The ups and downs of blogging // 2 years blogiversary + birthday!!

Failed moment of the day: I literally spelled my blog title “Book Snakes” in an email and did not realize it for the longest time ever. Oops. (But it kind of sounds good? Is that just me…)

Hello everyone!! Ignore the above. 🙂 I meant to post this yesterday, but I got kind of caught up with things and didn’t get the chance, unfortunately. By things, I mean I turned 19 yesterday??? And it’s my 2 year-blogiversary?? It honestly doesn’t feel any different but somehow I’m older? But like I’m still not down with this whole adulting thing… #helpwhereismychildhood

This isn’t going to be a me-focused post, but a mini timeline:

I started my blog on March 20-something (let’s go with 24th because it’s around the time I started posting more often + saves me from mixing up dates), 2015. I have since then:

  • Survived high school (?!)
  • Started university (SO MUCH WORK but I suppose it’s an accomplishment haha)
  • Continued part-time work (aka I have even less time)
  • Bought too many books
  • Went to Disney World + Universal Studios (HARRY POTTER omg I CAN’TTTTT) and literally had the best time ever
  • Seriously though you can’t imagine how amazing it was.
  • I’m actually in love with Butterbeer and I even got a stuffed Hedwig I love herrrrr
  • I know I never even mentioned this until now?? lol. But I went during the week of Christmas (SO BUSY my god) and it was basically my dream come true in HP World. I adore roller coasters so much and it was heaven.
  • Written 435 posts (including this one)
  • Procrastinated on too many things

Can you believe it’s also been 2 YEARS since I started this blog??? My. mind. can’t. process. this. HOW has it been so long??? (Well, long for me, anyway, seeing how I never thought this would last this much time.) Granted, I didn’t blog for 7 months during this time, which is probably why it doesn’t really feel like 2 years, but nonetheless, it’s been 2 years since I started the blog! I wanted to take a moment to thank you guys, first of all, for sticking through my rambling inconsistent nonsense (who would have thought???), and secondly, for making this whole blogging thing SO WORTHWHILE. ❤ ❤

BUT. Blogging is HARD. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about particularly the things that are difficult, so here we go!

What I struggled with

Finding the time to blog

This is actually something I still struggle with, honestly. What is time and how do we have enough of it to do the 19876 things in our lives??? Someone please offer the answer, because I have no clue. When I first started, I tried to post everyday, and for a few months at a time, it worked. But my quality of posts were not as good, and I ended up giving up on the daily posts thing because life just gets SO BUSY. I occasionally prepare my posts in advance now, but other times, even that proves to be challenging. The posts alone can take so much of my time, it takes at least an hour for most posts, depending on the type… but then you add in making graphics, commenting, and all other blogging things… LIKE I SAID. No time. *cry face*

Writing blog posts

Finding the inspiration and idea to write a blog post–a creative, and interesting one–was actually much harder than I’d expected?? Am I the only one who thinks this?? I love writing discussions, for one, but coming up with a topic?? Can be so hard. Sometimes I’m totally struck by inspiration and it can be easy, but other times I try (and fail) to writing something semi-coherent and enjoyable to read haha. I’ve had to resign myself to this fact: there are very few ‘original’ topics. Most things (such as this pros and cons of blogging, if you will) have already been written about. But, as I learned, it’s your own take on it that makes it an interesting post! But that is hard when the topic just isn’t coming to you… *glares at past blogging slumps* Very familiar with that, unfortunately. 

Blog hopping & commenting

I adore blog hopping and commenting on other blogs!! It’s so much fun and I always love hearing from other bloggers–that interaction is what makes blogging so special, right? What I struggle with is again, time. Time, to not only reply to comments on my own blog, but also leave a comment on the commenter’s blog, and then go blog-hop on and comments on other blogs. I try my best, but sometimes I get behind on my commenting game, and reply to comments a bit late–and then also spend double the amount of time binge-blog hopping and catching up on posts I’ve missed. It’s just so time-consuming though, and I feel so bad that I can’t make it to every blog ahah. If I haven’t stopped by your blog in a while, I promise, I’m trying! 🙂

Getting caught up in the stats

I didn’t expect much when I first started blogging in terms of stats (i.e. followers, likes, comments, etc.) but I think after two years there are things I’ve come to expect from my blog, and I won’t lie, stats kind of really impacted my blogging experience in a negative way sometimes. As a human being, as a perfectionist-in-certain-areas person in particular, being ‘successful’ (in quotations because everyone has different definitions) is kind of a goal. And blogging takes so much work, and effort, that getting, say, lots of views, or lots of comments on your posts feels good, and when you don’t, it can lead, inevitably, to disappointment, which can lead later to a lack of motivation to blog. The easiest thing, I’ve learned, is to not care about the stats as much, but that’s easier said than done. It’s perfectly fine to care about the stats, just need to find that balance so that it doesn’t start to bring you down.

