5 ways being a book blogger has changed me (2 year anniversary!!)

Hey Happy Bookworms!

Today I’m a very happy bookworm because it’s my blogiversary! 2 years – that’s so weird to think about 😲

I wasn’t really sure what to post about, I had a couple ideas but this has been on my brainstorm for awhile & I feel like it’s really cringing unless in this context because I’m allowed to be soppy in this 😝


1) Writing

This is the most obvious one – of course writing every week has improved my writing! But it’s more than that, it gave me the confidence to try out Adi’s story prompt & I actually really like that post, I think it’s good, which I hardly ever think about my stories πŸ˜‚

believe youtube GIF2) Being myself

This slightly leads on from writing because now I feel like I actually write like myself. I don’t write because I think people will like it, I write because I like it (Hey, I told you this was gonna be cheesy πŸ§€) But last year I took a break over the summer holidays to decide if I even wanted to continue blogging or not and I decided that yes, yes I did but I wanted to switch it up & write authentically. So really, this is my first year anniversary of my blog.Β (All the cheessssseeeeeee πŸ§€πŸ§€πŸ§€πŸ§€πŸ§€πŸ§€)

space ghost cheese GIF

3) The way I read

This change is so crazy! I now read SO. MUCH. MORE. The amount has just increased by a crazy amount, like I’ve already read more this year than the whole of last year by about 20 & the year isn’t over yet πŸ˜‰
I also read critically now, I know what a good book & a bad book is (to me) and a lot of the time my friends are a lot more lenient with how good a book is compared to me.

beauty and the beast books GIF by Disney

4) I have encyclopaedic knowledge of books

I swear this is such a weird point but it’s truuueeeee πŸ˜‚
If people name a book – I’ll probably know it & maybe not have read it but know what it’s about and/or people’s opinions. Sometimes people look so surprised that I know the book they’re talking about & I just think that’s just so funny. 😏
Anyway, my point is I know a lot more about books & authors now!

Books Library GIF by DePauw University

5) Socialising

Online to all you guys – I feel like I’ve made so many friends in people on the blogosphere & you guys really are truly the best πŸ™‚ I want to do a post like Lais’ sometime & shout my favourite people out, so I’ll try & get round to that soon!
But also in real life – it’s given me more confidence in talking to new people & even made me excited to talk to new people & get to know them because I’m finding it more fun to learn about people ☺️

my little pony hug GIF


Thank you so much for reading & for sticking with me for however long you have πŸ˜„

How’s blogging changed you?

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34 thoughts on “5 ways being a book blogger has changed me (2 year anniversary!!)

  1. Charlotte says:

    Happy two years!! I found your page through Sophie’s two year post – a lot of people seem to have a two year anniversary of blogging this year. These are all such wonderful points and it’s definitely amazing to meet fellow book lovers online. I also love how my TBR seems to grow everytime I come online. Is it already insanely long? Yes but I just keep adding to it and I love it.

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    • El says:

      Thank you so much! Yes, Sophie was so sweet to mention me πŸ™‚
      I wonder why – I guess 2017 was a great time to start a blog?!
      I agree – one of the best things about being part of the community is all the recs!

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  2. Clo @ Cuppa Clo says:

    Aaaah I’m sorry I’m late but happy blogoversary love! Blogging changes us in the most interesting ways I think, like blogging has let me make friends all over the world and I adore all my friends! Also the reading more thing, can’t relate on that one, it seems for me I read less because of blogging but that’s also due to me struggling to balance reading and erm blogging xD Anyhoo well done for making it to 2 years El! ❀

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  3. Xandra @ Starry Sky Books says:

    I’m a little bit late, but Happy Blogiversary, El!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸŽ‰

    I can’t believe you’ve been blogging for so long! And I agree so much with everything! Writing so many posts has really helped me to develop my personal writing voice, and I’m so much better than I was when I started! And I also agree that blogging has caused me to read so much more – I used to only read about 8 books a year, and now I read closer to 50! πŸ˜‚ And I understand about the whole “encyclopedic knowledge of books” things – I can walk into any bookstore and know all about the books in the YA section, haha!

