And So It Begins… Again.

2017 was a terrible blogging year for me. So in around October and November when I had begun to think about what I wanted to do in 2018 I realized that I either needed to start over with this blog, or abandon it completely.

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I’ve basically had a blog since about 1997. And back then, before YouTube was a thing, I was happy to devote my creative energies to it. After blogging for nearly 20 years, I wanted a chance to try something new, and discovered making YouTube videos. I have been doing that now for 2 years — and even though it hasn’t always been easy, I’m enjoying it more and more.

But now that making YouTube videos has become a regular feature in my life, I wanted to shake things up again; partly with my YouTube channel, and partly (and especially) with this blog. I’ve always found I could express myself much better in writing than I could ever do in speaking — so I actually don’t want to abandon this format after all.

It’s going to take time to get back into the “swing of things” and figure out how to add yet another thing into my already busy schedule. And as a matter of course, this is just one of about half a dozen things I’m attempting to add into my busy schedule. That is at least until I start abandoning some of my New Year’s resolutions. I usually succeed at 1 or 2, but I always set at least a dozen. Let’s hope that blogging isn’t the thing I fail at this year!

Barring that… here are a few of the things I’m hoping to do on my blog in 2018:

  1. Post every week. Some original content, and some content will duplicate what I’ve been talking about on my YouTube channel.
  2. Reviews! I’ll also be attempting to increase the reviews I post on YouTube, but I find it so much easier to actually write about a title than I do talk about it. I wonder why that is?!make it hot
  3. Monthly wrap-ups. I’m going to abandon monthly wrap-ups on my YouTube channel and move them over here. Basically this will be a list of everything I read in the previous month with a short description of the title and my thoughts.

I’m sure I will have lots of things to say on my blog that just wouldn’t work on a YouTube channel. I know I’ve come across a few topics over the last year that I think would work substantially better in writing. Hopefully, I’m right.

At any rate, I’m looking forward to a great year of reading manga… and blogging about it!

For those of you who have been following me all of this time, just wanted to give you a huge shout out! Thanks for your support!

Happy New Year!

-Laura the Manga Hoarder

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