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The Tattooed Book Geek is 1 today!!!!

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So today, March 5th 2017 marks exactly one year ago to the day when I started blogging and my little blog The Tattooed Book Geek was thrust into the blogging world!

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It’s achievement unlocked, though as a PS4 fan it should be trophy! I’m still quite surprised that I have made it to a full year of blogging, it is time-consuming but also really fun with a real sense of achievement and I still find it cool to think that and say ‘I have a book blog’ – reading is cool people! ๐Ÿ™‚

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In my time blogging I have posted:

  • 382 posts (memes, discussion, book haul, musings, reviews and poetry amongst others).
  • Gained 1,260 wordpress blog followers (a few email and bloglovin to).
  • 42,052 page views (he best ever being 856 with 233 FB shares for the post).
  • 15,269 visitors. 
  • 8,063 comments.
  • Over 1,000 Twitter followers.
  • The Tattooed Book Geek blog Facebook page currently has 156 likes.

I’m really not sure if these figures are good or not?? If not then I’m a good sport and we can all have a laugh at how bad they are! ๐Ÿ™‚ But for me personally, when I fully didn’t expect to gain any followers at all, the fact that anyone bothers with me and this blog is still a surprise and a truly wonderful thing!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Story Behind The Blog:

Lots of you will already know the story behind The Tattooed Book Geek, I actually posted it a few weeks ago as part of my blogger recognition award but repetition never hurts and for those of you who are unaware the story goes.

I just sort of stumbled into blogging and the story behind The Tattooed Book Geek is rather boring and paints me to be quite sad, get out the worldโ€™s smallest violin and label me weirdo. Until the beginning of 2016 having a book blog wasnโ€™t something that Iโ€™d ever really considered, I wouldnโ€™t say that Iโ€™d scoff and deride the idea more that, Iโ€™d never thought about it.

I had won a couple of Goodreads Giveaways in December 2015, reviewed the books (I like to think Iโ€™ve got slightly better at reviewing since then) and I was lucky enough to get a book from Twitter to and at the back of my mind I started to consider that a book blog might be an idea, it would allow me to offer my thoughts on books and also allow me to be part of a community of book lovers (not knowing many readers myself).

But there was a lot of unanswered questions, Iโ€™m not the most confident person at times and I needed to think it through, would I suck at blogging? Would I enjoy it? Would I stick with it? Would anyone bother to follow my blog? Would people think my reviews were terrible? Lots of questions that I didnโ€™t know the answer to and I wasnโ€™t sure that I wanted to take the leap from book lover to book blogger.

Anyway, I went on just being a book lover and reading my books. Then sadly, my dog, Sully took ill (sheโ€™d be laying on the sofa next to me while I was reading most of the time) and things didnโ€™t go well, after a couple of weeks it was found that she had terminal cancer, no hope and needed to be put down. She went to sleep for the last time on February 19th 2016.

It hit me hard, Iโ€™m not going to lie, act tough and macho and say it didnโ€™t matter, it did and it fucking killed. I needed something to take my mind of things, the loss, unhappiness, dark thoughts and perhaps even boredom. Melodramatic maybe, but pets are more than animals and are part of the family, they give love unconditionally and are always there for you. Any animal lover will agree, a pet deserves to be mourned, to be remembered.

So, the idea of blogging resurfaced and I created a blog on blogspot, it only lasted a couple of days, I hated the interface, my heart wasnโ€™t in it and I didnโ€™t enjoy it. Suffice to say, it got deleted and cast into the vast cavernous abyss of failed blogs.

I decided to give it another go on a different blogging format and tried WordPress. To cut a long story short, on the 5th March 2016 The Tattooed Book Geek was born and it has somehow survived up until this very day!


I thought it would be cool to recollect and think back on what I’ve posted throughout the last year, looking back on my favourite posts.

My Favourite Posts:

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A couple of other posts deserve mention to, when I started blogging I never expected to get anyone to appear on my blog, the thought never crossed my mind, but I have been lucky enough to be part of a few blog tours along with authors also visiting and these two fully deserve mentioning.

  • Red Tide by Marc Turner Blog Tour (Guest Post) Turner’s work, The Chronicles of The Exile series is one of my favourite current Fantasy series and to have a favourite author of mine appear on my blog with a guest post was amazing.
  •  Nicholas Eames Author InterviewEames is the author of the fantastic 5* read Kings of the Wyld, I absolutely loved the book and when I was given the chance to interview him it was wonderful getting another (new) favourite author of mine to appear on my humble little blog.

