365 Days Ago Today

27 January 2011

A year ago today I started my blog, Lizzy's Library. There are a few of you who have been with me the whole way through, and you probably remember what my blog used to look like, back in the "early days." I had a lot to learn! 

I started this blog with the immense hopes and dreams that every blogger has upon beginning a new adventure in life. My future was shiny and new, and full of hopes. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and what I wanted my blog to be about. 

Well, I've changed.

Blogging has gone from a delight to an obsession to almost a chore. The precious gift of being able to post about your thoughts and hopefully influence the lives of others was opened far too soon. The money was spent too quickly, you could say. I went from blogging a few days a week to blogging almost twice a day. I took the gift and filled myself with it; I ate the cake barely before it cooled. And now the cake is gone. 

As soon as the cake had been devoured, as soon as my blogging rush was over, I felt... empty. Unmotiovated. I didn't really care to blog much more, and my poor little nook in the blogging world was abandoned for a while. 

I'm going to change that. 

I no longer want to be posting almost twice a day, and then barely posting once a week, and then posting twice a day again. I don't want to be undependable. I want to be a constant, dependable blogger--but not an irrational one.

Here's my plan for this blog in the next year:

Book reviews, book reviews, and even more book reviews! I need to get this blog back to it's literary foundation--after all, for what other reasons did I begin Living on Literary Lane?

Scripture. My faith is strong in Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I need to shout it to the heavens! I don't want to be afraid to share my faith.

Photography. There is beauty in all of the Lord's creation, if we just take the time to look for it. I want to share that beauty and perhaps improve my photography skills as well.

In-depth posts that make you THINK. This topic probably already speaks for itself. But I'll still explain it. Every day, the Lord calls certain things to my brain, things worth pondering. My mission this year is to share these things with you through my blog, and hopefully encourage you to rethink and ponder certain things you always took for granted.

This is my mission for my blog this year; these are the changes that, by the grace of God, will be brought about in the little blog o' mine. It will be enjoyable at some times, and hard at others. But through it all, I want to grow closer to my Savior.

In celebration of the one year anniversary of Living on Literary Lane and the beginning of a new journey for this blog, I have a very special treat!

One of you can get the chance to be interviewed on my blog! How exciting is that? And all you have to do to enter is tell me what you like/dislike about my blog, what you would like to see on LOLL in the future, etc. I want you to be completely honest here--please don't try to "butter me up" with compliments so that you'll win. I will be using Random Number Generator to pick the winner.

Here are a few questions I'd like you to answer in your comment (you can expand upon this, if you wish). I don't want you to feel like this is simply a list of questions to answer, though--I want you to treat this as just honestly telling me how you feel. And please, don't worry about hurting my feelings. Be as honest as possible. 

What are your top 3 favorite posts of mine? Your top 3 least favorite?
What type of post makes you shut down my blog and not read further?
How can I improve this blog?
What would you like to see more of on Living on Literary Lane in the next year?
Do you read my book reviews? Do you like how I write them, or do you want me to write them in more of a "1 to 5 stars" style, as opposed to my current "informal and personal" style?

Please open up your hearts and tell me how you really feel. I want to know what you like, what you dislike, and what encourages YOU. 

6 epistles:

  1. May the L-Ed bless you in your aspirations for your lovely bog! Your words are very true and encouraging.
    Blessings!
    Katherine

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  2. Congratulations on your blog-aniversary!

    I would say that anything you posted recency or book related was my favorite. I dont think i ever pinpointed any of my favorite posts from your blog though.

    I have to say that the type of posts that make me un-follow peoples blogs are the ones that have no grammar. Or the people who use TTYL, TTFN, or OMG. I find it not only disturbing, but confusing because I do not know all of them.

    Improve this blog by not worrying about what people think about this blog! We obviously follow you because we enjoy what you write, so stick with it! :D

    More book reviews because I remember how fun it was to look at your opinions on books. I almost miss the old blog because it was more centered.

