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Bloggers Who Made My 2018 Awesome! A Gratitude Post

It’s almost the end of the year again – another wonderful year of blogging. Last year, before the very end of the year, I wanted to give everyone a push towards the positive, especially because at that time the whole internationals situation was developing, and so I came up with this post here (I’m sure it could motivate you this year too!). This year I’ve struggled with my blogging myself, so I will have to leave the motivational posts to someone else (I feel like Kaleena might just whip up something like that anyway, like she always does!) But I still wanted something sweet on my blog for Christmas – something that would perhaps give you all a warm little ball in your heart to cradle. And here we are! So since I’m not going to motivate you all this year, I’m going to focus on gratitude. I will highlight some bloggers who have been absolutely instrumental in my blogging journey in 2018, and I want to thank them – and also to maybe highlight them to you, if you haven’t visited their blogs yet. As much as I’d like to mention all of you wonderful people who come to my blog and read my stuff, I won’t be able to – I am just hoping I won’t forget someone important! (We bloggers have this deep-seated fear of accidentally withholding the love.) Anyway! Let’s get on with it ❤️

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Bloggers Who Made My 2018 Awesome!

First of all, I’d like to thank my wonderful #NewBloggers Discord team who have donated their personal time to building up the group, making the server better and solving all sorts of problems – both technical, as well as psychological, which came up in the #NewBloggers group. We have an amazing, super smart, talented and dedicated utterly amazing admin, Lauren @ Northern Plunder – and I am most grateful to her, because she has a heart of gold and basically does ALL the work so I don’t have to! (Not that l’d even know how, most of the times!) Lauren, I am always impressed with your solutions and your dedication. Thank you so much!

I have to include the others too, of course! Thank you Clo @ Book Dragons 24/7, Hannah (Sophia) @ Bookwyrming Thoughts and Sam @ Fictionally Sam, Kaleena @ Voracious Reader, Amy @ The Little Booknerds in the Corner and Camilla @ The Reader in the Attic for watching over the server and also just being really awesome regulars. Also, for creating group activities, such as Blogoween or other amazing events we’ve had. I am awed by your passion every day, and even when I’m not there, I know the group is healthy and well because of you. I also have to thank Clo particularly for being an awesome little cookie and always remembering little old me – your tag tweets always come at the right time, when I am sad and alone, and make me feel remembered. I will always be thankful for those!

A GIF of a cat making praying hands and the caption saying Thank You

As for my blogging journey, I have a very special thanks this year to my friend Lili @ Utopia State of Mind, who has single-handedly thrust me into the world of print ARCs and personally made sure that I get some, where she could weigh in. Even aside from that, she has done some amazing things to take my blog to the next level this year, and I will forever be awed by the seemingly random kindness that she had no reason to gift to me, but she still did! I have tried to take up the mantle and reach out to “younger” bloggers to instruct and encourage them about ARCs since, and all this – thanks to Lili. Kindness is catching!

Then there is Jane who has become a close personal friend, a true soul sister to me. Jane is responsible for a lot of personal growth of mine this year – and also some really awesome recommended reads. Jane, unless I suffer from dementia, I am sure I will remember you fondly even when I’m 70. You be sure of that!

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I would also like to mention five bloggers who have been amazing blog buddies this year. Thank you Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea, although you’re on a hiatus right now and I can’t link to your blog, thank you for remembering me although you chose to step away from the crowd. You are an important friend to me and l’m so happy to know you still remember me when I don’t reply your messages for a month! I also have to thank you for sending me books ❤️

I also want to thank Kaleena @ Reader Voratious who came into the blogging world like a whirlwind! Thank you for staying with me through a really tough time for me – many wouldn’t have. I think you are the first such person in my life! Thank you for showing me people don’t always leave.

Then I also want to thank Cait @ PaperFury! Thank you for becoming my friend, and for all those long and amazing conversations we’ve had. Thank you for showing me that there is no “small” or “big” blogger and for giving me a chance to rant about all the blog stuff! I’ll use this chance to ask all my readers to show more love to Cait next year – because I feel like a lot of us started thinking that she doesn’t need our love and support anymore, now that she’s a published author and all that. That’s not true! Cait has been experiencing a lot of technical difficulties with her blog in the last couple of months, and I would love to see so much more love coming her way now. Don’t forget that Cait was a first inspiration for so many of us! Let’s remember our origins as bloggers, and the motivations when we just started out.

