Hello there! Happy New Year!
Boy, let me tell you... The past couple of months have been rough on my blog. I was hit by a nasty blogging and reviewing slump towards the end of September and, if I'm being quite honest, I'm still seeing the side-effects from it. Things got pretty hairy for awhile and there were moments when I felt that it would not end. I don't foresee myself closing my blog anytime soon, but there were moments when I seriously considered it and that scared me. Rather than forcing myself and risk burning out, I went with it and accepted that I would not have the number of posts I wanted. I didn't get to do all of the Christmas posts I had originally planned. While that bummed me out, I was okay with it and I started looking forward to what 2017 would bring.
I don't want to focus on the challenges I faced this year. Instead, I want to celebrate the milestones I celebrated along with you...
In 2016 Crystal Blogs Books...
- posted the 1,000 blog post.
- surpassed 400 reviews.
- surpassed 50,000 page views.
- turned 4 years old.
- became www.crystalblogsbooks.com!
I'm most excited about that last one. If you ask my blogging friends, you'll find out how much debating I did before purchasing my domain. And I don't regret it for a second. What am I most excited about for 2017? My blog turning 5! Super excited!! Must plan a big celebration!
So, I'm not going to focus on the challenges I didn't complete. Or the posts I didn't do. I'm going to focus on the positives that I encounter this year while looking forward to 2017 with hopeful eyes. I will also be back in a couple days to chat about my goals for 2017, as well as rounding up all of the challenges I signed up for.
Until then, this is Crystal wishing you a safe and fun New Years! I'll see you in 2017.