I can’t believe this… I only realized THIS WEEK that today, my blog is officially 2 years old. Or, my first post ever is 2 years old at least. Isn’t that crazy? I can’t believe it’s been 2 years already. Where has time gone?
I first wanted to say thank you. To each and every person who has ever read any of my blog posts, or follows my blog or social media accounts. Thank you! You have no idea how much this means to me. To be a part of a community so welcoming, all to talk about a passion we all share: books and reading.
In these 2 years, I have never had a single bad experience here. I’ve had one comment I found rude, and deleted that one. 1 comment! I can’t imagine a single other community so kind and welcoming. I thought I wouldn’t make any blogging friends, or at least not easily. I was so wrong.
There are several people I’d specifically like to thank.
Inge @ Of Wonderland // Inge, you are an amazing friend. Whether I’m having a bad day or I just saw a funny picture, I know I can count on you. You are my yoga buddy and motivator, one who loves Harry Potter just as much as I do. You are a great friend, and I’m so grateful I got to know you thanks to our blogs. I hope you know that if you need someone, you can always count on me as well.
Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic // Kyra, you are one of the first friends I made through my blog. During all this time, you have been nothing but incredibly nice to me. We even did a buddy read together! I’m thinking we should do that again soon. I know, I still have to buy the Rick Riordan books we discussed… I’m sorry!
Annemieke @ A Dance With Books // Thank you Annemieke. Not only for commenting/liking my posts quite regularly, but also for including me in the bookstagram world. I’m quite new to it, but you’ve tagged me twice in a tag. It makes me feel so happy, and glad to be included!
Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts // There are quite a few things I want to thank you for, Kaja. First, for motivating me to read Heartstrikers, because I absolutely loved it. For all the amazing comments you leave on my blog. For all the recommendations I’ve gotten from yours. Thank you.
Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum // If you’ve seen my favorite blogs page, you know I love BiblioSanctum. I’ve gotten so many fantasy/sci-fi recommendations from it! But I want to thank you in particular, Mogsy, for all the great comments you’ve left on my blog in the past year or 2 years. Each and every one is appreciated!
Holly @ Nut Free Nerd // If there is one thing I truly appreciate, it’s bloggers leaving meaningful and interesting comments. So thank you Holly, for not just reading my posts but deciding to interact with me as well!
Lorraine @ Insanity Sandwich // Thank you for reading my posts, and for leaving comments on them! I really appreciate it!
What would a birthday be without reflecting on what I’ve learned in the past year?
- Scheduling is life.
Honestly, I am a big fan on scheduling blog posts. I often do this with Top Ten Tuesday posts, and recently with my Series I Won’t Finish posts as well. It calms me to know that I’ll have a post up that week for certain. For example, if I suddenly don’t have time on Monday, I don’t have to worry there will be no TTT this week.
- It’s nice to have a focus with your blog -but don’t fixate too much on it.
What do I mean by this? Well, my blog usually revolves around speculative fiction -and mostly fantasy. That’s what I like to read most. But I do read different genres at times, to take a break. And I shouldn’t worry about not being able to talk about those books because they aren’t speculative fiction. It’s nice to have a focus, so people know what to expect in general from my blog. But don’t fixate too much on it, it will only stress you out.
- Need to take a break? Your followers won’t abandon you.
There have been times this past year where I’ve needed to take a short break from posting. For example, in June during my final exams. And that’s okay! Nobody will throw stones at you. You won’t suddenly lose all of your followers. Readers and bloggers are understanding people.
- It’s okay to take a step back from requesting review books
I’d been stressing so much about my Netgalley ratio and my Edelweiss books -and the books I received from authors for the past 2 years. I felt like there was no catching up. So I decided to take a step back. Request only what you REALLY want. Again, followers won’t leave because you’re not constantly blogging about the latest books. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, trust me. I’ve just had fun discovering books on my own as well.
It’s time for another giveaway! You must be either 18 years old, or have permission from your parents/legal guardian to share your address with me. The giveaway is international, as long as The BookDepository ships to your country! I will contact the winner after the 22nd of September, and let you choose an order up to €15! 🙂