What a year. When I first got permission to blog, I remember logging on, hastily picking a random theme, and typing out my first post ever. (I actually made another blog just like my very first blog look, laugh at me here, and Ivie, this is counting as my first post revisited XD).

      My hands shook when I wrote that first post. I didn’t even know why, it wasn’t like I was going to get more followers than the three people that I knew in real life that blogged, right?
     Wrong! I am so happy I was wrong. Blogging has been a whirlwind of emotions, I quickly realized as time went on that I had no idea what I was getting into when I first pushed that ugly publish button.

      I’ve made so many great friends and acquaintances, and I have connected with some amazing people (a.k.a. you guys!) I honestly don’t want to imagine what life would be like if I didn’t know you guys on here, and I know that sounds sappy, I’m sorry, but it’s true.
       Thank you all so, so much for everything. Thank you for reading my ramblings. Thank you for leaving comments. Thank you for sending me encouraging emails. Thank you for being a wonderful friend.  Thank you.
        I’ve learned more about myself than I imagined possible this year, and a lot of it is because of this blog and you lovely people.

….I’m not crying, nope, not at all.

Gosh, this blog has also turned me into a softie….

*cue awkward transition because I have no idea how to change the mood*

It is….





    Please contact me using the contact form HERE, and let me know where to mail this.

Onto the....

Page views: 34,844

Top 3 countries:

United States- 26,877 page views
United Kingdom- 1,433
Australia- 1,278

Number of comments: 2,751

GFC followers: 119

Email followers: 50

Gr blog followers: 76

Blog lovin' (although I just activated it... cuz I'm lazy, follow here): 7

Total: 252 followers

Popular posts:

Dear Writers is number one with 1,437 views.

 Why I Hate Strong Female Characters is second with 1,299 views.
Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is third with 717 views, which makes me happy because I took two weeks on sitting on and writing this post because racism is a touchy subject.
(no particular order)
// the rebellious writing team, Abigail, Catherine, Melissa, Faith, Clare, Audrey, Lila, Anna, and Keturah. y’all seriously are the most talented people ever, thank you guys so much for everything.

 // Arnica, you were my first follower that I didn’t know irl, I still have no idea why you followed me, but thanks a ton. <3

 // Quinley, you’re really cool and you’ve been here almost from the beginning, thank you for your support.

 // Ivie, I’m so glad L.H.E. told me about your blog. your comments make my day and I always enjoy talking to you.

// Catherine Hawthorn, I really respect you as a person and a blogger, you’re very wise.

// Sarah Rodecker, your blog is so helpful and you are so nice, I can tell just by reading your posts that you adore writing.

// Faith a.k.a. The Florid Sword, you’re never afraid to stand up for what you believe in, your posts are always so powerful.  

// Lisa, first off, your blog has been and always will be aesthetic goals, but you’re just such an awesome person, and your comments are the sweetest.

// Kat N Lia, more of my earlier followers. y’all are so fun and cool, I love reading your blogs.

// Andrea, its been so fun watching your blog grow, I’m so glad I stumbled across it. you’re a super fun and cool person.

// Brianna Stacyn, you're so sweet and I love your blog, you're going to be a popular blogger one day-if not then that's a crime.

       AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO READS THIS BLOG! Y'all are awesome, it means so much to me, thank you, thank you, thank you!

So, I know some of y'all are probably wondering when I'll run out of content (I know I am!) and I still have a few ideas, which include...

 A possible interview/Q&A with a guy.

         I've been thinking of doing something like this for a while, since I've noticed that a lot of guy characters seem a little two-dimensional in YA, and I know that more than half of my readers are female (sorry guys, y'all are a minority here!) so I was thinking that since guys can be confusing to us gal writers, that perhaps y'all would have some questions to ask a guy in the name of writing?

       I can drag a guy friend into this, I'm sure, I just need to know if any of you have questions and are interested.

      Possibly more controversial book reviews.

       I really enjoyed reviewing The Hate U Give and I don't mind reading books that most Christians would stray away from if it's in the name of rating it honestly and according to my standards. I've been thinking about reviewing Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (a super feminist book) on here, if anyone's interested. And whatever else pops into my mind! 

       Another heart to heart post. One of my favorite posts I've ever written is Being Real, because I broke out of my usual happy posts and was completely honest about my struggles. I've been having a hard time with life right now. Here is actually a picture for the non-existent post:
          I don't know if I'll ever post it though, I don't even know if I can capture my feelings in words. I also don't want to burden anyone with my problems or more depressing thoughts, although I hope to put a positive spin on it like last time... 
     Also if any of you have anything you want to see on here, a book review, my opinion on something, etc. contact me here!


       Once again, a HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.💖

        To many more years to come,


  1. oh, so fun!!! Congrats on an amazing year, and may you be blessed with many more great years :) Keep your friendly spirit, may God continue to grant you the gifts of humbleness, kindness, wisdom. It's been fun blogging with you :D

  2. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! I'm so happy I met you through blogging. I think the first post I saw on your blog was the first vlog you did with your friend. I remember when you said you were from Texas, I got excited because Texas is awesome!!

