A year ago today, on June 12 2013, I started my book blog for the simple reason that I loved books and reading. I named my blog Stay Bookish because it was what I wanted my blog to be: a way for me to keep my love for books. That sounds really cheesy, but it’s true. And it’s exactly what I said on my first ever post, actually!

stay bookish blogoversaryyyyy

And now, I’m celebrating my first blogoversary!! I feel really happy and proud that Stay Bookish has grown so much through my first year in book blogging.

So how did my blog start it’s journey? I actually started blogging on WordPress(dot)com first, with the same moniker. And then, I finally self-hosted by late august, and switched to dot net. Self-hosting was definitely an accomplishment in my first year, and I’m really glad that I transferred because it has allowed me to fully maximize my blog and customize it as much as I want. So far, I’ve had three designs on staybookish.net, all done by yours truly! With all the reconstruction my blog had undergone, I think the one I have now is my favorite!

stay bookish design transition

Anyway, aside from my blog designs, Stay Bookish has also changed and improved much content-wise. I originally did just book haul posts and book reviews but I’ve launched several features over the past year. Swoon Worthy Saturday was the first one! Sadly, I didn’t continue with it, but it was much fun to do back then. Original features that are currently running on my blog are: List of Awesome, Little Talks, Story Soundtracks and Novel Portraits! I adore each and everyone of them, especially because they’ve help my love grow not only for books, but also other things I’m passionate about. With these features, combined with my reviews, recaps, and promos, my blog has had more than 200 posts already!

More importantly, through Stay Bookish, I’ve had the opportunity, not only to be as bookish as I can be, but to do it with so many others. And I’m really so grateful for that.

First of all, I want to thank all the awesome book bloggers who’ve inspired me and been such sweethearts through twitter, comments, etc. I’ll be posting a list below and in case I missed anyone, know that I adore all of you. Anyway, I’ve learned so much from you guys, and I’ve grown as a reader and as a blogger though your help and kind words. Thank you so much!!!!

special mentions Awesome bloggers who’ve inspired me and made me feel so welcome in the bookish community:

Georgie of What She Reads // Nikki of The Paper Sea // Jen of Books And Other Happy Ever Afters // Shelly of Read Sleep Repeat // Alexa of Alexa Loves Books // Emily of Constellation Chronicles // Asti, Kelley & Leanne of Oh The Books // Chiara of Books For A Delicate Eternity // Sana of Artsy Musings // Sandra of Tea Between Books // PBT family ♡

Secondly, I want to thank all the fabulous authors I’ve had the chance to talk to and collaborate with. You guys are the reason I have awesome books to read and share about on the blog so you deserve a huge thank you!! I also want to thank the publicists and other people in this wonderful bookish industry who’ve entrusted me to review books and promote authors. Thank you for reaching out to me and allowing me to reach out to you too.

My final thanks goes to my followers and readers, who are seriously lovely!!! I cannot express how much I appreciate every visit, every comment and message from you guys. I never would have had the drive to the book blogger I am now if it weren’t for your constant support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

With that, I wanted to invite you guys to join my blogoversary giveaways- there’s one for everyone, and there will be another for my readers in the Philippines (which I will post about during the weekend)! You guys deserve a chance to win books for all the love you’ve given me!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s pretty much it for my blogoversary post! Thanks for celebrating with me! Stay Bookish, y’all!

signature new

Did you enjoy reading this post?

Subscribe now to receive fabulous freebies and get the latest bookish reviews and features straight into your inbox.

Leave a Reply

69 thoughts on “Stay Bookish Celebrates One Year Of Blogging!

  1. Happy Anniversary, Hazel :)

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
  2. Congratulations, you blog is lovely! I love the colours, they’re so cute! I also really like your reviews and features, thank you! :)

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:58 am
  3. Hiii Ate Hazel! HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!!! I’ve been a reader of your blog since last year when you just started (and I’m pretty proud of this).

    I discovered your blog when a friend of mine sent me a link to your first book haul. And your blog was pretty much the first book blog I found out about sooo yeah, that’s cool :)

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  4. Hi Hazel and congratulations on your blogoversary! I love the myriad books you review and I like seeing if our thoughts matched. Plus you have some awesome giveaways I can’t help but try my luck at.

