New Year, New Blog

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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For the past few months, my blog and I have not been on the same page. It all started around the end of September when my love for blogging kind of disappeared. Every time I sat down to write a post, I would get distracted and the next thing I knew, it was two in the morning and I still hadn’t written up my post. After a few weeks of repeating the same cycle, I decided that I needed to figure out EXACTLY WHAT was causing this disconnect between me and my blog. 

Long story short, I realized that my lack of desire to blog more so had to do with the books I was reading and coming to terms with the fact that I was outgrowing YA. I even wrote a whole post about the whole debacle (which you can read HERE) and after that I kind of accepted it and realized what I really wanted to blog about…

R O M A N C E

It’s no secret that I am a fan of the smutty reads and throughout this year, I’ve received numerous comments on my blog and on Goodreads about the New Adult genre, how to get into the genre, where the good books were at?, etc. NOW, WAIT A MINUTE…I’m not trying to say I’m some type of “expert” when it comes to NA or the romance genre in general (because I literally just got into this genre a year ago) but I do want to become more well-verse in it so your girl here is going to become a ROMANCE BLOGGER! And with that realization, I also realized that my blog was going to need a MAJOR OVERHAUL!

FINDING A NEW DESIGN

After discovering Creative Market, I’ve been obsessed with their fonts and I knew that was the place to go when it came to looking for inspiration. I absolutely love my new design because it’s literally called ‘Books & Coffee’. If this doesn’t scream me, I don’t know what does. 

LEARNING CSS

I have had the WordPress Premium account for a while now and one of the major reason why I upgraded was because of its CSS Customization feature. Thing is, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CSS. So I spent majority of December teaching myself CSS and how to code my blog in order for it to look the way I wanted. It was no easy task, but if my ass is paying for premium I might as well take advantage of everything it has to offer. While I don’t have an image of how my blog liked before, I currently have the Adelle theme and here is how my blog used to look like:

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Now, it looks like this:

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This is the same Adelle theme, just customized to look the way I want it to look! Bloggers, if you have WordPress Premium, I urge you to teach yourself CSS. Each template has its own forum which you can easily Google and pretty much all your questions can be answered by going through the forum. It may be tedious work, but it’s worth it!

DISCOVERING THE ROMANCE COMMUNITY

I started out the year with knowing very little about the romance community and now I feel like this community is where I belong. I’ve become friends with so many romance bloggers and I love discussing my current reads with them and buddy reading books together. I’ve also discovered a ton of great books, like the Addicted/Calloway Sisters, and I can’t wait to discover more books and fall in love with those too. Sidenote, romance bloggers are petty af and I’ve seen some of them snatch up weaves when someone talks bad about their favorite books. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE Y’ALL AND I’M HERE FOR ALL THE WEAVE SNATCHING AND DRAGGING!


BLOGGING AND READING GOALS FOR 2017

 This year I set my Goodreads Challenge to 100 books because I know that goal is easily attainable. I’m a fast reader so I’m sure I’ll have not problem reaching this goal. I plan to expand my reading and start reading more books from the Adult genre and I also plan on reading more “underrrated” romances. I’m going to try to promote some great romances that you may or may not have ever heard of and hopefully some of you will decide to read them too. As for YA, I’m going to be extremely selective about which YA releases I read this year and I will probably only review a handful of them.

Blogging wise, I want to get better at commenting on blogs and blog hopping in general. I have a really bad habit of blog hopping while at work and it needs to stop! I also plan on bringing back my weekly discussion posts, RANTS & RAMBLES. I’ve missed being able to hear others thoughts on specific topics and interacting with all of you.


So what do you guys think about the new look? I want to hear all your thoughts in the comment.

Also, let me know your blogging and reading goals for 2017! Here’s to another year of amazing reads and successful blogging.

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56 thoughts on “New Year, New Blog

  1. I am in love with your new look! I completely understand what you went through. When I decided that I wanted to expand my blog content, I ended up revamping my blog’s branding and changing up my layout entirely. I spent weeks obsessing over how I wanted my platform to look like. 😂

    Anyway. You did a terrific job! I love your header and everything looks neat and classy. 😊 Congratulations!

