Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today’s post is going to be slightly different to my usual bookish posts: I’m going to be reflecting on/informing you about a few things that have happened in my academic career and my blog recently. I really wanted to share some positive news with you all and thank you for your ongoing support. I really enjoy these chattier posts, and I love hearing from you all – please get in touch via the comments or my contact page! So, here goes…
Final Year of University (So Far)
For those of you who don’t know, I study English Literature and Creative Writing at university. I’ve always really enjoyed my course, but this year the pressure is really starting to build!
As with most university courses, I have to complete a dissertation this year. Luckily for me, I get to write a Creative Writing dissertation – essentially, I can write anything I want creatively, with a critical essay to support. So of course, I’m writing a Psychological Thriller-type novel (hint: includes a stalker)! I’m really enjoying it, but feedback so far has been very mixed. I have a lot to work on!
I’m also taking three English modules, as well as one other Creative Writing module this year (you can read more about them here). I’m currently studying “Last Year’s Novels” and “Feminist Killjoys” modules – both of which I’m really enjoying. But the essays will be challenging!
Overall, university is fairly difficult this year. I don’t take any exams this year, meaning the workload is high at the moment. But on the bright side, I will have finished for the year in April! I’m doing my best to keep going, and I’m determined to not give up and keep pushing myself this year.
100 Blog Posts Published!
Last month (October), I received a notification alerting me that I had just published my 100th blog post. I was absolutely astounded at the fact that I’ve written 100 blog posts! This is a massive milestone for me, and I never imagined I’d have kept up blogging for this long.
My first (proper) blog post was a discussion of my all-time favourite books in 2016 (many of which have changed now, of course). My first book review was C.L. Taylor’s ‘THE LIE’ – which I remember linking to Taylor herself and being so thrilled that she responded positively to the review! If you dare to read any of these posts, you’ll see that my writing style has dramatically changed over the course of 100 posts – I’d like to think it’s gotten better!
My 100th blog post to be published was my participation in the blog tour for Caroline England’s ‘Beneath The Skin’. Being given the opportunity to take part in so many blog tours is an achievement in itself for me, so it was very apt that this was the 100th post!
Blogging has been a really journey for me so far, and I really don’t want it to end. I’ll continue posting twice a week for the near future – I’ll do my best to keep going once I’ve graduated university and am working. That way, I should hit 200 posts fairly soon. Watch this space!
10,000+ Blog Hits!
I cannot put into words just how thrilled I am to discover that my blog has received over 10,000 hits in just over one year. I love writing posts and I’d continue to do that regardless of hits – but knowing that you all read and enjoy my content is a massive boost, and it really keeps me going!
There have been times where blogging has become a bit of a slog, or I’ve considered stopping altogether. Sometimes I’m really busy with university work or other commitments, and it can get really difficult to find the time to write my posts to the standard that I’ve set myself. But of course, I’m so glad I kept at it, and there’s no way I’ll let myself give up now!
So finally, I just want to say a massive thankyou to all of you out there reading this. Thankyou to those of you who regularly read, comment on or share my posts. Thankyou to those of you who follow me on Goodreads or Twitter and interact with me on those mediums too. Your support means the world to me, and I’m so thankful that my blogging experience has been so positive!
Happy reading 🙂