My Fourth Blogoversary??? + Aesthetics Giveaway!

WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE. For real. How has it been four years? I vaguely remember sitting down at the dinner table and just,, making a new blog. Being sure that this one wouldn’t last that long anyway, since I had never been able to keep up a blog for long. AND NOW HERE WE ARE. FOUR YEARS LATER. WHAT

Right now it’s easy to believe that I actually stayed with this blog for so long – I absolutely love blogging, shouting about books, meeting so many lovely people… Blogging has become a huge part of my life and it’s hard to imagine a life without it, but I’m sure if I were to go back in time and tell myself ‘hey this little blog you just made? I just celebrated its fourth blogoversary!!’ I wouldn’t believe that lol. I don’t know how many blogs I had before this, but there were quite a few. One of them I stuck with for about two years I think, but I didn’t blog very regularly nor was I that passionate about it. I guess I never really blogged about something that motivated me enough to keep blogging – it never even occured to me I could blog about books and writing, and that there were so many people blogging about those things!! (I was very clueless when I started this blog)

So things have changed a lot since I started this blog. This blog looks very different now compared to back then:

Can we,, can we just talk aboutΒ that design? Or more like the lack of it dsjgh This is terrible. Also I had no clue what I was doing and my posts were terrible. Don’t even get me STARTED on my reviews. I reviewed all the books I read at the end of the month in a wrap up but since I barely remembered anything and had no ideaΒ howΒ to review books it was like two sentences bjdhsg I wasn’t very critical either. I’ve improved a lot since then, thankfully. After this design my blog went through a few others, but my heart can’t handle more ugly designs sgjh So I’m just leaving you with my very first design because that one was definitely the worst

I’ve also changed a lot as a person of course, which really reflects in my blog posts. First of all I realised that I’m not straight, like, at all. And secondly I’ve become a lot more open about a lot of things. Of course I don’t share everything on here, but I do talk about my mental health and I even managed to open up about the abuse I faced in my Starfish review – which is not something I could’ve done four years ago, and I’m very proud of that.

I’m very grateful for the past four years. Blogging has taught me a lot, changed me for the better, helped me accept myself and brought so many lovely people in my life. Thank you all for sticking with me, whether you’ve been here since the beginning or just yesterday. You guys are what makes blogging so so worth it ❀

Giveaway

To thank you all, I really wanted to give something, but since money is tight and international shipping is a big no-no (and only doing a giveaway for my Dutch followers wouldn’t feel right), I’ve decided that I’d do an aesthetics giveaway instead. I will make an aesthetic for five winners, who can pick whatever topic. I can make an aesthetic for you yourself, your blog, books, tv shows, certain characters, ships, your WIP or characters, etc. though you might have to give me some guidelines because I may not be familiar with whatever you choose. It’s all up to you, but I do have some things I won’t make aesthetics for:

πŸ’›Β No NSFW
πŸ’›Β No MBTI and zodiac stuff unless you give me something to work with because otherwise I’ll be a confused lil bean (more than i already am lmao)
πŸ’›Β No Ilvermorny Houses – I’m not that familiar with them (again, unless you give me guidelines! So if you explain what these Houses stand for I could still make aesthetics)
πŸ’›Β Stuff that’s triggering for me. There are certain ships that I consider abusive, so please don’t feel offended if I don’t want to make an aesthetic for me, but for example Kara and Mon-el from Supergirl where incredibly triggering for me, so I really don’t want to make an aesthetic for them. Also please don’t request anything that has to do with 13 Reasons Why
πŸ’›Β It’s possible that there’s other stuff I’m not comfortable making aesthetics for that I currently can’t think of, so please keep in mind that I might ask you to come up with something else

If you’re not sure, you could always give me more options so I could choose!

Here are some examples of aesthetics I have made:


One of my WIPs

Starfish

Over Raging Tides

Cinderella Boy

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

One of my characters

Autoboyography


Agatha Wellbelove from Carry On

That time I made an aesthetic for a Hufflepuff writer without realising that’s basically me/my blog name sdjgh

Mal and Evie from Disney Descendants

Me

Me

The giveaway runs from today until the 14th. Click here to enter

How long have you been blogging? Is your blogoversary coming up as well? How has your blogging experience been so far? Let me know in the comments!

