Friday, November 20, 2015

Blogversary? What Blogversary?


Possibly my blogversary has been one of my most thought about (and talked about) events of the year, apart from releasing my novel, Ashes, Ashes, on WattPad. I've been anticipating it for... a good while, and the fact I haven't celebrated the last four-ish only means that I've got more celebrating to do this time around.

Each of my years blogging have been distinct. Well. Most of them. Here's a brief rundown:

Year 1: This is the year I started! It was all the excitement, working out how to review books, posting about whatever I felt like and realising I wanted to write a personal blog as well.

Year 2: Was about reviewing professionally. I also really started to focus on my writing, this year, doing my first ever NaNo.

Year 3: Is the year I don't remember. What even happened? My memory draws a blank. Obviously it was either a huge party, or... not.

Year 4: This was when I started becoming more distinct in my own blog, I think. I focused on things other than just reviewing, doing my own features and commenting on more blogs than ever before, which meant I met a ton of awesome fellow bloggers!

Year 5: Has arguably been my favourite. I shared my writing, I decided to post a novel online, I made the decision to focus more on my own writing, here, than reviewing (although there's still both) and I made really, really fantastic new friends and strengthened relationships with old ones. It's all been good times.

Of course, with my blogversary comes the marker of my annual histus. In ten days I'll be shutting off my computer and putting my blog on pause until February. I will be sporadically online, mostly just for work purposes and posting Ashes, which will have a chapter posted every Sunday, but the blog will be silent until sometime in February when I drag myself (and I always do drag, because the glory of two months offline? It can't really be beaten) back.

So this is it. Five years. Half a decade, as Joy informed (and terrified) me. It feels like it's been hardly any time at all, but also like it's been years and years. And these years have been intense and gorgeous and heady and moving. I've changed. I've feared my past and my present and my future. I haven't loved every moment- some moments I hardly thought I'd come out the other side. But I did. And I am so, so glad.

I love this community, and this experience, and you people. I love you and it all to bits.

And hey, I didn't think I would but what's a blogversary without a competition? If you live in Australia and fancy your chances at winning a postpak of books (not new, but in excellent condition) then enter away. Best of luck to you. And thank you for such a fabulous five years.


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28 comments:

  1. HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!! And omg 5 years??!?! That's amazing. :') It'll be my 5th year next May....awk. We oldies. xD It's awesome looking back and seeing how one's blog has grown and developed right?! When I started it was all travel pictures of China and mostly just writing snippets and I had like 3 followers. haha. (Aaaand...they were all my relatives. -_-) AND NOW. WOW. So different. XD Awk! I look forward to reading some of your wattpad writing! :D

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    1. Daww, thanks lovely! It does make me feel pretty old, yup. FIVE YEARS. HALF A DECADE. It's unbelievable. And the way we've both grown is so incredible! So different to how we were in the beginning.
      Yay! I'm happy you're excited for it, Cait! xx

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  2. Oh wow. Congratulations, Romi! I've known you less than a year, but you've become one of the most prolific blogger I know. You're awesome!

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    1. Thank you, dear. That's so kind of you to say- it's been a glorious year! I'm so happy we met. You're awesome, too! xx

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  3. Congrats lovely! Wishing you much love & fantastic experiences in the future too.

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    1. Thank you, Glaiza! Endless hearts to you. xx

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  4. CONGRATS, ROMI! Five years is a long time, and you've managed to keep it all up while also growing and changing as a blogger, which is awesome. I hope you enjoy your hiatus and come back refreshed and energized! :)

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    1. Aww! Thank you, Vlora! Five years is so long! I can't believe it, and I guess I also can't really believe I've kept it up. It's just stunning to me. I'm terribly excited to go offline, but also to return! Mixed feelings, huh? xx

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  5. Five years is AMAZING. I am only two and a half come December 3rd! You ARE DOUBLE MY AGE XD But actually younger than me in person. *Twilight Zone music*

    Anyway, I have to say that year five of blogging has definitely been your best so far, because it is the year you met MOI! <3 I'm so glad you stumbled upon my blog one day, because now I have an awesome bookish friend and critique partner. *hug*

    Here's to five more years of glorious book blogging :D <3

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    1. IT IS! I am unashamed of my self-pride. *dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun* And so it begins.

      Yup, I think I've enjoyed year five most. It's probably been the most difficult, but... the most rewarding (obvs because I met you). And sharing my writing with you and online and everything, it's just been so wonderful. My awesome critique partner is awesome! I can only hope you'd have found my blog, if I hadn't found yours. DESTINY. xx

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  6. Oh, I had no idea that you had been blogging for so long! Probably because I only started following you somewhat recently. But it's just occurred to me that I've been blogging for just as long as you! It was at about this time, 5 years ago, that I also started blogging O_O Craziness. Anyways, CONGRATS, and if I don't get a chance to talk to you again before you go on your yearly hiatus, then I just want to wish you a happy Christmas, a happy New Year, and an excited pat on your back for the release of your novel!!

