Welcome Back to Not Just Fiction: Celebrating 3 Years of Blogging + Reacting to Assumptions!

Hello and welcome to Not Just Fiction 3.0!

I can’t even begin to try and explain how happy and relieved and absolutely ecstatic I am to reveal this new look for the blog. I’ve been working to get my blog to this aesthetic for ages now and it has finally happened, that too in time to celebrate my third blogoversary! Three years of book blogging… I swear you can punch me in the face and I still won’t believe it. I don’t think it really hit me until I sat down to write this post but wow, I’ve been doing this for three years.

I’m just so surprised and proud to be here, at this stage. I started blogging with just a wish to write about books but now this platform has turned into something… unbelievable. 2020 was an incredibly difficult year in all sorts of ways but in terms of my blogging journey, it might just have been the best year possible. I finally got to a stage where I’m very content and happy with the kind of content I’m putting out and this new aesthetic is just going to elevate things to a whole new level πŸ™‚

Now, I should warn you in advance, this post is going to be a slight mess. There’s so much I want to talk about and combine in one post! Hopefully you’ve been missing my blog and will read through this post even though it may be mayhem, hehe.

Let’s Talk About the Revamp (Cause I’m Dying To)

Just imagine me bouncing up and down like a freaking bunny cause that’s what I’m doing right now. I’ve been talking about and leaving sneak-peeks regarding this revamp since so long that I can’t believe it’s finally up and about. I just want to talk a little about what this revamp includes and means for Not Just Fiction.

First off, if I don’t credit my sister she will absolutely murder me. Even though I had to beg her to work on the graphics almost every day, she actually did an amazing job and this revamp won’t be possible without her. I’m a traditional artist and so far, I haven’t been able to pick up digital art. My sister is the absolute opposite so I ended up sketching all my graphics which my sister then converted to a digital format. It was a long process but absolutely worth it!

Moving on to what the revamp actually means, I’ve introduced new graphics in terms of dividers, headers and the let’s chat and sign-off illustrations as well. I’m someone who dabbles in a lot of stuff which doesn’t always get reflected in my online persona but this time I was adamant that my blog aesthetic be a collection of everything I love. So my blog is now going to be a culmination of pretty pastels, books, writing stuff, plants, tea and other stuff I love. If it looks a bit crowded then fuck it, that’s me. My brain and life are overcrowded with all the freaking interests I try to manage.

Is the revamp mostly aesthetic? Yes.

There will be some minor structural changes to my posts but I’ve mostly come to terms with a certain format for my posts over the years and I’m pretty happy with it. Other than that, you’ll see a disappearance of tag and award posts because I don’t enjoy doing them any more. I’ll also be expanding on my binge-watching monthly wrap-ups a bit but I’ll talk more about that in the January wrap-up because this post is getting quite long as it is.

So that’s it! Not Just Fiction will still have the same voice and diversity in terms of posts and books which is hopefully something you all love and come back for πŸ™‚

Answering Your Assumptions About Me!

Towards the end of 2020 I had announced my blog revamp social media as well as let you all know that I would answer some assumptions when I’d be back. I’ve certainly got some interesting assumptions so let’s go and answer them!

You probably never had to do late fees at the library

Actually, I did! Funny story, I believe when I was first starting my blog I was making a book tree for Christmas or something like that. And lo and behold I find a copy of Carry On in my shelves. I didn’t own that book but I’d forgotten that I had ever borrowed it from the library… I probably had it for months and I was so freaking embarrassed that I made my mom go back and return it and you can bet I got some heavy fine on that.

You’ve hit someone with a book

There’s no greater joy than hitting annoying people with a hardback!

You smile and everything but you WILL go to war if someone damages your books (or candles)

Hell yes! Even friends get low-key threatened when I lend them my books. My sister still gets hell for that one time she lent out my book to someone and it came back with freaking ink stains on the cover like… WTF?! Most people know enough not to joke around with my candles, except for my sister of course so yes I do go to war with her on a daily basis (that’s nothing out of the ordinary really).

