My 1st Blogiversary!! ft. Lots of Thank-You’s, a Q&A, and Feedback!!

Somehow I’ve already been blogging for a year??

Time is honestly a conspiracy, and a social construct and idk where it’s gone :’) I launched my blog (with 6 posts on the same day rip) on the 31st of July, 2020 (aka the peak of quarantine in India, and when everyone was either losing their minds or vacationing somewhere.) Even though I can’t believe it’s been a year, I’m immensely grateful for every single one of you, so don’t mind me getting super sappy 🥺💘

ALSO YES I AM LATE SORRY I JUST COULDN’T BE ON TIME IDK WHY MY BRAIN KEEPS PROCRASTINATING, BUT I’M ONLY A DAY LATE!!!

It honestly feels like just yesterday I uploaded six posts together on one day, and expected to blow up online 😭 It took me a while to realise that there were more than three book bloggers on WordPress, and some of the nicest people helped me see that there’s a lot more than that sfkshdjsgf.

Looking back, I’ve also realised that my posts (especially the reviews and tags) are very embarrassing, and it took me a while to find my voice online! Please don’t look at any of my posts before January 2021, I promise both of us will cringe 🥲

I also got cupcakes to celebrate (honestly I’m just celebrating the smallest things with food now, and I promise it’s not just an excuse to be eating more junk)! Even though the cake:frosting ratio is just not right (too much frosting!!!!!), and because we got them delivered, they were slightly melted, they still tasted very good hehe.

Because of blogging, I…

  • Found myself in the books I read AND HONESTLY GUYS FEELING REPRESENTED IS THE BEST FEELING.
  • Started reading diversely. Before blogging, my favourite series was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which I think says enough about how whitewashed my tastes were 😂 (and well Six of Crows, but I still love that lmao)
  • Met the most wonderful people (who I can scream to about books all day, without them judging me), well actually I’m not sure about the judging part, because I can be quite embarrassing.
  • Actually started writing? So, I actually started writing something?? That I liked?? The last time I wrote something I liked would probably be when I was 6, and writing a story about how my cousin stole my cookie asfkshdjshjs. You could check out a few lines from my WIP here 🥺
  • Rearranged my bookshelf, so that it’s a rainbow. YES AND IT’S PRETTY NOW AND I LOVE IT SM ASFKSHDJSHJS EVEN THO I’VE RE-ARRANGED IT LIKE 6 TIMES IN THE PAST MONTH 😭
  • Realised some things about myself?? That I’m not going to share, because I’m still not sure myself :’)

Blog Statistics

Note: Before I start, I just want to make it clear that this is for my own reference, and only so I can see how my blog has grown/document its growth over time.

  • Months on WordPress: 12 (since August, 2020).
  • Follower Count: 501 (475 from WordPress & 26 Email)
  • Amount of likes received: 4,665
  • Amount of comments received: 1,916
  • Number of posts: 66

My Favourite Posts

Book Discussion: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. These Violent Delights is one of my favourite books. Ever. So when I started writing the review, I honestly couldn’t stop, but, I think I managed to convey all my love for the book in this post!

Discussion Post: My Top 12 Favourite Young Adult Books, and What They Mean to Me. I had a small identity crisis while writing this, because I have way too many favourite books, but it was so much fun to gush about all the books that made me cry, and feel represented, so the identity crisis was worth it!

ARC Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. One Last Stop was one of my favourite reads this month, and I’m so grateful to have been able to read an early copy! It was super fun writing the review for it too!

Introducing ‘Feeling Seen’: Featuring Diverse Voices on why Representation in Literature Matters to Them! This project is so important, and even though I’m running slightly late, it was still so wonderful to plan. Everyone who’s sent in a piece has had absolutely stunning writing, that I can’t wait to share.

Evermore Book Tag (original)!! I made this a while ago, and would definitely change my answers to some of the prompts, but it was still loads of fun to make, because I’m still in love with Evermore lmao.

Discussion Post: Talking About Diversity, Inclusivity, and Representation in YA Fantasy + 13 Diverse Recommendations! This post took lots of research, and endless scrolling, but I’m so happy I wrote it, because tbh, I didn’t know about half the stuff in it before I wrote the post! Also, I’m pretty sure everyone could always use diverse recs.

Thank You’s

In this one year of blogging, I’ve made so many amazing friends, and met so many wonderful people. When I started, I literally thought there were like only three book bloggers, but now there are over 500 following just my blog, and I know there are so many thousands out there!! Without them, blogging wouldn’t be the same, and they just make it so much better.

If you’re not included here, that doesn’t mean I don’t love your blog! If I’ve commented on your blog even once, that already means it’s a favourite of mine, and these are just the people I’ve grown slightly closer to!

