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Today’s Stop & Chat continues my blogoversary’s “looking back” theme!

The Evolution of Your Blog

Read. Sleep. Repeat. has gone through so many changes! Not just aesthetic ones but content changes too. I wish I had screenshots of my various changes but I didn’t have the foresight to get photographic evidence of my embarrassing era. But that won’t stop me!

When I first started blogging I had NO schedule. Not even a loose idea of what I wanted to post or when. I had 3 reviews (all which were HORRIBLE) ready to go, I had NO idea what a meme was, I did have a twitter (with 2 followers, one was my sister, who then unfollowed me) and I had a FaceBook which I was totally lost on how to operate. To put it simple I was a ginormous mess and I feel all of the shame.

For shame

But a few weeks later I discovered memo’s. This was NOT a good discovery. I decided I wanted to do Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday and Waiting on Wednesday and Feature & Follow AND Top Ten Tuesday. Yes. I was one of those people.

Walk of shame

It took a while but a few months later, I cut a few memes, switched to WordPress and changed my blog theme to a really bright yellow and grey theme. Like, REALLY bright. It was so bright that I had to dim my computer screen just to keep from getting a headache. I was still trying way too hard and numbers were the reason I blogged. Which of course is the road to Epic Fail Land.

Slip N Slide Fail

But, things started to change. People actually started to listen to my crazy talk. I started having fun with twitter folks. And I FINALLY stopped trying to be those big blogs I idolized. I was coming into my own, and Read. Sleep. Repeat. became more than just my blog, it became one of my favorite things to do. I started to ignore my numbers, cut out more meme’s and picked up books that I wanted to read. Not just books that everyone else was reading. And you know what, it was the best fucking change ever.

Go hard or go home

And now, one year later, I have a cool schedule I’m proud of, friends that make the crappy stuff worth it, numbers that are solid but not my focus and connects with publishers that I never could have dreamed of. To top it off this is only my 1st year! Imagine next year. Think of the growth I still have to go through. The mistakes I’m going to make. The witty and corny things I’ll say! This year has been amazing and as Read. Sleep. Repeat. continues to evolve I’m proud to have you guys along for the trip. 2013 was fun but 2014…well 2014:

Fuck Shit Up

8 thoughts on “Stop & Chat! ~The Evolution of Read. Sleep. Repeat.~”

  1. I’m so glad that I’ve had you to make me realize early in that stats aren’t what matters. Honestly I’ve had more fun since I quit everyday memes & worrying about numbers! I love my twitter chats and connecting with authors the most. It’s what makes it fun! You will be even more amazing in 2014!!!! <3333
    Crystal @ Crystal in Bookland recently posted…BLOG TOUR: The Prophecy by Erin AlbertMy Profile

  2. Thank you! And once you finally let go it is so much more fun! Everything stops being “work” and you can just enjoy it. You’ve become a very close friend to me and I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate that. 🙂

  3. “picked up books that I wanted to read. Not just books that everyone else was reading”

    You go girl!! I think that this is the best discovery a book blogger can make. Focusing on numbers and receiving ARCs or “the popular books” can make book blogging so stressful!
    Ashley recently posted…Stacking the Shelves (67) – An Evening with Tanya Byrne & Lauren KateMy Profile

  4. Thank you! When I look back it amazes me that I thought being like everyone else would make me stand out! What type of sick logic is that?! I’m happy I’ve realized where the fun is. 🙂

  5. Loved seeing your progress! It’s okay, I was one of those meme people too. We can sit in the box of shame together.
    It is very hard to not get caught up in numbers, but I’m glad you’ve left that behind so you can truly enjoy blogging! I’ve learned to let go of the numbers (switching to WordPress helped because I finally got rid of GFC), but sometimes I still stress over review copies and having content. Even though it’s MY space and I should do whatever the f*ck I want with it, haha. Once I get caught up on review copies, I’m going to focus on all the stuff I’ve been wanting to read for me!
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