My 1-Year Blogoversary! // ft. A VLOG!!!!!

March 25, 2019

Happy late Monday! (haha, yes, I actually DID manage to post this today! *pumps fist*)

So . . . I mayyyyy have hidden something from you guys.

Remember when I said, “hey, I’m doing a Q&A, so if you have anything to ask, comment them down below”?

Weeeelll . . . .

It was never my intention to just simply WRITE DOWN the answers.

You see, I really like making videos and editing them (although I’m extremely awkward in all of them). And a TON of bloggers like to do these things called “vlogs.”

You already know where this is going.

So . . . well, judging by the title of this post, I . . . kinda made a vlog. Yes, I've been planning this since I began blogging, why do you ask?

So you get to see MY FACE! And know just how awkward I am in real life! Seriously, this is probably one of the most awkward things I’ve ever done. I ended up speaking super fast because I was really excited, and I stumbled over SO MANY WORDS. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Hopefully you can understand me.

(Also, you’ll get to see a little demonstration of something - but that’s it for spoilers, I promise!)

Buuutt, as you know, I had “technological issues,” as I like to call them. The video was 30 MINUTES LONG. So I split it into three parts and had to upload them to YouTube, which took literally HOURS. And my cropping skills may not have been the best, so I apologize. I did the best I could.

So. Without further ado, I present: THE VLOGS!!


Anyways . . .

Like I said in the videos, THANK YOU for sticking with me through this first year, for caring enough about this little blog to comment, and for your general support. I never thought that I'd get 47 FOLLOWERS in the first year. My mind is still blown about that.

Special shout-outs to:

  • Ivie and Gray for being my first followers. When I saw that you both had followed me in ONE DAY, I may have run around the house silently screaming. <3
  • Every one of my fellow Inkreaders and Pen Dragons. You guys are awesome to talk to! :)
  • Faith, Savannah, Nicole, Kara, and Lilian for being my fellow KOTLC lovers. (Legacy comes out in like seven months, guys!) :)
  • And to Katie Grace, who I know isn't blogging as much anymore, but without her, I definitely would not have begun to blog. :)

So, who's ready for another year?

*grabs mug of hot chocolate* Raise a glass to freedom to another year of Legend of a Writer!

-Nicole <3

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  1. I LOVED THIS VLOG! You're so funny and an all-around cool person. :D
    All the KOTLC covers are amazinggg. I especially like the one for Exile because Silveny. <3 Also Sokeefe in all its glory. (I used to be Team Sophitz but converted...)
    We don't have a Chick-Fil-A close to us either! A terrible shame because I love the waffle fries dipped in their signature sauce. *mouth waters*

    1. AGH, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :)

      Hehe, yessss, the Exile cover is drop-dead beautiful! (Silvery is pretty awesome in it too!) *sighs* while I can definitely understand why you switched (I’m Sophitz, but Foster-Keefe is also pretty cute) . . . #TeamSophitz for the win! ;)

      Ugh, I feel your pain! We need more Chick-Fil-A's! *I am now getting hungry from thinking of their fries...*

  2. Oh nice!! Yas I can finally put a face to your name.. xD (Let's just pretend that Nicole is your real name :P)

    1. Hehe, yep, now you know the face behind the screen! :D (Excellent, let’s do it! XD)

  3. Ehehehehehehe such fun!! Except it was so long I forgot everything I wanted to reply to??? Bummer. The only thing I can remember is that hey!! I didn't grow up on Disney either!! Didn't actually start watching much till I was ... 12? Why? Because I was an incredible fraidy cat as a kid whe it came to ordinary cartoons 😂😂😂 so I relate. But now I want to do a vlog myself lolololololol

    Happy blog birthday!!!!

    1. Yay, I’m glad you thought so! (And oh, good, I’m not the only one who literally forgets everything when it comes to vlogs - I don’t blame you! XD)

      Oh my gosh, same! I started watching them when my school started doing Disney musicals...

      Yes, DO A VLOG!!! That would be totally awesome! And thanks so much, Lisa!!!

  4. It was so great to finally see you haha! I stuck with you, although I may have sped it up a tad (ok so I sped it up to 1.75 and then you started rapping and I was like "wait a second" 😂) YES GIRL CISCO IS THE BOMB 👌 Great answers, Happy Blogiversary!