    Chanpreet recently posted: Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  5. Happy blogoversary!!! I love seeing how your blog has changed in a year. :)

    Ashley recently posted: On the Fence by Kasie West
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm
  6. -throws confetti- Congratulations! Well one thing I love about your blog are the designs! They’re beautiful, but also casual. It’s refreshing. And of course, your reviews. I find so many new books through reviews from blogs. It also helps me know what books are worth buying, or I should just borrow. I hope to see you for many more years Hazel :)

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm
  7. Happy blogoversary! Congratulation on one successful year of blogging. I wish you many more!

    Dana recently posted: Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm
  8. I plan on keeping my love of books by continuing to read and switching it up ever once in awhile. i have learned that you should never force yourself to read…it leads to disaster…

    Congrats and thank for the giveaway!

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm
  9. Congrats on your one year! I do like this design a lot, and wish I had the ability to do more design myself! Your blog is lovely, and thanks for the giveaway!

    Anne @ Lovely Literature recently posted: Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm
  10. Happy blogoversary Hazel! :) I love your reviews and your blog is simply amazing. The cutest! Thank you for the giveaway.

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm
  11. Hazel! Wow, has it been one year already?! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I’m so happy to see you come this far in your blogging journey, and even though I’m not your most regular reader/commenter, I can tell that both you and your blog have blossomed amazingly throughout the months. Your blog designs are proof!

    Anyway, continue staying awesome, and here’s to many more years of happy blogging!

    Megan (Adrift on Vulcan) recently posted: The Book Blogger Test
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm
  12. Congrats girl!!! I follow your blog quite a while ago and I love the design ^^

    I am a blogger too, My blog will turn 4 years :D

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm
  13. Happy Blogiversary my love!! I can’t believe it has been a year already, it’s been awesome seeing your blog bloom and you have some of the best features around. I’m so glad we get to be bookish friends and thank you so much for mentioning me, I feel so honoured *hugs* <3.

    Here's to another year of awesomeness! xx

    Georgie @ What She Reads recently posted: VICTORIA SMITH / FOUND BY YOU
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm
  14. Happy blogoversary Hazel! I loved all of your designs and I can’t wait to see more! Keep on blogging and don’t stop please because I adore your blog. :)

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm
  15. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, DARLING!
    It seems like a lot of us created our blogs around the same time! It must have something to do with the middle of the year ^.^
    I feel so honoured that you mentioned me! I’m glad to have made you feel welcome <3 Stay Bookish is a wonderful blog (and you are a wonderful person!).
    In answer to your question, my favourite part of Stay Bookish are the design (I LOVE IT), and Little Talks (yay discussions!). And you, as well ^.^ <3

    Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity recently posted: Books for Life: On Age + Careers
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm
  16. Happy blogoversary Hazel! Your blog was one of the first book blogs I’ve discovered and I can’t believe you’re only turning one. I thought you’ve been blogging for, idk, decades? loljk. Anyways, happy anniversary again! :)

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm
  17. Congrats Hazel! It’s crazy how fast time flies and I’m so happy that you’ve reached your first blogversary! It’s been amazing watching your progress and development. Hopefully I’ll see many more!

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  18. I intend to keep my love of books by visiting the library often and staying updated through book blogs such as yours!

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm
  19. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I hope many more years of great book recommendations will follow!

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm
  20. YAYYYYY. HAPPY ONE YEAR, HAZEL! *pops confetti*

    You will have an even fabulous second year! :DDD

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  21. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and your blog design! Keep up the good work!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    Missie recently posted: Review of Vampire Academy
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm
  22. happy anniversary! i love the books you read and review and your reviews always make me want to go out and buy the book (guess i have a love hate relationship with your blog for this but OH WELL) :D

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm
  23. Congrats! I don’t think I could stop being bookish if I tried.

