Exactly six months ago from today, on Sunday, January 22nd, at 6:19 pm… I created this blog.
HAHAHA probably not 6:19 pm. But sometime around 6. Because I was a coward and kept stalling from asking my mom to start a blog. IT WAS RIDICULOUS OKAY. I CAN’T EVEN.
But I am SO SO glad I finally picked up my courage and put it in its place, because I would not be here today if not for that.
In other words OMG SIX MONTHS BLOGGING WHAT HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE HALLELUJAH!!!
It doesn’t sound like a lot… but it’s HALF A YEAR???
From this short/long/medium time blogging, I have learned a lot. I’ve made AMAZING friends and have chatted with so many amazing people. Blogging has changed my life in SO many ways, and I thought I’d highlight it today.
In celebration of six months of blogging.
1. time o time where have thee gone?
HAS ANYONE SEEN TIME BECAUSE I FEAR I HAVE LOST IT.
I’m serious. BLOGGING HAS TAKEN AWAY MY TIME. It’s not fair.
When I was in school, I started ignoring my homework and doing blogging stuff ALL. DAY. My grades didn’t suffer because I did my homework at the last minute… but my HEALTH sure did.
So I definitely have to balance blogging with other things (like
Goodreads homework, reading, writing, dance, and piano)??? I AM CONFIDENT I CAN, THO.
But it takes SOOOOO MUUUUUCH TIIIIME to read and comment on the majority of posts in my Reader! Nowadays I’ve been slacking a bit and while I feel sorta bad??? I FEEL SO STRESS-FREE.
AND THEN WRITING POSTS TAKES SO MUCH TOO. I spurt out at least 3K words a week for my posts, plus time for formatting and design and gifs and adgalkgjdlajds.
2. i’m… funnier???
Before I started blogging, I was this completely serious person with no jokes or wit and basically sat there like a sad lump of wet paper.
AND NOW I’M FUNNIER!!! Sort of. At least online. I have the urge to put things in ALL CAPS or add question??? marks??? to everything I say, or say it in a funny way. I’m sassier in my writing and I. LOVE. IT.
I’m not sure if I’m funnier irl tho? I know I’ve always been sarcastic but not like… sassy or witty or whatever I am now.
CAN YOU BELIEVE BLOGGING MADE A WHOLE NEW PERSONALITY EMERGE FROM ME???
Honestly I can’t tell if this is for the better or for the worse.
3. i’m slightly less shy!
SLIGHTLY being the key word here. I’ve always been shy and I’m working on it. However, this also comes at the fact that I HATE talking to people irl and that I suck at it.
But! Now I’m actually reaching out to people (at least online hahahhaha) and talking to them!!! Of course, I’ll flail when someone I idolize or view as “famous” talks to ME. Even tho I could be considered a “big” blogger now???
If you flail when talking to me please let me know because I! need! self! confidence!
Okay so maybe this should be “I’m slightly less shy INTERNALLY” because am I less shy in real life??? NO.
4. i’ve made suuuuch amazing friends
So I’m having a blogger shout-out below (DON’T SCROLL YET YOU CHEATER) but I know I’ve met SO MANY amazing people in the blogosphere and I love it! I talk to a few you on an almost daily basis and ADHFLASDFLADSJ. <333
Please stop making me feel these things because I will 100% explode some day.
I think this is the biggest thing out of blogging for me, tho. I look forward to talking to you guys each day (dam,* getting sappy here May) because you guys are all so awesome. I mean I wouldn’t DIE if I didn’t talk to you every day because… um… #obsessive, but STILL.
Also don’t be afraid to talk to me!!! While I think I’m considered a “big blogger” (woowowowow) and I myself am scared of big bloggers sometimes, I. AM. NOT. SCARY.
And just saying but all you people are lovely people even if we’re not to the point where we’re GREAT FRIENDS yet, because you talk to me and who in their right mind would actually want to do that???
