Q&A – Part 1! i can’t believe my blog turns 1 today

It’s my one year blogiversary today and I cannot believe it’s been a year already!!! A FREAKING YEAR!! I have learned so much throughout this year and have met some really amazing people. Blogging has been such a great experience for me. Thank you all for riding along with me. I am so happy to be here. I would’ve never thought I would make it this far and stay CONSISTENT! I know I miss out a week here and there but for the first time, I’m actually consistent and not abandoning ship here.

Reminder that my poetry book love, and you is 99Β’ via kindle today!!! Click on the photo for the link!

I posted a Q&A announcement earlier this week and many of you asked me questions! This blog post will be dedicated to those questions! Let’s get started =)

Misty @ mistysbookspace:

Q: Will you be writing another poetry book?
A: Yes!! I have a few in mind! One of them is pretty much done.

Q: What is one thing you have learned while blogging that you think other/newbie bloggers should know??
A: Take part in the community! I think it’s important to give back to the community and I mean that as in commenting and liking other people’s post. And definitely don’t be afraid to be yourself on your blog!

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Q: If you could look back to when you very first decided you wanted to publish a full book what advice would you give yourself?
A: To relax and take it easy. And that your book isn’t for everyone so just because someone doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean I’m not a writer or that my experiences aren’t genuine. I have stressed myself and lost so much sleep over my first book baby that my body literally responded in a negative way to it. Which isn’t great, you know? But I’m a lot better now and on the days I feel low, I don’t check my stats and/or ratings at all.

Q: Is there anything all at that you feel you would do differently?
A: Yes! I wish would’ve looked for help (ex: therapy) sooner rather than later. I feel like that could’ve helped me a lot more with my mental state and anxiety.

Stephanie @ TeacherofYa

Q: When can you DM me and tell me about how you got your book published?
A: I’m self-published and I used createspace to publish my book.

Q: How long have you been blogging and what was your genre of choice when you started?
A: I have been blogging for exactly one year!! And I didn’t have a genre of choice because I love reading anything that interest me =D

Q: Did you always intend on your blog being an outlet for your poetry?
A: I definitely created my blog with the intent of sharing my love for books and sharing my writing pieces since booktube didn’t workout for that. I didn’t initially have poetry in mind but that just flowed out of me naturally, so yes? lol

Amanda @ Caffeinated Constellations

Q: If a poet uses a pen name do you recommend they register the copyright with the US copyright office before publishing?
A: oooooooo this one is hard because I use my real name and never looked up any of this info, I would definitely say though to register with US copyright office for sure! Make sure poet has all their paperwork ready before publishing the book so that way when the book is out, they have no problems with copyright infringement and the IRS (royalties).

Q:What advice would you give to a poet who really wants to self-publish but has self-doubt?
A: I would ASK if they were to place self-doubt aside, would they feel that their book is ready to publish? And if the answer was yes, I would then advice them that as long as they have that hope, let that hope drive them to publishing. I learned that self-doubt (in my case) is always there but as long as you have the drive and this is a goal that you want to accomplish, you have to pretty much fight with yourself and self-doubt. But when you win over yourself, it’s an amazing feeling that no one can give you but yourself.

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Q: In your first year of blogging what achievement gave you the most sense of satisfaction and accomplishment?
A: my consistency in blogging and posting my writing pieces was the greatest achievement! I honestly tend to give up on things which is why I am super in shock that I’m even doing a one year blogiversary today because I thought I wasn’t going to make it this far lol.  Also! Posting my writing which is something very personal is really huge to me =)

Tiana @ The Book Raven

Q: What is it about poetry that draws you to it? 
A: I love how simple and complex poetry is all at the same time. I love how one stanza can be so short but pack so much power. It’s hard to even explain, the fact that you can say/write something so empowering with simple words draws me to poetry.

Q: And was there anyone in your life that introduced you to poetry?
A: No one specifically introduced me to poetry. My earliest memory of learning poetry was in school.

Lilly @ Lair of Books

Q: Will we be seeing more from your People I Once Knew series?
A: This will be a book in 2018! However, for copyright reasons, I will not be posting anymore of those poems here on the blog.

