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June 2017 Reflection

Even though I didn't really do much of anything for the blog or bookstagram this month, I still decided that I should write a monthly reflection for this month. After all, these reflections are supposed to help me grow and improve the blog and our bookstagram, so why should I skip one just so I could ignore my faults and mistakes?

If you didn't already know, I make these monthly reflections to reflect on Reading is Inevitable's progress on the blog and bookstagram and also discuss plans and hopes for the next month. If you would like to see more, be sure to check out the monthly reflections label.

Looking Back Into June

The Blog
Remember how I said that I didn't do well this past month? Well, this is just another warning. So be warned. For June, pageviews dropped to an even lower number than they were in May, decreasing by an unfortunate but expected 45%. I also failed to post at all until the 19th of June. 

While we did lose followers as a result of our inactivity, I actually am pretty happy with how small that number is. Before our inactivity began, we had around 1,668 followers, and at the end of June, we had about 1,658 followers, only decreasing by 10 followers. We also started to post again the last two days of June.

All the way back in early May, I made some goals for myself that I wanted to complete for May. However, since I stopped blogging mid-to-late May, I'll reflect on these goals as goals for both the month of May and June.

  1. Nope. How could we change and then keep up a bookstagram theme when we weren't even on bookstagram for the most part? 
  2. We did not hit 1.7k... Like I said before, we weren't active, and... and... yeah.
  3. I don't even know what to do anymore... I guess what's important is that I'm trying.
(I'm so terribly sorry for that but I knew going into this that I did not make any of my goals and... Sigh. That was pretty sad, wasn't it? Oh... well.)

Coming up in July

Okay! Now that that is over, we can focus on some of the stuff we have planned for July.

The Blog
I have a lot of ideas and plans for the blog in the upcoming months, including July. Something that I am really excited to share with you is the changes to the posting schedule. A few months back, I had adjusted my posting schedule so that I could more easily post while still keeping up with school. However, school is now over for the summer. So, from now until I say otherwise, I will have posts on both Mondays and Fridays! (Monthly reflections will continue to be published on the first Friday of each month.)

As you might have known for a while now, Em and I have been discussing and thinking about where we want to go in terms of our bookstagram page. We have gone over different picture styles and themes and such, and, going into July, we hope that we can finally show you what we've been working on.

(This time, I'm going to work hard to meet these goals. Or, at the least, that's what I say now.)

  1. Publish a blog post every Monday and Friday. I know, I know: This is a bit of a stupid and silly one. However, it's one of the first steps to getting back on track with the blog.
  2. Post regularly on the bookstagram. Again, just another goal to get back in the swing of things.
  3. Get creative with bookstagram and blog posts. I don't want my blog posts to be little boring things that someone skims through or something I'm hardly interested in myself. And I don't want our bookstagram pictures to be simple shots of just a book in a hand. I think that this will make the blog and bookstagram page more worthwhile for me while also increasing positive feedback and engagement from readers and followers. :)

I've got a lot planned for July and I hope that all of this excitement can carry on into the following months as well. I hope that you stick with me through all of this! Be sure to come back next week, when I'll have not one, but two blog posts publishing. See you then!


  1. I haven't been checking recently, but now that school is out for me it's great to see your blog! I love the new look and the signature!


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