Monthly review: September 2016

1st October 2016
Wrap Up / 34 Comments

Monthly Wrap Up >> Simply Adrift
Monthly Wrap Up >> Simply Adrift

September was a really stressful month for me.

Mainly because work was so incredibly stressful for me, it was really busy and it meant that I didn’t want to blog when I got home from work. I didn’t really get to write or post much content this month! Which I was sad about.

I’m trying really hard to up my game for the rest of the year though. Here’s hoping I can fit everything in, in a day! It would really help if my 9-5 job was blogging ha.

This is my wrap up post for September.

Book Reviews

  1. [5 Sep] - The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  2. [12 Sep] - The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
  3. [19 Sep] - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  4. [26 Sep] - The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Book Related Discussions

  1. [22 Sep] - Book series’ I have never finished reading

Blogging Tips

  1. [29 Sep] - 5 Quick Blogging Tips to Keep Motivated

What I’ve been up to

Well to say the least I haven’t been up to much besides work, gym and sleeping.

I went to Oktoberfest in Munich the last weekend of September. And omg it was so much fun!

Oktoberfest is a beer festival held every year mid September to the beginning of October. The grounds of Oktoberfest are a theme park with many wooden beer halls. So you pretty much go on a few rides and then spend the rest of your day drinking massive steins of beers. I don’t even like beer, but I was able to stomach it for the weekend since I was there for the experience.

When you get photobombed by a cutie ?? #oktoberfest #germany

A photo posted by Jordon B (@jordon.buckwell) on

From the blogosphere

I lurked around the blogosphere quite a lot this month but I didn’t really comment on many posts! I’m not sure why but I just didn’t feel like it. I think it was because I was too stressed so I just wanted to read what people were posting and then move on.

Although I do feel like my taste in content has changed over the past while. I’m less inclined to read book reviews now, even if I’ve read the book, is that weird to admit since I post reviews myself? I’m more into reading discussion posts, or how to posts, or tips posts.

I’m so over all of the bookish memes! I keep trying to participate in them like Top Ten Tuesday but I just have no interest in the content. Then when Tuesday comes I find myself getting annoyed to see so many top ten posts coveringย very similar things cluttering my bloglovin feed… Does anyone else ever feel this way?

I’m very much into finding book blogs with a lot of original content, can you guys recommend me blogs you love?


Paula shares her knowledge on how to find content to create link up posts
Rinn shares her blogging toolkit
Ashley shares how to create EDD discount codesย automatically for your email subscribers
Molly shares 4 hacks that make her blogging life so much easier
Ashley explains what your web host is actually liable to do
Pamela shares her tips on how to get organized with blogging & school
Molly reveals 4 blogging confessions she thinks she should be ashamed of
Ashleigh shares her tips on balancing your blogging & personal life
Aentee shares her tips on how to create your blogs graphic style
Molly shares how she uses Inspect Element to edit basic CSS on her blog

Bookish Discussions

Puput asks what you think about spoilers and when they’re okay to openly be talked about
Michelle shares cliche’s she’s sick of that happen too often in books
Kristen discusses if free books are actually worse than paid books
Kourtni discusses how book blogging has changed the way she reads
Rinn shares what she does with her old ARCS
Carrie has some tips on how to organise your TBR pile
Puput asks if you binge read your books or savour them?
Kei discusses why villains need more respect in books
Krysta discusses why she doesn’t collect books
Kristen wonders if you use accents in your head while reading?


I really want to up my game on bookstagram so I’m really interested in finding more tip posts specifically for bookstagram. I also wish I had more time to take bookstagram photos! And I wish I had books to take photos of haha. But I’ll have to be happy with having an ipad instead…

Michelle shares her ideas on what she does with her bookstagram photos
Rachel shares her tips on editing your photos for your bookstagram
Brittney shares her tips on taking photos for your bookstagram
Rebecca explains how she schedules an entire month of bookstagram photos at one time
Margot shares her tips for taking better instagram pics


Claire writes a letter to those who screw over self employed creatives, using her personal experience
Liselle shares how blogging helped her get a job in real lifeย (So cool!)
Michelle shares her tips on how to become a full time blogger – from scratch
Pamela shares how she writes her book outline using Scrivener
Ellie shares bullet & art journal prompts to get you inspired

That was my month!

How was your month blogging wise? Did you get everything completed in time? Was it as successful as you hoped?


