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Celebrating 3 years of blogging // Answering all your questions about blogging!

Hi everyone!

I’m back today to answer more of your questions! First of all I just want to thank everyone who has participated in the giveaway. I know the blogiversary celebration has come at a time when there are terrifying things going on in the world, but hopefully the giveaway (and these posts) have lightened everyone’s moods at least a little bit. I will announce the winner this coming Friday!

Nia asked… What your absolute favourite moment or memory from blogging for three years? Megan asked… What’s your best blogging moment since starting your blog?

For me, blogging is an accumulation of small positive moments, like when my post receives likes or comments or pingbacks, or when I write a blog post about a book or a topic that I am passionate about.

However if I were to think of one big lightbulb moment, it would be back in May 2017 when I first started this blogging. It was a beautiful moment when I had my first follower, my first like and my first comment.

It was an amazing feeling that, wow, there are actually people out there who wants to read my random rambles?!! This was the reason why I decided to continue blogging – because people actually care about what I have to say haha.

Calvin asked… What’s the funniest thing that’s happened during the start of your site?

Hmmm. I actually can’t think of anything that is “ha-ha” funny.

One amusing thing is how blogging became part of my weekly routine. It’s become so ingrained in me that I would feel weird if I were to go a week or two without writing blog posts, replying to comments, or do any other blogging activities.

Lisa asked… Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? What do you hope you will have achieved? Do you think you will be still blogging?

Oh boy! What a question! In five years’ time I hope to have a family and maybe, fingers crossed, even a published book or so under my belt?! (Hopefully that’s not too much to wish for??! Then again traditional publishing is a long and windy road so who knows!) I hope to continue writing and reading. And I hope to still be blogging too!

Life can be unpredictable, there will be hiatuses (though I hope to always announce them beforehand) and at times I might have to scale back on my twice-weekly blogging frequency, however there are aspects that I really like about blogging that I hope to hang onto. I love being able to keep a record of the books I read (otherwise with my memory I’d forget which books I’d read and what I liked about them!) as well as tracking my own personal goals from month to month.

Marie asked… What would be one of your biggest goals as a blogger? P1ncessdeby asked… How do you see your blog in the future?

I want to keep blogging in the long-term, which means being able to adapt with big changes in my life that are coming up in the future. I also want to keep blogging about books and topics that matter to me. I want to expand my social media presence on Twitter and Instagram too (but it always feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day!)

Bn100 asked… What’s your favourite blog post on your site?

Oh boy, how do I pick?? I feel like all my blog posts are my babies haha. Since we’re going down memory lane, I thought I’d dig up this old post that is very personal to me about being an introvert. Even though this post was written over 3 years ago, it still rings true to me.

Margaret asked… If you could interview any author on your blog, who would it be and why?

Oh hmm!! My answer probably changed a lot over the years haha. I would want to interview Kelly Yang, the author of Front Desk (a MG novel about a young girl who works for the front desk of her family’s motel.) Of all the novels I’ve ever read, Front Desk is one that I can relate to a lot because I (like the author) had immigrated to Canada from China at a young age. I would love to hear from Kelly regarding her own childhood and how this inspired her writing.

Bludgers and Broomsticks asked… Has there any been any topic you didn’t want to write about in your blog?

I try to stay away from politics because… blogging is supposed to be fun for me, an escape from the real world. I recognize that politics is important and I appreciate reading posts and articles about political issues. I think it’s wonderful when people talk about important issues. But I just try to stay away from that here on my blog.

Aria asked… How do you decide what blog posts to write?

I would like to say that I have an elaborate and organized spreadsheet system (or at least a crystal ball to glimpse into) but there really is no rhyme and reason to what I decide to write about! Sometimes inspiration strikes and I sit down and type out a discussion post on the fly. Other times I look into my stash of pending reviews and tags and post one that I feel like posting. Every other week I have a writers’ corner post (either a guest post or an author interview) and at the end of the month I have my wrap-up. When I keep up this pattern I figure out what I’m writing 99% of the time 🙂

Veshee asked… What do you do when you hit a blogging slump?

