My One Year Blog Anniversary!

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Can you believe this little blog of mine has turned one?!

If you've read a couple of my previous posts, you'll know that this blog isn't my first. It's not even my second or third, but in fact, my FOURTH blog, which is crazy! I've blogged on and off for the past six years (phew!) but after a while I fell out of love with each blog because it just wasn't very 'me'. I kept blogging about what I thought other people would be interested in which wasn't necessarily what I was interested in, and so soon enough, I gave up and quit.

Rewind backwards to a year ago, I decided to start blogging again. There was some drama in the blogsphere and I remember seeing everyone talk about changing their blog themes on Twitter and I remember thinking that I really did bloody miss blogging, so I decided to start up a brand new blog and I named it Our Little Plant House, with the intention of blogging predominantly about houseplants with the odd lifestyle post thrown in for good measure, but it was not long after that, that I discovered this whole new community for book lovers and I instantly knew that's what I wanted my blog to be about. An actual, real-life lightbulb moment, if you will.

For the longest time I had no idea there were a whole bunch of people blogging about books. Books are one of the things I'm the most passionate about and I can't really remember a time when I didn't love sitting down and getting lost in a story, but I kept this quiet for the longest time because books and reading weren't 'cool' growing up and you were seen as a bit of a geek (the uncool kind of geek that kids make fun of) so I never really talked about books, which looking back, is actually really sad.

I'm so happy that I've found a place where I can share my thoughts on the books I've read and just generally talk about something that genuinely interests me. I've never thought about giving up on this blog once in the past year and I've been pretty consistent with posting. When I started blogging again, I told myself that I would post when I felt like it and that there was no pressure to get a certain amount of posts up per week, but actually, because I've loved blogging about books so much, I've not lost interest in what I'm blogging about and therefore look forward to publishing a new post! I do like to mix my posts up every now and again with some lifestyle-y type posts and at the end of every month I write up my gratitude lists, which have actually really helped me keep a positive mindset and focus on the good things going on around me!

There has been some fairly big changes over the past year for this blog, the rebrand being one of them, but I've also gone through about 3 or 4 blog themes, but I think I'm pretty happy with the one I've got now. I've taught myself very basic html so that I can change things up and make my blog theme a bit more 'me'. I've also invested in a fairly expensive camera and I'm putting more time into editing my blog photos and I've tried to keep to a 'cosy beige and white' theme, if you will. I've also created my blog's own Instagram account which is really exciting! Initially, I was using my personal Instagram account on my blog links, but I don't post very much on there, and when I do, it's mainly about my dogs or my daughter, so I figured I'd delve right into Bookstagram with my own dedicated page! The book community on Instagram is so, so lovely, and I can't even begin to tell you how many books I've bought from seeing other people rave about them on there!

That's pretty much it for this post. I'm so proud of myself for how far I've come with my blog this year and I can't wait to see what the next year brings!


  1. Happy blog anniversary! Your blog is so lovely and I love reading all your thoughts on books!