2016 In Review!!

Hey everyone! It’s New Years Day!! Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already 2017 🙂 Only time will tell what happens next year. For now, let’s take a second and look back on 2016 on Random Reads. Happy New Year’s Eve. Take some time to remember what you accomplished this year too!

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2016 In Review:

Stats:

Views: 4,573

Visitors: 2,636

Likes: 1,849

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2016 Accomplishments (Blog and Personal)

  • I posted 175 posts. That’s actually way more than I thought I did.
  • I reached 200 followers and am almost at 300.
  • Elizabeth Dahl, an author, found my blog and  gave me a Twitter shout out!!
  • I started High School
  • I read so many books that I lost track and failed my Goodreads challenge.
  • I made so many amazing blogging friends and friends in real life.
  • I finally got a Snapchat! (It’s my only social media okay?)

There was so much more that happened. These are just a few highlights.


Thank you guys so much for a fantastic 2016. My blog Random Reads grew so much. I learned and changed a lot. My blog content and style has changed too. Though most say stats don’t matter, mine have been wayyy down. I’m not too worried. I just hope people know that I am back and haven’t given up. Happy New Year once again. I hope everyone has a fantastic 2017. No matter what happens, 2016 is in the past now. That’s something we can be happy about.

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Thanks for reading and stay tuned for:

  1. A 2017 Goals Post
  2. Another Library Book Haul (Finally!)
  3. A Anticipated 2017 Books Post
  4. A 2016 to 2017 themed tag and so much more!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bookish Book Lover Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s Sunday and it’s time for another book tag! I saw this one on Cris @ My Tiny Obsessions. Check out her blog for all things bookish and more 🙂 The tag was created by Shantelle @ Shantellemaryh. A special thanks to her for creating this awesome tag!


Rules:

  • Answer the questions!
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  • Answer the questions!

 

 

 

 


What Books Are You Currently Reading?

I haven’t been reading much but I am almost done/done with Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


What’s The Last Book You Finished?

Project (Un)Popular (Project (Un)Popular, #1)

This was a tween book and was pretty decent.


Favorite Book You’ve Read This Year

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson are a couple of favorites so far.


What Genre Have You Read Most This Year?

Young Adult Contemporary!

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What Genre Have You Read Least This Year?

I haven’t read Non-Fiction and Sci-Fi at all this year; just to name a few.

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What Genre Do You Want To Read More Of

Fantasy


How Many Books Have You Read This Year, And What’s Your Goal?

I’ve definitely read more than my Goodreads Goal says. I haven’t updated it in forever and now I’m so far behind, it’s not even worth it.

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What’s the last book you’ve bought?

I honestly don’t remember XD


What book are you saving up to buy next?

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I would love the Harry Potter boxed set and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


How many books did you check out last library visit?

4-5 books

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What’s A Book You Can’t Wait To Read?

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To Kill A Mockingbird. I haven’t read it yet and am going to in school finally!


What’s A Series You’d Recommend To Everyone?

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The Hunger Games series and The Harry Potter series

Who’s An Author You’re Hoping Writes More?

I’m going to steal Cris’ answer and say Rainbow Rowell. I love her writing and hope she writes more.


A Few Books Your Heart Adores

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What Books Are On Your Wish List?

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I nominate EVERYONE who wants to do this tag!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀





1 Year Blogiversary!!

Hey everyone!! Yesterday (June 23rd) was my 1 year blogiversary.  Thank you guys so much for being on this journey with me. Whether your a new follower or have been with me since I started learning the ropes, you all mean a lot to me. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here right now. To celebrate, let’s look back on what I’ve learned and achieved through out this past year.

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All Time Stats: (As of 6/23/16)

Posts: 263

Views: 4,051

Visitors: 2,076

Best Views Ever: 45 on May 15th, 2016

Followers on WordPress: 195

Followers on email and WordPress: 2oo!


How Did It All Start?

It was June 23rd, 2015 and I had just finished reading a book called Genie Wishes by Elizabeth Dahl. It’s about a girl who is appointed as the class blogger. She blogs around a theme and what’s going on. It was a great book. For some reason, it really motivated me to start a blog of my own. I had always loved reading, writing and books so that’s what my blog ended up being about. If you were here at the beginning, you probably remember that Random Reads wasn’t the original name. Just like the URL, it was readersandmore. I later realized that that name didn’t suit the blog. It was too simple. That’s how Random Reads got started.