Comparing myself to other bloggers

Is it just me who has looked at other bloggers before “Their blog is so [successful/popular/creative/eye-catching/insert attribute here]” and subconsciously compared it to my own? There are SO MANY absolutely amazing blogs out there that 100% deserve all the praises, and I would be the first one to gush over the many fabulous qualities. I think it’s great to show that support, those bloggers deserve it so much! But then, comes in the creeping thought of “Is mine not good enough?” or “Why isn’t mine as successful?” and that’s when it gets difficult. I’ve been through it. Let me say this: YOUR BLOG IS GREAT, PEOPLE. I truly mean it. Stats, everything, doesn’t matter if you’re happy with your blog. It’s perfectly fine to love other blogs (you totally should!!) but take a moment to just appreciate your blog as well instead of comparing it because that will make you so much happier. ❤ #lessonlearned xD

What makes it all so worth it:

The blogging community

#1 reason, hands down!! My praises for the blogging community are literally endless. The limitless amount of kind, caring and such amazing people that I’ve met during my blogging years make me ask why aren’t people around the world more like them?? Legit, if the world was as lovely as the blogging community, we’d have world peace and so much more love!! ❤ ❤ Even better is the fact that through the blogging community, I’ve gotten the chance to meet and learn, about so many people, so many things, and of course, new books. It feels so great to know that whenever I have a book I adore (or a book I despise), there will ALWAYS be someone there to either fangirl or rant with me. That sense of belonging, got lost to me a few times over my blogging journey (7 months disappearing kind of does that…) but blogging again re-introduced me to the magic that I fell in love with; There is no better feeling than fangirling with another fellow human, a friend who understands you. And I know I’m verging on cheesiness-overload (if I’m not already swimming in it), but I really mean that! The amount of friends I’ve made through blogging has made all of it SO WORTH IT. All of the struggles I mentioned above? Mean nothing, at the end of the day when I think about how great all of you are. THANK YOU for being such lovely human beings. ❤ ❤

Gosh, now I’m all emotional. This is terrible for my rep, guys. Ugh. ❤

There are so many other good sides to blogging, trust me, but I’m really short on time right now and I hope this is enough aha. ❤ ❤ The blogging community is absolutely the best part though?!?


I still can’t believe it’s been 2 years. 

Okay, okay, I’ll get used to it! But thank you once again, and tell me: have you gone through any of these struggles?? How long have you been blogging, and what do you love about it? (Me, obviously, but that’s a given. :P) I love talking to each and every one of you, thank you SO MUCH for just being so supportive. ❤ ❤ A million hugs to all of you!!

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59 thoughts on “The ups and downs of blogging // 2 years blogiversary + birthday!!

  1. Omg I said it sometime ago (I’m sorry, I’m a #goldfish) but I’ll say it again: HAPPY TWO YEARS AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! times infinity. But AGH 2 years is so much! And I totally agree with all those struggles — those are all things I struggle with right now! TIME is definitely a problem — by the time I finish answering all the comments in my notifications AND reading and commenting on most of the posts in my Reader AND writing/finishing a blog post, I have NO TIME WHATSOEVER. And then new posts/comments pop up and I’m just like AGH STOP. I think I’m finding more balance as I go, though. I’ve already started unfollowing some blogs, just to take off the pressure on commenting on all of them. 😄 And HAHAHAHA YES STATS. I’m proud of where I’m at and stats encourage me, but I don’t want it to become a thing where I get over my head or follow a blog just to get a follow back, etc. This is a wonderful post, and CONGRATS YET AGAIN!!! ❤

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    • Hahaha I’m totally a goldfish too, it’s all good, THANK YOU!!! Times infinity and more. ❤❤❤ I’m still in shock that it’s been 2 years already omg. TIME WILL BE MY DEATH lolll. I have so much work to do for uni, just life in general, and doing all the blogging things take up so much time that I don’t always have (WHY). I follow so many blogs, I definitely am not able to comment on all of them, but I do try! There is so much pressure though haha, it’s good that you’re making the pressure lighter. ❤
      Stats are an ongoing conflict! That is so true, I agree.
      THANK YOU LOVELY!! 💞💞

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  2. Congrats on two your of blogging! That is quite the achievement as we all know blogging takes time and effort and commitment!

