IT’S MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! // Chatting about Blogging, Looking back on the Past Year, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Memes, Shoutouts + Thank YOU

Can we just acknowledge that I have been blogging for ONE YEAR.



Oh my god.

Oh. my. God.

Oh my god!!!!

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So when I said I was going on a two-week hiatus? I LIED.

But for real though, I was initially not going to return from my blogging hiatus for a while (meaning for at least another week), but since it is my FIRST (!!) blogiversary, I figured I had to, because it’s my BLOGIVERSARY.

Look I know I only started actively blogging in August of 2018, but whatever. We’re counting it.

At least a good chunk is inspired by my favorite icon, May @ Forever and Everly! I look up to them so so much and their designs? *screams in aesthetic*

Honestly, I can’t believe I made it today, because due to my increasingly busy schedule (I am dying here lmao) but it’s fine!!!!

I wish I can do a giveaway, but I’m a broke teen student, so I can’t really, which sucks, but hopefully, we can still make this dope!

Since I’m going to be hella busy (along with the rest of the world lmao), I may consider cutting down my posts to 4-6 posts a month, until (at least, or maybe earlier) summer starts! Eight posts a month is insane for me to keep up with (for those of you who do more, serious props to you. All the respect.)

So yeah, that will depend on my blogging mood and my schedule, but hopefully, I won’t quit!! (or die, but yeah).

Spoiler: this post will consist of a lot of wholesome, sappy moments, disbelief and definitely way too much screaming.

This intro is probably 200+ words already, so I need to shut up and get into the post!

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Just a quick little note: when I say this, I mean looking back at the past year in terms of blogging, the experiences it has brought me and such! The point of this section is to serve as a chatty discussion sort of post, and I don’t really want to close off this section. So I’m going to try to keep it chill.

How Blogging Has Changed Me:

  • I know (more) about making and using graphics! Yeah, I’m not going to be a design student in the future, but I know how to make featured images and make my blog somewhat lol no pretty?? But I still need help. I consider myself pretty hopeless at blogging design, and hopefully, it is something I can improve in the future!
  • I know how to write in a blogging voice! Honestly, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. After all, it comes with the job, right? But it was so so refreshing from writing academic essays, (which I do enjoy, but not ALL the time), and it’s been a lot of fun.
  • I got to know the amazing community!! We all can’t be Marie here (but for real, how does she do it). Though there really is an overload of tea on book Twitter, that we won’t get too into, the community as a whole is probably one of the most welcoming communities on the Internet, and all of you are such lovely humans. You all are one of the biggest reasons I keep blogging and keep coming back. I LOVE YOU ALL.
  • I found something I truly love! I have really enjoyed writing in a more colloquial form (especially when compared to school). I love talking to you all, I love screaming about books and just letting out my honest, extra, a little crazy self here on my corner of the Internet. Blogging has not only become a new passion of mine that I enjoy, but also a passion which I can incorporate other passions of mine, such as …
  • B O O K S You all really thought I was going to skip this part? But thanks to blogging, I read so many great new books and got so many amazing recommendations from you all. Seriously, keep them coming (especially if they are Asian contemporaries!! We love!!)

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I know stats can make some people uncomfortable (it makes me uncomfortable sometimes too, to be honest), but since I’m a lil nerd, I’m using this to look back on my blog in terms of stats, if you get my vibe? They’re not mind-blowing, but oh well. Like May, I’m gonna put my stats in a toggle tag so you don’t have to see if you don’t want to!

For this, I’m going to be looking at my 2018 + my January 2019 stats!


Views: 1807

Visitors: 685

Posts Published: 59 (yes this drives me insane too)

WordPress Followers: 145

Overall followers: 246

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Even though I am not great at being super interactive in the community, and haven’t made too many friends in the community (I assure you, it’s not you, it’s me. I am not the best at making friends, yikes)

I just want to shoutout a few amazing people who I think you should check out (and also some of my blogging friends? Can I call them that?)

I am truly looking forward to making some true, wholesome friendships in the next year, and I can’t wait to talk with all the people!

Also, just because I didn’t include you doesn’t mean I don’t love you, because I do love you ALL!!! You all are truly the realest and I have so much gratitude and love for all of you.