You’re actually three golden retrievers under a trench coat

… you shall have to meet me to find out πŸ˜‰

You preferred creative subjects at school vs academics (eg. art over maths)

Definitely! Anyone from my school would confirm that I absolutely despised maths and biology was the only thing I kinda liked in science but otherwise academic subjects were hell. I don’t know how people do maths, okay, you all are geniuses.

You’re a pretty relaxed person until someone disses your fav book/ship/series

Honestly, yes I used to do that a lot in my pre-teen years when I was new to fandoms and the bookish community. I was pretty quick to go after people without even trying to see their side. Well, now if someone doesn’t like the book/ship/series I love I usually just leave them alone. If they actively hate on it or diss it I try to see their side. Sometimes that actually makes sense? Like I can see why people would hate or not like something about it.

Of course there are also times when people talk shit about my favourites and their points are meaningless or racist or sexist and you know the deal. That’s when I actually get infuriated and maybe yell at them online. But mostly I’m too tired to go after people, if that makes sense.

Your organised status: organised chaos

Not really. I’m super organised, like a proper Type A personality when it comes to organisation. Can’t stand to be in a mess, actively color code and sort everything into categories and love for everything to be aesthetic.

You’re proud of your blog! (you should be proud, I’m proud hehe)

I actually am! Even more so now that this revamp is complete and my blog looks even prettier. I’ve been extremely happy with the content that’s going up and to see that I’ve improved so much, learnt a lot and overall come so far in 3 years makes me extremely proud and happy.

You’re a good student

Uhhhh this is complicated. First off, define “good student”. Haha, okay I’m not gonna go that deep. But if you mean getting great grades sort of good then yes, I was mostly that in school but in college I’ve been trying to tell myself to not lose sleep and deteriorate my mental health over converting those Bs to As or crying over grades in courses that I didn’t even want to take. I’ll say it’s half working, lol.

You’re pretty chipper in real life when around other people

I think so? I mean my friends will probably answer yes to that because I love being around them and I get all excited and giggly(yes that’s a word, fight me) because I love being around them. But catch me in crowds of like 10 people or more whom I vaguely know and I’ll just be extremely shy and quiet. I feel lost in big groups but in general you could see me as a sunny sort of person πŸ™‚

You will contemplate murder if someone dog-ears your books

Not at all! I mean I was a huge dog-earer for years, even on library books. Sorry, I didn’t know it was a big deal. I don’t mind if people dog-ear their own books and honestly, you can dog-ear my books if I forget to mention that you can’t cause that’s on me. I don’t really mind unless it’s some book that holds great sentimental value or is something that I want to keep in pristine condition.

You never sleep

Oh my god, I get this so often because apparently I’m doing too many things than humanely possible? But I sleep a lot! If I don’t get a 7-hour sleep I can’t function without being cranky. 6 can work a couple of times but I honestly take a lot of naps and it keeps me refreshed. For a long time I used to think that sleep is for the dead so I barely used to get like 5 or 5 and a half hours of sleep and I swear now that I look back to those days, I was absolutely exhausted and the days just blurred into each other. It was very scary so I’ve definitely learnt my lesson. Please get enough sleep, your body and mind need it!!!

It still feels a bit surreal to be ending this post. My first post of 2021 and the beginning of my fourth year of blogging. I can’t even begin to express my thanks to the bookish community and all my friends for always supporting me and cheering me on from the sides. I almost never take names because I’m forever anxious to miss out on people but please know that I’m extremely grateful to all of you who are reading this post.

Thank you so much for supporting my baby blog and I hope you’ll stay around to see more exciting content from me πŸ™‚

What do you think about the revamp?

How do you celebrate blogging milestones online and in real life?

What sort of content are you most excited to see from me?

31 thoughts on “Welcome Back to Not Just Fiction: Celebrating 3 Years of Blogging + Reacting to Assumptions!

