Rachel's Blogging & Bookish Mistakes

Today is the day that I spill my guts on all my blogging mistakes. I confess it all right here! 

-I thought Twitter was silly when I first joined....
-I sent a lot of emails asking bloggers questions when I first started out (Help me, I don't know what I'm doing)
-I struggle to take pretty Instagram pictures
-I'm terrible at coding and web design. I've frantically emailed my blog designer/coder so many times to fix my huge mistakes
-I didn't get a test blog until I did irreparable damage here on APCB (ooops)
-I am addicted to Twitter
-I care about my stats. I want my blog to do well and have lots of readers, OKAY?! I can't help it.
-I get ARC envy sometimes. I can't help it! When everyone has *that* book and I want *that* book....
-It took me an insanely long time to figure out how to schedule posts on Blogger
-The "remove formatting" button was a blessing, and it took me 1.5 years to find
-I'm self-conscious about my review style. I read some other reviews and they just make me FEEL stuff and then I look at mine and am so disenchanted
-I used to compare myself to other bloggers. I don't know why I'd subject myself to that torture, but I did
-I became addicted to Twitter chats, and I have no regrets
-It takes me so much longer to write discussion posts than it does to write reviews
-I get really far behind on commenting back (I am behind fourth months right now)
-I used to scramble to write posts the night before publishing, oh wait I still do that sometimes
-Now I'm two months ahead of my blog posts, so you won't read my posts (like this one) for a long time
-My NG ratio is horrid
-I am really nervous about lending books to people because I HATE cracked spines and dog-eared pages
-I totally fangirl when blogger idols and favorite authors follow me on Twitter
-I used to follow lots of blogs just because of giveaways *SHAME ON ME*
-I still refuse to give most people I know in real life my blogging address/blog name
-I didn't tell my parents about my blog until 3 months after I started it
-I still don't fully understand what Feedly is, but I have it
-It took me a month to figure out how to navigate through Edelweiss
-Sometimes I don't like my blog name, it's so looong
-I obsessively check my email in anticipation of awesome emails (which sometimes do come)
-I went to the Sarah J Maas ACOTAR release tour stop in Bensalem without my parents' knowledge and permission. Ummm saying I got in trouble is a vast understatement
-I overload on blog tours sometimes and end up speed reading the book the night before...

Those were my blogging & bookish confessions/mistakes! Do you have any to share? ;) 
Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

You can find her on Twitter @yaperfectionist & Goodreads.


  1. I've been meaning to do a post like this! I'm thinking of doing one closer to my blogiversary, like you did. You are definitely not alone on some of these: I'm addicted to Twitter and Twitter chats (which probably have a connection to one another) and telling my parents late! I actually told them six months after I created mine... which is kind of bad but apparently they already knew..? Anyway, I don't think I wished you happy blogiversary on here so happy blogiversary!

  2. I honestly think that most people care about their stats! I mean, everyone wants to see that people are reading their blog, right??? I LOVE Twitter chats, a lot, but the problem is that I live in Australia, which means that most of them are at around 3AM my time, ughhh. And yep, I'm an obsessive email-checker, too. >.< Great post!!

  3. Oh I love this post! I completely understand about fangirling when your favorite bloggers or authors follow you! Oh and YES I will admit to checking me email WAY too much for the same exact reason! I envy you on how far you are ahead of your blog post. Any tips?

  4. Totally feel you on the ARC envy! It's only a few times, like when I saw someone had an ARC of Six of Crows or A Court of Thorns and Roses last year, I would get all twitchy and desperately hope some ARC god would pity me and send me one.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I've been blogging on and off for several years now and even though I'm on my umpteenth blog, I still make mistakes :) My most frequent one is proofreading posts, I constantly edit posts AFTER they've been published, which I know is a huge no no! Ah well :)

  6. Ugh. I relate to so much of this except I have only been blogging for 7 months. It's hard to learn everything, and ARC envy is something everyone goes through, I think.

  7. I love these confessions. I think most of us can relate to these. I can so relate to the ARC envy. I get it ALL THE TIME. And it took me months to get the hang of Edelweiss. I still prefer NetGalley because it's so much more user friendly than Edelweiss.

  8. Bahahaha, I still don't know how to navigate Edelweiss and I really couldn't care less. NG and BfB are good enough for me--and they sport user-friendly designs.

    Great list! I relate to so many of these. :D

  9. I think a lot of us share the same confessions! We all get envy sometimes and care about our stats and there is nothing wrong with that!! (also I HATE sharing my blog info with people IRL)

  10. I don't even blog and I can relate to some of these, especially loaning out books.
    Why do people think that because I have a lot of books that I won't care if they come over just to borrow them? It's not even close friends, just people I know. I finally just started saying that I don't loan them to anyone because I couldn't think of a nice way to say no lol.

  11. I love this post! I also obsessively check my email for anything exciting even though I get a notification on my phone if an email comes through but I have to check, just in case. I don't get Feedly either. I've had it for 3 years and I'm still totally lost haha!

  12. Haha I'm DEFINITELY far too addicted to Twitter chats! I just don't lend out books. Is that cruel? I don't think so. I'm protecting my friends XD.

    I'm not sure it's a BAD thing that I care about my stats? I wouldn't blog if I didn't want people to read my posts, so yeah, I do keep my eye on which posts do better than others. Also, I think anybody who says they don't get ARC envy are LIARS :)

  13. Haha, I'm still scared of emailing bloggers asking for help NOW. O_O

    I didn't tell my mother about my blog until a year or two after I started.

    I still don't understand Edelweiss.

    And I totally screwed up my own blog before creating a test blog myself. It was bad. I think I'm better at coding now, but I'm no expert. xD

  14. Lol i love these! I legit just when through NG today submitting "This just wasn't for me" feedback to try and ease the ARC panic and do something about my horrendous ratio!

  15. Love your confessions! So fun and true! I also get ridiculously excited when bloggers/authors follow me :) I am not addicted to Twitter... yet! But I am totally addicted to Instagram... its a little scary :D

  16. Wow great confessions and I think we can all relate to some of those! I'm so horrible at some of this coding stuff and what not. The other day I switched to Disqus and I didn't know I needed to import my comments first. So yeah, I lost all of those. oopsie. :P

  17. I used to follow so many blogs for giveaways, that's one of the reasons I don't pay attention to my GFC any more. They're all blogs that I joined just for giveaways. Oops. :p

  18. I can totally relate to some of these. But I'm okay with that :)
    Also, can I just say that there should be no shame and no seasoned blogger should look down their nose at a n00b blogger asking a question or two. I admit I did the same thing and got absolutely no reply, which just says something about the character of the blogger outside their blogging abilities.
    - Krys

  19. Ooh we are completely the same!! I'm completely the same when a blogger and author I love follow me or like/comment on my stuff :D And I also check my email now that I'm a blogger a lot more than I used to. I kind of regret making my blog name so long but at least I love it more than my first blog name :D This is more of a reader confession but I once overreacted when I won a giveaway that contained an arc I was dying for. I was getting more irritated than I should have been when it took forever to arrive. I'm pretty chill with book mail now but back then I would just get upset when I would get nothing :o

    ~Karina @ A Reader Under The Sea

  20. THIS POST. <3 I was actually just thinking of doing something similar to this haha.
    I definitely get ARC (especially since I have yet to receive a physical ARC) and GAHH it's terrible. And oh my goodness, my NG ratio is the WORST -- I legit have books I received from like over a year ago that I have yet to read.
    And even at almost 2 years blogging, I've never actually told anyone about my blog. (My siblings eventually found it all on their own...) My parents don't know but I don't even think they know what blogs are (because they were born back in the dayyy)?? Hahaha. :)

    -Cari @ myaddictionbooks.blogspot.com

  21. So I have to know. WHY would they not have let you go to the ACOTAR tour? Because I need to know if I should chuckle, or freak out that you did this- the fangirl in me says chuckle, the mom says freak out ;)

    I absolutely care about stats and get ARC envy. I assume I always will haha. I also did NOT understand Twitter, and what the big deal was (obviously that has changed bwahha) and I wish I could do better with the picture taking too! Also, THIS: "The "remove formatting" button was a blessing, and it took me 1.5 years to find" YESSS! ME TOO. How did we not know this!!??

    As for the being behind on comments, I feel your struggle. But unlike you, I schedule posts about... two hours after I intended for them to go live bwhahah. Also, I cannot figure out Feedly! It doesn't accept my blog as a thing, so I RAGE at it, but there isn't any support, so I can't even contact anyone. Screw you, Feedly.

    I used to follow for giveaways too- I feel like we ALL did that at some point, right? LOVE these, because I have done at least 3/4 of them. Except for sneaking to Bensalem for ACOTAR, of course. Although, I am considering it in the future ;)


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