Blogiversary Q+A Post!

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Yesterday was my one year blogiversary, which is super excited! I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since I asked my mum if I could start a writing blog, and since I wrote that super awkward and cringeworthy welcome post! (Please, please, please don’t go looking for it!)

Since then, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, a lot of them super embarrassing, but also a lot of friends and I’ve learnt so, so much that I never would have learnt otherwise. So, today I’m going to share with you some of those things, some stats, and of course, a Q+A!

Before we start, just a thank you to all my followers! Whether you be human, spam, cyborg, android, sponge or feline, I appreciate you so much! Especially thanks to Sarah and Mum, who were my first followers, and to Jess, Grace, Hailey and Cait, who were so welcoming when I first started out!

First, the Q+A!

How has blogging influenced your life and what lessons have you learnt from it? (From Grace)

The number one way I would say blogging has influenced my life is that it has allowed me to interact with people that are different from me. I live in a fairly small country town where everything is fairly uniform. I’ve gotten to used to certain behaviours, beliefs and cultures, but blogging has given me a chance to learn new things about people and to also consider things from different perspectives. For the most part, that has been good (though there’s a few negatives. Such as constantly being exposed to beliefs that are directly opposed to my Christian beliefs).

I’ve definitely learnt to debate and disagree in healthy and non-offensive ways (I think), I’ve learnt to consider other perspectives and to change my mind occasionally (like on the character of Boromir, Tanya :D) or to hold firm to my opinions (like on the subject of Miss Austen :P).

What is something you would want new bloggers to know? (also from Grace)

That blogging looks intimidating, but for the most part, everyone is super helpful and friendly! They really want you to succeed and people will do so much to help you! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. ๐Ÿ˜€

Whereโ€™s your favourite place to write and why? (from MyMusicalAndWritingLife)

On my bed, cuddled up with a hot water bottle and lots of blankets, as I am now ๐Ÿ˜€ Why? For obvious reasons, it’s late autumn and coooold. In summer though, I like to go outside at twilight and write on the swingset or on the trampoline. That’s my favourite part of every NaNoWriMo ๐Ÿ˜€

Which one of your characters would you bring to life and why? (from Jess)

All of them. Yes, even the villains.

But…okay… I think it would be a toss up between Sapphire, Chessy and Quillon, fromย The Stars Fill Infinity. I love all three of them so much and if Quillon came to life, I would marry him. And Chessy, Sapphire and I would be such good friends. After all, they came out of my imagination ๐Ÿ˜€

Why did you decide to blog in the first place? (from Cheshire Catwing. Until further notice, all these questions are hers)

I wanted writing friends! And I wanted a community where I could begin to build a base and pursue publication.

What is your favourite post and why?

I love the post I did on Audrey’s blog last month. It was an amazing experience to write and I just love it ๐Ÿ˜€ I also like my post on Waiting.

How did you decide on what template to use for your blog?

I have no idea. I can’t remember. ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you have horses, cats, dogs, other pets? If so, what do they look like?

At the moment I have only got pictures of two of my horses, since the weather is really bad.ย  But our family has two Standardbred horses and two Shetland ponies.

This one is my horse:

 

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My cranky little darling, Sandie. And a bad pic of me too ๐Ÿ˜€

And this is the cuddly one….the only cuddly equine we own:

 

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Darling Missy ๐Ÿ™‚ Sticking her nose in the camera when I was trying to take pictures.

 

 

Do you know if you will self-publish or traditional publish? Why?

I’m pursuing traditional publishing, because it’s always been my dream and at this point I don’t have the necessary skills to try creating and marketing a self-published book, but I might look into that route in the future.

What was your first book about?ย 

Ha…ha…ha…

Depends on what you class as my first book. It was probably a Warrior Cats fanfic about two cats that fall in love from different clans. *cringes and flees*. My first proper novel was about a Princess called Celia and it was never finished.

Outdoors or indoors?

Depends…in mild autumn and spring weather, I love being outside! In winter and summer though…indoors, definitely. Indoors with hot water bottles and blankets and tea.

Don’t think of a pink hippo. Did you think of a pink hippo or pink elephant?

Pink rhinoceros. So there ๐Ÿ˜›

What are your top ten favourite books? (From now on, questions are by The Story Sponge)

  1. A Tale of Two Cities
  2. The Lord of the Rings (yes, it’s one book. I’ll fight you on this)
  3. Les Miserables
  4. Through Gates of Splendour
  5. Little Dorrit
  6. The Lunar Chronicles (haha, yes, I’m also putting a whole series on. I’ll fight you again. I love the Lunar Chronicles)
  7. Little Women
  8. The Magician’s Nephew
  9. The Silver Chair
  10. A Time to Die

Top ten movies or TV shows?