Honestly, thank you to everyone here, I LOVE ALL OF YOU.

Cherelle, thank you for being the most supportive person, and always writing the sweetest comments that never fail to make my day. /// Amanda, our buddy reads are the absolute best, and I love buddy reading with you sm! /// Katie, you’re the best writing buddy (even though I’m really slacking lmao), and I love you for always hyping up my writing, and sharing the most amazing snippets with me (seriously, I need more!) /// Belle, thank you for continuing to inspire me everyday with your beautifully formatted posts and aesthetic. /// Becky, you’re the absolute sweetest, and I love working with you, your blogs aesthetic is also gorgeous, and ily. /// Eleanor and Abby, both of you continue to inspire me everyday, with your amazing content! /// Naemi, Beck, and April, all three of your posts are honestly so hilarious and relatable, and I crack up every time I open either of your blogs. /// Sofii, your posts always brighten up my day, and your bubbly personality is contagious, ily.

Bertie, your discussions on Ableism are eye-opening, and honestly everything about your blog (from the recommendation posts, to the reviews) is stunning. /// Kaya, thank you for giving me the best book recommendations! /// Sara, you’re practically THE definition of blogging goals, thank you for continuing to inspire me. /// Sam and Prutha, y’all are the nicest and I love talking to you both. /// Caitlyn, Cossette, and Mary, thank you for running such an amazing book club, I love reading books with you guys. /// Birdie, you never fail to add new, diverse books to my tbr, ily. /// Ruby, I love chatting (and being chaotic) with you, you’re the best, xoxo!!! /// Jess, we don’t talk much, but thank you for being so helpful! /// Sophie and Dezzy, again, we don’t talk much either, but you both are the sweetest people ever, and I love all your content sm! /// Phoenix, your long monthly wrap-ups are truly iconic, and I love talking to you in the comment section. /// Ashmita, your posts are honestly so creative and you inspire me everyday! /// Last but not least, to Nehal, Riddhi, Tiction, and Aanya, all of you at TWC make me laugh, thank you!

Q&A + Feedback Form (Below)

So, because it’s been a year, and a lot of you know close to nothing about me, I’m having a Q&A! You can fill your question(s) in the form that I’ve embedded below, or if it doesn’t show for you, you can also click here!

Feedback Form!

I also really want feedback, so whenever you’re free, please pop on over to the form attached below. They’re mostly all multiple choice questions, and it won’t take you more than two minutes. If you can’t see the embedded form, you can also click here!

When’s your Blogiversary? Did you fill in the feedback form? (Please do, I’m desperate lmao). I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH, THANK YOU 🥺💗

102 thoughts on “My 1st Blogiversary!! ft. Lots of Thank-You’s, a Q&A, and Feedback!!”

  1. Congratulations on one year blogging! Honestly, your blog posts are absolute goals, and they’re one of the main reasons why I wanted to start blogging as well. Your blog graphics are *chef’s kiss*. Please tell us more about your WIP! It’s comforting to see other writers share their progress because writing can sometimes be lonely.

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  2. AHAANA!!!! Congratulations!!! Blogiversaries are so big, the fact that you spent a whole year writing in this blog, publishing your thoughts for others to read, and you’ve stuck with it??? That’s amazing!!! And dang those cupcakes look delicious haha. I literally laughed at my shoutout, my wrap ups really have become iconic haha (though I think they might be getting shorter, ever since I took out the monthly awards). Also, I totally would have filled out your Q&A form but whenever I’m asked to ask something my mind immediately blanks of all questions I could ask. I mean, I kind of thought of ‘do you have any siblings’ and ‘what do you do when you arent reading/blogging’ but those are idk kinda generic. You can use them though if you want!
    Once again congratulations, and I hope you have another amazing year of blogging!

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    1. THANK YOU!! omg right? i literally can’t believe it haha. lmao my brother picked them, so i was apprehensive about how they would taste, but they were actually really good?? omg yes, i noticed your last wrap-up had only one part, i see them growing shorter hahahaha 👀 ahh that’s okay! thank you 🥺💗

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      1. Yeahhhh my blogiversary is at the end of this month and I’m kinda shocked it’s been so long already! Haha well I’m glad they were good! Yah, I took out the monthly awards a few months ago and shortened it to one post, so it’s not even very long anymore, kinda just a normal wrap up post.

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  3. congrats on your blogiversary!! the book community’s helped me read diversely too I totally understood when you said sjm books were your favourite before because same 😭 its really helped me discover much better and more diverse types of books too and I’m so thankful for that haha and I’m super new to your blog so I will need to stalk a bit more before sending feedback but from what I’ve seen your blog is so pretty and your posts are really well written, I love everything about it!!

