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Five Years

A screenshot from the Sims 3 of a birthday party

Tomorrow I will have been running The Worm Hole for five years. Can’t quite believe it; it’s a bit of a crazy thought. There are 285 reviews on this site and 691 posts overall. (Do any other bloggers sometimes feel they’ve written too much?) Becoming a book blogger has fundamentally changed the way I read and appreciate literature. When I started I had no real idea about anything beyond a good story; it’s been quite the educational process.

To my fellow bloggers and to my readers, thank you.

The screenshot above necessitated an eviction, dismantling interior walls, a haunting, and a late start to the meal. Someday I’ll let those Sims age gracefully.

Guest Posters Wanted

Just a quick post today to request the above. If you’re interested, email me with your idea by next Tuesday. Usual ‘rules’ apply: anything to do with books (other than a review), history or film. I’ll accept life-themed posts, too.

Fourth Birthday

A screenshot of The Sims 3, a birthday party

Friday was The Worm Hole’s fourth birthday. That day I had to post a review I’d already drafted, so I’d like to celebrate today instead. In terms of blogging, this past year has gone by very quickly, which is interesting when you discover just how many posts you’ve published in that time. I’ve had ups and downs this past year, as everybody has, but I’m still enjoying myself and hope to be blogging for the foreseeable future.

Of the course the biggest things that have happened in regards to the blog are my editing business, which I launched last summer, and my taking over of the What’s In A Name challenge. I am loving my role as an editor and I would say it’s made me a better reviewer, too.

A blog anniversary needs statistics:

Thank you all for reading, for your friendship, for the discussions and recommendations.

Do you like to celebrate milestones, be they blog-related or otherwise?

500 Posts

A screenshot from the Sims, of people dancing at a disco

This post is my 500th on The Worm Hole so I’m celebrating it in style by getting seven digital people dancing to hip hop in a game (I believe the phrase is “because I am that awesome”). If you’d quoted 500 to me when I first started blogging I would’ve laughed. As clichéd as it sounds, it’s true – it’s incredibly difficult to see yourself having composed that many posts, and I reckon that’s still true even if from the start you fully expect to be around for a while.

The number has a lot to do with my decision to post to a schedule. If I was still posting to the strange and not-always-kept schedule I used to have, it would have probably taken me another year or two to get this far. And on a more sober note, if I hadn’t had drafts already waiting it would have been a while due to, well, life.

I’m not going to saying I’m looking forward to 1000 because that’s too daunting. But I will say I am grateful for all of you, for reading my blog, adding to it, and for the friendship. I’m grateful for the way a whole world has opened up to me thanks to blogging (including inspiring me to go to university), and all the knowledge I’ve gained that I likely wouldn’t have if I didn’t have a ‘strict’ reason to read so much.

Have you celebrated a blogging milestone before?

A ‘Comfort Post’ Today

A photo of a plastic star (light)

The blogging version of the comfort read. Apart from the busy-ness that was already going on, my family are going through a difficult time due to multiple issues (again – this year has been wretched) and I must admit that my inspiration for writing posts has disappeared. I have some posts that are complete and ready to publish, but they are ones I would like to publish when I’ve more time and mental energy – this is also the reason I’ve not commented on many blogs this week. So please excuse today being a random update.

Reading through the plans of those who have already signed up for next year’s What’s In A Name there have been some brilliant ideas for books. I love that people have been creative with the categories – in some cases so much so that I’ve read them, thought ‘does that fit?’ and then realised that yes, it does, and in a great way. The best two I’ve seen so far are from Margaret at BooksPlease who has found a book that fits the number category not just once but three times – Nineteen Eighty-Four – and Care from Care’s Online Bookclub who couldn’t find a book with a number in letters but did find the literal Think Of A Number, awesome!

At the last minute, if I can dramatise it as such, I have met my goal of reading Elizabeth Chadwick this year. I read The Summer Queen – it is long and very different to the books I’ve read by the author so far because it was about royalty, but liked it. It managed to be a comfort read for me even though it was 465 pages of history. Don’t get me wrong, you know I love history, but as reading the subject naturally summons the student in me I generally end up reading it a bit differently. Editing my ‘2014 goals’ a few days ago I was very glad to be able to strike my failure to read Chadwick off the list.

I am considering getting rid of the ‘review coming soon’ section on the sidebar. I love that it adds colour to what is otherwise a dull grey navigation bar, but so many of the books there linger for months before I post about them. Related to this is the fact that the section is almost completely romance orientated, sometimes completely completely, and I don’t want the blog to look like it is a romance blog when it isn’t (this is why I haven’t posted those reviews yet, I want to space them out). Lastly I don’t always end up adding books to it before posting about them anyway.

I think that right now I’m more thankful for blogging than I’ve ever been. My reading goals have, if not removed, limited the amount of time I’ve been in a blur, and I like that my schedule has also had a knock-on affect on my editing services, meaning that despite all the insert-swear-word-here that’s happening, so far I’ve managed to keep up.


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