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Eclectictales.com’s Blogoversary!

Posted 3 February, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 24 Comments

The month of February hits a milestone of sorts for the blog (not necessarily the space as I moved recently, but just existence of the blog as its own entity): eclectictales.com turns TEN.

Not my gif, as always

Yup, you read it right: 2017 makes ten years of me blogging. It’s pretty surreal to think it’s been that long since I’ve started blogging (steadily; I think I mentioned in my About the Site section that I had a previous blog/domain but had to stop for offline reasons). And after ten years, one does learn a few things along the way… 😛

  1. It’s easy to follow what others are doing (format-wise, books read and reviewed that are popular right now, etc.) but at the end of the day it’s your blog: you do the thing that makes you happy.
  2. Blogging is an ever-changing process: you pick up new ways of formatting or presenting your thoughts and ideas, the focus of your blog shifts and changes…Gosh, just look at some of my posts circa 2012 compared to now. It’s normal, and it’s part of the fun.
  3. You don’t have to review every book you’ve read–I learnt that recently, actually. I use my blog as my book journal so to speak (as with the amount of books I read per year, I will have used up a lot of notebooks O_O) and for the last few years my approach has been to record my thoughts as much as I can on the books that I’ve read. But sometimes when you don’t have much thought about a book you’ve read, why struggle churning out what turns out to be a wee & generalised review? This is still a hobby at the end of the day, not your dissertation.
  4. Yeah, it’s dismaying when no one comments on an awesome book you’ve reviewed (or a review you’re particularly proud of having clobbered together), but it happens. It’s there, maybe one day someone will read it and appreciate thoughts in it. But as long as you’re happy with it and you’ve got it jotted down somewhere, it’s all good.
  5. On a related note, at the end of the day stats don’t matter, really. I mean, yeah, I too wish I got more traffic and more readers, but those that drop by and comment do make my day 🙂
  6. Being different has its benefits in terms of what you offer in your reviews and what readers come across in your blog. What do I mean? Well like my url suggests, I do read an eclectic range of books, perhaps a little more far out than what you may necessarily come across, and while perhaps that may contribute to a lack of traffic or comments at times, I do get the occasional comment saying they appreciated coming across this book or that that they had never heard of and want to check out now. I’m always happy to recommend titles to people!
  7. The book blogging community is a supportive place. Yeah, it’s had its weird drama moments from time to time but the friends I’ve made over the years through the community and the memes and the discussion are priceless. #hugsforall
  8. Scheduling blog posts = life saver.
  9. Blogging burnout happens–and it’s okay. I never thought I’d be one of those people who would experience it, and perhaps it’d be a surprise to you to know that I did experience it considering my blog posts are scheduled at a daily frequency, but the hiatus time I had back in December? Sure, I was experiencing headache after headache transferring my blog over to the new server but in the same vein it gave me the time to step back and take a break, which I didn’t realise I even needed. !
  10. I guess this reiterates #1 a bit but most of all? Have fun blogging!

As always I’m thankful for everyone’s support and friendship over the years of chatting about books and other things; I honestly don’t think I would’ve continued blogging for as long as I have (or perhaps with the same vigor as before) if it wasn’t for your guys.

Not my gif but this is for you all, this cute puppy in a bowl 😛

As a thank you to you all and in celebration of my blogoversary, I am hosting a book giveaway! Now, I’m doing it a bit different this year; rather than going by my favourite reads in 2016, I’m going to give you an option to choose any one book I’ve read & reviewed on my blog.

Now, this prospect sounds crazy daunting as I’ve written over 900 book reviews in the last 10 years (see tag; omg where to start?!) O_o But there’s a few ways to navigate through and discover/decide what book to choose:

This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. The contest will run until Monday, February 13th @ 11:59PM EST. Please make sure you use a valid email address when you enter (as the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will draw a new winner). You can read the rest of the terms and conditions with the Rafflecopter below 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And that’s about it! In bocca del lupo! If you have any questions about the giveaway or any issues with Rafflecopter, please email me at webmaster [at] eclectictales [dot] com or comment in this post. Many thanks again for all of your support over the years 🙂

Eclectictales.com’s Blogoversary!

Posted 5 February, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 61 Comments

Ciao everyone! It’s February again, which means one particular thing on this blog: it’s my blogoversary 😀 Huzzah!

