Updates to ‘On My Bookshelf’

Hello dear readers, I have some personal news for you today.

As you may know, I started this blog in September 2018 as a school assignment and quickly fell in love with it. I went above and beyond for the assignment and eventually took the blog to a whole new level – with daily content.

This included book reviews, top 10 lists, bookish news, discussion posts, quotes, and more.

It was a lot of work, and I missed a few days here and there, but for the most part I was dishing out content every day.

My morale went up and down with this approach. I saw some book bloggers that started after me or at the same time grow much quicker than I was.

I tried coming up with new bookish post ideas – trying to differentiate from what everyone else was doing, and it worked to a degree.

Still, it didn’t have a drastic change in my numbers.

I have some major problems with the bookblog/tube world that have made me dislike blogging a lot in the past few months.

I won’t get in to them because I’m sure nobody really cares and I don’t want anyone to feel like it is them I am calling out.

Instead I want to tell you what is going to come next for On My Bookshelf.

Well in the coming weeks you can say goodbye to this book review blog. I am giving it up and getting rid of it.

In its place, I want to design a new site and a new brand for myself. I don’t want to limit myself to book review and other bookish content.

I don’t enjoy discussing it the way the rest of the bookish world does, so I am going to take my own spin on things.

I am currently in the process of re-designing everything about On My Bookshelf into Word Forge.

This will be the new name of my site and will not be about just bookish content any more.

Instead I want to focus on other things I am interested in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • and more

I want it to be a huge melting pot of book blogging, marketing/branding resources, writing tips, updates on my current WIP, and more.

It’s going to be half portfolio, half reviews, half marketing guide, half updates on my writing (yes I know its four halves)

I want Word Forge to turn in to something that I can maybe even make money off of one day, whether that’s consulting people, working freelance, or anything else.

I never felt truly at home in the bookish world. I was an outsider looking in, with just enough in the game to stick around.

Now, I am going to play my own game and see where it takes me. Maybe this will be amazing, maybe this will be a disaster. Either way, I have big plans for the future, and I hope that I can see this idea bloom in to something amazing.

6 thoughts on “Updates to ‘On My Bookshelf’

  1. Sounds like you’ve got some big ideas, and I love it! If you’re not feeling the book blog solely anymore, it’s great that you’re changing it up. Sounds like having something a little new and different will be good for you (and I like your ideas for expanding the content). Best of luck, and can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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