Two Years of The Writing Hufflepuff

I’ve been trying to start this post for a while now, and have been failing haha. I don’t want to repeat what I said last year about how back when I started I didn’t think I was going to keep this up (aaaaand I just repeated myself haha), though honestly I am a bit shocked that I’m still here. I kept this blog up through my senior year of secondary school and my first year of college, two incredibly busy years. I’ve taken hiatuses and breaks, but all in all I’m still here. I’ve written almost 500 posts, some of which I’m really proud of and others not so much (especially in the beginning when I had no clue what I was doing). I’ve met SO MANY lovely people. This year was even better than last year because I made so many more friends and really feel part of the (book) blogging community now. I can’t imagine my life without blogging and without any of you guys. I don’t even remember what it was like without this lovely community.

I wanted to do something special for my blogoversary, but school was on my mind until roughly two weeks ago, so I didn’t have much time. Plus I had no idea what to do, besides a giveaway and that’s just not financially possible right now. One day I really want to do one to thank all you guys for taking the time to read my rambles and comment. You guys make my day.

I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon. I’ve still got so many ideas for posts to write and I can’t imagine not being a part of this community anymore. So I’m definitely not going anywhere.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME THE LAST TWO YEARS

Also don’t forget that the first #YoungWritersChat will be THIS Saturday, 9 PM (CEST)!

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Hiatus

About two weeks ago I said that I probably wouldn’t be active that week. I wasn’t. Nor was I the week after that. I planned to write a post about going on a small hiatus, but I just didn’t have the time or energy.

I have three weeks of school left and I really want to focus on school for now. I might post, I might read your posts, but I probably won’t so I just wanted to let you guys know in advance that I’m alive and kicking (well not literally kicking I’m terrible at kicking I usually end up hurting myself so let’s not kick) and I will definitely be back in three weeks when it’s SUMMER VACATION.

I wish all of you good luck with school, work, whatever it is you need luck for. You can do it <3

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Blog Name Change!

Hey guys! It’s been a while and I come back with some pretty big news. I never thought this day would come, but I decided to change my blog’s name. I am no longer The Writing Hufflepuff: from now on, I’m The Writing Lime.

Because I’m a lime. And so are you. Everyone is a lime. Embrace your inner limeness. Be the lime you want to be.

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Will you join me and my fellow limes? (we sound a bit like a cult, but I promise we’re not. Or are we…? No, we’re not) 

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Ps. Happy April Fools everyone! Or as we say here in The Netherlands: 1 april kikker in je bil (frog in your butt)! I might be back with a monthly wrap up later today (without any jokes I promise haha), but we’ll see how tired I am haha.

2016 Blogging and Writing Goals

I previously wrote a post about my reading goals, now it’s time to do a post about my blogging and writing goals!

BLOGGING GOALS

  • Change my theme – I’m getting a bit bored of the one I have
  • Keep up posting a Discussing Hufflepuff every month – I love writing these, but sometimes I forget
  • Post a Blogsterdam every month – uh, I haven’t posted one yet this month and I probably won’t. This will change in 2016. I will post one every month! (I really hope this sentence won’t come back to bite me in the ass)
  • Be more active on Twitter – I love talking to everyone on Twitter, but after a busy schoolday, even when I don’t have any homework or studying to do, I’m just too tired! I want to be more active though!
  • Be more active on Instagram – Meaning not only post more, but also comment more!
  • Write the last two posts about my trip to America – I can’t believe I haven’t written these yet
  • Bring back the writing prompts I used to do – Someone mentioned in my survey that they missed these, and I missed doing them! I already have a great idea for one, but for some reason (read: forgetfulness, laziness, procrastination) I haven’t done it yet
  • Edit old posts – I’ve seen typos guys *shudder*. Plus there are posts that I want to change to my current format so that it will all match! Needless to say this will happen after my theme change! Otherwise I’ll have to start all over again
  • Schedule posts before school starts – I used to be a pro at scheduling posts. I’d like to be one again haha

WRITING GOALS

  • Finish The Army of Quermo – This was a goal for this year too, but first of all I was an idiot for thinking I could do this being in my senior year. Exams were way too stressful and exhausting and even though I had a long Summer, I was too exhausted to write most of the time. When Summer was over, I started at a new school and my first term was incredibly busy (which you may have noticed as I barely posted), so I’m not surprised I didn’t accomplish this. Second, I decided to write in English halfway through the year so I had to translate everything I had written so far
  • Finish interviewing my grandfather for his biography – Um, another goal from this year. Woops. My grandfather has a lot of stories to tell. Also see the above point. Exams. Stress. Exhaustion.
  • Write more in general – After writing a few short stories this year I realised how much I missed writing those!
  • Work on another project that I’ve never talked about on here – Very vague, much mysterious (sorry not sorry for this). I’m very passionate about this and I’m scared that someone will steal my idea (not any of my followers, I trust you guys with all my heart! ❤ But anyone can find this blog and sadly there are people who will gladly steal other people’s work)

So these are my goals for next year! I’m curious to see how well I’ll do haha. Do you have any goals for next year? Let me know in the comments!

