Welcome to my weekly recap where I share what happened last week
My featured section for this week is my…
First Blogiversary Edition
In my What a Week : Blogging Tip: Does your blog design work for you? we shared our thoughts about blog design [thank you all for all your comments, you are all fabulous! 🙂 ].
and I realized I haven’t changed my blog design for months!
So… I wondered… Could it be??? Could it be that after blogging for a year… I’m getting over my blog identity crisis??!!
Could it be that… I AM MATURING PEOPLE!?? 🙂
Because bloggers/blogs seem to have a life cycle. Well, at least I seem to have one.
I started as a wish, as a-want-to-be-a-blogger “soul”.
Then I was an “unborn” blogger forming in the womb.
Then I was “born” and, as all living things, I “grew” and “matured”
So I’m tuning ONE YEAR OLD next Thursday March 25th and
today I’m kicking off my First Blogiversary Week Extravaganza sharing my story. It all started in…
I still remember when I was a blogger soul waiting to be born!
From The Guf [that mystical place where souls wait to be born] my unborn soul used to stalk the Blogosphere for hours and admire its dwellers. They weren’t ethereal beings likes me. They were marvelous solid creatures! Fully fleshed book bloggers living THE DREAM!
Ohhh what a beautiful sight it was [Sigh…]
So I read a lot about starting a blog and the desire to be a blogger grew too big for the ephemeral Guf and gravity took over.
And… My blogger Soul fell!
Oh the fall! Falling was marvelous! My soul roared I’M DOING THIS!
I knew others bloggers souls were falling with me! I couldn’t see them yet but I could feel them!
Ghostly, invisible, like tiny snowflakes, utterly unnoticed… we entered the Blogosphere.
Floating in my amniotic sac, in the blessing of my anonymity, I created my social media accounts
It was FUN though! like magic! Puff! A sidebar! Puff! Two sidebars!
Puff! All sidebars gone! And puff! They were all back again!
Puff! A new page! A new menu! Puff! Gone!
SO MUCH FUN!!!!
BUT every time I thought “OOOOK! I’m ready! I’m ready to be born!”
I would discover another “important” missing feature
Until Finally I said…
“Daniela STOP! Just get out there!”
So on March 25, 2015 I closed my eyes and I clicked “publish your site” and posted my first post…
with a very, very, very, silent cry… a new blogger was born!
The Neonatal Unit
I opened a new explorer and typed www.danielaark.com
I was out there! But shsssss! I didn’t want anyone to know yet!
I stayed there quietly in the Blogosphere neonatal unit, checking my fingers, my toes, looking at the other blogs….
Hummmmm… I didn’t look too good compared to my mates! I was all bruised and wrinkled!
oh… oh… the beginning of blogger image issues and Identity Crisis! 🙂
Body image issue or not I still I climbed out of my crib, crawled, walked, visit other blogs and uttered my first words [commented].
I still remember the blissful state of pure, undiluted joy of getting my first comment! 🙂
of course it was in my First Sunday Post!
Sounds like it was a busy week for you! Can’t wait to start seeing your posts of reviews. I just went and followed you through Bloglovin! I also liked the first Susan Ee book, I need to read on. – Lisa Mandina @ Lisa Loves Literature
I was like… SOCIALIZING IS SO AWESOME!!!
I was soooo in my element! Or more or less… because… well… There were THOSE posts…
“WHY I DON’T VISIT YOUR BLOG”
“Because your colors are ugly!”
“Because of your weird unreadable font!”
“Because of your white letters over dark background!”
“Because you post too many book tours“
To my toddler blogger’s ears those posts sounded like
“WHY I DON’T LIKE YOU”
So, pouting I would run back to my blog and go over a “Why we don’t like you” check list…
Black, white and teal are not ugly colors right? checked!
My sans-serif font seems readable, right?… checked!
My letters are black over white background… checked!
How do you even get in a book tour???
etc… etc… etc…
I was so confused, after all there were soooo many blogs I LOVED with striking colors, and artsy fonts and dark backgrounds!
I felt so insecure! like…. WHAT IF THE OTHER KIDS DON’T LIKE ME??? 🙂
[Now Seriously… what is it with those posts???? Not nice kids! Just… Live and let die…]
But I survived the insecurities of my toddler’s year
And… ventured to the Bloggers Playground! The place that many kid bloggers LOVE!
So… Don’t miss next Sunday.. “What is you Blogger Age – Part II: The New Blogger’s Playground”
But before that… there a BLOGGIESTA next week so what a better way to celebrate my FIRST BLOGIVERSARY??! 🙂
What about you? What is your blogger age? Do feel like a newborn? A toddler? A teenager?
Do you still have insecurities? Blog image issues?
Are you all grown up now? [how cool!]
What do you remember of your first days, months, and years as a blogger?
OH MY GOOD!!! SO MANY BOOKS AND ARCs!!!
From the Library
eBooks and Audio books
I finished Fury’s Kiss (New England Furies #1), by Nicola R. White. Very entertaining! I enjoyed learning about the Furies (Greek mythology) and the characters were fun. Don’t miss the review next week.
Cast in Angelfire (The Mage Craft Series, #1), by S.M. Reine was a DNF at 5%. Waaaay to much telling for my taste 🙁
What about you? what new books did you get? What are you reading now?
Now that I’m “growing” as a blogger I would like to try a link-up!
So and I was hoping you’d join me in a monthly feature about WIPs 🙂
I’ll tell you more in my next Writing Tip: “A Book Genesis”. Don’t miss it 🙂
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