Blogging for a Dummy and Reading Young Adult Books (Slowly) in June, Week 3

Week 3 of June included a loss of my blog’s purpose. In a sense, I have started searching for ways to broaden my focus. Blogging for a Dummy would have been an excellent book for me to read. I am being honest about my struggle to find my place within the blogging community, as a whole umbrella term. So, yes, this post is a wrap-up but also an exploration of what it is like to be blogging as a dummy and reading young adult books (slowly). You’ll see why in a minute.

Blogging for a dummy: Woes

I have been struggling to find interesting topics to discuss on my blog. It’ll take me a bit to find my footing. While I don’t want this place to be a corner of whining, I do want to bring up discussions. I say the term “dummy” as an honest humbling frankness. It’s more of me just being transparent.

Besides, I am not sure my reading is fast enough. Here are things I am working through:

  • Incorporating my own self-discovery within my book reviews
  • Discussions
  • Interactive posts
  • Creating graphics that are more interesting

So, that’s me for now.

Reading Young Adult (Slowly)

I have been slowly making my way through three books this week. Only two of them are done.

  • Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
    • The dark horse in all of Mead’s young adult stories
    • woman of color kicking butt
      • Earns her own money
      • Embraces her sexuality
      • Does not take anyone’s bull crap
      • Probably my favorite of the trio in this series


  • A Court of Mist and Fury  by Sarah J. Maas
    • Probably one of my favorite stories
    • Slow burn
    • I don’t hate Tamlin.
      • I still think the cursing and sex in these books are wildly out of place.
        • Teens are not a monolith structure, sure. But, I am in my thirties and I still skipped all the sex stuff.
          • These scenes did nothing to the plot.

Bits and Pieces


  • I have been thinking a lot about friendship and how or why my own relationships have been suffering.
    • First, I recognized that I place my value in the hands of others, which is a no-no.
    • Then, I started toying with the idea of releasing my self-judgment for not successfully remaining close with old friends.
    • Now, I am working on improving my dialogue with others (even in blogging, yes)
      • So, Anna Akana’s video here was powerful. I keep revisiting it.
      • Next, Gala Darling, my queen, has this video about friendship as a spiritual practice, which spoke to my soul. Honestly.

Being a dummy is not just part of my blogging experience. I am trying to find my place in relation to what I watch, what I listen to, and, yes, what I read.

Listen: Queer Eye is back for season 2. I am so ready for the sweet, uplifting, and lovely stories.

While we’re on the topic of sweetness, I did pick up my copy of the Love, Simon DVD. It was beautiful. I am thinking of writing a little more on that later.

I also watched the latest Thor film, a funny story but almost a self-deprecating one as well. I could not tell if it was that way on purpose or not.

Your Turn

What are projects you are working on these days? It could be a personal development project or a professional one. Are there any skills you want to master this summer?



You may have noticed the absence of a wrap up last week. I am, as
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awk. 30s. hufflepuff, muslim, vegan, novice yogi, mental health, photography, book blogger, she/her

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