Blogging my heart out since 2014

Good morning friends, good afternoon, wherever you are in the world, I am sending you hugs and cupcakes, and I hope you had a wonderful week. Sunday is discussion-post day, the day I ramble like crazy about bookish things I care about. But today, I wanted to talk about a particular subject. The incredible Joan @ Fiddler Blue and Geraldine @ Corralling Books inspired me for this, with this particular Conversations topic. Since I’m always too damn busy, I have decided to join but a bit later for this. So I’m linking up to this, and thanking them for the inspiration.

Because really, that’s it: inspiration. All of you people are such an inspiration to me, I swear. And I had no idea I would find out about how incredible this community is, almost two years ago. (I AM OLD. Wow, okay.) I also wanted to share some positivity this week, after all the drama that can happen. I think it’s great to remind us about how this community is also loving. This little corner of the internet started back in November 2014, and I had no idea why. I think I just wanted to talk about books. To have my little space where I could mainly write reviews about the books I loved and share them to the world. To be honest, I had absolutely NO IDEA about the whole free books / ARCs thing (and let me tell you, when I found out, I was just like anyone else starting, I guess. With a huge amount of freaking out, a lot of requests, and an emotional breakdown at my first approval. Or was it just me? Tell me I’m a normal bookworm. If such word exist to qualify us). I really just wanted to have my blog, something I could make entirely mine…but should I ?!

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Choosing a name was probably the hardest part, because a name is like a brand, and changing afterwards just really is difficult. Just kidding, at first, I had a hard time just because the name was SO important to me, and I didn’t want to hate it a few days afterwards. The idea came to me because I have a bunch of quotes hanging up on my walls. Quotes from books I loved, hence, a lot of John Green quotes. With this particular quote: “If people were rain, I was drizzle, and she was a hurricane”. Somewhere in this crazy mind of myself, I thought, yeah, and if books were rain, my draft of a novel would be a drizzle, and insert here a book that blew your mind would be a freaking CRAZY hurricane. And then it hit me.

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A little less than two years later, here I am, getting obsessed about blogging every single day because I love it way too much. There are days where I just don’t want to look at it anymore, and wonder what the point is, because I am human. There are days where I just feel pressured. And there are days where there’s this little thing, on the corner of my screen. Notifications, proof that I feel part of a community. Proof that, every day, I am falling even more in love with this little corner of the internet called YOU. The community. The laughs. The HUGE TBR problem. The books. MORE books. The support, for everything. The project, the new ideas, even not books-related, that you seem to like. The buddy-readings with INCREDIBLE people. The free books? A little bit. The smile on my face and the late nights scribbling a note on my phone because oh I got an idea and I shouldn’t forget about it.
So yeah. I’m crazy. But I’m embracing it.

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How and why did you start book blogging? How did you come up with your blog’s name, and why? What makes you keep blogging right now? The books? The people? My incredible way with words and craziness?

Just kidding. 🙈

You are the BEST and you all know I’m a shy and modest little koala bear anyway. Share your story with me in comments! 💬

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81 thoughts on “Blogging my heart out since 2014

  1. I started a little more than 2 years ago. I wanted to start with booktube but thought it was better to start with a blog ! (Booktube c’est pour bientôt mais ce sera surement en français)
    Happy blogversary 😉 and I am glad : I have been wondering about your blog name since I started following you 😂😂

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  2. This is so heartfelt and beautiful! I can’t believe you’ve been blogging for 2 years, too. I only discovered your blog a few months ago, but I love your blog and posts so much. The name is so cool too! And I love your rating system 😉 I chose my name by thinking /googling words beginning with ‘biblio’. I came across Bibliolater, which means someone who’s passionate and enthusiastic about books, and I knew it was perfect! I used to have Confessions-of-a-book-addict (which I still do like) but there’s so many people with similar names so it didn’t make my blog stand out 💖👑

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    1. Aw thank you so, so much Denise, that’s so sweet ❤ ❤ I love your blog so much, especially your discussions, they're always on point and they're my favorite to read <3. And that's a great name you chose because it's easy to remember and perfectly fits you 😀 Thank you so, so much! ❤

