Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Forever Literary Turns Five!

Today's a huge day for me and my blog. First off, when this post goes up, I (hopefully) will have just landed in New York, ready to attend Book Expo for the first time.

And second, Forever Literary turns five years old today. I can't believe it.

When I started my blog, I had no idea how long it would last. I hoped it would stick around for a while, but I had no way of knowing it would one day be the same age as a kindergartner. I've put so much time and energy into this passion project (I wish I'd kept track of all the hours spent blogging these past five years!), and it's incredible.

This year, I don't have any philosophical musings on the nature of time, ambition, or online communication to share like I have for the past two years. But I will say this: year five was my hardest blogging year yet. Between a major life change (leaving for college), a new bookish project that I helped launch a few months ago, and an onslaught of horrifying worldwide news, I've had several distractions and other pursuits fighting for my attention.

I haven't quite figured any of it out yet: I'm still winging the whole "making time for blogging in college" endeavor, and I certainly haven't figured out how to run a book blog when every day seems to bring us closer and closer to World War III. I think it's a balance we all have to strike for ourselves (but let me know if you have advice!).

(Side note: I'm actually attending a session at BlogBound Con this evening on how to talk about books in our current political climate. I can't wait to bounce ideas around with brilliant bloggers and bookish types.)

The bookish community is only going to get more complicated and politically charged as history continues to happen. For most of us, our ability to participate in the community is only going to get more complicated as we grow older and take on more life responsibilities. But this is a community worth being part of, no matter how hard it can be at times. It has taught me so much and introduced me to some of my best friends, and I'm so incredibly thankful that I was welcomed into the vibrant YA blogosphere five short years ago.

Thank you to every single person who made my journey so fulfilling, educational, and just plain fun. I hope to see as many of you as possible at Book Expo. Let me know if you'll be there!

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations on making it five years, Emily, that's such an achievement! Juggling between blogging and college definitely is something hard - I remember having to do that in my first blogging years and it was HARD, but eventually blogging offered me the escape I needed :) I hope you'll find your right balance and most importantly, that you'll keep on loving it.
    Have a lot of fun at BookCon! :D

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOREVER LITERARY! Five years is an absolutely insane accomplishment and you should be so so so proud of yourself. I totally understand the struggles with bogging this year, I've been experiencing them myself because of school for the most part but blogging is so fun and I hope one day my blog can be a kindergartener, too. Again, happy happy birthday!

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  3. Ahhh congrats on 5 years! That's such a long time! Blogging is definitely hard sometimes to balance with everything else. I know I've struggled, I think most of us have. But...congrats on 5 years! haha

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

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  4. HAPPY BELATED BLOGOVERSERY EMILY! <3 You're one of my best blogging friends and I am so glad I found your blog. You are so sweet and always write the most eloquent and beautiful posts. xx

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