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 🙂
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 🙂
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 😉
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 🙂
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 🙂
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?