Hi amazing people!, I hope everyone is having a WONDERFUL day. 😊 This will not be a normal post like the ones you usually see here, but it’s more of a bit of myself speaking from my heart to you because I’m just amazed that the blog has reached 3000 followers! 🎉, it’s unreal and I’ll be reviewing a bit this beautiful journey I’ve undertaken with the blog almost 2 and a half years ago.
It’s so hard for me to describe in words everything I’m feeling right now, it’s like a mixture of emotions between happiness & gratitude.😭 When I started with the blog I NEVER imagined getting here, I’ve never been a consistent person when it comes to activities, being honest, I’ve done many things in my life from hobbies to jobs and I’ve never really found my place in the world, apart from dancing that’s something that I love to do, I had never felt that there was something that makes me feel as full as blogging, so I can say that it’s a passion for me now.
I remember when I started checking book blogs, like for the first time, I thought that was so cool, those people working so hard and they were always creating unique and incredible content, I always loved looking for my next reading in that way, but not for a moment even, I thought that one day I would do the same thing, because I just didn’t feel myself capable to do it, I didn’t think I was capable of creating content, to write something minimally coherent or to have a nice site. I’m a perfectionist so whenever I do something I should feel that it’s the best thing I can do, that I’m really giving a 100% otherwise it is not worth doing, that’s why maintaining a blog for me was an almost impossible thing. But here I am, which is all so crazy. 🤭
When I was like, I don’t know, 15 years old? maybe, I decided that I wanted to have my own blog, and I still laugh when I think about it because it was a complete disaster, I don’t even remember what happened with that blog and I’m not sure I want to do it lol. Of course, it was in Spanish and it was the most random thing ever. Well, the thing is that I posted like 3 times and came to the conclusion that wasn’t for me, it wasn’t even about books, by the way, I think it was something like more personal, I don’t know what I was thinking 😂 And I guess I was in another stage of my life.
In 2015 I learned about the existence of Goodreads and that really changed the way I read. Goodreads is a fantastic place to meet people who think and feel like you and also to share your thoughts. So I realized that reading didn’t have to be something that I have to do just on my own, I could share it with other people and the idea seemed fantastic to me. I started to write my thoughts VERY briefly about the books I was reading and since I had already started reading a bit more in English I thought it would be a great learning for me to write my reviews in this language, a language I always love.
I usually receive many e-mails from curious people from all over the world who ask me why I’ve decided to blog in a language that’s not mine and it’s never a problem for me to answer, but then they started to be a bit aggressive about it, and I’ve never shared this with you because honestly, I don’t like spreading negativity here but, this e-mail made me feel so judged and bad just for wanting to explore with a language that’s not my own…
And this is the story for all who want to know. My mother language is Spanish, the language I love and I’m proud to speak, but I’ve always loved English, since I was very young I’ve always listened to music in English, I watched movies in English and even I also started reading in English, but I never had interactions in this language with other people, so when I decided to start writing in English I did it on the one hand to learn more, even today I continue to learn a little more each day, and that makes me feel very proud of myself. And on the other hand, because I really wanted to interact with more people around the world and English is the easiest way to do it. I also discovered that buying books in English was MUCH cheaper than in Spanish, so everything made sense to me.
But even when I know that many of you understand me, and I love you for that, I want to clarify for those who don’t, I’m not trying to despise or insult my mother language in any way, and I want that to be VERY clear. Over time, I’ve been able to contact writers from my country and Spanish-speaking countries whom I’ve had the opportunity and the pleasure to collaborate with, I’ve also written some reviews in Spanish here on the blog, but I just wanted to make that clear for you so I don’t have to be repeating it in each e-mail
Continuing with my story through the reading world (super interesting 😅 ), after a time of being at Goodreads I began to feel more confident and began writing longer and more detailed reviews and found out that I really LOVE to write reviews, what I still enjoying today. This doesn’t mean they were good in fact every time I go back to see them I feel embarrassed 😳, but hey, I was learning and trying something new and that was so exciting for me that I was happy even though my English was terrible.😂
The people I met on this reading journey are the best part, I was receiving such nice and encouraging messages in Goodreads and very nice comments in my reviews, so I was always wanting to get better and better and better to continue connecting with more people and to be able to read something written by me that I really felt proud of. After a while, in fact, I could read my reviews without dying inside 👍🏻 and discovered that many people I loved and admired had blogs, so I started checking those blogs and started asking how it worked and what I should know if I was interested in starting with one myself. Everyone was SO kind and always took the time to answer all my questions, I’ll appreciate that forever, the people of this community are a light in this world and it’s because of things like that, that I feel blessed to be part of, really.😭 💖
