Out with the Old, In with the New ~ Blogging & Reading

Posted January 1, 2019 by Michelle in Out with the Old, In with the New / 4 Comments

Recapping 2018 and looking ahead to 2019

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out with the OLD: 2018

As you probably figured out, I totally sucked at reading and blogging this year. Blogging was almost not happening and I just couldn’t get into reading because I was having a hard time focusing. About two months ago I figured out a better way to blog and also forced myself to read.

Two months ago I set a better schedule for myself to do my blogging. Since I am off on Fridays I figured that could be my Blogging day and it would extend into the weekend. That gives me enough time to get stuff done on Friday and on the weekend I can do a few things and still enjoy time with the family. So far it has been working out exactly as I wanted and I couldn’t be happier. The rest of the week is for Design work and house stuff. This has been helping keep the stress level low and if I can’t get something done it’s ok, I can either try another day or just wait until the next Friday. It is helping me keep my OCD under control.

My reading just plain SUCKED! I was in such a mood when it came to reading but I figured out it was because I wasn’t reading for anything but myself and honestly, I didn’t feel obligated to read. This year that all changes.

in with the NEW: 2019

I plan to continue the schedule into the new year. I think it works perfect and it keeps my stress low. Berls and I worked out some scheduling so we will each have 3 posts a week and the Sunday post. This helps us both keep a better schedule and also feel like that is pretty low maintenance. If we do have extra posts we can always double up but that might not be necessary since I need to catch up on reading and she probably has more review than I do at the moment.

I think I was missing Challenges and also feel like I wasn’t grabbing what I wanted to read and instead just reading what I thought I needed to read. Which is weird because who really does that…but me, apparently. I started getting my challenges together and could feel the excitement of being able to read. I am also planning to force myself to get at least and hour of reading in a day and more on the weekends.

This year is all going to be different for Because Reading. I am excited for all the new challenges, posts and reading that will be done. We will also be changing up the design on the blog by the end of Jan (I’m still working on it) I am excited for what is to come for Because Reading…I haven’t felt like this in a long time and it’s a familiar feeling that I seriously have missed! Happy New Year Friends! 🙂

My most anticipated books of 2019

I am looking forward to all of these next year. I can’t wait for them to be released!

Books I reviewed this month ~ Books Reviewed


What are you looking forward to in 2019?

Thanks for stopping by to Check out my recap of 2018 and what’s to come in 2019

Have a great day and Happy Reading!



About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, four pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!



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4 responses to “Out with the Old, In with the New ~ Blogging & Reading

  1. YAY! I’m so glad you are feeling excited and better about things. We all have ups and downs. If things aren’t working, change it up! I have to read different genres when I hit a bump. You did some of that I know. Have an amazing new year ! Anne – Books of My Heart

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  2. I didn’t get nearly as much reading and blogging done in 2018 that I would’ve liked and am hoping that setting up a blogging schedule and sticking to it will help. Happy New Year, and good luck with all of your challenges! 😀