My Very First Blogoversary & An EPIC Giveaway

Friday, January 2, 2015

Wow. I mean, WOW! Where in the world did 2014 go?

As I sit here in the early hours of my very first blogoversary, I'm thinking about where I was a year ago. I was sitting in this very chair, working like crazy and learning all I could about 'how to blog'. I worked so hard at this. At the time, it was a spur of the moment decision, or maybe a last minute new year's resolution. Actually, maybe a little bit of each. You see, I'd followed book blogs for years, but I never thought it was something I could do myself. Plus, I didn't really have the time back in the day, but last year, on January 2nd, I posted my very first blog post, which features I horrible Youtube video of me introducing myself and my dog barking like crazy in the background. Little did I know at the time, how much this blog would end up growing, how many amazing friends I would end up meeting, and how many incredibly awesome events, books, and authors I would be introduced to, or that I would start co-blogging on two other blogs besides my own, start my own business, and receive some ARCs. I never expected this, not by a long shot, but surprisingly, here I sit. I'm so very thankful for that. You have no idea how much you and this blog mean to me. It is my entire life. Well, besides reading, working, and making totes!

I'm going to break down some of my accomplishments from the past year here...

Over 30,000 page views
2,903 Published Comments
240 Total Posts
My post describing the opening of my Etsy shop was my most viewed 1,404 views
490 Bloglovin Followers
226 GFC Followers 
1,414 Twitter Followers
257 Facebook likes
1,206 Instagram Followers
Over 100 totes purchased from my Etsy
And absolutely none of these things would've happened without YOU! Yes, you! Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Did I say thank you yet?)

But there are a few individuals from the past year that I met that really changed my life, and I want to take a moment to mention them here.

Sarah @Words With Sarah... You are my bestie brah, my ride-or-die, the Susan Dennard to my SJ Maas (Sorry, I had to pick SJM as me! It's my blogoversary, I'll do what I want!) Before I met you, I didn't know what having a best friend who was just as obsessed with books and writing was like. I wouldn't know what I would be doing if I hadn't come across your blog last year. You make each of my days brighter and definitely funnier! One year down in our friendship, a lifetime to go....See you in Five Months and counting, brah! LOVE YOU!

Andye @Reading Teen....where, oh, where do I start with you?! You. Rock. Simple as that. I came to you just to be one of your Review Your Books reviewers, and a pretty badass friendship has blossomed from that. I'm sorry I've been sucky on the reading front for the past month (blame my mouth!), but I promise to do better in 2015! I absolutely cannot wait to hug you at BEA. That hug is easily going to last for oh about 20 minutes or so! ;) Oh, and you're stuck with me for at least the next year, if you still want me! A large part of my blogging/etsy accomplishments this past year are due to all your magnificent help. You, my dear, are forever a friend of mine, and I seriously heart you!

Pili @In Love With Handmade... Wow, 2014 was a rough year for both of us, huh? It's weird looking back now, because it seemed like those rough months were going to kill me at the time. But they didn't, and you helped a ton with that. They would probably still be killing me if I didn't have you. BUT 2015 is OUR year, girly. Our year to do it all, and be the best we can do. 2014 was full of tears, but 2015 is going to be full of smiles, ya hear?! I'm so thankful to have met you, and collaborated with Ink & Batter and Cover Puppies.. That reminds me, I need to get back to doing that! Until BEA, let's continue to engage in Emergency Dance Parties and SHAKE IT OFF! <3

Amanda @Of Spectacles and Books.... Oh, girl. I was so scared to meet you in real life! LOL! Just because I'm a total hermit, and shy about meeting new people! However, I am so incredibly thankful that I got the courage to go to our very first coffee date! I still can't believe how much we click. Our conversations are always a highlight, and I cannot wait for you to get your booty back to OKC because I MISS YOU! Seriously, Amanda, you are a wonderful person, inside and out, and I'm so, so happy to have met you and that I get to call you my friend. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN THIS YEAR! NTTBF and BEA! AH! LOVE YOU (AND COME HOME NOW!) ;)

I have met so many amazing people in the blogging world over the past year, but these four girls are my very close friends, and I had to highlight that. But that doesn't mean that you don't mean something to me! Because you do! I want to thank you all, readers, fellow bloggers, authors, publishers, publicists. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Now, time for the fun part! 


I know I don't do enough International giveaways, and I have a ton of international followers so I feel really bad, which is why I'm going to open this giveaway up for all of my followers. However, there are some stipulations. I'm going to allow entries for this giveaway for everyone to enter,  yes, BUT followers in the US will be getting a different prize than INTL followers. I hope that sounded right. I'm giving away a box of books to those of you in the US. I don't know for sure what will be in said box, but there will be at least 6-7 books, maybe more. These books will range from ARCs, finished copies, paperbacks, hardcovers, maybe even an audiobook. But if you win and you are INTL, you can choose one (1) book from Book Depository valued no more than $15.00 U.S. dollars. 