I don’t think I’ve even watched ten movies/shows, ๐Ÿ˜› but here goes:

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. The Return of the King
  3. The Two Towers
  4. Les Miserables
  5. White Collar
  6. Sherlock
  7. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

And I’ve run out.

Who are your favourite authors (living or dead) and why?

Dickens, Tolkien, Hugo, Marissa Meyer, Nadine Brandes…I could think of more, but these people are some of my favourites:

Dickens and Hugo both taught me that you can write a story which carries a message and still make a great story. This is something that a lot of Christian authors need to hear.

Tolkien showed me the importance of knowing your world, whether it’s a real world or a made up one. I believe the reason people are so invested in his writing is becauseย he was so invested in his writing. He went to extreme lengths and because of it, created some amazing stories, themes, cultures and characters.

Marissa Meyer taught me how to write YA books. Due to the, um, condition of the YA market at the moment, I rarely read mainstream (or even Christian) YA, but I took a chance onย Cinder, and I loved it! It’s just a rare jewel among YA, well-written, extremely engaging, fun, great characters, and (mostly) clean. Also, no love triangles. I am forever grateful. Currently my mother, brother and sister are all reading them, and loving them!

Nadine Brandes taught me that you do not have to be J.K. Rowling to be a successful author. In fact, Nadine taught me that you do not even have to make money to be successful. I bought her book,ย A Time to Die, solely based on the way Nadine behaves online. She isย sooo encouraging. She always has a kind word to say. She asks her blog and Facebook followers how she can pray for them. I just loved the way she interacted and I wanted to support her in return, so I bought her book. (as I speak, there’s three copies of that book in the house. One’s mine, and the other two are presents for other people). While A Time to Die has not changed my life in the ways other books have, Nadine has changed the way I view everything to do with being an author. I don’t care if I hit the NYT bestseller lists, as long as I encourage people the way Nadine does.

When did you first begin writing and how has your writing evolved since then? (As in, how have your interests/themes/styles changed?)

I first began making up stories I think when I was born. I started writing them down when I was about elevenish. Maybe ten. And I like to think my writing has changed for the better since then. Not only have I learnt style, grammar, punctuation, etc, I’ve learnt about my unique voice and how to make my sentences flow smoothly. I’ve also learnt a lot about theme and message. I’ve learnt how the dark can be used to make the light shine all the more brightly. My interest has changed in the fact that I used to write solely fantasy, but I’ve branched more into historical and dystopian now. In fact, I haven’t worked on a fantasy project for almost a year. I decided that fantasy was for me to enjoy reading and not to write, it’s just not something I enjoy writing. I don’t know why ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you prefer writing with a pen or a pencil (or a quill)?

Pen all the way. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love my pens. I protect them with the ferocity of a mother dragon protecting her young. Or more likely, her jewels.

What’s your favourite kind of pie?

Apple pie, if we’re talking dessert pies. Otherwise, bacon and egg or steak and mushroom.

Would you rather live in a submarine or on the top of a mountain?

I don’t like the ocean, so I wouldn’t want to live in it. So a mountain. Unless we’re talkingย The Nautilus. I would live onย The Nautilus.

If you could tame any wild animal and keep it as a pet, which would you choose? (Or would you avoid all animals no matter how tame they are?)

An elephant or an otter! Any kind of elephant, I just love elephants. And otters are the cutest, but I like river otters the best, so I’d love one of those for a friend ๐Ÿ˜€ (And I would never avoid animals, thank you very much!)

What got you interested in dancing? (From Christine Eyre)

Years and years ago…over a decade ago, I studied Scotland as part of a thing at Girls Brigade. One of my friends at the time did Highland dancing and was asked to show some of her talents for research purposes and I fell in love. Because, you must understand, when I was five I was not into Disney Princesses and ballet and dancing with swords over the dead bodies of my enemies was exactly the kind of thing that appealed to me. Funnily enough, it still does ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you have a favourite flavour of tea? (also from Christine)

I don’t drink a lot of tea, but green tea is definitely my favourite (I drink a lot of green tea. Ask my mother). I also like chamomile and honey tea every now and then.