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BewarenBewaren

600 FOLLOWERS ?!

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*HIGH DINOSAUR SCREECH*

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. WHERE ARE YOU ALL COMING FROM

I’m going to think of a way to say thank you (besides literally saying ‘thank you’) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU GUYS. Of course also those few of you who follow me through email, or through Bloglovin only. Or in whatever way you’re following me.

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Blogger Positivity Campaign | Wrap Up

I kind of disappeared this week as I was just completely exhausted and even though I wanted to blog, I just couldn’t make myself. So instead I watched The Heirs haha (thanks Raisa for the recommendation!). Also before I start this post, I’d like to share last night’s dream with you guys. I was a talking giant panda with magical powers. Maybe deep down I wish I was a panda? I don’t know, but I was on a boat with my classmates and we were chased by some bad guys so I created a tsunami with my magical panda powers to get rid of them. Sadly that’s when I woke up. 


 

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I can’t believe the campaign is over already! It went by so fast, but it was a lot of fun and I hope we all spread lots of love and positivity :)

FIVE BRIEF TIPS, ADVICE OR MESSAGE I LEARNED THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN

  • The (book) blogging community is huge, there are so many blogs out there that I didn’t know about (and still don’t!) and they all deserve lots of love
  • Just stating ‘I love blog A’ can make someone’s day
  • Spreading positivity and love is really easy and doesn’t take long
  • I already loved the book blogging community, but this campaign showed how loving and positive our community is
  • If you want to join the (book) blogging community, just do so! We’ll welcome you with open arms

FOUR THINGS I ENJOYED IN THE CAMPAIGN

  • Spreading love and positivity
  • Meeting new bloggers!
  • Seeing how hard everyone who participated tried to be loving and positive
  • The topics! They were diverse and fun to write

THREE FAVOURITE BPC POSTS

TWO BLOGGERS THAT INSPIRED ME THROUGH THEIR POSTS

Of course I have to mention Joan! I’m so happy I got to meet you through this campaign!

And of course Jillian herself, as this campaign wouldn’t even exist without her!

ONE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE

PREVIOUS POSTS

And that was The Blogger Positivity Campaign! Just because it’s over though, doesn’t mean we should stop spreading love and positivity :)

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5 Blogs I Recently Fell in Love With

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The Blogger Positivity Campaign is a campaign hosted by Jillian @ Jillian’s Books to spread love and positivity among book blogs.

For this week’s post I will share 5 blogs that I recently discovered and fell in love with. Obviously I recommend you pay them all a visit (and of course follow them)

First up is Joan from Fiddler Blue. She is lovely (though everyone on this list is!), she had the AWESOME idea of us bloggers writing a story together which we’ll start soon (I CAN’T WAIT. If you’re interested, you can still join!) and she is just fun to talk to!

Next is Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books, who has written hilarious posts about NaNoWriMo and uses great gifs. Of course not only her NaNoWriMo posts are great, the others are too!

Ms. Sassy from Sass and Sauce is as her name suggests, sassy. Her posts are hilarious and will definitely make you laugh. I suggest you read the post about MinMin the cat.

Sabrina from Books and Barks has a gorgeous blog design and doesn’t just talk about books. She has also written an excellent post about Doctor Who season 8 that I strongly agree with and other fandom related posts.

And last but not least I haven’t been following the lovely Jillian herself for that long! Of course she is awesome for starting this amazing campaign, but she also seems like a genuinely nice person. I also love her blog design and graphics, and of course her posts are fun to read (but everyone’s post on this list are).

So now you have five new blog recommendations! (unless you were already following them of course). GO CHECK THEM OUT. 

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BPC: Things I Love About The Book Blogging Community

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The Blogger Positivity Campaign is a campaign hosted by Jillian @ Jillian’s Books to spread love and positivity among book blogs.

When I first started a (book) blog last year, I didn’t even know about this amazing community that existed. Now, I can’t imagine not being a part of of the (book) blogging community and not being friends with all the amazing people I’ve met so far. So here’s a list of what I love about our community.