So one-day PUM, I decided it was time and I would try (again lol). At first, my idea was to have a place to write my reviews, reviews that I already had in Goodreads, but to be honest, I never thought that someone would really read it, but they did it!, especially the same people that I loved so much in Goodreads, so they gave me even more confidence to go trying also with other post, graphics, and new stuff. Today when I look at my first posts, I think they are really messy, and I really didn’t know what I was doing, but even so, I think it’s fun and I’m happy for them, for what they meant for me at the time 👏🏻
Blogging for me, at that time, was a super secret thing that nobody knew about, not even my boyfriend because I honestly didn’t feel that he took it seriously and it was something that was very serious for me, you know?, I was really into this. But then things started to get real and people actually started to follow the blog and I remember seeing a “like” or a “comment”, or even someone following and I was literally crying because I couldn’t believe that someone would take the time to check out something that I was creating. I still get very excited every time I talk about it, I can’t help it, all that support really reach me so deeply. I didn’t have anyone close to share my love for reading, so all that love made me feel less and less alone in this. So one day I decided that I would tell my boyfriend, and surprisingly he was totally impressed and supports me 100%, and I don’t know why I thought he wouldn’t, because it’s a Hufflepuff heart like me 💛 lol, but maybe I just was afraid that a negative thing of him, my family and friends, was going to hurt me, you know? A long time after that my boyfriend and my best friend were planning to give me a present, so she got into my Goodreads to see what books she could give me (I know, she’s lovely) and so she discovered the link to my blog. She never told me anything until a while ago, she told me that she had discovered it and that she couldn’t believe what I had done EVERYTHING by myself and that she was proud and that she wanted to share it with everyone but she didn’t say anything because she wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted. I felt so good at that moment, to have the support in addition to the people that I love most, in some way, helped me to continue doing it 😍
Blogging hasn’t only made me know much more about books, authors and readers, but it has made me grow as a person, I feel that it has taught me patience, it has taught me perseverance, it has made me understand that in fact, I’m more capable of what I thought I was, that I can create something for myself and, good or bad, be proud of it. I’ve learned a lot from you, from each of your posts, from your wonderful blogs, from some of your personal stories, I’ve really learned from you and I’m eternally grateful that you’re part of this with me. *crying of happiness*.
You inspire me to keep growing and keep improving because I always want to be better than I was yesterday and I’m always trying to make my posts better than they were yesterday, you know? I try to give good content and I try to start creating more original posts and to see that you’re enjoying it is something that astonishes me and it seems incredible to me. And I don’t think the posts are like OMG, the best you’ve seen in your life, but I think I’m getting on the right track and I have many more ideas!.
Nobody really has the key to success at the time of blogging, but I think it’s so important that we try to improve ourselves and always be trying things, even if in the end it’s not what you expected, you’ll end up learning something and that’s wonderful 💕
I love all the book bloggers out there, but when I see international bloggers, like myself, grow up and improve every day it makes me feel complete. All the work that goes into what we do deserve greater respect and recognition, especially with so many obstacles ahead. I love you, I respect you and I think your work is amazing 😍 👏🏻
And HERE WE ARE!, I didn’t mean to bore you with the story of my life, but I thought it would be fun to tell you a bit how everything started and how I feel about some aspects in particular. And here we are, can you believe it?, cause I don’t yet. 3000 followers is a quantity that I never imagined to achieve, I swear, I imagine all those people and it’s something impressive. Looking back, everything I’ve been through and I’m still here, 2 and a half years later, makes me completely happy and grateful with life for giving me the opportunity to do this and hopefully I can do it for many more years because it’s something I love with all my heart. 🤗
I have several things thought for the blog to continue growing, so I hope everything goes well and that you continue being there because you’re incredible and your support gives me strength and makes me immensely happy. I would like to help you with whatever you need, so if you’re starting or need some help with something, you can send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), I’ll answer you as soon as I can, I promise.
Well, finally I want to tell you that to celebrate this incredible achievement I’ll be hosting a bookish giveaway on Twitter during the next month, I still don’t know the date, but it will be maybe in the first days. Make sure you’re following me there so you’ll not miss the opportunity to participate to win a book of your choice!.
PLEASE, don’t forget this, I don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity, it’s a way to give back all the support and affection, plus I’ve been very fortunate, during the years that I’ve been on Twitter, to win a couple of giveaways myself there so it’s a way to return all that. Anyway, I’ll be remembering it later on in the blog!❤️
TE AMO, TE AMO Y TE AMO and I hope you know it by now, I’m the kind of person who loves to say I love you, and I think it’s very important, so tell I LOVE YOU to all those special people that make your life better. 😄
I hope you’re having a WONDERFUL day, I want you to know that just by being there, reading this, you have won a place in my heart and I’ll always be grateful for your support and love. THANK YOU and see you in the next post!! 😘