45 thoughts on “My Fourth Blogoversary??? + Aesthetics Giveaway!

  1. Ahhh happy four year blogiversary, Michelle! <3

    I feel like I've been saying this so much, but I'm so in love with your moodboard aesthetics, and this is such a lovely idea for a giveaway – I'm definitely crossing my fingers to be one of the lucky five winners. ☺️

    I've been blogging for seven weeks now, and I feel like such a baby blogger now, haha.

  2. Oh my goodness, CONGRATULATIONS on 4 years of blogging! Such an amazing accomplishment, and I look forward to all your blogging in the future. ❀️❀️YAY, GIVING YOU ALL THE HAPPY FEELS AND CAKE AND BALLOONS TODAY!!

  3. FOUR YEARS AH MICHELLE CONGRATULATIONS THIS IS INCREDIBLE I AM SO HAPPY and proud RIGHT NOW AHH congratulations!! <3 <3 <3
    I'm so happy you have kept on blogging for so long and that we met thanks to this, honestly I always love reading your blog posts and talking with you <3 <3
    AND OH MY GOD AN AESTHETIC GIVEAWAY. I am totally screaming right now because your aesthetics are the best ones haha, I will keep my fingers crossed for it all, thank YOU for hosting such a fantastic giveaway <3
    Here's to many more years of blogging to come! <3 <3 <3

  4. Oh YAAAY! Happy blogiversary!!! You can definitely be a blogosaurus too now if you want to?
    We’ve been at this for waaaay too long and I don’t even want to think about my own design choices in the beginning. I am pretty sure there was a black and pink phase somewhere in there? Anyway, I loved hearing about how much things have changed since then and I am proud of the things you’ve accomplished as well.
    I hope you already know this, but just in case you don’t, I ADORE YOUR AESTHETICS!!! It would be a dream if I could win and maybe we could talk about an aesthetic for Arcadia? I’d obviously tell you more about that story if that should happen haha

    • Thank you!! ❀ Haha I DEFINITELY want to call myself a blogosaurus :P
      Hahaha it’s so funny looking back on blogging choices you made in the past, knowing you fully stood by them back then and now you’re wondering whyyyy πŸ˜‚

      Ohhh I would be honoured to make an aesthetic for Arcadia!!

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  6. OMG CONGRATULATIONS!!!! THAT’S SUCH A LONG TIME AND I’M SHAKEN AT HOW DEDICATED YOU ARE. Also??? I freaking love all of your aesthetics so much they’re amazing and I lOVE THEM!!! <3 (DW about your old design I think that it was pretty cute!!!)

    • THANK YOU!!! ❀️ I know I can’t believe I’m still here?? Definitely didn’t expect that when I started
      Thank you so much!! ❀️
      Haha thanks :P The weird thing is I vaguely remember an ugly background (not sure what it was except it was ugly) but the wayback machine didn’t show that? So I have no idea if that’s an error or I just remember it wrong lol

  7. Happy Four Year Blogiversary, Michelle!! πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸ’— It’s absolutely amazing that you’ve been blogging for four years; I’m so happy for you! ☺️ I’m a new follower and blogger (I started my blog on June 11th), but I’m in love with your blog already; I always love reading your posts. 😊 And despite my short time in the book blogging community, I already love it so much! Everyone is always so supportive and kind, and I love interacting with all of you guys in comments. :)

    • Ahhh thank you so much!! ❀️❀️❀️
      Isn’t it? I know every community has its rotten apples, but there are just SO MANY lovely people in this community that this honestly feels like the best :)

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  9. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ We’re almost blog birthday twins, omg. YOU’RE SO FANTASTIC AND WONDERFUL AND YOUR BLOG IS GREAT!!

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  11. Aah HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MICHELLE! <3 I've loved reading your blog for this long and I'm so happy we're bloggy friends :) I think my…5th blogoversary is actually coming up this autumn? Which is VERY WILD. Anyways, your aesthetics are also amazing so I am crossing my fingers for the giveaway haha.

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