Monday, November 9, 2015

3rd Blogoversary Celebration and Giveaway!

My blog turns 3 today, guys! WOOHOO! When I first started out, I had no idea what I was doing, where I wanted this to go, and how long I would keep up with it. So to manage this blog for 3 whole years is a miracle in and of itself. And if you remember, my last blogoversary was after I had switched my name for the final time. So this is also the one year anniversary of The Fox's Hideaway itself! I'm so damn proud of all I've done in the last 3 years, and especially this year. It was a rocky start, a very VERY rocky middle, but with an end that feels like I've finally hit where I want to be.

I'll talk more about Year 3 as a whole on Wednesday (I would say tomorrow but I wanted to do the Top Ten Tuesday). For this post, I thought it would be good to take a look at the fun stuff, like statistics. :p

*365 Bloglovin' followers!
*1,050 Twitter followers
*147 on Instagram (which I don't actually use that often)
*I finally set up email subscriptions!
*Total pageviews: 85,206! 
*I have a reach of almost 3,000 views per month!
*I get at least 50+ views per post.
*Highest viewed post this year: #QuietYA Celebration.
*I get a lot of traffic from the US, but I've received even more international audiences this year.
*Most unique audiences: Russia, Ukraine, Germany, China, and France.
*I just found how people search for my blog, and one of them was Violet and Finch, who are characters from one of my favorite books from this year! :D


I also thought it'd be hella fun to look at what goals I accomplished. Last year I wrote a post about the bookish and blogging goals I had for Year 3, and I completely forgot about this until I was looking at my blogoversary posts from last year! Haha, and I wanted to see what I had done. Anyway, here are the goals I had:

**Create my own feature (which I hope to do very soon) √√
**Plan a BIG event √√
**Work up the courage to request physical ARCs √√
**Go to another signing and meet more authors √√
**Read more NetGalley books and get that coveted 80% approval ratio!
**Start a readathon/along or reading challenge
**Socialize more on Twitter (because that is where it's at!) √√
**Take the time to visit and comment on more blogs
**Use more gifs in my reviews! (I used to do it, but I stopped for some reason)
**Reach 500 Bloglovin' followers
**Actually update the "My Reviews" tab
**Organize a Twitter chat √√
**Do more joint-blogger stuff, like events or features or discussions √√
**Add a way for people to follow via email √√
**Take more trips to the library instead of buying more books
**Create a survey or tag (which I think would be way fun) √√
**Find a better balance with review books and "me" ones
**Reach 1,000 followers on Twitter √√
**Get another HarperCollins approval
**Stop being so scared of jumping into conversations on Twitter √√
**MAKE MORE BLOGGY FRIENDS <3 √√

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The checkmarks and what I've accomplished, I have done SO MANY  of them without even knowing it! I created a few features: From the Den, the more recent Checking In, and my personal favorite, Get Rec'd. I have more ideas that I hope to publish in the future. :) I also planned and hosted a big event this past March. And I'm happy to say I will be bringing March Madness back this year (possibly with a new name, though, I'm not sure yet). I worked up the courage to request physical ARCs, and I received a package from Penguin back in January! It was one of the most special moments I've had in blogging. I did more join-blogger stuff with people and even created a tag with my favorite people! It was called Initial Impressions and was kind of a bust, but we had a lot of fun doing it. I helped organize a random Twitter chat with Faye and Amber after a bad week in the community. Hosting was super difficult, but a lot of fun, though I much prefer being a participant.

I also socialized more on Twitter, and I became less self-conscious about jumping in on conversations. I've made SO MANY more friends this year! And does BEA count for the author signings because I did that! Haha. And had so much fun, I can't wait for Chicago. I also want to keep making friends with other bloggers. And I'd love to start working with more publishers. I especially want to get that elusive HarperCollins approval. I'd also love to reach 500 followers via Bloglovin' before my 4th blogoversary. I have many more goals, but I'll be writing them up in a different post!

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To end this on a high note, I have a giveaway for y'all! I had pre-ordered Winter from Amazon long ago, but for the Marissa Meyer event here in Michigan I had to buy another as my ticket in. So I have an extra copy that I'd love to bring with me to the event and get signed/personalized for YOU by Marissa herself!

Unfortunately, that will make this US ONLY! Please be sure to read my giveaway policy in full before entering. And note that the winner will only have 36 hours to respond this time because I want to make sure I know who Marissa will be signing the book to before the event. :)

23 comments:

  1. Happy blogiversary, Holly! Three years is a long time. I can't believe how many things off your list you've accomplished, and I'm sure there are plenty more that you don't even realize you're doing.
    I remember the Twitter chat you hosted - it was one of my favorites! Also, yay for socializing more on Twitter. :D
    OF COURSE I've read this series. :P Have a great time at the Marissa Meyer event! I'm sorry I can't make it, it would have been fun to meet you.

