REDHEAD WITH A BOOK BLOG REVAMP

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The old redhead can’t come to the phone right now…. Why? Oh!  ‘Cause she…

can’t possibly decide what she wants to do with this blog haha

So this blog has taken on a TON of different categories.

When I first started it was obviously a book blog and I made like 100 words max posts.  Then I started doing some “photography” on my phone and posting that.  After that I did some really random posts like how to make a zuchinni face mask.  Yeah, erm… let’s never speak of that again.  AND THEN I went back to not-as-bad book blogging.

But NOW I’m ready for an entirely new era of redheadwithabook!

Yes I’m being over dramatic and over exaggerating it all by deeming better posts/social blogging game/photography an “era”!

HERE’S WHAT YOU MAINLY NEED TO KNOW

  • I still have red hair
  • I still love all my current people who support me
  • I will always love my blog in all it’s different forms it’s taken over the last 2 years
  • just kidding
  • those posts were like really crappy
  • don’t worry I’m deleting them all

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better bookish photos??

Oh my goodness, you might already totally know this, but I got a new DSLR camera for Christmas.  Yeah, definitely a step up from that phone photography… and little step up from my most recent canon camera lol.  I have been playing around with this camera ever since the moment I ran around the living room (almost knocking down the Christmas tree in the process) squealing for a solid 10 seconds.

I’m not camera tech savvy (or tech savvy at all just in general)  but it’s an absolutely fabulous camera!! I made a mess of my room and took hundreds of book photos a few days ago.  Putting them into posts should be so much fun???  So I guess you’ll just have to follow me to see more in the future.  😉  {shameFUL self promo}

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This is probably going to be my new profile picture if wordpress wasn’t as slow as a snail scooting through tapioca pudding.  I’m a fangirl so I’m holding the book fangirl over my face.  I tried to figure out a more clever way to say that but it didn’t work out…

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I stole a ton of wreaths from the garage.  Twila bit a ton of the roses off ooops.

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new blog customization

In case you haven’t noticed {you had to have noticed unless you’re reading this in the wordpress reader, in which case, please go ahead and rethink your entire LIFE}  I REDID MY BLOG DESIGN.

Megan totally did two amazing blog designs but I’m bad at aesthetic commitment.  They were GORGEOUS guys, and she did an awesome job but since this is a new redhead with a book “era” I wanted to try to design my own blog.

Oh my Dumbledore, I thought it would be easy.  Like download free clipart, slap some calligraphy text on that, and bing bang boom, you customized your own site.  But instead of the 12 minutes I assumed it would take, 3 hours was the count to make this blog design.  SO YOU BETTER APPRECIATE THIS AESTHETIC.

also this blog design has got issues i.e. no menu in sight, so I’m working on it {said every person ever that wasn’t actually working on it}

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better content

As previously mentioned, content on this blog has taken a turn for the better recently, but still it’s not my best.  And then when I’m writing them I’m like, “I just want to be done with this already,”  and then it’s a struggle to write a 1k word blog post.

sometimes I feel like this blog is a chore.  SO I SHOULD OBVIOUSLY GET ALLOWANCE ON IT!!

nah I don’t get any allowance.  I’m not bitter at all.

So here’s the run down:  I’ve been getting better and better at liking what I create but sometimes when I read my post twice for revision I’m like, “This sucks, but I’ll put it out there anyways!”

NO!  I’m not about that life anymore.  I’m letting the perfectionist beast inside me take over and obsess over every little small detail that goes into this blog.  I don’t want to limit myself like, “Omg I HAVE to write at least 1k words in this post,”

I want to put things on this page that I’m in love with and want to put as a topping on my ice cream sundae because it’s just that good, and I want to also put things out there that you guys want to pour in your mouth and drizzle on your ice cream sundae like chocolate syrup because chocolate syrup is the best thing to grace this earth.

So basically what I’m saying is that I WANT AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE.