Q: What would you say has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while blogging? Any tips/advice for new bloggers?
A: Most valuable lesson is consistency with posting blogs and giving back to the community! Both of these things go hand in hand with one another! Tips for new bloggers is just to be yourself, make sure your blog is easy to navigate, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Sometimes thinking outside the box (ex: having a unique approach to writing reviews, tags, memes, etc) can be a really good thing for your blog.

Jessica @ Breathe and Read

Q: What was your favourite part of publishing your collection? 
A: Wow this is such a hard question! I think my favorite part of publishing was when I held the final copy in my hand. Knowing that one of my biggest dreams came true when I clicked the published button on CreateSpace was bittersweet. Side note to Jessica, I hope you publish your book! I feel like every writer knows when their book is ready and shouldn’t add more, it’s like a gut feeling. You got this!

Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books

Q: What is the first book you remember reading? 
A: The first book I remember reading is Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss


to be continued tomorrow!

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56 thoughts on “Q&A – Part 1! i can’t believe my blog turns 1 today

  1. Happy Blogoversary twin!!! I am so happy to have met you & to have started on this journey because of you. You are quite the inspiration to let go of fears & just go for it. It’s been so much fun blogging & reading together! πŸ˜†now we’re getting ready to go to our 2nd major book event & I’m so excited! So happy & blessed to have found a friend like you, you are an amazing human being & I’m thankful for your friendship. Love you twin! πŸ˜ƒπŸ’•

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    • TWIN DONT MAKE ME CRY!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to go to BookCon with you, we’re going to have so much fun! I am so happy that we met and crossed paths, not only in the blogosphere but in real life and friendship! Thank you for being there. I am so happy that we had one another for this journey ❀ I wouldn't change it for the anything cause you're so freaking awesome and I'm so lucky to have you! Love you so much twin ❀

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      • Great now I’m gonna sit down and have good cry while i wait in the floors to dry lol. I’ll agree with you on everything but especially the part of not changing it for anything πŸ˜‰ I was just telling Lo last night while driving home how special it is to find a friend who you click with so well. I said “she gets me Lo, we get each other” haha πŸ’•ahem in my Rich Lux voice *girl I luuuuuv you so muuuuuuch* πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Happy Blog B-day. You have come sooo far in the past year , and I am beyond excited for you and your accomplishments. It was really fun reading this and I know we are alll looking forward to all of your future projects . I am extremely proud of you watching your dreams come true before my eyes has been amazing watching all the wondeful things people have to say and the minds and hearts your touching with your work . keep it up ! CONGRATS! ❀

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  3. You amazing and beautiful woman! You define strength and radiate love ❀ I have gained so much from you in this past (nearly a year for me I believe). I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for you. Am also excited about the fact that I know you have taken so much from your first writing and publishing experience, that future ones will only grow and become easier. Muah! Oh and totally DMing you about one of these questions bahah.

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  4. Congratulations on your one year blogiversary Gretchen. It seems like you’ve had an amazing blogging year so far and here’s hoping your next year will be even better. It must be exciting to have another poetry book in the works, and I love the advice you gave both for bloggers and for inspiring writers/poets. πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait to see part two of your Q&A! πŸ˜€

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  5. Congrats on your blogoversary!!! This is a huge milestone. I know it’s been one crazy year for you, so it makes me super happy to see you have come so far. I love the idea of Q&A (I look forward to my questions being answered!). I think it shows how much the community at large respects you because they have asked so many questions about blogging, publishing, and your poetry. Believe it or not: You’ve become someone the book blogging community looks up to. Thank you for all you’ve done and will continue to do. ❀

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    • awww thank you so much! it’s hard to see myself as someone who people look up to. feels weird and all of that lol. this platform has definitely helped me grow as a person, blogger, and writing. so really if i am here today it’s because of all of you. ❀

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  6. Congrats Gretchen!!!! Loved reading this Q&A and happy to hear you already have another poetry book that is close to completion πŸ™‚ Agree with your blogging advice 100% too. So happy that you are such a big part of this community, and cheers to many more years blogging and publishing poetry books!!!

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