You guessed right from the title. Weaving Waves Words is turning one! We are extremely excited and so today there is a survey and a look at stats and a giveaway and a look into the future and lots and lots of gratitude. Thank you so much for being part of this entire experience. Also it’s India and South Korea’s birthday, so shout out to people who celebrate that!
Stats (rounded, for the curious)
- six thousand total page views (US, UK, India, Australia, New Zealand and others)
- one thousand three hundred amazing visitors (That is a lot of people. I don’t know if I know that many people.)
- 85 extremely excellent followers (you guys all rock. )
- 400 comments (woah, like what?)
- Over 100 posts (okay, this one was actually our accomplishment. Not so bad, no?)
- Our parents/family who don’t really mind when Shanti yells “I’ll come for dinner once I finish this book review” and help us deal with library dilemmas (look, it’s a real thing) Also supplying e readers.
- Our in-real-life friends who subscribed and fangirled and were otherwise awesome in every way (you know who you are <3)
- Our subscribers, for commenting and reading, and otherwise making everything awesome
- All the other bloggers who are so supportive and tag us and make us feel welcome 🙂
- anyone who made us love books, because you are the reason for all of this.
In the future
- There might be a name change and/or some design change, since we’re not great fans of the name. However, we are not exactly experts at blog design things so it probably won’t be too drastic.
- We’re going to change the theme at some point
- We are pretty busy with school, but we’ll still be posting regularly, and doing our best to comment on your wonderful posts.
- Shanti’s going to get twitter….when she’s not super busy, so I can procrastinate more.
What have we learned?
When we started blogging, we had about zero clue about what we wanted to do with it. Our English teacher and a few other people had kind of encouraged us, and we’d wanted to for about 6 months before we actually started. We had originally intended to do a lot more about writing and share our writing as well as some book reviews and random things (which you’ll find buried in our archives). But we had no idea that the world of book and writing blogging existed, and to be honest, I’m surprised we got any views at all. One
fateful day, Shanti was scrolling through Marissa Meyer’s Twitter a few months after we’d started blogging. We discovered Bookish Serendipity, and Paper Fury, and, well, the rest was history.
We’ve learned to write relevant posts, to reply to comments and try to comment back, about all the wonderful people who exist on the internet (and really, if you’re reading this, you are one of them). We’ve been introduced to amazing new books and ideas and best of all, people (like I said before, if you’re reading this you are one)
Survey of interesting (with some basic feedback questions)
Amazing blogs we’ve discovered (and there are a lot more too, these are just a few. We have bad memories, okay?) Paper Fury, Loony Literate, Once Upon a Bookish Time, the Quiet People, Sometimes I’m a Story, The Devil Orders Takeout, Opal Swirls, Quenching the Quill and Diary of a Teen Writer.
And last of all, we were wondering about a new name for you readers.
So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all the people who have been so amazing as we’ve learned about blogging. You’re the best, we can’t say this enough. We have loved this first year of blogging, there is no way we’re going to stop anytime soon, and YAY! *throws confetti!*