Blogging slumps are the worst (right up there with reading slumps!) Although I love blogging, admittedly my heart sometimes isn’t in it. Sometimes there are bigger things happening on in my life and I just don’t have time, or I have other things on my mind.

What I find helps is to stick to my twice-weekly blog post routine so that I won’t fall out of my rhythm. I keep a stash of reviews (already typed up) that take little effort to whip up into a blog post if I’m at loss as to what to write. Sometimes it’s also helpful to take a step back from blogging and have a hiatus. I try to plan these out so that I have a definite date to come back, and usually I feel refreshed and ready to go again afterwards!

Bookscoopular asked… Can you tell me your favorite book blogger atm?

Oh darn this is the hardest question! Either I name no one here or I give a long list haha……. I guess we’re going with the long list 😂

Okay in no particular order:

  • Marie has been one of the first bloggers I’ve ever met! She’s so kind and her amazing blog always inspires me.
  • Lois is another one of the bloggers that I’ve known since I was a wee little book blogger!
  • Sophie is so sweet and I really love chatting with her!
  • Jai Lynn, Margaret and Joe are some of my favourite blogger-writer pals. We keep each other accountable and cheer each other on!
  • I also really enjoy chatting with Caro! She’s also like the read-a-thon queen haha. It amazes me how much she reads!
  • I think Kristi and I started blogging at around the same time!
  • I love Kat’s write tags which are always SOOOO fun to do and they inspire my writing.
  • I met Charlotte, Abi and Juli recently and they are lovely and fun to chat with 🙂
  • I really love Goldie‘s blog where she writes musings about all sorts of topics. She wrote a guest post here too!

Let me know how you would answer some of these questions!

28 thoughts on “Celebrating 3 years of blogging // Answering all your questions about blogging!

  1. We can all agree that having your first like, follower or comment is one of the best moments in blogging. I got so proud when I reached my 100 followers lol.

    It’s interesting that you stay away from politics.

    Thank you for the bloggers’ recommendation! Would check them out. I knew Marie and Sophie but the rest are new bloggers to me.

    Glad to know about you more and congrats on reaching 3 years blogversary!

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    1. Hi Rasya! Yes 100 followers was an exciting milestone for me too! As for politics, I like to keep abreast of the news and respond to other bloggers’ posts about political topics, but I just find it intimidating to write about on my blog.
      Thank you so much 🙂 Hope that you are doing well Rasya!

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  2. Front Desk is the first book a student recommended to me on my first day as a librarian in January. I still haven’t gotten to read it because COVID and school closures meant we don’t have a way to receive our book orders 😦

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    1. Hi Katie 🙂 Front Desk is one of my favourites because the main character came from a similar background as me! I hope that the COVID situation will improve where you are living 🙂 and that you will have a chance to read this book soon!

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  3. I am one of your favourite bloggers!? *sobs* that means so much to me. I always love it so much when you take part in the write tags, because hearing about your projects is so fascinating. I’ve said it a couple times now, but happy belated blogiversary and I’m so happy to have met you through blogging!

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  4. Aww thank you for mentioning me 💞 it’s lovely talking to you too and I’m so glad we found each others blogs ☺️ I definitely relate to the first comment, like and follower being a big moment of becoming a blogger. When you first post something it’s terrifying and feels kind of unreal when you realise that someone’s actually read it, especially if it’s then led to them following your page too.
    Aww I hope you get to interview Kelly Yang one day, it would be wonderful to see the Q&A between both of you. And good luck with getting published, I’d say you’re well on your way with finished projects and a mentor right now. 💞

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    1. Hi Charlotte! I absolutely remember that surreal moment when I realized that someone was reading my post haha. It was a wonderful but also terrifying feeling at the same time! Thank you so much! I am happy that we met each other through blogging too ❤️

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  5. I love this post! After 5 years of blogging my best blogging moment was earlier this year 🥰 I don’t remember my first like but I do remember what it felt like and it is so so cool!