Not my gif, as always, but this is basically me right now (in my head, of course)

So yeah, my blog/web space turns NINE this year, which basically means I’m ancient here in the book blogging community, lmao j/k. But all joking aside, it seems like yesterday that I just started got this web space and trying to figure out exactly what to do with it. It wasn’t until GoodReads came around about a year afterwards that I learned there was such thing as book blogging and a book blogging community which I thought was really cool, and hey! I like reading a lot so naturally my web space went the direction of book blogging.

I feel at this point I should say something profound about the experience so far, lol xD The blogging experience is constantly changing–just look at the book blogging community and the various discussions that have surfaced in the last month or two, or even the way my book reviews evolved over the last several years–but suffice to say I’m still blogging on my own terms and I still enjoy it. Sure, sometimes I wonder if my posts are being read at all (I see my stats when I log in, but that’s as far as they register in my mind), blogging about books and genres that I don’t see very many bloggers read as well or comment on, but it happens; as long as I’m happy writing up my thoughts about it, it’s all good (I think I mentioned it last year but I consider this to be my equivalent of what would be a book journal). And it’s nice to see a comment every now and then saying that they’re curious about the book I mentioned or recently read and will check it out; I always enjoy recommending books alongside talking about them, so I feel my job is done when someone takes up my recommendation (for good or for ill, lol) 🙂

Not my gif, but a 12th Doctor gif always seems rather apt xD

So yeah, for now I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, and as always I’m very thankful to those who’ve stuck around with the blog, commented, chatted with me; your flailings, conversations, and friendships mean a lot to me 🙂

Just out of curiosity, for this year’s blogoversary I decided to conduct a wee little survey to see what readers and visitors of my blog are most interested in and whatnot. It’s totally voluntary and won’t be part of the following giveaway; I’m just curious to hear from readers. The survey will be open for the rest of the month. You can fill it out at the following link–

eclectictales.com reader survey (of sorts) (closed now)

I’ll try to squeeze the results sometime in March. Many thanks in advance! 🙂

As a thank you to you all, I am hosting a book giveaway with an opportunity to win one of the following nine books (see what I did there? 😛 ) I read in 2015 and enjoyed:

  • Darragh McKeon’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (review)
  • Julie Schmaucher’s Dear Committee Members (review)
  • Daphne Kalotay’s Russian Winter (review)
  • Viola di Grado’s The Hollow Heart (review)
  • Brandon Sanderson’s The Alloy of Law (review) or any of the preceding Mistborn books/from the first trilogy (#1, #2, #3)
  • Any of the books from Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy (see author tag)
  • Any of the books from Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see author tag)
  • Lindsey Kelk’s Always the Bridesmaid (review)
  • Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers (review)

This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. The contest will run until Monday, February 29th @ 11:59PM EST. Please make sure you use a valid email address when you enter (as the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will draw a new winner). You can read the rest of the terms and conditions with the Rafflecopter below 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In bocca del lupo! If you have any questions about the giveaway or any issues with Rafflecopter, please email me at webmaster [at] eclectictales [dot] com or comment in this post. Many thanks again 🙂

Not my gif; I’m in a gif-posting mood at the moment, clearly. So sorry if this is lagging your bandwidth -_-;

Eclectictales.com’s Blogoversary!

Posted 4 February, 2015 by Lianne in Website / 52 Comments

My domain URL may be new but my webspace isn’t, and today it is celebrating 8 years on the internet! 🙂 (yeah, I’m pretty old on the blogosphere, haha xP) It’s been another wonderful year on the blogosphere, chatting with bloggers about books and television shows and all kinds of stuff, both here and on Twitter 🙂 I’ve “met” a number of new bloggers thanks to Armchair BEA last year and other blogging events such as read-alongs, as well as plenty more via Twitter and through other blogger friends. I’ve also learned a lot as a blogger, discovered new tools to connect and present my blog posts in a more organised manner. And of course it was a fantatic year in reading, as evident by the end of the year book survey I filled out back in December 2014 🙂

According to WordPress stats, here are my top 5 visited posts from the past year (barring pages and sign-up posts to last year’s reading challenges that I hosted):

