Book Blogging Firsts Tag || a walk down memory lane

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

In early June (I’ve really been slacking on blogging this month, more on that later), the wonderful Meghan over at Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews tagged me for the book blogging firsts tag.

Even though I didn’t officially start blogging on WordPress until October of 2018, which isn’t even that long ago, I first started talking about books on Tumblr. So, because of that, I thought that it would be interesting to compare my firsts on both blogs.

First blog name and design?

One thing that remained the same between both of my blogs is that I’ve always been twenty-seven letters. When I first decided that I wanted to start blogging, I knew that I wanted to come up with a pretty creative/interesting name because I had seen so many wonderful blogs with equally wonderful names. Then, I thought back to why I first started falling in love with reading and language in general. This obviously made me think of the alphabet and how the words of our favorite books are just different combinations of the same letters, and in the English alphabet, there are 26 letters. (you can probably follow where I’m going here). My brain somehow led me to fully believe that there were 27 letters in the English alphabet, thus twenty-seven letters. Once I realized my horrible mistake, I couldn’t bring myself to change the name because it honestly became hilarious to me.

As far as design, I obviously didn’t have the ability to change how Tumblr looked, but I’m fairly certain that my blog here started with the Button theme. I unfortunately don’t have any screenshots of this, but I strictly used whatever WordPress offered me (for free, of course) and I didn’t use any graphics other than the books’ covers and a lovely little overlay of the title, courtesy of Canva.

First blog post?

Tumblr: My first blog post on Tumblr was actually one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place! I had heard of NetGalley, and I really wanted to become involved in reading new books and telling the world about them. That said, my first Tumblr blog post was an arc review of Hello Me, It’s You by Hannah Todd.

WordPress: I ended up moving all of my Tumblr reviews onto WordPress, but my first official blog post on WordPress was a book review on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

First book review?

Like I just mentioned above, my first every blog posts on Tumblr and WordPress were both book reviews: Hello Me, It’s You by Hannah Todd and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

First meme participated in?

UGH. As someone who loves memes in all forms and watches far too many Vine compilations, you would think that I would be all aboard in participating in memes on my blog. But I still have yet to do exactly that. I have been considering jumping on the Down The TBR Pile train because I recently looked at my TBR list on GoodReads and wowza; I really need to cut that down if it has any chance of being releastic.

In all honesty, is a TBR pile ever realistic??

First discussion post?

Again, I’m the worst book blogger ever! I’ve yet to create a discussion post, even though they are some of my favorite posts to read. I’ve thought of a few ideas for sure, but actually getting myself to sit down to write them is a totally different story.

I suppose we can generously consider my posts on autism representation in YA and my open leader to a reader falling out of love with their favorite books as discussion posts?? Maybe???

First book blog I followed?

So for both this question and the next, Tumblr doesn’t make it very easy to figure out anything in relation to who you’ve followed and who has followed you. That said, the very first book blog I followed here on WordPress was Rae over at Thrifty Bibliophile because I fell head-over-heels in love with her bookstagram.

First follower?

I’ve been really lucky in that I have had friends supporting me from day one through both WordPress and email subscriptions. But, my first official WordPress follower from the bookish community was Jenn over at her blog Jenniely!

First book I read because of other bloggers?

Because a majority of my friends are also huge readers, I get a lot of recommendations from them. But, as I started blogging, I began to see a lot of people online talking about those same books, and two of the recommendations I remember seeing everywhere I looked was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Not to mention, I ended up loving both books even more than I expected.

First and foremost, thank you for reading another one of my posts. (And if this is your first post you’re seeing of mine: welcome!)

I do apologize though for the lack of blog posts (and the OVERabundance of tags) this past month. Life has gotten in the way and left me feeling a bit hesitant about posting and uninspired about writing. But, I am really hoping to get a new, fresh start with July.

Another big thank you goes to Meghan for tagging me! I had a lot of fun looking back on where I started and where I’ve gone, even though it hasn’t been that long of a time period. Though, I will say, my reviews have changed DRASTICALLY.

All of that said, I’m still rather new to this wonderful book blogging craziness and need to explore more as far as memes or discussion posts are concerned. So, if you have any memes that you love participating in or any discussion topics that you’re itching to talk about, please let me know! As much as writing about books and freaking out online about fictional worlds with lovely people across the globe makes me happy, I also want you to enjoy my posts just as much!

And, before I forget, I tag Clara, Sofii, Xandra, Sophie, Charlotte, and Jenna! Please don’t feel obligated whatsoever to complete this tag, and I hope you enjoy walking down memory lane if you choose to! Also, I SUPER apologize if you’ve already done this tag before!

Again, thank you thank you thank YOU for sticking around with me during this month, and I’ll see you for my June wrap-up!

So, what do you think? What was your first blog name? Have your book reviews changed? What was the first book you read because of other bloggers? Let’s chat!

16 thoughts on “Book Blogging Firsts Tag || a walk down memory lane

  1. Thank you for the tag (: I’ll get to it soon – I have a couple of others to do at the moment as well. I really enjoyed reading all of your answers (: I love the story of how you got your blog’s name and am also never sure what meme’s to take part in. I agree that the one you mentioned is a good one though; my TBRs on paper not Goodreads so I’d have to adjust the process but it’s still massive :L

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  2. Ahh… I loved reading about your blogging experiences!! I loved the story about how you came up with your blogging name– it made me smile and it is definitely something I would do!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I have always thought about participating in memes but I have never gotten around to it!! And no I don’t know any realistic TBRs πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I like discussion posts but they take a lot of time to write and you have to be motivated to write I find πŸ˜‚ my favourite one to write was about romance in books and what I like!!
    My blogging name has always been me and ink– I like the word ink and it is me so… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much for the tag πŸ’›πŸ’› I look forward to doing this and thinking about my blog firsts!! πŸ’•

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    1. Haha, I still can’t believe that I convinced myself that there are 27 letters in the alphabet! Oh well, I suppose it makes for a good story. πŸ˜‚

      And that’s what I’ve thought of discussion posts! You can tell that they take quite a bit of love and effort to make because they’re always so deep and super articulate. Definitely a huge undertaking!

      I absolutely love your blogging name! It’s really catchy, and it seems to encapsulate all of what reading is about.

      I’m so excited to learn all about your blog firsts!! πŸ’•

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      1. Yes it does make a good story, haha!!
        That’s true– I do enjoy the process of making them and hearing what everyone has to say about the topic so it quite a rewarding thing to do!!
        Aww.. thank you so much– sometimes I am unsure about my blogging name so I am so happy to hear that!! ❀
        Yay!! I'm excited to do it, thank you!! ❀

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  3. I’m glad you enjoyed doing this tag!
    You’ve got a cute blog, your origin story is hilarious, we’ve all done something silly like that. I love how you decided to own it and stick with it! ☺️😁

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  4. Thanks for tagging me, Lauren! πŸ™‚ My blog has changed a lot since I started, but I think that most of the changes were just minor improvements over time. My biggest change, however, was my theme! My blog used to be called “the Book Blog Battle” and my theme was just “books”. πŸ˜‚

    I really enjoyed seeing your firsts! I loved the story behind your blog name!

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    1. It’s no problem! I feel like I’ve been tagging you in so much recently though, so I do apologize! And that’s so cool to see just how far your blog has come! Changing your blog name is definitely a BIG change! πŸ™‚

      Thank you again for always being so kind and commenting!!


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