Saturday, 30 July 2016
Cheers to 2 Years!!!
On this day, two years ago, Paperback Princess was born!! It came from a bored teen who wanted to get her writing out, so she started writing book reviews. She thought that it would be a simple summer hobby that would soon end, But it turned into so much more than that.
This post is to say thank you. Thank you to every reader, blog buddy, or Twitter friend who has made these past 2 years some of the best moments of my life. I have created friendships that are special beyond belief, been given opportunities that I probably never would have been motivated to complete if it weren't for this blog, and have given myself the confidence that I need in my writing. You guys mean more to me than you could ever imagine.
In the past 2 years, I have surpassed 16k pageviews and have a combined 119 followers on my blog and on Bloglovin'. This may not seem like much to some, but to me it gives me enough validation that someone out there is obviously reading.
1735 comments have been written since I've started blogging, and it means the world to me. Comments keep me going. They allow me to meet new blog buddies and start conversations with people. I appreciate every single comment I recieve.
I also have 140 Twitter followers and 40 Instagram followers that again, hold special bookish relationships with me. I look forward to everyday where I am able to chat with you guys on social media.
I attended a book signing for the first time and was able to meet some of my blog buddies in person! That was the coolest experience ever and is something that I will never forget.
If it wasn't for my blog, I would have never participated in NaNoWriMo and would have NEVER sat down and completed an actual book. It was the support from you guys that pushed me to write, edit and write some more, and now I can proudly say that my WIP, is actually taking flight. This is only the beginning.
The Thank You's
Now comes a very sappy and emotional time where I get to shoutout to every person who has made a difference in my blog life. I hope to God I haven't forgotten anyone:
First to Cee. I'm not sure when we started commenting on each other's blogs but all I know is that ever since then you have managed to comment on every single one of my posts. Even if it's something you probably aren't interested in, you make sure that I have at least one comment on my post. This means so much, because you take the effort to show me that someone cares. So thank you, thank you so much for doing this, because it really and truly makes my day.
Geraldine. What can I say about you?! You are so kind, so, so kind, and I hope you realize that. You are supportive, creative, and I am proud to call you my blog buddy. Not a day goes by where I'm not thankful for being able to communicate with you.
Sierra and Temecka. Both you girls are so passionate about the books you love, and I absolutely love chatting with you two! Whether it's fangirling or complaining, I absolutely love sharing opinions with you guys and you're both always so kind.
Ruzaika! OMG YOU ARE LITERALLY SO LOVELY! Every comment of yours is so thoughtful, insightful and appreciated, Your comments make my day because you always seem so excited about something and you let me know if you really liked a post of mine. Your comments always make me feel happy inside :)
Ranu. I'VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH! Even though you've been absent recently, I couldn't ignore how great of a blog buddy you are to me. You're such a genuine person, as well as very helpful. I appreciated every book rec, opinion or compliment you gave me, and you were the first person I genuinely considered a very close blogging friend,
Denise! I feel like we're best friends even though we've never met! You leave such heart and appreciation in your comments, tweets, or anything really, and you never fail to make me feel appreciated. Thank you for being such a positive light in this community.
Kate. You're one of my oldest blog buddies! You've been there since we were both wee little bloggers, and I'm so happy that we've still managed to keep this going. I can't wait to start these editing services with you, as you are a passionate person with some great creativity.
Thank you also to these lovely people who I can always count on chatting to on Twitter, Blog, or even Instagram! I appreciate every single one of you and all that we talk about:
Charlotte, Annika, Anna, Emily, Lila, Serena and Sasha, Chioma, Veronika, Bryce, Lais, Erin, Nia, Mishma, Zoe, Tika, Erin, Jillian, Megan, Kira and Michelle.
Even if your name isn't mentioned here, if you have even only interacted with me once before, please know that I appreciated it! Every interaction is a special one, and I am so thankful and so fortunate to have an amazing group of people to talk to. Whoever said online friendships aren't real ones, clearly hasn't met this community. Here's to many more years to come.
Emily @ Paperback Princess