What Are Five Things I’ve Learned?

I’ve definitely learned more than five things in this last year. These will be the five most important things.

  1. Don’t feel like you have to blog everyday.

At first, I felt like I had to blog every single day. If I didn’t my followers wouldn’t like me and then I wouldn’t gain followers. Those were my thoughts at first. Now I know that that’s not true. True followers and fans of your blog will stick around. Whether you have a schedule, randomly post, or rarely post, the true followers will stay. Even if you go on a hiatus for a lengthy amount of time, don’t feel ashamed or worried. Blog as much as you want.

2. Don’t blog if it feels like work.

If blogging ever feels like work to you, take a step back. Do you need a bit of a break? New content or ideas? Is this just not what you want to do? Ask your self those questions. Blogging should be a fun thing. Whether it’s a huge part of your life or not, don’t let blogging become a stressful chore.

3. Communicate with bloggers!

This is a huge thing that has really made my blogging experience. Interact with bloggers around you on WordPress. Find people who have the same interests as you. I have so many amazing book blogging friends who have made me smile and made me inspired. If you don’t communicate, you won’t learn new things and make new friends.

4. Stats Don’t Matter

Yes, I still look at stats pretty frequently. In reality, stats don’t matter. It doesn’t matter how many views you got that day. It doesn’t matter how many visitors you got. All that matters is that you enjoy what your doing. If you can look at the stats and feel motivated to continue and become better, go right ahead.

5. Scheduling is your friend!

Going away on vacation? Busy the next day? The scheduling option will save your life. I’ve learned that this option can seriously save you. All you have to do is sit down and crank out posts. It will save you the stress of wondering when you will have time to blog.


What’s Next?

Since I’ve reached 1 year of blogging, I’m obviously going to look ahead.

– I’m not quitting anytime soon 🙂

-More book reviews

-I will continue to do memes (ex. Top Ten Tuesday)

-More amazing things!

-Reaching 200 WordPress followers

-Reaching 1,000 followers!!

-2 years of blogging

-So much more!!


I know I’ve said it so many times but thank you for following me. Your love and support is what really keeps me going. I love you guys 😀 I hope this post wasn’t too long. I wanted to keep it as short and sweet as possible. On a side note, I REACHED 200 FOLLOWERS!! Well, including email followers. WordPress doesn’t seem to count that though. When I officially reach 200 though, I will be doing a Q&A. You can find the post here. Don’t forget to drop me any questions you want me to answer. I don’t have many yet and want a nice big post to celebrate the milestone.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come on Random Reads!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

2016 Goals: Blogging, Reading And More!!

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I hope you had a great New Years Eve! I will get my 2015 wrap up out ASAP. I decided to do a 2016 goal video in general instead of doing reading and blogging and life separately.


2016 Goals 

Blogging:

-I want to at least reach 200 followers

-I want to try to do some guest blogging. Comment below if you’d like to be interviewed!

-Try to expand what I blog about.

-Try out new themes

-Add new widgets and get rid of unneeded ones.

-Try to make my own pictures instead of using Google Images

-Look at my follower’s blogs a lot more!

– Try to catch up on tags/challenges/awards.

-Find out what my followers enjoy


Reading/Books:

-Exceed my 200 book goal on the Goodreads Challenge

-Try out different  genres

-Read a more variety of genres

-Try not to buy too many books!

-Remember to sign up for another reading challenge!

-Find new series’ to read!


 

Life/School:

-Make new friends

-Continue to get good grades

– Do well in High School

-Try not to procrastinate. Especially on homework!

-Get out of my comfort zone

-Get better at public speaking

-Spend lots of time with family and friends

-Stop worrying about everything

-Start actually writing my book

-Get more organized!

-Learn new things

-Try not to be self conscious.


 

These are at least some of my 2016 goals!

What are your goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Happy New Year! I love each and everyone of my followers and hope that this year brings nothing but happiness and fun times.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

I’m Participating in NaNoWriMo!

