Woah O_O I seriously can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for one entire year now! I am not someone who can normally do something on a daily basis for such a long period of time. I mean, I get sick of playing piano after 1.5 hours. That’s how bad my concentration and patience levels are. But blogging is something I have loved and still love doing even though it gets a little hard and crazy sometimes. I don’t think there is anything part of blogging that I’ve hated with great disgust.
I think, I’m going to do a quick recap of my past year of how YA Midnight Reads started–heck even how my love for reading began and work my way up to today.
April 2012: Believe it or not, in April last year I hated reading. Hated it with all my heart. I mean, it was so boring and nothing caught my attention at all. I was in Year 7 and my school, let’s just say it doesn’t do too well in academics so reading never occured to me as a problem.
May 2012: My mum had been borrowing books for me from the library, these huge stacks of books. She got to the point where she just put them in my room and didn’t say anything because well, I bet she got sick of trying to persuade me to pick up a book. So the books stayed, then they left again when they were about to go overdue and a new stack would take it’s place. Left in the corner, ignored. Until the Winter holidays came and I was bored out of my brains
June 2012: I picked up a book called Evernight by Claudia Gray. And, it was pretty decent at the time. I liked it, and after reading the first instalment, I went and got the next two in the series. Soon, I devoured all those in less than half a week. I guess I was a fast reader from the get go. I kept on looking for the very last book and I could not find it anywhere. Not at my school, not at my local library. Instead I went online. And, if you are not aware, when you type in a book’s title and author, the first link that pops up is Goodreads.
July 2012: I got a Goodreads acount. That’s exactly what happened, I found the last book on Goodreads and while I didn’t find a place to read the book online, I found a site that let me find more and more books from the same genre, Young Adult.
November 2012: I basically lived on Goodreads. I was the one borrowing stacks of books fom the library and my room became something like a bookish mine field. I read reviews on Goodreads, thought those were pretty cool and I was always curious of the links some of the reviews included at the start/end of reviews. Turns out, those links were to blogs. And Eileen @ Singing in the Rain’s in particular somehow made me want to start blogging too. Maybe it was because she was the first girl I found who was the same age as me and was in complete awe at her blog?
December 2012: BOOM! YA Midnight Reads was born. Actually The YA Book Lover. *facepalm* God that was a horrible name. So my URL was that and my email was that. *cringe*
January 2013: I changed my name to YA Midnight Reads. Yeah…
April/May 2013: I started co-reviewing at Finding Bliss in Books
June-July 2013: I moved from theyabooklover.blogspot.com to yamidnightreads.com but my email remains… firstname.lastname@example.org 😐 But at least I got WordPress! I never really told my parents about my blog until books started appearing from publishers in February 2013… that was awkward. However they still allowed me to move to WordPress because they’re amazeballs like that.
November 2013: First hiatus! Gosh I really needed one.
December 21, 2013: TODAY! CELEBRATING 1 YEAR OF BLOGGING! 😀
So yeah, I have got to give huge thanks to my mum for getting me into reading or I would have probably never ended up here, owning this blog.
What I’ve Learned
Persevere. When I first created my blog, I didn’t make a big deal about it, I just posted randomly, sometimes abandoned it. But I persevered with my blog and it slowly began to improve.
Be unique. It doesn’t mean to go out of your way to be make your blog look crazy outstanding. I think what I also mean is to be unique and be yourself. I’m weird, I have weird reviews. That’s unique. Because it’s not the same as everyone else. You stand out from the ocean of blogs if you be yourself which is being unique. Oh great, are you confused yet coz I am. O_o
Socialize. You aren’t going to get far if you don’t socialize. Get a Twitter. Get Goodreads. Comment. Reply to comments. SOCIALIZE AND MAKE FRIENDS.
Life over blogging. Unfortunately, you can’t forget about your real life and only live in the blogosphere. Don’t pressurise yourself! Blogging is a hobby. Your life outside the internet is more valuable. <– I sometimes forget this -.-
Making mistakes is alright. I make mistakes all the time, sometimes it’s forgetting to pick a winner for a giveaway (I thought of this because I just realised I had to send a winner’s details to the author O.O) and that’s totally fine. Because we are humans and not robots!
I love making bloggy friends. This community is so friendly and honestly, if I were to list them all…I’d be here forever. But I wanna talk about all my friends *sob* So here are some of my besties:
Stephanie @ Chasm of Books
Today is her birthday and you should go check out the birthday post I wrote on her blog! I swear it’s fate guys, today’s her birthday and today’s also my blog’s birthday. Riiight? Anyhoo, I love Steph, she was one of my first bloggy friends and is so friendly and I love talking to her. She’s kinda amazeballs in general. Rick Riordan fanatic as well! Ehehe 😀
I think I met Em only a few months ago and she’s the sweetest! She even made me a bloglovin’ button which looks so pretty AND IT HAS A MY LITTLE PONY ON IT :O But I don’t just love her because she made me a bloglovin’ button, I love her blog (which is so damn gorgeous I want it JKSJKS I would never steal…) and her personality in general! She always puts a smile on my face.
I met Jaz when I started blogging over at Finding Bliss in Books. She’s basically my
grandma old sister. I tell her a lot more things than I should be (But I trust her a lot. Did you hear me Jaz?! A LOT) and she’s helped me with a whole lot of Photoshop stuff that I find really hard an BLURGH. I love how she still treats me like I’m human being even though she knows a lot of weird things about me 😀
Jessi is a cool cat. She recently gave me someone’s email so I could hack into it and destroy the world! Well…I like to think that at least. Jessi has an amazing looking blog and I love reading her posts! She has a lot of unique memes and she may have complete different tastes from me in books but I can still always trust her reviews because we have similar pet peeves. And we have different tastes in book boyfriends. JEB IS BETTER! (Splintered by A.G. Howard)
Like I mentioned way above, it was probably Eileen who got me into blogging! So I basically stalked her. (Oh crap! I actually said that out loud!) She’s like my spirit animal and vice versa. We nearly always have the same opinion on books we read! Eileen has a uber bubbly personality and nothing is ever really dull when I’m talking to her!
I’m seriously in awe of Giselle! She not only has a really active blog but also does book tours with all authors, published and self-published. She’s so organised and is hilarious. She has called me some of things I’ve never heard of before such as muffin cups and gives me great advice about life! “A romance that fixes ALL your life’s problems is totally realistic and what you should aim for in life!” I live by those words now 😉
But then I have another whole heap of lovely bloggy/twitter friends that I simply must mention! Thank y’all for being my friend, talking to me and just pretending I am a human being 😉
Rachel and Jasprit @ The Reader’s Den, Sam @ Realm of Fiction, Lauren @ ShootingStarMag, Candace @ Candace’s Book Blog, Blythe @ Finding Bliss in Books, Wendy and Kate @ The Midnight Garden, Amy @ Book Loving Mom, Jenni @ Alluring Reads, Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan, Celine @ The Book Shimmy, Jeann @ Happy Indulgence, Nara @ Looking For the Panacea, Nova @ Musings of a Blogder, Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary, Melissa @ I Swim for Oceans, Maja @ The Nocturnal Library, Henrietta @ Leisure Reads, Lyn and Kara @ Great Imaginations and Dre @ Sporadic Reads. Oh great I think I’m missing a few people now.
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2. You must be 13 years or older
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