In my statistics wrap-up from yesterday, I talked about the books I reviewed in 2013. Today I’m going to focus more on the general blogging (or related) achievements. So less focus on reviews and more focused on blogging, coding, real life, or whatever!
Posts on the blog: a breakdown
- I published 8 posts about my real life.
- I participated in 23 blog tours.
- I started 32 discussion topics.
- I told you about new books on my shelf 35 times.
- I talked about 39 books I’m waiting to read.
- I hosted 52 giveaways.
- I published 71 Bitchin’ Book Blog posts (phew!).
- I reviewed 147 books.
I created the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin
I’m feeling EXTREMELY nostalgic right now you guys! Almost exactly a year ago, I sat down and created version 1.0 of the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. I was exactly where I am now—in California, at my parents’ house. There I was, sitting at the kitchen table or in my bed or on the dining room sofa, just coding away like a madwoman.
At the time, I was excited, but I thought maybe I’d sell like 30 copies of the plugin if I was lucky and that would be that. But now here I am: one year later and I have over 300 sales.
Also, I spent a few weeks over the summer revamping it into version 2.0, which was kind of a bitch. I hope I don’t have to do that again LOL. But version 2.0 completely owns version 1, so it was a good move. 🙂
I started selling pre-made WordPress themes
First I created the Morph Theme, which is actually heavily based on one of my old blog designs (from a previous non-book blog). Then I followed that up with Texturize. I sold a couple, but it was nothing to get too excited about.
Then, I spent like a week or two doing serious, hardcore, crazy ass woman coding. I was going to make the most ULTIMATE CUSTOMIZABLE THEME EVER! It drove me nuts. When you have a theme with over 150 customizations, you have to account for every.single.possible.combination. Every scenario. Every single setting. It’s insane. I remember mumbling, “This shit better be worth it!” And it certainly was! I’ve sold over 128 copies of Tweak Me, which is over $4,000 in sales! Well worth the stress and near tears I put into that crazy theme.
Huge thank you to every blogger out there sporting Tweak Me!
Also, I teamed up with designers to turn their design ideas into real WordPress themes! It’s been a pleasure working with those three lovely ladies. 🙂
I changed my blog’s name
Can you guys believe that Nose Graze used to be called BookNook? In April I decided to change the name to Nose Graze. I haven’t looked back—not once. This was one of the best decisions I ever made for my blog! It actually makes me laugh to think that Nose Graze was ever called anything else. It just doesn’t compute!
Here’s to great decisions!
I redesigned the blog
Don’t remember how the site used to look? I’ve currently on my 5th design for this site, but just to refresh your memory, here was the previous one:
I stressed over this new design for several days, but I’m really really happy with how it turned out! I actually don’t see myself redoing it anytime soon (which is a huge deal for me, a serial site re-designer).
I moved to a dedicated server
I hosted all of my websites on GoDaddy for a long time.. something like six years. But in 2013 I stopped using shared hosting and moved all of my sites to my very own dedicated server. Don’t know what the difference is? Read my post on the different kinds of hosting.
Except for a few recent hitches that I’m struggling to figure out, I’m super glad I made the move. I have more control over what’s going on and honestly… having my own server just makes me feel like a boss.
My boyfriend and I took a kissing selfie on top of the Eiffel Tower
Honestly the photo is way too embarrassing bad to ever share with anyone.. but IT HAPPENED! We stood on the Eiffel Tower (freezing our asses off) and took a smooching selfie. We also took another one below the Eiffel Tower that’s equally embarrassing.
I swear one of those blurry blobs is me. I just look ridiculous.
I bought the biggest container of hot chocolate mix known to man
…and finished it all (it’s gone as of a few days ago).
I think the picture says it all.
I launched BookBlogging.net
Just recently I launched my latest project, BookBlogging.net—a resource hub, database, and community for book bloggers! So far it has:
- A blog database
- An events database
- A reading challenge database
- An activity/updates stream
- A variety of co-bloggers
- Its own forum for larger discussions
There have been a few bumps along the way… like when I decided to scrap the initial forum platform and start over on a brand new one. Since one site is WordPress and the forum is NOT WordPress I had to work on syncing the login systems (so that you only have one account), and that’s been a nightmare. It leads to complications.. like WordPress allows you to have 3-letter usernames, but the forum platform does not, etc. GRR!
But looking ahead, I have some super exciting features planned for it! I can’t wait! Coming up are:
- A book trading system, where users can list books up for trade, view offers, and accept or reject the offers themselves. This is nearly ready for release! I might have people beta test it first.
- A self published book request system. Indie authors can list their books on the site and bloggers can request review copies. Authors can choose to accept or decline the requests. When accepted, the blogger has instant access to the ebook.
- I might integrate my book blogger WordPress hosting idea into this site, if time permits.
Here’s to another great year!
From what I know so far (deets soon!), 2014 is going to be an intense, busy, but exciting year. Part of that is because I will be graduating university and going out into the REAL WORLD! Scary! I will be taking my freelance business full time, and hopefully making some very promising strides with BookBlogging.net.
I’m excited and can’t wait to get started! 😀