well, hi. in case you didn’t know, my first blogiversary was three days ago. i have procrastinated writing this post for almost a week now, but let’s act like today is june 13th because!! blogiversary!!
i can’t believe it’s been over a year since i started this blog. book blogging has become a huge part of my life now, and while i’m definitely swinging the blogging thing, i am adoring it (most of the time). i am not one to blog consistently (i see some bloggers who post every other day like?? that’s so amazing?? you go people), but over the months, i have grown proud of my work. i know i still have a long way to go and will probably cringe at myself in the following years but let’s just think of the present for now.
speaking of present! let’s do a quick overview of the last year:
from june 13th 2019 to june 13th 2020, i have:
- posted 47 articles (wow?)
- gained over 220 followers (i never got to thank you all for 200 followers btw, so. THANK YOU FOR 200 FOLLOWERS HOW DO YOU ALL KEEP UP WITH ME.)
- gathered over 4, 700 views!
this is honestly so huge for me. i couldn’t thank you all enough. i’ll try to keep bringing content and hopefully improve myself as the months (and years) go! thank you so much!
now to the fun part… i asked a few days ago on twitter if anyone had questions for me regarding reading or my blog or anything really. and i received a few replies!! let’s go through them…
i’m not gonna lie, motivation comes and goes. sometimes i find myself writing every other day, other times i struggle to find the will to do so. what keeps me a little on track though is writing random ideas on my notes app. i also do some tags when i’m really out of ideas.
i, like every blogger, have faced many challenges since starting my blog: bad mental health, lack of motivation, overwhelming schedule, etc. but i believe my idealistic side is my first challenge. i always have to write the best posts and have the best layout, and it’s hard for me to achieve self-satisfaction. it drains me sometimes.
*inserts a million hearts*
i think starting a blog was a result of wanting to have a personal space where i can talk about books without worrying about annoying people who don’t read. i also wanted to find people who have the same hobby as mine.
mmmmm i’d say recommendation posts! because i loooove to harrass people into reading my favorite books!
in order to balance studying and blogging, i try to reserve a specific time once a week (or once every other week) to blog. but of course, i don’t force myself to blog, especially during finals (even though i sometimes blog to procrastinate).
i have sooo many inspirations (and friends!) when it comes to blogging, especially may @ Forever and Everly (YOU), may @ My 1st Chapter and Fadwa @ Word Wonders. i find myself constantly looking through their posts for future inspirations (like,, it has become a problem).
when i’m not reading/blogging, i’m either on netflix watching tv shows or crime documentaries, drawing, shopping, baking or socializing (at least until my ambivalent ass is drained of it).
AAHH I MISS MOROCCAN DISHES SO MUCH!!! my favorite is probably Pastilla, it’s kind of a pie (?) either with chicken or seafood. i prefer the one with the seafood. i don’t care it’s the superior moroccan dish i refuse any criticism.
if we talk about when i initially started blogging (aka in middle school), my reading tastes have definitely changed. i now read more adult than YA and more contemporary than Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
i said it above but recommendation posts are really the best. as you can notice i like screaming to people about my favorite things.
i only tell very close people about my blog. i still have that fear that someone will discover it and make fun of me, and it’s just so! embarassing! however, it definitely used to be a very secret thing before.
as i said before, blogging was a way for me to express my love for books in a way that i couldn’t in real life. i definitely do not regret it, i made some amazing friends and discoveries thanks to blogging and i’m so thankful for you. i don’t even think i would be the person i am today if not for blogging. what i love most about it is that it’s just so…freeing. sometimes i feel like there’s no purpose in life and turn to my blog and find the light in the darkness. i don’t know how to explain it but it keeps me going.
my current favorite genre is probably Adult Romance. i just– i love it so much. i feel so so happy reading Adult Romance, it’s like my boost of serotonin.
and the answer to the hardest question ever: i don’t know what’s my favorite book of all time, but i find great comfort in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by rick riordan. i love it so so much, that series means the world to me.
i would say don’t lose hope. it may feel like you’re talking to a wall at the beginning, but soon people will find you and appreciate your art. also, don’t ever feel bad for taking a hiatus, planned or not. your followers do not owe you anything.
my favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice, which is indeed very similar to my favorite books (i mean, i love Pride & Prejudice by jane austen too sooo). i love historical romances so maybe that says something?
my favorite word is probably doodle because it’s so! cute! i love it!
i reaaally want to try sword-making! it looks so so so fun!!
aaaand that’s it. again, thank you all so much for keeping up with me. i promise to keep bringing the best in me (aka the greatest content).