The Book Blogging Firsts Tag | ft. me sharing the cringey posts and designs from my past

Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a great week so far. Today, I’m going to be doing the Book Blogging Firsts Tag.

I was actually not tagged to do this, and like a responsible person, I should be doing all the tags that I have actually been tagged in, but I can’t resist anymore and I just really want to do this. I saw it on Charlotte @ Bewitching Books, Ravenous Reads‘s blog, and every time I see the questions, I get super excited and motivated to finish this post. I even thought that I’d been tagged in it and that maybe that was the reason why I couldn’t stop thinking about it, but no. I was not tagged in it, and I’m being totally irresponsible.

It’s also been a year and almost two months since I started this blog, so hey, it’s a great time to reflect on everything!

Be sure to check out Charlotte’s lovely blog! Without further ado, let’s get started!

First blog name and design?

My blog name has been the same from the start: Eternity Books. Honestly, I wanted to change it after a while, but then I read that if I did so, I had to change the URL, and people might not know the new URL, nor would they associate the new name with me and yadda yadda yadda, and I just got terrified and stuck with EB.

I don’t even know why I chose Eternity Books. Honestly this blog was just spontaneous and I didn’t think things through at all. Even my ex-pen name was horrible and spontaneous. If I could go back and re-do it, I think I would, so that I could think everything through properly, and choose a blog name that I truly liked and one that represented me and my books.

I sadly don’t have a snapshot of what my old design was, but I was using the Gateway theme. My initial thought was to change the design with the seasons I vaguely remember it had to do with eternal seasons or eternity?, so I started off with a gray icy mountain theme, and then in January I changed it to a pink/hot-dark-pink theme if that’s even a color.

This was my header at least, so it was that kind of peachy pink. It didn’t look good. At all.

And of course, I’ve had several changes over the past year, some big, some small, and I’ve changed things up yet again, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Did you like the old background or do you prefer this one?? And the sidebar. What do you think???

First blog post?

A Top Ten Tuesday. I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t start off with a post talking about my blog and why I created it, and I just jumped straight into a Top Ten Tuesday (that I shortened to five). It’s actually not as cringey as I thought it would be, but it’s still bad and I’m really not proud of it.

Also, my design skills? They were pretty much non-existent.

First Post

First book review?

My first book review was of Accused by Lisa Scottoline, and I’m honestly surprised that it was also not as cringey as I thought it would be. I’ve definitely grown, and my writing has improved. But I feel like I still sound the same, and I’m kind of realizing that this is my voice. That it has always been even though I wasn’t sure, and I felt like I didn’t know what it was. It was always there, and it just feels great to realize that it’s always been the same ever since I started.

First Review

First meme participated in?

Top Ten Tuesday. It was my first post and my first meme. The second meme I did after that was WWW Wednesday, and I’m still doing that to this day.

First Meme | Second Meme

First Discussion Post?

Lol. My first ever discussion post was a mini rant about Bloglovin’ and how I was upset that they were posting/sharing my posts on their website without my permission. And there was no simple way to say, “Hey Bloglovin’, stop putting my posts on your platform cause I don’t want it there!”. Anyways, it really annoyed me, and I thought it would be a great discussion that would have a lot of views and likes and all that…and it really flopped 😂🤦🏽‍♀️

I think it did worse than the rest of my posts at the time, and it kind of was the reason why I was hesitant to do another discussion. But anyways, here it is: my first discussion post.

First Book Blog I Followed?

The first blogger that I followed was Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks. I just love the design of her blog and her posts. I was also really excited to become a part of the community, so yeah, I followed a whole bunch of blogs that day. Anyways, be sure to check out her wonderful blog!

First Follower?

That was the lovely Jenn @ Jenniely. She was my first follower and also the first book blogger to follow me. I can imagine the excitement that I went through when I realized that I’d gotten my first follower. So thank you so much, Jenn for that! Be sure to check out her lovely blog!!

First Book I Read Because of Other Bloggers?

Honestly, I don’t know. There are probably a bunch of books that I’ve read because I saw them on other blogger’s blogs what a mouthful but I don’t remember the first one. The one that I do remember, that was recommended to me by a fellow book blogger, is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. And I loved it. The wonderful person who recommended this book to me is Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. You all really need to check her blog out because she’s amazing and I love her and her blog so much, even though we don’t read many similar books. But she still makes me smile, and it’s fun to just read her blog, and y’all need to go check her out. NOW. That’s an order. Go. Then come back.

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I’m going to assume that you followed my wonderful advice. Good job, and thank you. I’m such a drama diva queen.

Tagging:

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea | Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Dani @ Literary Lion | Paper Procrastinators | Miri @ The Book Dragoness

Nikki @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books | Jane @ Blogger Books

That’s it! What do you think of the new background? Do you like the new sidebar? What did your first blog design look like? What was your first discussion about? How’s your week going so far? Chat with me in the comments below!!

My Blog’s Name in Books – Book Tag

Welcome back everybody! I found today’s tag over @ The Bibliophile Girl and it’s pretty interesting. The rules are simple:

Rules:

  • Spell out your blog’s name.
  • Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter.

