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 √√
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!
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. :)