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  3. Hahahaha! You are a normal bookworm. Or at least, as normal as I am. Which is probably not very normal. I can’t say I’m normal. But eh, who can? hmmmm Back to the subject! I will always remember when my first book request was approved. The memory is forever carved in my heart ❤ Thank you, publishers who don't care if we're not English native speakers. I will eat a waffle on your behalf every year on the day I got approved for the very first time.
    I looooove the community. I have never been very popular or good at making friends (yes, I know, I am awesome so it makes it hard to believe I don't attract friends on the spot wherever I go) but I instantly connected with the fabulous book bloggers you can find around here. Some days, they are the only social interactions I get, except for hubby but he doesn't really count, does he?
    I started blogging after I got sick again. I needed an occupation and I had only started reading a lot again after a few years of slump. I was a little shy, both because it was my first time doing something completely in English and because I had been in a slump so long I felt everyone knew what they were doing but me. But I found awesome people who helped me understand the rules and methods of book blogging and now I happily log in every day to share and talk and laugh and take my mind out of everything that is wrong with life.
    Finding a name came easily to me, I wanted something that reflected who I was. I can't live without chocolate, and my Rum waffles are the best! I did not look for a bookish name because, at the time, I wanted my blog to be more general, with books and tv shows, music, cooking and makeup. It's been 6 months and I still love it. I feel it's a part of me now (here comes the emotional part!).
    Great post!

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    1. Haha, there is NO normal bookworm, it doesn’t exist. We are just crazy, and that’s okay, perfect, even, I love it so much! ❤
      To be honest, when people start, I don't think they have ANY idea of what they're doing. Even after almost two years, I wonder at times just what I'm doing exactly, haha. There's no right or wrong, really, just a bunch of bookworms having lots of fun while talking about books 😀
      I love your blog's name, it's so original and different, and when it fits your personality, well…nothing's more perfect! 😀
      Thank you so, so much for your comment, I loved knowing more about your blog 😀

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  4. I really loved reading this post (I always love reading about how people started their blog or came up with their name!) For me it was more a case of I wanted to speak to people about books so I started blogging 😀 and honestly I couldn’t really say how I came up with my name for my blog because I’m not one hundred percent sure. I think I just bounced words around in my head for a while before settling on what I did. A large part of what keeps me blogging as much as I do is the community, I am in complete awe over everyone I’ve met so far through this site and honestly I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
    Also wow you’ve been blogging for nearly two years now!!! I just past the half a year marks and for me I think that’s very impressive, I can’t imagine two years but hopefully I’ll get to that stage as well 😀

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Beth, so glad you liked this 🙂 I just love talking with people about books so, so much, and I’m glad I found there the best place, and the best people, to do that with. I’m sure you will get to that point just as well, you’re good to go so far, and you’re already doing so great, I feel like you’ve been blogging for years already, all of your blog posts are always so neat just perfect ❤

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      1. That’s all right ❤ and yeah I feel that's kind of why most people end up starting book blogs, just to talk to people about what they're reading and to get new opinions on books as well, it's definitely the best place and the best people 😀
        Aww, thank you so so much, it's means a lot to me that you think that, and that you like my posts as well 🙂

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      2. Definitely! I think that it’s such a great way to find people from all around the world reading the same kind of books as I am. Around me, not many people are doing that, especially books in English, so I’m glad I can find and talk to people about it… even if, since I started, my TBR tripled and my book budget just as well, ahah 🙂
        You’re welcome, I love your blog so much, actually I thought you had been donig that for years ahah 🙂

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      3. Oh yes there’s that as well! 🙂 it seems weird at times to think I’m speaking to people on WordPress as far as the opposite side of the world to me who are reading, and loving, the same books I am. But it’s a really nice feeling you know! And God I know what you mean, my to-read list has exploded since I started blogging, and I’m terrible about sticking to a budget too!
        Thank you again ❤️ nah haven’t been blogging that long, I did write a bit before I started blogging so I guess I’ve got experience in that aspect of it all! 😀

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  5. I just recently started book blogging in April. I was following “Read the Bloody Book” on my own (I read SOOO many of the books she recommended! I was obsessed with her blog), and started to branch out and find more book blogs. I started seeing there were tons and that if I wanted to, I could do it, too. So I started one. And so far I stinking love it! I was reading The Jungle Book at that time, and the stupid group of monkeys who just blabber on and on about nothing in particular are called the “Bandar-log,” so I figured it was an appropriate name (: Right now the reason I blog is because nothing makes me happier than when I friend texts me a photo of a new book she purchased that I had recommended, or I see a friend put a book on their TBR on goodreads after I review it. It makes me so happy (:
    I loved your post! What you had to say gave me the warm fuzzies. And I loved hearing how you got your name – because I’d always wondered!

