My Non-Bookish Favorites of 2020 (part two) // music, k-dramas, and some questions for you

My mind won’t let me post anything else until I get this second part of my 2020 non-bookish favorites out of the way 😅.

Here’s part one if you want more random entertainment recommendations!

But first, I have some questions for you!

are you the person on the left or right…? that’s for you to decide lol.
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My 2021 New Year’s Resolutions // reflecting on last year and starting a digital reading journal

Happy new year!

I haven’t done one of these posts since 2018 (three years ago!?!), so I thought I would finally do one in the spirit of 2021 being a better year than 2020 🤞.

The overarching theme that I’ve set for myself this year is: I can do difficult things. It’s pretty much the same as my 2018 theme to “push myself outside of my comfort zone”, and as it silly as it sounds, it’s actually effective having something like a saying that I can remind myself of all year. (It’s better than not having anything to guide me like last year 😅.) Although my resolutions are very general and don’t appear to fall under “I can do difficult things“, it’s all cohesive in my head 😂:

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My Non-Bookish Favorites of 2020 (part one) // quarantine things, music, and life, brooo

Say hey, when do you actually talk about books here?

It seems that some more people have been stumbling across my little blog lately (🙋 hello!!), and while I’m super glad that you all have, I regret to inform you that I’m the most consistently inconsistent blogger 😅. So, here are some book blogs with more regular schedules I love, and a few others that I love here, here, here, here and here 😄.

(The “book blog i love” series will be revived when I… am.)

Onto my non-bookish favorites of 2020: part one 💃!

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3 Movies To Watch This May // rapid fire recommendations for asian and pacific islander heritage month

I am in no capacity a movie buff.

Truly, the only reason I can’t count the number of movies I’ve watched this month on one hand is because the number is zero 😅. But, I’m not letting that stop me from recommending a meager number of three movies that you should watch before May ends!

(They’re perfect for celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 😏!)
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6 K-Dramas You Should Watch // aka the only k-dramas I have seen and can recommend

What is a book?

Couldn’t tell you.

But, I do know what a K-drama is. K-dramas (or Korean dramas) are all I’ve known lately.

These incredibly addicting television series are made up of sentimental OSTs, extremely satisfying character arcs, and seriously drawn out close-up shots.

Insider tip: shave 15 minutes off an episode viewing by fast forwarding through all the staring 😅.

Now, in line with my recent pattern of avoiding the books, here are six K-dramas you should watch 💃 (spoiler: they’re mostly mushy romance series because I am mostly romance mush 💩):

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If You’re Going Through A Hard Time Right Now, // talking about *vomit noise* feelings and opening up

Heeyyy thereeee.

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I Won A Giveaway For the First Time! // a strange day punctuated by the diviners novlbox

Today was strange.

A very impromptu and very rambly post 👩🏻‍💻:

To start off, I received some good news today about something that I’ve been working at for quite some time now. Realistically, the news is very good. But, because my mind likes to wander and worry, I was thinking over how the good news is not completely good and maybe a little bit bad 😬.

It was a waste of time and energy, but those thoughts occupied my head-space the entire day. I felt off-beat, like a sort of fog blurred everything else that happened to me, including when I won my first giveaway!

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What Do You Think Of When You Look At Your Blog Stats? // numbers, the people behind them, and being number one

How often have you looked at your blog statistics and actually wondered how many of the viewers were impacted by your posts?

This question, or rather, something similar to it, was posed by one of my favorite (and grossly underrated) Youtubers Nathan Zed.

In a recent video, he spoke on end about how people, specifically creator-types like musicians and internet personalities, want to claim the number one spot in their respective fields. Nathan went on to cite how some of these people pine for first place so bad that they resort to moves like buying followers or making public pleads to their fans to help them achieve just that.

It’s all a bit disconcerting. As creators, they rightfully want to be acknowledged, but don’t they also want to be genuinely impactful? What will people remember of their work if they never even connected with it in the first place?

While listening to Nathan’s points, my mind predictably began applying them to the blogosphere. I questioned myself,

“How often do I actually wonder if people were impacted by my posts?”

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My 2019 Non-bookish Favorites (Part 2) // more internet links and even more tv shows!

Happy New Year!

Wow, *ᴵ ᴴᴬᵛᴱᴺ’ᵀ ᴾᴼˢᵀᴱᴰ ˢᴵᴺᶜᴱ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴸᴬˢᵀ ᴰᴱᶜᴬᴰᴱ!

—i also haven’t posted in two months, but that’s not as fun to acknowledge so whoops let’s not—

Ah, how history repeats itself. Just like last year, I am /very/ late to the cumulative, end-of-the-year wrap-ups. I recognize the blogosphere is probably over-saturated with everyone’s favorites of the past year—and now decade—but, somewhere in my ꜱᴍᴀʟʟ, ᴅᴀʀᴋ corner of the web, my Non-Bookish Favorites of 2019 (Part 1) is sitting alone and lonely. We can’t have that 🙅‍♀️. So, here’s the long, not-particularly awaited second half of my 2019 non-bookish favorites!

*I have to admit that I’m a sucker for those lame New Years jokes. Like, saying you’ll see someone next year on New Year’s Eve? Classic 👌.
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Finding Value In Your Blog Even If You Don’t Make Money From It // and the obsession with making money from our hobbies

Money!

Cabaret GIF

Let’s be honest, it would be a dream to make money from home by blogging. Consistent bloggers know that it takes a butt-load of work to post regularly (my inconsistent blogger butt knows that too—only a fraction of it, but still 🙋) and being compensated monetarily would certainly add some value to the effort. But, I think most bloggers, especially the book type, are cognizant of the fact that there’s a slim chance that their blog will one day pay their bills.

Many of us don’t start our blogs with any ulterior motives except to talk about books.

Yet, there are still whispers in my head that all of this, this whole blogging thing, is a waste of my time. It’s silly because what would a good use of my free-time be then?

Fortunately, I know where this feeling that I should be doing something else is coming from: it’s coming from an obsession with making money from hobbies.

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