    Those are all really great lessons that you’ve learned and I definitely need to remind myself of them as often as possible as I sometimes get a bit caught up in it all – especially the stats. But it’s all so much fun that I don’t mind my days of ‘I am not doing enough. This isn’t working the way it should.’.

    To many more years!

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    • Thank you!! ❤ Aha definitely.
      Yes, writing this post really made me reflect on them. It’s hard not to be brought down by certain aspects, stats in particular. But at the end of the day I love doing it so it’s definitely worth the days where I’m not feeling as motivated!
      Indeed! 😊💞

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  3. Congrats on two years! That’s quite an accomplishment.

    I’m coming up on my 4th year of blogging and stats are something that still get me from time to time. It’s hard not to compare your blogs to others and get caught up in the numbers! Blogging is so subjective in terms of success and I think numbers are something we are comfortable with. So I try and avoid looking at the stat page unless I need to update my Netgalley profile (which I try to do every other month). My blogging envy definitely decreased after year 2 of blogging so I think it will for you too!

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    • Thank you!! 😊 Oh my gosh, 4th year?! That’s amazing ahah. It really is? It’s so hard not to think about the stats sometimes. But even then, what qualifies as success varies from person to person as well. I don’t update my Netgalley page that much, actually so I only look at my stats for a moment time to time. Haha I’m glad to hear that!

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  4. Ah, happy birthday and happy blogiversary! Two years is straight up crazy to me; I’ve only been blogging for three months, but I’m absolutely loving it! The community is definitely why I joined, especially because I don’t have friends who read as much as me, so it’s nice to hang around people who finally “get it.”

    Can definitely agree on blogging taking up so much time! Even publishing a post can take a while, depending on how much your promote it on your social media accounts. But it’s definitely worth it! It’s the type of work that’s tough, but I definitely enjoy.

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    • Thank you!! 😊❤ It’s kind of insane, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long at all. Exactly! I have a few friends that read, but we don’t exactly have the discussions (fangirling) sessions that I find with the blogging community haha. Oh, very true! I don’t promote my posts as much, but writing them can take a lot of time. It’s so much work, for sure, but yes, the best type of work! 💞

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  5. Happy Birthday to you & blog birthday!! Did you say Harry Potter is under Universal Studios? Is that in FL? I went to Magic Kingdom and it was fantastic. Love your ups & downs of blogging. Well stated. Snacks typo to snakes is hilarious 😊 Wishing you success & fun in your blogging journey 😊

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  6. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY and Blogoversary Analee!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I am really happy to see you back into blogging lately, it's always such a pleasure to read your blog posts, I have missed you a lot. And for your birthday, well I can only wish you all the best in the world because you are the BEST ❤ ❤
    Your struggles are on point, time and trying not to get too much behind definitely is something I struggle with daily. It's such a commitment to blog, but I guess if we love it, it doesn't feel like it's a burden 🙂

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    • THANK YOU MARIE!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ Ahah yes, it's been so busy that I've missed writing blog posts! I haven't gotten the chance to blog hop lately either at ALL, and I'm so sad ahah. I've missed you so much!! *runs off to your blog to binge-read and comment* Omg thank you so much Marie, you are the SWEETEST and bestest of all. (Bestest is totally a word, shh.)
      Ahhhh time. I will never have enough of it! For sure, blogging is an incredibly huge commitment, it's a good thing we love it so much! 😀

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  7. Happy birthday Analee, and happy two year blogiversary as well! 😀 ❤ I bet the time has flown by since you first started this blog (or starting posting more on March 24th) and now! 🙂
    I completely agree with pretty much all your struggles when it comes to blogging. The main thing for me is time. When I was in high school/uni time management was never really a strength of mine but since blogging I've had to learn how to manage it the hard way because this takes up so much time.
    But it's so worth it as well. 🙂
    The bookish community is, hands down, the best thing about blogging. Every moment I've spent on here has been more than worth it because I've got to meet some amazing people, and I wouldn't have changed any of it for anything! 😀
    Great post, and again congratulations on your two-year blogiversary! ❤

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  8. Happy late birthday and happy 2 year blogiversary, Analee! I love that your birthday and your blog’s birthday are close to each other. 😂 I can completely relate to all of your struggles! Especially the ones about writing posts, blog hopping/commenting, and comparing your blog to other blogs. Blogging can be so time-consuming and I have more often that not either gotten caught up in blog hopping over writing posts or the other way around. I would have to sacrifice one or the other at times. It wasn’t even until this past month that I got a handle on scheduling posts. I’ve made Sunday’s my day where I plan posts for the week and so far it’s been working and I feel organized for once in my life lol. Except that never works with reviews because I always have to write them within a day of finishing a book. And I feel like we all get caught up in comparing our blogs sometimes. There’s just so many gorgeous blogs out there! I completely agree with what you said about taking a moment to appreciate your own blog. And, of course, I’m with you on the blogging community as well. Honestly if it wasn’t for the friends I made on here I don’t think my blog would have lasted very long. I just love how supportive we all are of each other! 😊♥