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  4. Wow, congratulations on a year of blogging, Ahaana! 🥳💛 I have loved your blog right from the beginning and it made me so happy to read all things you now do, such as diversifying your reading. I remember us both gushing about These Violent Delights, such an incredible book!!! Your cupcakes look gorgeous too 😍 I’m looking forward to all the posts you have coming up!

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  5. Happy 1 Year Blogiversary! Yay! You’ve had an incredible year and it’s lovely to see that blogging has had a positive impact on your life! I always enjoy reading your posts, they’re so creative and insightful and I look forward to reading more of them in the future! ❤️✨

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  6. OMG Congrats on one year!! That’s amazing, and I’m just realizing I think I missed my blog’s one year ): It sounds like you’ve made some great discoveries about yourself/books which is so cool. Thanks for being an awesome mutual (:

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  7. ahaana!!! happy one-year blogiversary!! enjoy ur cupcakes (there is no such thing as too much frosting though 🤧) haha, u deserve it <33 thank u for mentioning me, ur one of my closest blogger friends as well ilysm 🥺🥺 i’m so glad i got to know u (and also i’m slacking on writing as well dw!) happy blogiversary again bestie!!!

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  8. Congratulations so much Ahaana!!! This is honestly so wonderful!
    I still remember when you reached out to me when you had just started blogging, asking me the most basic questions, and it’s honestly wonderful to have seen your blog grown! I mean you even have your own book club sorta thing on discord! You even have your own YouTube channel! That’s just really wow!

    Also glad me and the rest if the TWC could make you laugh!

    My questions-
    1. What does your name mean? Do you like it? If no, what would you change it to?

    2. In which era would you time travel to and why?

    3. What is your height?

    4. Would you ever change your blog name?

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  9. OH MY GOSH congrats on a year of blogging ahaana! I’ve loved getting to know you and reading all of your fantastic posts! thank you so much for the shoutout🥺 you seriously have the best book recs though, much more than me LOL. here’s to many more years of blogging💜

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  10. Dude we barely know each other, but this was such a wholesome post!! I love how your form was so detailed, and i’m going to be spending the rest of my evening answering it :)) also, your blog evolution is just iconic and ah can i just say this post gave me so much serotonin!!! i could feel the happiness through my screen hehehe <33 happy blogiversary and here's to many moreee!!!!

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  11. Ahh… Happy Blogiversary 💕🎉 You’ve been blogging for a year, yaaayyyy!! Honestly, your content would make me think you’ve been blogging for a lot longer, it’s sooo good. It took me like a year and a half to even format posts, i was so bad, in my defence I only did like 6 posts in that time haha!! It is so wonderful to see how much you love blogging and the community you’ve found, it is just such a heartwarming post to read. Thank you for joining the book blogging community because you and your blog are stunning!! I can’t wait to see what the future brings for you because you deserve all good things!! Thank you so much for mentioning me, it’s so sweet and I don’t deserve you so thank you !! Also, you saying you thought there were only like a few book bloggers in the world was literally me, I thought that would be a small number of bloggers to follow and I could just talk to them all haha!! and this… ‘honestly I’m just celebrating the smallest things with food now’, thank you, just thank you because I agree with this wholeheartedly.

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  12. omg giirl congratulations of one year!! 💖 your blog and personality are *chef’s kiss* okay and your posts make my day! also you should stop being such an icon, it makes my heart cry :”) and ahh those cupcakes!! im so glad you’re celebrating small things too ❤
    THANK YOU for always being there for me and my blog and supporting like, literally everyone in this community!! SO proud to have you here lovely 💕 lysm ahaana, keep this wonderful streak going <333

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  13. Ahhh, sorry for being so late to this! (I may have inadvertently flooded my room and have been very busy trying to get the damage under control 🙈😭) BUT CONGRATULATIONS!! 🥳🥳🥳 One year on WordPress is pretty epic, and, to be honest, I already thought your first posts were really good. Don’t sell them short! And OMG, I want one of those cupcakes! 🧁
    Also, your shoutout just made my day, Ahaana! 💕 I’m so happy to hear you like my somewhat deranged sense of humor 😂

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  14. eeepppp!! happy blogiversary, ahaana! you continuously inspire me as well 💖 i always look forward to your content whenever you post. you’ve made amazing progress with your blog, and i’m so happy for you!! can’t wait to see how you and your blog will evolve with the years to come. i’ll always be supporting your work 😘 thank you for always popping by my blog just to comment and spread love.

