Friday, 5 December 2014

'Bout This Blogger Tag
 Today I come back from my month of disappearance to celebrate something incredibly exciting and frabjous and just a tiny bit scary: My favourite blogger Cait's changed the famous Notebook Sisters name to Paper Fury and moved from Blogger to Wordpress!!!!! *throws confetti* To celebrate, she's holding a rather fabulous tag in which I tell you all my secrets...not. You wish though!
IT'S SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!
I suspect Cait is doing a bit of this at the moment. ;)

Let's get this party starrrrted!!!!!!!
I'M NOT SORRY IN THE LEAST. I just had to use that gif.

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I was massive bookworm and after discovering book blogs in June 2013 I was fascinated by them and wanted to start my own.  Unfortunately though, I just could not find the courage to start one, so I just read alot of book blogs wistfully until almost a year later that I eventually thought, "STUFF IT. I'M GOING TO START ONE." And I did. And I've proceeded to be a rather crazy blogger ever since!

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

 Haha, well considering I spent almost a year obsessing about it, I had a LOOOOONG time to think of names. I weren't through about a whole notebook of blog name ideas, no kid. I really wanted to make it an Alice in Wonderland themed book blog, but so many other book bloggers have Alice in Wonderland themed, that I wanted mine a bit different. EVENTUALLY, I decided if I couldn't go Alice in Wonderland themed, I'd go FAIRYTALE theme instead and after many, many, many, MANY crap ones, I came up with Once Upon a Bookish Time and fell in love with it. Recently, I've been thinking of changing it, but a) I killed so many brain cells thinking of the first one, that I didn't know if I could be bothered, and b) I've got kinda attached to it. IT TAKES LIKE YEARRRS TO TYPE OUT THOUGH. But, yes! That is the long and painful journey of my blog name. *winces*

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)

THERE IS NO WAY IN HECK YOU ARE GETTING PICTURES! I've been through about 3-4 blog designs. I'm not keen on my current design, but considering I have no design skills, no patience, NO MONEY, and hardly any time, it'll have to stay put like that for now. But if you're reallly curious, all my past designs were way worse then this. THEY PRACTICALLY  BURNT YOUR EYEBALLS.

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?

I like Blogger...but it frustrates me. I would consider moving to selfhosted Wordpress, but I'm poor, very poor. So at the moment, I'm sticking with Blogger. *glares at Blogger* AT THE MOMENT.

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?

TO FREAKING LONG. I'm such a ditherer, it's not even funny. I generally type out a bit of a post, get bored look for gifs and browse my blog feed come back to it, type some more, hate what I've written, delete it, get the book information and blurb and put it all together, type some more, grab something from the fridge, come back, declare it's fine, quickly preview it and then publish it. DONE. It's a terrible way to blog but I'm working on it. >.<

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?

Not reallllly. I was super nervous about my first blog tour, especially when the book I had to review for it, I struggled with it, and then got the dates of the blog tour mixed up so that I almost missed my stop...yeah, I was nervous then. >.>

 7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

HAHAHAHA. That's hilarious! I'm like the most disorganized person in the world!

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?

Ella thinking of telling people:

Ella trying to tell people:

Ella telling people:

You can obviously see that I strongly dislike telling people that I have a book blog. I told my family,well, because they're my family, as well as a couple of friends, BUT THAT IS IT. Shhh, don't tell anyone!

 9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!


|| Paper Fury (I STILL THINK NOTEBOOK SISTERS GAHHH *pulls out hair*) || Where the Writer Comes to Write  || Reviews From a Bookworm || Bookwyrming Thoughts || Diva Book Nerd || Feed Me Books Now || The Loony Teen Writer || YA Midnight Reads ||


 10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

Design first, for one thing! I'm so bad with computers, it's ridiculous!
I JUST DISCOVERED THIS GIF AND I AM IN LOVE! *hugs gif* It sums me up perfectly.

 Link me to your tags, my wonderlings!! And if you don't know Cait yet, GO AND FOLLOW HER BLOG RIGHT AWAY, NOW, NOW, NOWW, but if you have, tell me one thing you love about Cait the Great (that's your nickname from now on Cait, mwahahaha)!!

P.S: I'm becoming Tarzan for a week (aka CAMPING, although us Kiwis call it TRAMPING) and I won't have any internet, so I'll see you all the week after next sometime!


  1. I read book blogs for months before I had the courage to start one too! (I did have a writing blog, but no one actually came)

    I like your blog's name! It is a bit long though maybe you need an acronym. (OUABT)

    Designs are hard. I wanted to see yours, but not if they were literally painful to look at.