*I just remembered this yesterday and now I’m using it obsessively. PLEASE TELL ME YOU GET THE REFERENCE.
5. i spend more time online
So this is probably a NEGATIVE effect on my life but I feel like it’s important to add???
I used to be on the computer a lot, working on homework and procrastinating and DOING RANDOM STUFF THAT I DON’T REMEMBER… but now? Now I’m just on WordPress or Goodreads ALL THE TIME and I’m just like:
I reeeeeeeally don’t like being online this much but I can’t help it??? I have the urge to check WordPress
(and Goodreads) all the time… even when I’ve seen all the updates.
But I’m working on taking breaks from it! I’ve learned to CLOSE ALL MY TABS so that I have to manually open them back up again. And during that long period of waiting I ask myself, “Really, May, really???”
And then I end up going to the site anyways but HEY AT LEAST I TRIED RIGHT.
6. i have a better eye for aesthetics
What??? This is extremely important???
While I still need to fix my dividers because they look WEIRD, I think I’m getting better at graphic design!
Just ignore my cringy horrible old designs omg.
Btw if anyone has websites where they get design resources from PLEASE HELP ME because I need more. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I really love graphic designing, and while I’m TOTALLY not an expert like this random person, I feel like I’m definitely better than I was at the beginning! *shudders*
Seriously do not go through my archives.*
And also I want to take more bookish pics if that counts for aesthetics.
*oH AND SPEAKING OF MY ARCHIVES don’t go look through them.
7. i’m slightly more productive
I don’t know if this is actually true or not because BLOGGING TAKES MY TIME, but I think that when I have my monthly wrap-ups and all that, I don’t want to look like I did NOTHING.
So I do things.
Like read. And write.
I don’t know if I’ve been reading more or less books ever since I started blogging. Because there’s 1) TIME BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ME RUDE SMH, and 2) me wanting to look like I read a lot of books. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So I’m either MORE productive, or LESS productive. I’m going to be Positive May™ in this moment and say that I’m more productive because I want to look cool in front of you.
8. i’m more into the bookish world
I HAD NO IDEA THAT THERE WAS A GENRE CALLED “YA” BEFORE I STARTED BLOGGING.
And now… I can’t. stop. reading. it.
I know all the YA book releases and I get jealous of people who read all these books. I yell at people who have set their Goodreads goal to 200 books because H O W. I get to read books that are actually my taste because now the genre has a NAME.
Also let’s not mention HOW BIG MY TBR HAS GROWN since starting my blog. It’s not fair. Stop showing me all these amazing books.
Although, I still don’t know a lot about the current bookish events because hahhaa NO SOCIAL MEDIA!
9. i’m just different
I feel like a whole new person.
No this is not because I go by another name than May irl what are you talking about.
Numbers are great but don’t mean as much to me as the wonderful community and friends I’ve made. You make each cry and sob and wail and tear-out-my-hair moments worth it.
*Note: I DON’T WANT YOU TO FEEL BAD. I’m showing my stats here because I want to look back on this post and see how much I’ve grown.
702 WordPress followers + 8 email followers
*cries* Thank you all so so much. <333
(Also 7,769 comments maaaaaaan we talk a lot.)
TOP 5 POPULAR POSTS
me (obviously) // 448
gracie chick // 41
amelie // 31
daisy paquet // 30
jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd // 26
julianna @ blots of ink and words // 20
beth (reading every night) // 19
(Thank you thank you thank you thank yooooou. Comments mean EVERYTHING to me. Oh, and all these people were linked in the shout-out below.)
TOP 5 COUNTRIES
United States // 13,450
United Kingdom // 1,942
India // 1,071
Canada // 1,006
Australia // 990
I’ve got views from 97 countries (I could’ve counted wrong) and all I’ve got to say is: AM I FINALLY TAKING OVER THE WORLD???
Also idk who the 8 views from Thailand are from, but thank you for #representing.
