Today's the day—Forever Literary is officially three years old! Just like one year ago and two years ago, this May 31 is a day for me to think about my blogging accomplishments and to thank the brilliant people I have met along the way.
However, this year, I'm not thinking about my blog-related accomplishments as much as I'm thinking about my unrelated accomplishments during my time as a blogger. Over the past three years, I've started high school, made new friends and drifted apart from others, moved up the ranks in various extracurriculars, traveled new places, started my first real job, and so much more. And through it all, my blog was there. By this time next year, I will have applied to universities and decided where I'll be spending the next few years of my life. And my blog will be there for that process, too—hopefully not too neglected as I collapse under piles of scholarship applications.
I find it fascinating that my blog has been one of the most constant aspects of my life over the past few years. My readership has grown along with my number of monthly page views, I've experimented with new features, and my writing has improved significantly since my embarrassingly bad first review, but at its core, my blog has changed very little. Just like 14-year-old me, I still take the time to write out my thoughts about many of the books I read. Just like 14-year-old me, I do it because I love this community and need people who understand my passion for YA literature.
I find that thought comforting and nostalgic. No matter how my life changes, I'll have my blog to keep me grounded. One reason why I blog is to get a head start on my future, to gain experience for a career in the book publishing industry. But more than that, blogging anchors me to my 14-year-old self and reminds me to stay as passionate and determined as that girl with an undying love for literature.
The upcoming year has many changes in store for me—and the following year has even more—but thanks to my blog, they seem a little less intimidating. To my readers, thank you so much for sticking with me for the past three years (or however long you've been reading my blog). It's felt like a crazy-long journey, but in many ways I'm not too far from where I started, and I appreciate your being there for the ride. Here's to a fantastic fourth year of Forever Literary!