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September 2017 Reflection



Happy Friday everyone! How was your September? Good, I hope? What about your October? Can you believe we're already in October, and that we're even approaching our first complete week of it...? It's now the sixth of October and the first Friday of the month, which means it's time for yet another monthly reflection, in which I pretty much just ramble on about what happened this month as well as what's to come. Oooo... be excited. (It's okay you do whatever you want to do!)

Looking Back Into September

The Blog

Blargh. Blargh blargh blargh. So, the blog. It didn't do horribly, but things could have been better. (At least it was better than the bookstagram, but I'll get to that in a bit, heh heh...) I had to switch over to my school posting schedule, even though I would have liked to try to keep up two posts a week for at least one more month. But, alas, school is just too much. I mean, I couldn't even handle posting once a week. That's right, I missed a posting day... Pageviews for the blog also decreased by about 8.94%. Just another thing to add on to the (unpleasant and mildly upsetting) list. Sigh. :/

This Month's Posts








Bookstagram

WE POSTED ONE PICTURE ON BOOKSTAGRAM!! This might seem rather lousy to you, but I'm actually surprised and happy... I thought we didn't post at all! Just like last month when I even finished the whole monthly reflection and didn't realize that we had posted until a day or two before the publishing date. (Go here to see what I'm talking about.) We still lost around 17 followers, though... (We currently stand at 1,577 at the time I'm writing this post, but I know we lost some at the beginning of October, so I'm not sure of the exact number lost during September.)

Goals

I always like writing down if I remembered my goals or not, so, um... I think I remember two? And I don't think I really did either one, oh boy.


Oh gosh this was a really unproductive month...
  1. What is posting? I'm honestly fearing that we'll never post again on our bookstagram. Although, I will tell you this: fall is our favorite time to take bookish pictures, so who knows?
  2. Nope nope nope. You kidding? I wanted to be more prepared by drafting posts ahead of time, but I hardly even got my posts done. I wrote most of them last-minute on Fridays or weekends, and I didn't even post one week. Even this post is being written on the day before... heh heh.
  3. Sorta maybe kinda (not really). So, I did try to do this in the beginning. I asked people for their book blogs on our Instagram story and I even created a WordPress.com account so that I could like and more easily follow other book blogs, as the majority of book blogs seem to use it over Blogger. And yet, I didn't really do much after that... I didn't go on the WordPress.com account because it took up extra time, and I didn't make much of an effort to find new book blogs. I did, however, read some a bit form other ones I already knew about.

Comparison — September 2016 vs. September 2017

September of 2016 was the best month I've ever had for the blog. The number of pageviews in this past September is only a third of what they were in September 2016. I was on a two-posts-a-week posting schedule, and even though I missed five posting days, I still posted five times (one more time than what I would have done if I only posted every Monday) and managed to receive large amounts of pageviews. One of the posts published during that month is the sixth most popular on the blog. Our Instagram was also thriving, with the beginning of our more fallish pictures coming in.

Coming Up in October

The Blog

I'm hoping to publish a few book reviews on the blog this month, as I recently finished four books. Even though I only want to write reviews on two of these four books and I've already published one of them, I still have one to write a review on. I'm also hoping that, since I've been better about reading lately, I'll finish at least two more books that I can write reviews on.

Bookstagram

We recently held a poll on our Instagram story (yes, yes... they're very popular now but will they die out?). It asked if we should start posting again on our bookstagram. Most of you said yes... And fall's our favorite time to take pictures, so... Maybe. Maybe...

Goals


  1. Publish a post every Monday. I didn't even do this last month...
  2. Post regularly on bookstagram. I know that I've had this same goal for the past few months, but I still want to do it... Especially now that fall is approaching us!
  3. Draft and plan posts in advance. I feel like that by at least accomplishing this goal, I'm taking steps in the right direction to complete my first goal. Besides, this is just good time-managing practice for me.



That's all for today! Sorry if the ending seems a bit rushed... At the time that I'm writing this, it's getting a bit late, and I'm already tired from four days of school. But only one more to go before the weekend, and maybe the weekend's already here by the time you're reading this! Is it nice? Take me with you... ;) Have a good day and keep on reading!



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This Month's Popular Posts

Quotes: Audacity

As some of you may know by looking at my posts on our social media page (@readingisinevitable on Instagram), I am currently reading Audacity by Melanie Crowder. It is a beautiful book written in free verse, and follows the life of Clara Lemlich, a female Jewish immigrant who came to America in the early 1900s. (For the full summary of the book, click here.) I absolutely love books written in free verse, or any type of poetry, in fact! This book is so lovely that I have decided to dedicate a whole post to some of my favorite quotes or parts! (Note: I am only on page 294, and there are 366 pages, not including the extra content at the end of my local library's copy.)

Navigating Bookstagram - Stories & Tips From a Small(er?) Account - Hosting a SFS

All the way back in the beginning of April, I published a post on shoutout-for-shoutout sessions (SFS's) in the bookstagram community, specifically entering them. Now, I will - after promising to do so back in my first SFS post - finally discuss hosting your own SFS.

Em and I have done two shoutout-for-shoutout sessions in the past: one on our own when we hit 1,000 followers, and one with a group of bookstagrammers in honor of the then-new year, 2017. Therefore, shoutout-for-shoutout sessions can be hosted by one account or a group of accounts. As mentioned in my previous post, besides single and group shoutout sessions, there are now two types of SFS's. These two types are post SFS's and story SFS's, the latter available due to the relatively recent addition of Instagram Stories.

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Easy Sticky Note Bookmark

Something I think that us bookworms or really anyone who is reading a book is that sometimes we aren’t really prepared to read a book. Not in the sense that we don’t know some words or the subject/events of the book are not what was expected. What I’m talking about is bookmarks. We never can really seem to find them when needed, or we don’t want to use that special bookmark we made or bought for $20. Whether it’s because you decided to start reading a book you found at a library/bookstore that you didn’t intend to get, or because you lost your bookmark or some other reason, we all face that big imposing question: Should I try to remember the page number, or should I dog-ear the book?

If you’re someone who deeply cares for all books - your own and others’ - then the last option isn’t really an option at all.

So here is a solution that might come in handy at school. Do you have a regular-sized square sticky note? Have a few seconds? Well, this little trick might save your book’s (and pos…

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Instagram has been offering tools and insights for businesses to use since 2014, but more useful, updated tools only came out in the spring of 2016. By connecting a Facebook account to the Instagram page, users can now see analytics on each individual post and their posts as a whole, as well as information on the demographic of their followers. Additionally, if they add the feature, users can view insights on their Instagram stories.

Setting Up Business Tools
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