hi everyone. today is a very special day.
that’s right– it’s my blogaversary celebration BONANZA + (virtual) ice cream party. i can’t even believe that it’s already been a year since i started this blog in the first place. MY CHILD IS ONE YEAR OLD. A WHOLE TWELVE MONTHS GEEZ. WOWOW. that’s crazy to think about, and although my life has changed a whole lot since a year ago, this blog has remained a constant in my life, even if it’s changed forms a few times. it’s felt like such a short year tbh.
I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START. thank you so so so much for sticking with me this year, and a special round of applause for those of you who have been here since the very beginning. *cough* MAY AND VIVIAN AND SARAH *cough* i love it that i get to make cool stuff and write about books and fangirl here with you guys. it’s been truly awesome.
my blog has changed form several times: on blogger as A Chic Bookworm for the first five months (CRINGE), still on blogger as A Paper Reverie for another four months (RIP), and FINALLY as a self-hosted wordpress website thingy REVERIE PAGES for about three ish months*. but throughout all of those changes and me figuring out what i really wanted this space to be, it’s remained such a kind and generally wonderful place that i love spending my time on. <3
instead of rambling and blubbering about sentimentality, in general madeline tradition, i thought i would make a list of things i’m grateful for / i’ve learned from blogging in this one year.
*wowowwwww it’s already been that long wow
gratefulness & lessons learned:
01. blogging takes up a lot of free time and requires so much motivation.
yeah, i’ll admit i didn’t expect this to be the case when i first started. i thought “hey i’ll spend a couple hours each week on this blog and DEFINITELY won’t have it take over my life haHA.” that backfired.
Reverie Pages represents the sum of my free time this whole year, especially in the past two months. it’s been a challenge at some points to remain motivated to blog, especially when i’ve been so busy and haven’t necessary had all the time i want to devote to this.
i’m actually very surprised that i’ve made it to my one-year blogaversary. believe it or not, i’ve had a couple of other blogs in the past (not about books but about my eight-year old life and whatnot), and i never kept up with them after the first few weeks and eventually deleted them. i’m the type of person who likes routine but also enjoys novelty and starting new projects. i guess that’s why i’ve changed my blog’s name and design a couple of times. i love opening up my website and not feeling tired of or meh about my design. and sometimes changing things up is the only way i can achieve this.
in the past, i’ve grown tired of blogging after the novelty and excitement has worn off, and i’ve stopped. sure, i’ve felt obligated to post on this blog sometimes and needed to take a break, but for the most part, i’ve continued to post on this blog because i love it.
02. the community is amazing and it’s one of the main reasons why i blog.
all of my friends here are lovely and there’s so much less hate here in the blogosphere than on goodreads or any other social media. it’s so nice and SO COOL to have a group of people who share the same interests i do AND consistently write about this interest each week. we’re all so dedicated our spaces on the internet, and i think that’s what makes us so tightly knit.
quick shout out to a few bloggers:
- may @ forever and everly
- ilsa @ a whisper of ink
- vivian @ day dreamer, night thinker
- cait @ paper fury
- alexandra & the rest of the co-bloggers @ twirling pages
- taylor @ taylor marie writes
- sarah @ for all who wander
03. i’ve learned that i love designing.
one of the most fun things about blogging for me has been all the graphic design and making stuff look aesthetic. i’ve discovered a passion in designing this year. being able to control the way my blog looks and making it look pretty has made me feel like i have some semblance of control over at least one thing in my life.
as i look back over the year, one of my highs has been the design aspect of blogging and getting to design graphics, post headers, etc.
thank you so much for all the kind comments and compliments about my blog design <3 it always makes my day when i see them. 🙂
04. arcs aren’t all they’re hyped up to be.
lemme tell you that it’s super freaking cool to get sent books from publishers and get to read them ahead of time *cough* The Hazel Wood *cough*, but really not as cool as i thought it would be??
when i first started blogging, my only major goal was to get onto a publisher’s mailing list. this is still a goal of mine, but i don’t place so much emphasis on it nowadays, and i blog for reasons other than arcs. (NAMELY bc i love writing and screeching about books).
there’s something about reading an arc that takes the magic away from reading a book when it first comes out and buying it yourself. smol and new bloggers out there, just know that arcs aren’t the end-all-be-all ok? blog because you want to, not for the the arcs. also, reviewing arcs (especially on netgalley) can be STRESSFUL.
05. it’s ok to take a break.
i hit a strange wall with blogging at the beginning of the summer. i felt no motivation to blog whatsoever, and i was really unhappy with my stats, comments, etc. and i didn’t even feel like reading other people’s posts either. my creative batteries were empty and i didn’t know what to post other than tbr lists and book reviews.
and so i took a month-long break from blogging, which was probably the best thing i could’ve done.
when i came back, i noticed that i actually WANTED to post again, which i took as a sign to continue blogging. i had some more creative ideas for posts that i was excited to write! and then, in august, i became self-hosted on wordpress.
06. i’m so glad that i could make the move to self-hosted wordpress.
seriously, it’s so much better than blogger. designing is so much easier and plugins are the best thing that ever happened to me. AND THE FORMATTING. it’s so much better (even if it’s not totally glitch free).
even if it was a bit of an investment, self-hosting has been a really good decision for me. i feel so much more connected to other bloggers here vs blogger! and basically, becoming self-hosted is me promising myself that i will keep posting gosh darn it.
07. i CAN actually read sixty books in a year.
before 2017 i had never, even considered counting all the books i read in a year. enter goodreads and blogging, and i decide that I WILL READ 60 BOOKS IN A YEAR IF IT KILLS ME AHHH.
blogging has pushed me to read more than i ever have. i reached my goal of sixty books in august, and i think i’m at about 72 books or something and 26,000 pages now?? it’s crazy.
and through blogging, i’ve discovered some of my very favorite books of ALL TIME EVER including but not limited to:
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
- Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Monsters of Verity by V.E. Schwab
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab*
so THANK YOU BLOGGING for changing my life in that respect.
*are you noticing a pattern??? BASICALLY BLOGGING HELPED ME FIND MY FAVE AUTHOR
in order to give back a little to you guys for keeping with me for so long (seriously idk how you’ve put up with me), i’m hosting an INTERNATIONAL* giveaway for two 2017 releases, combined value worth 30 USD or less (if we can’t make that work, i’m willing to go a little over $30).
rafflecopter link is below!! hope that you decide to enter <3 it’s running from October 28-November 15, so be sure to share it with your friends.
*if book depository ships to you, you’re good.
again, thank you SO SO MUCH for making this blogging experience so amazing for me <3 love you guys so much.
are there any posts you want to see me do in my second year (GAH THAT’S SO WEIRD TO SAY) of blogging?? what 2017 releases are you going to pick if you win the giveaway? any questions about the giveaway? hmu in the comments below.