HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY TO ME!
Today (May 27th) is when this blog officially turns 4 years old. Oh gosh. I feel old. I AM REALLY OLD. 4 years of blogging?! This definitely calls for celebrations, albeit slightly quieter ones than we usually have.
If you were
stalking following me last year, you’ll know that a) Paper Fury was NOTEBOOK SISTERS and I co-blogged with my wayward little sister, b) we threw a tremendous Alice in Wonderland themed party that lasted 5 days! and c) it was epic.
Such epicness is not happening this year, unfortunately. I know…disappointments all round. I wasn’t inspired and then when I was inspired, I wasn’t organised in time. Typical. So! I compromised with myself. I’ll have a quiet blogversary now and…later on this year, I’m going to have a HUGE and RANDOM and GLORIOUS blog party. I shall whisper to you secretly that it’ll involve ginormous giveaways and fairy tales.
BUT TODAY WE SHALL HAVE CAKE (!) AND GIVEAWAYS (!!)
It wouldn’t be a proper birthday without cake, especially considering how old this blog is.
And I’ll also be disgustingly goopy and thank people, and reflect on how big my little blog is (no longer a toddler, oh gosh, I’m sniffling) and if you survive to the end you get a present.
\\ OH! And GUESS WHAT! I’m going to give a prize to a random commenter! SQUEE. How fun! //
It’s going to sound cliche…BUT WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU PEOPLES??!! I don’t even know. Blogging wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun. I have met so many incredible friends over 4 years of blogging. The book blogging community is so disgustingly lovely. Seriously, you peoples! WOW.
You support my writing and my blogging and my insane flailings and my awkward alliterations and…and…THANK YOU.
There are so many people I want to name (but what if I forget someone?! ARGH. Terror), so let’s get to it. Oh and regardless of how long I’ve known ou or how often you comment…I’m incredibly grateful, okay?! I REALLY LIKE YOU.
Emily: my fabulous critique partner and book flailer. You are hilarious. You make me laugh so much. And you’re nearly always the first commenter?! // Midnight Rain Dragon: If you blogged, I would be your Number #1 Fan. YOU ARE SO GREAT. // Aine: I haven’t known you for long, but I think we really ought to be friends forever. I love chatting with you! // Shanti: AH! I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS! I love that you blog with your sister. I love how creative your posts are. // La Coccinelle: You always add something epic to my discussions. Gah, I love your comments. // Jeann: I will fight for the place of being the first commenter on your blog. YOU KNOW I WON’T GO DOWN EASILY. You are epic, my friend. // Kelly: My adopted big sister. I’m still forever sorry that I didn’t rename my blog Kelly’s Devoted Minion. Next time? // Lisa: I like you. I shall keep you. But Morpheus is mine. // Grace: You comment all the time and just…wow! Thank you! I love talking to you! //Aimee: MY WRITING BUDDY. I want to see your books in the bookshop soon, okay?! So I can eat them. Also: Yes to Neal Shusterman. // Amanda: You’re one of my favourite bookish people. Never stop being so fabulous, okay?! // Shannon: You are easily one of my all-time-favourite blogs. You’re so hilarious. // Renne: Fangirling with you is endlessly fun!!
Lydia: I think we make a sensational team. What would I do without you? LIKE SERIOUSLY NOW. // Ashley: I feel like I’ve known you forever! Remember when my book was an absolute mess and you fixed it? Let me just smush cake in your hair in appreciation // Treskie: How are we still friends after all the PAIN you put me through?! By the way, I think you should adopt me. What’s one more sister? // Sky: I basically wriggled in and said “Can I help with that” for Beautiful People, so thank you for adopting me and then being like the best to talk to. // Zoe: Basically my bookish twin. We have epic taste, am I right?! // Robyn: I’m eternally glad you started blogging. // Engie: I probably haven’t known you that long, buuuut…we’ve made up for it with our EPIC fangirling chats. Can I be a tiny bitter espresso with you? // Kate: We support each other through horrific season finales. We should eat pie together.
Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Take-Out: your blog equals pure awesome // Lucia @ Reading Is My Breathing // Alex @ Miss Alexandria // Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books // Bec & Alise @ Readers Wonderland // Killian @ Leaf On The Breeze // Liz @ Out Of Coffee Out of Mind // Charnell @ Reviews From a Bookworm // Mel, Celine, and Larissa @ YA Midnight Reads (you guys have the best content) // Aimee @ Deadly Darlings: Your reviews = golden // Faye @ Rashika @ Social Potatoes: I trust your recommendations so much now. No pressure, but don’t let me down. // Nara @ Looking for the Panacea // Ella @ Once Upon a Bookish Time: You wrote me a birthday pooooost. I CANNOT EVEN RIGHT NOW YOU ADORABLE MITE. // Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek // Felicity @ Felicity Helen // Julie @ Running Through Stars // Erica & Christy @ Novel Ink // Emily @ For the Bookish // Nikki @ Breaths Books // Vlora @ Reviews And Cake: your blog name is my favourite. I think I followed you on blog name alone and I’ve not been disappointed // Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts // La La @ La La In The Library my twitter friend!! // Annika @ Writer And Proud // Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination // Deborah @ The Road of a Writer: You are so much fuuuuun. I’m considering kidnapping you to be my friend forever // Mel @ The Daily Prophecy // Tracey @ Tracey Dyck // Beth @ The Quiet People: firstly, I love your blog, secondly, you are epic and funny and your blogging voice is. the. best. // Amber @ YA Indulgences // Cynthia @ Book Binges // Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway // Inge & Karolina @ Bookshelf Reflections: OMG, YOU TWO ARE MY FAVOURITES. I say that a lot, but seriously. You two. Omg. // Danni @ Danni Mae // Kayla @ The Thousand Lives // Terri @ Second Run Reviews // Nova @ Out of Time // Rosie @ Eat Read Glam // Nicole @ Feed Your Addiction // Jess @ My Reading Dress: Your photography tho. I LOVE // Tina @ Read The Bloody Book: I’ve only just met you but ajfdklas to your instagram // Heather @ Sometimes I’m a Story: dude, your blog content is amazing and complex and wow // Precious @ Clockwork Desires // Mallory @ Leaning Tower of Tomes // Val @ The Innocent Smiley // Emily @ Margins // Shelumiel @ Bookish And Awesome: dude, your photography and blogging are incredible
…and also to just EVERYONE who ever comments. Because it’s awesome and I love it, okay?! I adore talking to you peoples. It makes my day.
I like stats, so humour me a second while I do a little recap. (Because I love looking back at this and seeing how far I’ve come, what worlds I’ve destroyed, what lives I’ve taken into captive. Normal stuff, ya know, for a world ruler.)
May, 2015: <– WE ARE HERE
Pageviews: 127,700 (this is since November when I switched to WordPress!)
And my best post ever? That would be 10 Things You Should Regularly Tell Writers which earned me 7,000-pageviews in one day…and has 14,000 altogether now. I’M STILL KINDA IN SHOCK.
I’m basically smiling stupidly now. I’M A REALLY LUCKY BLOGGER. I have so many friends and I’ve read so many incredible books and fangirled over a lot of stuff. And, um, WOW. I’m going to shut up now and just give you guys stuff, okay? Okay.
FIRSTLY! I’m going to pick a random commenter who will win ONE of these Amazon ebooks below:
So comment away, my blogglings!
SECONDLY! I have an Etsy Store, as you might know, and I make mini book necklaces. Which you would like. I just know it. SO! You can enter the rafflecopter below to win a mini book necklace with YOUR CHOICE of cover. Open Internationally!
AND LASTLY: You can win an Amazon ebook up to $10AUD of your choice. Open internationally! And if, for some reason, I send you the prize and it’s “unavailable” in your country (or something annoying like that)…you can request Amazon to exchange it for a gift card. Which they’ll do, in like, 24 hours. It’s quite fabulous. (Amazon usually hates Australia, which is why I’m putting this caution out there.)
OH WAIT. Before you go…
yay for getting through this enormous post, my minions! CAKE ALL ROUND! and now for the important questions: how long have you been blogging? and how long have you been reading Paper Fury?!! what ebook would you pick? aaaand what’s your favourite kind of cake? (all very important questions)