How many origami cranes do you have on your roof? (from my brother, Simeon, prompted by myself)

Approximately one hundred and fifty seven, give or take. Obviously, having so many cranes hanging off one’s roof makes it a little hard to count them all.

What is your favourite scene inย Stars Fill Infinityย and why? (from my sister, Skye)

That is a hard question! In fact, I don’t think I can choose! However, one of my favourite scenes is the one I refer to as “the twilight in the garden scene”, which is a conversation between Quillon and Sapphire. I’ve shared a snippet from it before, but let me share it again. I love it ๐Ÿ˜€

โ€œListen,โ€ Quillon breathed. โ€œThe world is always changing. Everything is always moving, continually, going on and on. Thereโ€™s nothing we can do about that. itโ€™s just the way the world is. And can you imagine if just stood stillโ€”if we were just stuck. It wouldnโ€™t be any fun. Thereโ€™d be no adventure. But the thing is that, above the earth, the stars stay still. They fill infinity, for ever and ever. They donโ€™t ever change. And the one who made them, and the earth. Who created and outlasts infinity. He is still the Lord, the Creator. He still loves you. Keeping on can be hard, butโ€ฆโ€ he suddenly leaned forward and kissed me, very softly, taking my breath away for a moment. โ€œโ€ฆremember. When the stars are gone, when infinity is empty. When the world has collapsed around us, ruined by fire, He is still there.โ€

Anyway, that’s the end of my Q+A! I hope you enjoyed it. Now onto a few random stats:

-121 followers (some of you I’m sure aren’t real, but I’ll let it slide ๐Ÿ˜€ )

-63 posts

-3,799 views

-1,444 visitors

-812 comments (you guys are awesomely chatty. I love it!)

-396 likes

-70,363 words (A good-length novel right there, people)

-Most popular post is my Les Miserables comparison post with over 340 views

-My second most popular post is my last Beautiful People post with 106 views

-Finally, my third most popular post is my crazed rant against Jane Austen. Apparently you guys like the controversial posts.

How about you guys? Whenโ€™s your blogiversary? Did you enjoy my answers? And thanks again, for all you guys have done! For every comment and like. Thanks for being a great community to be a part of!

 

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “Blogiversary Q+A Post!

  1. I have been blogging since December 2015. So my 3rd anniversary of blogging would be in December. I never thought I would be a blogger, but after being convinced by family and friends, I decided to try. I was hooked on the first post, but loved it even more when I got successful. I love my blog and love my faithful followers

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  2. Imaginary followers… yes those little robots. The ones you get an email about them following, but they donโ€™t show up in your stats. Except for one, I think. *shrug* WordPress trying to encourage itโ€™s users by having them get followers? That sounds kind of nice actually. ๐Ÿ˜ธ

    Horsies! Someday I shall have a horse… Someday… ๐Ÿด

    Ah, yes… I forgot the pink rhino lives there too. Silly me. ๐Ÿ˜‹

    Happy blogiversary! *throws feathers*

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  3. Congratulations on blogging for a whole year! I had my blogiversary earlier in the week, so we must have started our blogs really close together. Cool, right? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, you’re the first blogger I’ve ever seen claim to appreciate the robot followers. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Congratulations on one year!! I have no idea when I started my blog exactly but I know that it’s been probably about a year and a half… or something like that!
    I loved reading your answers to the questions! I 100% agree; The Lord of the Rings is one book! Also, your horses are adorable! And, yes to both pens and apple pie! Both are the absolute best!
    Best wishes for the coming year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Happy Blogiversary! ๐Ÿ™‚ + thanks for answering my questions! Also, I love how you put God’s truth into a kiss scene… โค

    And there's nothing wrong with Warrior Cat Fanfiction! My first major project was a Romeo and Juliet (ThunderClan and WindClan) retelling, which I wrote almost an year ago. Even though it's cringey, it's still one of my biggest writing accomplishments ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. No worries ๐Ÿ˜€ Ah, thank you! I really enjoyed writing that scene ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m very proud of it.
    That’s a relief, since I wrote a lot of it! It’s true though, if it wasn’t for those cringey fanfics my writing wouldn’t be where it is today ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for commenting!

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  7. Thanks!
    LOTR is definitely one book and so many people insist on it being a trilogy (its one of my petty hates). My horses are adorable (sometimes). Despite their faults, I love them ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m super attached to my pens.
    Thanks for commenting!