    I followed everyone you recommended at the end of your post as I am trying to interact better with other bloggers. Thank you for the recommendations 💜

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  6. “blogging is an accumulation of small positive moments” that is definitely how I feel as well and you worded is so well. It is a lovely feeling when you get a comment or a like. I still remember my first one and it was definitely a feeling of elation !!
    It is so exciting to hear that you want to blog long-term, it also makes me very happy to hear. It is a very enjoyable hobby and while it might have to be adapted to your life at the time, I think it would be lovely to keep it going. I am sure you will have a published book one day and I will 100% buy it !!
    Blogging slumps can definitely happen but I loved hearing about all your advice, very helpful !!
    Aw.. thank you so much for mentioning me, I always love talking to you as well (and reading your posts of course) 💞💞
    Happy 3 years of blogging as well, that is amazing !!!! *dance party*

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    1. As a blogger I can never forget the first moment when I realized there are other people who are reading my posts haha! Thank you so much for your support for my writing journey ❤️ I am glad that we’ve met through blogging and I enjoy reading your posts as well. Wishing you all the best!

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  7. Omg you’re so sweet 😊 thank you so much for mentioning me!
    I loved your answers! I especially relate to having a spreadsheet of posts to write but then not sticking to it anyway 😂 I adore your writer’s corner posts and hope you’ll keep them coming. I haven’t been writing much lately but reading them always inspires & motivates me to get back into it.

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    1. Hi Juli!! Haha yes I have a spreadsheet of “post ideas” but don’t have much luck sticking to it. I end up writing whatever post I feel like anyway 😂 I’m so glad that you enjoy the writers’ corner posts and find them inspiring!

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  8. *cries* you are so kind. Thank you so much for the mention. I adore your posts and I love reading your writers posts and getting an insight into your creative process. I guarantee you’ll get published. Happy 3 years blogging and here is to many more. 😁💕

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    1. Hi Lois! I adore your blog as well and I am glad that we met through blogging ❤️ Thank you for your sweet words and I’m so glad to hear that you like my writing posts! Here’s to many more years of blogging 😊

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  9. Ooh I would love for you to be able to interview Kelly Yang! I would read that in a heartbeat, especially given how much you can relate to the experiences she writes about.
    Ahhh thank you so much for listing me among your favorites, I am deeply honored! I’m so glad that I can help cheer you on in your writing 😀

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  10. Aww Sophie ❤ You are one of my favorite blogger buddies too!! And I agree, the best blogging moments are the little things. A like, a comment, a follow… all those little things just mean so much. It's like reaching out your hand to the world and the world is responding to you and reaching back. Like you aren't just shouting into the void, but there's someone out there listening. It's one of the nicest feelings in the world, and I feel like, as writers, it's a feeling we all can relate too and what we strive for. For our words to reach out and touch other people. That's something you definitely have accomplished, I for one, love reading your posts!! ❤

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    1. You’re so sweet Jai Lynn! I am glad that we met through blogging too ❤️ I know what exactly you mean about reaching a hand out to the world! When I wrote my first few blog posts it really did feel like I was shouting into the void, but it was wonderful when people started replying to my posts. Yes I agree that we’re striving for this feeling as writers (whether it’s for a blog post or for fiction!)

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  11. Congrats on 3 years of blogging!! I’m so glad you enjoy chatting. I love your discussion posts, I think I found you through your audiobook one and I’ve been here ever since!

    I wish I had a blogging routine, I’ve been doing this for nearly two years now and I’m still just making it up as I go. 😅 I really have no idea where I’ll be in 5 years time but I hope to continue blogging and being part of this community, and I hope you’ll still be here too! 😄❤

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    1. Hi Abi!! I’m glad to hear that you like my discussion posts. I haven’t written many recently but hoping to ramp it up soon haha 🙂
      Haha no worries. I think everyone blogs differently- some bloggers have a schedule and others don’t. I stick to a schedule just because I like to plan everything haha. I’m hoping that we’ll both continue blogging in 5 years time too 🙂

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  12. Awww Sophie thank you so much, i’m so happy and honored to be mentioned here ❤ I think we've met… wow, a long time ago indeed ahah, it's so wonderful to see we both kept on blogging all this time ❤ and i so get it about the blogging routine: it feels SO strange to step back from it now that we're so used to it haha 🙂

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    1. Hi Marie!! Yes it’s been a long time that we’ve known each other, and I’m glad that we kept in touch through blogging and that we’re both still blogging now. Here’s to many more years of blogging to come 🙂

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