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    • Thank you, Shealea! I’m so happy the revamp is done and it ended up looking the way I want. I think it will be a very long time before I make any changes because I don’t have the time and energy to go through another redesign, haha. Now I can get back to reading! 🙂

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  2. 1. Love the new look, Ari! You did a great job.
    2. WOHOOOOOO for turning into a romance reader! We’re a fabulous group of readers imo! 😉
    3. Holy cow you learned CSS? NICE JOB!
    4. Good luck with all your reading goals and I hope you get to read the BEST books ever! 🙂

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  3. I love the new look, it’s so pretty. Clean and awesome, glad the work you’ve put in learning CSS has paid off.

    As for changing the direction of your blog, good for you. I am a fan of romance although I’ve read less romance this year. I know how you feel about drifting from YA, though. I still read it, more fantasy than anything else, but I read a lot less than when I first began blogging. Now I’m all over the place with what I read.

    My blogging goals are simple. Read more diverse books. Read 100+ books. And stop spending so much damn money on books when there are plenty gathering dust on my shelves.

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    • Thanks, Becky! I like the clean look as well. Less is more was kind of what I was going for. I also plan on reading more diverse romances. I have a good amount on of books on my TBR and I can’t wait to get to them. And yes to read more books I already own and buying less books (although this may be harder for me since I read mostly ebooks).

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  4. I absolutely adore your blog’s new look!! I’ve been on the fence about either self-hosting or upgrading to WordPress Premium for a while now, and I’m definitely now leaning towards the idea of upgrading to WP Premium.
    I hope you meet your reading goal this year! ❤

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  5. Great work on the CSS design, Ari! They don’t even look like the same layout anymore and I am so proud of you and so impressed by how professional it looks. I really hope you fall back in love with blogging and that you keep on falling in love with books regardless of the genre. I’m still into YA myself but I do read NA/Romance (though I’m too lazy to review them since I read like two a day during my NA kicks), and I always look to you for recommendations and will continue to do so. ❤️

    Happy new year! I hope this year brings to you many wonderful things. 😊

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    • Thank you, Reg! I definitely feel proud to call The Daydreaming Bookworm my blog now and I finally feel motivated to blog again. Hopefully my motivation doesn’t go anywhere anytime soon because I’ve been liking this new organized me!

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  6. I Love the new look! I look forward to seeing your posts. Also, welcome to the wonderful world of romance! I went through this same situation about 6 months ago. I was feeling a disconnect from blogging. I loved the idea of blogging but I was no longer enjoying keeping up on it. So after a 6 month hiatus I realized that I really did love blogging and sharing my thoughts, what I was struggling with was the idea that I thought I could only be a good blogger if I was reading YA. Not only with my blog, but I felt like the whole book sphere was made up mostly of YA readers from bookstagram to blogs to twitter. However, I decided I was going to do what I enjoyed most and switched mostly to Romance. However, I do have some goals for 2017 to break out into other adult genres as well. I am glad to see that you figured out where your disconnect with blogging was and decided to switch directions. If you are ever up for a buddy read or just to connect over some books let me know!

    Kaytlyn- The Bohemian Bookworm

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    • Thank you, Kaytlyn! I’m hoping to bring more attention to self-published author and get more readers interested in the world of self-publishing. I feel like self-publishing gets a bit of a bad rep, but there are some pretty good books out there that are self-published, people just have to be willing to look. I also hope read more books from the adult genre as well, especially non-fiction since I used to love that genre as a teen. And I am always up for buddy-reads! I follow you on Twitter right? My DMs are always open so just let me know when! 😀

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  7. I’m sorry I didn’t mention your new design in my previous comment. I like it a lot. I’m happy to hear you finally come to terms with what you want from you blog. I can’t wait to see your new posts and features. I read a lot of Romance, if you ever need recs, just let me know. Good luck with all your resolutions!

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