I Failed… And That’s Okay

I failed…. And that’s okay.

I had so many plans for this blog for 2020, plans that I shared with you all in this post. Included in all of those plans were plans for some fun posts this February talking about romance in fiction, as well as lots of other plans and ideas for later. And guys, I failed. I haven’t been able to keep up with any of those plans.

A friend once shared this with me: You can do anything, but not everything.

I’ve been trying to do everything. Because I’ve been so busy with high school, preparing for college, work, and life, I haven’t prioritized time to do things that I love: Write, read, and blog. Not doing this has been another failure of mine.

Part of this is because of the pressure that I have put on myself and my blog.

My blog used to be something that I LOVED to do. I loved putting together a post, adding some pictures, and answering comments. But recently, I started putting pressure on myself to be more “professional” and “put together.” I went from sharing my ramblings to trying to create structured posts that people would actually find “interesting.”

All of this takes more time and energy, and honestly, it made blogging less enjoyable to me. I miss sharing my random thoughts and little stories with you all.

So from now on…. I’m going to share more of my stories and more of what I want to write on this blog, not just what I think other people want to see.

I’m not going to be a perfect blogger, and that’s okay. I’m not going to be perfect as I navigate trying to juggle all of these exciting new aspects of my life and trying to keep my priorities straight. I’m going to fail even more, even in my new endeavors. But you know what?

It’s okay to fail sometimes. We’re all human. We’re all bound to fail in some way.

When we do fail, let us remember to give ourselves grace, get back up, and try again (maybe even in a different and better way).

And let us also take comfort and rest in the fact that we serve a God who loves us no matter how we fail, a God who will never ever fail us.

Maybe this is random and scattered (who am I kidding, it is!). But it’s something that I want to share with you all, in case anyone else feels anything like this. If you do, you’re not alone.

It’s My Two Year Blogoversary!

Happy New Year! How is it 2019 already!? I can hardly believe it. Today, January 1, 2019, is the start of a new year. But it’s not only the start of a new year. It’s my two year blogoversary! To celebrate, I’m going to be looking back at some of my blog’s stats from 2018.

Notebooks and Novels Stats From 2018…

Followers

Combined from Blogger and WordPress, I have 157 followers. I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you amazing human beings who have given me a follow. Y’all are rock stars!

Page Views

Notebooks and Novels got 18, 625 page views in 2018! That is over five thousand more page views than 2017. All I can say is WOW.

Comments

Notebooks and Novels received 303 comments this year. I’ve loved seeing and responding to all of your comments and hope that they keep on coming!

Total Posts

I published 49 blog posts in 2018. I’m looking forward to sharing many more with you all in 2019!

Most Popular Post

Flash Fiction Dash 2018: The Day We Say Goodbye was the most popular post! I am so pleased to see that my most popular post was one that featured some of my fiction! It was so fun participating in the Flash Fiction Dash, and I loved seeing what everyone had to say about this bittersweet story.

My Favorite Post

My favorite post is actually a series of posts that I wrote, starting with “I’m Tired of ‘Strong’ Female Characters Part One.” I loved sharing my thoughts on the subject with you all, but most of all, I loved seeing the conversations about strong women in fiction and real life that the series sparked.

Other Fun Stuff

  • I GOT PUBLISHED. My short story “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” won One Teen Story‘s teen writing contest and was published this past summer. It’s so crazy to hold my short story, to see it in print, and to hear that other people love reading it. Honestly, this is one of my top highlights of 2018. I feel so blessed. ❤
  • I moved from Blogger to WordPress (visit this post to learn more about why I made the switch).
  • There were some fun guest posts on the blog this year by Lisa Elis, Jeanette van As, and author Tessa Emily Hall, as well as an interview with teen author Taylor Bennet!
  • I became a PURSUE magazine columnist. My column is Relationships, and I absolutely love sharing some advice about relationships with my fellow teen girls!

Looking Forward to the Future…

WOW, a lot has happened on here in this past year! Thank you all for sticking around and making it an amazing year of blogging. I hope that you’ll continue to stick around for all of the exciting things that I have planned for 2019!

In the meantime, would you mind taking a quick, ten question survey to help make Notebooks and Novels even better in 2019? In return, I’d love to send you a short story written by me (more details can be found here). Click the link below to take the survey. Your feedback is so helpful. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

May we all look upon 2018 fondly and to 2019 with hope. Here’s to an amazing year, my friends!