    I really enjoy reading your blog, and I hope that everything works out as you want!

    In Christ
    Mia

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  3. Congratulations Elizabeth!
    I love your blog!

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  4. I don't know that I have any 'official' favorite posts, but the one you did recently on guarding your heart was great! And, I enjoyed the book review post for Almost Home (actually, I'm trying to get that one from the library, after seeing your review on it!). And, the post that you did a while ago about homosexuality was good, because you were being up front and stating your beliefs; you weren't apologizing, or tiptoeing around the subject.

    My least favorite posts might be ones that I just don't read as much, such as the reviews on the Anne of Green Gables books. But, the reason I don't read them very much is not because I disagree with you; it's just because I'm not as interested. Anne of Green Gables is a set of books that, for me, is harder to get through. One day, maybe I will force myself to sit down and read them, but then again, maybe not. =) And the movie quotes ones weren't necessarily my favorite, but you discontinued that so I guess it doesn't really matter. (Those were interesting sometimes, though.)

    The type of posts that would make me stop reading your (or someone else's) blog, would probably be ones where you say something blatantly anti-God, or if you became obsessed with something that I don't like, or that I think is against God. I guess it would just depend. Or, if you started posting a lot about things that were boring to me.

    To improve the blog... maybe just more 'thoughtful' posts, like the guarding your heart one. But, of course, you are already planning on doing that anyway. =)


    I would probably like to see more of, like I said above, thoughtful posts that challenge us to live for God, or think of things in a different light, or things like that. Maybe more about writing too?

    Do I read your book reviews? Some, but not really the Anne of Green Gables ones as much.

    I don't really see much of a problem with the way you review books. I enjoyed the one on Almost Home. But, I don't really read all of the book reviews, so I can't necessarily say for sure whether I totally like the format of your reviews or not. But, the one I did read was good.

    Sometimes, as all people do, I'm sure, I don't necessarily always read all of the posts that you do. Sometimes it is because your post may not interest me as much as someone else's, and I might be trying to hurry and not stay on the computer too long, so then I kinda prioritize and skip the ones that aren't as interesting to me. Of course, your blog's not the only one I do that with, and just because I'm not interested in something doesn't mean you shouldn't post about it, because others (or yourself) might be interested in it. Also, I think I usually read at least some of each post. It could be that I don't feel like I've been reading a lot of your posts lately, because you haven't been posting as much.

    Carrie

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  5. Congratulations on one year of blogging! :)

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  6. Congrats!! :)

    I haven't been reading your blog for very long...about 6 months, but I love it! That said, I don't think I can name a specific post. But I love all your posts pertaining to books or writing. And I love your book reviews! I don't think there has been anything that's stood out because I hated it, so that's a good thing. :D

    As I mentioned above..I don't recall shutting down your blog because of a post. In fact, I quite like it. :) The only reason I wouldn't finish a post, or wouldn't read something as soon as I see it, is because I didn't have time. ;)

    I think you can improve your blog by including more pictures -- like you mentioned in your post. Yey! And also maybe sticking to a more regular post schedule. Sometimes, you've gone a week without posting, but posted 4 times the week before. I think you mentioned that problem in your blog post as well. Personally, I like to see regular posts on the blogs I love.
    Maybe also start telling us some more info about yourself, and just the stuff that makes you happy. :)

    I would definitely love to see more book reviews! I love books. And maybe some movie reviews too -- especially on movies made from books.

    Yes, I do read your reviews, and like them very much. Especially the Anne series ones! Since I absolutely LOVE those books. :D I think maybe you could make them a little more formal...but not necessarily with a "stars" rating system. But yeah...usually your opinions are pretty clear and you give a good overview.

    So, I guess that's everything! And remember, blogging isn't about making other people happy, so don't get too caught up on that. Blog about what YOU want to, and do it the way YOU want to. :)

    Can't wait to keep reading during this next year!


    ~Liz B :D

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