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me @ everyone reading this post

May, you are such a sweet and lovely human, and like one of my biggest supporters ever, you deserve all the love and I can’t wait to get to know each other more! // Marie, you are HONESTLY the sweetest, my no. 1 supporter and such a bright light in the community!! Thank you so much for being so welcoming and I loved BR-ing Famous In A Small Town, here’s to more buddy reads! You are officially the blog-hopping queen, so much respect for you // Aline, I am so grateful for our Twitter DMs, your solidarity, and you are truly such a lovely human. Thank you for listening to me complaining about the Darkling, lmao – you are an absolute angel! // Lais, you are such an icon and always leave the most thoughtful, intelligent comments, I wish you all the best with everything because you deserve it!! // CW, I have so much love for you. You are so so sweet and deserve all the best in everything, and you are such a champion for the community. Here’s to meeting IRL and gushing over Malaysian food because duh!! // Ilsa, I want to be as smart as you someday, and you are so so sweet and objective omg. Your discussions are so interesting and unique and I’m like how?? Would love to get closer ❤ // Rachana, thank you for being so kind in my first few months of blogging, and I hope you come back soon! Also your poetry is amazing, teach me sis // Melanie, you are such a cinnamon roll and I have all the love for you. I love your reviews so so much and I’m so happy (and adore the heck out of) your new Booktube Channel! I hope we can buddy read lots of Asian books this year // Dezzy,  even though we haven’t talked too much, I feel like we have so much in common (especially Brooklyn Nine-Nine and bubble tea, ahhhhh). Hope to chat more!! // May,  you are literally my icon in life and I look up to you A LOT. You’re truly such a loving soul with the most amazing aesthetic, and yay for South-east Asian Bloggers!! // Elise, you have the best music taste (Shadow by Bleachers is AMAZING, thank you for your rec on that) and I love love love your content. You are such an icon and your love of Six of Crows is unreal ngl // Shealea, you are an absolute icon and thank you so much for advocating Asian book bloggers! You’re the realest and I hope you enjoy Malaysia when you go // Kat, you are truly a design icon and your design posts have helped me soooo much, thank youuuu ❤ // Kelly, I hope to get to know you, but your success and your work for teen book bloggers makes me so grateful, and I’m so glad you received all the love!! // Destiny, you’re an absolute inspiration and I love you and your blog a whole lot!

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Honestly, none of this would be possible and I would not have kept going if not because of you guys. Even though this is a lil corner of the Internet, I am lowkey tearing up and feeling very wholesome right now!

Let’s be real before we get into the super-wholesome part of this post, I want to tell you all something: you all have got me through some really hard mental health periods from last year, and just some tough times in my life overall. Though blogging can be a chore sometimes, posts like this and you all are why I keep blogging (like I’ve repeated constantly throughout this post).

So, I want to say thank you to you all! By all, I mean to everyone who interacted, perused my blog, to everyone who followed my small corner of the Internet and especially to all of you who did all three! You guys are the true MVPs.

Blogging has honestly changed my life for the better and I love it so so much. I’m so grateful for all it’s done for me and yeah. I think I’m done now.

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I can’t believe it has been one year since I started blogging, ahh!! What blogging milestone have YOU hit recently? Bloggers, what has blogging done for you? What are some blogger friends that you love (let me know, I would love love love to find more bloggers!) What are your favorite posts of mine that you have read so far?

I would love to hear from you and to read your thoughts!!
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55 thoughts on “IT’S MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! // Chatting about Blogging, Looking back on the Past Year, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Memes, Shoutouts + Thank YOU

  1. AAAH CONGRATS ON A YEAR OF BLOGGING FRIEND!!!! 💓 That is so incredible, it hasn’t even been a month for me yet and I’m already unable to keep up haha so it’s so amazing you stuck with it for a year already! 💞 Your posts (and your blogging voice!) are so much fun to read and I love talking to you so much. Am always happy to hear about complaints on the Darkling!! 😂 I love our Twitter DMs ahah. (And I’m glad to find another person who likes pineapple on pizza?!! 💪) (Also YES to more Asian contemporaries 😍) Here’s to many more years of blogging, congrats again!!

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    1. THANK YOU ALINE!! I love you so much and our Twitter chats so muchhh <33 I think you're doing great so far, especially with IB because we all know that is so so hard, and when you blog on top of it? A whole load of work.
      uM I also want to say that I love you, your blog and your blogging voice so much!! (God we can't stand the Darkling smh, oops, tea) And YES to pineapple on pizza (all the haters can back off), and to all the Asian contemporaries (you down for any buddy reads for that, haha) Hopefully I can continue blogging for a long time, and thank YOU again for being such a lovely soul and for your friendship and unconditional support!! I love you so much ❤

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  2. Happy blog birthday! Congrats on your milestone! Loved this post because I can relate to when I had my first blogging anniversary. Wishing you more great years 🙂

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  3. AHHHH TAASIA ALL THE CONGRATULATIONS!!! One year, this is SO amazing, what an accomplishment. I’m so happy and proud and happy even more that you decided to start this blogging adventure, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you more and chatting with you and buddy-reading with you, too and I hope this goes on and on and on ❤ ❤
    I love these kind of posts where you reflect on what blogging brought you, I always find it amazing to see how much we learn even when blogging is just a hobby. I hope you'll keep on blogging and most importantly, will keep on loving it for a long, LONG time ❤
    Your mention made me all emotional and sappy and ahhhhhhh. thank you, really, from the bottom of my heart thank you,I'm just so happy to be a little part of your amazing blogging adventure ❤ ❤ ❤ To more blogging, more books and more love for it all always! xxx

