The party’s nearly over, peoples! Just a few more days of madness to go!
We’ve been flawed with how many people have linked up to the tag and entered the giveaway and just left the best comments. Aw, you peoples. We’re so so honoured you come to our blog. Which brings us to a bit of blogger love appreciation in this post and also some things we’ve learned after blogging for 3 years. Oh, and also some stats because we like to see how big we’ve grown.
This year has been absolutely huge for Notebook Sisters in the blogging world. Why? Well, for starters: I learnt how to blog. I know, right?! I had no idea how to blog properly until a this last year. This time last year? Our blog was small. It has exploded. And I’m freakishly happy.
I know stats can be annoying, but I find them interesting (I like lists, okay?!) and I like looking back each year to see how far we’ve come. Humour me.
Followers: 131 (including email followers)
May, 2014: <– here we are now!
Recent search results:
Do I look like 1boy and 1girl talking about love? And please. I love Alyssa and Morpheus to death and together, but fanfiction? It hasn’t happened here.
Most popular posts since we’ve been blogging:
That was one heck of an awesome Ice Age 4 movie review apparently. One word: spam. There are 3 comments on it yet 3,000 pageviews? I’m secretly pleased, though, that my YA Authors and their animated look-a-likes are quite popular for random clicks.
Now to share some blogger love!
It’s going to sound cheesy, but humour me.
YOU PEOPLE ARE THE BEST.
This time last year I had a handful of bloggy friends. Now I have so many and I can’t even begin to say how awesome it is. I chat with you on Goodreads and on twitter and on your blogs. Visiting your blogs is the best.
I know I (this is Cait here, but you probably knew that already) blog more than Mime. But this is because she’s in school and blogging is her secondary interest and it’s my
obsession dedicated hobby.
I’m not even slightly exaggerating when I say, I still freak out in a fangirl moment every. single. time someone follows. You want to read this blog? YOU DO?! Your comments make my day. They do. I’m dead serious here, blogglings. And when you randomly tweet my post or link to my blog on yours or list me in your favourite blog section or say I inspire you? YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY THAT MAKES ME.
I’m pretty terrified I’ll miss someone…but here I go:
To those who have been reading ALL THIS TIME:
– Mum and Dad and (our big sister who started us blogging) Rachel @ Red Cat Inn – they are the best in the world.
– Lydia @ Planet Lydia. You’re my nefarious friend and our facebook chats ARE THE BEST THING OF ABSOLUTE EVER. You seriously need to come to Australia, though. Seriously.
– Treskie @ Occasional Randomness. Introduced me to Supernatural. Watched me crash and burn. Dude, you’re awesome.
– the Russians: I don’t know you personally, but gosh, you people STILL make up a huge percentage of our pageviews. I admit I’m suspicious, but hey. Blogger love.
To everyone who’s stuck around over a year:
Charley @ Leaning Tower of Plot || Jordan @ Dream Big Dream Loud || Christine @ Bookish Daydreamer || Bella @ To Say Nothing Of Reality (I owe the crash and burn to you too) || Katia @ A Writer Girl (my awesome critique partner) || Robyn Hoode @ Cait-Wishes-You-Blogged-Because-You’re-Awesome || Sky @ Further Up and Further In || Ashley @ Insert Title Here || Jack @ However Improbable ||
To the bloggers I stalk quite freakily:
Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer (my fabulous critique partner!) || Kelly @ Diva Booknerd (we share The Moth) || Jeann @ Happy Indulgence || Charnell @ Reviews From A Bookworm || Laura @ Laura Plus Books || Melanie and Larissa and Celine @ YA Midnight Reads || Zoe @ Infinite To-Read Shelf || April and Jen @ Starry-Eyed Revue || Faye, Aimee, and Rashika @ Social Potato || Aime and Dyan @ Deadly Darlings || Val @ The Innocent Smiley || Alise and Bec @ Readers in Wonderland || Stormy @ Book Blog Bake ||
To the bloggers who just plain rock:
Brea @ Breezy Reads || Tabitha @ Not Yet Read || Gina @ Behind the Pages || Chami and Ely @ A Book So Fathomless || Shaheen @ Speculating on SpecFic || Nara and Chantelle @ Looking for the Panacea || Vickie @ Under The Mountain || Kelsey @ Verbosity Reviews || Sam @ Young Writers Cafe || Catherine @ Stray Imaginations || Layla @ May The Books Be Ever In Your Favour || Tabby @ Tabby’s Corner || Briana @ Reader Writer Critic || Iris @ Irisjexx || Arende @ Never Say Never But Give it A Try || Wendy, Kate, Kim and Tonya @ The Midnight Garden || Marianne and Jennifer @ Boricuan Bookworms || Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer || Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction || Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist || Allie @ Little Birdie Books || Natalie @ Natflix & Books || Ella @ Once Upon a Bookish Time || Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia || Kirsti @ Melbourne on My Mind || Jessica @ Fly To Fiction || Eugenia @ Chasm of Books || Amanda @ Book Badger || Bernadette @ The Bumbling Bookworm ||
I’M STILL TERRIFIED I’VE FORGOTTEN SOMEONE.
And you know what? I’m always happy to meet new bloggy friends. And I’ve met a lot of you during these last 3 party days! THANK YOU FOR JOINING IN OUR TAG. I’ve commented on some awesome blogs I didn’t even know existed until this week.
Don’t be shy, okay?
To be honest, we hadn’t been blogging properly up until a year ago. That’s right, peoples. It took us TWO WHOLE YEARS to figure out this blogging thing.
1. Be friendly.
This may come as a shock to you, but I am a complete and utter introvert. I’m not friendly. But online? HUZZAH YES. It took me a while to teach myself how, but now I grab my Mad Hat and I comment. I comment everywhere.
I network on twitter and goodreads and on blogs. I ask for help and I give help if I can. I comment dedicatedly on other blogs. I make friends. Then I annoy them and stalk them elsewhere and look at that…I have the best blogging friends ever.
It’s not easy, but my #1 recommendation to Become a Better Blogger is to comment on other blogs and be friendly.
2. Comment back.
I’ve only been doing that this year! But I signed up to the Readers in Wonderland pledge of commenting-back. So not only do I reply to YOUR comments on my blog…if you comment on Notebook Sisters, I like to go to your blog and comment too.
Peoples, this obviously works. In 6 months, I’ve doubled my readership.
(PS. Consistency is key.)
3. Join in linkups.
To properly use a linkup, you don’t just join in and wait for people to fall headfirst into your blog. You go to theirs. Be active! I like to visit a ton of other blogs during a linkup. I also leave a link in my comment on their blog straight to my post for that linkup. I’ve done a tutorial of how to do that here. I ONLY do that in linkups, otherwise it’s kind of spammy, eh?
4. Talk! Chat!
I love reviews as much as the next blogger, but discussions drive twice as much traffic and really get people engaging and talking. Plus they’re fun! So talk! Give your opinions on subjects (goodness knows inspiration can come from anywhere). Be a little controversial sometimes. Insert wicked smile here. But be yourself too. Yourself is awesome.
5. Be original and don’t “borrow”.
Hey being original is tough work. I still don’t have many “original” things here. We sort of launched Honest YA and Notebook Sisters Approved recently. But even if I can’t think of original memes, I can be original in how I post. Although, I’ll never be 100% original! I use gifs and blog really inforamally. I fangirl. I make lists. I blog about life as well as books. If someone does something cool, I don’t do my own version of their post. It’s disappointing to finally do something original only to find (a few months later) it’s being used everywhere else (and not even crediting you). So be careful! And I’ve made some mistakes, so ‘scuse me while I adjust my halo.
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