Okay, so if you are in the US and win, you will get the box of books.
If you are INTL and win, you will get a choice of book from BD. 

Here are the other rules:

**Oh, and here's the rules/mumbo jumbo/stuff you may need to know before entering:**

If winner is in US, they will recieve a box of various books.
If winner is INTL, they will receive their choice of 1 book ($15 or less) from the Book Depository.
Must be 13+ (or have parents permission to enter)
I am not responsible for packages lost/damaged in the mail.
There will be ONE winner (either US or INTL) chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
I reserve the right to disqualify any entries I see unfit.
Please don't cheat. Cheaters never win. (Because I check ALL entries. You've been warned!!) 
Giveaway starts today and ends January, 23rd, 2015! 
HAVE FUN!!!! :) 


Again, thank you so much for believing in me this past year. Your friendship means more to me than anything I could ever put into words. It might sound creepy if I tried. Here's a wish for the happiest of new year's to every single one of you. May it be the very best year yet! 

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  1. Congratulations on your first blogoversary! Hope your second year of blogging is just as wonderful (:

  2. Congrats on one year of blogging!! :]


    I remember watching your YouTube video and thinking you were so adorable!! You've been so much help to me this year my dear, because damn what a crap year 2014 was, BUT there's always light in the darkness, and you've been part of mine!

    Now 2015 has started and it will be one hell of an awesome year!! BEA is closer every day!! And yes, it will be full of smiles, even if your post made me cry a wee bit, but they were "I'm so touched, I want to squish you" kinda tears!

  4. YAAAY :D Congrats on one year of blogging Becca. <3 That is all kinds of amazing :D I adore your blog; and have loved following you on twitter for a while now, hih :) Hope you'll blog for a long time still. <3 your totes are gorgeous as well :) Thank you for this awesome giveaway sweetie. <3 You are the best :)

  5. Happy first Blogoversary Becca and happy 2015~ Thanks for the giveaway and I'm looking forward to more amazing posts, totes and everything from you :D

  6. Congratulations! Sounds like you had a great year! :)

  7. Happy First Blogoversary!!!!! That's brilliant :D As are your totes, but you already know that.
    Thank you for the giveaway!!!!!

  8. Happy blogoversary! I love your totes on Etsy.

  9. I've told you this three times today already, but I love you so much! You are amazing and I'm so glad we are besties! i will come back to OKC asap! :)

  10. Happy Blogoversary!! The Year has gone by so fast and I'm glad it has been such a fabulous blogging one for you =D

  11. Congratulations on your blogoversary!! I hope you have many more to come! And thank you for being a great friend, it's been a pleasure to get to know you! <3

  12. Eeeeeek!!! One year down, and what an enormous impact you've made on this awesome blogging world!! When I read your first review for me I knew you had something special, and the more I learn about you, the more incredible I find out you are. Thank you so much for all you do for Reading Teen. Your reviews are fantastic and you have added so much to our blog!! Good luck this year and I can't wait to meet you irl. Good luck in 2015!! Live you, girl!! ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Congrats on your first Blogoversary. It's always goes fast, especially the first year. I hope you love all your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  14. Happy blogoversary! I'm glad it's been such a successful year for you.

    I've only just launched my blog, so it's practically a fetus - looking forward to that one year milestone!

  15. Congrats! You've done so much within just one year, wow!

  16. Happy Blogoversary! and congrats on all of you blogging accomplishments!

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

  17. Congrats on your first year, and here's to many more blogging years to come! :) Your totes are super adorable, as is your blog. I hope we talk more in the future!

    Danielle @ Love at First Page

  18. I just celebrated my 2nd year of blogging so I totally remember this feeling of making it through the first year. Congrats.

  19. Congrats so much on 1 year of blogging! You are doing amazing! And I love your blog and your totes very much! Happy Blogoversary and I wish you all the best for the years to come!

  20. Happy Blogoversary, sweetie! I'm so, so, so happy to have gotten to know you this year, and I'm sending you the biggest hugs for being such a beautiful person who brightens the book world! XO

  21. Happy Blogoversary!! *throws confetti* Cheers to many, many more! :D

  22. OMG HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!! I can't believe it's been a year! Congrats to all of your accomplishments - over 100 totes sold, WOW girl! That's awesome!

    Here's to another year :D (And hoping that maybe we can meet sometime!)


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