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34 responses to “Monthly review: September 2016

  1. Sorry to hear work was so stressful this month! I’d love to be paid to blog, as well. :p

    My co-blogger and I have also not been doing Top Ten Tuesday recently due to lack of interest in the topics. It’s been my favorite meme for several years, but we’re not doing it much anyway. I also like to post other things on Tuesday and Wednesdays because I agree that those days are very meme-heavy (based on the posts in my feed), and I figured some people would be looking for something else to read. I guess I was right! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • I love that you do different posts on those days! I like that top ten Tuesday and other memes introduce new blogs to people etc, but I do get bored with the content on those days. I honestly don’t even look at those posts, I guess because I feel like the passion may not be there as it’s not content the blogger came up with themselves. if that makes sense? I love reading content when the blogger sounds so passionate about the subject! It always pulls me in!
      Jordon @ Simply Adrift recently posted…5 Quick Blogging Tips to Keep MotivatedMy Profile

  2. Hahaha I love that you went to Oktoberfest to drink beer even though you don’t actually like beer. I don’t like beer either, so you’re not alone there! And was that really just a random guy who photobombed you? Lol

    I don’t mind the meme posts in my feeds, but I don’t participate much anymore. For TTT, I was always sharing books no one had ever heard of, so I just didn’t get much interaction, and I also started to not be interested in the topics, so I stopped. And I still do Cover Characteristic posts sometimes, but it seemed like half the people never even bothered visiting my blog back or sometimes even responding to my comments when I visited theirs, so it just seems to have gotten rather unsocial which kinda defeats the purpose.
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 10/2/16My Profile

    • Haha I know right? I wanted to tick Oktoberfest off of my list, and also see what all the fuss was about. Well it was a lot of fun and I want to go back next year! And yep, that was a random guy jumping in, it was shame we didn’t chat to him a whole lot afterwards. He was really cute!
      Ah yeah, fair enough. Once the memes stop being interactive with bloggers it defeats the whole purpose of doing them I guess.
      I enjoy original content a whole lot better anyway!
      Jordon @ Simply Adrift recently posted…5 Quick Blogging Tips to Keep MotivatedMy Profile

  3. Oktoberfest! So cool that you went there. I know what you mean about the TTT, I’ve been doing slightly different posts, some of them (like fall TBR etc) are posts bloggers do anyway but there are a lot of previous topics I never did so I try to branch out as much as possible. I fail at bookstagram so much, it’s ridiculous. Thanks for the mention โ™ฅ
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  4. “Iโ€™m so over all of the bookish memes! I keep trying to participate in them like Top Ten Tuesday but I just have no interest in the content. Then when Tuesday comes I find myself getting annoyed to see so many top ten posts covering very similar things cluttering my bloglovin feedโ€ฆ Does anyone else ever feel this way?”

    OMG yes. -.- I wrote a post about this a while back and took a screenshot of what my reader looks like on Wednesdays: And there were still many many others that weren’t in the screenshots. But it’s insane. I hate flipping through my reader like that.

  5. I just got rid of Unbecoming since it’s getting such bad reviews. No use in reading it.

    I, too, feel annoyed sometimes at the memes that clog my feed. But people must enjoy them or they wouldn’t do them.

  6. Great wrap-up, Jordon! Thank you for sharing all those useful posts down the bottom – I really love how you separated between the contents so I can very easily find the things I’ll be interested in. Looks like I’ve missed quite a few really interesting posts from other bloggers this month! Here’s hoping October will be just as great for you. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Reg @ She Latitude recently posted…ARC/Book Review: The Movie Version โ€“ Emma WunschMy Profile

  7. Totally agree on all the bookish memes! I participated for so long, but I got so tired of doing the same posts over and over again. Now I do lots of blogging tips and I find myself so much more inspired to write. And I love reading other book bloggers how-tos and tips. I also love bookish discussions and more original posts.

    Thank you so much for linking to my bookstagram post! I’m glad it was helpful to you!

    • When I ran my first book blog a few years ago I used to participate in the memes a lot, back then I think most book bloggers did memes. I feel like now the book blogging community has changed and grown, we’ve started creating more original content and we’re open to sharing other things and writing about a lot of different topics. So the meme’s just frustrate me because I really crave more originality from book blogs!

      I loved that bookstagram post! I definitely am going to give it a go. Being able to schedule your bookstagram for a month at one time would be so handy! I definitely needed to share it with everyone ๐Ÿ˜€ I really need to look into doing a bookstagram challenge! I’ve also heard a lot about Later and Buffer with scheduling instagram posts so I need to look more into those.

      Have you heard of the app Mosaic? I use it at the moment and it’s okay for scheduling, like it also lets you save ‘clouds’ of tags so you don’t have to type out the tags every time. But as for the timing of scheduling the post, it only allows you to choose ‘morning’, ‘afternoon’ and ‘night’ and no specific time for the prompt. So I feel like it could be done better. But it works! Although, I use it on my phone and not the computer.
      Jordon @ Simply Adrift recently posted…Book series’ I have never finished readingMy Profile

  8. That sounds like it must have been tons of fun! I’m actually planning a trip to Germany in March. Fingers crossed that it will happen!

