Quick Note: If you’re following along in the challenge, you may have realised I missed last weeks. Shame on me! Rather than try to catch up with the post going up yesterday or today along side this one, I’ve decided to extend my challenge and place it at the end. This shouldn’t impact on you if you’re taking part, please carry on with your posting schedule and link up to this post for the last topic or the initial introduction, whichever suits you the most.
BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge
Welcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.
Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.
This Week’s Topic
Your Changes: How have you changed since your blog began?
How have I changed? Heaps! That was an easy answer… Really though, heaps. I tend to read more, I read more broadly, and I think I have far more patience with stories and how they’re written. At the same time I am probably more impatient with certain areas of writing.
I don’t nitpick so much. It’s more that I have come to dislike the use of certain words, which I know didn’t really bother me before. Words and terms like alas, yet, as yet, and yet… lots of yets… Words and terms that aren’t exactly necessary, could easily be cut out or replaced with something far more impacting and direct, and when they’re used repetitively it drives me nuts. I’m starting to develop this dislike for the word suddenly too. I’ve started realising if a scene changes then the suddenness will be in the change, you don’t need the word to make it apparent.
In other ways I’m more patient in I recognise and appreciate techniques far more and tend to look for the silver lining in something I don’t particularly enjoy, whether it’s a scene or a character developement. I will strive to come up with positive criticism rather than sieve out the negative.
I also have noticed my enjoyment of reading has changed. I used to jump at the chance to go to a book store, buy more than one book at a time, and always had a wish list of books. Now, even though I still have a wish list of books, I don’t care about going to a book store as I am not sure what to get, my hunger and memorising of a wish list has kind of died out. I won’t go crazy and buy a bunch of books at once. Sometimes I won’t buy a book at all. I know! Crazy! It’s not my enthusiasm for reading has gone, but I don’t feel the need to stockpile. It doesn’t help I already have so many books to read as is and the idea of finding room to put more is somewhat of a deflating one.
Personally I’ve come a long way health wise. I used to be quite ill when I first started out blogging and these days I’m far more independent. I still have issues with my health, they’re not going to go anywhere, but I’m more capable, able to go out more, have a much better circle of friends, am in a healthy relationship, and have a bunny. None of those things were going on when I first started blogging.
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