Celebrating 3 years of blogging – wait, what?!

I am writing this ahead of time, since I am a bit of a planning freak, but still. On this day, November 29th, 2017, I am still freaking out about blogging. I know I am freaking out quite a lot, but today you will allow me to MASSIVELY freak out, okay*

*Also, I will apologize right away for the big post, but… I have loads of things to say.

I have been blogging for three whole years TODAY.

I can safely say that blogging changed my life. It seems like it’s just a hobby, but for me, it is so much more. Blogging has been there while my life changed. It has been a refuge when I lived 600 km away from home for university. It has been something to come back to, whenever I felt lost and scared while trying to be an adult, looking for my first job, changing lives once again. It has been there when I was alone and when I was surrounded, when I was depressed and when I was happy. Despite the stress, the doubts, the blogging burn-outs and the freak-outs about blogging, this little corner of the internet has been a constant in my life where everything changed and for that, I am grateful.

Not only grateful, but I am also happy. Like, really happy, because I know I found there something I am deeply passionate about. Even if working alongside books and in publishing has and will always be one of my biggest dreams and life goals, I know that if and when I probably won’t accomplish this, blogging will have allowed me to live from my passion. It doesn’t bring me any kind of money, but it does bring me a whole lot of happiness, typing these words, so it makes me feel fulfilled. In three years, I found in blogging something I never thought I would.

Now, you’re probably curious, so I might break it down do you. For these new bloggers, or old bloggers like me.

What does, exactly, three years of blogging do to you ?!

Obviously, I freak out more about books than I used to. I don’t know why or how, believe it if you can, but I didn’t use to be so OBSESSED.

I know author’s names and books releasing in 2018 and 2019 and I don’t know who I am anymore at times, but if you ask me characters’ names and book recommendations, I will answer right away.

I have become an expert at adding books to my TBR, I feel like I even do it while I am sleeping. Weird.

My room is not a room anymore. It’s just A MASSIVE MESS OF BOOKS. And I’m not really complaining.

Blogging comes up regularly in conversations with my closed ones (a.k.a the ones knowing about my blogging, my close family). I bother them almost daily with re-reads, ideas, pictures and so on. Blogging isn’t something I’m doing alone. Not really.

On blogging journeys and three years of accomplishments

Everyone has different blogging journeys. Whether you have been blogging for a month, a year, three years of more, we are all at different points, both in terms of blog posts written, books read, recommendations given, followers and so on. For once, the perfectionist in me is allowing herself to be proud of what she’s accomplished in three years’ time. I don’t know if that’s a lot, or very little compared to others, but today I don’t really care, either. I’m doing this blogging thing my way and I’m okay with it.

I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that I am proud of the numbers and stats I managed to get in three years of blogging. It’s nothing compared to some fast-growing bloggers, reaching same numbers in a couple months. But whatever, I am doing my thing and I don’t want to rant about statistics. I want to rant about other things. Like the fact that I managed to write over 500 blog posts, or the fact that I got thousand and thousand of conversations with amazing people, some I am talking to almost daily, some others I haven’t talked to in a while and miss, and so on.

Blogging is an adventure, for sure. I learned a lot in terms of skills, in terms of writing, putting myself out there and everything, but most of it all, I met my kind of people and I couldn’t be more thankful. I am not going to quote all of you guys. I’m sorry, I just can’t, because I know I will probably miss someone and be mad at myself for the rest of times. If we have ever talked, had a conversation, no matter how big or small, know that you are in my heart and I am forever thankful for you. Not only I met people to fangirl with here, but I also met real friends I trust with my real-life issues -you’ll recognize yourself-. This is probably the reason why I’m still blogging now, to be honest. You guys reading this post and this amazing community overall.

I wrote a little while ago about my blogging goals and what I still wanted to do as a blogger. There are many things I never hoped to accomplish and there I did.

I never thought I would find out about so many bloggers, so many BOOKS, that I would spend HOURS every single day just blogging or commenting and actually BEING HAPPY about it.

I never thought I would get physical ARCs, because of geography. At the end of September, 2017, I received my first physical ARC. I teared up a little bit. It took me two years and ten months to get there and ARCs are NOT what I am blogging for (I would have given up a long time ago, if I blogged for that), but I felt pretty happy that publishers trusted me enough to send me physical copies.

I never thought I would be able to chat with authors casually and cry every single time an author I love read my review or favorited a tweet I wrote or something.

There are so many things I never thought I’d do. Invest in my blog to have a domain name. Mention it on my actual resume and talk about it during job interviews. Yet I did.

I know I still have a long way to go, I know there are still so many things I want to with my blog. Spread more love on books. Give away more books, maybe. Really be of help to other bloggers, both with blogging rant and advice and just anything. To be honest, I just want to be here and feel like I belong.

