Friday, 10 November 2017

Five Years of Lost in a Library





Five years have passed and this blog is still here.

Once upon a time there was a girl who was very very ill. Instead of getting the education she so desperately craved and the happiness she so longed for, she was confined to the walls of her house, and the closing borders of her mind. She didn't hate life, but she didn't want this one to be hers anymore. She knew about blogging from a girl called Catriona who ran a blog that had recently featured in an edition of Shout. Little did she know that soon that girl would become a great friend. So she went onto Blogger, filled out the details, and created A Day Dreamer's Thoughts. It was merely a place to put everything she thought nobody would listen to. That was all.

Two years later and after much blogger confusion with another site, A Day Dreamer's Thoughts became Lost in a Library. Over time it matured from lifestyle to solely books, and then once again, has developed into books and occasionally lifestyle too, because though I may be an English Literature student, over time I have exceeded to be more than just books. Books mean so much to me, but over the years I have become more than that: I love to travel, literally and metaphorically, and we cannot forget my obsession with Harry Potter

This isn't going to be the soliloquy-like post that I'd planned, because reality is hitting and life sometimes gets in the way. Though I may not be as active on here as I once was, and though I'm not even certain if anyone is here, reading what I write anymore, I am still here. This year I haven't posted on here nearly as much as I did last, or in 2015, despite having 93 draft posts - numerous of which are fully written and ready to go, but in terms of care, that means nothing. I still love this blog and the place I have created here on the internet for myself, my Hobbit hole of sorts, but I'm just not as active as I used to be. Nevertheless, I feel less nowadays like I write posts for the sake of posting but rather because I actually want to share them, and share them when I want to share them. 

I wouldn't say I've changed in the past five years, but I - like Lost in a Library - have evolved. The person who created this blog on 10 November 2012 is a shell of the person who sits in the same spot in 2017. The people I knew back then are now bad memories that I bottle up and push out to water every so often; the friends I have now were still future acquaintances. Now instead of being too ill to go to school, I am in the first semester of my first year pursuing a bachelor's degree. I am the girl who was back then, and more, and that feels so rewarding, to be able to look back over five years of hard work, archiving of my life, and say that I'm still here, still writing, and still following the dreams that I had back then. A lot can change in five years, and it certainly has. 

Where this blog will be in five years is currently a mystery to me. I've always said that I have no intention of ceasing blogging, and whilst that remains true to this day, things continue to change in my world. In the past two months since starting university, I've barely had any time to write here, let alone on any of my other projects outside of academia. I review books and do my Waterstones work, and work as a Lead Editorialist for MuggleNet, but those elements alone are hard to balance as we speak, and it's only going to get harder as the workload of my degree increases. If my plan for the next half decade goes as I hope, then when this blog is ten years old, I will have graduated from my undergraduate, and hopefully will have done a masters, too. In 2022, I should be hunting for jobs, which is... terrifying. I don't know where I will be with Lost in a Library in 2022, or 2020, or you know, even on this day in 2018, but I wholly intend to continue working at this little place, regardless of how sporadic the posts get.

To those of you who read Lost in a Library occasionally; to those of you who have followed for a long time or stumbled across this website today; to the friends I've made over these past five years and just know, thank you. Thank you for being here, because that was all I ever wanted.

Mischief Managed,

Holly

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