Let’s Talk Bookish: Reflecting my blogging in 2021

Hello, and happy New Year’s Eve!! I can’t believe that it’s already the end of 2021, and I feel like the year went by so quickly. I thought it would be fun to end the year with a little wrap up of how my blogging went this year!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is reflecting on your 2021 reading/blogging year (Suggested by Rukky) and I decided to just go with reflecting on my year of blogging, because I’ll have more reading wrap up posts coming later!

What did you accomplish blogging wise in 2021?

In 2021, I did a lot, blogging wise. I wrote and published 131 total posts, counting this one, which is a lot, and I’m really happy with that. I kept up a pretty consistent blogging schedule, and I posted at least once a week for almost the whole year, a lot of the time, more than that.

All of my blog posts combined, not counting this one, added up to a total of 111,734 words, with an average of 860 words per post.

This is fewer blog posts, and fewer total words than in 2020, where I published 202 total posts, with 147,613 total words.

However, in 2020, my average word count for my blog posts was 731, which is more than a hundred words fewer than my 2021 average.

I also think I did well with planning my blog posts in advance. I didn’t schedule them, but I did make blogging schedules at the beginning of every month, and stuck to them pretty well. I didn’t do fantastic with writing blog posts in advance, or even with drafting them in advance, and I ended up writing and posting most of my posts late at night. That’s something I want to be better with in 2022.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of how I much I increased the average length of my posts. I really wanted to work on quality over quantity with my blog posts in 2021, and I think that I did that.

I’m also proud of how organized I’ve been this year with planning out my blog posts. At the beginning of almost every month this year, I’ve made lists of posts that I wanted to do, and for the most part, I stuck to them. That’s definitely not something much in 2020, so I’m glad I was able to do it this year.

What are you most disappointed by?

I’m most disappointed by how little I’ve been active in the blogging community in the last year. I haven’t spent nearly as much time bloghopping as I would have liked to, and that’s something I want to do better with in 2022.

If there’s something new you tried in 2021 with your blogging, what was it and how did that turn out?

I honestly didn’t do very much new stuff in 2021 with my blogging, I really just expanded on what I already was doing and made it fit my schedule. I did have to change a lot though with going from fully online school to having the summer off and then starting high school. I tried to stick to a consistent blogging schedule, but it was hard.

I guess one thing I did try was taking a break from WWW Wednesday posts, which I found I did not like so much. I ended up going back to doing the posts in September, so that’s something I figured out about my blogging.

How do you think you’ve grown as a blogger?

I think that I’ve been able to figure out what sorts of posts I like to do, and what makes blogging most fun for me. The longer that I blog, the more I learn about myself, so with passing two years of blogging in August of 2021, I was able to learn a ton about myself as a blogger & writer.

What would you advise yourself as we look to 2022?

I think that the one thing that I want myself to do going into 2022 is to be less harsh on myself if I don’t have time to publish a certain blog post, or to hit some number of views in any given month, because school is only getting more and more difficult for me, and between that and dance, I just have less and less time to blog.

Wrapping this up…

It was nice to go back and reflect on the last year of blogging. New Year’s Eve is a stressful holiday for me, but it is fun for me to do reflections and stuff like this one.

What are you most excited for in 2022? What was one thing you loved in 2021? Chat with me in the comments below!

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