All of this to say. I’m really sorry to say that you won’t get rid of me, at least not for a little while, because I am not ready to give up on you, or this blog, or anything else blogging-related. I love it way too much.

On three years celebrations

To celebrate my three years of blogging, there will be more celebrations at the end of the week, where I will be talking about favorite books, blogging moments and so on. I will even be organising a GIVEAWAY. (before you ask. YES. It will be international). So stay tuned.

In the meantime: I wanted to let you ASK ME QUESTIONS. Anything you want. From my favorite book to the one I hate the most, from how I do my blog graphics to what I eat for breakfast or whatever. ASK and I shall answer (except if you ask me for my credit card number or something. you know. I need that to buy my books). I will do another blog post where I’ll shout out to all of you and answer all of your questions. So.. ASK ME ANYTHING IN COMMENTS!

How long have you been blogging for? Did you see it changing your life already? (Or just, you know, your bank account??!)

What is YOUR favorite thing about blogging? What is the thing you hate the mooost about it allΒ  (I’m sure there is one)? And do you want to ask me a question for my big Q&A? Let me know in comments!

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164 thoughts on “Celebrating 3 years of blogging – wait, what?!

  1. Oh man, this is awesome! Three years!! You inspire me πŸ’— especially because of that thing you said about geography! I have blogged for a year and received print ARCs, but only from authors, not publishers. But you make me want to keep my hope πŸ™‚ anyway, what I wanted to say though, was that you write great posts!! Who cares about fast growing bloggers. Who knows their secrets. But you’re a great blogger!! I really always enjoy your content, although I am too busy to read the blogs I follow too often πŸ˜€ also? You’ve summed up the blogging experience so well in this post πŸ˜‚ it’s hilarious, but it’s how it is. When you start blogging, you somehow start enjoying the whole bookish mess, knowing authors’ and books’ names more than your own… it’s great πŸ˜ƒ I’ve been blogging for one year only, but I have all those symptoms and I’m enjoying them loads πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Ohhhh Evelina, thank you so much, that means so much to me ❀ ❀ To be honest, I thought it was impossible to get physical ARCs from publishers and I sometimes still do. To this day I haven't gotten much, but I still managed to get something so don't lose hope! ❀ ❀
      Thank you, you are WAY too sweet! I get it about being busy, who has time to read all the blogs in the world ahah, I'm trying my best but I am often losing my mind about it all ahah.
      So glad you're loving blogging as much as I am, here's to hoping you'll do this for years to come πŸ˜€

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  2. Ahhh huge congrats on 3 years, Marie πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I’m so glad you’re sticking around and that you started blogging because you’re one of my faves β™₯ Absolutely love this post and can totally relate to a lot of the things you’ve mentioned. I’m coming up to 2 years and it’s honestly changed my life so much.

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    1. Oh Lauren, thank you so much, that means so much to me ❀ ❀
      YAY for two years of blogging already! I'm so glad you could relate to this post. Here's to hoping we'll be there shouting about books for a long time πŸ˜›

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    1. Awwww Cam, thank you SO much, that means so much ❀ ❀
      Thank you for your question, I'll probably have to scroll back to my old posts… and cringe a lot ahah, but I can't wait to answer that one πŸ˜›

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  3. HAPPY BLOGOVERSERY! ❀ I always love reading your post and discussing books with you – you're so kind and supportive and your blog is definitely one of my favorites. Thank you for being such a bright light in the blogging community! xx

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  4. CONGRATS ON THREE YEARS! That is amazing! Hmm..questions, questions….okay, what is your favorite show on Netflix (I need recs), Who is your favorite female character from a series or trilogy or duology….hmmm….That’s all I got for now haha

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  5. Congratulations on three years of blogging! It’s amazing that you’ve been writing for that long. I’ve only been blogging for a couple months but I do really enjoy it. My favourite thing about blogging is being able to have a place to share my love for reading and writing. Also my question is, what is one of your hobbies besides blogging and writing?

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Melanie! πŸ™‚ It is so great to have a place where we can talk books, writing and share the love for these with other people πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your question as well!! πŸ˜€

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  6. Congrats on 3 years of blogging Marie! I must admit, your post made me tear up a little… You know how to put this whole blogging adventure into words so well, with all the ups and all the downs, but especially everything magical about it and I relate so much πŸ™‚ You’re definitely one of my favorite bloggers and blogger inspirations, so here’s hoping for many more years filled with bookish goodness!
    I’ll be celebrating my 2 year blogoversary in January and AH I AM NOT READY. Like, how did 2 years pass already? I couldn’t imagine stoppping, as I love blogging and this community too much and I’ve gained so much happiness from it (even if the blogging guilt on statistics and comments and number of posts and such sometimes gets to me). Luckily we can all freak out about blogging together πŸ™‚
    I’m pretty terrible at coming up with interesting questions for Q&A’s, but here’s my attempt:
    Since you love travelling, what is your favorite place you’ve visited already? And if you could suddenly teleport (so no need to worry about saving up for a trip or having the time to go), what would be the first destination that you’d think of and teleport to? AND… what bookish character would you love to have as a travel buddy?

