Wednesday, 29 April 2015



YES, my little Wonderlings, it has come to that time of the year: Once Upon a Bookish Time turns one today!!! I HAVE NOW BEEN BLOGGING FOR A WHOLE YEAR FROM TODAY!!!!!


The truth is I wanted to start a book blog for eight months before Once Upon a Bookish Time was born! I discovered the world of book blogs in June 2013 and immediately wanted to start my own due to my love of books and not enough people to talk to them about in real life. Unfortunately, for some reason, I could just not come up with the courage to start one up (yes, yes, I know, very weird) and it wasn't until the beginning of April 2014, I was like, "RIGHT THAT'S IT. YOU'RE GOING TO PULL UP YOUR BIG GIRL'S PANTS AND START A BLOG." Obviously, being me, I went around procrastinating and trying to think up a decent blog name until on April 29th 2014 one sunnieish afternoon Once Upon a Bookish Time was born. CUE EXCITEMENT!! Over the last year I haven't posted much, but I've loved blogging alot and I've made some amazing friends and read some fantastic books I would never have read if not for the book blogging community! SO THANK YOU ALL OF YOU YOU VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE!


10,500+ pageviews!!!

96 followers via GFC, Bloglovin', and Email!!!


43 published posts!

Weird Word Searches: funny im done gif, aneta augustine tumblr, cruel beauty blurb, I read a book once blog,

Countries that stalked me the most: In first place, AMERICA! The good Ol' US of A just can't get enough of me with 3235 pageviews from them this year! Coming in second, NEW ZEALAND with 2257 pageviews from my little home country! I'm actually quite curious to see who all these mysterious New Zealand viewers are, because apart from Lara, I know no other Kiwi book bloggers! LARA HAVE YOU BEEN CREEPILY STALKING ME??!! ;'))


1.) The Book Gif Tag comes in first with 286 pageviews! It seems you lot like to see me foam at the mouth in rage and get violent towards books I don't like. *shakes head* I weep for humanity, I really do.

2.) 'Bout This Blogger Tag comes in second with 263 views! That tag hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury was fun was a lotta fun to write! Heaps of people seemed to like my series of gif reactions of telling people in real life about my blog :')))

3.) The Happy Birthday Post I wrote for Cait comes in third with 233 views which makes me so happy as I loved writing it, Cait loved it,  and you crazy crumpets seemed to really enjoy reading it!


Get better at responding to comments quicker. Every comment I get on OUBT truly makes my day and I cherish them deeply, but I am so, so, so, SO bad at replying to them! And I feel terrible for not replying when you've been nice enough to comment in the first place, but I just feel my answer isn't good enough and then I just...don't reply at all or or don't reply until like two months later. >.> I AM GOING TO TRY HARDER I PROMISE!

Post more regularly. I'm aiming for once a week, because surely I can manage that! (And if I can't you are all free to throw rotten

Redesign the blog. I really want to do it myself, and I have been reading up on tips and tricks, but I might have to consider the possibility of buying one. I just love the idea of designing it myself though!

Get more personal! It's come to my attention that you interntions know literally NOTHING about me! BUT THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE! *cackles evilly*

Be more creative in my reviewing style. I find reviews difficult to write because I consider the way I write them a bit boring, but I'm (hopefully) going to change that!!

Reach a certain number of followers. When I first started blogging I had this private wish to have 100 followers and 10,000 pageviews by the time OUBT turned one. I'm over the moon to say that I succeeded my goal of 10,000 pageviews by over 500, and also so stunned that throughout my sporadic posting and randomness, 96 people have followed this blog!! Even though I didn't reach 100 followers, the fact that I was so close makes me extremely happy!! :))

Just be amazing. Not just in my blogging content but in myself. I think I can manage that. Hehe. ;'))


 To Cait @ Paper Fury for making my day whenever you post, and always being so supportive and lovely whenever you comment! Our rants together on Goodreads always make me laugh and the way we either both love the same book to death, or You love a book and I hate it, or visa versa will forever be a mystery! My blogging journey this year would've been very stark without you in it I'm so grateful that we've met and I can truly call you a dear friend. :'))) (and i'm not sure why the font seems to have taken a shrinking pill in this paragraph, it just has)

To Romi @ Where the Writer Comes to Write for being the first person to comment on my first ever post on OUBT and always making my day whenever you comment here or when I read your blog! You are such a dear friend and this first year of blogging would've been completely different without you in it. xx

 Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts for possibly being the most patient and putting up with person on this planet! I don't think you realize how awesome you are, Soph! You send the best emails and you always make me laugh!

To Lara @ The Paperback Palace for being a fellow Kiwi book blogger (or the only one I've found WE ARE A VERY RARE AND PRECIOUS SPECIES I TELL YOU) and wonderful person! We also live in the same city which means we might one day bump into each other which would be cool but also a little freaky, if you know what I mean! :)) You use fantastic gifs which I always want to steal but then forget to because I'm a forgetful thief (this is a good thing, I think)! ALSO CONGRATULATIONS FOR FINISHING YOUR NOVEL AAAAAHHH I BET IT'S AMAZING AND  I DEMAND TO READ IT SOMEDAY!!! (If you ever need a beta reader...!!!!)

