What do I mean?
A couple of weeks ago, That Bookshelf Bitch hit 25,000 site visits — an incredibly large numerical figure I once thought to be impossible to reach. Additionally, within the same week, my blog surpassed the 1,500-followers mark — another tremendous feat that I didn’t think would ever happen to me. Can I just say, it is absolutely heartwarming to know that there is a large audience of people interested in what I write and in what I post! To reach two huge milestones in seven days is incredibly surreal and wonderfully overwhelming! None of this would have happened without all of you!
To celebrate these little achievements, I’m conducting a couple of international giveaways! Many thanks to the authors for making this possible!
Not going to lie, I don’t even know where to begin. The gravity of this personal milestone has yet to completely sink in. With everything going on outside the virtual world — last sets of academic requirements, final exams, political issues (re: Ferdinand Marcos is still not a hero), globally impactful events and loads of personal stuff, my blogging anniversary was at the farthest corner of my mind. I almost forgot about it, really. Nonetheless, here I am, finally writing this and finding myself absolutely overwhelmed and inexplicably pleased.
To say I never expected anything this wonderful and momentous to happen to me would be an extreme understatement. Having
that this massive of a readership seemed so unattainable that I never really thought twice about ever reaching this milestone. Much less within my first year of blogging.
I have always been the kind of person who likes to conduct birthday countdowns; however, this year, as I took note of the months, weeks and days left before the arrival of August 14, I found myself having a maelstrom of mixed feelings. I mean, god, I’m finally leaving that “-teen” suffix behind whenever I mention my age. I’m legitimately twenty years old now. Which is basically synonymous to delving deeper into the uncharted territorial waters of adulthood.
Initially, I considered enumerating all the changes I’ve made—from the brand new and noticeably more minimalist layout to the wait, since when did That Bookshelf Bitch have its own legitimate logo?—and explaining all the additional features I somehow managed to whip up. I mean, what exactly have I been tinkering with for more than a month, right? On the contrary, I eventually decided against that idea once a couple of thoughts occurred to me: one, that is probably the most generic and overused introduction known to mankind; and two, it would be a whole lot more fun to let you explore the many areas of this blog on your own! So I’ll leave that task to you.
Or I may compose a separate post regarding the specific changes I’ve integrated into That Bookshelf Bitch in a few days or so.
Before the actual announcement, however, allow me to
incoherently, mindlessly babble for a bit. I’ll try to keep this part as short as possible, so kindly bear with me.