Thursday, October 2, 2014

Two Year Blogoversary: My Blog's a Toddler!


YOU READ THAT RIGHT. It's my second blogoversary! I have been book blogging, all-caps shipping, and unapologetically giffing for two whole years!

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Technically, my two year blogoversary was in September, but September was a whirlwind of BOOKS and PUMPKIN SPICE and LIFE STUFFS, and before I knew it, September had evaporated and we were suddenly spinning into October.

Blogging has sort of been like that. This blogoversary snuck up on me. It feels like I only just started this mad hobby, like it was just yesterday that I started flinging words at the internet and wondering if I'd ever hear words back. And it floors me more than I could possibly express to you that I do, and that I talk to dozens of kindred bookish souls every day. I had no idea this kind of community existed, and I never want to leave it ever. In the same way it feels like I just met the internet, it also feels as if I've been here forever, as if I can barely remember a time before my YA mania and my fellow YA maniacs. My blogger friends? People I talk to every single day? I NEED YOU PEOPLE IN MY LIFE.

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This picture = ugys (sic)

This is going to be a mushy post. I mean to toss some gifs up, shriek about some book boyfriends, and go into my usual fangirl paroxysms, but honestly, if it weren't for blogging and the community as a whole, I wouldn't ahve realized how vital those things are to my life. I've always been bookish, but it was a solo event. Sure, people cared about Harry Potter, and I had, like, two friends who like the Lord of the Rings movies in high school, but mostly the art of fangirling was not something I engaged in outwardly. It wasn't yet a thing that I knew about. I was not a lonely teenager technically--I had a steady friend group--but I was an introvert with this obsessive fangirl locked inside. My friends knew I was a total dork, but none of them dorked with me. I kept my book nerd away in the daylight hours like Bertha Mason shut up in her attic, and I only let her roam at odd hours because I knew she'd, you know, light shit on fire and whatnot. I was convinced that nobody likes a crazy attic fangirl, so I hid her.

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She was loud, though. I wrote frenzied, melodramatic epic novels on my laptop. I wrote some accidental fan fiction, because I was such a loner fangirl that I didn't even know fan fiction was a thing. I just wanted to write some more about Daine and Numair, because I wanted ore kisses. I wrote a lot of truly terrible kiss scenes, let me tell you. I drew pictures of my favorite fictional characters and then shoved them under my bed and in drawers. Sometimes I threw them away.

But then the internet, you guys. The internet. Twitter and books are like a global Match.com, because you find your matches! Your bookish soulmates! People who care about things like book boyfriends, or the tragedy of the instalove, or how pretty dress covers lies, or why it is SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT for series to match, and if one book in a series is slightly taller than the others, it's drinking time. People who cry when things happen to the made up imaginary friends who are literally no more than join hallucinations spurred by ink printed on dead trees. People who understand my references. I used to think this was weird, but now I know that it's cool. And the coolest thing about it is that you guys do, too!

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Starting a blog has let me read more than I've ever read before, and through reading, my world has gotten so much vaster. Over the last two years, I've fallen in love at least a hundred times with all sorts of highly unnatainable guys (because they are fictional, alas. THE ULTIMATE BARRIER). I've learned about feminism and girl power and imagination and growing up and staying young. Outside of fiction, I've hung out with authors and publicists, gone to BEA, moderated events, and made some of the best friends I will ever make. No "oh, they're just internet friends". No, the people I've met through blogging are some of my best friends ever and get me like few people do.

Meg, Ellis, and Christina, my partners in mad misanthrope crime. Shae, CP extraordinaire.
Gaby, Debby, Blythe, Bekka, Jessie, Alexa, Ashleigh, Angie, Molli, Kara, Lyn, Judith, Amber, Steph, dear sweet Gansey-and-Ronan I could go on forever and ever naming all of the people and I just I just OKAY I HAVE TO RUN AWAY FROM THE INTERNET BEFORE I START CRYING GOOD BYE

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EW. LOOK AT ALL THAT OPEN HUMAN EMOTION-SHAPED STUFF. HIDE THAT, WOULD YOU? IT'S INDECENT. Um... um... *looks about wildly*

EMERGENCY KANYE DANCE PARTY!

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Here's to another two years of all-caps fangirling! Thank you for making these two years the absolute best. *clinks glasses* VIKING BISON DISCO INFERNO! HOOOOORN!  *dances*

16 comments:

  1. Aw, YAY :D Congrats on two years of blogging sweetie. <3 That is awesome :)

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  2. BEEN RUNNING THIS GAME FOR 2 YEARS GUESS THAT'S WHY YOUR FEET HURT
    WONDER WHEN THEY BITE YOU DO THESE BIDGES' TEETH HURT
    YES YOU ARE AN ICON THAT'S YOU(R ART) ON MY T-SHIRT
    (BASICS) THOUGHT THEY KNEW BETTER ... DO YOUR FUCKING RESEARCH

    WHOOP WHOOP NO FLEX ZONE WHOOP WHOOP NO FLEX ZONE

    I don't know, Giller, that's the song I woke up to this morning and for some reason I thought it was appropriate, albeit with a few tweaks to personalise it and stuff. Also, it gives me a great opening that does not include me getting mushy as fuck over this post because omgiloveyousomuchicantevenimaginenothavingmetyourlovelyhilariousandridiculouslytalentedself. WHO SAID THAT. Idk idk I didn't hear a thing.