To Zoe @ Stories on Stage for just being a beautiful person! You review like a pro, girl, and I just love how passionate you are about the things you love! :') Knowing you is a fantastic experience and the comments you leave here



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****ATTENTION****Unfortunately, Rafflecopter is being difficult and horrid and even though I wanted to make this giveaway open for at least a couple of weeks, it said I had to upgrade and pay $13 if I wanted to leave this giveaway open for more then 6 days SO ENTER ENTER ENTER EVERYBODY (and if anyone knows how to prolong the giveaway for another week or two without forking out money, or why rafflecopter has changed since last time I used it, PLEASE LET ME KNOW)!!****ATTENTION****

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Thank you so much for sticking with me this year you frabjous frabjous peoples, aliens, and internet things! If this year was amazing what is the next year going to be like?!


  1. I'm on my long since needed blog roundup and I saw this post on my feed and I'm like OMG LOOK AT THIS BLOG ALL GROWN UP.
    Congrats Ella - as a fellow "blogger" (I use the quotes since I'm actually just a person who likes writing who happens to have a blog) I know how much you have to feed energy to this space. Blow that solitary candle on the cake, eat the cake and in the spirit of this blog -
    Slay some jabberwockys for me, will ya? ;)

    P.S. I have no idea how my name + tumblr ended up on your keyword stats. Internet keeps getting weirder.

    1. ANEEETA I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM YOU IN SO LONG!! WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO, GIRL??!! And can I just say, you really need to change your google+ comments to normal comments on your blog so I can SPAM you, as I hate that when I read your hilarious posts I can't comment!!


    2. *spontaneously bursts into tears*
      IT WAS A MISTAKE ALRIGHT? GOOGLE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IT THEN and now i'm torn over whether to turn Google+ comments off, thus erasing every comment so far, and heed the dire stats and you and everybody else and make y'all happy.

      oh me? I was just. you know. dying at college. But all's cool ;)

    3. *hands you tissue* Awww, that sucks :/ Don't trust Google my friend, IT WILL SELL YOUR SOUL ;)

      Errrrrk. Sounds like you're loving the collage life ;P

  2. Aww, thanks, Ella! Happy Blogoversary!

    Ha! Lately I've been getting lots of Russian visitors. It's going head-on with America...

    I would help with redesigning but I'm a senior next year. AP Calculus and I might fight. Correction: I'll probably fight to keep a B.

    And I HAVE been really patient... you don't want to know how some of my real life friends are telling me to kick you out (more like one who says I should CONSIDER it) because you haven't been posting! O_O

    I told the person to suck it up (it IS the middle of the school year...).

    P.S. That's really odd that Rafflecopter is asking you to pay $13 to upgrade... unless you clicked one of the entry options that can't be used in the free version? I just made a test giveaway and it worked perfectly fine... o_o

    P.P.S. Here's some cake. A choc full of a latte. ;)

    1. No, I definitely picked the free version, and I made a test giveaway last night after I realized it wouldn't let me prolong the first giveaway, but it was exactly the same! :(( I'm so bummed as I really wanted to have it open for a couple of weeks. :(( I wonder why it's working for you and not for me??!!

      Ha, you ARE so patient, I think you deserve an award of some kind! ;) But yeah, I have been busy not just with school but with some Uni stuff I'm doing as well >.>


    2. Wait until you reach senior year - it'll be a BUSY year then! Okay, maybe junior year is a LITTLE difficult. Technically I'm an angel compared to Rundus and Lupe. :p

      I'm still not sure why. It could just be a country thing. :/

      *glares at Cait* I hope that wasn't the cake I gave. :p

  3. ZOMG. I AM JUST FLAILING SO MUCH BECAUSE YOU SAID SO MANY NICE THINGS ABOUT ME. ZOMG. I CAN'T EVEN. ELLA: YOU ARE THE BEST. And it will forever remain a mystery to me how we either vehemently agree on a book love or hate or vehemently DISAGREE. XDXD HAHA. but we are awesome. You, particularly, though. And zooooomg congrats on these beautiful beautiful stats!!! And I also feel uber old right now because my blog is turning 4 this time next month. 0-0 At least I'm out of the bloggy toddler years? You totally aren't, so I'm COMPLETELY justified in smushing cake in your hair AMIRITE?!! YUUUUUUS.

    *smushes cake and frabjous happiness in your hair*

    ANYWAY. I can't wait for whatever you write next and YAY for a possible new design (Exciting. xD) and for many more years of you're seriously frabjousness. AND MANY MORE GOODREADS CHATS.



