Today marks two years of Word Revel and I couldn’t be any more delighted! Two years isn’t that long compared to so many other seasoned bloggers but it’s definitely a milestone that establishes blogging as part of my life.
As far as celebrating this day goes, I had a whole load of ideas brewing in my head and lots of things I wanted to say and reflect on. Thing is, while Word Revel has taken great root over the past year, my life has become more transient as of late. That means I don’t have as much time to write soliloquies at the moment but that’s okay. Quiet appreciation can go a long way too.
Still, I am a strong believer in reflecting on how far we’ve come and where we hope to go, especially when we reach important markers. My second blogoversary definitely is such a marker.
Changes in Reading Preferences
Looking at the featured book stack, you’ll notice that contemporary books are remarkably absent. It’s not that I’ve abandoned contemporary books but my high priority TBR pile has never seen this much fantasy on it before. I’m super excited about it because this proves to me that there will always be new things to discover for the rest of my reading life.
Stronger Blogging Vision
I can’t say that after two years of blogging I finally know what I’m doing. What I can say is that I’ve developed a stronger vision of what I want Word Revel to be. A year ago I was rather uncertain. I knew I wanted to increase the overall quality of my content but I didn’t know how.
Since then I’ve found my voice in the combination of words and photographs. I use both to express myself, which has added a lot more joy for me than my first year of book blogging did. It helps a lot that I took the leap into bookstagram with @wordrevel because I didn’t want to associate my personal Instagram account with my blog.
More Thoughtful Posts
Besides integrating photography into this blog, I also spent more time writing posts on topics that matter to me, and posts that I’m truly proud of. Some of the posts that most mattered to me or that I’m particularly proud of are:
- Books are Objects of Cultural Consumption
- Book Blogging is a Community
- Cleanliness of Library Books
- Not so Solitary: Reading is Social
- Does Pre-Publication Hype Cause Weariness?
Mise-en-scène is another thing that helps me keep up with book photography and also encourages me to experiment. It truly is a great honour to collaborate with Georgie in running this feature/meme. When she first approached me, I was excited but also very nervous about co-hositng with her because her photography is simply stunning! Her wedding photography sweeps me off my feet whenever I peruse her photos.
The greatest change over the past year is that I’ve become more involved in the blogosphere. I used to hold back a lot on interactions and still do but despite that, I’ve forged friendships with people who have become very dear to me.
Before this I highly doubted I’d reach this stage. In my final semester at uni almost two years ago I took a course on subcultural theory. There we also discussed online communities. Some students vehemently opposed the notion of true friendship between people who solely meet online. Others thought it was perfectly fine. I was on the fence. I thought, yeah, it’s possible but I can’t see myself getting involved in an online community that way.
Despite my misgivings, here I am sending my gratitude to my lovely friends. You know who you are.
Also Significant Today
Today marks the 117th Philippine Independence Day. To commemorate this day, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books organised Mabuhay! A Blogger Roundtable for the second year running. She asked five Filipino bloggers, “What would you like to see more of in literature as a Filipino blogger?” I had the privilege of being part of this year’s roundtable, even though I’m of mixed ethnic descent. Or maybe even because of it, so I could contribute a different perspective.
Also, I’m not the only one celebrating two years of book blogging. Hazel from Stay Bookish launched on the same day as me, so be sure to congratulate her too!