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    1. Oh wow, that’s so great you started so recently, and that you’re already loving it 🙂 I feel the same way when people want to read a book I recommended, it makes me so, so happy. Sharing bookish love with all of this community really is the best ❤
      Thank you so, so much for your comment, this made my day, you're so sweet ❤ ❤

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  6. Happy almost two years of blogging!! *throws confetti* That’s amazing, Marie! Btw, I did a little happy dance when I got approved for an ARC the first time, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I love how your blog name is based on a book you loved, I’m going to change mine soon. One of my favourite things about the book blogging community is that everyone is so nice 😊 And it’s super fun to discuss books with people who are equally, if not more, passionate about the subject!
    Whenever you get pressured to blog, I think you should take a step back and just remember all the amazing things that it entails, and taking blogging breaks once in a while is good. Healthy, even.
    Hope you have another great year of blogging 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much you’re so sweet! ❤ ❤ Oh really, do you have an idea of what you're going to change it to, or not yet? I'm so curious, I can't wait to see what you come up with 😀
      It definitely is good to take a step back you're right. I sometimes have a hard time with that, but I realize that I feel great when I put aside blogging, even just for a day, and come back to it right afterwards. Thank you so, so much! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  7. When I got my first eArc approval I jumped up and down the room with excitement. I couldn’t believe that anyone trusted me to really review their book hahaha I still haven’t figured out how to get physical arcs, but I don’t want to pressure myself with that anyway. I feel like I would have even more of a time problem if actual physical books were piling up (even more than they are now).
    I LOVE your blog name. I wish I had been smarter with my URL, but Life and Other Disasters was already taken, so I went with something else and just had the “official” name in the banner. People get so confused though. A LOT are calling my blog the Impossible Girl blog. Which I don’t mind, I quite love that Kat Impossible is becoming my well known pseudonym around the blogosphere. I am even considering using that name if I ever publish a book. That would be soooo cool to see it printed on a cover 😀
    I am so glad that you decided to do this back in November 2014. This community would be a whole lot bleaker without you in it ❤ Thanks for letting me ramble on like this in your comments (even if you didn't have much say in it)

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    1. I’m just like you about physical ARCs, I actually never tried asking for those, because it’s already complicated being in France and trying to get digital ARCs, I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment, so I’d rather not ask, for now, ahah.
      AWw thank you, I’m so glad you like it. I’m always scared my blog name kind of puts off non-John Green fans at time, but that’s just my inner anxiety probably, haha.
      OH YES, when (and not if, WHEN) you publish a book, you have to use that name. You’ll be even more famous than you already are, then, and I can’t wait. ❤ (btw, hope the writing's going okay!!)
      Aw thank you, that's so sweet, I don't know how my blogging adventure would be without you, and I don't want to know, I know it would SUCK ❤ ❤

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      1. I never tried asking either. To be honest, I don’t even know how I would have to go about that. Austria isn’t exactly their dream market either hahaha
        I don’t think you would put off anyone with the name. I think some people might not get it at first, that’s all hahaha
        YOU ARE THE SWEETEST 😀 thank you for saying that. Writing is slow and needs a lot of editing, but since I am actually writing on paper this time, I will do the editing while transcribing. I don’t have any deadlines or pressure to write, so that’s kind of nice too.
        My blogging experience without you would suck too 😦 I WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS YOU FOR THE WORLD!

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      2. I already found a lot of email ideas and advice on how to request physical ARCs this way, but I never tried, I know I’ll never be able to get a book, (or I’d have to be VERY lucky, haha).
        Oh you’re courageous writing by hand, my hands fly way faster on a keyboard, I don’t know if I’d have the patience to write like that. But not having a deadline is definitely a good thing. If anything, you’re inspiring me right now to get back to my writing 🙂
        ME NEITHER. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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      3. I found advice too, but I don’t know how to translate that to me. I think I mostly found advice for US citizens hahaha
        I don’t mind that it’s going way slower. It gives me more time to think what I actually want to write, instead of just writing everything down real quick. You should write again 😀 from the snippets you shared, everything sounded awesome! ❤

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      4. Haha, well, me too, I think that everything could be okay, right up until I mention, oh, by the way, you’d have to send a book overseas, haha.
        That’s so sweet, actually I found back an old snippet the other day and I’m going to put it on the blog, it’s just one sentence ahah, but it makes me want to go back to writing 🙂

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  8. How and why did you start book blogging? – I got some free audiobooks for review and wanted to do more with my reviews (I wrote about it here Accidentally Launching Myself into Cyberspace)

    How did you come up with your blog’s name, and why? – Since I’m in to audiobooks, whenever people apologize to me for a delay I tell them that I’ve “Got My Book.”

    What makes you keep blogging right now? – I’m too new to have run out of steam. I’ll have to answer this one again in a year.

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  9. Love this post! Its so sweet and so cute ❤ ❤ I've only been blogging for about five and a half months but it feels like so long! All these lovely readers and bloggers keep me blogging 🙂 I never expected ANY of this but now its the very reason I keep going! Your blog actually inspired me a little *blushes* Your blog is just SO LOVELY and so nice and I LOVE IT!

    I really love that I don't have to hide my ADDICTION and I can be 'me' and still be fine! I love that there's people who understand and I love how also everybody is and how I feel so much a part of this community 🙂 I LOVE YOU.

