Diminishing Thoughts is a year old!!
I started this blog on a whim last year because I wanted my reviews to be seen outside of Goodreads. I didn’t know what was going to happen when I started this blog and I didn’t even have a name for it. My bro-like person decided on the name because it was irony as well as a play on words. My thoughts have in no way diminished, they just keep increasing.
On this day, the 7th of August, I was sitting with a few books in my hand and I reviewed them on Goodreads and I finally worked up the courage to sign up for NetGalley and I thought that a blog would go hand in hand with it.
^This is a screenshot of my very first post. I can’t believe how many things have changed since that day.
- I turned 21
- I recovered as well as I could from my anxiety
- my depression has made a comeback but you know what? It’s okay. It’s okay because I finally have an outlet that doesn’t harm me or others around me. An outlet that I’m proud of. I have my blog.
- I’ve fallen even more in love with the book world
- I have discovered what I really want from life
We’ve made it through the year guys! I am so happy because I feel that I grew as a person and it shows on my blog. I’ve gained followers and I get to see some authors branch out and share their works with us. I feel honoured when that happens…like, I feel worthy. I feel like I could possess the power of Thor!
In this year I have posted over 100 reviews (almost at 200), come up with new segments and I feel that just being around people (albeit online) who love books as much as I do plays a big part in my life, my happiness.
This is not widely known- because why advertise it, right?- but I felt lost in the world. I didn’t know which way to turn and when I graduated high school I realised that reading and/or buying books made me really happy…even if it was only for a few hours. I am proud of the person I am today and most of it is because of books. It’s why it hurts me inside when people insult bookworms. No one can force a person to read (seriously, those who do? Respect a person’s wishes) but when someone doesn’t like reading and they shove that hate into a bookworm’s face and ridicules them for it…it cuts me deep inside. My family aren’t bookworms, so naturally to them it’s insane to own over 300 books but I’m glad that they’re not stopping me. I don’t mind being called insane because even I think this obsession I have (I said in one post that this is an obsession not an addiction because if I was addicted it would mean that I was capable of stopping…as if!) is a bit out there, but I don’t mind because this is what I love.
There were times over the years when my internet would cut out for days at a time and it’d hardly bother me (except for when it was NaNoWriMo- you don’t mess with my internet then) but a few weeks ago my internet was off for a week. One whole week! I went to my aunt’s house and tweeted about my lack of internet and immediately started scheduling posts so that even though I was away, it wouldn’t look it. It was a very stressful week for me. That proves to me how important this actually is to me because even though I stress about book archive deadlines, and scheduling conflicts and trying not to disappoint authors, I wouldn’t give this up for anything. In the recent years, having a book blog is one of the best things to happen to me.
Wow…I went off on a tangent there, again. I keep doing that. Thank you guys so so so much for sticking around and being all around great people. Sometimes I feel like I’m freaking out alone, but all I have to do is open up my browser and I know that there are thousands of people freaking out along with me.
Thanks again. I appreciate you all and I hope to make the upcoming years as great or even greater than this year has been.