Can you believe that I’ve been blogging for ONE YEAR???
I definitely can’t. Some days I feel like I’ve been blogging for soooo much loooonger (you probably have all felt this, thinking, “AGAIN” each time you see a new post from me), and then other times I feel like I’ve been blogging for such a short time that it can’t even possibly be one year yet??
But I’m in AWE that I’ve made it this far. I honestly wasn’t that doubtful I’d make it to a year because I fell in love with blogging as soon as I started, but it means SO much to have made it as far as I have??? I did NOT EXPECT THIS.
And I don’t sound like it, but I’m EXTREMELY EXTREMELY excited about today!!! So excited that I can’t even express it my excitement! Or maybe that’s me being at a loss of words like I always seem to be.
In “celebration” of 1. YEAR. OF. BLOGGING. I’ll be listing a few things that happened to me because of blogging this past year, and then talking about my new design (HAVE YOU NOTICED YET), giving a few shoutouts, and some other things!
I would’ve hosted a giveaway but I’m literally broke. So. NEXT YEAR. I PROMISE. MAYBE.
(Also the first part of this post was inspired by the lovely Beth @ Reading Every Night’s 2-Year Blogiversary post, which was so amazing to read!!)
- …met the most brilliant people and made the most amazing friends who I can’t imagine life without. (It sounds silly & dramatic but IT’S TRUE.) I talk to a lot of online friends daily and I’ve shared so many things with them, and I love them so so much. They mean EVERYTHING to me.
- …discovered so many good books and connected with even more people who love books just as much as I do. And I became an even BIGGER reader this year (which came as a shock) and I’ve also become more introverted. Coincidence? I think NOT.
- …rearranged my bookshelf so it’s now a rainbow AND IT’S GORGEOUS AND I LOVE IT AND ALL IT NEEDS NOW IS MORE BOOKS AND SHELF SPACE.
- …actually completed a novel, much to my own shock??? I didn’t think I’d write 50K for NaNoWriMo, nor finish an ACTUAL NOVEL this year, but I did. Even though the novel is not at all high-quality. But I did it because of me seeing other bloggers going for the 50K and I got competitive. Oops.
- …found out things about myself that I would’ve taken longer to find if not for blogging. (Some things being like “wow I didn’t know I loved mangoes this much”* and other things a little too personal for me to explicitly share at the moment.)
- …became slightly more confident? And slightly funnier? I still have lots of moments of self-doubt & anxiety (like, a lot) but it’s gotten better!! AND I think I’m more humorous in general now. Tho I still really suck a basic human interaction but doesn’t everyone.
- …gotten a LOT better at graphic design and developed an eye for the Aesthetic™. I mean, compare my blog now to what it looked like a year ago and… actually please no. Don’t do that. You will probably damage your eyes looking at what my past designs look like.
- …procrastinated a WHOLE lot more. This is not exactly the greatest accomplishment of mine (by a long shot) but it’s still important to mention, because this year I literally procrastinated everything (homework, reading, writing, piano, dance, etc.) in favor of doing RANDOM STUFF ONLINE.
- …inspired myself.** Seeing how much I’ve achieved with this blog and other things inspires me SO much. Seeing the writing I’ve done and the books I’ve read inspires me to write even more. Seeing things in the community has inspired me to use my voice and speak out about things that are important to me.
*Can you believe this wasn’t something I realized BEFORE I started blogging.
**IT SOUNDS KIND OF CONCEITED but I swear that it’s actually not a self-obsessed thing because I am usually not inspired by myself. I am not an inspiring sort of person. BUT BLOGGING MADE ME BE.
Thank you all SO SO much for helping me get to this place. I would not be here if it weren’t for all of YOOOOOU and I’ll be eternally grateful for that. I am beyond happy that I started blogging, because so many amazing things happened because of it, and I love EVERY ONE OF YOU who has helped me get to this place!!!
As always, I’m not showing these stats off to anyone (THAT WOULD BE INSANELY RUDE). Quite honestly, I put out stats because I like to come back and see how far I’ve grown!
But even with that said, I’m putting this in toggle setting (which you learned about here), because I know that there are some people who struggle with feeling like their blog is worthy, and seeing others’ stats & comparing them doesn’t help!!
1,098 WordPress followers + 19 email followers
13K comments… you all talk too much.
TOP 8 POSTS
So the first 6 posts were posts that had the MOST views (which is not as reliable, again, but still). My Why I Unfollow Blogs post got over 500 views and I’m ??? in shock. And confused. At least it served for some great blogging advice???
The other lots-of-views posts also got a high amount of comments & likes as well!!
My Fantasy vs. Contemporary post was the most popular in terms of comments—233 comments??? WHY DO WE TALK SO MUCH. (I was happy to see a lot of fellow fantasy lovers in the comments, tho it was great to chat with some contemporary lovers as well!)
And then my 9 Improvements to WordPress post (published just this month, actually!!) got 131 likes and that’s the most I’ve ever gotten and I’m so happy that it got that many likes! Even tho likes doesn’t necessarily mean someone read the blog post! Or whatever, LET ME BE HAPPY.
These posts are all posts that were 1) not featured above, and 2) SO. MUCH. FUN. TO. WRITE!!! And I literally spent the past 15 minutes reading them all over again and CRINGING at myself jsdlfksdlkfjsd. If anyone dares to read posts from over three months ago, I swear I will find you in your safe little homes, slit your throats while you’re asleep, and take your mangoes. Don’t risk it.
countries & views
United States (27,390 views)
United Kingdom (5,701 views)
Canada (2,359 views)
India (2,520 views)
Australia (1,901 views)
I didn’t count how many countries in total have viewed my blog because I’m WAY too lazy, but there are so many?? And some are probably spam, but STILL. Soooo many countries. Soooo many views. AAAAAHHH.