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    1. Aww thank you MY CRAZY TWIN ❤ ❤ I feel like you've been there for so long, you're just so friendly and at ease with the book blogging community. It took me some time to actually reach out to other people, at first, ahah. OH YOU ARE TOO SWEET ❤ That's way too sweet of you to say, thank you so much! ❤ ❤ I love it how we can just be ourselves and it's okay, I love that we can be #forevercrazy together for instance 😛 OH I LOVE YOU MY CRAZY TWIN!! ❤

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      1. AWWW ❤ At first I was a little awkward and just sitting there doing absolutely nothing but then I discovered ALL THESE LOVELY PEOPLE existed and I felt so happy 🙂 Aha, its true ❤ ❤ Exactly right! *sighs happily* I would have never met my awesome #forevercrazy CRAZY TWIN if it hadn't been for blogging! I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU ❤ ❤

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  10. This post fills me with the warm and fuzzies! I’m super glad I got to connect with you and talk to you and read your blog, haha. I loved knowing what’s behind your blog name – I’ve always assumed it’s a John Green quote but never thought you had another meaning apart from it just being, well, a nice quote.

    I started blogging because I was feeling very lost with life, and having a blog has definitely helped anchor me a little bit, haha. How do you manage time between writing fiction and blogging, by the way? That’s always been an issue for me.

    Lastly – MARIE please if you’re old then I am old. WE’RE NOT OLD. ;_;

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    1. Aww thank you so much Reg, I’m so glad you liked it ❤ I have to say, I was kind of feeling lost as well, and I wanted to really connect with my passion with this blo,g and I'm glad I did 🙂
      It's kind of an issue for me right now as well, since I'm working full-time… I haven't been really writing since November and NaNoWriMo, but I do plan on getting back to it this summer. I think this will go with a whole lot of scheduling, and probably a little less posting on the blog as well… It's so hard to do it all, but I ALWAYS want to do it all, this is an issue for me, all the time, ahah 😛 ❤

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  11. I had been planning to start blogging with my sister for a while, and we finally got around to it. Originally we were planning to blog more about writing (idea why tbh) but then we discovered the book blogging community and never looked back. We were originally going to call ourselves World of Wordcraft for some reason, but we couldn’t, so we made our old name-weaving waves words- up on the spot. We never loved the name, so we changed it (but not our URL because we were lazy basically). If we ever get arcs, well that would rock. *hi fives for no reason* 😀

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    1. Oh, well you wrote some pieces about writing -on the world-building especially, I remember that post because I LOVED IT- anyway, and if you ever want to write a bit more about that subject, you’ll know you’ll have at least one reader :D. And I love your new name, it’s kind of awesome to be honest. Blogging with your sister has to be such an incredible experience. I’m doing it a little bit more out in the open now with @nyxcorner, and it’s so much fun to talk about posts together 😀

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  12. Love your posts as always! I started my book blog two years ago as well and I was still a ranty teenage bookworm who overreacts in about, well, anything. Lol. I only started being active last November when I was living a bum’s life.

    Nice to read abouts your blog’s history! The book community is really, really open and nice and I’m glad to meet people like you. Happy writing~

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  13. I loved reading this post, Marie! I was always meaning to ask you if your blog name came from Looking For Alaska, but kept forgetting so I’m glad you mentioned that haha.

    I’ve only been blogging for three months and your blog is definitely one I look up to and has helped inspire me!

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  14. How and why did you start book blogging?

    I realised I have so much to say about books and life in general so why should I let go of my opinions! So my blog was created. It took me a good 3 months to actually set everything up, since creating a blog is a lot of work. But, here I am!

    How did you come up with your blog’s name, and why?

    When I played around with an idea for my book blog, I knew I needed my blog to grow in more ways than just for books. So I needed to choose a name that was generic but still explained enough.
    A lot of brainstorming and dictionary storming later, I settled on passionate and curious. But it still didn’t sit well with me. So the internet was called upon and the synonymy was chosen fervently. Therefore, Fervently Curious aka Passionately Curious

    What makes you keep blogging right now?
    My love for books and writing! My passion for the digital world! The blogging community! Friends like you! Various opinions all of us have. You know I love travelling and knowing bloggers from around the world is just another way of travelling. I can go on and on.

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    1. Creating a blog definitely is a lot of work, I had NO idea what I was getting into either, haha. I just love your blog’s name, because it’s generic, yet it’s so cute and easily remembered. I love it 🙂 It’s just so great to find ourselves in the middle of such a great community. We can discover SO many incredible things, I love it 🙂
      Thank you SO much for sharing your story, I’ve always wondered about your blog’s name especially, now I know 😛

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  15. Congrats! That is amazing! I will be hitting one year in July and I still feel like a baby blogger because it seems like everyone else has been doing it for so much longer, but everyone has to start somewhere. I think it is great that you love it so much because if you didn’t it would show. Thanks, Marie!

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