3-Year Blogiversary Q&A: Part 1!

It’s been 3 years since I started blogging.

It’s so strange to say that (it makes me feel old even though… I am a baby), to think that I’m going into my third year of blogging in this community. I’ve changed and grown so much throughout these years, and blogging has contributed to that.

You all mean the world to me, and I can only hope to one day repay every one of you for your kindnesses. It’s very surreal to me, and though there have been rough spots and I still struggle with some things, it has been an amazing three years and I’m so grateful to still be here with your support <33

I decided today to just go ahead and start my Q&A, instead of another post like I usually do, since it’ll be split into two parts! If you’d still like to ask questions, you can comment them below or submit them here!!

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what is the strangest thing or person you have encountered because of blogging?

When I first joined the blogging community, for some reason I thought the niche I fit into was the… American girl doll white Christian blogging community? There’s nothing too wrong about the people in that community (aside from some, you know, homophobia), but it was definitely not for me, a doll-hating Buddhist/atheist.

At the time, it wasn’t very strange to me, but looking back on it, I realize how WEIRD it was that I like. actively followed and commented on a bunch of those doll blogs. I didn’t even like them… what was I doing…

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favorite ya contemporary read ever?

Girl Made of StarsStarfishProbably Girl Made of Stars or Starfish! Girl Made of Stars is just an unforgettable book for me: so emotional and poignant and beautifully written. And Starfish means a lot to me as an Asian who struggled/struggles with ideas of beauty.

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if you were stranded on a desert island with one book, which would you want at your side?

Can I say… a magical book with a portal in its pages? Or an ancient scroll that can summon the gods? Or a survival guide?

(If I didn’t get any of those books, though, it’d be The Last Olympian from the PJO series.)

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how do you write such amazing discussion posts and can you teach me??

Honestly, I have no idea myself! I never considered myself to be a great big discussion writer, I just love writing them. But I guess you just have to think of a good topic, whether that means it’s a topic you have a lot to say about, want to discuss more, or think is important (or perhaps controversial!).

And then I guess there’s also the whole actually writing aspect of it: I write a quick outline of what I want to cover and then just dive into it. Most of the time I actually skip around and write different parts until I find the perfect way to connect them! But I honestly don’t really have any good tips—besides to just start. You’ll get better with more practice!

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what is a book that someone recommended to you and it ended up being an all-time fave book?

The Song of AchillesThe Song of Achilles! One of my irl friends recommended it to me once—along with Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz, so I was a little doubtful considering Teeth featured like piranha rape. But it’s turned out to be a book I want to reread every year, and it makes me very emotional.

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how can we better support you?

You’ve already done so much to support me, I couldn’t ask for more! I appreciate you all endlessly, especially since I’ve been so erratic lately, and your support means more than I can put into words.

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tips for managing and cutting out time to blog on top of Life commitments?

I’m gonna be honest with you… I am NOT the person who should be answering this, because I absolutely suck at this. I’m writing this at 5am on the morning of the day this post should go up, because I didn’t get to work on it before. (And also because my wifi SUCKS.)

But I’ll give some advice that I wish I myself could take:

  • Plan! Know when you want posts to go up, so that you know how long you have to work on it and set aside time in advance.
  • Prioritize: Does blogging take precedence over whatever life commitment you have? If it does, work on it first. If not, save it for later.
  • Try to set up a daily routine! Blog-hopping and working on your blog post a little bit every day is so helpful to setting up a habit.
  • If you can afford to do it, you’re allowed to stay up late or wake up early to work on it. Blogging requires work, and sometimes you just have to push yourself to do it. Sometimes the only way to make any progress with blogging is to do things like staying up until 2am to finish a blog post! But it’s important not to let that become something you do regularly—staying up till 2 regularly in general isn’t good.

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favorite tv show (other than miraculous ladybug)?

I actually really suck at watching TV shows and I’ve only seen a few out of the ones I really want to watch because I keep rewatching Miraculous. But I really really love One Day at a Time!!

Some of the shows I want to watch include The End of the Fucking World, The Society, The Dragon Prince, and She-Ra. Also one day I WILL get Disney+ and watch HSMTMTS!

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if you had to go on an adventure with a character squad, which one would you choose?

God, I am SO torn between saying the Seven from PJO, the Dregs from SoC, or the Miraculous Superhero squad in Miraculous Ladybug…

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are your parents accepting of [your sexuality] and do they read your blog? if not…. is it weird explaining how books (like arcs) just turn up for you?

I haven’t come out to my parents, and I don’t plan on doing it any time soon! I don’t think they’re homophobic, necessarily, it’s just not something I want or feel the need to do. They don’t read my blog (since otherwise I would not be saying this), but they do know of it and just yell my name when a package arrives addressed to “May”!

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books that defined your childhood?

The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds (Cam Jansen Mysteries, #1)Ruby the Red Fairy (Rainbow Magic, #1)There were first the Junie B Jones, Rainbow Magic Fairy, and Cam Jansen books that I loved to read when I was around five to seven years old. In third grade, I read The Lightning Thief in my class, and that was when my whole PJO obsession started! So now you know when to travel back in time and stop me from reading it in the first place so I don’t CRY about it all the time.

