Judith

WOW: 450 Followers @ ReadandReview!

WOW: 450 Followers @ ReadandReview!

Happy Friday!

It’s just occurred to me that the last time I wrote a post like this was also on a Friday, what an odd coincidence. Anyway, this post is to announce & celebrate that ReadandReview2016 has now reached 450 followers!

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This makes me really happy, as although I’ve still been posting, I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump. I’ve found it hard to remember to share my posts, connect with other bloggers and be an active part of the WordPress community. But, new year, new me – right?

This year, I’m thinking of changing my blogging schedule. I haven’t exactly decided what I’m going to change about my blog posts, or what I’m going to write about. I still want to write about books and I still want to write about films, but I’m considering looking at the texts in more depth, from a more analytical perspective perhaps?

I also have some interviews with bloggers / authors lined up, content that was originally going to be published on MyTrendingStories. However, I stopped writing articles on there in September because I became increasingly frustrated with the system. I found it really difficult to be “noticed” – I gained a maximum of 12 followers – and the views/likes/comment/share functions were tricky to use. I didn’t feel like I was writing for an audience and I just didn’t enjoy the website’s format. I much prefer the well-known and much-loved simplicity and ease of WordPress. The point is, those articles will eventually find themselves on ReadandReview2016 – hence the slight rejigging of my blogging schedule.

I realise this a bit more of a rambly post, so I apologise.

Thank you for the 450 people who have decided my blog is worth following; if you read my blog posts, please like / comment and interact with the post. I think opinions and discussions are so valuable on a site dedicated to reviewing and expressing opinions.

I’m approaching my 1 year anniversary (February), and the goal I set myself was to have 500 followers by that point. It would be lovely if you could help me reach this goal – share this blog with other avid readers or bloggers you know.

Thanks once again – I look forward to blogging for the rest of 2017!

– Judith

WOW: 400 Followers @ ReadandReview!

WOW: 400 Followers @ ReadandReview!

Happy Friday!

This is just a little update to celebrate the fact that ReadandReview2016 has now hit 400 followers! Thank you!

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It seems not too long ago I was celebrating 350 followers, and I love being able to count milestones like this. I thoroughly enjoy blogging and it makes me so glad to see you all reading my posts, liking them, and leaving comments and sparking some discussions.

As we’re drawing to the end of 2016, I’d like to take a moment to talk about goals. I think it’s important to have goals, and if you’re a blogger and writer, it’s particularly important to keep yourself motivated when you can fall into writing and reading slumps. Don’t set goals that are too easy, or you’ll slacken, but don’t set goals that are too difficult, otherwise you’ll feel frustrated at a lack of progress.

My blogging goal is to reach 500 followers by the time ReadandReview’s 1st anniversary comes around in February 2017. I really hope I get there.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

As a response to this post, please share below one goal you have for your blog. I’d really like to see all your answers!

– Judith

WOW: 350 Followers @ ReadandReview!

WOW: 350 Followers @ ReadandReview!

Hi!

ReadandReview2016 has reached 350 followers! I’m so excited by this latest milestone, although it feels like it’s taken me ages to get here.

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In fact, I feel like this month, my blogging has been slightly below par – some posts have been a bit late and I haven’t felt as satisfied with my blog. The reason behind this, I feel, is that things have been a little more topsy-turvy since… I moved to university!

Let’s be real for a minute: university is hard work. I don’t just mean the lectures, the work, and the extra reading, I mean everything about university – making new friends, exploring a new town, managing your own schedule, remembering to eat three decent meals a day. I’ve also gone through some pretty serious personal stuff, and I have to adjust to that as well. The experiences I’m going through are all completely new and naturally, is taking a while for me to get used to.

Of course, I’m determined to keep getting blog posts out on time – not out of “pressure” from my readers, but because it allows me to keep this hobby thriving.

Anyway, I suppose this “mini-diary entry” is to thank my most recent followers, and my oldest ones for sticking with me and continuing to read the content I produce. It really means a lot.

Here’s to 400 followers!

P.S. If you aren’t yet following me on Twitter, you can find me here: twitter.com/judiththereader

That’s all for now!

– Judith

WOW: 300 Followers @ ReadandReview!

WOW: 300 Followers @ ReadandReview!

Hi there!

This is my third post this week, which is unusual for my blogging schedule.

I just wanted to celebrate the fact that on Monday, ReadandReview2016 hit 300 followers – less than one month after reaching 250!

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Obviously this news makes me really happy, and I want to take this opportunity to say “Hello” to my newest followers.

*If you’re not already following me on Twitter too, you can find me here: twitter.com/judiththereader

University is around the corner for me, which means a lot of work. However, I am determined not to let this blog sag in the meantime. I love writing my book reviews, film reviews, and all my other bits and bobs so much, and evidently 300 of you enjoy reading them.

Thanks for sticking with me, I truly appreciate it!

– Judith

WOW: 250 Followers @ ReadandReview!

WOW: 250 Followers @ ReadandReview!

Happy Saturday!

I can’t believe I get to celebrate another milestone, so soon after passing my 6 months anniversary!

On Tuesday, ReadandReview2016 hit 250 followers!

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I’m really pleased with the growth of my blog, especially as it can be easy to fall into a reading, writing and blogging slump. This blog keeps up my motivation to do these things, and I am truly encouraged by every like, comment and follow I receive. So, thank you, to all my lovely supporters – those on WordPress, as well as my new Twitter and MyTrendingStories followers!

Obviously, I wouldn’t have got 250 followers without writing some decent content, and putting myself out there. So, I’d like to take a minute to share with you some of my first ever blog posts, as when they were first written, my audience was around a mere 5-7 bloggers and so they haven’t received as many views as I’d like nowadays.

So, you can find my first ever book review – Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations here: https://readandreview2016.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/read-and-review-great-expectations/

You can also read my first ever blogger tag – the Get To Know Me Tag can be be found here: https://readandreview2016.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/tag-tuesday-get-to-know-me-tag/

Thank again for following me – and if you aren’t yet a follower of ReadandReview2016, what are you waiting for?

That’s all for now!

– Judith

WOW: 6 Months @ ReadandReview / 200 Followers @ReadandReview!

WOW: 6 Months @ ReadandReview / 200 Followers @ReadandReview!

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

I can’t believe it has already been 6 months since I started ReadandReview2016! Plus, I hit 200 followers on Thursday – a target I thought wasn’t achievable in such a short time.

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Yet not only have my followers grown, I feel like I’ve grown and developed as a writer and blogger. I have a more complete awareness of how WordPress works and how the atmosphere and relationships between other bloggers works.

This post is not just celebratory, however, I also have some updates to inform you of.

The first piece of news is that ReadandReview2016 is now on Twitter! You can follow me @judiththereader for book and blog themed tweets! I posted my first Tweet today, so please go and show it some love: twitter.com/judiththereader

If you comment your Twitter name below, I’ll be sure to follow you!

The second piece of news is that I have been approached by MyTrendingStories.com to be a writer for their new website! They have a whole host of writers who publish articles and opinion pieces on a whole host of topics.  I will be writing new articles about reading, books, blogging and other such things, as well as sharing some of my content from ReadandReview2016. I will still be active on both sites, so if you don’t want to miss out on some exclusive content at MyTrendingStories, I suggest you follow me there as well! You can find my profile here: mytrendingstories.com/profile/judith-thereader

Thirdly, Terry Tyler, a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team, has launched a fabulous initiative to spread the word about book-blogging and book reviews via Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

The initiative is called Write An Amazon Review Month. You can read about it here: http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/augustreviews-because-every-little-helps.html  and I encourage you all to take part!

That’s all for now!

– Judith