It gives me hope for the future and keeps me going. Yes, there is a lot of negativity on Twitter and plenty of trolls, but I also see so much kindness, support and love from the book blogging community on Twitter. I can see the fact that the book blogging community is changing however Twitter gives me hope that it’s not for the worst and I can expect so many more great things from everyone
It points out my prejudices to me. If you asked me, I, like many others would say that I’m not racist, ableist or prejudiced in any way. However sadly that’s not true. As a privileged white straight middle class girl from England, I am often unaware of my own unconscious prejudice. Twitter has helped to educate me and ensure I am less prejudiced than I was when I first joined. By pointing out my prejudices Twitter allows me to change them.
It helps me to feel confident expressing my opinions and have discussions. Twitter is a great place to have discussions and hear or express opinions. I’ve learnt so much about so many different things just by listening and reading what others have to say. In order to learn, sometimes you just need to be quiet but other times it’s a great opportunity to get into a discussion and share what you think.
It makes me more politically aware. 2016 was a huge year in politics with #EUReferendum and #Election 2016 being two of the most popular hashtags of the year. Being on Twitter has allowed to listen to and be part of conversations about these political issues that didn’t happen in my everyday life. Twitter helped me to become more fired up about politics and although I was disappointed by the result of both votes, I’m now more excited than ever for when I have the right to vote!
It allows me to meet and chat to people that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to otherwise. In my day to day life I meet a lot of different people but at the same time I attend school 5 days a week. Twitter allows me to talk to people I don’t get the chance to in my daily life, whether they’re different ages, nationalities, religions or just have different opinions to me. This is so important because it gets me out of my little bubble and allows to experience more from the world and people around me.
As we’re starting a new year, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect and look back at last year’s resolutions.
Read 64 books – I 100% did not achieve this one, I read less than half of this number of books. However I did have big exams and then a very busy summer before starting A levels, all of which was super time consuming leaving sadly no time for books! I think looking back, I was perhaps a little optimistic so for 2017, I’m aiming to read 52 books, which is 1 book per week, which should hopefully be more manageable and achievable for me, bearing in mind everything that’s going on in my life.
Read 3 classics – Hahahahahahaha, no. I miserably failed this one, unless you count the French classic I’m being forced to read for A Level French and am approximately 75% of the way through. This is one that I’m not that bothered about. I’d love to read some of the classics that are already on my shelf but I don’t feel the need to force myself to read books because others feel they are ‘better’ than my usual YA.
Join in with some reading challenges – I joined in with some reading challenges, I didn’t do very well at the #RockmyTBR challenge or any of the bingos I signed up for, however I did take part in the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, where I read a lot and had great fun. Overall I’d say I managed this one but I need to commit to longer challenges rather than just 24 hour ones!
Request ARCs sensibly and read and review them in time – Since I didn’t really read or blog that much during 2016, I obviously didn’t really request many ARCs but I think I managed to review the ones I did within the time. That means I think I succeeded at this resolution however that’s only because I didn’t read many ARCs so I couldn’t forget to review them!
Review half the books I read this year – Since I didn’t read many books this week, this one should have been easy, however I didn’t quite manage it. I did make a conscious effort to review more books so even though I didn’t quite manage this, I didn’t do badly.
Post twice a week – Looking back, this one is almost laughable. I don’t know how I thought I might manage to post twice a week but I definitely didn’t manage this one. For 2017, I think I’ll set an aim of posting at least once a week, a target I think is much more attainable for me yet still a bit of a challenge.
Always reply to comments – This one I started off well at however once I took long periods off blogging I wasn’t replying to any comments. I tried to go back and reply but I’m not sure I managed to respond to every single one. This resolution will be one I will be remaking and trying even harder to keep. I love every single comment I get and they really motivate me so I want to ensure I reply.
Join in with blogging events – This is perhaps the only one that I think I was particularly successful at. I joined in with 2 bloggiestas and the Love-A-Thon as well as the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, all of which were great fun so I look forward to doing even more great events with the blogging community.