    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm
  24. Happy blogoversary Hazel! Here’s to more years and books to come! :))

    I don’t ever think I’ll stop reading books. I would marry a boy who reads too (para walang kontra bida. HAHA) and so we can impart them also to our future kids. :D

    Michelle Sedeño recently posted: ARC Review: Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel
    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 12:03 am
  25. Happy blogoversary!!!
    I love the design of the blog :)

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 12:55 am
  26. Congrats on your blogoversary! Its awesome enough that you lasted a year, but the things you accomplished all in one year, is much more amazing! :D

    Hope to see you again on your second year :D

    Jules recently posted: Book Review: True by Erin McCarthy
    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 3:15 am
  27. CONGRATS! That is awesome :)

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:25 am
  28. Hey I just wanted to say that your blog is amazing. Congratulations for the anniversary and how you manage to keep your blog interesting and pretty!

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:29 am
  29. Ey! Congrats on ur blog anniversary! Here is to wishing you more years of book loving and giving and sharing!

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:34 am
  30. YAY! Congrats Hazel! So exciting to celebrate a blogoversary :) Thank you for the giveaway lady!
    I love looking at the evolution of web designs- I’m currently regretting not screen-shoting my previous ones so that I could do the same for my blogoversary post in December…oh well. Haha. :D

    Rosie @ Rosie Reads recently posted: Life of a Blogger (20): Collections
    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 8:05 am
  31. Happy Blogoversary Hazel! You’ve achieved so much in the span of one year and I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with in the (hopefully) many years to come <3

    Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews recently posted: Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 10:56 am
  32. Congrats! And happy Blogoversary, Hazel! <3

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:02 am
  33. Congratulations on a sucessful first year! As a new blogger you give me so much inspiration! Love everything about your blog…and your design work is amazing!

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:58 am
  34. Aww, happy blogoversary Hazel! It’s been so much fun reading all your posts. You’re fantastic at what you do and can’t wait to see what other awesome things you’re going to come up with! x

    Annie recently posted: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  35. Congrats on the one year! Such a feat and many more to come (: I absolutely love the new blog design, very chic and responsive! Keep up the amazing work!

    Courtney Ann recently posted: Friday Hops (6/13/14)
    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm
  36. You are so talented with your blog designs. I do my own too, but they always come out looking like a bad self pub cover.:) You were very brave to venture out on your own .com, too!! Not me, I think I will probably be stuck in blogspot.com hell for awhile longer. Congratulations, stellar job!

    La La in the LiBrArY recently posted: CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST
    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm
  37. Happy Anniversary :)

    I love the your blog…the design and all your reviews and giveaway!

    Posted on June 14, 2014 at 2:11 am
  38. HI ATE HAZEL! Congrats! Don’t stop this blog, ah? I love it. I love the design. I love the books that you flash to my eyes.

    Because of you, I bought Only Everything, and probably everything else that you suggest. And I think we’ll be nice friends if we just talk more! :)

    I hope some bloggers would make me feel welcome in the blogging world as well! I would REALLY love to see you again at a book signing event. Or any other moment. (Basta… hahahah)

    I first met you at the Ransom-Tahereh-Veronica book signing event. I was taking a picture of Veronica, and you were too, so you said hi. I was wearing my white shirt and yellow shorts. I was so small.

    After 2-3 weeks, my sister (Ummm yeah, Bibliophile Soprano is my sister) recommended your blog to me, so I visited Stay Bookish. I was taking a look at your Ransereh-Veronica event post, and BAM. I.SAW.YOUR.FACE.AND.SKIRT. And I was like “OMG. Eto yung babaeng nag-hi sakin nun. Like. Wow. Omg. Wow. ” And just because you said hi (and your blog design. lol.), I frequently visited your blog, checking for new books I’d like to read.

    Fun Fact: I’ll be reading Since You’ve Been Gone because that book was what you answered when I asked you what May release you liked the most. (Oh, yes, I’m @grouwl and @BookishPotato, and I’m not sure what acct asked you that)

    I’m @bookfeyrees and @sooyoung_24 on Instagram, and I was the one who fangirled over your Kpoppings. And you replied “Just a mild kpop fan :)” and you’re a Fanytastic!

    So… I’ll stop fangirling before I write a novella. . .

    Thank you for being an inspiration to me. One of my goals in blogging is to have people want to read what I reviewed, without telling them “OMG YOU HAVE TO FREAKING READ THIS AWESOME BOOK” in direct. Like that’s ewwww?

