A Sunny Spot 2.0

May 1, 2015

Hello lovely people who’ve stuck with me despite the drought over here on my blog. Thanks for staying around while I figured things out.

As the hopes of a new and exciting year sounded promising, I really did believe that the start of 2015 would begin a new chapter of blogging for me. Sadly, that hasn’t happened or at least it hasn’t happened quite yet, but I’m really hoping it still can despite the year starting off not as spectacularly as imagined.

I started questioning how I was managing my blog and if I was effectively doing so, I felt like all I was doing was making promises only to break them. So while Kelly from Diva Booknerd (a really fab book blog if you haven’t heard of it) so generously took up re-designing my blog, I decided it was time to re-evaluate why I blogged at all. And I decided to make some changes.

Very soon this blog will fit under the url, www.asunnyspot.com.au. That’s right I’m coming at ya with a whole new blog domain, no more is it A Super Sunny Spot or is it A Sunny Spot? Blog name confusion be gone!

I waited for a long time in hopes of publishing this post once the new url had been installed, however there have been some technological difficulties. I own the name so I just need to wrap my head around linking it to this current blog, so expect www.asunnyspot.com.au to be in action very soon!

While I’m a book nerd at heart, one who will always read and write and then proceed to write about reading and writing, I also have other interests that I’d like to write about. A Sunny Spot will definitely predominantly remain a Young Adult book blog. However, I’m not going to reject any potential inspiration that may come knocking on my door.

I think my writing will be a lot more frequent if I’m not limiting myself on what I write about and after reading this inspiring post, I discovered something. I realised that I'm also guilty of writing content that I wouldn't necessarily be excited to read if it was on another blog, and I wanna change that.  

I blog because I have a series of sometimes intangible thoughts (usually about books) and when I write them out and share them with you guys, they aren’t so intangible. Usually I’m not the only one obsessing over the likes of a fictional character and hearing so, is awesome.
“Reading brings us unknown friends.” — Honoré de Balzac
Lately I’ve been really overwhelmed by the constant stress to post all the time. I work and I’m in a pretty important year of high school so my free time, isn’t very free. But when I have to think about making time to read and write among everything and then beat challenges while doing so, it really blocks my creative juices.

I’ve never done well under pressure and I think that’s what's killing any sort of reading pattern I have. And then add on to that, hearing about fabulous bloggers who read like 10 books a month and blog almost every day, it’s really intimidating.

While I used to be a total reading machine and was doing pretty well with my blog before, reading 4 books a week etc. just isn’t realistic for me anymore. I am going to have months where I read some and months where I read none. That sucks but I think the sooner I realise that, the sooner I can find some sort of normalcy again because at this current time in my life that’s my reality.

I even have a gorgeous new blog button up for grabs on the sidebar.
But I’m going to continue to keep at it because I love blogging and reading is a part of me, so that won’t ever stop. However I’m going to stop promising posts all the time and just aim for quality posts whenever I can. Which means sometimes it will be quite here but hopefully other times it will be more alive than ever. And I’m excited to start that off with a new design and new url. How amazing is Kelly? I’m in love with my new look (thank you x1000).
How do you guys blog and why? Have a great day!
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  1. Omg it is gorgeous and The wonderful Kelly did a fantastic job! I can totally understand the stress and the pressure that comes with blogging, and feeling the need to "keep up". I'm just glad you've decided to stick with us!

    1. So glad you like it Jeann. Thank you for sticking by my blog!

  2. What a beautiful new design Sunny! Kelly has done really well with this, I especially love the floral touch. Glad to see you back and blogging :)

    1. Thank you very much Eugenia! Hehe, I'm totally in love with florals at the moment.

  3. Sunny, I adore your new blog design! It's simply gorgeous. I feel your pain when it comes to juggling free time/blogging/study (now, it's work for me). Don't put pressure on yourself to post at a particular time, this is *your* blog and you can do whatever you want, no matter what other bloggers are doing. I struggled with the same problems when I started blogging, but I'm slowly learning that if I only post once a month (or less), it's ok. Also, keep reading fun for you - don't put pressure on yourself until you resent why you started in the first place! :) xo
    - Michelle @ The Unfinished Bookshelf

    1. I needed to hear this, it's made me even surer of my decision. It's great to hear from another blogger whose experienced the same thing. Thank you :)

  4. I love the new design, Kelly did such a good job and she is so helpful!

  5. Hey Sunny! I'd just like to say how proud I am of how far you've come. I first found your blog when you advertised it on EJ12. When I found your blog, I mostly read children's books, as I was only 10. The only young adult book I'd read was The Hunger Games, but reading your reviews inspired me to read countless books. Because of you, I read The Fault in Our Stars and The Mortal Instruments, which led to being part of the instagram online community and reading many more books, because of you I met my best friend and countless others who have helped me through so many tough times in my life. I looked up to you so much, and you inspired me to create my own blog. I didn't continue that, but you still improved my life greatly. Re-visiting your blog, over two years later, nearly 13 years old, you blog has turned three, your blog design has changed, you've gained followers, you've changed your blog name, and just like you, your blog has changed over the years and grown up. I wish you all the best for these new beginnings and all the years to come.

    1. Emily, you literally made my day! You made all of this worthwhile and I could not contain the smile on my face when reading your comment, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your words of kindness. I would love to check out your instagram and fangirl about books with you some time! Please get in touch. Thank you again and all the best!


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