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I want to be a social butterfly and get out of this stupid cocoon because I also happen to be a claustrophobic butterfly help me

I want to meet people so we can have ice cream sundaes together and have great fun!  Mainly blogger people.  Only blogger people.  Yeah um people in real life are a bit more intimidating.  I’ll stick with typing out comments on a screen rather than actually making face to face conversation thankssss…

But for realsies here, my social game is horrible.  I know it has something to do with my numbers, but I could care less about the numbers, I want to meet new bloggers!  Chat profile picture to profile picture!  If that makes any sense!  It probably doesn’t because nothing that comes out of my mouth/keyboard does!  Why am I using exclamation points after every sentence!

So what I’m trying to say is that I need to get a lot better at replying to comments/keeping up with blogs.  I suck so badly at keeping up with blogs I follow.  It’s a problem.  Like my obsession with nutella is what my family calls a problem.

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I want free books

aka ARC’s!

yay for free books.  Every book worm needs free books.  Specifically redheaded book worms.  Specifically redheaded book worms with the name Samantha.  Specifically redheaded book worms names Samantha with a cat named Twilight bells.  Specifically me. 

Who wouldn’t want free books?  I must get goodreads to appease the craving to review every book I have ever read, and I need to do more book reviews in this here blog.  The thing with book reviews is that I feel like nobody reads them.  aka I never read them.  I should probably read some.  The I should probably write some.  Then I should get free books.

I DEMAND FREE BOOKS

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Now!  Time to do all the profile pic to profile pic chatting I talked about earlier!  please comment so that you can give a red headed bookworm some social interaction.

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93 Comments

  1. I WILL BE A CHATTY PERSON. PROFILE PICTURE. WHATEVS.
    So, do ya think you’d be allowed to talk on the phone to begin to cure your hibernation stages? 😀 So liiiiiiike…… YOUR DESIGN IS GORGEOUS! THOSE PHOTOS LOOK PINTERESTY! 😀 😀
    Who are your TOP 3 fav authors?
    Oooh, and check out theyoungwriter.com and take the WriterScore!!!!!!
    ~ Light4theLord

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      1. YOU’RE WELCOOOOOOOME!
        Hm…. what about MOI?! *hint hint* I *might* be allowed to… it’d be pretty funn……
        NOPE WON’T STOP. 😀 THE GORGEOUS COLORS ARE SO SOOTHING AND ASTHETIC AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. HOW ON EARTH DID YOU DO IT ALL I WANT ALL OF YOUR TIPS AND ALL OF YOUR GORGEOUS RESOURCES. XD XD
        Mine would totally be Chuck Black, Robert Elmer, and Tim Shoemaker. <bEsT AuThOrS E V E R.
        NOW I IS GOING TO BE MEAAAAAAAAAN.
        Top three favorite books. *smirks*
        Ooh, and top three series! (that way you can save the top three books for the non-series ones…. my top three would all go in one series. XD)
        ~ Light4theLord

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  2. I noticed you redid your blog design a few days ago, it looks so good! I love your new profile picture! HOLY BANANA PUDDING THOSE PICTURES ARE BLOWING MY MIND!!!! Especially the ones with the wreaths! Oh Twila! LOL I feel the same way, like I’m not very shy when I comment but in person if someone I don’t know tries to talk to me I totally freeze up *covers face in embarrassment* Can’t wait to see your new posts! They always make me laugh 😀
    – Katie 🙂

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  3. Yay! I love blog re-vamps! But, just so you know… both your blogs have always and will always be amazing!

    Those old posts were not crappy at all! Also, how is the Fangirl book? I might read it if you think it’s good!