Also a book that was very special to me as a lil baby was Elmo Loves You! My mom read it to me so much that I could recite it back to her and know when to turn the pages, and it’s very worn-down from years of me carrying it as a gross little child.

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how many books are too much in a series for you?

More than 5 is definitely too many for me! 4 and 5 are already pushing it (unless you’re Rick Riordan), and I like duologies better than trilogies simply because sometimes the middle book in trilogies suffers.

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how do you get in the mood to write things?

I’m actually really bad at it! Whether it be writing fiction or poetry or academic things or even just blog posts. Most of the time, I just sit down and force myself to start typing, because starting is usually the hardest thing for me. Sometimes playing music will help me first get in the mood, since music helps me focus, but then I have to turn it off later.

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pineapples on pizza?

I don’t personally like to eat pineapple on pizza, since I’m a cheese and cheese only type of pizza person, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the people who do eat it…

(Mentally preparing myself for an onslaught of comments for this.)

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do you listen to music?

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I do listen to music! I listen to indie (indie rock/pop) usually. My latest artist on repeat has been Wallows, but I also have had Social Cues by Cage the Elephant on repeat recently for some reason?

And since I just saw Moulin Rouge on Broadway I’ve also been listening to the soundtrack to imagine I’m still there watching it because it was SO GOOD. But I don’t usually listen to show tunes (despite what my Spotify Wrapped said).

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what would be your 3 biggest blogging tips to your baby blogger self?

I actually wrote a whole post on this! To narrow it down to 3, though, and to save you from having to read that entire thing, I’d say:

  • don’t obsess over blogging to the point that you’ll burn out
  • don’t let comments pile up (as much)
  • make better graphics jesus christ!!!

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B99 or the good place?

These two shows are very different, so I don’t think I could really choose between them? I think B99 is funnier (though one of the latest seasons wasn’t as good, I can’t remember if it was 5 or 6 because I haven’t been keeping up), but The Good Place has such good moral discussion. But also, B99 is about cops and I hate cops!! So yeah, not really sure.

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what’s the post you’re most proud of for writing?

 

book blogger guilt

This was a very personal post for me, and still is, since I struggle with a lot of the things I talked about. But it also felt amazing to hear that this post meant something to people and helped them feel better about themselves, because that’s the kind of impact I want to have!!


shall we chat

how long have you been blogging? what have been your best blogging memories? pineapple on pizza? reminder that I love you all a lot and I’m so happy you’re here, whether it’s been for three years or three days!!

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35 thoughts on “3-Year Blogiversary Q&A: Part 1!

  1. Okay, firstly congratulations on your blogiversary! 3 years? WHOO HOO! *throws confetti* ;)

    Secondly, I am convinced we are in actual fact, the same person. Here’s why;
    1. Rainbow Magic 100% defined my childhood. I may or may not read the Christmas one every year…
    2. Cheese pizzas are the only way to go
    3. Indie bands are the best [I chalk it up to the iconic Twilight soundtracks] and Wallows is my newest obsession. Are You Bored Yet? is my favorite.

    I only just stumbled across your blog last year – thanks to the book blogger awards – and I’m so glad I did! I love reading your posts and I can’t wait to see how far you go in 2020.

    Much love, Alexandra <3

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    1. thank you so much, Alexandra!! and aahh I’m so glad you relate to so many of my answers–you’ve got me wanting to pick up some Rainbow Magic books again! and I’m really happy to hear you love Wallows too! Are You Bored Yet? is definitely a popular one, and for good reason 🥰

      and omg you’re going to make me cry 🥺😭 I’m so happy you enjoy my blog, and I’m so glad we could meet!! <3

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      1. I would also read 3 or 4 at a time, and sometimes I’ll be wandering through the library and just pick one up and read it! Thinking about it, the plots in each book are exactly the same, but they’re still fun books!

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  2. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY MAY!!! Three years is huge!! (also wow your blog was like six months old when I followed it ahhhHH it’s grown so much and it’s been amazing to see but also don’t mind me panicking over the fact that I started blogging like two and a half years ago wowwww)

    Also YES, cheese is the only valid pizza topping (buuuut pineapple is less horrible then some, I said what I said)

    Also please know I am still shook every time you mention the christian american girl blogs, no matter how many times you bring it up it’s still hilarious to me every time 😂

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    1. AAHH THANK YOU IRIS!!!! (and omg I had no idea you’ve been following me for so long!! it all feels like such a short time haha. but AWW you’re the sweetest ❤❤)

      okay Fine I will say that pineapple is worse than vegetable toppings, but that’s probably only because I hate vegetables

      and DHSFHSHFDH it’s a vital part of my blogging journey, unfortunately………

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      1. (jhgfhghfgh yesss I’ve been here since the Scriblers Challenge hahaha)

        And wow I feel attacked, I too hate vegetables.

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  3. Congrats on 3 years of blogging! I really like reading your posts and I hope you keep doing it for a long time :)
    I LOVE both B99 and the Good Place, I totally understand that you can’t choose between them.
    Also, cheese pizza is the best pizza <3 Aaaaand now I want pizza…

    Congrats again and it was very fun reading your answers!