    You're not allowed to stop internetting ever, because seeing as how your blog (and your person, of course) gives me life on an hourly basis, that would have disastrous consequences. Best ugy gif is best. Some nudity, some nerdery, some inappropriateness, some wtfuckery, some people seriously judging in the background but we don't care we will never care.

    CONGRATS ON YOUR TERRIBLE TWOS DAHLING. MAY THERE BE MANY MORE (you know, because of the life support thing and stuff) <33

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  3. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! HAAAAAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! (to the tune of that super fast anniversary song) (unlike Ellis, I can't do the custom rap thing on the spot) (maybe later after I've had more caffeine and possibly some shots)

    I want you to know that I had to stop reading this after seeing that amazing birthday candle gif and track down where I could get those for myself. 2 will be arriving on my doorstep from China in like a month. AND I'M BACK.

    SCHMIIIIIIIIIDT HI SCHMIDT MY BABY YOU'RE LOOKING LOVELY!

    Best ugys gif is best.

    That thing about keeping your inner book nerd tucked away like Bertha Mason in an attic? You are speaking right to my heart. Or from my heart. Are you in my chest cavity, Gillian? There was a time when I used to pretend I was not a gigantic, hyper-enthusiastic nerd person. I even went so far as to pretend I wasn't obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Buffy the what? The veterinarian? Vegetarian? I don't know what you're talking about and certainly do not rewatch specific scenes upwards of 400 times and stay up until 3 am reading fic. WHAT ARE YOU EVEN TALKING ABOUT?)

    Ahem. But aaaaaaalll the hugs! I am so glad you found this wondrous corner of the internet and the joy and satisfaction and camaraderie and sheer awesomeness that it brings! On a more selfish note, I am glad you found it because that means I could stalk you into submission, I mean find and befriend you! I'll keep wrap this up shortly because I'm getting emotion all over my shirt and that is the worst to get out of this fabric. You are an amazing, talented, hilarious, all-around-wonderful human being and I love you so very much and cannot imagine my life without you.

    Now I will tuck my heart boner away (erm…that may have come out weird but obvs you know what I'm saying because we all basically live in each other's brains and chest cavities anyway) and dance to the sweet, rhythmic, vocal wanking of The Great Kanye In The Sky *boogies* *breaks lamp* *shuffles off the the Corner of the Woefully Uncoordinated*

    HAPPY TERRIBLE TWOS AND CHEERS TO MANY MORE RIDICULOUS SHENANIGANS AHEAD!

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  4. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MY DEAREST DARLINGEST GILLY B SHAPED PERSON.

    I am so glad that the internet nudged us towards each other because I adore your face every day and you are never allowed to leave me. WHO ELSE WILL SHARE MY EXCELLENT TASTE IN FICTIONAL MEN AND STEER ME AWAY FROM TERRIBLE DECEIVING PRETTY DRESS COVERS.

    (I have not had coffee yet I am sorry for my incoherence but now that I love you very very much and hope you had the best blogoversary)

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  5. Yessss, perfect giffery. Schmidt!

    Blogoversaries are sneaky, I swear. I've missed all but the first one, which ironically is when I had no readers, so what was the point of that celebration?

    SUCH A GOOD GIF FOR THE UGYS.

    Haaaaa, you're Bertha Mason. Dying a bit.

    Daine and Numair's "ore" kisses are things of legend. I know, I know, you hate me.

    BOOKISH SOULMATES. It really is the best. It's funny how much other people don't get it and are like "you met...online?"

    THE ULTIMATE BARRIER. *craughing*

    mad misanthropic crime. how do I love this? let me count the ways!

    "EW. LOOK AT ALL THAT OPEN HUMAN EMOTION-SHAPED STUFF. HIDE THAT, WOULD YOU? IT'S INDECENT. Um... um... *looks about wildly*

    EMERGENCY KANYE DANCE PARTY!"

    You are my favorite.

    P.S. I get to see you in...*tries to math* ummmm A LITTLE UNDER FIVE MONTHS. Okay that sounds long but better than longer, amirite.

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  6. Congrats you awesome human :)
    And all the New Girl gif's are making my day :)

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  7. Congrats! I'm glad you found the book blogging community! I love it too and it really has changed my life. I read even more and have made some good friends. I'm glad you have had such a positive experience as well. Here is to many more awesome blogging days! Cheers.

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  8. Congrats on making it two years! I've only just found your blog, but I hope things continue to go well for you.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

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  9. Congrats on your blogoversary!!! And awesome job using all the New Girl gifs!!!! I love that show and schmidt so seeing people use gifs is awesome!

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  10. Gahhhh so excited for you! Never stop blogging ever because YES I do love your personality and YOU ARE MY PEOPLE. Oxoxoxoxo

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  11. Happy 2 years!!! I love that you said your blog is a toddler! haha. I'm going to be at 2 years in December! It's crazy that time goes so fast. I love this community. *hugs*

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  12. Happy birthday to this beautiful toddler! *waves* My blog's turning two in March, and I oh-so-can't-wait! Look at where you've come to! (I know you from Twitter, haha) I love your awesome personality and use of gifs. Stay awesome! <3

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  13. Happy blogoversary, Gillian!!! I love your blog <3 <3

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