My Favourite Review:

  • Wrath (The Faithful and The Fallen #4) by John GwynneI was privileged to receive a copy of this from Pan Macmillan to review in November, a massive UK publisher and they honoured my small blog with a copy of this amazing book, how cool! I would have purchased the book anyway as it is my favourite Fantasy series and I had been eagerly awaiting this, the fourth and final installment since reading Ruin (the third book) way back upon its release in July of 2015, a wait of over a year but it was well worth it as Wrath turned out to be my book of the year for 2016. For me, it was awesome to review a book from my favourite series on my blog and I hope I did the book justice.

My Favourite Poems:

Poetry is a hard one to decide my favourites on, or as it is also known ‘misery’. While I only write with a simple rhyming style, all of what I write has meaning to it, some more than others but there is always at least a little meaning in the words. It’s quite dark and isn’t happy but it helps to get the feelings out by expressing them, it’s cathartic. And some of you seem to like the poetry and it evokes some emotion, you crazy people!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ My favourites would have to be:

I honestly didn’t know anything about blogging when I first started and I’m still not sure I really do as I was once told that I’m not a typical blogger – hello Inge! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I think I muddle by in my own way and would like to think that over the course of the past year that I have learnt a thing or two and have managed to turn The Tattooed Book Geek into a not too shabby blog??

Things I’ve learnt:

  • Blogging takes up your time! You have to put many hours into creating, maintaining, reading other blogs, writing reviews and posts, etc.
  • Blogging takes time! Some may garner overnight success and accrue thousands of followers in a matter of weeks but for most of us getting anywhere takes many months. Don’t get jaded or disgruntled because you haven’t many followers, likes or comments. Simply put out the best content that you can and that you want to and the rest will come in time. To paraphrase the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams “If you build it, they will come”.
  • If you’re thinking about starting a blog as Nike say, Just Do It! Trust me, if I can make a blog then anyone can! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • You will have a love and hate relationship with it, one day you will love it and the next you will hate it but the tough times are something to endure.
  • Be yourself, let your personality shine through in your blog, make it your own and do what you want, there are no rules to conform to.
  • Your opinion is valid, this goes to those who shy away from discussion posts and commenting on them. We all have different thoughts and opinions, don’t be scared to express yours as all thoughts are valid.
  • Enjoy it. This perhaps goes against the love it/hate it dynamic that you will occasionally have but blogging should be fun and you should enjoy it. It’s a hobby just like reading, don’t stress it and enjoy the ride.
  • The book blogger community is awesome! Everyone is friendly and makes you feel welcome.

I’ll never be someone who writes eloquently with perfect prose, grammar and punctuation that’s not who I am, I’m just a book lover and as such, my blog isn’t the equivalent of a university lecture by a professor, it’s more akin to a anything goes house of ill repute full of debauchery! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow enough about me, this is for you, the people and what I really wanted to write is thank you! To every single one of you who has followed my blog, liked, commented, shared, retweeted, read, checked out any post that I have posted and spread the word, it means more than you could know that you have all taken this journey with me and bothered with my blog from the very first to the most recent.

Also a massive thanks go to the publishers and publicists who deemed me worthy to be on their mailing lists, for someone who lacks confidence in their reviewing it is a great feeling to know you think me worthwhile of reviewing your books 

I can on occasion babble but the only words that fit and with no joking or sarcasm as is my usual inclination I say to you all simply thank you!!!!!!

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Now please, if you’d all go forth and tell the world that there is a wonderful blog ran by a great guy (self promotion never hurt) just waiting to be discovered I’d really appreciate it!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


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171 thoughts on “The Tattooed Book Geek is 1 today!!!!

  1. Late to the party as always… gosh, I need to get a tighter hold on them reigns! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Congrats Drew on a wonderful first year! You’ve been a force to be reckoned with in the blogosphere and many more years to come!
    This was a great summary post and I loved reading about the things you’ve learnt.. some of those things hit home for me as well and I will try and learn from what you’ve learned!

