We are 5 today.
*spins around in a swirl of gold and sparkles*
This was the year we passed 500 blog posts. We did link-ups. We laughed. Reviewed books from all over the place. Beta read. Helped with book releases. Added even more to the TBR pile. Knocked a bit off the TBR pile. Tried to be a little less dignified on occasion. Managed to be just as dignified as usual.
Five years ago, almost to the day, I launched that first post on the internet and joined the blogosphere. It was after I graduated highschool, just a couple of weeks after, I think. My dad had two requests when I started: that I have a purpose and that I maintain consistency. That bedrock vision has driven the blog ever since, and I'm thankful for his original request, which now gives me a portfolio of writing and a habit of self-discipline to work off of.
You rarely start a blog looking 5 years down the road at where you'll be--but I figured there was enough to talk about to get me quite a ways. Now, in 2017, there's still just as much material ahead we haven't covered. And over 5 years, I think I've grown from a visionary 17 year old to a still visionary but more mature twenty-something. I don't regret the journey. It takes time to grow and learn, and I still have a lot more growing and maturing to do.
(i know your age schuyler, 5+17 is easy math.)
I'm grateful for all of you. Every comment, every suggestion and kind word, every retweet. Without you all, this blog would not be half so fun. Because it's really when you can have a conversation around books that the books have meaning.
I hope to organize a giveaway soon to celebrate 5 years of bookishness. In the meantime, I'll post some goals we're steerings towards in 2017.
Bookish Themes for 2017
For housekeeping items, I put this on the goals last year and didn't get it done, so I'm going to try again for a blog redesign. We needs it, precious. I also plan to update the book review and articles pages. I want to get them in ship-shape for resources again. I'll probably be taking a week off sometime this quarter to focus on that latter goal.
Last year's theme was Big Books--and we tackled some big ones, from Dickens to Tolkien to Metaxas, to Ben-Hur. It was glorious to knock those off the TBR. This year is going to be a little different. Ever since I've started the blog, I've been wanting to re-read and review some of my childhood favorites, from Frances Hodgson Burnett to Walter Farley. This year I'm going to intentionally read some of those. We'll also have a lot of review books and classics just like usual, though, so don't flee. The blog isn't changing.
I'm also planning a Persuasion read-along in celebration of the 200th anniversary of its publication. I do hope you'll join me for some classic Jane Austen fun!
But best of all, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I hope to read some Reformation themed books and post reviews on the blog to mark the occasion. This is a big year. I don't want it to go by without intentionally making time to remember what God did at that time in history. I hope you'll join me for the adventure, and if you have any Reformation-themed titles to suggest, please tell me!
It's going to be exciting, friends. I'm looking forward to reading, thinking, laughing, and wondering with you. Thanks be to God for his incredible faithfulness and lavish gifts.
I do hope you'll join me for virtual cupcakes. :)