Also, khop kuhn kah to all the 16 views from Thailand, even though they’re probably spam.
So unless you were viewing this in the Reader (don’t do that it doesn’t count for views it messes up my formatting what are you doing), you’ve probably noticed that I’ve gotten a new design!!!
I’m actually super happy with the theme I ended up with, tho I still have to make a few tedious fixes. I actually procrastinated a lot of things so some design elements aren’t ready but like.
I’ll do it eventually.*
BUT I DID MAKE MY BEAUTIFUL BLOG DIVIDERS
ON TIME instead of doing homework SO I’M PROUD OF THAT. I’m in love with how everything looks, and launching this new design has made me so excited to blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts about how everything looks like!!
AND!! On top of the things I designed by myself (nothing), I also had the AMAZING AESTHETIC QUEEN Madeline @ Reverie Pages design my blog header, chat graphic, and blog button, and I’m SO IN LOVE with what she made!!
Madeline is honestly one of the most amazing graphic designers in the blogging world that I know. Everything she makes turns out so pretty?? And she makes her own art and handletters and fjsldfjds SHE’S AMAZING BASICALLY.
Anyways, you should 1000% go give her a follow, because she is one of my FAVORITE bloggers and she deserves a lot of love! (Even more love than I feel towards her right now, which is still A LOT.)
HERE’S MY NEW BLOG BUTTON. Designed by Madeline. Looks fabulous. You should steal it.
I think what I’m aiming for with this new design is simplicity!! I’m super glad Madeline made the things that required words & flower things because I would’ve made it WAAAAY too busy. (Have you seen the dividers FULL of flowers.)
*Said every procrastinator ever.
I find it really important to do shoutouts to my friends and amazing people, because people are what MAKE this community. Without them, there is nothing. Without them, it’s no fun. Without them, I really wouldn’t care about blogging.
And as alwaaaaays, just because you’re not included DOESN’T MEAN I DON’T LOVE YOU!!! Or that you’re not a friend!!! The people I list below are people who I’m close with and talk a lot with and have grown close with and will support me noooo matteeeeer whaaaat.
I LOVE YOU ALL.
(These are in no particular order. And I used “u” because I said “you” so many times and I wanted to save space. I’m weird. But Edgy.)
Ilsa · thank u for being there for me & I will always be there for u too, I love u // Ju · thank u for also being here for me & supporting me no matter what & I love u // May · u mean so much to me & I still can’t believe I have ur love, ily // Amelie #1 · I would never trade u & ur friendship for anything in the world & I will never ever forget what u said to me // Jackie · I’m still so so proud of u coming out & your face gives me life, I love u // Marie · u make me beyond giddy with ur love & support & sweet, sweet words // Sarah · I will always be here for u & u can always tell me anything u need to // Elise · my forever lesbian fav, u have such an important, lovely voice (literally) // Amelie #2 · my pan icon, u can rant to me about anything ever & ur valid & amazing // Theo · my aroace icon, u lighten up my days with ur words & gay puns // Aris · ur a sunshine spreader & make me smile so much, thank u for everything // Emma · ur literally one of the funniest people I know, & one of the sweetest. ily so much // Michelle · I don’t get how u can be so hilarious & amazing at aesthetics simultaneously // Madeline · thank u for everything you’e done for me, and I look up to u so much!! // Beth · talking with u has been amazing & our conversations mean so much to me // Lia · ur so so sweet & u have the best aesthetics, I swear // Savannah · I know u will always support me & for that I am eternally grateful, thank u // Swetlana · I never got a drunk secret out of u but I have loved talking with u // Mikaela · I’m still in awe of how u write such amazing posts & ur so incredibly sweet too
Q&A + FEEDBACK SURVEY!
So I’m doing a Q&A yet again because I still can’t host a giveaway. (I’m broke. I’m sorry.) There are limited things I can provide that don’t require money (like design elements, writing critiques, etc.) and if you’d like that, let me know in the comments so I can see what I can do??
But for the moment, I’m doing a nice little Q&A in place of a giveaway!! Even tho a giveaway is better!!
You can go ahead and submit your question(s) down below in the embedded form, or you can just click on over here to fill out the form separately!
I ALSO have created yet another feedback survey for y’all to fill out because I’m absolutely insane and find the graphs and stuff REALLY SATISFYING. Also I like feedback because it means I can IMPROVEEE and I’m always looking to do that!!
So if you’d like to help me out greatly:
Thank you all so much. I honestly would not be here if it weren’t for you all. I would not have kept blogging if it weren’t for the community, because what use is blogging if no one is reading?
But it goes even further than just reading my posts. It’s knowing that you care, it’s showing you care, it’s telling me that you care. Because you give me so much love & support and it means more than I could put into words.
Blogging has honestly brought so many amazing things into my life that I probably wouldn’t have discovered for a long time, perhaps not at all. 2017 was one of my best years in terms of feeling like I had a place where I belonged, where I wasn’t as different as the other people around me, where I felt safe & understood, and that was because of the online community I found through blogging.
And I can’t forget that YOU have brought me to this place. You all have had such a huge part in my journey, and I’m so thankful that you choose to stick with me despite me showing increasing levels of craziness!!!
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S BEEN ONE YEAR??? have you submitted questions yet? taken my feedback survey? thoughts on the new design? what blog milestone are YOU hitting??? have any favorite posts you’ve written? you all are lovely & amazing, and i love y’all so so much. i wouldn’t be here without you, and i will thank you till i die!!! 💕💞💓💗💖💘💝
(how’s that for a Love, Simon reference)