2015 Year In Review!

This is my first year wrap up! Happy New Year! I’m sorry I am a bit late on this. I wanted it to be great since wrap ups like this only happen once a year 😀 Since I started blogging in June, I will go from there.

 

June:

I started blogging on June 23rd. I was completely inexperienced and had no idea what I was doing. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to read my posts but kept posting.

My Very First Post– My blog was originally called Readers and More but was changed to its current name later on. My very first post was actually a book review about a book that inspired me to start blogging.

What I Learned in My First Week of Blogging– I posted this a week into my blogging experience. Many of the things I mentioned do still apply today but others I’m not so sure about.

Who I Am– This post was two weeks into blogging and I had only 5 followers and 70 views. It’s crazy to see how far I’ve come. This post was my first introduction to me and my blog.

July:

This month I celebrated 4th of July and really enjoyed being on Summer Break. I reached my 1 month anniversary of blogging and started getting nominated for awards. I really got into tags and awards and started posting daily or close. My blog started getting a variety of posts like Creative Challenges.

Blogging for a Month– One month in and I already had 20 followers and 188 views. I had already learned a ton and was getting into the swing of things.

The Blogger Recognization Award– This was one of my first awards. It’s crazy to see that some of the people I nominated for the award, I still talk to and enjoy their blog. One of them is Analee @ Book Snacks 😀

August:

Summer break was beginning to draw to a close and school ads were popping up everywhere. My blog was continuously improving and growing.

My First Get In The Know– In August I started my Get In The Know Newsletter. It was popular from the start and I will continue doing that because it lets my followers see what’s going on both in my blog and life.

My First Top Ten Tuesdays– This month was a month of firsts! I started participating in the Top Ten Tuesday’s meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

September:

School started on August 31st and my blogging schedule was changing. I was posting less and homework was starting up again. School was my priority but a lot still happened.

Writing 101– I started participating in Writing 101 which ended up being a flop because I was way too busy to keep up with the daily prompts.

Shizzle Inc.– This month my fellow blogging friend released her new book Shizzle Inc. on Amazon. Her name is Ana Spoke. You definitely need to check out her awesome blog!

Blogging 201– Blogging 201 and Writing 101 crossed over. They were both a flop and I hope to participate in them separately when I’m not too busy.

October:

This month was Halloween and my best friends birthday! Not too much happened on my blog. I tried and failed to catch up on Blogging 201 and Writing 101. Someone I was close to passed away. That was definitely tough.

WWW Wednesday Begins!– This month I abandoned my self-created weekly meme and started participating in WWW Wednesday.

Harry Potter begins!– This month I finish Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. That was when my obsession really took off!

1,000 views!!– Random Reads reached 1,000 views!!

November:

This month was my birthday and Thanksgiving! I was looking forward to Thanksgiving break.

My Birthday!– I did a special birthday post! Thank you to everyone that wished me happy birthday almost two months ago XD

NaNoWriMo– I participated in NaNoWriMo a yearly writing challenge where you try to write 50k in a month. I failed and wasn’t motivated enough to write more than 538 words or so.

100 followers!– I reached 100 followers! That was such a wonderful moment when I realized that 100 people enjoyed my blog.

Harry Potter Overload!– This month I got all the way to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

December:

December had it’s ups and downs. It was when Winter Break was and Christmas. Yesterday was New Years Eve (Dec.31st) I stayed up till 1:30 am.

Christmas Book Tags– I had my first Christmas with a blog. I did Christmas book tags that were a blast to do.

Book Traveling Thursdays– I began this amazing meme on Christmas Eve. I’ve only done it twice now and will continue with it as long as possible.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens– I got to see the most recent Star Wars movie in 3D. It was awesome and I would definitely see it again. That’s pretty awesome since it was my first Star Wars movie.

Almost to the End!-I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and am now on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


 

 Stats:

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These wonderful people were my top 5 commenters in 2015! A special shout out to My Tiny Obsessions for being #1!


People from a total of 52 countries visited my blog. The top three countries were The U.S., Canada, and the U.K.


I posted a total of 162 posts in my first year of blogging! That’s a lot 😀


My longest streak of blogging was only a week. I’m going to try to break that streak in 2016!!


My best day for posting was Thursday with 36 posts in all!


View these stats and more by clicking on the link below!


Basic Stats:

Views: 1,806

Visitors: 783

Likes: 1,05o

Comments: 344

Followers: 131

Wow!! These are some pretty incredible stats for 2015 being my first year of blogging!


That’s a wrap! I just realized that this post is over 1,000 words! Congrats if you stayed till this point 😀

2015 was a great year and I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

~Makayla the Bookworm xxx

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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WWW Wednesday (#9)

Hi everyone! It’s the last WWW Wednesday of the year. WWW Wednesday is currently run by @Sam. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already. To participate in this weekly meme, all you have to do is answer 3 questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you hope to read next?


Recently Finished:

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Currently Reading:

Going to Read Next:

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Besides this book, I’m not 100% sure what I want to read next. I guess we’ll just have to see!


Thanks for reading my last WWW Wednesday of the year!

What did you read this last week of 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Stay tuned for WWW Wednesday in 2016!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesdays: New Authors in 2015

Hey everyone! Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesdays. This amazing weekly meme is created by the awesome people @TheBrokeandTheBookish. You should definitely check out their blog! This week’s topic is Top Ten New To-Me Favorite Authors I read for the first time in 2015.

Top Ten New To Me Authors from 2015:

  1. J.K Rowling

Of course, she’s on the top of the list 🙂 J.K. Rowling has changed my life so much since I started reading the Harry Potter series. Kudos to her for creating such diverse characters and a great story 😀

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2) Sarah Webb

This amazing lady was the creator of the Ask Amy Green series. Enough said.

3) Terri Farley

This lady is the author of the Phantom Stallion series. I seem to be loving the lady authors XD Terri is such an amazing author.

4) John Green

imageLet’s shed some light on the amazing guy authors out there. Among them, is John Green. He is such a bright guy who creates characters that you can feel what they feel. Imagine what they’re going through. Thank you John for creating Q and Hazel Grace 🙂

5) David Levithan

This guy wrote the book called Every Day. I’m thankful that there was this topic because I learned that there is a companion to this book that was published a few years ago. Go figure!

6) Lauren Myracle

I realized that I mainly read female authors this year. The rest will be female, no hate on men. This amazing lady wrote the Flower Power series and many more amazing series’s for young adults and children.

7) Lauren Brooke

She is the awesome writer of the Heartland book series. Yes, there is also a TV show by the same name. I believe one is based off the other. I have no image because all of the pictures were not very appropriate of not the author Lauren Brooke but the interviewer and the model.

8) Sharon Creech

This amazing lady has wowed me with her writing. All of her characters drew me into the story and made me want to keep reading late into the night.

9) Lauren Halse Anderson

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She is the author of the Vet Volunteer series. This series taught me a ton about what it’s really like to be a veterinarian. The books are aimed at younger children but are still worth a read.

10) Hillary McKay

Last but not least, this author brought us the Casson Family and their amazing book series. I highly recommend it!!


That’s all for this week’s Top Ten Tuesdays. This was honestly just a few of the amazing authors I found this year.

What were your top ten new authors for 2015? Let me know 😀
 Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesdays.
~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