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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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚ 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!!! πŸ™‚

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 world’s smallest violin and label me weirdo. Until the beginning of 2016 having a book blog wasn’t something that I’d ever really considered, I wouldn’t say that I’d scoff and deride the idea more that, I’d never thought about it.

I had won a couple of Goodreads Giveaways in December 2015, reviewed the books (I like to think I’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, I’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 didn’t know the answer to and I wasn’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 (she’d be laying on the sofa next to me while I was reading most of the time) and things didn’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, I’m not going to lie, act tough and macho and say it didn’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 wasn’t in it and I didn’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!!! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚
  • 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! πŸ™‚

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!!!! πŸ™‚


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

  1. Congrats! This was great, getting to learn some more about you and your blog. While I don’t catch every post, those that I do catch are always top quality. Here’s to the next year! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you.πŸ˜€ It is hard to believe, not necessarily that its been a year as time seems to fly by but the fact that I’ve stuck with it for a whole year is unbelievable!πŸ˜€

      Wouldn’t say I’d set the bar high at all, I’m really not sure if those stats are good or not, they are good for me but could be crap for everyone else, hence why I wrote everyone could have a laugh at them.πŸ˜€

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  2. Congrats Drew! Now I challenge you to make it to 6 years (my blog will be 6 in July). Also, my word of advice for bloggers, old or new, is to stop worrying or obsessing over your stats. Believe me, after a couple of years you won’t care so much:-) Your blog is awesome and I wish you many more years:-D

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    1. Damn, 6 years, that’s going some and is a truly great achievement!πŸ˜€

      Thank you, I really did worry over stats when I first started, I think most if not everyone does but now I’m not too bothered by them, if a post does well then if it does well, if not then it’s no big deal.πŸ˜€

      Thank you, appreciate it, nice to read my blog called awesome!πŸ˜€

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  3. Congrats on 1 year…mine won’t be until the summer though, for some reason, WP told me I’ve been around for three recently. So idk. Weird.
    Shall I post a poem in celebration of your one year? An “ode” to your blog?
    I’m gonna be sneaky…you’re gonna see it but it’s gonna blindside you! (No more excuses!)

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    1. Stephy! Ah, a poem! Me and Gretchen have been waiting patiently/impatiently for a poem from you for ages!πŸ˜€

      I don’t think my blog is worthy of an ode!πŸ˜€

      Ha, not surprised with wordpress, it sure does some weird things at times, hence why I usually refer to it as gggrrr wordpress!πŸ˜‚

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  4. You also gained the best nickname ever Marshie, you forgot to mention that! Happy blogiversary!!!
    I just checked my stats for the first time in weeks and shocked myself, haha, blogging is so much funnier without the numbers for me!
    Here’s to many more poems, long and short reviews, and bookish greatness in general πŸ™‚ I promise to never send you a grammar book xD

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    1. Thank you Waffles and yes, I forgot to mention Marshie, oh well, I can always rely on you for that.πŸ˜‰

      I don’t really check my stats any more, too much stress, if a post does well, it does well and if not, it doesn’t matter but as I was posting my favourite posts etc, I thought I’d include the stats just to make the post a complete look back at the year.

      Ha, if you did send me a grammar book it probably wouldn’t make any difference, me and grammar just don’t do well together!πŸ˜‚

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  5. Huge congratulations, Drew:). For what it’s worth, I think your stats are extremely impressive. I’ve really enjoyed reading your reviews, your poetry and your occasional chats about who you are and what you stand for. No wonder you’ve amassed such a strong following so quickly. Looking forward to many more years of reading your blog!

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  6. Well then let me make this perfectly clear for you – those stats are AMAZING! That is so freaking impressive! Big congrats on this awesome achievement. It is very inspiring that you share so much of your life and that reflects well on your followers. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, appreciate it. That’s good to know that the stats are impressive, I know blogging isn’t about stats but I really didn’t know if they were any good or not but personally, it’s nice to know that they are good.πŸ˜€

      Yes, I guess I do share quite a bit of my life and feelings (with the poetry) at times, hadn’t thought of that before but it’s true.πŸ˜€

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      1. I mean it, you’re an inspiration! You should be very proud of what you achieved so far. Here’s to many more anniversaries *toasts*

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  7. Happy Blogiversary!! πŸŽ‚

    One of the best things about blogging is there are no rules! You can be whoever you want to be and you don’t have to conform. So when you say you aren’t a typical blogger that’s quite alright because blogging is as much about the personality as the subject matter.

