I’ve spent these last couple weeks setting up my blog, which I’ve found surprisingly really enjoyable. I say surprising because I initially thought this setup process would overwhelm me, but the Aquarius in me came out and I found myself being super invested in making my blog look creative and engaging. At the beginning of this process, I made a vision board – which I posted but also inserted below – to kind of reflect the sorts of feelings I want to invoke in the readers of this blog and also myself.
First I wanted to make it clear how reading makes me feel, which is why many of the photos I included show the imagination and different possibilities and worlds that books present. Beyond the vision board, I’ve made sure to state that my reviews will contain my honest opinions on books, and I want others to feel as though they can share their honest thoughts as well.
I’ve also included a pictures of bookstores andVancouver, BC in my vision board, as I am hoping to feature some BC literature on my blog, as well as support local bookstores especially during this COVID time. One place I specifically love is Iron Dog Books, which is an Indigenous-owned local bookstore and moving booktruck in Vancouver, BC, who are “dedicated to bringing low cost reading to Tsleil-Waututh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Musqueam territories (metro Vancouver)”. Iron Dog has helped me find almost all the books I needed for class this semester as well some extra books. I will leave a link to their website down below as well.
In terms of other visual aspects in my setup, I used the program “Canva” to create all of the titles of my posts as well as the vision board, the meme I created, and more. I do want to note though that some of the photos on this site are my own photos that I have taken, as book photography is also something I love to do.
I have used a few platforms in order to get word out about my blog as well, such as Goodreads, which I will also link down below. I have always wanted to make either a book blog or booktube channel, and for a while Goodreads was the closest thing I had to that. It allows you to mark the books you’ve read, want to read, or are currently reading, as well as create your own shelves for your books. You can review books, make friends, and create a yearly reading challenge, which I will get into more in another post. I use Goodreads quite often, and I feel as though it may help me bring some traffic to my blog, so I inserted a link for my blog on my Goodreads page.
I’m really excited to continue on this blog and hopefully bring more book lovers together. I have made an email as well where people can reach me if they ever want to speak about books or anything on your mind!