NOTE: You cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodreads TBR.

I have 94 books on my TBR, so hopefully enough to cover everything.

Let’s Get Started:

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Bookish Discussion: Bloglovin’ and why I’m disappointed

Hello friends and welcome to my first ever Bookish Discussion! Today, I’ll be discussing Bloglovin’ and why it disappointed me.

First of all, a lot of people use Bloglovin’. It’s “…a platform that allows users to read, organize, and discover their favorite blogs on mobile and desktop. It is a design-focused platform that aggregates feeds from sources with RSS feeds, allowing users to discover and organize content.” (thank you, Wikipedia.)

So, something similar to the WordPress Reader, right? Yes, it sounds like it is. Why am I upset about a platform that is helping spread the contents of my blog? Because there is a difference between signing up for a service and being featured on it, and being forced to be featured on another service that you didn’t sign up for.

You’re probably confused, so here’s some backstory. A few days ago, I was checking my Stats and saw that a visitor had been referred to me by Bloglovin’.

Figure 1

I was confused, because I didn’t have an account, and I hadn’t put my blog on there. I pressed the link, and was stunned to see some of my posts on their website. I even had a follower that I was unaware of.

This raised a lot of questions:

Who put my blog on there? How does this work? Are they affiliated to WordPress and so any new blog is automatically added?

So, I searched on Google. I literally typed:

“Somehow my blog found its way onto bloglovin, I didn’t put it there what is going?”

The 5th result seemed promising:

Offbeat YA: How Bloglovin’ Ate My Blog (and Yours too).

And then I read about how Bloglovin’ takes your RSS feed and uses it to add blogs to their site. You have no control over it, as long as your RSS is public. And if it isn’t public, then no one will be able to find your blog.

As I read, I got frustrated because I understood how Roberta (the author of the the above article) felt. She didn’t want her blog on there, and she didn’t know how to remove it. And then there was the issue of Bloglovin’ opening posts from your website in their frames.

Apparently, that’s still happening because when I press a post link, I get this:

Figure 2

And I’m confused about the pop-up. I can’t press no even though I DON’T want to sign up. But forget that, the main issue here is the frame thing at the top. You can even see in the background behind the popup the page on my site, but it isn’t really my site.

Roberta’s post was written in 2013, and updates from another post proved that the issue was still a problem in 2017.

That post, by Ashley @ Nose Graze, talked about how you can now read full posts on Bloglovin’ and actually comment on there. They even claimed to search engines (using something called a canonical) that they are the original owners of the posts. (More about that here.)

Figure 3

One the main page (above: Figure 3), if you click the title of a post, it leads you to their link of the post (see Figure 2). The commenting feature still exists right now and if I press ‘Add comment’ on the main page (above: Figure 3), I get this:

Figure 4

I’m guessing that because my posts are on ‘post summary’, they aren’t showing my full posts on their website. Pressing ‘More Tag Thursday…’ here goes to my actual post page, not their version of my website. There’s a problem because this link that I’m sent to from Figure 4 isn’t the same one that I get sent to in Figure 2. IMO, I should be sent to my URL on BOTH pages, not their link.

At least the canonical issue was resolved.

I don’t have anything against my posts being read on their website, but I feel like they should have to visit my website to comment.

You’re probably wondering: What’s all the fuss? WP Reader does the exact same thing and I’m not complaining.

The fuss is because I voluntarily signed up for WP so my blog is featured on their Reader. However, I didn’t sign up for Bloglovin’ and I didn’t ask for my blog to be put on their service. They aren’t Google or Bing who have to have access to your blog or else you pretty much don’t exist. It’s a service that I didn’t sign up for and, at the moment, don’t want.

That’s my issue. I didn’t sign up for Bloglovin’ so they shouldn’t have a right to feature my blog just because I have a public RSS. It’s like saying that your information HAS to be on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ because you exist and use the internet. That’s not right, and it isn’t fair. They don’t have a blog removal option if I wanted to remove mine.

There are some things I can do (check out Ashley’s post) about it, and you too if you are in this situation.

I’m not saying that Bloglovin’ is bad. It’s kind of like a Facebook for blogs and can serve to help bloggers get more followers/readers. However, I don’t like the fact that I have no say in whether my blog is featured or not. At a time, I wanted to sign up but now I don’t want anything to do with them.

Maybe in the future I might sign up, but for now, no. If you followed me on Bloglovin’, please be sure to drop a comment on my actual website so that I’m aware of you! I love all my followers💖💖!



A lot of people in the Blog-o-sphere use Bloglovin’ and I don’t mean to hate on you. 💖 I just wanted to talk about my experience and why I don’t use it.

Let’s Discuss:

Do you use Bloglovin’? Do you think Bloglovin’ should be able to put your blog on their website without your permission? Is that fair (In your opinion)?

I’m interested to hear what you think and want to have a healthy discussion. Your opinions will be respected!

2018 Wrap-up and 2019 Goals

Hi friends! 2018 has come to a close and I’m excited for the new year. New year = new beginnings and goals. I started this blog three weeks ago, and I’ve already met so many amazing and welcoming people. I’m very glad I decided to take this risk and joined the bookish community.

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