    I’m so glad I met you in my first year of blogging! I hope you have another great year ahead of you! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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  4. Lais @ The Bookish Skies says:

    yayyyy, happy blogversary, el!
    i haven’t reached my one year anniversary yet, but i can already totally relate to some of the things you mentioned. i’m much more comfortable to be myself now on my posts, but i hadn’t really found my voice at the beginning. i’ve also been reading a ton more – probably because of the amount of fantastic recommendations you get when book blogging -, and i feel like reading other people stats just motivate me to do just as good.
    i’d love to read a post about all your favorite bloggers, as i’m constantly looking for new people to follow + it’s a great way to share love & positivity. i am not the best at socializing, not online not offline, but i do feel like i’ve met some amazing people through blogging that perhaps i would’ve never even talked to and it’s such a privilege!
    once again, happy blogversary!!!! here’s to many more amazing years!

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  5. Emma @ AFCTL says:

    HAPPY TWO YEARS, EL! THAT’S AMAZING!!!

    These are all such true points, and I can’t believe you’ve made it two years?! I thought you had been blogging for way longer because of your post quality! That’s amazing!!
    – Emma πŸ™‚

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  6. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    Yay!!! Happy blogiversary *dance or cake party (which ever you prefer)* You are doing amazing !!! πŸ’›πŸ’›

    I loved reading this and it is so wonderful to hear how blogging has positively affected your life!! (Btw I am very glad you decided to carry on blogging)!! I’m glad you can feel like you can write like yourself as that is so important!!
    Being a book blogger has definitely increased by reading and I actually completed by goodreads goal for once which I thought was impossible πŸ˜‚ and yes I know so much more about books now!! Looking around a bookstore I’m just like I know that book and that one and that one !! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I agree there are so many wonderful people in the book community and you are one of them!! I hope you have another wonderful year of blogging!! πŸ’•πŸŽ‰

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  7. Aditi says:

    I JUST TYPED A FREAKING ESSAY COMMENT AND WP DELETED IT SDSBWNJKSKS ok deep breaths. ok.
    GIRL GIRL GIRL
    I SWEAR
    OH MY GAWDDDDDDD
    Frickin congratsss!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
    If you stuck around for two years, you deserve an award cuz bruh that’s NOT easy!! πŸ˜™ and I’m glad you did otherwise you wouldn’t have met moi, your wonderful bestayyy 😎 and ily πŸ’•
    Because I’m a stalker, I know that your writing improved so much!! And I agree that book bloggers def know more about books and are harder reviewers πŸ˜‚
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    Hey I love socialising! And if you do that post, you’d better mention moiii 😢
    And cOnGrAts giRliE iLy 🍍🍍🍍

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  8. Aditi says:

    GIRL
    GIRL GIRL GIRLLLL OMGGGG
    I’M SO PROUD OF YOU ASDCHEUWEIS πŸ’• you are such a bombbb amazing girl, love you, and you stuck around fOR 2 yeArS ok you deserve an aWaRd. And I’m so glad you did cuz I got to meet you!! And minus that accidental ghost face mask pic you saw, it’s been a gr9 ride πŸ˜‚
    Also. From my stalking I can tell that you improved a lot in your writing, and I also feel like once you start blogging, you learn a lottt more about books and are a harder reviewer 😊
    And aqyahdk I like socialising yesh πŸ˜‚ you’d better mention moiiii 😎
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    Anyways, luv yaaa and congratsss!!!

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    • El says:

      OMGGGGG THANK YOU!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• I knowww! I can’t imagine my life without u (who would scare me with ghost selfies?)

      That means a lot, thank you (let’s count how many times I say thank you in these comments) you will 100% be in that post, top level, first one! πŸ€—

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