Monthly Wrap Up

January 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

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Hello, my lovelies and welcome to my January 2021 monthly wrap up post.

What have I been up to this month?

January is a month that always feels dreary to me: the festivities of the Christmas fortnight forgotten. This year it feels even more dreary! January 2021 has been a less than positive start to the new year for me.

Coronavirus COVID-19 is still sweeping the globe and now we have new strains to contend with. *sigh* Here in England, we were given a little more freedom over Christmas. January saw the terrible repercussions! It was worse than April 2020. Now it’s back to our new “normal” with Lockdown3 in place to reduce the contagion level of the virus. The good news is that vaccines are continuing to be being distributed across the country.

In bloggish news…

Affiliate Programmes

As bloggers, we’re continually bombarded with “make money from your blog“. In 2019 I wrote about my rather sceptical view of book bloggers being able to earn a living from our obsession hobby and my own lacklustre experience.

The Amazon Associate programme is never going to pay enough to cover my book-buying habit, so instead, I’ve joined the affiliate teams for the companies that make my book blogging experience a dream instead of a chore.

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I love being a self-hosted blog with ChemiCloud and can’t recommend them enough. They’ve been quick to respond to my (many) queries and never make me feel like a tech-dummy. Go check them out. Their 50% discount means their plans start at just 2.99 per month! If you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee credited to my account. 💜 I want to thank the 202 of you that have already visited ChemiCloud using my link. Thanks for your comments and kind words.

Try Canva Pro for yourself

You may have noticed that I’ve also been looking at the graphics on my blog and across my social media accounts. I’ve been using Canva for a couple of years but recently upgraded to Canva Pro. I love it. The extras are AMAZING! 😉 If you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee for this too. 💜

Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin

I’ve been working through my existing reviews and adding the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin by Ashley @ NoseGraze to the posts. I love the plugin so much that I asked Ashley if I could be an affiliate! So again, if you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee which helps with the running costs of the blog. 💜

I’m not expecting to make my fortune being part of these affiliate teams, I’d just like to earn a couple of quid to buy some more audiobooks or eBooks to review for you.

I’m still working through my old posts, making my reviews SEO friendly with the help of the Yoast SEO plugin. All this behind-the-scenes maintenance is time-consuming, so I apologise for my lack of communication and engagement with tags and memes. However, I know that Flora’s Musings will be a more efficient site when I’m finished.

While I’m making all these changes, please let me know if any pages, posts or links throughout Flora’s Musings either don’t open or you have problems with.

What have I been posting?

Now on with the rest of my January 2021 monthly wrap up post. Feel free to click on anything that you missed this month.

Book Birthdays

I’ve been celebrating some wonderful 🥳 New Releases 🥳

Blog Tours

I’ve taken part in some some wonderful Blog Tours

📚 Book Reviews 📚

And, of course, this being a book blog, I shared my thoughts about some books I read this month:

~ Full Reviews and Mini Reviews ~

I’ve been sharing a few bookish bits and bobs this month. 😉

I’ve also been ❤️ loving ❤️ the fun tags, mems and awards around the blogosphere by my fellow book bloggers. 😉

That’s it for my January 2021 Monthly Wrap Up. However, moving forward, what can you expect from me in February?

~ Coming up on Flora’s Musings ~

  • Celebrating more New Book Releases.
  • Hopefully some author interviews, cover reveals, book tours and spotlight posts.
  • and of course, lots of book reviews!

~ My Current Reading Challenges ~

My Current Reading Challenges (2)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I take part in the Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge but that’s not the only one I take part in. I thought that I’d use these regular wrap up posts to update you on my progress in all the challenges that I’m taking part in …

🎧 2021 Audiobook Challenge 🎧

Last year I joined the 2020 Audiobook Challenge. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve signed up again this year. ! 😂 🤦‍♀️ 😂

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I’ve been listening to more and more audiobooks each year, so decided to take advantage of my growing addiction interest. 😉 I might even make the permanent switch from eBooks to audiobooks. Check out my progress on My Audiobook Challenge 2021 page.

I’ve been linking up to The Sunday Post which is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

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(See rules here: Sunday Post Meme)

Don’t forget to hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in the Sunday Post.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my January 2021 monthly wrap up post.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, stay safe and healthy.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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(8) Comments

  1. I can’t wait for everyone to get vaccinated too! Brazil really blundered the process. We’ve only started getting the vaccine in the last 2 or 3 weeks. Good luck with the affiliate links! I’ve tried and failed miserably with though a few years ago ♡

    1. I hope things improve rapidly now, globally. Stay safe, Mikky

  2. January is a drag for sure. And the situation doesn’t make it much better!

    Thanks for sharing your affiliate programmes. If I ever go self hosted I will definitely check them out!

    1. Roll on spring Still don’t think Affiliates will make my fortune but at least these are the ones I use daily, trust and can confidently recommend.

  3. Such a busy month! Happy February!

    1. Thanks Freda, you too.

  4. The pandemic and the lockdown do suck, but I the hospitals are getting less full of Covid patients this week so we must have been doing something right. And at least dry January is over 😉

    1. Gotta look on the bright side, right?!

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