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    1. Thank you.πŸ˜€ Yes, totally agree with you about being whoever you want and that there are no rules. Alas, it wasn’t me that said I wasn’t a typical blogger but another blogger, it’s been a bit of a running joke but I never set out to be a typical blogger just myself in blogger form, though I admit, I’m more polite and less foul mouthed on the blog than in reality.πŸ˜‚

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  8. Very Happy Blogiversary DrewπŸŽ‰ I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and I have to tell you every single time I read your poem In Solitude it makes me tear up…I copied it because It just really touched me as my dog is my best friend and I can tell yours was as well.

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  9. Congrats happy anniversary. I will be a year old on the 7th.

    I reasonate with this post. I didnt know what blogging was about and omg it takes time ..it is harder than a job… but you gotta love for all the wonderful bloggers and connections sharing the love of writing, reading and knowledge. Congrats a hugh milestone..wish u many more

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  10. I absolutely love how you chose to tackle you blogiversary! The stats while impressive and fun are one thing, but I love that you shared your personal favorite and meaningful moment. It gives some of us that are newer a nice chance to look back and learn a little more. Happy one year my dear friend! I am so happy that our blogging paths have crossed πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ha, I didn’t even know that the stats were impressive, I didn’t think they were that bad but I was quite prepared to laugh with people that they were bad. Guess they’re not though.πŸ˜€

      Thanks, being honest I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do for a one year post, hadn’t a clue so decided on what I did, some incoherent babbling and a look back at my favourite posts.πŸ˜€

      Ha, thanks, true, I’m glad our blogging paths crossed to, here’s to plenty more banter!πŸ˜€

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      1. Much much more banter indeed good sir πŸ˜‰ I am not sure if I will even do much for my 1 year. I am so damn lazy haha. Or tied most of the time. I think the fatigue is getting much worse.. but on the plus side I have an excuse for slacking right?

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      2. Yeah, you have an excuse for slacking. I didn’t really do much for my 1 year, just thought the look back was the way to go. Loads of people do giveaways but that wasn’t for me, I did that poetry one for 6 months and like 7 people entered so nope, wasn’t happening again.

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      3. I want to actually do a giveaway soon because I never get to do international.. so I am holding off until I can πŸ˜› I thought your post was more than enough. It was a very thoughtful reflection of what the year has been. I enjoyed it!

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      4. I am thinking I may have to do something through Book Depository. Do they cover most countries? I want it to be as open to everyone as possible, but I cannot afford to simply ship a book from here to there haha.. that gets ridiculous πŸ˜›

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      5. Yeah, they are quite slow for shipping to the some of the various countries but they do cover most of the world, possibly not a few of the Asian countries but they do proclaim worldwide shipping so it’s definitely most countries.

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  11. This is so awesome and I am so happy for you! Glad you’re here and that you stayed even though the circumstances suck big time. Just thinking of losing my own boy one day hits hard. But anyways! Love how you did this blog post. Thanks for sharing what you learned, blogging has been quite a fun journey. Congrats again!

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  12. Drew, your stats are awesome! I’ve been blogging for close to 2 years and haven’t hit 10,000 page views yet! I love reading your posts and wish you a happy blogiversary!

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  13. Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary!! I sort of discovered your channel in the middle of it and never really knew how The Tattooed Book Geek came to life. The story you tell us here was definitely touching and really unexpected. I’m glad that you’ve survived a whole year on WordPress and am pretty impressed by your stats! Congratulations again and hope you have another great year of blogging, Drew! πŸ™‚

    P.S. If this was a PS4 trophy, I’d probably say it’s a 24 karat GOLD trophy! πŸ˜‰ Lets rack up some more trophies now!

    – Lashaan

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