Somehow 2017 is over, and 2018 is upon us in a little more than twenty-four hours. It simultaneously feels like this year went on forever but also flew by. I finished my junior year of high school, started my senior year, switched back to my old dance studio and performed in the Nutcracker again, went to a dance program and an academic program away from home, wrote a novella for the Rooglewood Press contest…so much happened. And the last few months have been an absolute whirlwind. I’m looking forward to, hopefully, a little more peace in the coming months, now that a few of my most stressful projects are winding down.
Anyway, it’s been an interesting year for the blog (especially the last couple of months), and I want to thank all of you for sticking around and reading everything I have to say! I hope to invest so much more into this blog in 2018.
But before we get into that, here’s a quick recap of some things from 2017:
Most Popular Posts (by pageviews)
Other Personal Favorite Posts
The Relationship Series (first one linked in list above):
And this one that seemed to mean a lot to quite a few people: After the Rain: Lessons from a Stormy Day
Favorite Books of 2017
Favorite Movies of 2017
Plans for 2018
I have lots of ideas for what I want to do on this blog in 2018…
First of all, I want to do lots more reviews of books, movies, podcasts, blogs, etc. There is so much media out there to sort through, and I consider that one of True and Pure’s most important purposes, to help you know what out there is good and God-honoring and worth your time.
I also have an idea to start a regular “from my journal” series, where I share things I’ve been learning in my devotional time. I’m still considering doing a series on learning to drive as well, and I’ll continue to do Monthly Favorites and the occasional Quotable Quotes.
In my own life, this coming year is going to be one of great change: I’ll be graduating high school, spending two weeks in Europe over the summer, turning 18, and then starting college. So you can probably expect posts related to those things to pop up here once in a while.
(And if you’d like to start seeing more about my life, please let me know! I purposely steer away from it, but I do want you all to feel like you know me, and I don’t want this blog to come across as impersonal.)
As of tomorrow, my novella will be entered into the contest (it’s fully done as of this afternoon! Eeeee!) and I’ll have the freedom to work on some different writing projects. One of the things I’m considering is writing a serial story to post on here, probably allegorical, and I might publish some poetry or something from time to time. I also plan to start submitting some articles to websites like The Rebelution and Kingdom Pen. This year is going to be a year of exploring with my writing, lots of small projects. My novella took a lot out of me and I’m not quite ready to attempt a major project again yet.
If you have any post suggestions or requests, please let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
And now…how was your 2017?
Was it good? Hard? Some of both? What were the best parts? What did God teach you through the bad parts?
Did you publish any writing (blog posts, etc.) that you’re particularly proud of (share it!)? Looking back, what else did you accomplish?
What were your favorite books and movies? Did you discover new music, or a new author, or a new blogger that you now love?
And what are you looking forward to in 2018? What do you hope to accomplish? What are you excited for?
I want to hear all about it! Share in the comments below. Here’s to a wonderful New Year’s and a wonderful 2018!