Then of course there’s Fanna @ Fannatality! Fanna never ceases to impress me with her inimaculate sense of style (in everything!) and taste. Despite being busy, she is always a delight to talk to and I have never seen her cranky or annoyed. And I love our conversations! Fanna, in my mind, is the ultimate lady. Thank you, Fanna, for being my inspiration, always.

And of course, the list is not complete without Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku. Wondering why you’re at the end of the list? Because I’m salty XD because you don’t reply my messages! I knew I have been guilty of the same, but… You know! Anyway, despite our hiatus of communication, I still miss you and will always want to talk to you! I am *still* writing that paper letter to you XD

A GIF of an envelope exploding and bursting with hearts, saying thank you

Oh, but you thought I was done. Little did you know!

The list goes on.

There are some amazing bloggers out there. And I wish we had time to talk more? These bloggers are all in my heart! Charvi @ Not Just Fiction – for being enthusiastic, creative and always making me feel remembered. And since we’ve started with that side of the world – Shruti @ This Is Lit, Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages and Nandini @ Unputdownable Books – for being my awesome friends from such a far away culture! JJ @ This Dark Material, for being a great book discussion partner, Gayathri @ Elgee Writes for just hanging out with me. Uwadis, for always chatting me up! Andreea @ Cheeky Lines, for being basically a reading taste twin and such a cool person. Isabel, for making my Instagram happy! SarabiNEventide for being my random stuff and tea buddy (and you’ve got to tell me your actual name for once, those usernames are confusing for my Lithuanian brain XD), Cee Arr @ Dora ReadsAlexandra @ Reader Witch and Destiny @ Howling Library for being great blog and Twitter buddies, Laura @ FUOnlyKnew for being the BEST commenter ever, Rosie Amber for always retweeting and sharing, and Paul for trusting my tasters so much. Tania @ My Lovely Secret for sharing so many of the same feelings! Lexxie @ Unconventional Bookworms for helping me and my mom believe we could make our Etsy shop work! Dany for letting me know that my efforts are appreciated.

And now is the time to freak out about missing someone important!

A GIF of Kevin from Home Alone slapping his cheeks and screaming

Seriously, if I forgot at least one of you, forgive me! There are just so many of you I always want to keep in my heart, and so many of you are the reason why I still blog. Thank you all, even if I haven’t mentioned you! Thank you especially to those silent followers of mine who read the blog but never really speak out in the comments. Thank you to all of my followers! ❤️

I hope my gratitude post wasn’t too boring to read! Who would you like to thank this Christmas season for helping you on your blogging journey? Was it a good year for blogging for you?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages
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Thank you for including me, Evelina ☺️ You are such a sweetheart. I would have understood if you would’ve forgotten me. This year has been a year of ups and down in terms of blogging for me too but I am glad that we get to meet so many amazing persons.
I came back yesterday and hoping to write a few posts soon. My blog is definitely lacking. But I am glad I have friends like you.
Here is to another awesome year with more wonderful friends.

Clo @ Book Dragons
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*squishes in hug* always remember you girl, you’re the reason I’m not a burned out mess somewhere cause New Bloggers saved me. And keeps me busy hehe. I love you, and your blog and this list is fabulous!

Can’t wait to see what the New Year brings, also I do need to pop over to Cait’s blog and binge read. I’m just slacking in general on the hopping front…what’s new xD

Kristina
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Awwww so much love here !!
Plenty of good bloggers worth following; Out of everyone, you and Lauren are the ONES I shall always look up to; id wanna be like you two “when I grow up” hahah — all the dedications you have for our community is insane xx

Merry Christmas, Evelina!!

Fanna
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Okay, let’s have a heart-to-heart convo here! I remember last year, around this time itself, I was a new blogger who had only been blogging for like a month and you had published a blog post where you had to answer some questions and tag bloggers as the answer. So for the question that was something along the lines of which blogger you would crush on, you had tagged me (after your boyfriend, of course! XD) and I WAS THE HAPPIEST PERSON because I never imagined someone ‘senior’ to me in this blogging thing to even consider me. But you… Read more »

Cee Arr
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You’re so sweet Evelina! XD <3

Nandini Bharadwaj
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I’m crying, Evelina! This post is so beautiful, authentic and straight from the heart. ♥️ I can’t believe I’m even mentioned – it’s such an honour! I love your posts so very much and how you always try to write informational posts for other bloggers, doing your best to help the community. I hope your struggles magically go away in 2019 and they you get back to blogging in full force. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you!

