Celebrating 1 year of blogging // Announcing my first Q&A!

CELEBRATING 1 YEAR OF BLOGGING

Hello everyone!

What? Have I been blogging for A YEAR?! According to WordPress, I made my first blog post on May 24, 2017. Apparently.

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Yup. It’s official. Sophie’s Corner is one year old. First of all, I want to thank everyone for supporting me and reading what I have to say. I started out with one sad follower (me), and now I am proud to have over 500. I love the blogging community so much, because you guys always have kind and positive words to say. (Did I mention that this is my 152nd post!? And that I’ve written 92K words in blog posts – that’s like a NOVEL!)

This past year has been at times tough and stressful for me. As you guys may know, I moved across the country with my dog in January, leaving my friends and family behind. I started a new job, which is challenging because involved a different area of specialty and a new group of coworkers. Everything was new and overwhelming, but it was a relief to see that my blog friends and blogging community remained the same.

(No worries, I am all settled down now :’) )

What I am thankful for

#1: Never running out of books to read.

Before I found the book blogging community, there moments when I wanted to read, but didn’t know WHAT to read. Now I have the opposite problem- My TBR is always overflowing, and it is a matter of choosing what book to read next. 

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#2: Finding books that I enjoy.

Thanks to book blogging, I’ve become pretty good at choosing books that I end up enjoying. Maybe it’s because I read book reviews more often, or because I get stellar recommendations from fellow book bloggers!

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#3: Being a voracious reader.

Before blogging, I didn’t read much at all, especially since university drained all my time and energy. 12 books a year would be an accomplishment. When I met the book community, I was amazed by how much everyone reads. This influenced me to read more, and I became fascinated by books again.

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#4: Finding my writing voice.

When I wrote my first few (quite embarrassing) blog posts on WordPress, I couldn’t quite get my voice and my personality just right. I was writing words, but I didn’t feel like they were an accurate reflection of myself. Now, 150 posts later, I think I am finally writing me.

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#5: Having the motivation to write.

Even though I’ve loved writing for a long time, it’s always been an on-and-off hobby for me. I would have bursts of inspiration, and then… nothing. Around the time I started blogging, I also began to take writing me seriously. I am so thankful that there are people who care about my WIP, whether I post snippets, aesthetics or just a blurb. It means a lot to me and it encourages me to continue going. I am also inspired by the other writers that I’ve met through blogging, who remind me to never give up on my dream.

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#6: Meeting a group of amazing people.

AKA. You guys! It always makes me happy to read your comments and feedback on my posts. I learned that blogging is more than just writing, it is about the interaction with the community as well. It is because of you all that I keep doing what I do. Thank you ❤

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Q&A

I am actually a bit nervous since I’ve never done a Q&A before! However I’ve seen other bloggers do this for their blogiversary so I thought I’d give it a try. So… Any questions you’ve all been dying to ask me!? (Reading, writing, blogging, DIY, life!?) Ask away!! 🙂

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63 thoughts on “Celebrating 1 year of blogging // Announcing my first Q&A!

    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Kristin!! Wow I guess that means that we’ve started blogging at around the same time?? Happy blogiversary to you too!!
      Thanks for the questions!! The answers will be posted soon 🙂

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  1. Vanessa says:

    I read a blog post that you’re getting married?! What season is your wedding? How long have you known the lucky guy?

    Bookish question: If you could meet any author living or dead, who would it be?

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  2. MichaelK says:

    Congratulations!!! You have done great and you should be so proud of yourself!!! I am so happy to have met you here and I am grateful for your appearance in Ex Libris and our discussions in the comments. I can think of no questions right now, mainly because you share so much of you with us and this is great!

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  3. Marie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, SOPHIE! ❤ I am so, so happy that we've met thanks to blogging and that you've been at it for one year, you're doing amazing and I love your little corner of the internet and everything you put out there so much.
    Alright, so bare with me, as I have a couple questions haha, I have to take that chance 😛
    1. What's one book you discovered thanks to blogging that you ended up LOVING to bits?
    2. What's one place you dream of visiting, fictional, then non-fictional?
    3. What's your editing process like? (Not trying at all to fish out for advice. oops). And your writing process? Does it change with every story you write?
    4. How do you organize your blogging life? Meaning, how do you handle working life and blogging? 😀

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  4. Hope says:

    Happy blogiversary!!! I can’t believe it’s been a year! You’ve accomplished so much!

    – What’s your all-time favorite TV-show, the one you always go back to and watch over and over again?
    – What’s the one book you never get tired of?
    – Who is the biggest influence in your life?

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  5. Sieran Lane says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary and having written so many posts!! It’s great that blogging is helping you to read and write (your WIPs) more, because so far, it’s making me read and write less, just because the blog posts take so long…But I’ll eventually find my balance!

    Hmm what are some of your favorite fictional villains? And why?