    1. Yay, I’m glad you liked it! (Haha, yeah, I honestly would have sped it up too.) HECK YES CISCO IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! I’m glad I found another member of the Cisco Fan Club! :) Thanks, Isabel! :)

  5. I feel honored to be one of your first followers. I can't wait to see where this road takes you. <3

    1. Aw, thanks, Ivie! I feel so honored that YOU were the first person to follow me - you are such an awesome blogger! <3

  6. Hey, this isn't a bad vlog at all! You're way more professional than I was when I did my vlog last year. I'll probably do another one sometime...yikes. It's way way way too awkward, and I thought you did a really great job!

    Eyyyy I love trilogies! *is currently writing a four-book series that should probably be a trilogy but book 3 HAS to happen even though it's drop-dead boring*

    And gurl, I spend about 99% of my time thinking about my characters, which is probably the main reason why I'm absolutely sick of them.


    Spec-fic *heart eyes* Yes, please. All the love.

    I also do thumbs up like ALLLLL the time so no worries there xD I 100% identify with that.

    RAPUNZEL IS DISTURBING THOUGH! The original story, anyway. But I love retellings of it anyway.

    Love triangles...oof, yeah, I hate those. Please. I will NEVER write one unless it's done well (and I don't think mine would ever BE done well? Because the romance I write is already a mess. So.)


    Cat person <3333333333 GOOD. GOOD GOOD GOOD. <333

    FLASHBAAAAAAAACK! Such a beautiful cover. <3 I think I like the Nightfall cover better? Because Sokeefe ;) But I pulled the sticker off, just btw, and I think it came off pretty cleanly? So...idk if you wanna do that. xD

    REALM MAKERS! Girly, I am so so so excited about seeing you. I will officially be the Blogger Friend who comes up behind you. I'll stalk the entrance and wait for you. Mwahahahaha.

    YES DIRECT IT. DIRECT THE BOOOOOOK MOVIE. I have several major scenes for my series planned out in my head, including one fight scene that I desperately want to see visually. *cries*

    Ahhh, that makes sense about the iPad. XD All my laptop stickers are pro-life stuff (as well as my gym for some reason? Idk.)

    *rubs hands together* I ASK EXCELLENT QUESTIONS. MWAHAHAHAHA. Also I can play It's Quiet Uptown on the piano and I cry every time I listen to it, because IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. I found a bootleg of it and it's so simple and beautiful and TEARS.

    OH BUT DON'T CRINGE. THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS AND I APPLAUD YOU. AND you did the "thought into the letter" part! I can't do that part!!!!!!

    I have to say, Daveed Diggs' hair. Is beautiful. And he is a rapping machine. There's this pin where Jefferson is like "did you forget Lafayette!" and then throws his hair up in a ponytail and Hamilton is like O_O

    Good for you not killing off characters! I kill EVERYONE. Whoops. Everyone dies in the Pentegreen series so all I can say is...don't get attached. To anyone.


    Awwww, I love your comments! They're always so sweet. There's no formula--you just do you and everyone understands! (Most of the time anyway...I've never gotten yelled at for leaving a stupid comment, haha.)

    I love the community of blogging too! Y'all are literally the best <3

    I'd be friends with Sophie but only if I get to be friends with Keefe too. Mwahahahahaha.

    Hey, Star Wars is totally worth it. Gotta love Star Wars.

    Soundtracks! *heart eyes* Also musicals. Wicked is one of my favorite musicals--have you listened to that one?

    All my characters are the worst to write, because all of their POVs are SO BAD. *cries* They're all such disasters. Ridiculous babies.

    The Q&A bloopers. I luv it. xD

    "Someone athletic" I'm dying. I am literally dying. *wheezes*

    Okay but have you ever been to Culver's? Because their fries are SO GOOD. And I will commisserate with you as regards Chick-fil-A. We don't have one within three hours of us. It's so sad.

    Your vlog was awesome! I loved it so much! <3 You're so cute, honestly. I love it. Definitely do another vlog next year.

    (And gosh, this is SUCH a monster comment. Do NOT feel the need to reply to everything I said here.)

    1. *cough* totally replying to it ALLLLL. XD (seriously though, I think this is the biggest comment I’ve ever seen and I’m SO EXCITED)

      Thanks! I honestly thought that your vlog was really professional! (Yes, DO ANOTHER ONE!)