    Your blog is fabulous, Ate Hazel. <3456
    Keep up the fab work.
    Happy Anniversary! :')
    Talk to me anytime:)
    (please talk to me, I REALLY need a friend lol)
    it's my birthday this Tuesday, and I really do something nice would happen. :')

    Much, much love,
    Sooyoung. XD
    Erin Sebastian, fellow girl who commented.

    Erin the Bookish Potato recently posted: Friday Feels #2: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    Posted on June 15, 2014 at 7:13 am
    1. Oopsieee!
      Correction for the birthday thing at the end-ish of my comment:

      I really do hope something . . .

      erin the bookish potato (again) recently posted: Featuring My Thoughts: Why I Prefer Fictional Books
      Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:34 am
  39. Sorry I’m late, Hazel, but…
    HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!! WHOOHOO!! *CONFETTI*
    I love everything about you and your blog; you’re so incredibly lovely and passionate, it’s so infectious, and that really shines through your blog! You’re an incredible inspiration, and I’m so fortunate to be able to count you as one of my great friends! :D I love reading every single one of your posts in my email, or even coming to comment when I can, and interacting with you on Twitter is so fun! You’re an incredible person, and your blog will continue soaring to great heights, as it already has! < I loved that feature, gave me so much to swoon over too ;)
    And thank you thank you for including my name up there! I feel so honoured, and I'm so glad we've become great bookish friends!! ^^
    *hugs* Congratulations Hazel dear!! <3

    Posted on June 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  40. Congratulations on an amazing first year! I love your blog–the design, the content, everything! Your posts always help motivate me to keep reading :)

    Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm
  41. I’m sorry I’m late, Hazel, but congratulations on your first blogoversary! I’m so, so glad to have discovered your blog not long after I started my own. I love your design skills, the honesty and integrity with which you write your reviews, the new features you bring, but most of all, I love Stay Bookish because it is you. Your own voice and personality shines through your posts so much, and every post is a joy to read. ♥ Happy blogoversary — here’s to many more!

    Nikki @ The Paper Sea recently posted: Review: Don’t Look Back
    Posted on June 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm
  42. Happy Blogversary!! :D Your blog is amazing. :-)

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:07 am
  43. I love your logo and blog colour theme.
    Huge thank you for making your gveaway international :)

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 7:41 am
  44. Hazel –

    Your blog is one of my favorites to visit. Whenever I receive a notification in my feed that you have a new post up, I always smile because I know I’m in for a treat. Everything you do – from your reviews to your designs to your posts – is filled with so much passion and dedication; and you can’t help but feel your enthusiasm.

    This being said, congratulations on reaching your first blogoversery! That’s such a HUGE milestone! :) You’ve certainly improved so much over the course of the year – it’s absolutely remarkable.

    I hope you continue blogging for a long time to come because you make the blogosphere such a warm, welcoming place. :D Thank you for everything you do, and I’m wishing you a happy blogoversery! You deserve it! <3

    Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf recently posted: The Half Life of Molly Pierce
    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 6:31 am
  45. Hi, Hazel! I love your website’s design <3 I love anything blue with a hint of pink, and your blog is just perfect! Also your giveaways (even though I haven't won yet), and reviews! Happy Blogoversary!

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:04 am
  46. Happy blogversary!!! More power to you and to this blog of yours. Your blog is simple and original and that how it has been lovely.

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:44 am
  47. Happy Blogoversary! The design is awesome. To keep my love of books, I’m going to keep reading, of course. :D

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 11:58 pm
  48. Hazel!

    First of all, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! That’s an awesome feat if you ask me :)

    As a big lover of books, it’s nice to see the opinions of others about titles that’s why I like your blog. The reviews are awesome + the giveaways are superb! (Wish I’d win one haha) Your features and book events are also great ways to reach out to fellow bloggers.

    Congratulations again on your blogoversary! Keep it up and of course, Stay Bookish! :D

    Ailla @ Le Bibliophile~ recently posted: MAJOR CRUSH: A Review :)
    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:00 am
  49. wow congratulations on reaching this far! More power to you! I love your instagram having so many lovely pics of books.
    Even though there are times that I am really busy, I still give time to read books even just for a couple of minutes because I can not call it a day without reading just a bit.