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  15. OMG, Ahaana!!! I’m SO excited & happy for you!!!! 😭 HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, my love!!! 🎉🎉🎉You deserve all the love and support in this world, you know I’m a huge fan of your work, and this post is adorable, all your emotion and appreciation is felt. ❤️❤️
    It’s an honor to be mentioned next to so many wonderful people, I thank you deeply for your words, it means a lot to me, I love you!!!! 🥺
    I hope many more Blogiversaries full of good things to come! 👏🏻✨✨✨

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  16. Congratulations on a year of blogging, Ahaana!! (And it’s so cool that we share a blogiversary! 🎉 ) The impact you’ve made with your blog is just outstanding, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your posts, whether they be beautifully written reviews that make me want the book in my hands or insightful and fascinating discussions 🙌 Keep up the amazing work!! You go girl!!

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  17. Congratulations on 1 year of blogging Ahaana!!! 🎉 A Q&A is a lovely way to celebrate (and the cupcakes too of course!) I’ve submitted a couple of questions 📚❤️ X x x

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  18. AHAANA!! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MY FRIEND 🥳🥺💖 omg you deserve all those cupcakes and more!! 🧁

    thank you so much too for sharing your reflections ❤️, i resonated with many especially reading more diversely, i’m looking back on my reading choices of previous non-blogging years and am quite ashamed! ah i’m you’re #1 fan of your writing after just reading one snippet of it, please share more one day if you like to! also, rainbow book shelf supremacy! 😩✋

    no you’re the one who is the most supportive, kindest blogger whose comments i always save for one of the lasts so i can get ridiculously happy and reply it!! 🥺 i honestly agree with everyone up there you’re such an amazing blogger, one who writes so engagingly (your posts give me the much needed serotonin in my week), with a gorgeous blog aesthetic but also one who has so much passion which conveys so well even over a screen! you’re a huge inspiration and truly one of the bloggers i look up to so much omg 💖

    i’m going to head over and fill in the two forms i hope i’m not too late ahh! but once again CONGRATS!! i love your blog so much sorry that was a huge heartfelt ramble hehe… i can’t wait to see how much more it will grow and cheers to the next milestone! ily 💛💛

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  19. Gosh how did I miss this post. *facepalms and apologises for being late*
    Happy one year on wordpress, ahaana!! Your blog is seriously awesome and aesthetic, and I hope you’d keep blogging for many more years💕 best of luck and happy reading!!

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BLOGVERSARY! Can’t believe that you’ve been blogging for only a year because you feel like a seasoned blogger with years of experience. Wishing you all the best for the future! ❤

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  21. I AM RIDICIOULY LATE BUT HAPPY BLOGVERSEY AHAANA!!!
    1. CUPCAKES!!! i am in full support of celebrating the smallest things with dessert (though one year blogging is hardly a small feat, so proud of you <3). also YES if the ratio is not right, the whole balance of the cupcake is out of whack
    2. ahh no thank YOU for being the absolute best!! i love your blogging voice and you are the sweetest person ever, reading your blog is always a joy!!
    heres to another great year!!!

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  22. Congratulations!! So happy for you, and hoping for many more years to come! You have accomplished SO much in a year- I remember my first year in, I think I had like five followers because I was too scared to talk to anyone haha.(Also I need to have you come to my house and rearrange my shelves- I have tried SO many times to do rainbow and I failed spectacularly ever time!) I will definitely fill out your form, too!

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  23. omg i know i’m late but congratulations on one year with your blog! i really enjoy reading through the content you post, be it reviews or blog tours or any other type of post (i’d fill this in through your feedback form, but it isn’t working for me rip)… here’s to hoping you keep getting to do what you love in life!

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  24. OMG WHY I AM SO LATE SEEING THIS?? BUT HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BESTIE!!💓 eat all the cupcakes you want and celebrate in fashion (but save some for me too . . .)! i love working with you and i’m so glad i know you in the blogging community!! you are one of the most sweetest and funniest bloggers i’ve met and ily too!! 🔥

    your diverse reading made me read more diversely now so thank YOU for making me healthier and making me smile whenever my mental health is not okay 🥰🥰 i hope you know you are so very beautiful and i am one of your very many fans (teehee)😭

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  25. Ahaana, I’m unforgivably late to this post, but late as I am, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! 🥳🥳 You are one of the sweetest and loveliest and most talented people I’ve met in the blogosphere, and I love reading everything you write. It’s an honor and delight to scream with you about books 🥺 Please keep doing what you’re doing ❤️❤️

    And omg thank you so much for mentioning me here along all these incredible bloggers—you and your blog inspire me so much as well 😭💗

    Again, a million and one congratulations Ahaana!! ❤️🎉 I can’t wait to see where the next year takes you. Here’s to many more milestones ahead! You deserve them all 🥺 (And sorry again for being so late 😭)

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