6 Month Blogoversary! (a.k.a my baby is now 6 months old...)
On the 31st of January it will have been 6 months since I started A Magical World Of Words. It seriously does not seem like months, it seems like days....... I'm still so much of a newbie, but I have learnt a lot since I started my blog, and I'm so grateful for everything and everyone who has contributed to my blog's "survival" over the last six months.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! Thank you for supporting my blog, following my blog, liking/retweeting my tweets, loving my posts on Bloglovin', commenting, chatting with me, thank you thank you thank you. I can never say that enough. And I'd love to list everyone, but then this post would be super long and you'd hate me, and so I'm just going to name a few :)
Di @ Book Reviews by Di - Di was my first proper blog follower :) Since then, I have loved every minute of our chats and discussions, and she has been amazing when it comes to helping me with tricky issues like HTML and coding and blog design. She's always so willing to give advice or share tips, and her blog is seriously awesome and professional so go check it out!.
Uma @ Books.Bags. Burgers - Uma's a fellow feminist, fangirl, daydreamer, writer, and Cecelia Ahern fan. Need I say more?! She always supports and comments regularly on my posts, and her own blog is beautiful and her posts are a delight to read. I LOVE fangirling with Uma, and chatting with her and Di has been one of the best things about having a blog :)
Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic - After seeing Kyra's lovely blog and the piles of books sitting on her bedroom floor, I was seriously motivated. Now she's in England - *sobs* - but thank goodness for Facebook; we chat regularly, and she's always there to rant to or fangirl with, so that's awesome :)
Audrey @ Audrey Caylin - Audrey's also a writer, and I love reading her posts and chatting to her about writing! She always leaves such thoughtful comments on my blog, and it's great to talk to someone who loves writing as much as I do.
Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books - Maria is an awesome online friend to have!! Her comments are so thoughtful and positive, and she's a passionate fangirl and feminist like me, so it's always a joy to talk to her!
Some more shout-outs because I can't resist: Book Lover, Alyssa, Brittany, Luna & Saturn, and Prabhleen.
And thank you most importantly to Jesus Christ, for allowing me this chance.
HTML is a pain:
Fighting with HTML can seriously kill your blogging spirit. I've wrestled with it constantly and stressed over it and sweated over it and IT. IS. A. PAIN. Adding to CSS is much easier, but coding in general is still a huge annoyance. It takes huge amounts of time, and there's literally your whole blog design at stake sometimes.
Also, there's your blog layout. I doubt I'll ever be completely happy with mine, but it takes a lot of time to redesign, so often you just have to relax and try be satisfied. And that's hard too.
It's not about the books, it's about the buddies:
You start a book blog. You talk to people about books. That's basically it.
Well, that's what I thought when I first started this blog. And I'm so glad it didn't turn out like that.
My favourite part of blogging is talking to the amazing people I've met online. Chatting, commenting, interacting...it's just amazing. The blogging community is incredible, and I feel so honoured to be a part of it.
Keeping a diary and scheduling HELPS A LOT:
I thought I was organised before I started blogging, but it turns out that kind of organised is nothing like blogging organised. I now use my diary OCD-like, and literally never stress about posts because I always know what's coming and what day I'll post them, and it makes a world of difference.
I don't know how I'd cope without my diary :)
Blogging takes a lot of time:
It's not just writing posts or reviews, it's the commenting, replying to comments, visiting blogs, Twitter, Facebook......
I love every minute, don't get me wrong, but it can be very time-consuming and overwhelming. When I started my blog, I had to give up something so I had time for blogging. I ended up cutting back drastically on making YouTube fandom videos, which I was doing regularly. I wish I could do it as often as I used to, but there's no time. And when push comes to shove, I'd definitely choose blogging. But it does mean I have to be serious about committing to it.
I'd love your feedback! Are there any blogging things you think I should know? Anything you think I should improve on? Let me know!
Again, thank you. Here's to many more months and years of blogging fun and friendship!!
<3 <3 Xx