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    1. Marie, thank you for being such a kind soul! I love you so much and I would not have made it through blogging without you, I swear. It has been wonderful chatting with you and buddy reading with you (Famous was AMAZING) and I can’t wait for what will hopefully be more years of a wonderful friendship!
      I hope I’ll blog for a long long time and I’m sure that I will keep loving it, even though I do need to take lots of hiatuses, since I don’t take stress well :/ Also, not to be that person, but you being such a wonderful human makes me feel wholesome and emotional and super sappy and I just!!! To all of that, and more!! All the love for youuuu, and to more adventures ❤ ❤ ❤ I hope the year will continue to bring wonderful things, if that makes sense? Ahahaha, I love you way too much!

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      1. Oh ohhh, I hope you’re not feeling too stressed, please know I’m always a message away if you ever need to talk about it. Take care of yourself, you always come first <3<3
        I love you even moreeeeee!! and I'm always here to share all the sappy feels haha ❤ ❤

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      2. Awww thank you, Marie!! I love you so so much and I’m so grateful for your existence <3333 I honestly need that reminder a lot, so thank you for that. Please know that I'm more than happy to do the same for you! Sending all the love and positive vibes ❤

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  4. Happy first blogiversary! I only started my blog mid-February but I honestly do not remember the date! I guess a milestone I’ve reached is 10 followers, lmao! That may seem sad, but I’m happy to be in the double digits. I relate so much to balancing blogging with life, but oh well. Hope you have a great day and many more blogiversaries to come❣️

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    1. Thanks, Caitlin!! Don’t worry, WordPress will remind you of the date, haha, and honestly? For starting in mid-February, 10 followers is amazing!! I hope your blog continues to grow and I can’t wait to see all the amazing adventures your blog goes on this year! And I just want to reiterate that 10 followers isn’t sad at all! IMO, it’s fantastic!! Congrats for the double digits 🎉🎉 I hope you can find an effective balance between blogging and life, even though it can be so hard!! I hope YOU have an amazing day and lots blogiversaries to come 💓


  5. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, TAASIA!!!!! One year is impressive, honestly! Blogging requires a lot of work, and you’ve done such a great job this past year. You’ve always been the kindest soul to me, even when I’m annoying and write way too much in the comments.
    I’m happy that blogging is a refresh to you. In my experience, I’ve been blogging in English to practice it, so I definitely find it harder sometimes than writing an essay! But I’m glad it’s been working for you! Finding something we truly love is so tricky. I know people who have been through multiple different accounts and blogs and social media and never really found a place where they belong, so it’s impressive that for this past year, your blog has been this place for you.
    And thank you so much for the shoutout?!?!?! Honestly! Your blog inspires me a lot, and I’m just really warm by all your nice words. Thank you, thank you. 💛💛💛💛
    Once again, happy blogiversary, Taasia! Hope you stick around for many more years to come! (And hopefully, things get less stressful at school too!)

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment not only on this post, but for all the love and support over the last year!! It has been a pleasure seeing your posts coming in my feed the last year 💖 And thank you for all your lovely, thoughtful comments over the last year, I love you loads!!
      I think that you’re doing so so well so far! Ngl, I would’ve thought you were a native speaker if you hadn’t told me, because your English is fantastic! I love this blog and talking with you guys so much! All the love 💕
      You absolutely deserve the shoutout, ahah! You’ve been so wonderful over the last few months, and it’s so touching to hear that my lil blog has inspired you. All my uwus for youu 💛💛 I hope I stick around for a long long time! (And I hope that uni is going to be great for youuu)

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      1. ksdjajaaa taasia, honestly!!! your compliments on my english mean a lot to me, truly! even though i’ve been doing this for a long time, i still feel insecure, so thank you so much💞 literally, thanks for being the sweetest!!!

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  6. Taasia I absolutely LOVED this post (which is definitely not shown by me somehow not following you until now?? I thought I’d been following you for months??) Thank you so so much for shouting me out in this post and YES Shadow is the absolute best.