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Sieran! You are right that blogging takes a lot of time, which means less time for reading and writing. I think for me blogging influences me to read and write, and if I hadn’t started blogging, I might be doing other things with my time haha 🙂
      Thank you for your question! I’ll have to think about that one 🙂

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  6. Zoie says:

    Yay congrats Sophie!! 🎉🎉🎉 I’m surprised you’ve only been blogging for a year — your voice and writing style is really strong and personalized, so I’ve always thought you’ve been blogging for longer than that. 😊 I’m still trying to solidify my writing voice, but I think I’m finally getting there!

    Anyways, here are some questions I would love to hear your answers to!

    ~ What is your opinion on adults reading YA? Do you feel like you’re able to pick apart stories deeper than most teens reading the same book, simply due to you having more life experiences & wisdom? What pulls you towards YA books?

    ~ How do you balance work life and reading? I’m always curious about other bookworms’ reading habits 😋

    ~What is a quote from a book that really resonated with you — and maybe one that you live by because it’s so meaningful to you?

    I’m looking forward to your future Q&A post, Sophie! Congrats again on your one-year blogiversary!! 😆

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Zoie for your sweet and encouraging comment! I do think that you have a distinct voice and style in your blog posts. Keep it up and I’m sure you will get there! I am still learning as well.
      Wow these are some great questions! I’ll have to think about my answer haha 🙂 can’t wait to answer them!

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  7. ivysbooks says:

    Happy blogaversary! 500 followers in one year is god going. Well done. I hope I can do as well as you. Not that amount of followers is the point of a book blog, but the more people I can reach with recommendations when I find an amazing book the better, right? Any tips for blogging? 😊

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Ivy! Thank you for the sweet comment 🙂 I think getting new followers is something that we all can’t help but think about, because part of our reason for blogging is to engage with the community, right? I’ll have to think about what blogging tips I can provide. Will post my answer soon 🙂

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  8. thebooklovingpharmacist says:

    Sophie! Congrats on 500 followers and one year of blogging! Its awesome that I found a fellow pharmacist through here.

    So my question is, how do you do it?! With work and life in general sometimes I feel like I dont have the time to read and blog, plus normal life stuff. Maybe I need some better time management!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello! I am so glad that we met as well 🙂 It is amazing to find another pharmacist through book blogging, of all things!
      Balancing work, blogging, and life is definitely tough! I’ll have to think about the answer and will post it soon 🙂 Thank you!

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  9. miscellanypages says:

    Wow, congratulations! You have done so well to gain so many followers in just one year. I really enjoy reading your blog, it is so varied and entertaining.

    My question is:

    Which book have you read that surprised you the most? Whether it turned out completely different to what you initially thought, changed your mind about a genre or went against your expectations of a particular author…

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  10. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Congratulations on reaching your one-year blogiversary Sophie! 🙂 ❤ That's such a great achievement and I hope there are many more years ahead of you on WordPress still. 😀
    I'm definitely thankful that I'll never run out of books to read. Thanks to blogging I feel like for every book I move off my TBR list onto my read list, I've added five more that I need to get around to ASAP (I need a better way to manage my TBR list that's for sure).
    My questions are below for you, I can't wait to see your Q&A answer post, and again congrats on the one-year blogiversary! 😀 ❤
    + What is the best thing you discovered through blogging?
    + If you could go back in time and offer the Sophie of one year ago just starting out blogging one piece of advice what would it be?
    + Do you have any exciting future plans for the next year; either in terms of your blog or your real life?
    + What has been the best book you've read since you started blogging, the book you'd get everyone in the world to read if you could?
    + What bookish world would you love to travel to?

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  11. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Happy bloggiversary!! And well done on all the posts- that’s amazing!! And I love the fact that you put your TBR as something to be thankful for, because I think too often we forget how awesome that is. And I love finding books that I enjoy from blogging 😀 And meeting people on the blogosphere has been amazing!! I’m going to ask what first motivated you to write? And what book world would you most like to live in? 😀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello 🙂 Thank you for your sweet words ❤ I think I am among the very few bloggers who are thankful for their TBR – I remember too vividly how it feels to NOT have one!
      These are some great questions and I look forward to answering them! I'll post them soon 🙂

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  12. fromsumaiya says:

    Awww, I just came across your blog now and this post is kinda inspiring. My blog is still very early days and it’s nice to read how far you’ve come and how much you feel blogging has helped you! So I guess my question is there anything you would say/recommend to someone who is just joining the blogging world? :p

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you! I’m glad that you enjoyed this post. I definitely remember just starting out as a blogger and how new everything seems. I am not an expert but I’ll try to come up with some tips 🙂 Will post them along with the other answers soon!

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  13. saimakazmi says:

    Happy birthday Sophie’s Corner, thanks for putting this up. I have no where near written anywhere close to how much time and effort you must have put here. But since I only recently started blogging this blog post is very positive and encouraging.

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  14. Kat Impossible says:

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I have a couple questions I always like to ask other bloggers, so here you go: What’s a food you could never live without? If you could become best friends with any character, who would you choose? Would you rather be able to live inside your favourite book or have characters from all books except your favourite ones visit you in our world`?

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