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  2. Ahh happy blogoversary, Holly :D Eeep I'm so glad we've become friends. I love your posts and your humor and overall positivity and understanding. You and the rest of the Fab Four are just spectacular.

    UM YES I've read TLC!! I'm desperate to read Winter, and I'd love a signed copy ;) Thanks for the chance!

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  3. Happy Blogoversary!!! I have read TLC! I can't wait for Winter to come out! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  4. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats to you. ;) Yes I've read and LOVED all of the Lunar Chronicles books so far! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  5. What a cool way to celebrate your Blogoversary.
    Happy 3 years may there be many more to come. :)

    Can't wait to see how the Lunar Chronicles ends.

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  6. Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!! I own the first 2 books, but I haven't read them yet. I have been meaning to start the series, but it's so hard to keep up with all the books! Thank you for the chance! xoxo

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  7. Happy Blogoversary!! Winter!! Hooray!!

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  8. Happy Blogoversary! I've been following you for a year now! (And since you started the email posts I actually visit occasionally too.) Haha That's awesome that your goal was to be more active on Twitter! I'd say you've succeeded! Good luck on another year!

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  9. I WAS reading TLC, but then, um, I stopped because that's what I do, I get into series only to leave them behind (Mockingjay said hello from the other side).

    Oh my gosh, it's your blogoversary and I totally forgot. I mean, I mentioned it earlier after you mentioned it but still. I DID know there was something going on this month with our little group (besides Shannon's birthday), but I couldn't remember what it was. Otherwise, I would have marked in my iCal (that's the Mac's calender app).

    Anyway! Happy Blogoversary! You have accomplished so much and I love all of your new features and you're just kind of the best, lbr. <3

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  10. I have read this series and I am dying to get my hands on Winter! Can't believe this is the last in the series :(

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  11. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! So happy for you!! You're three, that is so exciting :D

    A few things: One, maybe HarperCollins will see this and reassess its decision making processes. At least, that is my hope. Two: The Initial Impressions Tag was awesome, what even? Three: You forgot Snark From the Ark!!! What is THAT!? Bellarke is disappointed in you, but even worse, so are Greg and Dead Eyed Finn. Good luck with that. Four: CHICAGOOOOO. Six Months. From TODAY. Just saying.

    Oh, and to answer your question, I have read Cinder and Scarlet. And one day I will keep going. I mostly read books you peer pressure me into anyway, so it's fine :)

    Congrats again!!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  12. Happy blogoversary!!! That's so awesome that your blog is now three years old.

    *hides in shame* I haven't read this series yet but I own it. I'm planning on getting to it this month.

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  13. Happy blogoversary! Unfortunately, I haven't read this series yet, but I'm getting CINDER soon, so I'm excited to read it!

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  14. Happy Blogoversary! I love it when blogs celebrate this great occasion. So congratulations and I hope you have many more to come. I have not read this series yet. I know and it's definitely on my TBR list. I will get it on it very soon. Thank you!

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  15. I love this series! I have read and own all of them and hoping to win this to complete my collection :). Thanks so much for this giveaway! I was going to go get it signed myself but due to uncontrollable circumstances, I can't see her :(

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  16. Happy Blogoversary Holly!!!! You've achieve so much in your blogging career and I'm so proud of you! Also, some of your accomplishments are huge! like ARC requests, book signings, ACTUALLY GOING TO BEA DON'T FORGET THAT, and also hosting an incredibly successful Twitter Chat. No matter what happens, I will ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU and your blog. You deserve all the good things <3

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  17. Happy Blogoversary, dear! So thankful I've gotten to know you over the past couple of years. You are one of my favorites, and I love fangirling with you. <3 <3

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  18. I read Cinder and loved it, and I own every other book in the series (except for Winter). I really need to catch up on the series before someone spoils it for me on social media!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Rosie
    @rkgutmann
    literaryhedonist.com

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  19. Yes. It is my most favourite series. I also already read Winter (via Kindle). It was perfection! Looking forward to the epilogue in February!

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

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  20. Haven't read Winter yet, but I love love love this series, especially Cinder and Kai!

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  21. Oh noo, I missed your blogoversary while being in my commenting slump! Anyways, I'm here now, and HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! *throws confetti* 3 years is a pretty big deal and I think you've done amazingly.
    I'm so glad you managed to accomplish so many of the goals you set for yourself, and can't wait to see all the things you're planning for your next year.
    Also, anyone who wins Winter will be lucky AF because it was PERFECTION! I absolutely can't wait for Marissa Meyer's next novel.
    Amazing post, and happy blogoversary again!! <33
    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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  22. Haha, yes I've read this series. But it's been over a year and a half now so I'd like to reread before reading Winter. But, I'm not sure I'll find time. We'll see! Congrats on 3 years!!!!!! That's so awesome Holly! I hope year 4 is even more amazing!

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  23. Happy Blogoversary! I've read most of the series, I'm a little behind but it's awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S

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