1 Year Book Blog Anniversary
Hello friends, old and new!
As of May 25th, I will have been on both my book blog (Foxy Readers, this site!) and bookstagram for exactly one year. How crazy is that?! One year ago seems so long ago, and yet no time at all.
I never could have imagined all of the journeys I have taken since starting last year. But let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?
When I started out on this book blog, I was exclusively doing book reviews. I’d never read another book blog before, and I was just interested in putting my thoughts on whatever I was reading out into the world. I thought that people would just find my blog and love what I had to say about books (LOL!!).
But I was also doing writing updates on my first book. I started officially writing it around the same time I started this blog, though I had been planning it for far longer. I wanted to keep track of my progress so that I had something to look back on in the future.
And then, sometime in Fall 2016 I decided I wanted to start writing about other topics, aside from just book reviews and the occasional writing journal. As an English major, I know a bit about writing and so I decided to start including topics like Writing Tips, and then I wanted to help educate the community about Book Blogging and Bookstagram in general.
I started having a lot more fun with blogging when I expanded my topics, and started taking it more seriously! So I bought a domain and hosting so that I could really own all of my content, and in January 2017 I did a total blog redesign.
I’m still figuring out how often I want to be posting every week, as it seems to change based on my schedule being so inconsistent. But I’m having so much fun along this journey! And I hope that you all as my readers are enjoying it too.
I had no idea there was an entire Instagram community when I started my account @foxyreaders. Originally, I just set up the account to supplement this book blog! But pretty soon, I found tons of other people were using Instagram to talk about and take pictures of books (and bookish merch!) so I became a part of the bookstagram community.
New to the concept of “book”stagram? Check out my post Bookstagram: The Low-Down.
I went through a couple of different aesthetic “themes”. The first time I tried it was absolutely awful, lololol. It was this beige background with lots of red flowers, but it was really unappealing (at least to me!). I then moved into more “lifestyle” type photos with a brighter and more contrasted look. Then, as the seasons and weather were darkening (and, not to be dramatic, things in my life were taking a downward spiral), my posts got really dark. But people were loving it. I saw a lot of account growth with that theme.
But it was too dark for me, and so at the beginning of 2017 I decided I needed to brighten up every aspect of my life. So I switched to a really bright, white, and sometimes colorful theme – which I currently have now. A lot of my followers didn’t really seem to like the change, and I saw very little account growth at the beginning. But I didn’t care. I knew what I had to do for myself mentally, and I needed something bright and cheerful to keep me from going to dark places.
I also did a couple of giveaways on my account! The first one I did was when I hit the milestone 1000 followers in the fall, when my account was receiving a lot of growth. I was really proud of myself, and gave away $20 on Amazon.
My second giveaway was partnered with an author! I did a giveaway of M. Tara Crowl’s middle grade novel Eden’s Escape. It was a really cool opportunity to work with an author on something like this.
And my most recent giveaway is actually still ongoing! I know that many of my new readers on here are because of this giveaway. It’s a signed copy of Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Wings and Ruin.
There have been so many cool opportunities since joining the online bookish community! Aside from my author interview with M. Tara Crowl, I also received free books in exchange for honest reviews by new and indie authors.
I’ve met so many lovely people in both the bookstagram community as well as other book bloggers. It took me a while, but I finally figured out how to find other book bloggers and have been trying to connect with them and form more friendships!
I also went to my first ever book signing, the one with Sarah J. Maas for A Court of Wings and Ruin. It was such an amazing experience, and I even got to talk to Sarah herself! (She told me she had stalked my Instagram account earlier that day and thought I was pretty omg freaking out lol).
Pictured above: Me casually freaking out at meeting Sarah J. Maas and her husband! They were so cool! I freaked! I blanked! I stood there awkwardly! I grinned like an idiot! It was amazing!
I made a ton of progress with writing my first book! And, I started on a second one (not a part of the same series). I officially finished the first draft of my first book in January, and then promptly have my fiance read it for about a month and got feedback on it.
It actually took me a while to get back into writing the second draft/editing (which I only really started a month-ish ago). I felt really overwhelmed and had no idea how to even begin editing my super rough first draft. Plus, I’m crazy busy HAHA and I really don’t have time for writing (two?!) books, writing blog posts for this blog, working on a second blog I recently started, running 2-3 Instagram accounts, reading, and you know, graduating college this June. (lol WHAT IS MY LIFE).
But writing is my life, which is why I seem to find ways to do it in every aspect of everything I do.
Yeah, I’d say I had a pretty good year! I literally could never have imagined where I would be at this point, one year later when I first hit “publish” on that first post I wrote.
I knew that the bookish community online would be amazing, but I didn’t expect it to be so freakin’ phenomenal. I seriously love the interactions, friendships, and chats I get to have with everyone. I love learning about new books to read, and chatting about our faves/least faves.
It’s been a crazy whirlwind and I can’t wait to see what the next year will have in store for me!
Let’s talk about it
How long have you been reading my site for? Or following my bookstagram? Do you remember when my account was new and had that ugly theme?? Do you judge me for it??? Do you have a book blog yourself? PROMOTE YOURSELF IN THE COMMENTS I would love to make more friends! And if you have a bookstagram account, LEAVE THAT IN THE COMMENTS TOO. Let’s all follow each other and be nice friends 🙂