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    1. Awww thank you so much, this makes me so happy, Lindsey ❀ ❀
      TWO years already, wow, time really flies, doesn't it? It's so great to see for how long we keep going, despite the struggles, the time we don't always haave and the stress we might have at times…we never give up on this and on how much we love it πŸ˜€

      Oh you're not terrible at all, I LOVE your questions, thank you! Can't wait to answer these πŸ˜€

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  7. DONNA GIF INSIDE, ME HAPPY!!!!!
    Congratulations, darling Sweechie! I am so happy for you! You’ve made this blog a wonderful place to visit and you’re a fabulous person to chat with. I love how passionate you are, and I’m lucky to have met you!
    I’ll be celebrating my second blogiversary on January 1st! I can’t believe how much it has changed my life. Without it, I wouldn’t be typing this during a History of Books class, waiting for my internships, and my Publishing degree (if I get it!)
    Now off to my questions…
    – What’s your favorite clothes item?
    – Would you rather live with a plant that eats book pages as soon as you leave them out of your eyesight or be forbidden to read more than a book a month?
    – How much do you love me? :p
    – Blue or Black pen?

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    1. I thought about you when I put that GIF ahah, I HAD TO. YOU are Donna aha πŸ˜›
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words my sweechie, this means so much to me ❀ I am thrilled to have met you and to talk with you, you are the beest. ❀
      (also, what is this nonsense, you will get this amazing degree and will do all the things you dream of, my sweechie <3)

      THANK YOU for the amazing questions πŸ˜€ xx

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  8. Congrats! Oh, the joy of getting ARCs in the mail – I’m with you on that one. I love getting books in the mail especially children’s books because I have kids. Whenever they see a book-shaped package, they go insane wondering if it’s for them. I love that!

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  9. So first of all, congratulations on completing 3 years. CHEERS!! I don’t remember if I commented on this post earlier or not (because I was on holidays so I might stumble upon this, but not sure) πŸ˜› But I always visit your blog especially to see your updates πŸ™‚ This can give you an idea how much I like you and your blog πŸ˜€ Enough fangirling I guess? πŸ˜€

    Anyhow, you are great and your blog is awesome so who cares about the numbers? It amazes me how many comments you get on each of your posts and that itself is a great achievement. I have been blogging for 5 months now and I can totally agree with you regarding the concerns and all.

    And related to asking a question, hmm well. Oh yes, I remember now. I asked you on Twitter to show your pic πŸ˜€ Well, I still want that πŸ˜› and don’t tell me again that you are shy!

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    1. THANK YOU so much, you’re so sweet! All of your comments always brighten my day, I am so glad you’re enjoying my posts and my blog overall, I’m going to cry aw, thank youu ❀ ❀
      (also, I hope you had a great time on holidays!!)

      Thank you again, and thank you for your question aha, I swear I am shy when it comes to showing my face πŸ˜›

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      1. Oh YAY, this is so great! I hope you’ll talk about it or share some pictures, I’m too curious ahah and I love travel posts πŸ™‚
        Hahaha, I’ll see if I find a decent picture πŸ˜›

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  10. Awww congratluations on the 3 years of blogging Marie, that is such a fantastic achievement! Blogging has definitely changed my life, especially for the better for all the wonderful people that I’ve met and the opportunities that it’s afforded me. But also, it’s just an amazing part of the internet where everyone is so passionate and it feels like home at the end of a long day! Here’s to many more ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Jeann! ❀ It is pretty incredible to have a community of passionate people screaming about books on the internet, ahah, I love it so much ❀ ❀

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  11. Wohoooo! Congratualtions on your 3 years of blogging! It definitely makes me flail about books a lot more since I have started blogging as well. Funny how that goes, right?! I hope that you continue to enjoy blogging and that your success takes you to amazing places. πŸ™‚

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  12. 3 years! Congratulations!😍 Blogging is definitely something, right? It will be 4 years for me on January 1st, eeeek! 😱I don’t know what I would do without blogging now. I came across it when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It was the worse time of my life and reading, blogging has definitely helped me in so many ways.
    Congratulations again, here’s to 3 more years. Cheers! πŸ₯‚ xoxo

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    1. Oh thank you so, SO much for your sweet words and comment! ❀ And congratulations on almost 4 years, wow, what an accomplishment! I am so happy to hear blogging has brought you so much and helped you ❀ Here's to hoping you will keep on blogging for many years to come πŸ™‚
      thank you again!! ❀

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