My Year in Blogging // time passes too quickly

2016 recap

My favourite  of recap-y posts is getting to look at your old goals. OH GOSH. I was so young and innocent then. *shakes head* (I wanted to figure out the school system in the US. And Carry On was still a distant dot on the horizon.) I do feel like I’ve grown a lot this year — and I’ll probably look back at this post and laugh at my clichés, but it’s true. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED IN JUST A YEAR.

Looking back at 2015

  • (Damn. I still think it’s basically 2012. I have no idea how I’ll get used to writing the new date.)
  • Both of my top posts were somehow Rainbow Rowell posts? (The one where I talked about the Eleanor & Park movie, and the one where I talked about Carry On). Obviously the people searching Rainbow Rowell books have come to the right place: WELCOME, FRIENDS. I am here to flail with you.
  • Some other posts I’m proud of are my 7 British words that aren’t ‘bloody’ — which ironically I now say a lot! — and my discussion of parallels between Harry Potter and real world issues. You can see the WordPress report of my year in blogging here!
  • I changed my blog theme. I mean, I do need a new photo after my haircut. 😉 But I’m really happy with the design itself, and I hope you guys are liking it!
  • Well. The UK General Election happened. I don’t talk about current affairs very much on here, but…eh. I wasn’t that impressed with a lot of the new actions. So that was all a bit of a downer.
  • Last year I said I wanted to complete a writing project, which I didn’t, despite doing NaNoWriMo twice. (Don’t worry, you didn’t miss a second November. I speak of Camp NaNo!) Completing that would have been nice, but…hopefully in 2016? I also do feel like I spent time growing my poetry, so. My excuse. 😉
  • I joined SO many fandoms. I fell in love with Les Mis in April and…yeah. Now I talk a lot about dead French revolutionaries. And through that I discovered other great musicals like Hamilton and Rent! Plus, I got super into Alice Oseman’s Solitaire, and I’m really excited for the release of Radio Silence early next year.
  • THE SIMON SNOW FANDOM HAS EXPLODED. I think the release of Carry On totally deserves its own bullet point, right? The fandom has basically gone from a few familiar faces where everyone reblogged everything in the tag to a lovely community of people excited by Simon and Baz and Agatha and Penny and Ebb.
  • I did complete my Goodreads challenge, but I feel like I’ve read a lot less this year. You can see my year in books here. 🙂 I’ve been reading so slowly since the start of school in September… I’m kind of considering the possibility that I read the same amount of fanfiction as books? I have read a lot of fanfic. *coughs*
  • I went to my first ever convention, as well as two more! I’M SO HAPPY I DID. I’ve enjoyed all my cons massively, and I’m hoping to go to as many in the future as possible! Although sadly I’m missing YALC — I chose to go on my Girlguiding trip instead, which should still be fabulous. 🙂

Looking forward to 2016

  • I want to improve my cosplays! And generally do all the fandom things. But I’d really like to learn more about the sewing aspect of cosplay, and maybe cosplay a character with a more complicated costume. (In May I’m hoping to cosplay Jehan from Les Mis! Right now I’m attempting to make a pattern for the waistcoat oh gosh. XD)
  • MOOOORE WRITING. Always. I have so many ideas that I’d like to write. And I really haven’t been doing much poetry recently so…I want to get back into that.
  • I want to continue learning Japanese — so far I’ve basically just learnt a few basic phrases and the hiragana characters. Um. Yeah. I’d love to get a little more decent at that.
  • I want to watch all the things I’ve been itching to watch. Old Doctor Who episodes. Once Upon a Time. Star Wars. Mr Robot. SO MANY MUSICALS.
  • I’d love to attend more bookish events, hehe. Seeing authors speak is amazing.

Thank you to all the lovely people who’ve read my posts, commented, talked to me —  Evi, Michelle, Alyssa, Nirvana, Elly, An Overthinking TeenagerBridget, Elm, and so many more — I APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH. Thank you for all the fabulous blogs I’ve been reading over the past year. (I might have to do a whole list. There’s a lot.) ❤ I hope that 2016 will be a good year for all of us.

9 thoughts on “My Year in Blogging // time passes too quickly

  1. WE APPRECIATE YOU TOO EVE! ❤ I do love your new blog theme! So pretty!
    AND OMG IF YOU DO THAT JEHAN COSPLAY THERE MUST BE PICTURES. And you're making your own waistcoat pattern. o.O dang, girl, that's amazing!
    I never completed any writing projects either… realizing halfway through October that you have not planned at all and that, oh yeah, you're moving in November isn't the greatest NaNo plan. 😀
    That's so cool that you got to visit some cons! I only ever go to a book festival, but I do want to someday go to a con. Maybe. They seem so huge.
    Yay for 2016!

      Thank you so much! ❤ Haha the shipping for a pattern was super complicated, so I ended up tracing round a waistcoat of my dad's and then shrinking it. YES! Hopefully there will be pictures! 😀
      Yeah. I always want to improve my writing, but. life gets in the way.
      I mean, I think it depends on the one you go to? Like, YALC was actually over a really small area haha. But I think they can be pretty scary once more people start to come in.
      Happy new year! 🙂

        Dang, I have like zero sewing experience so this sounds so magical.
        Life. why must you do this to us.
        I’m near a pretty big city so all the ones around me seem to be sooo big. o.O
        Happy New Year!

  2. WordPress does super pretty year stats reports! And yay I am a frequent commenter 😀 😀 It’s been a blast reading your blog and your poetry has flourished SO WONDERFULLY over the past year. Also WATCH STAR WARS DO IT. Trust me. It’s worth it.

    1. Haha the end of year reports ARE a great feature! Yep, thank you so much for commenting & reading & generally being awesome. 😀
      I feel like I’ve totally fallen into the trap of TFA attracting new fans, but… I REALLY WANT TO WATCH THEM AAALL. I need to make time to do this. *nods*

  3. …why do I still not know a single thing about Les Mis?? Tumblr is wild about it. And a certain few people I won’t care to mention ;))) ALSO YOUR HAIRCUT IS THE CUTEST. I remember you putting it up on Twitter at one point (I’ve been so d e a d lately). I won’t ever get to see famous authors speak ;-; Security reasons gah. It’s understandable, but living in Pakistan is terrible when you’re a fangirl. AND OMG ILY YAY I’M ON YOUR FAVOURITE BLOGGERS LIST.

    Happy New Year! (…even if I’m five days late oops)

    1. Haha, I actually got into Les Mis through Tumblr! (I watched the movie when it came out. But I wasn’t obsessed.) I’m guessing Tumblr likes it so much because of the social activism + creative possibilities + gay ships combination? But, yeah. XD
      Thank you so much! ❤ I actually got it cut shorter again a few days ago, hehe. Aw no, that sucks. 😦 *sends fangirl sympathy*
      YAY YOU AND YOUR BLOG ARE SO FABULOUS. And a happy new year for, um… *squints at screen* nine days ago.

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