HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
Today is my one-year blogoversary!
I had no idea how to structure this post, so I looked on some of my favorite blogs and how THEY structured THEIRS, so this is how i'm doing this post.
First Post: A review of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
First Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
First Meme Post: What's Next? #1
First WoW Post: Waiting on Wednesday #1
First IMM Post: In My Mailbox #1
First ARC Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller
Total Comments: 701
Total Followers: 151
Total Pageviews: 21,407
Total Posts: 173
Total Reviews: 71
ABOUT THE BLOG AND ME
When I was 10 or 11, I had the same love of reading and writing that I still have now. I wanted to get my writing out there, show the world what I thought, share my love of books. The idea of blogging came from the love of the written word and all it did for me in the then 10-11 years I had been reading. So a family friend helped me set up a cute little Wordpress blog, I had no idea how to style my template, make my blog look pretty, literally NOTHING--I mean, I WAS 10. :P But seriously, for a few months I worked really hard on that blog, posting things I'd written for fun and for school. I was pretty proud of it, needless to say. I had named it The Book Nook (how creative, right? lol) and I posted pretty much every week on it. But then as I got older, and school got more demanding, I lost interest in it and eventually just kind of stopped posting.But I didn't lose my love of reading and writing, I just didn't blog anymore. If what I did could be called blogging. :)Last summer, it was a really hot day, REALLY hot for Canada, and way too hot to go outside even though I live right by the beach (Lake Erie ;P) I had just gotten back from field hockey, I had a horrible sunburn, and I was exhausted. I logged into Goodreads (Back then, Goodreads was a really big part of my life. I went on several times a day, updated my books, chatted with online friends, etc. Now I don't go on Goodreads as much, and when I do, I'm not very active on there sadly, the interest level isn't the same anymore. I moderate 2 successfull groups, one as a head mod and one has a co-mod though). When I clicked on my group, I saw a thread entitled "Blogs". I clicked it and whooooosh--I entered the world of blogs.
All my friends blogs, or even people I didn't know's blogs, were absolutely perfect-looking. They had beautiful templates, their posts were of amazing quality and I was astounded, looking at the perfection that were their blogs. If they can do it, surely I can too, I thought. And I could--But not for a long long time, because in all honesty, I didn't really get the hang of blogging until several months after I actually made my blog. But nonetheless, I made my sloppy little blog. It took me way too long to figure out how to even get to the template designer :P But when I did, boy I went crazy. I wanted my blog to look just like my favorite blogs, and I admit that I have sometimes blatantly copied the people I look up most to in the blogging world. Sorry guys. As they say, Copying is the sincerest form of flattery. Lol. :P
So that's how I'm here today, with my blog. I in no way are a matured or even reliable blogger. I really do still consider myself a novice. I still from time to time get crazy confused with everything and yes, I still imitate my favorite blogs. But I hope its gotten at least a little better from what it was last year. Please, spare yourself and do not read my early reviews. They are simply horrid. Just...don't. I really should delete them but I feel some emotional attachment to them, so I won't.
BLOGGING FRIENDS AND PEOPLE I LOOK UP TO
There are soooooooooooooo many people who I look up to in the blogging world. I have so many friends here and if I've interacted with you before, then I definitely consider you one of my blogging buddies. Since I could name about 100 of you, I think I'll stick to my all-time faves, but if I don't mention you, You know you're still amazing!
Lottie @ Book Adoration
Erika @ Living for the Books
Emily @ Emily's Crammed Bookshelf
Grace @ The Humble Watermelon
Delaney @ The Awkward-ness
Lottie is absolutely amazing. She is one of my favorite bloggers if not my favorite. She has a beautiful writing style and you can always expect full quality from her reviews. She just has a way with words that I am jealous of sometimes, and her blog is gorgeous. Not to mention the fact that she is really sweet and nice to everyone! :)
Erika was literally my first follower. I've known her through Goodreads and through blogging for a really long time, a year and a half I believe?, anyway, she is just so sweet and her reviews are amazing. I could spend hours on Erika's blog reading her reviews, you can always expect her to be honest. We also have really similar tastes in books so if Im looking for books, I just go to Erika's blog :P
Emily really helped me! I can't remember how I found her blog, but it's absolutely perfect. She's only a little older than me but she is such a matured reader and writer and I am jealous of her ;) When I needed to know stuff about ARCs, Emily provided all the information I needed. She told me what an ARC was, what the purpose of them was, and soon enough, I reviewed my first ARC! She also told me how to put a colored border around my summery in my reviews. She is awesome, really nice, and I loved the design of her blog, so I made mine just like it, although Ive switched around my design a few times :)
Grace is awesome. When I first started out blogging, she would always comment on my (clumsy) posts and she'd always be so nice even when my posts were terrible,which was 3/4 of the time. As for her, HER posts have always been amazing even when she was new to blogging like I was. She's an amazing writer and you can always expect really great posts from her. Check her blog out, its amazing :)
Delaney is so nice and funny and her blog always makes me laugh! I found it when I was really new to blogging and I haven't stopped reading every post, they're all just awesome and she's really one of my favorite bloggers because of her pure awesomeness, lol. Anyway, both she and her blog are perfect!
Okay! Well, that's about it. I had a lot of fun making this post, lol, and I hope youre having a great summer. And once again......
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! YOU GUYS ARE UNFAILINGLY AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN WORDS!