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
- 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.