(Almost) everyone is super nice, supportive and chatty

I personally haven’t met a rude and/or mean person in the book blogging community yet, but sadly they’re probably out there. But the majority really is nice, supportive and chatty. Siriusly, if you’re relatively new to the (book) blogging community, don’t be afraid to talk to people! In my experience everyone wants to talk and I personally get all happy and giddy and giggly when people approach me. When you’re not feeling well, for WHATEVER reason, people in this community will be there for you, support you and comfort you. In my experience, most of us will always be there for you and will tell you that you can always talk to us. We all worry about each other and it feels like we have this big family in our little corner of the internet.

On that note, making so many new friends!

I do hope that our friendships will actually last forever unlike Tod and Copper’s friendship

Since everyone is so nice, supportive and chatty, and you already have one interest in common (spoiler: books) it’s actually quite easy to make friends! Not to mention what kind of friends (another spoiler: amazing ones)

Having people to fangirl about books with

I think a lot of us started a book blog because we didn’t know that many people that loved books as much as we did, so finding a community that shares your love for books is amazing. I know there’s always someone I can discuss my newest read with. If you want to fangirl, the book community is the place for you.

The book blogger community won’t judge you for having a harem of book boyfriends/girlfriends

I mean, most of us have a ton of book bfs/gfs, so it’s not likely you’ll get judged! The book blogger community understands that guys in fiction are so much better.

Waiting for new releases is much more bearable when you’re waiting together

Let’s face it, waiting for new releases will never be completely bearable, but being able to talk about the agony and your predictions and such with others does make the wait seem a little less longer (okay that’s a lie, but you’ll feel understood and talking about books is always fun!)

And 243247365 other things but 5 is a nice number plus I’m lazy (which is nothing new). What things do YOU love about the book blogger community? 

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The Blogger Positivity Campaign: Introduction Post

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So Jillian from Jillian’s Books had the AMAZING idea to spread the love among bloggers through this wonderful campaign. For the next four weeks there will be a post on Friday spreading the positivity on all the participating blogs. You can never have to much love and positivity going around the blogosphere, so of course I signed up! :)

Introduce yourself and your blog

As most of you know I’m Michelle! I’m a Hufflepuff (even if you’re new, I’m sure you guessed that haha), 18 years old and currently studying journalism. It’s my dream to one day become a bestselling author, but I also want to make a difference in the world.

The Writing Hufflepuff is mostly a book and writing blog and was founded on June 30th 2014! I also sometimes post about other things that interest me and personal things, but since reading and writing are such a big part of my life they pretty much dominate this blog!

Where do you blog from?

Amsterdam, The Netherlands! Yes, the city where everyone is constantly on drugs *sarcasm* or at least according to Fox News (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. It’s hilarious). 

But siriusly, Amsterdam does have its faults of course, it’s nowhere near perfect (no city is), but um. It’s nothing like what they’re saying in the video (until actual facts show up, but those aren’t from Fox, but from the guy who made the video and put it on Youtube I believe)

Who or what made you the reader you are today?

Honestly? I don’t know! I’ve been reading ever since I remember and before that I was read to.

Who or what made you decide to create a book blog?

I had never really read a book blog before I created my own (I had never found one somehow! Which is crazy since there are so many), which was on a whim. When I started my blog I didn’t even really know what I was going to blog about, but it became a book and writing blog pretty quickly!

What are your thoughts on the blogosphere today?

I love it! I’ve made so many friends and everyone I’ve met so far is so lovely and caring. I feel so lucky to have met you all (though of course I haven’t met everyone yet!)

5 random facts about you?

  1. I’m terrible at thinking up facts
  2. I’ve used above fact as a fact before and am ALWAYS tempted to use it again
  3. I’m really tired at the moment, though I don’t know why (I can hear my mom explaining it in my mind haha. To sum her explanation up in one word: school)
  4. I’m wearing a donkey onesie at the moment
  5. I’m thirsty (THAT IS A TERRIBLE FACT I’M SO SORRY BUT I WARNED YOU THAT I’M TERRIBLE AT THINKING UP FACTS DIDN’T I)

5 favourite books you’ve read and loved?

FIVE?! ONLY FIVE?!

No but seriously I don’t even have 5 favourite books read this year alone, how am I going to pick just five, out of all the books I’ve ever read?! Fine, I will try

  1. Harry Potter (bet no one saw that one coming *cough cough*
  2. Percy Jackson / Heroes of Olympus (THIS IS NOT CHEATING NOPE NOPE)
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  4. The Book Thief
  5. Made You Up

AND SO MANY MORE UGH I HATE THIS UNFAIR QUESTION. I HAD TO LEAVE SO MANY FAVOURITES OUT I’M SORRY THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS AND THE INFERNAL DEVICES AND THE LUNAR CHRONICLES AND FANGIRL AND *312432567 OTHER BOOKS* (okay that number is an exaggeration. Sadly I haven’t even read that many books *sobs*)

5 favourite book bloggers

Okay, I can’t list five favourite book bloggers, because I have so many more. I mean, this whole campaign is about spreading love and positivity, so I want all my favourite (book) bloggers to know they’re among my favourites! Though listing them scares me, because I’m afraid I’ll forget someone and that makes me feel awful.

