From short weekly essays to books from 196 countries, here are reading recommendations that we hope might also inspire you to launch something new in 2015.
With 2015 on its way, some of you might have blogging goals for the new year:
I want to publish a post every day.
I want to launch a blog with a few of my favorite bloggers.
I want to take my writing to the next level.
I want to make my mark on the internet — in a way that only I can.
This year, I was especially inspired by ongoing and serial projects, like Leah Reich’s A Year of Wednesdays collection, Ann Morgan’s A Year of Reading the World book list, and Andrea Badgley’s Andrea Reads America blog.
One essay a week, every Wednesday, for a year.
Leah Reich writes about culture, technology, relationships, and more. In her Medium collection, A Year of Wednesdays, she has published an essay every Wednesday this year. What I love the most is that these musings are quite short — two, three, four-minute reads on average — so you get frequent yet easy doses of writing, about pretty much anything.
Building a regular blogging habit — whether it’s a daily, weekly, or other goal — is challenging for some of us, me included. Leah’s Wednesday essay collection shows that you can shape a yearlong post series in a way that works for you. Write about whatever you want, when you want, and as much as you want.
Dig into her collection, and you’ll see what I mean.
196 countries, countless stories…
In 2012, Ann Morgan read her way around the world’s 196 independent countries (plus one territory chosen by her readers), focusing on and reviewing a book from each.
I followed along on Ann’s blog and highlighted her work on The Daily Post two years ago during this exploratory year, and yet I’m still working my way through her list of posts about these books. Even though Ann has finished the project — and is currently preparing for the UK and US releases of her book based on it — she’s effectively organized the site so that readers keep coming back for more.
Her blog’s menu gives you all the information you need, from what she did, to frequently asked questions, to the list itself. This list, organized by country, is bookmark-worthy; it’s a better way to dip into her archives (versus scrolling down to older posts or clicking on a past month).
Ann’s reading blog was an ambitious and successful project. Even if you’re not interested in the books themselves, her commentaries and method of curating content are worth checking out.
A literary tour of the USA
In the spirit of Ann’s exploration of world literature, Andrea Badgley is working her way through stories across the US on Andrea Reads America. You can browse by US state, or search by type, like American Vignettes (guest posts from readers), Essays (writing from Andrea), and Literature Capsules (summaries about books from a specific state).
It’s an ongoing project — Andrea still has a lot of ground to cover — and you can submit your own vignettes to her as well. Overall, I love seeing how a blogger takes a concept — reading books from different US states — and molds it into their very own creation.
I hope these three writing journeys not only offer something new to read, but inspire you to scheme up your own projects for 2015.