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What a Week [39]: Blogging Tip – What is your Blogger Age? Part I – Identity Crisis

Welcome to my weekly recap where I share what happened last week

in my Reading Bookshelf, Writer Desk and Blogging Corner.

My featured section for this week is my…

Blogging Corner

First Blogiversary Edition

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In my What a Week [38]: 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…

The Guf

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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!

The Fall

wingsOh 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.

I got a domain, a hosting service, installed WordPress… My soul was implanted in…

The Womb

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Floating in my amniotic sac, in the blessing of my anonymity, I created my social media accounts

Twitter | Blogloving | Google + | Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram

drafted many “Abouts” pages and posts and obsessed over my blog design.

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

“Wait I can’t be born yet! I don’t have a Pinterest or a Twitter widget!”

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…

Welcome to my Blog!

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with a very, very, very, silent cry…  a new blogger was born!

The Neonatal Unit

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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! 🙂

The Toddler

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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??! 🙂

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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?

Reading bookshelf

OH MY GOOD!!! SO MANY BOOKS AND ARCs!!!

From the Library

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eBooks and Audio books

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NetGalley ARCs

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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 🙁

Next Reviews

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Reading Next

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What about you? what new books did you get? What are you reading now?

Writing Desk

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 🙂

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I’ll tell you more in  my next Writing Tip: “A Book Genesis”. Don’t miss it 🙂

 

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48 Comments

  1. This is great! I think a lot of bloggers will be able to relate- I know I do! lol. I know when I first started I wasn’t sure I wanted to be out there either. 🙂 Will look forward to Part 2.

    And yeah share your WIP! Looks fun…
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #134My Profile

  2. Love the timeline and happy almost-first birthday. I know I’m constantly wondering why people do or don’t visit my blog. Others seem more professional etc and mine suffers in comparison.

    The WIP linkup sounds good, though not sure I’d be able to offer anything up…… #notwriting
    Deborah recently posted…Weekly check-inMy Profile

  3. I love your blogger birth story and congrats on your upcoming blogoversary. We do evolve and grow. I think we can all relate to your feelings and changes.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Sunday Post #205 WantedMy Profile

  4. Happy almost birthday!! I love this, so cute! So I think I am a teenaged blogger. Like, I have been around for awhile, mostly know the ins and outs, but still feel like there are a LOT of people out there who have it all together, who are “professional”, and I am just a whimsical child… or something hahaha. I remember that when I started my blog, I started it the day before my son was born! (He wasn’t due for another month, so technically, it isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds 😉 ) And then I posted to literally no other actual humans for about 5 months. Like, no one at all saw my posts because I was scared. Until one day, I linked up to a Waiting on Wednesday or a TTT or something, and then someone actually commented! And then I got pretty into it from there 🙂

    This is so fun, I can’t wait for part 2! (Also, curious about what you’ll think of Firstlife, I need more reviews about it, because I don’t know what to think!)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight recently posted…Step Up Your SlumpMy Profile

    • That’s how I feel I’m now! a teenager 🙂
      I think it is super whimsical that you started your blog with the birth of your son 🙂
      doesn’t sound ridiculous 🙂 I bet when he heard you talking about the newborn blog he wanted to be born too 🙂
      Soooo you were in your newborn crib for 5 months 🙂
      Nothing like your FIRST comment to get you out there right?
      Yes, I heard a lot of mixed reviews about Firstlife I was acutally looking forward to yours bc I don’t know what to think either 🙂 LOL what a pair we are 🙂
      Daniela Ark recently posted…What a Week [37]: Writing Tip – Characters RelationshipsMy Profile

  5. Oh your post is cracking me up, haha. My blogging experience was so different from yours though! My decision wasn’t spontaneous because, well, I’m too indecisive to do most things spontaneously lol. I agonize over every little decision and consider every possible detail, but I didn’t know about book blogs almost until I started one. I kinda found out they existed, was like, “Hey, I think I wanna do this too!” And I don’t think I even knew about memes and link ups until I started posting? I don’t know. Somehow it all worked out lol. I’ve never been one to worry much about people think, so I just do me, and people can like it or not!

    Ohmygoodness you have so many Netgalley books, haha. Netgalley’s not gonna be your BFF anymore if you don’t get those reviewed! 😛

    Happy almost blogoversary, and I’m very curious as to what your monthly feature is going to be!
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 3/20/16My Profile

    • OH Kristen… I’M TOTALLY COUNTING ON YOU for the WIP link-up. Promise, cross my heart you don’t actually have to share your WIP just sharing things about your process, what inspired you, where do you write, etc..

      I can also TOTALLY picture you PUFF! materializing in the blogosphere like an apparition LOL
      HERE I AM!
      [no unborn phase, not being born process, just PUFF! 🙂 ]

      I think I usually have a cycle about people… I almost never care what they think so I usually don’t fit many molds and then people frowns and then I worry for a while mostly on the lines… “was I impolite? insensitive? did I hurt anyone feelings” if the answer is no, they are frowning at me because I’m a little weird… then I usually stop caring. 🙂

      I do have some ARCs right? and I requested about five more! 🙂 BUT discover something about my BFF… she hasn’t care so far that I’m a DNFer!!! as long as I give feedback, which I do. I say… Unfortunately this was a DNF for me because…
      Let’s see how long my BFF puts up with me 🙂
      Daniela Ark recently posted…Book Release: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1), by Cassandra ClareMy Profile

      • Ugh, my WIP is hardly even a WIP and I’ve put it on hold until further notice because I have to focus on things that will actually make money in the more near future :-/ but I will try to join your linkup! Just for you 🙂

        But yes I think puffing into existence is a pretty accurate description of how I do things lol.