      Haha, yes, trilogies are the best! *hey, your characters are awesome, so everyone will stilll LOVE IT anyways*


      YES. IF THIS CAN HAPPEN AT REALM MAKERS THAT WOULD BE GREAT THANKS. I think tons of people would be behind it, too....

      Spec-fic deserves ALL the recognition.

      Oh, good, I’m not the only person who does thumbs-up! It’s so useful, though! 👍

      UGH, YES, so I’ve heard! (Like, the prince's eyes are stabbed out or something??? *shrugs*) but YES to all the retelling!

      I definitely agree - I feel like love triangles are really hard to do well, so I will probably join you on that.

      IRELAND!!!!! <333


      Ooo, true, the Nightfall cover is GORGEOUS (though I would argue your reason is inadequate. 😉). Huh, I may try to pull it off then! Usually when I try to pull them off, it just somewhat comes off and I’m left with this WHITE MESS. XD

      YES YES YES YES YES DO IT DO IT I WILL DIE. (Just watch as I enter and proceed to check behind every potted plant to try and find you. XD) I CAN'T WAIT to meet you too! (Only four months!)



      *nods* yes, yes, you do. And OH MY WORD It’s Quiet Uptown on the piano would be the most beautiful thing EVER.

      YAY, THANKS!!! (I literally rehearsed the song in my room for two months so I could learn to rap fast. XD)

      I completely agree about the hair, though. <3 ACK, I MUST SEE THAT PART ASAP.

      *terror* oh, shoot, no, no, no, no. IF YOU KILL ANYONE. ANYONE AT ALL. (not sure what I’ll do but I'LL DO SOMETHING.)


      Aw, thanks! I’m glad that they seem not-idiotic.....

      Ugh, I totally agree! <333

      Fair enough. You get Keene, I get Tam, and everyone's happy! ;)

      Heck yes, Star Wars is worth EVERYTHING.

      *heart eyes with you* and YES, I JUST STARTED LISTENING TO WICKED LITERALLY FIVE DAYS AGO. HOW DID YOU KNOW. I LOVE IT SO MUCH ALREADY. (although I still like Hamilton better - but that’s just me. XD)

      Truth.....why is it that POV characters are just complete messes?

      I mean, yeah . . . this was practically just me saying "this is awkward, what have I done?" XD

      SAME. Exercise is cruel.

      *gasps* YES CULVERS IS THE BEST RESTAURANT OF ALL TIME BECAUSE THEIR BURGERS AND FRIES AND CHEESE CURDS AND ICE CREAM AND ACK. (And Realm Makers has better have a Chick-Fil-A nearby because I will drag us both there.)

      Aw, thanks, so much, Faith! *cough* totally doing another one next year ;)

      (And I think my comment will join yours as a MAJOR MONSTER COMMENT. #noregrets)

  7. If I see you at the check-in desk at Realm Makers, I'll be sure to make your dream come true! Granted I get there first.

    And yes!! Fellow PenDragon! I love being a part of that group, even if I'm not super active over there.


    And yes, McDonald's fries are the best. Wendy's used to be really good, then they changed them and they're really gross now. And Chick-fil-A's are really good too. We just got one of those in our town, which is really exciting to me.

    But happy blogoversary, girl!! I hope you have many more years to come!

    1. ACK YES, DO IT!! (If I see you, I’ll do the same for you! :) )

      Haha, YES, the Pen Dragons are the best! (But I agree, I’m not very active there either....whoops. XD)


      Yeah, Wendy’s fries are . . . eh, honestly. Ooo, and YAY, congrats on the new Chick-Fil-A in your town!

      Aw, thanks, Sarah! <3

  8. OH MY GRACIOUS, I CAN FINALLY PUT A FACE TO YOUR NAME!!! YAY!! I was so stoked to see you'd post a vlog - and GIRL, you're literally the cutest, I had so much fun watching that! And, YES, KOLTC for the win *highfive*

    Also, I didn't know that Legacy had a name yet.

    And then you said Legacy comes out in seven months.

    And I might have squealed a little inside ;D.

    Happy blogoversary, Nicole! Looking forward to seeing you in July! <3

    1. Aw, THANK YOU SO MUCH, Savannah!!! <3 *highfives* I totally agree!

      I FEEL YOU. I CANNOT WAIT for when it comes out! (The cover hasn’t been released yet, but you can be sure I’ll rave about it when it is. ;) )

      Thanks, Savannah! And same - I can’t wait to see you at RM!!!