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  8. I don’t know what WordPress is playing at, but I will admit to feeling a little tinge of pride mixed with my annoyance when I get an email telling me that a non-existent person has followed my blog. I guess my blog is just so awesome that even the not-real people need to follow ;P
    ๐Ÿ˜€
    *spits out feathers*
    Thanks for commenting (and thanks for the feathers!)

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  9. Yes, I think we did! I kinda remember it, but I didn’t know many people then.
    Ah, the robot followers give me a little thrill of pleasure mixed with my irritation. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for commenting!

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  10. Congrats on Blogiversary number one!
    If I brought to life all of my characters, I’m pretty sure I’d start World War III :’D.
    Yes, Lord of the Rings is one book. (a looong book, but a book nonetheless)

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  11. Yay! Congratulations, and fantastic post! Great answers! Apple pie is my favourite too, and I adore otters. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would agree with you that LOTR is all one book, so there will be no need for debate. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I loved what you said about the dark being used to make the light shine more brightly! We can’t ignore the darkness in the world, and stories that don’t address the reality of the darkness won’t be able to portray the power of the light. Light is not afraid of darkness, and as bearers of the light, we shouldn’t be either. Light pierces the darkness, and that is what great works of art should do too. We have to paint the picture as broken as it is before we can appreciate the light. My favourite stories aren’t afraid to go to a dark place, because when the end of the night comes, the sun will shine out all the clearer! Also it’s so true that we don’t have to become NYT best sellers to be successful! If a story touches just one person’s life, it has succeeded.
    Again, great answers, and I hope you have another fantastic year of blogging ahead of you!

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  12. congratulations on one year!

    oh my, your horses are so beautiful. I especially love the picture of Missy ๐Ÿ™‚

    haha, thank you for listening to me rant about Boromir ๐Ÿ˜€

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  13. Happy Blogiversary!!! The end of Tale of Two Cities is so amazing and heart-wrenching and inspiring. And the finale of the Broadway musical adaption almost always makes me tear up. And Little Dorrit!! I love John Chivery. Basically I love all the Dickens books that I’ve read. I love what you said Dickens and Hugo taught you about how you can write a story with a good message and still tell a powerful and engaging story. I agree that that’s something Christian artists sometimes struggle with.
    I love the picture of all the crazy, non-stop chaos that happens in the world and, above it all, the stars standing perfectly still. It’s a beautiful, amazing thought.
    Congratulations on a great year of blogging! Here’s to the next one!!

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  14. Happy first blogiversary! My blog is like, 3 or 4 days old? It’s basically just a baby and I appreciate that you left a comment on my blogpost so I decided to check your blog out too! And I should say you have a fun way of writing and your HORSES I love them. Everytime I see horses I’m reminded of The Scorpio Races (a book that I really love). Cait was my primary inspiration for starting up a blog and she really is very approachable and interactive. Thank you for visiting my blog earlier. I hope you have more prosperous years in the blogosphere ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Thank you!
    Um…yes, I think I would too. My characters would turn the world upside down. Not great news ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Good, I’m glad someone backs me up concerning this!
    Thanks for commenting (and sorry for the late reply!)

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  16. Thank you!
    Aw, thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ She’s pretty cute. I love her ๐Ÿ™‚
    No worries! I like Boromir now ๐Ÿ˜‰ especially whenever he interacts with the hobbits ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Oh me too! Me too…I have cried more than once during the Finale. Little Dorrit is one of my other favourite books and John was definitely my favourite character in that. Such a sweet child ๐Ÿ˜€
    Yes, it definitely is (Why do you find it so hard, Christian artists? Seriously!)
    Its really comforting to think that, despite all our pain and worries and problems, God is still watching over us. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you! And thanks for commenting!

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  18. No worries! I remember that it was really intimidating starting out so I like to help others a bit! Besides, its fun to say that you’ve been there since the start ๐Ÿ˜›
    Thanks! I love writing and I try to make other people love it too! Oh, I haven’t read the Scorpio Races yet, but I’ve heard lots of good things about them!
    Yep, Cait is great ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for commenting!

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  19. I’m glad my “LOTR is one book” Campaign has so many supporters. Usually people freak out if say that it is, even though it was written as one book.
    I agree so so much with everything you just said. Light in darkness and light always, always overcoming darkness I think is the most important message for us to portray, otherwise we’ll lean either towards the super light and fluffy stories, or the super grim and dark hopeless stories.
    Thank you so much for commenting (and sorry for the late reply!)

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  20. I know. I’m so glad that there are people on the blogosphere who are so friendly and helpful. You should read The Scorpio Races! ๐Ÿ˜

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