Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Blog's 1 year Blogoversary!!!

Can you believe it? Because I sure can't. Honestly. For the last two months I've been thinking, non-stop: "You have to remember to check the date of your first post, it's important. Do NOT forget it". And then I did... every single day. Go figure ¬¬



But then again, that's just like me xD So, my "real" blogoversary was the 4th of June which means it was three days ago. And that means that my little mouse can say something like this...



And, from the bottom of our hearts we have to thank YOU for being there, for your comments, your tweets, your thoughts and your prayers whenever I asked for them.

When I began I wasn't sure what was going to happen, maybe my blog would last 3 months, maybe 7 months or maybe I would give up pretty quickly. You see, the blogosphere was (and sometimes it still is) completely new to me. One day, thanks to a dear friend, I found wonderful blogs full of pictures, full of energy, full of amazing reviews written with amazing words... and then I got to "meet" some of you through Twitter and it was AWESOME.

After a few months I thought "I want to be an active part of this... I want to be a small part of something so big, so cool and wicked". Which is when I began to create my blog, thinking about a name for it, a picture, a way to offer my reviews in a neat and different way. That's how my "Review/Library" tap saw the light. From there you can scroll and see the covers of all the books I've reviewed.

Still, I had to learn a lot of things, like how to write in HTML, how to use GIMP to edit pictures and create different things, how to improve my English in order to write better reviews, how to use Twitter... you know, that sweet frenemy we all have (at least I do xD) and I still need to learn more about it, sigh. And then how to market my blog using all the tools out there which, let me tell you, wasn't easy.

But I managed to do it and is not looking bad ;)

- GFC: 1499.
- Linky Followers: 147.
- Twitter Followers: 1191
- E-mail and RSS: 1462
- FB Page (fairly new): 40
- Friends around the blogosphere: All of you.



It might sound cliche but sometimes I feel like Cinderella (minus the whole horrible stepmother and ugly sisters, thank goodness!), you know?



I never though I would find a HUGE community of book lovers and somehow always assumed that my love for books was seeing as weird for everybody else around me (except for you, Nathiel) but still, the majority of my friends never picked a book up if not for school... and then there was me, using all my money to buy more books and more mangas.

If I had to express my feelings towards books I think this pic could say it all:



When I think of books I think of dreams, of adventures, of magic, of fantasy, of love, of hate, of nightmares, of hope and despair, loyalty and war, knight in white armor and assassins hiding in the shadows, of friends and foes.
And my imagination keeps flying, always going higher and higher.

But without you we wouldn't be here. And lucky you we like to share the happiness whenever we can :] Because, you know, we are cool like that.

So here is what I have for you, amazing reader, wonderful commenter, dear friend:

Two (2) winners will get the chance to get each $50 in books from The Book Depository! And if by the end of the giveaway I can I'll add one more winner :D

All you have to do, as always, is fill the rafflecopter form and that's it. And if have read the whole post without skipping to the giveaway a HUGE hug for you ;)




Have fun and may the odds be in your favor!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

46 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary! It's great looking back on this amazing blog community we're in and seeing the support we constantly get from readers. Anyway thanks so much for this amazing giveaway! :)

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  2. Um, the box for the GFC name wasn't there, so mine is TayteH

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  3. Happy Blogoversary!!!
    And thanks a lot for this amazing giveaway :)

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  4. Congrats on your Blogoversary! I can't wait for my blog's first birthday, still have a few months to go but I can only imagine how excited you are. I also didn't know how far my blog would go but now it's a part of my everyday life. :)

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  5. Happy blogoversary!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  6. Congrats! Happy blogoversary :)

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  7. Happy 1 year blogoversary! I hope the coming year is even better for you!

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  8. Happy blogoversary! And thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  9. Congratulations!!! 1 year is gone and I'm sure you have a ton more to come as well :) can't wait to see where your go from here - onwards and upwards!

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  10. Happy Blogoversary and thanks you the international giveaway too

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  11. Congratulations!! I can't believe it's only been a year! Been following you forever it seems!! You've done outstanding for a year!! Love your blog and keep up the good work!!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Hoping random factoring favors me for once! :P

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  12. Congratulations! Happy Blogoversary and thanks for the international giveaway.


    Nazish @ Nazish Reads

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  13. Congrats & Happy Blogoversary!

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  14. So many congratulations to you Alaiel! You have done an amazing job with your blog over the past year, despite having personal challenges to overcome.

    You are an inspiration and I wish you many more years of blogging and books!

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  15. Happy blogoversary, Alaiel!!! Thank you for an absolutely gorgeous giveaway! ;)

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  16. Whoa...this is so cool!! a very awesome giveaway. Happy blogoversary, Alaiel. Love your blog :)

    Thank u for this awesome giveaway.

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  17. Happy 1 year blogoversary!!

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  18. Wow... 23 comments already :] Thanks for all your nice comments, for the encourage and the happy wishes. It makes my heart jump of joy.

    I wish you all good luck!

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  19. Happy Blogoversary *___*
    I LOVE YOU FOR THIS GIVEAWAY BTW,TOTALLY

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  20. Congratulations! What a wonderful giveaway, too. I don't know when I'll be able to enter, since I get "Error 404" every time I try to follow the blog via e-mail. (Feedburner is not working for me at all these days, and I don't know why.) The cheese remark makes me smile...reminds me of the plot of one of my all-time favorite children's books, "The King, The Mice, and The Cheese."

    eai(at)stanfordalumni(dot)org

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  21. Wow - you've had a wonderful year! Congrats! :-)

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  22. Happy Blogoversary & thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  23. Happy Blogoversary!! Love the cute pics! Better late than never right!

    Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  24. Love what you have done with this and happy blogoversary. My site is Write Note Reviews - www.writenotereviews.com - it's great to check other book lovers' sites out. I'll add a link to yours on mine - happy for you to do the same.

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  25. Happy blogoversary, muffin!!!

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  26. Happy Blogoversary! :D *hands you some Swiss cheese*

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  27. CONGRATULATION !!!
    i'm happy for u ....thx u 4 ur generosity ^^

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  28. Happy Blogoversary!!! Here's to many more years. :D
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. x

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  29. Happy Blogoversary! What a wonderful post, girlie. Thanks so much for sharing the celebration with us, your readers! AND thanks for the magnificent giveaway! Here's to another wonderful year of blogging! :)

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  30. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on your blog turning 1 ^_^.

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  31. Happy 1st Blogoversary - congratulations on this milestone. You are EONS ahead of where I was on my 1st anniversary. I think you've done absolutely a great job...wishing you all the best! :D

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. @Everyone!: Guys, you made my days so much better :D Thanks for all your lovely comments and happy thoughts, I honestly wish I could do more for you all. Really,

    But since I can't do it in person let's share an internet-collective-hug! :3

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  33. congrats and the site is great you ha ve many more to come woo hoo happy blogging

    desitheblonde@msn.com

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  34. thanks and happy 1st blogoversary!! :D I did read like, some parts of your post lol.

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  35. thanks and happy 1st blogoversary!! :D At first I skipped your post and went straight to the rafflecopter, then I went to read some parts of your blog post LOL.

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  36. hip hip horray..
    happy blogoversary for you..^^

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Something to share? (cheese would be awesome!) I love to read your comments :]