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    1. Cheers Lizzy, better late than never though surely whenever the Queen arrives is the correct time!๐Ÿค” I might forget the Queen Fussypussy the freaking third name at some point!๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you, lol learning from what I’ve learnt, not sure that’s wise, it’s a bit like people using words I use!๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. Bahahahahaha…. damn right, when the Queen arrives is the correct time! Party is only now starting, yo! ๐Ÿ˜€ aye… you’ve been very resilient with the Queen nickname, kudos to you! ๐Ÿ˜€
        Don’t you worry.. you’re like the trendsetter in the WP, maybe if I was as cool as you I would have the same follower stats as you! I sure do have a lot to learn from you, O’ Father of Internet!

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      2. Lol, I ain’t ever been called a trendsetter before!๐Ÿ˜‚ yeah, resilient, I’m like a dog with a bone when something amuses me and that name is awesome! I should do a blog post and use it, Queen Fussypussy the freaking third recommends!๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. Happy blog anniversary Drew!! And dude, you’re doing really well to be just 1 and have such stats. I’m glad I’ve discovered your blog and I like the content you provide. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Happy Anniversary Drew! I saved this post for today so that I could read it uninterrupted lol. A year is a big thing & I think you worthy of every single follow & like! there’s none other like you when it comes to Fantasy reviews. I swear my TBR has grown exponentially since the day I came across your blog with some amazing books. Just this morning, I received news that my family pup of 16 years has reached the point of no return. My mom has asked that I be the one to take her next wknd to be put down. I am the one who picked her out of a kennel 16 years ago, trained her, slept with her for years until I started my family & decided that my mom needed her as a companion. I can’t imagine what you went through…& I’m about to find out smh not sure where I will find the strength for it. Thank you for sharing your own personal experience, & I’m glad to have you as a blogger buddy Drewski ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you Lillian, a year is definitely a big thing when you add in all the posts and everything else, worthwhile but a lot of time goes into it all.

      Ha, I’m a fantasy book pusher extraordinaire!๐Ÿ˜‚

      Oh man, that sucks about the dog, I’m so sorry that you’re going to have to go through it, it’s heartbreaking, no other way to describe it sadly, I’m so sorry.๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ž

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      1. It’s a labor of love ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ & sometimes Hate like you’ve mentioned lol. You are def my Adult Fantasy pusher smh. Thanks Drew, I’m dreading Friday but squeezing in as much time with her as possible ๐Ÿ’•

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  4. I’m a day late but happy 1st! Such a huge milestone! (And I prefer PS4 as well). You’re one of those blogs where I know I will always enjoy what you write, no matter what it is.

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  5. Happy Blogversary! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes, sometimes it’s time-consuming and it seems to require more energies than we have at any given moment, but the fun of it…. ah, the fun is indeed priceless!
    May you keep having fun with books and blogging for a long, loooooong time ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Happy Blogiversary ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Reaching 1 year is super exciting! Here’s to many more years!

    So sorry to hear about what happened with Sully. I lost my dog of 14 years quite a while ago now, but it still hurts. Pets really do become a lot more than just pets, they’re definitely family.

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  7. Congratulations!!!! Sorry I’m so late in saying. (I’ve just spent 5 minutes trying to refresh the page to ‘like’ this post and the like button’s just ntot appearing ๐Ÿ˜ฎ But I do ‘like’ this post ๐Ÿ˜€ )
    I hope you continue to enjoy blogging and the next year is even better, you’ve got an amazing blog :D!

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    1. Thank you and why am I not surprised, there’s always some issue with wordpress and the ‘button’ theme tends to go through times when the ‘like’ button doesn’t work on it, shame as I’m not changing the theme as I really like it, again it’s a ggrr wordpress moment! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you, wouldn’t say it’s amazing though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Congratulations on one year of blogging, Drew! These are some incredible stats, but more incredible than that, it’s so great to see you blogging and “pouring your heart out” as we could say, in every single one of you blog posts. It’s always great to read your posts, even if we don’t read the same kind of books always, I really enjoy all of your discussions ๐Ÿ™‚
    Blogging does take A LOT of time, and I do happen to have a love-hate relationship to it, but I guess…I love it so much that at times, I start hating all of the things I feel like I have to do? There’s a thin line between love and hate I guess haha ๐Ÿ˜€
    Wishing you all the best for the years to come, hoping that you’ll still love blogging just as much as you do now ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you.๐Ÿ˜€ A few people have said that the stats are great which is really cool, I know stats aren’t that important but I really didn’t know if they were good or not and was prepared to laugh along with everyone else if in fact they were bad as being honest, any stats for me were good when I never imagined to get any followers or people bothering with my blog.๐Ÿ˜€