Hello everyone! I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place between November 1st and 31st. The goal is to write a 15,000 word novel by 11:59 pm on November 31st. To learn more about this amazing event, check out the link here. If you are participating, you can find me at Random Reads. I highly encourage anyone who has wanted to write a novel to sign up! Even if you don’t meet the goal, you will have a great start on your novel. Many successful authors have started writing their books at NaNoWriMo including Rainbow Rowell with her book Fangirl. Check out the full list of authors here.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for updates starting November 1st!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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Blogging 201 Day #1: Lets Set Some Goals!

Hello everyone! This is my first post for Blogging 201. If you are unfamiliar with the two week course, I suggest you check out the link here. Today’s assignment is to set 3 goals for your blog. While I have set goals before, these ones will be more specific and number based.

Blog Goals:

  1. Interact with my Followers At Least Once a week.

What that means to me is commenting, viewing, and liking their blogs and posts at least once a week. This will be quite tough since I have around 70 followers minus my email followers who don’t have a blog (You guys are still important!) I want to interact more with my followers and show them that I really appreciate their tag, challenge, and award nominations, views, comments, and more.

2. Hit 100 followers by October 14th.

This goal may be a bit harder to achieve. I have roughly 4 and a half weeks to go from around 70 followers to 100. I will continue to post as much as possible and let the viewers of my blog decide if I am worthy of their time. It’s as simple as that. I can’t force people to follow me and read my content. Only time will tell if this will happen.

3. Do some interviews and Guest blogging in the next few months.

I’ve always been so interested in guest blogging and interviewing. Of course I won’t be a pro at first but I will work hard. I would love to interview writers, popular book bloggers, and pretty much anyone that would fit in with the rest of my content. Same goes with the guest blogging. Anyone who shares my love for reading, writing, and/or books can guest blog/collab anytime! I want to get more into that. If you’re interested, let me know 🙂

Thats it! I will keep track of these goals in some way. Stay tuned for the next Blogging 201 assignment!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

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Blogging for a month!

Hey everybody! Today is my 1 month anniversary of beginning to blog. On June 23rd, Genie Wishes inspired me to begin blogging. So as you can see, I did. I just posted a random post at that time. I was a noob blogger so I had no idea what was going on. At the beginning I had doubted myself. I wasn’t sure if I was really going to get anywhere. Now on July 23rd, 1 month later, I’m doing pretty darn well in my opinion.

Overall Stats

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Overall Views: 188

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Overall Visitors: 68

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Overall Likes: 52

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Overall comments: 40

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Overall Followers: 20

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First follower: @digga3k

Most recent follower: @donniesapphy 

(Shout out to these amazing people!)

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Number of posts: 25 including this one 🙂

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All my viewers have been from:

The United States 

The United Kingdom

Norway

Sweden

Canada

South Korea

Indonesia 

Trinidad and Tobago

Russia

Australia 

South Africa.

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As you can see, my followers and viewers have been from literally all over the world. Thank you to everyone who has viewed or followed my blog. Whether you’re reading this the day it’s posted or sometime in the future, Thank you! Without all of you, my blog wouldn’t be where it is today.

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Goals:

1. To make it to 100 followers

I don’t have a set date that I want to get 100 followers by but I think it will be sooner than I originally thought. I gain at least a follower every 1-3 days. I don’t care how long it takes, I’m just going to keep bringing you content for the rest of the summer and through the school year as much as I can. I know that together, we can reach this huge goal!

2. To continue to post frequently

This does relate to the top one in some ways. I just want to keep bringing everyone new content as frequently as I can manage. It might be written that day or scheduled a week ago. Either way I promise or at least hope that I can continue posting as much as I have been. It’s going to be a big task but I’m going to try.

3. To continue to comment on other blogs

I understand how much feedback, comments, likes, and follows can really impact someone’s self esteem and overall blog. Other blogs definitely show me how talented and smart other people are. I know for a fact that some people might give up blogging but the people I know power through no matter what.

4. Last but not least, I want to use a bigger variety of things in my posts.

This last one may be simple but it’s tough for me. I want to add more varieties of pictures like tweets or Instagram photos. Anything that can really make my blog stand out. At the very least I want to have at least one picture in every post. Sometimes I fail at that. I want to just try to my hardest.

 

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you have enjoyed this post and I hope you really enjoy your next milestone whether it be a week or 5 years, celebrate it to matter how long you’ve been blogging! I love each and everyone one of my followers and viewers. Stay tuned for more new content!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

 

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