Book Traveling Thursday (#41)|Yellow

Hey everyone! It’s been months since I’ve posted. I guess this blog got pushed to the back burner. As a side note, on June 23rd, it was my blog’s 2 year anniversary. That’s definitely something to celebrate. Today I’m jumping back in with a Book Traveling Thursday! This wonderful weekly meme is hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. To find out more information, future themes and more, go to the meme’s Goodreads group here. Go check her out for a constant book blog. This week’s theme is:

Choose a book that has originally a yellow cover.

This should’ve been simple and straight forward but sadly it wasn’t. I finally settled on a book that I haven’t even read. That book is The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. 


Original Cover/Cover From My Country:

The Beginning of Everything


Favorite Cover(s):

Cœurs brisés, tête coupéesFrench

This book has two titles, the second one being Severed Heads, Broken Hearts. That’s what this apparently translates to.

The Beginning of Everything - Awal SegalanyaIndonesian

Początek wszystkiegoPolish


Least Favorite Cover(s):

NONE 😀


That’s a wrap! I love the covers for this book! What is your favorite cover? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more blog posts!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😉

 

 

The Blogger Recognition Award (#2)

Hey everyone! It’s Saturday and I am finally posting. Today I am doing The Blogger Recognition Award for the second time.  I did this August 11th, 2015 so around a year ago. You can find it here. I was nominated by the lovely Donna @ ChocolatenWaffles’ Blog! Go check her out for all things bookish and fun.


RULES:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two advice to new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.


My Blog Story:

I have told this many times. If you are tired of hearing this, just skip to the advice and nominations. Otherwise, here we go!

My blog started on June 23rd, 2015. I had just finished reading a book called Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl. Genie Wishes is a fairly short book. It’s about a girl named Genie who becomes a blogger for her class. At first she doesn’t enjoy it but then she gets into it. Seeing how much fun Genie had made me think “Hey! I could do that!” So I started my blog. It was originally called readersandmore hence the URL. When I started I thought nobody would read my blog and it would be a flop. A bit after starting I realized that Random Reads was more suitable. And that’s how my blog got started. It’s not an inspiring story but it’s the cold hard truth.


My Advice To New and Old Bloggers:

According to the rules, I just have to do 2 pieces of advice. For the sake of this, I will do 5 instead.

  1. Blog for the right reasons.

Just because your best friend is blogging doesn’t mean you have to. If you don’t enjoy blogging then it’s not your thing. Make sure blogging is fun and enjoyable for you. It should never feel like a chore.

2. You don’t have to post everyday!

At the beginning I felt like I had to post everyday. I thought that if I didn’t, my followers/readers would think I wasn’t committed. Now I know that’s not true. I don’t post daily and I have 245 followers and counting. Don’t get stressed if your busy with school, work or on vacation. Your real followers/readers will stay with you if you have to miss a day or go on a hiatus.

3. Make sure to have a theme that fits your blog!

Most think themes are not important. For me, a blog layout can really make it or break it. There are hundreds of themes; free and paid that you can pick from. Keep in mind the type of blog you have or plan to have. Find the right one for you and you’ll be golden.

4. Use pictures and other details in your posts

Lighten your posts up with a silly meme or gif, quote or something else that fits what your blogging about. No blog post is boring but I personally love seeing pictures to go with the writing. It shows me personality and creativity. Try adding a picture or two to your next blog post and see what it can do.

5. Be yourself!

I know this is cliché but it’s important in blogging. Nobody wants to read a blogger’s blog if they are phony or fake. It sounds rude or mean but it’s true. I don’t want to read a bunch of made up things. It’s different if you write stories and poems. That’s creative. Making yourself into somebody you’re not is not.


Nominations:

I’m doing some newer followers for both me following them and them following my blog

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Caitlin @ Bathtime Reads

Milou @ Simply a Book Drunkard Blog

Hannah @ Book Freak-Out

@ Not-So-Modern Girl (New blogger just started yesterday!)

Lucy @ Lucy’s LiteratureEmma @ Llady Literary

Kristina @ Accio All The Books

Amy @ Read.Dream.Live

@SkyBluYABooks ( New blogger started August 1st!)

@Miss Books and Things Blog (New blogger started a couple of days ago!)

@Writing the Dream Blog

PaperJasmine @ These Paper Words

Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book

Emma @ Llady Literary

Sheri @ Read in a Flash!

And anyone else who wants to participate! Don’t forget to link me so I can see your story and advice 😀 No pressure to participate though.


That’s a wrap! This was just as fun the second time around. Thanks for the nomination Donna! What is the most important piece of advice you’ve learned blogging so far? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags and awards!!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So This Happened…

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having/you had a great day 🙂 I spent most of the day at the beach. It was good to relax and sink my toes into the sand. The purpose of this post wasn’t to tell you about my day. It was to show you this:


Elizabeth Dahl, the author of Genie Wishes, gave me and Random Reads a shoutout! I just casually went on her Twitter and was shocked to see this tweet. 

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Thank you so much Elisabeth Dahl! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog enough to give it a Twitter shoutout 🙂 Just thought I’d share this with you guys!

Thanks for reading!!

~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 😀