  9. YAY YOU!! Happy blogeversary, Nicole!! :)))

  10. YAY! This was so funny and cute, you weren't awkward in the slightest. :D

  11. AWE HELLO!!! You are such a sweet soul! I enjoyed part 2! and that intro!

    1. HELLO!!! :) aw, thanks so much, Vanessa! And hehe, I’m glad you enjoyed that intro. ;)

  12. These vlogs!! You are so cute, girlie. And SOOOOO much braver than I! I could guarantee that I would be 1000% MORE awkward on video than you ever were. You did so well! It's fun to see your personality & character this way. And I wouldn't even KNOW where to begin on cropping/editing/etc recordings of any kind---well done! :DDD

    1. Ohmygoodness, thank you SO MUCH, Sarah! The only problem is, now I want to see YOU do a vlog. (THAT WOULD BE SO COOL!)

  13. Oh yay, I was wondering if you would do a vlog but didn't really expect it. xD It's funny, whenever I watch these Q&A's and the person says how awkward they are, I'm always like "but I would be so much more awkward". xD

    Ooh, you started a fandom journal! Let us know how it goes so I know if I should do one, too. ;)

    I'm still thinking I should try Avatar: The Last Airbender! I don't know when I'll get around to it, but hopefully eventually!

    This was so fun! Maybe I'll jump on the vlog bandwagon when my blogaversary comes around. ;D

    1. Hehe, I think that’s the typical reaction when filming a vlog. XD

      I'll definitely make sure to do that! (I just haven’t been using it much because of school. -_-)

      YES, WATCH IT! *chants over and over* I plan to write a blog post about it soon, though, and I’ll mention the objectionable stuff (which really isn’t much - it’s just a matter of personal preferences....)

      Thanks, Emily! And OOO YES YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO THIS! It’s so much fun! :)

  14. YAY! I love vlogs. XD I love how natural you acted. It was so much fun to see you answering all those questions. And thank you for answering mine!! (yes, I watched it ALL, lol XD)

    Personally, I'm leaning more towards TSE, but despite not having liked the last KOTLC book a whole lot, I'm still getting hyped up for Legacy. :D I'm curious if Sophie will actually figure out who her parents are. O_o

    McDonalds fries??? Not a bad choice honestly. I haven't had them in forever but I still think about them often, haha. XD I forgot I even put that question in there to be honest. X'D

    Happy blogiversary, Nicole!!

    1. ACK SAME! Thanks, Nicole! (Thanks for watching it all! 30 minutes was quite a long time to watch a vlog. ;) )

      Haha, yeah, I definitely get that. Ooo, and I hope she finds out! I feel like it won’t be revealed quite yet, but still . . . SHE MUST LEARN. XD

      XD I mean, they’re actually not bad, despite McDonald’s bad rap.

      Thanks so much, Nicole! <3

  15. This was so enjoyable! I loved getting to know you better! I do hope you do another Q and A next year!
    also don't worry a lot of people get my name wrong :). If I do a vlog i will be sure to let you know how to pronounce my name 😉

    1. Yay, thanks, Rakayle! Hopefully I’ll at least do another vlog next year - we’ll see.

      Ooo, yes, you should do a vlog and then we can learn how to pronounce it and I’LL SEE YOU IN A VIDEO! ;)

  16. Gah. Nicole. HOW DID I MISS THIS.

    2. I loved this!!
    3. I forgot what I was going to say. Oh yeah. AWESOME JOB ON THE WHOLE THING!!! And girl I feel you about the camera. It just shuts down the mental faculties like nobody's buisness.... :P

    1. XD Well, I DID post it on a Monday and throw everyone off, so . . . #myfault

      1. THANK YOU!!
      2. Yay!
      3. (Hehe, I do that all the time.) Thanks, Lacy! And true - I literally had to write notes down just so I wouldn’t ramble on about not knowing what to say..... XD

  17. *facepalm* How did I forget to watch these AAAAAH!!!
    Congrats on your blogoversary, Nicole! :D
    It's nice to know what you look like so I can find you at Realm Makers. ;)

    1. Hehe, yeah, I deviated from my typical blogging schedule, so that’s probably why. XD
      Thanks, Jenna!
      And EEEEE YOU’RE GOING!!! Ack, yes, now I can come up to you and you won’t think that I’m a random stranger! :P


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