USELESS BUT FUN INFO
Most popular day: Monday (20% of views)
Most popular hour: 5:00 PM (7% of views)
Best views ever: June 26, 2017 (355 views)*
*1) This was when my “Diversity in Books” post was published which I am very proud of, and 2) shouldn’t this be “most views ever” to be grammatically correct???
I’ve made sooo many AMAZING friends from the blogging community and I love them all so so much. They deserve to get a shout-out!
Each one of you are lovely friends to me, but if you’re not mentioned, that just means we need to talk more! (Aka my brain sucks and forgets everything important.)
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER THAN THE ONE MY BRAIN RANDOMLY REMEMBERED NAMES:
Mahriya Ilsa · RUBBISH! thanks for all the screaming and generally being amazing you + friend <333 // J8/Ju/Julianna · OUR WORD WARS ROCK and so do you, j8 my m8. you are very lit fam!!! 🔥🏡 // Sarah · PRINCESS DUDE. you are legit the best and i have seen your face now mwahahaha // Jackie/Hackie/Jacket · aaagghh my sweet nineteen-year-old!!! we honestly have the longest + best convos ever // Amelie · hmm i didn’t forget about you… thanks for being not only my blogger friend but my wife friend irl too <333 // Violet · thanks for being an irl friend too!!! you’re too kind and too pure :’))) and also my cheerio // Ivy · can’t believe you forgot wonder woman but you’re one dam great friend ;))) // Tessa · i still need to read tmi but i will do it for you, fam squad! luv ya // Abi · *cries because The Jungle is dead* but you are so kind and truly a gift to the world. // Kellyn · omg we had the WEIRDEST convos but i do not regret #slay // Marie · aagggh you’re so kind and amazing and thank you for stickin’ with me the whole time. <333 // Beth · you’ve given me some AMAZING recs and you’re such a sweetheart! // Charis · i’ll always remember your pleas for help and also how SWEET you are // Daisy · faces in the mirror HAHAHA keep on being strange, (bat)girl // Gracie · you’re so inspirational and make me want to change the world // Abby · so thoughtful yet also hilarious??? plus amazing photographer ;))) // Mikaela · how are you so awesome??? i love you and your blog too much // Cait · sooooo inspirational and witty and i strive to be cait-level in everything // freaking people who i forget pls forgive me
And finally, April, who no longer posts on her blog but inspired and encouraged me to start my own. I would not be here without you. THANK YOU FOREVER (and everly) APRIL DEER.
So I was going to give away free design elements… but that’s really not a great giveaway prize??? So I’ve decided to wait till my 1-year blogiversary to hopefully actually USE my money and do something awesome for you guys.
Or let me know if you want me to still give out free design elements??? Idk. This is all for you.
I’ll be having a Q&A in honor of my blogiversary, so be to drop in a question or else. (The maximum amount of questions you can ask is three btw.)
I’m totally fine with talking about controversial topics (that sounds wrong…) but I can also talk about my hobbies, everyday life, what I generally eat for breakfast because #food, advice, or anything else!
Don’t ask me for my address or phone number or social security number* tho. Because no.
Click HERE if the embedded form doesn’t work!
*I don’t even know my social security number.
Also, if you want to fill out a TINY SMOL 4.7 SECOND feedback survey, I’d appreciate it VERY MUCH! Completely
mandatory optional, but it’ll help me bring more content you want!
(If you can’t tell, the text that says “Of course I’ll help you, May!” is the link to the survey.)
OH AND ALSO ANOTHER REMINDER TO NEVER GO THROUGH MY ARCHIVES.
what blogging milestone are you heading towards? how has blogging changed YOUR life? have you submitted a question or three for the q&a yet? who are some of your blogging besties? d’you get the “dam” reference? and are you afraid of six-month-year-old me yet??? *wields dagger*
P.S. this post is over 2K words long i’m so sorry for putting you through this.
P.P.S. do you see the cake pops because i want the cake pops.