I’ve noticed there’s been ups and downs in the book blogging community in the last year, and it affected us all at some level; heck, there are times when I do find myself wondering why I blog, why I bother posting my thoughts on books and whatnot. But then I re-read a few of my book reviews (the lengthier ones–the classics or on the books I really loved 😛 ) and I remember that it’s about my love of storytelling, of books, of talking about books with others. Sure, some reviews don’t get as much attention as others (alas), books I push aren’t for everyone (it happens), but I’m ever grateful to have this medium to channel my thoughts and interact with others who also love to read and understand, appreciate, and approach books in a somewhat similar manner as I do xD

So I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you very much to all my readers, commenters, fellow bloggers & friends for being awesome, for commenting, for the discussion, recommendations, encouragements, and feedback. I’m still working on getting back to comments at a timely manner, but your comments make my day 🙂

As a little thank you to you all, I am hosting a giveaway with an opportunity to win one of the following 8 (hehe) books I read in the past year and enjoyed. I tried to keep it as eclectic (hehehe) as possible so that there’s something for everyone 😉 This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country.

  • Robin Oliveira’s I Always Loved You (review) *
  • Lucy Clarke’s A Single Breath (review)
  • Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You (review)
  • Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (review)
  • Alice Munro’s Hateship, Friendship Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (review)
  • Miranda Hart’s Is It Just Me? (review)
  • Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (review)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas (review)

* = this will be a pre-order

And that’s about it! The giveaway will run until Saturday, February 28th @ 11:59PM EST. Please make sure you use a valid email address when you enter and just read the rest of the terms and conditions with the Rafflecopter 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you again, and here’s to a lovely 2015 (with my shiny new domain url, lol)! 🙂

Winners of Blogoversary Book Giveaway Contest

Edit (2 March 2015): Thank you to everyone who entered my book giveaway! I used random.org to select two giveaways for this contest. Congratulations to Wattle and Lark: I hope you guys enjoy the books you selected! Thank you again for celebrating with me 🙂

Website: Blogoversary Giveaway Winner(s)

Posted 3 March, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Thank you again for the congratulations and well wishes on my blog’s 7th blogoversary! It’s been a long time since I started figuring out what to do with this web space and it’s nice to celebrate a milestone around here and where that journey has taken me since 🙂

And thank you also to everyone who participated in the book giveaway contest I held last month in conjunction with the celebration. I know I mentioned that one (1) winner would be selected but you guys are so awesome that I drew up TWO (2) winners instead 😉 So a big congratulations to Izzy and Riv! I hope you both enjoy the novels you selected and if you review them later on, I look forward to reading your thoughts on them 😀

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! 🙂 Thanks again.

Website: caffeinatedlife.net’s Blogoversary!

Posted 10 February, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 55 Comments

Yup, you’ve read that right: this webspace that I call home on the world wide web is seven years old this month (and on the current url it’s one year old; as some of you may recall, I ran under rulethewaves.net for over six years). The actual blogoversary was on the 4th but it’s been a little busy organising my posts around and stuff (and with another giveaway currently running) that I decided to postpone this entry a bit. Besides, how better to start another week than with a celebration? 🙂

It’s been a wonderful seven years of blogging. The first few years were a bit of a mish-mash, trying to figure out what I wanted to really do with my blog, what I wanted to blog about, what I was interested in, etc, etc. I’ve been book blogging (for the most part) quite regularly for the past three to four years. The book blogging community has been so open, eclectic and fun, it’s been a blast chatting with you all and participating (ever so slowly) in various events.

Not my gif, but celebrating Die Nationalmannschaft always makes for appropriate expressions of celebration and jubilation =)

In case anyone is curious, this is the first entry listed on this blog, which was originally a crosspost from my old, temporary blog. Look how small my to-read list was back then!

So here’s a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s dropped by, chatted, participated over the past few years; I haven’t celebrated my blogoversary in the past so this post is making up for it all =P And here’s to looking ahead to another year of fun and conversation (and continuing changes to the more technical aspects of this blog, lol. For example: I’m quite pleased to finally have a shiny, proper social media bar at the bottom of my posts, haha) 🙂

Again, not my gif, but happy minions also make for good points of celebration

So in celebration of this blogoversary, I am hosting a wee book giveaway as a way of saying thank you 🙂 List of books to choose from + contest details after the cut:

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