    I'm so happy to have seen your blog grow from double digit followers to triple digit and you deserve each and every one of those follows and views. Your posts are so real and you don't shy away from fact.

    Thank you for every kind comment. I can't wait to see where the Lord takes you and your writing.

    And lol, okay this can count as your first post revisitied. XD

    ~Ivie|Ivie Writes

    1. Thank you! I am too!! And Texas is awesome. XD

      I don't really deserve anything, but I am super happy about that and still in disbelief. ^_^

      Thank you for yours! <3

      And yay!!!

  3. Congratulations, Gray Marie, on a blog well done. Look at the impact your words are making!

    1. Thank you so much! I hope I'm making somewhat of a difference. :)


    I've enjoyed your blog sooooo much!


  5. Congratulations on your blogversery!! *Throws confetti* I have only been here a very short time, but I have greatly enjoyed it so far! I think that the strong female characters posts was one of the first ones I read on here! I love your deep posts and I don't find them depressing at all.
    I look forward to the years to come on here!

    Mikayla || Ordinarygirlextraordinaryfather.blogspot.com

  6. Happy one year anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats! I hope you have many more years of blogging (if anything, because the blogosphere would likely become very dark if you weren't in it! And that, my friends, would be sad).

    And thanks so much! That means a lot to me.

    1. Thank you!!

      I hope I do too, I would miss blogging and all of y'all. <3

      Don't mention it! <33

  7. Woohoo! Congrats on your blogoversary!

    I love how you always share your views on things in an honest yet respectful way and show where other people with different opinions to yours are coming from. Not everyone does that, so thank YOU for being one of those people who does!

    And I really enjoy reading all your snarky writerly/readerly posts too! They're a whole lot of fun:D

    Happy Blogoversary, I hope you have many more in the future!

    1. Thank you so much for reading my blog, Emrys!!

      I hope I do too! ^_^

  8. Congrats on your blogoversary, Gray!!!! You definitely deserve all your followers and I wish you many, many more as time goes on. <3

    Thanks for the shoutouts, too. <3 I'm so glad I got to know you through the blogging world and that we can collab on RW. Thanks for all your hard work over there!

    Happy blogoversary again, and congrats to Lila for winning the giveaway!

    1. Thank you so much!!<3

      Don't mention it! I'm glad I got to know you too, and thank you for all your work. <3

  9. Wow! Congratulations, my friend! Here's to many more years of wonderful blogging experiences! *raises glass* I love the ideas of all if those potential post. Excited to read more...

  10. Happy Blogoversary, Gray!:) *Throws confetti*
    Your blog is awesome, and I will follow it till the end. Also thank you so much for mentioning me, it means so much to me.
    P.S. I followed the mock blog even though you probably won't blog on it!;)

    1. Thank you so much, Quinley! *hugs*
      I'm glad I met you on here!

      That's great, lol!! XD

  11. GRAY!!!!! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!!!!! You are so awesome, thank you for creating RW! I am really glad I have met you, because you are great, and you make me smile!

    Aw, thanks for the shout out!

    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! You're awesome as well, and thank YOU for helping out with it! <33

  12. Woohoo!! Happy Blogoversary! May you have many more successful blogging years to come! <3

  13. Aaaahhh I'm so proud of all you've done with this blog in ONLY ONE YEAR. It seems like SO much longer than that. o-o

    1. Thank you, Jane! That means so much because I looked up to/still really look up to your blog!! XD

      It DOES seem like so much longer. O_o

  14. CONGRATS!!!! One year of blogging! I can't wait to read all your posts in the year to come!!!

  15. Yay!! Happy Blogoversary!! You are one of my favorite blogs that I follow! I cannot wait to see what you have to in store for us this next year!!

    1. Aww, that means so much to me! You made my week. <3 <3

  16. Happy Blogoversary!!! By the way, I love reading your rants because they are so true!

    1. Thank you! I hope to write many more in the future!! ;D

  17. CONGRATS, GRAY!!! ONE WHOLE YEAR IS A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! XD I can't wait to see what else you post!!! <3

  18. I still can't wrap my head around all that you've done this past year!! I'm not surprised that the "Dear Writers" is the most popular post ever, with how much it's gotten shared as the seed of the RW Movement (which I can't thank you enough for!)

    Awwww, thank you for the shoutouts!!! *hugs*

    I'm really looking forward to the Q&A with a guy, I think that's going to be so cool :).

    Happy Blogoversary, Gray!!


    1. Thank you! It all happened so fast I didn't even know what was happening!! Thank you so much for helping, I couldn't (and still can't) have done it without your help. <3

      Don't mention it! *hugs back*

      I'll need to get the questions beforehand, so perhaps an announcement post is in the works. :D

      Thank you!!

  19. Happy one year of blogging!! I don't remember exactly when we "met", but I'm so glad we did and I found your blog.
    I love your writing style, and your savvy comments make me smile. I'm excited for many more posts, and I hope you let God lead you with abandon because you will do so many great things and speak to so many people! <3
    Oh, and I hope things get better for you. <3

    1. