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Celebrating 2 years of blogging // My book blogging firsts

Hello everyone!!!

Since May is my blogiversary month, I thought that this is a good time to reflect on how Sophie’s Corner has come to be, and how far I’ve come since my first blog posts.

To be honest I am a bit nervous and embarrassed to look back on Sophie’s Corners old posts haha. When I started blogging, I had no idea what to write in my blog posts, I also had no idea that people would actually read my posts. The thought that people out there who read what I write frightened me (and… it still kind of does?!)

So today I will be going back to two years ago, May 24, 2017, when I made my first ever blog post. I was living by myself in the small, cold city of London, Ontario, probably snuggled on the couch with a cup of tea, contemplating what to write that people would possibly want to read.

(This post was inspired by Marie’s post about her book blogging firsts. This tag was originally created by Kristen @ Metaphors And Moonlight.)

First blog name and design?

I’ve actually had a few stints with websites and blogging before. When I was in junior high (this was something like 15 years ago, no jokes), I loved all things anime and also did a bit of amateur graphic design, so at this time I started a website (named Setsunakute, after my favourite anime song) with a friend which we maintained for several years. The website has long been taken down from the internet, but…. I was able to find a copy of what Setsunakute used to look like on Dec 7, 2004 thanks to the Wayback Machine!!!

(At this time we actually made our themes from scratch using Photoshop and HTML, so this isn’t too bad, right??!)

It wasn’t until May 2017 when I decided to start Sophie’s Corner. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a screen cap of the very first theme that I had, but here is what this blog looked like probably during my first year of blogging:

As you guys can see, I had a bit more floral action going on, compared to the new nautical theme that I have right now πŸ™‚

First blog post?

My first blog post actually has nothing to do with books. This was back then when I had no idea that I wanted to start a book blog haha. The first post I wrote was about a quote that inspired me, about how we should each have 3 hobbies that we love.

It is a bit embarrassing to read my post from a while ago. It definitely seems like I am struggling with my blogging voice, but I think a bit of myself shines through in this post. For those of you who are interested, here is a link to the post: Find three hobbies you love.

First book review?

Once I discovered the book blogging community, I thought that being a book blogger was ALL about reviewing books. (Boy was I wrong!!!) The first book review I wrote was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which is still one of my favourite fantasy novels to this day.

Looking back on this post, I was surprised that… the way that I write my review hasn’t really changed? Even though I hadn’t decided my review into sections (Characters, Plot and Pacing, Worldbuilding and Writing) as I do now, I still cover these same points except without these headings haha.

First meme participated in?

Once I got involved in the book blogging community, I noticed that everyone was doing these “Top 10 Tuesday” posts… so I quickly jumped on the bandwagon haha. My first post for these meme was Top 10 Fantasy and YA books on my TBR. It’s kind of neat that, to this day, I actually managed to read 5 of the 10 books that I mentioned in this post (Legend, Carry On, Our Dark Duet, The Book Thief, and Everything Everything)…… which is not bad for my mood-reading standards hahah :’)

First discussion post?

It took me a while to write my first book-related discussion post, however my first discussion post was not about books, but rather about.. being an introvert. I felt that introverts are often misunderstood, and that we’re often seen as “quiet,” “shy,” or even “uninteresting.” I had thought that being an introvert was disadvantageous, and because of this I tried for my entire life to become an extrovert. It wasn’t until later when I realized that introversion is a good thing, that we should value ourselves for it.

ANYWAY. So, it took some courage for me to write this post. And to this day, is it one of the favourite posts that I’ve written πŸ™‚

First book blog I followed?

The first book blog that I followed was Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote. I was super impressed with the amount of content on their blog and the organization of their site (and I still am!!!) In my early days of blogging, I had no idea what I was doing, and so Trang and Lashaan’s blog was an inspiration for me. I am really amazed that they have kept up their great work on Bookidote today πŸ™‚

First follower?

It’s really hard to dig back to find who my first follower is!! However here are some of the bloggers that I’ve met when I first started blogging, who still maintain active blogs today:

Melissa @ Bookish Wanderer was one of the first bloggers that I’ve met on WordPress!

I think Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books and I discovered a few weeks that we started blogging at about the same time!

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm was another book blogger that I met early on in my blogging journey.

First book I read because of other bloggers?

I remember very vividly that, about the time when I started blogging, everyone was talking about Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, so I decided that I had to pick it up. It was a fun book that I finished in 1-2 days.

I tag these awesome people!

I would love to hear about your blogging firsts! If you are not tagged above, but would want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

Tell me about your blogging firsts! Do you reread some of your old posts? How has your style changed?

Psst!!! My 2-year blogiversary giveaway is still happening!! I am giving away $40USD and $20USD on BookDepository to 2 lucky winners (available internationally.) Click here (or the happy fishy below) to check out my giveaway post.

32 thoughts on “Celebrating 2 years of blogging // My book blogging firsts

  1. Aah, yes, being a modd reader can be tricky, sometimes you only want to read something very specific, and it doesn’t matter if your TBR is overflowing, if what you’re craving isn’t there…

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    1. Absolutely!! I feel like this all the time when I am looking for a book to read haha. My TBR can be hundreds of books long but I still can’t find exactly the book I’m looking for XD

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  2. Ahh.. the was really fun to look back at your experience!! I didn’t start off as a book blogger either and it was only at the beginning of this year that I became a fully book blog but I definitely enjoy talking about books more than anything so I am glad I became a book blogger.
    I have heard a lot of good things about the name of the wind– but I feel like I only heard about it this year and now I keep seeing it everywhere πŸ˜‚
    I have yet to participate in a book meme but I would love to once– I just need to get a bit more organised πŸ˜‚
    I really love your introvert post as well!! πŸ’•
    I have reread a few of my earlier posts and eekk some of them were a bit hard to read and I have deleted some early ones πŸ˜‚
    I loved reading this post Sophie!! πŸ’•

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    1. Hello Sophie!! It definitely took a while for me to find the book blogging community but I am glad that I did πŸ™‚ I am glad that you’ve become a book blogger and that we’ve met through blogging πŸ™‚
      The Name of the Wind was an awesome fantasy novel, however unfortunately the third book isn’t out yet (and there is doubt that it will ever be out since it’s been a while since the first two books haha.) But if you don’t mind that, it might be a worthwhile read πŸ™‚
      Book memes are fun but they are entirely optional! Some bloggers do lots of memes and others don’t do any. It is up to you πŸ™‚
      Hahahah I know what you mean about re-reading posts. I feel the same way! I think it’s to be expected since our styles change as we grow as bloggers and develop our own voice πŸ™‚
      Thank you ❀ ❀

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      1. Yes the book blogging community is so nice!! Aw… thank you so much!! I’m really glad we met through blogging as well. ❀
        I'm glad you enjoyed it– aw.. hopefully there will be third book so the readers aren't left without knowing what happens. I might still pick it up one day!!
        Yes that's true– maybe I will try book memes one day and see if I like writing them. πŸ™‚
        Yes that's true, our style does change the more we develop our voice so older posts aren't what we would write now.
        You're welcome!! ❀

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  3. I’m kind of amazed you can remember the first blogger you followed Sophie, when I took part in this tag I had to skip that one because I honestly had no clue (my memory is terrible). πŸ™‚
    I found it so much fun looking back over past posts and designs. It’s funny seeing how our blogs and styles have changed; I loved your first design for Sophie’s Corner but I really really love your current design. πŸ™‚ Also when it comes to starting out I feel we all get roped into the Top Ten Tuesday meme. It’s one of the best ways to get into blogging and get our blog name out there isn’t it?
    Great post Sophie, and oh congratulations on two years blogging. ❀️ Here’s hoping there are still many more years to come! πŸ™‚ ❀️

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    1. Hey Beth! I was actually about to tag you in this post but I realized that you just posted this tag as well!! I will go and read your post now πŸ˜€
      Yes! It was definitely fun and nostalgic to look back to see how our blogs came to be haha. Over time, I find that my style (both aesthetically and writing-wise) changed. Glad to hear that you like this new design πŸ˜€
      Haha yes Top Ten Tuesday was fun! It was a great way for me to get to know the book blogging community and to get to know other bloggers πŸ™‚
      Thank you Beth ❀ ❀

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      1. Ha yeah while I do do some tags more than once it would have been hard to come up with different answers for this one! πŸ˜€
        Part of me feels like my aesthetic style has changed more (just based on my blog designs through the years) but maybe I’m just thinking that because I haven’t ever gone back to read my early posts. Yes it’s gorgeous Sophie. ❀️
        It’s a nice way to get started, and to be honest I love writing lists so I just keep posting TTT posts. It’s something different for my blog. πŸ™‚

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      2. Yes our styles change over time which is to be expected! When it comes to graphics, I do find that my style changed compared to when I first started this blog, and I noticed some changes in writing style as well. But you are right that it is hard to notice unless we go back to read our old posts haha πŸ™‚

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  4. Congratulations again on two years of blogging, Sophie!! ❀ I'm so glad you did this tag, it's such a fun way to look back on blogging and how you've grown, how much time has passed, too πŸ™‚ I also thought book reviews were everything and that's all I wrote when I first started blogging haha, things have changed indeed πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Marie!! Yes it is fun and nostalgic to look back on my past blog posts haha. Definitely, there is so much more to being a book blogger than just writing reviews. It’s about spreading the book love in general and getting involved in the community!

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  5. Congrats on 2 years! I have seen this tag before and it’s definitely a great way to remember how it’s all started. My first blog post wasn’t about book review either πŸ˜‚

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  6. Oh, I have no old posts from my first blogs – private on Blogger, then public on Blogger which then moved to WP, and now my latest one which better reflects who I am today after our move. For me, changing blogs is like shedding skin like a snake. It’s an old chapter and I move forward and on.

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    1. Hi Stefanie! Sounds like you’ve had quite a bit of experience with blogging before. That’s great that your current blog is a better reflection of who you are πŸ™‚ I feel the same way!

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  7. Yay! Happy blogiversary Sophie! I’m so happy for you!
    My question for the QandA – what’s your fave childhood book?
    Rafflecopter name: Megan S.

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