Blogoversary Day One- Overview of the Year

I really can’t believe that a year ago today I started this blog. It feels like I’ve been blogging for much longer and I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed every second of my time blogging so far. 
Today, to celebrate my blogoversary, I’m going to be looking back over my year and going over a few of my  blog statistics. I have a week full of posts planned including interviews, a giveaway and a few tips to give to future bloggers.
Before I start, I’d just like to thank Emma from Never Judge a Book By It’s Cover and The Graphicness for designing the gorgeous graphic above. I love it and I hope all of you do, too! 
I started this blog on the 20th April 2012 after reading and loving other book blogs like Girls Heart Books and Booked Up!. The blog was first named Read, Write, Sleep, Eat but I then renamed it Queen of Contemporary on January 13th 2013. 
My first blog header
This here was my first blog header, which I designed using Picmonkey. It was something that I did on my own and I think it’s a pretty good graphic for someone with no experience. 
I think the first book I ever reviewed on the blog was Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman but I can’t be sure because I decided to delete the majority of my old posts one day, much to my horror now. 
One of the first followers I can remember getting is Beverley from A Reading Daydreamer. I can clearly remember walking home from school one day and seeing a comment from her arrive in my inbox and it made me so happy. Did I really have someone viewing my blog?!
On my first day of blogging, I received 60 pageviews which was amazing to my new blogger self. I later found out that all sixty of those views were my own, constantly looking at my new website. It’s a memory that will always make me laugh. 
When I first started blogging, I had no clue that there was a massive community out there that would accept me for book-obsessed fangirl that I am but they’ve been so supportive and I know who to go to if I’ve had a bad day, need advice or just want to talk.
I must admit that I never thought I’d be able to talk to you: I thought you were all very scary! But as I got to know you all, I realised that we’re all very similar and united in our love for books. You’ve all been rolemodels to me, so thank you!


(These are all at the time of writing this post so will most probably have changed by the time this post goes live.)

Pageviews: All Time History: 19,833
Most popular post:  Interview with Rebecca from Rebecca-Books
Google Friend Connect Followers: 186
Bloglovin’ Followers: 85
I can’t believe how many pageviews and followers I’ve got! I never thought I’d get past two followers, let alone 150! Thank you so much to anyone who has followed and commented over the last year. It means so much to me and it really does make blogging better, no matter what anybody tells you!
A Plea for Help! 

Next Saturday, the 27th, I will be running Embracing My Inner Geek as a meme! I’d love it if you could write your own post to add to the link up to help celebrate my blogoversary and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of your posts. 

Here are some ideas:
-What being a geek means to you
-Ways in which you express your inner geek
-A talent that you want to show on your blog (for example, artwork, a video of yourself singing, a piece of writing etc).
-Your life as a geek (I know some people are writing about their day jobs, whether it be as a librarian, bookseller or something else).
I’m going to leave the posts up to you but don’t forget to tweet me your links (@LucyTheReader) and add your link to the Linky on the day! 

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    Pink Lady 631
    20 April, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Happy Blogoversary! You really do deserve all of the comments and followers because you have such a great blog. Your blog is always such an inspiration and you should be very proud indeed. *passes cupcakes and party hats around*. Thanks for inviting us to be part of your meme, I look forward to joining in next Saturday!

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    20 April, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Happy blogoversary Lucy!! 😀 I love your blog so much, and I’m so glad you’ve got so many followers and views. I would love to join in with your Embracing My Inner Geek Meme next saturday, so I’ll be sure to send you over a link to it 🙂

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    20 April, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Happy blogoversary, Lucy! Wishing you many more 🙂

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    Ruby :)
    20 April, 2013 at 9:32 am

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY LUCY! 😀 Yayy! I love your blog so so much and I’d follow it 10000000000000000000000000000 times if I could… But, for some reason, Blogger won’t allow that. -_- Anyway, I’m SO glad I discovered your little corner of the internet, as I’ve had so much fun reading all your posts (yes, I went back and read EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM)!!! I’ve enjoyed fangirling over Will Herondale with you, and I’ve found some awesome books thanks to your blog, so once again: HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! 🙂 *virtual hug* Congratulations on all those stats!

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    Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf
    20 April, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Happy Blogoversary! Well done on getting so many views in one year, that’s impressive. 🙂 I told you the other day on Twitter you could have a virtual muffin for your blogoversary, so here you go *passes a double choc chip muffin*. I’m looking forward to next Saturday to take part in your meme.

    Amber xx
    The Mile Long Bookshelf

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    20 April, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on all your milestones! I hope you have many more! 😀

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    20 April, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Happy blogoversary Lucy! It’s nice to see someone’s blog history, in fact, I made the same mistake when I first joined the blogging community, I was like 29 views on my blog the first day?! Whoa!
    Anyways, happy blogoversary Lucy! (:

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    20 April, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Happy blogoversary!!! I’m looking forward to seeing what you post in your next awesome year of blogging! 🙂

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    fiona hadfield
    20 April, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!!!
    So good to see how happy you are! You’ve been a great blogger friend to me so I’m really happy for you! Look at how much you have achieved! Yay!
    Also I am SUPER excited to take part in Embracing My Inner Geek next week. Planning my post already!
    Hope the rest of your week is also super fab!

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    So Many Books, So Little Time
    20 April, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Happy Blogoversary! I’m so glad your blog is doing so well 🙂

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    21 April, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Happy blogoversary, Lucy! Congrats on coming this far. 🙂 I had no idea that there was such a huge community out there either when I first started. I’m glad though, as blogging wouldn’t be nearly as great without everyone else. 🙂

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    Zoe Crook
    21 April, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, LUCY! Congratulations on reaching this milestone. Here is to many more years to come *throws confetti*

    I am so happy that you stated blogging. Yay for Girls Heart Books and Booked Up! I am VERY, VERY, VERY excited about the Embracing My Inner Geek post next week *squeals* I can’t wait to share on my blog my geeky ways. I have so many ideas on what to do. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts.

    Looking forward to this upcoming week’s of posts! 🙂

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    22 April, 2013 at 7:26 am

    You know I still can’t believe that my interview with you is the most viewed!?
    And I shall be doing the Embracing My Inner Geek meme next week. All I have to do is find a topic…

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