What a glorious, glorious day.
Who would have thought that we would go this far? Who would have thought that I, the great Faye, would last three years in a single blog? That I would stick this long and learn to love books and blogging at the same time? Who would have thought that this would feel so fulfilling and meaningful, that I’d be this devoted and involved?
To be honest, I still can’t believe it.
Let me tell you something, folks: I used to be a very insecure person. I wouldn’t say that my childhood was a horrible one, but it wasn’t something I would think of fondly. I grew up thinking that I was a nobody, a bland ordinary, a good-for-nothing. I used to think that I didn’t have any talents or that I didn’t have anything special in me that could inspire other people; that I’d wither and become gray and still only be part of the background, having made no difference in my life or in other people’s lives. I was so shy and timid and I cried a lot for the stupidest and shallowest of things. “Maybe that’s what I’m only good for,” I thought bitterly one time. “Crying and picking up the pieces of myself that I wish are good enough to share with the world.”
Yes, I admit it, confidence had always been my biggest hurdle. I’ve matured, of course, and by high school, I’ve met people who helped me believe in myself, even if just a little. There were sporadic bouts of courage here and there that gave me that PUSH for this play here, for that recitation there, but oftentimes, this nagging voice at the back of my head would convince me I’d only make a fool out of myself. This is why I never joined the newspaper club. This is why I never showed up in my school’s debate society. This is why I backed out of an on-the-spot declamation contest.
And this is why I started so many blogs and never, ever lasted more than a month with any of them.
Because I had thought I wasn’t good enough to even have my own place in the Internet.
In 2013, during a hellish week on my final year of university, I saw many book bloggers reading and interacting with each other on Goodreads, and I had thought, “Welp, this looks pretty fun! I want to make one for myself, too!” I never really thought much about it, of course, because considering my rather poor track record, I was pretty sure that this new book blog would end up just like my previous gazillion blogs: dead and forgotten – remnants of what kind of person I saw myself as. But then, I started enjoying it. But then, I gained so many new friends. But then, my horizons broadened. But then, I forgot about my insecurities.
But then, here we are, three years later. Still alive and kickin’.
Happy, content, and free.
And I have you guys to thank for that.
In these three years as a book blogger, you, my friends, readers, and fellow book bloggers, you were the ones who gave me that strength to carry and walk on, to push myself and transcend whatever limits I put on myself. You inspired me to think of things – features, articles, images, and the likes – that I could make and write and share to also inspire other people. You helped me lay the foundation of the Faye and The Social Potato that you see today. You helped defeat the ME of yesterday.
I still have my moments of doubt and insecurities. Who doesn’t? But I’m such a far cry now compared to the ME that I used to be, and my blog – The Social Potato – as well as my great relationships with my co-bloggers and other people, are the proof of that. Three years, guys! THREE YEARS! Seriously, who would have thought?
You know who you guys are. I thank all of you. ALL. OF. YOU. For sticking with us through thick and thin, come low or high water; for simply just being there being yourselves. We’re a riot, our book blogging community!
Now, on to the fourth! The sky’s the limit!
THE SOCIAL POTATO THROUGH THE YEARS
For old times’ sake, let’s go back and see how we looked like through the years? Plus, it’s fun!
I’ve always been a fan of simple, clean, and sleek designs. As much as this layout was cool at the time, it did feel a little too bland for my tastes.
And so, I changed it. But seriously, I wish I could wonk my past-self at the time for putting such a distracting background. Honestly, what was I thinking?! It’s actually really worse than it looks. I just had to crop it for your eyesight’s sake.
And then, I thought, hmm, why not put a little more color? Why not make it more vibrant? And so I decided to do another makeover. That potato icon up there was just too cute for words!
After a while, however, I thought we were lacking some personality. So many blogs out there were getting customized layouts full of character and charisma that I thought, why not us, too?! So we got Amir from NOT SO LITERARY to do some coding magic for us, resulting to the one above. I even drew our mascot up there with two potatoes and an owl (YES IT IS NOT A CACTUS).
However, despite how “cute” our previous layout looked, it felt too cramped and cluttered for me. I longed for a layout that was clean, sleek, professional, and full of functions, and so I hired Amir this time again to give me exactly THAT. Which is how The Social Potato looks like today!
What do y’all think? Have any words for what our site looked like in the past? Do you like our current layout?
Because of this glorious, glorious, GLORIOUS day, we’ll be starting our 4-day blogoversary madness with a HUUUUGE giveaway! I’ll be giving away to ONE lucky person $50 worth of books from The Book Depository. It can two $25 pre-orders, or give $10 books previously published – I don’t care! The winner will get books of their choice up to $50! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!
- The book will be shipped via Book Depository.
- The giveaway is open to ALL (just make sure Book Depository ships to your location).
- You must be 13 or older in order to join.
- The Social Potato will not be responsible for any damaged/lost goods.
- Once a winner is announced, an email will be sent. If we don’t receive a reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be picked.
- And lastly…. No cheating allowed. We all know that cheaters don’t prosper.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Come check out my co-bloggers’ posts and OTHER giveaways here:
Latest posts by Faye (see all)
- I AM BACK, MINIONS!!!! (plus giveaway) - October 10, 2016
- [Blog tour] + [PH Giveaway] TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum – My first 5 star book in 2016! LEGIT HERE, YO! - January 23, 2016
- YA Contemporary Books: Where Were You While I Was Growing Up? - January 5, 2016