      I guess that I do pour my heart out in poets, I hadn’t thought of it like that before but it’s right, I guess I just write what I feel and in discussion posts use my own unique way of wording things.๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you, I hope to continue enjoying blogging to, it’s been fun so far and hopefully will continue to be.๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. And your unique way of writing discussion posts and all of your poems and just, well, being yourself has worked really, really well for you, so…keep on going this way ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. Congrats on your one year blogiversary Drew! It is awesome to have you around the blogisphere, especially because I often appreciate the male perspective. Now that I think of it, I think you may be the only male blogger that I regularly follow…. And in regards to your stats, those are freaking amazing stats! Or at least to me since I also recently celebrated my one year blogiversary as well and they kicked the crap out of mine lol … but I’m not bitter, you work very hard and deserve all the success you have achieved!

    Cheers to another fantastic year of blogging!

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    1. I didn’t know the stats were amazing, I knew the follower count was quite good but when I never expected to get any followers or people bothering with the blog any numbers were great for me, that’s why I wrote we could all laugh about it if they were bad though I have to admit it’s nice that they aren’t.๐Ÿ˜€

      Ha, the male perspective, in this case sarcastic with the occasional rant and bad jokes thrown in to!๐Ÿ˜‚ There isn’t that many male bloggers though, quite a few fantasy ones but compared to all the ladies blogging men like me are a small minority, to be treasured and followed!lol๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you, I appreciate the comment, we all work hard as bloggers though, it takes up a lot of time but it’s worth it.๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. Congrats!!! I loved this. I needed to read this!!! My year blogiversary will be April 1st I think and I am seriously doubting whether to continue or not. I get frustrated a lot with stats and followers but I know it shouldn’t be about that. Anyway, Happy 1 year!!!! Look forward to your many posts and poems in the coming year.

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    1. Thank you!!!๐Ÿ˜€

      Stats are a hard one so I completely get that, most people will tell you that they aren’t important to the blog and I guess that they are right but they are important to the blogger and the person behind the blog as you ask yourself and are left questioning, why are they bad? Are they good? How can I improve them? Why do they have good stats and I don’t? What can I/should I do differently? It’s just human nature to think that.

      My stats are good, I know that know but they aren’t good good, I have the followers and interact with a few bloggers on a fairly regular basis but I’m not one for commenting on posts all the time, I guess I’m quiet in real-life and quiet in the blogging community to.lol

      I’m not a ‘popular’ blogger though and don’t get many likes, etc on reviews and I’ve come to realise that it’s down to the books I read and my genre, fantasy fans aren’t very vocal in the blogging world and aren’t many either compared to the crime/thriller and Y-A blogs and community.

      But I don’t read the hyped books either, there always seems to be a new mega hyped Y-A book out every couple of weeks and most of the bloggers read it and boom, mega stats, for those who don’t read those hyped books are stats often suck.

      I actually have an example to back it up to, go me for verifying!lol most of my reviews sit around the 60 like mark though the one from yesterday currently has only 38, it might have been a popular book for some last year when it was released in hardback but not now with the paperback release in the blogging world but I digress. I reviewed Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, it was hyped and he’s a popular author, that review got 95 likes! Way way way more than any others, so I’m under the impression that hyped books = good stats (I didn’t read it because it was hyped but because I like Norse Mythology).

      As I mentioned my review for this week has 38 likes yet my blogging anniversary post has just over 100 as does my author harassment post though that’s an important subject for the whole community and not some obscure fantasy book that only fantasy fans know about.

      My stats also suck for my 200 Words or Less posts that I do on a Friday, I do it instead of the face-off as it got to be a nightmare trying to find covers to fit the theme and I also wanted to try my own thing out, wish it was more popular but it hardly gets any likes or comments, lots who commented on the face-off don’t like or comment on it, sadly as I wasn’t enjoying the face-off anymore, it got to be a chore and if you’re not enjoying doing a type of post then you shouldn’t do it as blogging should be fun.

      I guess my points are that I’d like my reviews to reflect my followers but as they aren’t hyped books, they won’t, a shame as I find writing reviews takes me time and I struggle with it anyway as I’m not a confident write.

      But, stats are a hard one, they shouldn’t bother you but they bother us all and I’d say that anyone who disagrees is either lying or has like 10,000 followers and can proclaim they don’t matter.

      I think we all just need to learn that stats don’t matter and to enjoy blogging for the fun and do it for ourselves.๐Ÿ˜€

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