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    1. Elise, I lowkey freaked out when I saw this comment? (aka I kinda went full Boyle lmao) You are such an inspiration and an icon to me, and I truly love you and your blog loadss 💖 Shadow is amazing and I’ve been having it on repeat for the last two days. Also? I listened to your advice and listened to Golden Hour. Spoiler: it was amazing. Clearly I need to listen to more music you recommend. Happy reading! ❤

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      1. TAASIA I’M SO SO GLAD YOU GOT INTO GOLDEN HOUR AAAAAH. BEST ALBUM. and thank you so much, that truly does mean a lot ❤

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      2. ELISE IT’S SO GOOD AND I’M KICKING MYSELF FOR NOT GETTING INTO IT SOONER (Rainbow is the best one in the album and I stan that song). I truly don’t get how you can balance it all, because I’m here dying trying to do half of what you do, haha. no. 1 icon ❤ ❤

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      3. Rainbow is my second fav after Slow Burn? i think?

        THAT GENUINELY MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. i try!! also i’m doing productivity tips at some point soon so if that’s helpful ❤

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      4. VALID. i feel like i have an emotional connection to every song on that album – i’ve closely associated Happy & Sad with a novel idea in my head and now it’s like my 3rd fave. n i’m excited for it to come out ❤

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      5. I’m so glad that you loved the album so much though, ahhh! Happy and Sad is also really great, though not my #1, you know? I’d love to hear about your novel idea, if you feel comfortable sharing! I’m gonna boost that post so much, because I know it’s going to be great ❤

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      6. ❤ ❤

        the novel idea was… more of a character idea, honestly, but it was this really vivid thing about two people going on a date to a party where one person realized they were in love and sort of panicked about it because everything ends!! yikes!! which is what i would do, honestly.

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  7. oKAY HI YES WE NEED TO BE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. Taasia and Ilsa? Name a more iconic duo I’ll WAIT. (this me trying to sound cool, btw) Anyways!! BLOGIVERSARY!! This is a huge deal!! I am sending all my love, appreciate and support virtually through my screen! AND UR RIGHT. LIKE IMAGINE i hadn’t started blogging i probably wouldn’t have found six of crows and CRY that is a nightmare. *Shivers* a life without nina zenik and her iconic love for waffles? not one i want to live.honestly, this post is a big mood. May @ FAE is my fave, i love her. also i am bad at making friends. also i always lie when i say i’m going on hiatus. so same. *high fives*

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    1. Ilsa this was the MOST ICONIC THING EVER AND I’M SCREECHING. i can’t wait to be best friends even though i’m not completely familar with online friendships! it’s gonna be great and i can’t waitt ❤❤ (i also just wanna mention the iconic duo comment? GENIUS. I may have screeched a little. A lot, actually, but yea.) I’m sending all the love, appreciation and support right back to youuu, ilysmm 💖 about soc? the nina-jesper friendship was the most iconic and underrated friendship in the whole series, we stan 😩 may is the BEST, and i love them with my whole entire soul and being!! sksksk. finally, that hiatus line? a big mood, haha. i love you sm and you’ve broken my uwu meter!!


  8. ahhh congrats on 1 YEAR!!! I’M SO PROUD OF YOU for pushing through and never giving up with your blog, you’re the real icon.

    IM SO SOFT, WHY ALL THIS SAP??? i love you and im so so honoured to be your friend and have gotten to interact and chat and buddy read with you, it’s truly been so much fun ❤ and i cant wait for what the future has in store.

    you've seriously been such an amazing blogger like your discussion posts are always so well-thought and comprehensive and your book taste (pretty great if you ask me). i can't wait to see how your blog continues to grow and you get all the recognition bc you totally deserve it ❤ okay im stopping the emotions and sap now ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. thank youuuu may!! and you calling me an icon …coming from the ultimate icon!! i love you moreeee, you have been so sweet and supportive and i’m just feeling so soft right now!! ❤ ❤ i love chatting, interacting and buddy reading with you, and i hope we can keep it up (and maybe do some more buddy reads? just a thought.)

      you’ve been such a wonderful blogger too! all your kind comments are making me feel so wholesome and they are so so sweet! i can’t wait for the future of the blog holds, and again, you’re so sweet and what did i do to have you in my life? okay, i love you ❤

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  9. I’m so so incredibly late, but a big big congrats for reaching such an amazing milestone!! I’m so proud and glad and thankful that I can call you my friend, and that I had the opportunity to get to know you. 💛 One day we’ll eat Malaysian food together — ONE DAY!!

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    1. CW, I love you and you are truly the sweetest, and I’m so grateful for all your support and your kindness throughout my 1st year of blogging! I’m so thankful that we can call each other friends, and here’s to getting to know more about each other throughout the year ❤ So down for Malaysian food haha, feel free to hmu anytime.

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  10. This is really late but I wanted to thank you for the sweet comment about my writing – I’m glad you liked my poetry. I’m sorry I kind of disappeared after starting uni but I’ve missed this community & regularly reading blogs like yours! Speaking of which, your blog looks so amazing (beautiful graphics btw) and I’m glad it’s grown so much. ❤ Congrats & keep going!

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