2017 | Grateful: A Year in Review

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 | Grateful: A Year in Review

If one browse’s Instagram feeds, you’ll spy a familiar meme popping up. Making the rounds on my Instagram timeline has been that familiar nine-block collage along with the hashtag “2017 best nine.”

For the past couple of weeks, this has been the “it” feature to post on ones Instagram feed. It’s also been the one thing that’s been inspiring this part of me (the life of a blogger) to think.

Perhaps it’s that collection of photos that leaves me reflective or perhaps it’s simply in the “knowing” the year is nearly gone that leaves me so. Or perhaps it’s the fact I’m getting older (not ready to cop to this – yet). Whatever the case, either way, thoughts on, and about this community have surfaced.

Redundant though it is, over the years, I’ve said in one way or another how important this little world has  been. Life throws many things at us, and sometimes in unexpected places, a person can find that one thing that teaches. For me, this little space has taught me so much.

Nearly seven years later, and I’m still learning.

This community has undergone a great many changes. Some good and some just in this last year that, I won’t lie, make me sad. The swing away from blog and reader content makes me miss what this place once was. Nonetheless, so many quality writers and readers, bloggers and fangirls are a part of this community. People who make being a part of this world a great place to “work,” and be a part of.

What 2018 will bring is a mystery. No matter what comes, as I seem to every year, contemplative thoughts surface.

2017 has been a good year here. I’ve met new bloggers. I’ve conversed with many of you. I’ve visited new blogs. I’ve continued to get to know #BookBesties. I’ve seen blogging friends leave this world. I’ve watched blogger friends return to their blogging roots. I’ve experienced a good year for this space.

To you, the reader and blogging friends, thank you.

Thank you for continuing to visit here. Thank you for supporting this space. Thank you for the conversations. Thank you to everyone in this community who helps inspire new and old bloggers.

Thank you for a wonderful 2017.

Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful 2018. May you enjoy the best kind of year, and step into this new journey with joy, laughter and of course, some wonderful new reads.

Happy New Year 2018!

Let the countdown begin…


  1. Lovely, lovely post, dear Rissi. So glad I can call you friend. Much love xo

    1. Rel, thanks so much for stopping by! I do hope 2018 has started off wonderfully for you and your family. Honored to know, and to have gotten to know you over these many years, friend. *hugs*

  2. Blogging truly does teach a lot of lessons. While on the outside it may only entail sitting in front of a computer, there are so many important lessons to be learned.

    I've enjoyed reading your blog this past year! Here's to 2018!

    1. Wise words, Hanne. :)

      Thank you so much for reading this post - and for stopping by. Wishing you an amazing 2018, and thanks for being a reader.


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