    My process of writing a post is pretty much the same! (except without gifs) It's too easy for me to get distracted when I go to look for them, suddenly it's hours later and I have nothing.

    Have fun camping. (Tramping) I'd never heard of that before!

    1. It's nice to know I'm not the only one that did that! :) Writing blogs are haaaaaard.
      *squashes you* AW THANKS! XD I love my name too. ;)

      Designs are SO hard! And no, you will never ever EVERRR see my old blog designs. NEVER. I will die or mortification. >.<

      OH YAY, SOMEONE ELSE LIKE ME WHEN WRITING A POST! PHEW! It's good to know I'm not the only one! ;)

  2. WAIT, YOU GUYS ACTUALLY CALL IT TRAMPING?? THAT'S SO COOL. Haha I love your blog name - it's so great. Never seen another one like it. I'd like to move to self-hosted Wordpress next year...while I don't have any responsibilities I can actually afford it :P

    1. Aww, thanks Em! x)))) IT TAKES SO LONG TO TYPE THOUGH. X/ I swear my fingers have been worn down to stubs just due to typing my blog name blah.

  3. I STILL THINK NOTEBOOK SISTERS TOO. I suspect this will take a while. *nods* Awww, but thank you for this amazing and specially delicious post. I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. *tackle hugs and smears cake in you hair*
    Hyperventilating? Me? NEVER.
    Bahhh. Yes, yes I totally am impersonating those gifs.
    Oh, but me too for those gifs telling people about my blog. Why is it so hard?! I just try to squirrel it away all. the. time. But I am totally happy and proud of blogging. x)
    Omg, that last gif is going to give me nightmares.

    YOU CALL IT TRAMPING?!! That is so funny. *dies laughing* AHEM. Sorry. I should be nice. YOU ARE NICE TO ME I SHOULD BE NICE BACK. I just have never heard of Tramping!

  4. AH THAT GIF IS AWESOME! I am gonna have to keep that, because that is also me, lelelelel. I think your current design is very cute, Ella :D I'm also incredibly touched that my blog made it onto your list. *big hugs and kisses*

  5. THOSE GIFS ARE PERFECT. ALL OF THEM. Apart from that last one. That's just terrifying frankly. Where did you find that???

    1. I especially liked your answer to Q8, though.

    2. Thanks xD I found that last gif on google!

  6. Many favorite blogs we have in common.
    I have tagged you for the TAYTAY Tag:

  7. I love your answers haha! I love how fairytale-themed your blog name is, that's pretty cool! My blog name is pretty lame, and I want to change it but then I'm afraid that if I change the name and URL, people won't be able to find the new link and stuff :P THE LAST GIF IS TERRIFYING :O

    Omg I can't even bring myself to tell people about my blog. When I told my mom, she literally TOLD EVERYONE and now they're bugging me to tell me the URL. BUT NO. lol :P Love this post!!!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

  8. Haha I so wish I could design! I'm so bad at it, luckily I have an awesome friend who helps me out ;) Hahah I love the gif-use <3 I don't tell my friends or family my blog url. They know I blog. I like to say "reviewer" though so people don't give me such strange looks. Awesome post!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

  9. Haha, I am the exact same when it comes to design! I SUCK AT IT! Another blogger gave me a helping hand with mine, but I suck at everything. I also don't love my name, it takes far too long to type, but now I am terribly attached to it so I don't know if I would change it.

    AHHHH! I can't believe I made your list! It made me so incredibly happy when you said on my post that you love my blog. I still feel like such a newbie and that my content is terrible, so it's nice to know that people enjoy it.

    HAHA!!! YES! YES! YES! Those gif reactions to telling people about your blog are so scarily accurate. That is me!!!

    1. Amanda is literally a design queen! :) AND I LOVE YOUR BLOG TO BITS. You're amazing, not horrible!

  10. YAY I am so glad to see you blogging every now and then Ella! Awww I can see how some of you guys are scared to tell people about your book blog, but you should be proud I say especially as yours is brimming with personality! I really enjoyed your gifs as well especially the poor one hahaha :)

  11. I love learning about bloggers through quizzes!
    New follower :)
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
    Enter my blog birthday giveaway!

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  13. Love your answers! I can relate to you about blog designs, haha. I'm pretty much broke and I'd rather spend money on books so I things the way I know how to. Those GIFs are perfect, especially the last one haha. Like you, I also spent a lot of time thinking about starting a blog, until one day I just sucked it up and started.

    Great post, Ella! It's always nice to get to know a blogger more. ;D

    1. Your blog designs are awesome, Naben! :D Wish I had your skills!


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