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    • Thank you!! ❤ ❤ SAME haha. Also I already have terrible memory, so having one date for two things is quite convenient?? I'm so glad I'm not alone in those areas. Oh, me too! It's so difficult to find a balance between the two because they both can take so much time?? I sit down for a few minutes to blog hop a bit and then I realize it's been an hour or something… I've definitely had to sacrifice one over the other! A lot of the time it's writing the post over blog-hopping, simply because blog-hopping takes a lot more time for me, because I end up often binge-commenting on multiple posts because I miss a lot of the posts the day of their posting? A habit of mine, lol. I still haven't gotten the hang of scheduling, honestly. I did, for a while, and then my schedule got a lot busier and it threw everything off haha. I'm glad to hear your organization skills are on point though at the moment! ❤ That sounds like a good plan. Haha right?? It's so hard not to look at another blog and compare it to your own when theirs is so good. 🙂 Same here! The blogging community is definitely why I lasted so long. The friends I've made on here are so special and, yes, SO supportive. ❤ ❤

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      • You’re welcome!! 😁♥ And it’s the same for me with blog hopping, it can take me so long to blog hop. I’ll start at noon or something and five hours later I’ve barely made a dent. It’s why I tend to not blog hop every day now because then I would never post or finish a book. 😂 Which actually leads to me binge commenting as well because I get behind on posts lol.

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  9. COngratulations Analee and happy belated birthday! I’ve celebrated my 2nd blogiversary on march 15 2017 so happy blogiversary to both of us. Yeah, it’s a totally hard to balance your online life and offline life. I’m glad you’re trying your best to blog whenever you are free. I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  10. I AM SO SORRY I ONLY SAW THIS NOW! HAAAAAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, ANALEE! ❤ ❤ ❤
    I was so busy with life and stuff, I was so terrible with blog hopping and blogging and stuff pretty much all month long. So, my reasons for missing this were basically all the things that you said made blogging hard sometimes. In the end the community makes it all worth it though and I am so glad you are part of it and that you came back from your ginormously long hiatus.

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    • NOOOOO DON’T BE SORRY I GET IT 100% omg. THANK YOU KAT!! But oh my gosh, I am the last person you ever need to apologize for being behind on blog hopping!! (Not that you need to apologize to anyone, really ahah) ❤ Life can get so busy, it's the same for me when it comes to blog hopping sometimes. It can be SO HARD to find time to blog, and so many other complications for sure. I love the community so much though, and I am grateful to have met you Kat!! I am so glad to be back if it means I get to talk to such wonderful people. ❤

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  11. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY AND BLOGIVERSARY!! I had the same reaction when I had turned 19 (and 18… and now 22…) WHY IS MY CHILDHOOD RUNNING AWAY FROM ME!? However, every day is a fight to keep it secure within me. 😛 I totally relate with all the blogging issues you’ve had, especially time! But the community and those who take the time to read what I write and leave a comment ALWAYS make me want to check out their stuff and continue doing what I love, that is sharing my love for books with the community! THE COMMUNITY IS AWESOME!! ❤ Thank you for being an awesome follower too, again, Happy belated birthday and blogiversary! 😉

    – Lashaan

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    • THANK YOU!!! 😀 RIGHT??!! I used to want to be older?? And now I’m missing my childhood whyyyyyy is it leaving me??? Haha that’s the only thing to do, I think…
      Yes, time is a big struggle for me! It can be so hard to manage, but the blogging community is definitely what pushes me to find a way through it ahah. I love reading other posts, and talking to other bloggers!! IT TOTALLY IS. Thank YOU for being so awesome ahah, and thanks again! 😀

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  12. 1. Book snakes (hee hee!)…definitely not as delicious as book snacks!
    2. 435 posts in two years? Holy moley, you are a book blogging beast!
    3. HAPPY (belated) TWO YEAR BLOGIVERSARY *tosses confetti about*

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    • 1. Haha so true?! I’m actually quite glad this typo did not occur when I was naming this blog because SNACKS > SNAKES. 😂
      2. Haha I’m honoured you think so! Rawr. I haven’t been blogging as much as I would’ve liked too though, lately!
      3. THANK YOU!! 💞 Confetti is never belated ahah, always welcome. 😂

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