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm
  50. I don’t know where I have been that I don’t know your blog. Actually it’s my first time to came across your blog and I love the cute dainty layout of yours (at first) and the moment I browsed your posts, it amazes me. No flattery intended by the way. I love books and it never ceases as long as I live because it infuses me imagination which helped my creativity (a lot) and I also learn some life lessons I don’t know before hand. Your blog is so worth the bookmark in my laptop and I am looking forward for more of your posts :) See you around!

    Posted on June 21, 2014 at 11:47 am
  51. Happy One Year, Hazel!

    Posted on June 23, 2014 at 12:48 am
  52. What do I like most about Stay Bookish? your reviews they are pretty awesome and on some occasions I have purchased books off your recommendations. Congratulations on your one year. I hope you stick around for a long time to come. Have a great day :) xoxo

    Posted on June 23, 2014 at 11:52 am
  53. well! I keep reading books even though I am busy :D

    Posted on June 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm
  54. Happy Belated Blogoversary Hazel!!!! I love how Stay Bookish stays unique amidst the many book blogs in the interweb! I love the blog’s layout and design. It’s so organized so it’s very lovely to look at and it’s easy to read posts. I also love how your personality shines out from your blog! Your book ratings are not confusing. You’re also very honest when you review and rate a book.

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:22 am
  55. So I’m super late commenting on this post but HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I think you had quite the amazing first year of blogging. I love your designs, I love that you’ve slowly added your own new features over the year, and I love your bookish personality! Let’s hope this upcoming year is just as amazing – if not more – than the first!! <3

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:50 am
  56. Hi Ate Hazel! Late, late greeting, I’m sorry.

    Stay Bookish caught my attention because of its design. Your blog is so lovely that I checked it out–and guess what? Your posts were so awesome that I decided to try my luck on being friends with you. When I met you at the VTR in PH event, I was so happy! We get to talk on Twitter sometimes and you’re even friends with my sister Erin so that’s double awesome!

    For just a year of blogging, you have achieved so much and congratulations on that. :)

    More power and stay pretty! <3

    Much Love,
    Fay

    Fay Sebastian recently posted: July: Book Discrimination Awareness Month
    Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm
  57. Hazel, you have been such a huge inspiration to me as a book blogger, you know that. :)
    And I thank you for being so and your blog has been one of my favorites because of the simplicity that it offers but elegance as well..

    I try to maintain my love for books by book blogging. Again, Hazel, thank you! And congratulations! <3

    Posted on June 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm
  58. Happy Blogoversary!! I love reading your reviews. <3

    Posted on July 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm
  59. Happy Blogoversary!! I love your reviews and giveaways that are on the blog and thanks for the giveaway!! :)

    Posted on July 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm
  60. I just found out your blog today! :) so far, I am back-reading your blog post and I instantly found it interesting! :)

    Congratulations! :)

    cloverxxkorhz recently posted: What do you like the most with typography ?
    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 10:02 am
  61. Happy blogoversary!! i like to see how your blog change over the years, i like the reviews and the design
    thanks!!

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 10:30 am
  62. I want I want!

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 11:57 am
  63. Happy Blogoversay!!! The thing I enjoy most about your blog (and I’m sure everyone agrees with this answer) is the posts!!! I find every single thing you post relatable. I love your book taste. Your word choices when you write reviews. I inted to keep the love of books going simply by reading more aaamazing books. Thank you for this giveaway <3

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:31 am
  64. Happy Blogoversary! I loooove your blog layout and also your book reviews! :)

    Cohlina Mae recently posted: LIL'WHIMS' INSTAX MINI 8 GIVEAWAY
    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm
  65. Hello :D Congrats po :DD
    I really love the layout of this blog. Its inviting me to read more and explore whats more in here. I love books too <3
    Yeah

    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:25 am
  66. Happy blogoversary! I love your blog header! I keep my love of books by constantly reading and rating/reviewing books on goodreads and my blog. I also keep my love of books by spreading that love to my friends by recommending them any books that I loved.

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm
  67. Happy Blogoversary, love! More years to come and continue to spread the love of books! Anyway, what i love about your blog about the most is how dedicated you are on books. You’re not afaid to share what you think of in every book you’ve just finished. I rarely read book reviews since some of them are just (you know, almost the same.) but yours are different, i also love your book tast! ;D Keep it going! I’ll be here reading and reading on your blog!

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm