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Getting Bookish

Getting Bookish

As part of my ongoing blogging existential crisis, today I decided that I’ll be merging my book blog with this blog, effective immediately. I already talked about this on my book blog itself, but I thought I’d post about it here so that you know what to expect. What this means: I will no longer be posting book reviews at Miriam Joy Reads, although given that the blog has been on indefinite hiatus for six months, this isn’t a huge…

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What Is Blogging Even For, Anyway?

What Is Blogging Even For, Anyway?

I’ve been finding myself in a weird space with regard to blogging recently. My posts have become more and more infrequent over time, and while part of that is that I’m easily distracted and frequently lose track of my ideas before I have a chance to put fingers to keys, it’s also because my relationship with social media has been undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts. I live on the internet, to an extent that’s probably somewhat unhealthy. I’ve become uncomfortably…

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Who Is Finn Longmore?

Who Is Finn Longmore?

I started using the name Miriam Joy in 2011. Until then I’d been mostly using the username @delorfinde — that was the name I was known by on Protagonize, which was by far the platform where I was most active, but also on Twitter and the NaNoWriMo website and more or less everywhere else I signed up between 2007 and 2011. (The only place I still use the name delorfinde is on the NaNo website. For a long time you…

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The Perfect Blog Comment

The Perfect Blog Comment

Thanks to joining a blogging group and getting involved in various other online communities that encourage sharing posts, I’ve had quite a few comments on my blog recently. More than I’ve had in a fair while, really, and they’re good comments. Compliments that feel genuine. Suggestions I hadn’t thought of. Personal responses that give me a glimpse into the life of the commenter just as I’ve given them a glimpse into my life in the post. It’s not that I…

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Never Just Objects: Finding Time To Read

Never Just Objects: Finding Time To Read

Over the past month and a half, I’ve been making a serious effort with my book blog, as well as joining the (sometimes intimidating) world of #bookstagram. Every day since early August, I’ve posted pictures of books on Instagram, some of which have taken an hour or two to set up and take. (Others are, of course, much quicker.) Yet in that same period, I’ve also been struggling to find time to read, and the two things aren’t unrelated. Obviously,…

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I’m Just Not Pinteresting

I’m Just Not Pinteresting

As you may have noticed, I’ve made a fairly sudden return to the blogosphere. My book blog has been completely inactive since March and this blog little better, but now that I’m finally living in one place, not trying to do a degree, and reasonably settled, I thought it was time to fix that. My stats, however, have suffered from this extended break, and while the numbers aren’t why I do this, it’s still fairly discouraging to write a post…

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Optimism Is Looking On The Knight Side

Optimism Is Looking On The Knight Side

I made a sort of unofficial promise to myself, as I contemplated the start of the new year and the chance to give my blog some fresh life and maybe even some improved stats: I was going to try and be positive about things.  Take my last post, for example. It could have been a negative post about how my mental and physical health got in the way of all the arts and crafts I used to enjoy, but instead…

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Here Are The Facts: I’m Unhappy

Here Are The Facts: I’m Unhappy

So far, being twenty hasn’t been that great. Okay, I can’t judge a whole year based on a week’s experience. Being nineteen wasn’t brilliant. Eighteen was stressful. Seventeen was painful and full of difficulties. So twenty has the potential to at least be better than those, if I give it a chance. But, well, sometimes university just kind of sucks. I try to be honest on my blog and on other social media, but there are limitations to that. I…

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Twitter Isn’t Competing With Books

Twitter Isn’t Competing With Books

I saw a newspaper article yesterday (in The Times, which I don’t usually read) that really annoyed me (and that’s why I don’t normally read it). A professor was arguing that books will outlive Twitter, and then mocked Twitter users by condensing the plot of books down into 140 characters, which he managed primarily by using text speak and other contractions. Yes, I think books will outlive Twitter. Books have already been around for centuries, and social media changes rapidly,…

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Inside And Outside

Inside And Outside

Before I start, I’ve redesigned this blog, so if you’re reading in an email or some kind of RSS Feed (I still don’t actually know what those are), it would be great if you could pop over and tell me what you think of it, as well as if there are any problems. I’m not entirely sure I’m going to stick with this colour scheme, but to tell you the truth, I haven’t figured out how to change it yet….

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