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  4. Congratulations on 3 years!!!! And even though you’re a baby doesn’t that make you an adult in blogging years? What are blogging years in relation to human years?

    Yes, yes, yes for Song of Achilles!! After I read it I recommended it to all my friends, and they all ignored me. But then! My friend had a Sociology class where the professor made them read it to learn about Homosexuality in the times of the Greeks, and she texted me telling me to read it as if I hadn’t recommended it 7 months before 🙄 The “Get everyone to read Song of Achilles” movement is growing 😁

    RIP to good B99. I haven’t been keeping up with it since it went a lil’ down hill, but I’ve heard that it’s getting better again, so who knows, maybe I’ll get back to it. Congrats again on your blogoversary! 💕💕

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    1. aww chana, thank you so much!! and haha it’s so strange to think that i could be considered an “oldie” in the blogging community but i guess it’s true!

      the song of achilles is absolutely amazing! i’m so glad i listened to my friend. i feel like it’s a pretty popular book in the book community? but it makes me super happy to hear that your friend had to read it in a class!! and haha yeah… one of the seasons (whenever it got dropped and then picked back up, clearly i’ve been terrible at keeping up) was really not that great, but i’m glad it’s been getting better! i really haven’t watched Any recent eps though oops. but thank you so much again!!! <3

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  5. Ahh thank you for the q&a! It was very interesting to read! I personally like pineapple on pizza but I’m the sort of person who likes pizza with a gazillion toppings (I dislike pepperoni though!! :( )

    I so agree with you that just starting is the best way to get around writing things! The muse is super fickle and you NEED to pin it down. Sometimes though I get my writing inspiration by just lying around and thinking of what to write – I find that for my writing, 50% of the work comes from thinking, the remaining 50% from actually writing.

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    1. ah i’m glad you liked reading it, miri!! 🥰 oh that makes sense! i’m very much a cheese-and-only-cheese type of pizza person, so i agree with you on the no pepperoni thing!

      yep, definitely! a lot of the time my issue is that i really Can’t think when i need to, and when i can’t think i can’t write lmao. but forcing myself to just sit down in silence and focus my thoughts on whatever wip i’m working on usually helps!

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  6. Happy Blogiversary!! (I think I manage to spell this word different all the time but hey)!! 3 years is an amazing achievement and I have noticed that I’ve grown since starting as well!!
    A magical book with portals in it’s page?!?! I love it and I need it!!
    I think just starting it with discussions is brilliant advice because you can build it up a lot in your head but once you start writing you forget about it and then you are suddenly at 2000 words ahah!!
    I need to read Song of Achilles so bad!!
    I used to read the Rainbow Magic Fairy books too!! SO COOL!!
    YES I think duology are a great series length!!
    Deciding between B99 and The Good Place is hard (although I’ve only on season 2 of TGP) but they are really different, I love them both!!
    I loved reading all your answers!! <3 <3

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    1. thank you so much, sophie!! .🥰🥰 and yes i definitely agree — whenever i have a good topic for a discussion post, i can just sit down and let the words flow for an hour until i realize i’ve written way too much haha!

      yes you do need to read the song of achilles! it’s so so good. and tgp and b99 are both amazing! (i feel like i might like tgp more when i watch the last season though.) thank you so much!! <3

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  7. It’s been roughly a year since I started this blog!! But I’ve actually been blogging since 2014 haha. Congrats on your blogoversary, I can’t wait to read more of your posts <3 And if I started any pineapple on pizza controversy, oops, but really I only have respect for people who like it or at least tolerate/accept it ;) I really need to watch The Good Place!

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  8. Happy three years, May! I am so fortunate to have met you last year and look forward to more years of screeching about books. Good answer on the pizza toppings – cheese pizza is the bomb and pineapple doesn’t belong. Granted, I am also allergic to pineapple but even if I weren’t, it’s gross. lol

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    1. KAL!! you’re going to make me cry 😭💕 and LMAOO you are legally not allowed to have an opinion on pineapple on pizza if you’re allergic to it!! (but that is a very good reason to not like it. along with the fact that yes it is… gross)

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    1. thank you so much, jasmin!! and it’s definitely okay if you don’t exactly know your niche yet. sometimes it takes a bit to find — and though i didn’t love the community i stumbled upon, it ended up leading me to the book community (and also showed me what niche i did NOT want to be a part of), so exploring is great! 🥰

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  9. Happy three years, May!! <3 That's such an impressive accomplishment and all the content you've poured out during those three years? Absolute goals! I adore indie bands, and just recently discovered the Wallows! I've always been a fan of Cage the Elephant, but the former's music has really been my jam lately. Haha! Something about indie pop/rock is just so calming and almost therapeutic for me. It calms me like nothing else!

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    1. thank you so much kelly!!! 😭💖 and omg i had no idea you listened to indie too! i get really excited when book community members have the same music taste as me haha. but i’m so happy you love wallows!! i love their music a whole lot, and it really is calming for some reason. do you have any artists you might recommend? ☺💕

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