Recently, I’ve been having a bit of a think about my blog. I want to improve it, by improving my cover picture editing skills, and by posting more.
But, I’ve also been thinking of having a small rebrand.
You see, I’ve been using the URL ‘writeabledreams’ for this blog, and for my social media management/copywriting business. And, as I grow my business, I don’t want to start causing confusion between the two.
This blog is very much for fun, and has absolutely nothing to do with my business. I’d love to have clients who want me to pay me to write about books, but I highly doubt that that is ever going to happen. Instead, I currently write about social history, osteopathy, and about a local business group, I’m a part of. And really, even if I do get a bookish client, I’m still going to be writing on behalf of them, not myself.
And that’s without even thinking about my youtube channel, which ties into this blog. It’s called ‘mydreamsofreading,’ wouldn’t it make sense to actually use similar names for my bookish writing/creative endeavours?
So, here’s what I’m going to do:
- Change the URL to this blog to ‘readabledreams.wordpress.com on May 26th
- From June, I’m going to start posting on Sunday’s as well as Wednesday’s. Wednesday posts will continue to be my usual blog posts about TV/film/whatever I fancy posting about. Sunday’s will be a weekly wrap up of my reading. I don’t feel like I write enough about my reading, and I want to write more reviews, this is the perfect chance to do both.
- I’m going to start learning how to make better blog post graphics. I’ve found a few tutorials, now I’ve just got to start following them. I have no idea how successful this will be, seeing as I’m generally useless with anything outside of Canva and Fotojet, but we’ll see what happens when I start using Pixlr!
That’s just about everything I wanted to mention today. I know I haven’t given much warning to this, but I’ve only really just decided to bite the bullet and kick my ass into gear. Also, I wanted to implement all changes in one go (maybe the exception to covers, that may take a while as I try desperately to learn just what the hell I’m doing with photo editing). Seeing as I’ve got a lot of reading to do over the next few weeks in preparation for YALC, I thought that June would be a good time to get going.
So, to summarise, on May 26th, I’m going to change this blog’s URL to ‘readabledreams.wordpress.com’, I’m going to start posting weekly wrap ups of my reading on Sunday’s, and I’m going to start improving my cover game.
I hope that this is the start of a new, improved blog for me. Writing on here makes me extremely happy, and I want to really give it my all.
I hope you join me with these changes, and that you enjoy them, and everything else that is coming with this blog in the future!
YALC has never really called to me before this year. I mean, I’ve always wanted to go – it’s a book convention, which is a part of a larger comic con, how could I not want to go?
But, until this year, it hadn’t called to me so much. I was okay with leaving it until I could really afford it.
That was, until the guests were announced.
Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl, a recent favourite of mine.
Derek Landy, author of Skulduggery Pleasant, my favourite book as a child.
V. E. Schwab, author of Darker Shade Of Magic trilogy, Villains duology, my all time favourite author.
I immediately went from wanting to go to needing to go. Immediately. So, after working out the cost, including trains, etc, I bought my tickets!
So, I’m now going to the Friday and Saturday of YALC with my best friend and my mum, and I am. SO. DAMN. EXCITED!
Two whole days of bookish and nerdy fun, probably breaking my bank account (and my back as I try to carry everything), and hopefully meeting some of my favourite writerly heroes – HEAVEN!
But, with these authors going, it means I’ve got some reading to do. I cannot meet these authors without catching up on all of their work. So, here is my Pre-YALC TBR, split into author.
V. E. Schwab
This is the easiest author on my list, because I’ve read everything Schwab has ever written, with the exception of The Dark Vault. I’ve had it since last Christmas, and I was originally saving it for when I was stuck in a slump/needing a pick me up after reading several bad books (which happens reasonably often). But, now that there’s a chance I could actually meet her at YALC, I need to get this read!
Yeah, so, confession to make here. I’ve only read the first five Skulduggery books. I was trying to stretch the series out, to make it last as long as I could. But with Derek Landy turning up at YALC, I desperately need to read all the books I own. I sadly currently don’t own book nine – Midnight – but I’m hoping to pick it up at the event, possibly along with the spin-off series, which I’ve also put off buying until I’d officially caught up with the rest of the series. I can’t wait to get back into this world again, I’ve missed Valkyrie and the gang so much!
I’ve been doing pretty well with reading Artemis Fowl, as I’ve stuck to my goal of reading one book a month. So, by my calculations, I should have just one book to read in August by the end of July, when Colfer is at YALC! I’m so excited to finish this series, I love seeing all the trouble Artemis and his friends get into, and all the heists they go on together. It’s always great fun, and I love speeding through these books! I will be sad when it’s over though, I have to say. But, better to have read and finished, than to have never read at all!
Now, I’ve never read anything by Justina Ireland before, but she is going to YALC, and I’d like to read her book before I go. I bought Dread Nation last year, while on a day trip to Brighton, and it’s been on my list to read ever since. It’s actually on my priority list this year, so this is the perfect excuse to read it!
And at the moment, that’s everything I want to read before YALC! Obviously, I’ll still be reading Harry Potter, and trying to get through at least a few books off my priority and old-books-need-reading lists. But, for the moment, these are the books I am desperate to get to before July 26th.
It’s going to take some going to manage it, but I’m sure I can do it. Even if I have to leave other books alone until August when my TBR pile will have likely doubled with YALC books/comics!
What are you guys reading pre-YALC? Do you have any authors you’re really excited to see this year? Tell me down below!