Update + Writing

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a general update post, so I figured it was about time! Also I’m sorry in advance if this ends up being rambley and all over the place!

First of all…I officially hit 300 followers the other day!! 😀

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A year ago when I first started this blog, I never imagined it growing into what it has! And that is all thanks to you amazing and wonderful people! I am completely shocked, and I feel so honored to have such an incredible community of book lovers coming by and reading my bookish ramblings. I absolutely adore chatting with all of you and meeting people from all over the world through our common interests. That is the coolest thing ever! 

Thank you all so much for following my little blog, and for all of your love and support. I know that my posting has been quite spotty and inconsistent in recent months, and you guys still stand by me even while I go through this tough time in my life. That means more to me than I could ever express. Each and every single one of you are awesome! ❤

Second, I wanted to give you guys a bit of a general life/blog update!

Though I have been getting back on track with posting/commenting/replying, I know I have really been inconsistent lately, and I apologize. I’ve let some life stress and sadness get to me, and that has caused me to go through the biggest reading and blogging slump I’ve ever been through.

Not only have I been behind on reviewing, but I have been terrible at replying to your comments in a timely manner. I promise, I always read (and appreciate!) every comment you guys leave, even if it takes me forever to respond! I’ve also been awful at leaving comments on your posts, but rest assured, I am always checking out your blogs and keeping up with your posts every day. ❤

Some of my goals going forward:

  • I will be catching up on reading/reviewing, and eventually trying to get to a point where I’m posting at least one to two reviews each week.
  • I would like to be getting at least three to four posts up per week.
  • I’ll be much quicker about replying to all of your comments!!
  • I’ll be better at keeping up with all of YOUR posts and much more consistent with commenting on them as well.

Thank you all again for sticking with me through this, and I promise, things will be improving around here! 🙂

And lastly, I’ve made some new changes and additions to the site!

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve gone and added some new graphics to the blog. Finally, I’ve created a header (took me long enough!), and some general new designs for my pages. I’m hoping to do a bit more with the site in terms of the design, but it’s not my strongest area so it may take some time!

Also, I have done something I have been debating for quite some time which is add a section for my personal, creative writing to this blog. I haven’t had a place to share my creative writing for quite some time, so I figured, why not put some on here! I’ll be updating it more in the future, but for now I have a short story, some excerpts from full stories, and a few poems to start off. So, just in case anyone’s interested… 🙂

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And here’s an example of what you’ll find there:

Paradise

Prologue

Many faces passed up and down Westminster Road each day, all respectively bearing a distinct expression. Every person possessed a detailed and utterly singular mask, crafted by every moment experienced within his or her lifetime and continuously changing as the seconds ticked by. Some were fresh and eager, others timeworn and wise, but all were important. No two were—nor ever could be—the same.

The road was rich in history, full of marvel and intrigue. It had seen change, felt every footstep, heard every sound made and word uttered. It had been the sole witness to the drama of human life that unceasingly played out. A million stories flooded the streets, tumbled from the eaves of houses and the signs of shops, and danced on the wind among discussions and shouts.

However, life would not pause to observe, time would not stop to catch its breath, and the faces bled together into a mass of chaos and bustling traffic. These stories remained untold, trampled into the dusty ground of the old town where they were never bothered again. Secrets melted into the spaces between cobblestones and the cracks in walls. The days hurried on, the nights slept peacefully, and nothing in particular was noticed. This was the first mistake.

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I know a number of you guys are writers as well, so I’m also really hoping that some of you will share your writing with me! I would absolutely love to read some of your work! Always feel free to send me links to your writing, either in the comments here or in the writing section of my blog!

Anyway, that’s all for now! Hope you are all doing well, and I’ll talk to you in my next post! 😀 ❤

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6 thoughts on “Update + Writing

  1. I cannot wait to start seeing some more posts from you Ariana! I get excited every time one pops up on my reader! And trust me when I say I am awful at replying to comments and I don’t have any excuses at all except that I just get nervous about replying sometimes. Definitely not just you, we all do it!
    I also love your new header! For me, doing up my header and graphics was painful because it is definitely my weakest point when blogging! Once again, not just you!
    Love, love, love this story excerpt too it definitely caught my attention right away but we do have very similar tastes after all! When you write a book I will be first in line for it! 🙂

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  2. Congratulations on 300 followers! ❤ Here's to many more to come! 😀
    I'm going to look forward to more posts from you. But I totally understand, I have been very busy lately (still am) and I'm really struggling with replying to commends and interacting with people. One of my goals is to change that as well. Good luck to both of us! 🙂
    Also, I love your header! It's super pretty. I'm terrible at that, basically I don't even have a header – I just can't make one that I'm satisfied with…So I stopped trying. (Though I should probably make one in the future, we shall see.)

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  3. omgasdfghjkl! CONGRATS ON 300! That’s such a massive milestone! You deserve all the followers in the whole world! I mean if i could give you multiple followers you’d probably have millions of followers right now!

    Also, checking out that awesome writing corner of your blog now, can’t wait to get stuck in and read your wonderful pieces!

    Also, don’t worry. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump myself lately. It’s fine to be perfectly honest, do whatever is best for you! If you simply to busy or just can’t reply to comments, blog etc.. Then don’t force yourself too. Blogging should be fun, not a chore, stay happy 😀

    Love your new graphics, they are looking AWESOME! Falling in love with that Doctor Who Tardis!
    And hey, sorry for the self-promotion, just trying to get my Free graphic design service out there hosted on another blog @ The Blogger Mall.
    https://lifeasshania.wordpress.com/blogger-mall/customdesign/

    Loved this exciting update…

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