Writing My Legacy: I’m back and better than ever because I’ve brought along a big surprise! But first, for anyone still following, you deserve an explanation for my sudden and long absence.
I started this blog during a lengthy summer off, when all I had to worry about was a part-time job and preparing to transfer to a university. I’m the type of person to get overly excited about one thing and to throw myself into that thing, whole body and soul. And this blog was no exception. I spent months researching other book and writing blogs, learning basic coding, and prepping the blog website and social media pages.
By the time this blog was finally ready to go online, my junior year of college had already started. While I will always recommend that students consider community college first because of the opportunities it presents, I encountered some unexpected struggles at the university. Not only was I managing with living alone for the first time in my life but I was also dealing with a school system which refused to take all my transfer credits, even though they had an agreement with my previous school. I ended up taking a full load of classes every semester, including winter and summer interim semesters, in order to graduate within my timeline. This, along with working at the university’s writing center, really spread me thin.
The only way I could keep up the blog was by quitting a lot of the reading and writing memes that got me so excited about the blog in the first place, and I just didn’t have the heart to delete something I had worked so hard on. Unfortunately, this meant putting it aside for awhile. It was always my intention to eventually come back, once I had a little more time on my hands.
Fast forward four years and I have just recently graduated with a Master of Arts in English literature, along with being awarded TESOL certification (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Now that it’s over, I feel like I’ve been holding my breath all this time. I finally have a chance to see this blog through, and as I said earlier, I have a big surprise! I didn’t just gain so many wonderful experiences as a teaching assistant at Mississippi State University; I also gained a lifelong friend. She was one of my fellow teaching assistants and, when I discovered that she had a book blog of her own (i.e., InkReads), we knew the only logical thing to do was merge our two sites.
I’ve definitely done enough talking at this point, so I’m going to let this amazing person tell you a little about herself and what you can expect from the new and improved Writing My Legacy.
Inkreads: Hey everyone! Similar to Writing My Legacy, I started a bookstagram in 2014 and while I have been active since then, it was hard to manage it because of graduate school. After I joined Mississippi State University, it was not easy to blog because both of us were teaching assistants at that time while being graduate students too. Two years in and I realized Writing My Legacy had a blog too, but she had paused for awhile. I related with her because when you are a graduate student, it is really hard to find time to sleep, study, eat, and/or work. Being the lovely person she is, she asked me if I would like to join her on this amazing journey! Of course, I said YES!
I think merging these two blogs will be amazing. Since we are two people managing the website, you can expect more book reviews, memes, awesome pictures, and monthly giveaways! As much as this platform is for us, we want to create a space for both readers and writers.
Welcome to our blog and cheers to new beginnings!!!