The Unapologetic Bookworm has officially turned one! When I started The Unapologetic Bookworm one year ago today, I could never have anticipated just how much the website would grow in the space of a single year.
Working on The Unapologetic Bookworm this year has been amazing! Not only has the site allowed me to experience the joy of being able to create and share content with people all around the world, but it’s also given me the chance to have conversations with people about great books, about reading, and about education. And most importantly, I’ve had the privilege to be part of a wonderfully supportive online community of readers.
Seriously, without your continued readership and interest, The Unapologetic Bookworm wouldn’t exist. Every follower, every like, every comment throughout the past year has given me encouragement to continue creating new content, as well as the drive to expand on the types of content I produce.
So you might be asking, “What’s coming to The Unapologetic Bookworm in its second year of operation?”
Today I am very excited to share three big announcements with you regarding Unapologetic Bookworm content that is coming in addition to what I post regularly here on the website. My expansion of The Unapologetic Bookworm’s off-site content will be taking place gradually between now and the end of the calendar year, but the first new addition is already up and running.
The first big announcement is that I am now offering exclusive content through Patreon! My decision to begin using Patreon was really motivated by how much I have enjoyed writing over the past year. The Unapologetic Bookworm has inspired me to devote increasingly longer periods of time to my writing, and I’m loving every minute of it.
Back when I first launched this website, I made a decision that I was not going to engage in affiliate marketing, or rely on advertisements for income. While I don’t have a problem with either of these things, they weren’t avenues I was interested in pursuing. As a result, for the past year, The Unapologetic Bookworm has been completely unfunded.
Patreon is offering me an opportunity to build financial support for what I love to do. But it is also giving me the chance to offer additional content to all of you. Each month, Bookworm Patrons will be able to access an exclusive newsletter, called Unapologetically Yours, which combines more personal writing with sneak peeks about upcoming website and social media content. The August edition of Unapologetically Yours is already available to Bookworm Patrons, and additional content (including articles, videos, and artwork) will be coming out later in the month.
If you love the content that you’ve seen over the past year here on The Unapologetic Bookworm and you’d like to see more, I hope you’ll consider supporting me and the website by becoming a patron. If you are interested, you can find out more by going to patreon.com/theunapologeticbookworm. (Author’s Note, 12/30/2020: Since the original publication of this post, I have elected to discontinue my use of Patreon. While I may eventually return to using it, patron subscriptions are unavailable at this time.)
The second big announcement is that The Unapologetic Bookworm will soon have its very own book club on Goodreads! This is something that I’ve been interested in pursuing since my website’s inception, and I’m excited to finally have the opportunity to make it a reality.
The book club will be coming in mid-to-late August, and will be open to the public. All you’ll need in order to join is an active Goodreads account. Please be sure to keep an eye on The Unapologetic Bookworm and Twitter over the next couple of weeks for updates.
The third, and final, announcement is that The Unapologetic Bookworm will soon have a greater presence on social media!
You can currently follow me on Twitter @UnapologBkworm. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this account, it is a combination of personal and Unapologetic Bookworm tweets. I frequently post links to website content, personal thoughts, and pictures of the amazing Darcy, and retweet content that I have found interesting or valuable (and occasionally adorable).
But coming soon, The Unapologetic Bookworm will also be on Instagram and Facebook. The Facebook account will be coming at the beginning of September, with Instagram following close behind. Facebook will focus more on content updates (for both the website and Patreon) and personal news, while Instagram will chronicle my adventures in bookstagramming.
As you can tell, there are a tremendous number of things that I am really looking forward to as The Unapologetic Bookworm enters its second year. But more than anything, I’m excited to be able to continue sharing my writing with all of you.
Again, thank you all for your support and encouragement over the past year! I hope you’ll come back next week for some great book and movie reviews, and that you’ll cheer me on in the upcoming Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Readathon (on August 7-8th). I also hope you’ll check out The Unapologetic Bookworm on Patreon for exclusive August content.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!