Curbing the seven-year itch

WordPress tells me I started my blog seven years ago this week. How time flies. Actually, it is hard to remember where I put my thoughts before I carved out this space. Although now primarily a book blog, it started out without much focus other than as a sort of personal therapy. Writing has long been regarded as a good way to bring order to the voices in our heads.

It is, however, as a book blog that Never Imitate found its audience. With that in mind, I thought a few other numbers may be of interest.

As of this week I have published in excess of 1500 posts. These include:

  • 865 book reviews, but still none bearing a title beginning with the letter X or Z;
  • 34 interviews or guest posts from independent publishers about their small press, some of which sadly no longer exist;
  • 60 interviews or guest posts from authors to help raise awareness of their work;
  • 75 write-ups of an eclectic array of literary events;
  • an ever evolving review policy as I try to filter the books I accept, to include only those most likely to appeal – we all benefit if my reviews are mostly positive;
  • uncounted random musings when there is something else I wish to try to articulate.

My most viewed post remains a paean to one of my many teddy bears.


Edward reads Mawson’s latest book, She Ran Away from Love

However, most search terms that land a reader here include the title of a book or an author’s name.

Viewing figures vary, often inexplicably, and I try not to dwell on these. Naturally it feels good to be read and appreciated but I exist among a multitude of book bloggers and many have bigger personalities that garner attention. I understand there are steps I could take to raise my profile but prefer to continue to run this blog in my own way. Its title reflects a personal tenet I have no wish to compromise.

Lovely though it is to have a reader take the time to comment on one of my posts I am often unsure how or if to respond – I find all social situations tricky to navigate. I’m never ignoring readers but rather mulling over potential responses, probably more than anyone imagines.

I have observed many bloggers come and go over the years as their lives and motivations change. I too sometimes question why I continue to devote so much of my time to writing about the books I read. My answer has been to cut back rather than walk away. I may at times feel jaded but there are still moments of joy when I feel myself to be a small part of my beloved literary world.

Thank you to all who take the time to read my posts, especially those who then share them across their social media platforms. With so many good books still to shout about, I hope to remain here for some time to come.

16 comments on “Curbing the seven-year itch

  1. Wow, seven years? Congratulations!

  2. Oh my goodness, 7 years and 1500 posts , what a grand achievement.
    And there is Edward, still engrossed in Bright World. Thanks all over again for reviewing it, Jackie.

  3. Oh, I expect when many more bloggers have come and gone, you’ll still be here Jackie. I thoroughly enjoy your blog posts. Here’s to the next seven years!

  4. Congratulations on seven years blogging, that’s amazing πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚

  5. Anne Williams says:

    Congratulations Jackie. I’m also seven years in, and have never reviewed a title beginning with X or Z either! Here’s to the next seven years…

  6. Congratulations on 7 years Jackie. Carry on doing it your way, that’s the only way to do it.

  7. I’m at 7 years too Jackie – delighted to have found your blog!

  8. Jo says:

    7 years of blogging is a fantastic achievement – congratulations! I have reviewed two books beginning with the letter Z (Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone, and Zenka by Alison Brodie) but none beginning with X…

  9. MarinaSofia says:

    Somehow I managed to miss this post, which is why monthly roundups of posts as well as events and books are such a good idea! Congratulations on seven years of doing things your way. I think that you have the sensible approach of cutting back, breathing and allowing sanity to return. As for figures… none of us are going to be the big-name influencers, are we, as long as Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and others have their book clubs!

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