It’s so strange to think that I’ve been blogging here for two years.
I only really felt like part of the YA book blogging community this year, after focusing on the more writing-related part for a long time. And I feel so lucky to be part of this community.
So I thought I’d go back and have a look at what kind of blogger I used to be.
My first blogs…
The first one was from 2009, so when I was in year 6. If you’re really curious, you can find it here.
And the second is from 2010, when I was in year 7. You can find that one here.
Both of them were inspired by this book:
I’m pretty sure I still own this book. But anyway, those two are very embarrassing first beginnings at blogging. Seriously, internet should not be given to people under the age of thirteen. It just shouldn’t be allowed.
My first REAL beginning at blogging was on Blogspot.
Lovely, isn’t it? That one is here.
And then I decided I wanted to go to WordPress. So I did, and The Loony Teen Writer was born. How exciting!
My first post on The Loony Teen Writer was October 20, 2012.
I was a very boring blogger to start with. No gifs, no images, no fancy titles. It was all just boring writing. I’m so glad I’m not still that boring (hopefully?). But anyway, my first book review wasn’t til a LONG time later. Quite a few months, actually.
It was The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.
Thank goodness I’ve come a long way from there. And there are lots of people to thank for that.
The Aussie Owned and Read team: I became part of Aussie Owned and Read at the end of 2012, and these ladies are so unbelievably awesome. Lauren, Katie, Suse, Cass, Sharon, Kim and Stace – thanks for being amazing, you guys. Our team has now expanded to include Heather and Cait…but I’m talking about Cait separately in any case!
Cait: you all know Cait. And if you don’t, I don’t know how. She has been the most INCREDIBLE friend, critique partner, blogging buddy, fellow caps-abuser and GIF-user. You’ll never be bored with Cait around, that’s for sure. Can you believe she was actually worried I would fire her as my critique partner??? Crazy girl. She is also an AMAZING writer (which I hope you will all be able to see one day!!). DFTBA, Cait.
Kara: (from Diary of a Teen Writer) I think Kara’s probably one of the first people I got to know on Twitter. We always seem to be really close in word count for various NaNoWriMos, and now part of the awesome book blogging community, it’s been even better to interact with her. And recently we became CPs so that’s exciting!!
Eugenia: (from Genie in a Book) I met Eugenia IN PERSON recently and had so much fun. We’re in the same grade at school, so we can take Twitter breaks together and whinge about school, haha.
The Australian YA blogging community: there are SO MANY PEOPLE to mention here…for fear of forgetting someone, I’m not going to list them, but you know who you are. You guys rock. Seriously.
The frequent commenters: you ALSO know who you guys are. I am so so grateful to everyone who comments on here – and I do try to get around to your blogs, but that can be difficult sometimes. I love you all.
The authors! Thanks to all the authors who take time to thank me for my review (even if it’s negative!) and for being so positive. I love interacting with authors on Twitter. Special mention to Rachael Craw, Ellie Marney, Emily Gale and Gabrielle Tozer for frequent interactions ❤
The publishers: Thanks to every Aussie publisher who sends me books to review. Every time a package arrives for me, I am ridiculously excited. And I appreciate it so much.
I have accomplished a few things since October 2012.
– I’ve written five first drafts – four of those from NaNo situations (if not the November ones, the July Camp NaNoWriMo).
– I’ve queried one novel, Mutual Weirdness, that I decided to shelve in order to move onto more things
– I got a blog button (yay!)
– I started a new feature, Loony Blurbs, which is a lot of fun.
– I learnt how to make posts more fun…mostly with gifs.
– Over 30,000 blog views, and over 5,000 comments
– Weirdest search results: “He was ticklish” “likeable bully blog” (I swear I’m not a bully) “tumblr cartoon swag galaxy”
– Most popular post: 10 things I’d love to see more of in YA
– I made some amazing friends. And for me that’s the best part of blogging.
Okay. Stop it, Emily. Now it’s time for the giveaway!! This will be through The Book Depository, and you can choose whichever book you want (as long as it’s $15 or less)
* You must be 13 years old to enter
* As long as The Book Depository sends to your country, you can enter
* Up to $15AUSD – any book you like!
* If you cheat, I’ll disqualify you. And that’s just not fun.
* The giveaway will run for 2 weeks! And you can earn extra entries by tweeting 🙂
^^^^Enter here!^^^^ 🙂 And good luck!