      *smushes cake in your hair right back at you* HAHAHAHA AND YOU'RE TO WEAK TO FEND ME OFF BECAUSE YOU'RE OLD HAHAHAHA

      I've collected like a MOUNTAIN of blogging design tips and tricks...I just need to find a good block of time and then put them to good use!!

      AW. You're such a hunny bean! <3

  4. OMG ELLA! HAPPY BLOGOVERSERY! ♥♥♥ You are such an amazing friend and reviewer, and I don't know what I'd do without you. The book blogging world would not be half as amazing without your wonderful passionate posts and wonderful GIF choices. ;) I always smile whenever I see a notification for one of your posts because I know I'll always finish it hysterically laughing or with a grin on my face. You are such a wonderful person, and I'm so lucky that we found each other's blogs. Thank you for the many laughs and smiles! You're the best! xxx

    (And I feel so honored to be mentioned here. Thank you for your kind words and for including me. It made my day!)

  5. Aww happy blogoversery to you! :) I remember the first time my blog turned one, it's a very special moment. I hope to read more personal posts about you sometime soon!
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  6. Happy blogoversary! :-) I hope all your blogging goals and dreams will come true in the near future! I'd also love to post on my blog more often and regularly but having 2 blogs (from which the one in English is not in my 1st language) and having to write my master thesis this year is a bit of weight on the shoulders ;) I'll be checking for new posts!

    Agata @Vanilla Reads

  7. Ah, it's my first time visiting this blog, and happy blogoversary to you! <3 10,000 pageviews is definitely a lot, and you're so close to that 100 followers--I followed via Bloglovin, if that's fine, since I don't use GFC anymore. :) Anyway, it's definitely troublesome to reply to all the comments, so I've learned to reply as they come in. It's been easier that way. ;)

    Anywaym, happy blogloversary again! And I hope for many fabulous years of blogging to come for you. <3

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  8. EEEEP HAPPY BLOGVERSARY, ELLA DEAR! I'm so glad to know you and wow, you have achieved so much! xD Here's to even more awesome years to come xx

    Also, it's really weird that Rafflecopter is asking you to pay $13 to extend the giveaway! It should be free? I didn't have to pay for it, ever.

  9. Hi! Your blog is amazing! I just started a blog-
    But I'm not here to advertise! I just wanted to tell you that though I just now found your blog, I think it is wonderful! Two thumbs up to you! Congratulations on 1 year! *Throws rainbow confetti* I sent you a friend request on Goodreads! If you don't accept, that's okay, but it'd mean a lot to me if you did!

  10. ELLA! I’m so glad you’re back! I HAVE MISSED YOU YOU DELIGHTFUL BUNNY. Please do the more posting thing, because I really miss not chatting to you through la comments and seeing your writing and hearing your thoughts. Your blog is important to me, lady, and besides I haven’t told you yet: I GOT A DOG. Let’s scream together for my gorgeous little Kasta. (Don’t even ask. Please. I didn’t know I got the name wrong until two months later. I DON’T EVEN WANT TO GO INTO IT.)
    But seriously, Ella (all of that was serious, what am I talking about), my year of blogging would have been that bit less passionate, hyper and glorious if I hadn’t found your blog, and I’m so glad I got to meet you via that first post of yours. Each time you’ve commented, liked a goodreads update, screamed joy, emailed and posted it’s made me really happy, because you’re awesome and I’m glad to call you a friend. So post more. KKK? Xxx

  11. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!! Oops wait, I just realized the date. AND I'M SO LATE D: Anyway, look at all those things you achieved :) I'm so proud of what you did! here's to 1 year of blogging! I'm looking forward to more of your future posts, and plus your blog is cuuuute x

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

  12. Yayyyy!!! Congratulations Ella! One year seems like such a long time to me, and you've had so many followers and page views! And I may have done a lot of stalking, but not that much..... Who are these fellow kiwis? We must track them down! Heheh I appreciate the mention, one day when my novel is less of a total mess and I need a beta reader, you'll be the first person I track down! Luckily you are somewhere close by so I won't have to look far.... Still getting over that, hahaha it's so strange! Hopefully you keep up the blogging! You may not post much but I love it when you do, so don't stress too much about posting lots, quality not quantity, right :) I feel like I have so much to say, but I'll just leave it at that for now, but again, congratulations!!!! And I look forward to all your future posts :)

  13. WELL DONE Ella! go a year of blogging oh yeah, you are fabulous. You have so many followers and page views and I'm proud (we started our blogs in the same year, yay) thank you for being so fabulous I'm excited to see what the next year of blogging brings for you. :) . I've read two of these but owning books never hurts you know :). it is awesome being a new zealand book blogger (I'm a half new zealand book blogger lol)

  14. ELLA ELLA MY SWEET ELLA I'M SO PROUD OF YOU! I remember seeing your super long comment on my blog the first time you ever read it, and it made my heart explode with joy, and now we're friends, even though we both tend to be a bit behind on our posting, but I love love love you and I hope to see another fantastic year of OUABT!!


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