IN ALPABETHICAL ORDER

Aentee @ Read at MidnightAlex @ Alex Raphael | Alexandra @ Twirling Pages Alyssa @ The Ramblings of a Literature Nerd | Amy and Nikki @ Every Book You Need to Read and More | Anne @ The Life of a Secret Girl | Audrey @ Forwards and BookwordsBridget @ Stay and Watch the Stars | Cait @ Paper FuryCaitlin @ A Little Daydreamer | Cassie @ The Magical Adventures of Cassie the Weird | Christina @ My Tiny ObsessionsCora @ Smalltown Bookworm | Elly @ A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts | Emily @ Loony LiterateErin @ Serenity Books | Eve @ Twist in the Taile | Evi @ Adventuring Through the Pages | Fantasy Angel @ Avid Reader | Holly @ Nut Free Nerd | leannaatc @ Short Story LongJanet @ The Storyteller | Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland | Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner | Kayleigh @ Miserable and Magical | Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer | Kira @ Delirious Dreams | Mel @ The Daily ProphecyNirvana @ Quenching the Quill | Sam @ A Blast of Random | Samantha @ Reed’s Reads and ReviewsSydney @ Love, Sydney | Yvo @ It’s All About Books

I’m really excited about this campaign and can’t wait to write the other posts! Are you participating? 

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The Blogger’s Recognition Award

Thank you Kay from The Desert Bibliophile, McKenzie from Bookish Things and Tea, Aasma from Infinity Reads, Rogan from Signing OnHolly from Nut Free Nerd and Mel from Dat Little Blog for nominating me! Also Evi from Adventuring Through the Pages didn’t nominate anyone, but she did mention me, so I consider myself nominated haha! Also once again it took me a while to get to this!

RULES

1. Select 15 other blogs to give the award to. You might have to do some searching, but you can find those blogs. You can’t nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.

2. Make a post to show off your award! Talk about how your blog got started and give some advice to the other bloggers out there. And share the fancy picture!

3. Comment on each blog to let the blogger know that you have nominated them.

4. Link to the original post at Edge of Night that way anyway can find the original guidelines and such.

How The Writing Hufflepuff was born

I’ve talked about it before, so I’m going to give the short version:

I had blogged before and I missed it. I wanted to talk about books and writing, as I didn’t know anyone in real life who read the same books (or read at all) and/or wrote (I still don’t). One day when the school year was over I decided to give it a go. I never expected people to read my posts, to like and comment, let alone follow. I can’t believe I almost have 500 followers little over a year later. I didn’t even think I was going to keep blogging up. I really have all of you to thank for that, because meeting and befriending and talking to you all is one of, if not the, best thing about blogging.

My advice

  • Be social. Follow other blogs, like other people’s posts, comment on them. And when I say comment I mean let them know you actually read their post. (also be friendly!) Not only will you make new, wonderful friends and is the (book) blogging community a great community to be a part of, it will also bring people to your blog. Don’t be shy, don’t be scared! I still have to meet a mean blogger in our community, so don’t worry (and this is coming from someone who is extremely shy and socially anxious in real life haha).
  • Be yourself. Write the way you talk. Show your personality. Writing is a lot more fun that way as you don’t have to force yourself to be someone your not and it’s more fun for your readers! Gifs can also be useful for this! It’s much easier to show the way you feel about something by using a gif in which someone expresses that same emotion! Not to mention that gifs are fun.
  • Write original and diverse content. Not only is it a lot of fun to come up with original ideas and to write about different kind of things (I don’t necessarily mean write about books and travel and beauty etc. I mean write diverse kind of posts, not necessarily about diverse topics!), people are likelier to follow your blog in my experience.

My nominees:

I’m not sure who has done this already, so if you’ve already done this don’t worry about it! It’s not exactly something you can do twice of course. So here we go!

A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts
Delirious Dreams
Bookland
The Time Traveling Writer’s Blog
Read At Midnight
Alex Raphael
Princessica Of Books
Addicted To YA
Forwards And Bookwords
Senseless Scrutiny
Sherinaspeaks
Serenity Books
Just Call Me Elm or Something
Avid Reader
Stay And Watch The Stars

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