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    1. Yup! It's pretty incredible to consider. Yeah... I think it's been around two years, since we've been reading each other's blogs! Which is still quite a while, but I suppose recently in terms! Wow! GO AYLEE! That's awesome, I hope you'll celebrate, too!
      Aah, thank you, lovely! Happy christmas, new year and everything for you, too! xx

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  7. I'm one day late, but still; CONGRATS, ROMI! It's great to see how you've progressed and grown throughout the course of these past five years! I'm new to this and I only know about what you've done this year, but it's really good to see that you enjoy what you're doing and how good you are at it and ah, my noob self really admires that! But really great job, hun, hope to see you around for another couple of years!

    Also, also, I'm going to miss you when you go on your hiatus, you'll probably find me stalking you on wattpad so sorry not sorry for that! I'M NOT READY TO SEE YOU GO! *pats heart*

    ~L. @ Reading Against Time ♥

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    1. That's perfectly okay! It still counts! And thank you! That's really lovely of you, Lili. Uh-huh, I'm really proud of what I've done and how I've changed, how I work these days. I'll definitely stay around for a good while yet, I imagine.

      I'll miss you, too! I'll look forward to seeing you on WattPad! xx

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  8. Congrats on 5 years of blogging, Romi! I've been in a reading funk so haven't been online much, but when I saw it was your blogoversary post I had to come over and celebrate. Another big congrats on releasing Ashes, Ashes. How exciting to make the leap and I hope it's been a good experience for you so far. I wish you the best of luck with your writing endeavorers and blogging adventures, wherever they make take you <3

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    1. THANK YOU! And aaw, thank you so much for coming over, despite that! That means so, so much to me. *endless hugs* AAH! It's terribly exciting! Only about a week to go! *now screaming endlessly* You're totally lovely. Your kindness here means the world. Seriously. Thank you -so- much. xx

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  9. Wow I didn't realize you've been blogging for 5 years already! That's awesome, happy blogoversary! I think it's interesting that every year of blogging brings you something new and changes the way you blog, I also notice that in my own blog, it's like I find my way a bit more every year and try out new things, change how I do others and meet more awesome bloggers. Here's to another great blogging year and enjoy your internet break!

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    1. Yup! It's pretty intense and thrilling! YAY! Aah, thank you, Lola! It definitely is, and remembering each year, if briefly, was so nice. I've enjoyed this one the most, I think- it's given me so much and strengthened me as a person, I think. It's been incredibly important and joyous.
      Yes! Here's to another year of it! xx

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  10. Wow, 5 years! Congratulations!! That's an amazing achievement :) It's interesting to see how each year has been different for you. I'll definitely be checking out your novel on Wattpad!

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    1. Thank you, Nicola! It is pretty great, huh? I'm quite proud of myself (read: intensely). AAH! Thank you so much. I really am touched and thrilled to hear that! xx

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  11. OH WOW five years is so long! All the congratulations, Romi <3 I loved reading about how your blog has had a different kind of approach and focus each year, and has developed so much. And now you're working on your novel... which I can't wait to start reading. Wishing you all the best x

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    1. Uh-huh, it is! Thank you, Olivia! It's nice to think about each year, although my focus shifts have definitely been unintentional. I wonder what 2016'll hold for me, looking back at the other years. Thank you! I'm so happy you're intenting to read it! xx

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  12. 5 years. Honestly... I really love that I have been able to get to know you. I don't blog as much as I used to, but I sure do love to stop by your blog and see what you've been reading and what you're up to. It's people like you and a few others that keep me writing my book reviews even though I don't really do other posts now. I actually entered your giveaway. I don't normally enter because I have enough books to read... but you seem to read books that I would like so I would be interested to see what you have in store for the winner. Once the winner is chosen will you post what books you included??? I'd be curious!! Congrats on 5 years. I can't believe in a few days your blog hiatus starts. (cries in corner).

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    1. Thank you- me too, Angela. It's been an awesome five years! And I'm glad you still blog occasionally, if not as frequently as I'd like! I do really love visiting your blog when you do, though, and it's nice to keep in touch.

      Hmm... I wasn't planning on posting a list of the books, and since I'm going offline tomorrow there isn't really time, this year. xx

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  13. OMG HALF A DECADE. You're such a veteran! Congratulations so much! I always forgot to drop by and check your posts but it's always such a treat when I do remember because they're fantastic. And I didn't know you were on Wattpad! I'll be sure to read some of your stuff. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Uh-huh. It's a long time, and realising it was half a decade was incredible and terrifying. So long! But so much fun, too.
      I am! I've just started posting today, which is totally exciting and terrifying both. SO MANY THINGS ARE TERRIFYING ME. But it's fantastic, so eh. Thank you! xx

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  14. OH NO I MISSED YOUR BLOGOVERSARY WAAAH!!! 5 years is so super duper amazing, and I'm just so in awe with all the things you're able to juggle alongside blogging Romi. You definitely deserve some offline break, see you on the other side lovely xx

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    1. *laughs* But you got here in the END! That's what matters, Joy. *thumbs up* Aah, this is so lovely of you. I feel like the juggling is something I'm struggling with a little more now than before (and let us ignore the unintended rhyme, yes?) and I don't know how it's going to work out, but I guess time will tell, right?
      xx

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