    And I SOO get the meme issue. I think it’s such a clever and fun way to get started in the community when you’re new and don’t even know where to begin to make friends. I stopped doing them for one main reason: I’M SO LAZY. XD I couldn’t keep up with popping out a list (in TTT’s case) every week! I tried doing it whenever it struck my fancy, and that worked for a while, until I just lost interest altogether. I do check the prompts once in a while because sometimes they do spark some inspiration for posts, but I haven’t participated in the meme perse in FOREVER.

    Once I stopped participating, it got really, really annoying to see the TTT flood every tuesday XD. But I try to just ignore it, and hey, once in a while some blogger friends do some really awesome ones. I think that Cait @ Paper Fury does a really good job of tweaking her blog post title so that it doesn’t even seem like it’s a TTT post. That goes a LONG way to make the post seem more inviting.

    Okay, awesome bloggers. I would recommend you to check out:
    *Marie @ -> She has a really cool feature about sharing each other’s cultures!
    *Salha @ -> A fellow ecuadorian that blogs about books and also about her travels!
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    • I hope you make it to Germany! I really want to go back. I’m pretty sure I’m going to Berlin for New Years ๐Ÿ˜€ Also there are a lot of cute German guys haha.

      Yeah I think the memes are really good for blogs that are starting out and are looking for other book blogs to follow and read, and want people to discover their blogs. And it’s a good welcome to the community sort of thing. But I’m so over the lack of originality on Tuesdays and Wednesdays…

      Haha well funnily enough I feel like it’s lazy to continuously pop out with the meme posts instead of other original content! I don’t think it’s lazy to not do them lol.

      I love Cait’s blogs and posts! She has a lot of originality and she definitely turns the top ten posts into something that reflects her personality. She doesn’t just list things, she puts passion into it. So I guess I just get frustrated with the top ten that are literally just a list and no personality at all etc.

      Thank you for sharing some blogs!! I’ll check them out and add them on bloglovin ๐Ÿ˜€
      Jordon @ Simply Adrift recently posted…5 Quick Blogging Tips to Keep MotivatedMy Profile

      • Well, yay! XD I agree! I also noticed that in my own TTT posts. Sure, I would describe the books I listed and add my thoughts but I just wasn’t FEELING IT. It felt like such a chore that I would read my own posts and feel they were kind of boring and dry, so that helped to say goodbye to them too!
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  9. It seems like September was a really busy work month for many bloggers! I hope October is less stressful for you. I’m not a big fan of those memes either, especially Waiting on Wednesday. I used to participate when I was a tiny tiny blogger, but now I don’t really see the use of it.. and I can never comment on it, because I would just repeat myself over and over again.

    • I feel like September is one of the busy months for work in the Northern Hemisphere! Everyone’s returning from holiday and trying to catch up.

      Thank you!

      Yeah, I used to participate in the memes on my old blog. But they just don’t inspire me anymore. And fair enough, a lot of the posts definitely do just repeat the same thing so you would just have to comment the same thing over and over again!
      Jordon @ Simply Adrift recently posted…Book series’ I have never finished readingMy Profile

  10. Such a great post, Jordon! I especially love all the blogging content you’ve shared with us! I’ll need to come back and visit since there truly are so many great links to read through. In any case, it sounds like you had a fabulous September, I have to ask, though, are you from Germany or did you just happen to visit?

    Wishing you a fabulous October!
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    • Thank you! Yeah I love it when blogs share posts that they’ve seen around the blogosphere, I usually find such cool blogs from them, so I love to share them myself! Definitey give them a read, they’r really interesting.

      I’m from New Zealand, but I currently live in London and I’ve lived in London for two and a half years. So I flew over to Munich from London just for the weekend for Oktoberfest. I’m going to Berlin for New Years though! I want to do some sight seeing in Germany ๐Ÿ˜€ I really liked the little I got to see of Munich and the German people I met were really cool!
      Jordon @ Simply Adrift recently posted…Book series’ I have never finished readingMy Profile

  11. Thank you for featuring my post! ๐Ÿ˜€ Oktoberfest seems exciting, I’ve seen a lot of photos on instagram and it seemed fun! I was pretty happy with my blog but nearing the end of the month, I might be in the danger of blogger’s block. I have time but I have a lot of things I need to do and blogging made me feel a bit guilty.. I haven’t blog hopped a lot and I’m trying to catch up now ๐Ÿ˜› have a great October!
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  12. Sometimes I wish I could just dedicate myself to blogging for a living, but then I wonder if having to create content on a fixed schedule and being dependent on my blog to make ends meet would suck all the joy right out of it! I know what you mean about looking for blogs with interesting content – I just wish I had the time and energy to make content like that myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Thanks for sharing my post! As for bookish memes I haven’t been blogging for while ?But when I was I liked doing TTT because it forced me to go and look at blogs and go hopping. But I fully believe in making it work for you like doing 5 items instead of ten or only doing it every other week. Whatever works!

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