        I don’t DNF so I wouldn’t know about that, but I’m glad Netgalley is working out so well for you! I considered Soul Crossed, but the reviews made me change my mind :-/
        Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 3/20/16My Profile

        • awww you are so sweet! but since you don’t have a WIP I’ll grant you a “waiver” LOL BUT you do have to visit the linkup thought 🙂 🙂 🙂

          yeah.. hum… that DNFing thingy… I’m even considering changing my About page to something like…
          Hello, you know those people that read tons of books and review them? people called book reviewers? I used to be one. But then I had a revelation and realized that my true calling was to be a book DNFer. And that is what I’m now 🙂
          Daniela Ark recently posted…Book Release: Firstlife (Everlife #1), by Gena ShowalterMy Profile

  6. I am very happy you let your soul soar and became a part of the blogging community, Daniela! And I think the posts that are mostly ‘don’t this and don’t that’ are more for the person writing them than for others… Your blog is your space, anyway, and the first person that should enjoy it is you, right?
    Happy first blogoversary! May there be many, many more.
    Enjoy your new books and have a fabulous week ahead.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…The Sunday Post / Wrap-up #75 – Birthday Week AheadMy Profile

  7. Oh my gosh we are almost the same blogging age!! My 1 year blog-iversary is April 1st! Congrats on a year!
    Samantha recently posted…Sunday Post Week 11My Profile

  8. I love your blogger birth story! What great analogies and starting a linkup is a great idea! Your book haul this week is superb. That pile of library books is something I’d just want to sit and stare at! I hope you enjoy them all! Have a great week!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – March 20My Profile

  9. Very unique post. Loved it! Happy blogiversary!
    Tiffany recently posted…THE WEEK IN REVIEW: (MARCH 13TH – 19TH)My Profile

  10. Great fun to watch the birth of your blog, from the Guf onward. (The Guf reminds me of a movie in 1988 or so, with Demi Moore: The Seventh Sign).

    I had never heard of The Guf before then.

    My first blog is no more. It went through several incarnations and now exists as a combination of other blogs. My first year of blogging was pathetic…LOL. I hadn’t connected with anyone, didn’t really know about the community…and didn’t know how to do the techie things to make my blog better.

    Then I discovered Word Press…and from there, I grew and expanded…then shrunk my numbers again from many blogs to six. I am still growing…ever-growing, hopefully, in my knowledge.

    I am looking forward to the rest of your story.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
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  11. LOL!! I love this post. Very funny and definitely very recognizable. My blog just turned two last Thursday. I definitely still feel like a toddler.. And when I have a day with only a couple views, I definitely feel like I’m doing something wrong. But a view weeks ago I decided to just enjoy being a book blogger and don’t care about how many views I get. (It works most days. Not every day!!)
    What I remember about my first days as a blogger.. I remember hoping the day would go by soon so I could get another post out. I had so many ideas I just wanted to keep on posting.

    Congrats on your upcoming blogiversary and I hope you have a great week!
    Maureen’s Books (@MaureenHinten) recently posted…The Sunday Post #10My Profile

  12. I think your blog looks great!

  13. Congratulations on your year of blogging! I liked your descreiption of growing up as a blogger. I think in some ways, I am still a newborn, but then in many more ways, I am definitely a senior citizen.
    Literary Feline recently posted…Sunday Post: Author Contact, Disney Princesses, & A Good BookMy Profile

  14. Congrats on your first year of blogging! 😀 It looks like you’ve got a ton of new books to read! The House is amazing so I really hope you love it! By the way, my library also uses Overdrive and I LOVE it for audiobooks! Have a great week!
    Tracy (@Cornerfolds) recently posted…Weekly Recap: 3/13 – 3/19My Profile

  15. I’ve been blogging for over 6 years now, so the birth pangs and toddler years are probably behind me… I’m pretty happy with my design, finally. But it did take quite a while — years, in fact.

    You’ve got quite a book haul this week, between the library and your ARCs — have fun!

  16. What an enjoyable post and man, you snagged some great books from the library! I picked up Riders from mine this week as well and it will be on the early April TBR. Looks like you have a lot of reading ahead of you.

  17. Good luck with Bloggiesta!

  18. What a great post! And happy almost blogoversary!
    Christy LoveOfBooks recently posted…The Visitor by Amanda StevensMy Profile

  19. What a great post, Daniela. 🙂 I love reflecting on where I started, how far I’ve come and what’s next! I’m learning so many great things right now!
    Terri M. recently posted…The Great Library Survived! Amazing, Right?My Profile

  20. This post is so much fun!! Usually I feel like a teenage blogger. I’m starting to figure it all out, and sometimes I feel really on top of things – sometimes I even feel invincible! Then there are definitely days where I go through the insecurity phase that so many teenagers go through. Someday I’ll be a grown-up, I really will. 🙂
    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction recently posted…Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry – Review & GiveawayMy Profile

  21. This is fantastic! My blog is going to be five years old in May, but I don’t know what I’ve “figured it all out” yet. Maybe my blog is a young adult? I mean, I feel pretty confident in blogging, so I don’t think it’s teenaged, but I definitely don’t think it’s a “successful adult” yet either. :p

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