    🙂 Bella

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      1. Of course! Great! I’m looking forward to hearing about Fangirl! No worries! Maybe we could figure out a certain day each week where we can email? I dunno! It’s fun to chat with you though. OMG! Did you see Taylor Swift’s End Game music video? It came out last week! It’s so good! Hey, also there’s only 112 days until your concert! 😉

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      2. No worries! I get it! I hate being interupted in the middle of a blog post I’m working on too! I’m about to vote on the Paisley awards! Talk to ya Wed! 😉

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  4. I love your new aesthetic! I am so excited to see more pictures from your new camera! you are such an amazing photographer already! GAH. I might have to steal some of those pictures for my screensaver! (that is if you are cool with that) Also, I will gladly be a profile pic to profile pic chat being person thing! What are your favourite books! (in general, I know how hard it is to choose XD) I need new reading material and you seem to read the same stuff I do!
    -Lynn

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  5. I’m actually considering gifting myself an actual profile pic XD _Then_ we can chat face to face.
    Love the new DSLR photos, those wreaths are just GAHHHH aesthetic (mutters away into oblivion).
    Maybe when I revise one of my books this year, I’ll send you the draft and you can review it. Not like that’s a big priveledge but hey that works.
    If you need to ramble, email me, girl. You’ve got my address I think.
    Tess

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      1. hehe my buk is so uncohesive there are parts i like but I would have to write like a million paragraphs of ‘what happened between this and that that i just skipped cuz i was tired’ but i cud probably do that.
        let’s make it a plan.
        I’m thinking sunglasses XD But then you’d never know I have central heterochromia 😦 I have problems.

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  6. Love the new design!!! It’s gorgeous, and your profile picture is adorable. OMG THE AESTHETIC BOOK PHOTOS ASDJFKL!!!!!!!!! THEYRE SO PURRRRRDYYYYYYY. ALSO, DUMPLIN’ WAS A RLLY GOOD BOOK!!!!

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  7. I can’t wait to see what happens with this blog! I love your new blog design. AND PLEASE SHARE AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE WITH ME THANK YOU. *hands you a ton of ice cream* 😀
    -Sara

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  8. 1) your blog is so pretty
    2) you deserve the world and all arcs and if you ever need tips hit me up
    3) i exist. i penguin
    4) your blog PICTURES ARE SO PRETTY and if the pictures take long to upload try resizing some of your pictures before uploading BUT THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOALS OMG. especially the rose one.
    5)im so excited for your content and i didnt even know you were a redhead
    6) just kidding. i did

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    1. Hey! I don’t mind direct promo, but I know you might not have such luck when you’re promoting to some other book blogs! Here are some tips on how to subtly promote your blog!!
      -first, say a lot about the post! You did a good job on complimenting my design (thank you, btw!) but make your promo comment 90% about the post
      -then you can sign off with a link to your blog, and if they liked your comment, they will be 100 times more likely to actually check out your blog, rather than being so straight forward
      -be sure to comment on other posts too using the same method! Instead of promoting for follows, promote for blogging friends! It might make the process more worthwhile and super fun!
      No offense, just wanted to give you some tips that worked for me! Best of luck to you!! ❤

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  9. Hi! This is the first I’m seeing of your blog, so first of all its pretty (oh so pretty!) Secondly, yay for blogger interaction! We’re new and could use some social (cough cough – computer screen to screen) interaction!

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  10. From one red (loosely speaking, strawberry blonde with the habit of looking blonde until I reach light just like Gremlins & BAM….it’s red), I have a question. Would you care to help me out with the design program you used? Was it easy to learn? Have you dabbled yet into the world of stock photos?
    Your design is absolutely beautiful by the way! Good job! Sue 😀

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  11. Redesigning is such a pain isn’t it! I started my re-vamp and I still have so much to do! I got sidetracked playing with all the themes…

    This is the first I’ve seen of your blog, so it’s all fresh eyes (but I totally get the whole – lets hide old content. I want to go back through mine and set it all to the NEW STANDARD but time.)

    What is your opinion on fangirl (other than being a fangirl which I am also). Isn’t there a book out (relatively?) recently about some kids getting trapped in their fandom? I’m waiting for it to spring up in the Library again but no such luck yet!

    Mine is justmeandapadofpaper.wordpress.com.

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