Laura Thomas
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You should be on your list too, Evelina! You never fail to make me smile and/or laugh when I come by to visit. Even when things are tough you have this bright, positive point of view. I hope to one day be able to stand in front of you and say hello! Have a very happy Christmas!

Anat
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Evelina, this is so sweet!! You are a huge inspiration to us newbie bloggers!

Isabelle
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I’m still new to this community (thank you so much for starting the Discord and all your new blogger content!!) but it’s such a lovely and supportive and sometimes salty place and I love it so much ❤️

Destiny @ Howling Libraries
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Aw, thanks for including me! <3

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Such a heartfelt and wonderful post. I love the blogging world and your gratitude to these wonderful bloggers made me smile.

CG @ Paper Fury
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omg this post was just everything!! ALL THE WARM FUZZY FEELS. You are so fantastic and kind and lovely and truly an epic blogging friend. I’m so glad to have met you!!

Charvi Koul
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Awww Ev thank you so much for including me, my heart is bursting! ❤️
Of course I remember you, how can anyone forget you! This is such an amazing post and yes I hope we both talk more often next year

Also the fear of leaving someone out us so real! I’m making my end of year lists and nothing has ever been so daunting

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Sarabi
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AHHHH thanks again! I thought I had told you my name, lol. It’s just Sarabi. But I feel using my full name makes me sound more regal. xD

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious
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Thank you SO MUCH for including me in this post, Evelina! You and Danielle were my first blogging friends that I made and I will always be there for you both. I adore you so much and thank you for making my 2018 brighter. ILY!

Jovita @ Inky Impressions
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This is such a wonderful post Evelina. I’m going to visit some of those you listed that are new to me.

Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku
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Ohmygosh. Stoppit. You are so sweet! <3 I *love* reading your gratitude posts! They always fill my heart with joy. And I need more joy in my life right about now. <3 <3 <3 Looking back on my year, I'd say it was an okay year for blogging? I didn't really make any new blogger friends, had three failed buddy reads, experienced my blog offline 3 separate times for long durations, AND one of those downtimes required me to manually repost EVERY blog post and page I'd made over 3 months. But I've written more posts than ever in a… Read more »

Gayathri
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<3 <3 thanks for including me in the list and I love hanging out with you too. And let us do that buddy read we have been discussing forever, right away.

herding cats
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It’s nice to have such good blogger friends. Makes blogging so much more fun 🙂

JJ @ This Dark Material
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EVELINA YOU’VE MADE ME WEEP. Thank you so much for thinking of me! ♥♥ You’ve been so welcoming from the start of my blogging journey and I don’t know how long I would have stuck with it, if not for you and all the wonderful bloggers I was able to meet because of you. I am so, so grateful to have met you and shared so many wonderful discussions over the last year. Here’s to oodles more in 2019! ♥

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
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Aww, thanks, Evelina! I’m grateful for the server you created because I wouldn’t have met the others without it. I mean, maybe I would have in some way, but it’s not likely at all! It’s definitely been a rough year for you, but I hope you’re doing well and 2019 treats you loads better! <3

Danielle Nolan
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Danielle Nolan

This is such a beautiful post! I am honored to call you a friend, and that will carry on well past my blogging days. Be it one month or a year, I will always be here ❤

Tânia@MyLovelySecret
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Awww, I can’t believe you included me. Thank you so much for including me on this list. <3 I truly have no words to describe how sweet and incredible you're. You're an inspiration! Every time I'm feeling low about blogging, one of your posts and kind words always make me feel better and not give up.

Also, thank you for all your amazing book recommendations. I just got Creatures of Will and Temper and I simply can’t wait to read it.

Sending you a thousand hugs. ;P

Andreea
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I don’t think I properly thanked you for this! You have no idea how much it means to me and how awesome the last year was because of reading your blog!