    • YESS I’M BACK 😍
      Thank you so much!!! Ahaha she surprising got everything in a day early and I was like whaaaaat. But there’s also me paying for a lot of her food so that’s why there was cooperation πŸ˜‚

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  1. omg omg omg *bounces up and down* EEEEEP I’M SO PROUD AND HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR LIL BLOG. I’ve been here since the start I think or close to the start and idk why but I didn’t get very into your post before I just started to feel emotional and mushy cause look at youuuu *sniffles*

    “If it looks a bit crowded then fuck it, that’s me.” yesssss say it louder, I am in LOVE with your graphics like your entire blog really screams Charvi now. I think a lot of it has to do with the blues/greens/teals you’ve used as I associate teal/blue with you. But that swing chair is the most precious thing ever! Thank you Charvi’s sister for bringing her designs to life digitally, I am in awe as someone who did a graphic and digital design course I know how much work must have gone in for the graphics. You both did amazing ❀ Omg the sign off the letter omg I love the graphics, ok I think we've established that by now.

    I strive to be a proper Type A person, I'm mostly a Type A person and I've definitely become better over the years but I can function in organised chaos. I have done for years although there's something satisfying about tidying my spaces and reorganising everything – colour coding is super fun too!

    Blogging milestones I usually do some sort of post for them? Although last year I also baked a cake to celebrate 3 years of blogging hehe. I'm excited for all Charvi content, anything you write I'm excited, with emphasis on discussions and your psychology posts. Aaaah happy blogoversary Charvi and welcome back I've missed seeing your posts in my feed! πŸ’œ

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    • AHHHHHH THANK YOU, CLO ❀❀❀❀ Awww okay yeah you’ve definitely seen me through almost everything and I’m so glad that you of all love the graphics cause your blog’s graphics are the cutest!

      Right?! The moment I saw a swing on Pinterest I was like OMG I NEED THIS 😍 Hehe yes teals and blues are the focus but I mostly went full pastel and I’m loving it!

      Yup, Type A people can be so many different kinds of organised! I know people who live in an organised chaos but I would probably lose lots of stuff in that chaos πŸ˜‚

      I didn’t do much irl to celebrate but I did have a pastry and also ramen dinner lol. Eep, thank you! I’m very excited for the psychology posts as well. I have had one in mind for some time now but I kn now it will take me quite some time to write πŸ˜… Awww I missed blogging too, so glad to be back! 😍

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  2. Wow Charvi!! I’m loving the new look of your blog! Congratulations on 3 years of blogging and cheers for many more years to come!!☺️πŸ₯‚

    I’d read everything you post I think.. just keep blogging hehe

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  3. HAPPY 3YRS !! I love the new look of your blog xx

    ahahaha I loved reading the assumptions! After hitting someone with a pan, hitting someone with a hardback is probably the next gold thing i’d love to do 🀣.

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  4. Hey congrats on successfully completing three years in this blogosphereπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    I am kinda like you “giggly” yup it is a wordπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  5. ahhh… I love the redesign, it is beautiful πŸ’• I really love the colours and how it contains all the things you love !! I can definitely relate to not wanting to do tags and awards now, I will probably still do the occasional one but I used to feel like I had to do them all and I’m not like that anymore, haha.
    I loved reading your assumptions and reacting to them. I actually loved maths at school, but I wish I engaged in more of the creative classes though as I feel like that’s what I enjoy more now. I also feel lost in big crowds, I much prefer a small group of people I know !! I loved reading this post πŸ’•

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    • Thank you so much, Sophie!!!
      Ahh yes I’m so glad you came to that decision. I used to think doing them was a compulsion as well but now ny friends know I don’t enjoy them and don’t tag me either.

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  6. i’m late, but congrats on the three year blogiversary, charvi!! that reminds me that my second blogiversary is coming up in february and i’m just 😳😳 that makes me feel so old i can’t believe i’ve been here for so long LMAO. and it’s so cute that your sister helped you with designing your blog bc i would’ve had to nag my mom to nag either of my sisters to help me if i had ever asked them for some assistance 😭 your new blog design looks great by the way!! i love it so much more than your (already beautiful) old one!

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    • Thank you, Caitlin! πŸ₯°
      Right? Time just flies, honestly.
      AHAHA THERE WAS SO MUCH NAGGING AND BLACKMAIL. I basically had to make coffee for her everyday and buy food for her πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much πŸ₯Ίβ€β€

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