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Why I'm Revamping My Blogging Routine + Happy Links

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{This week: My blogging routine, The Year of Living Danishly, Messy, and more.}

Hi all,

I’ve been thinking about revamping my blogging routine for the last six months, and Alexandra Franzen’s recent essay—What else?—helped me finalize my decision.

Moving forward, I’ll share the following on RowdyKittens.com:

  • a weekly essay or photo roundup
  • a monthly roundup of 10 happy links

I’m posting my happy links monthly—rather than weekly—for the following reasons.

1. For the last 9 years, I’ve curated a roundup of happy links for blog readers because I enjoy sharing helpful articles and books with others. In 2017, I’m dialing back how many links I share because my focus is changing slightly. This year, I’ll be giving my attention to pursuits like writing longer essays, teaching, cooking, CrossFit, swimming, and reading more books.

2. And speaking of books, my aim is to read 200 books in 2017. To make that intention a reality, I’ll be reading fewer articles online and focusing on activities that help me retain what I’m reading.

I’ll post my next happy links round-up on Friday, February 24, 2017. With that, here's my last link roundup for the month of January. Happy reading friends!

1. What else?—advice I took to heart.

2. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country—Helen Russell’s book is a gem. I loved the blend of storytelling and research in Russel’s book. Plus, she is hilarious!

3. Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives—Tim Harford’s book is filled with fascinating research and stories. There is a lot to ponder in Harford's pages. It made me rethink my assumptions about creativity, tidiness, resiliency, and more.

4. The Heart Specialist—last month my Canadian pen pal sent me a copy of The Heart Specialist. I started the novel ‪on Sunday night and finished it ‪on Monday evening! I’m a sucker for historical fiction.

5. Tiny House Magazine—The latest issue was just released. Grab your copy!

6. Why I’m Taking Back My Mornings—a lovely essay by Cait Flanders.

7. Momentum—a beautiful app that helps me stay focused during the day.

8. The Crossroads of Should and Must—a beautiful essay about finding your passion. The book is awesome, too.

9. Terry Gross on the Longform Podcast—I loved listening to Gross's commentary on interviewing, writing, radio, mass media, and more.

10. The books you want to read (and write).

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed my link roundup, please share this post with a friend.

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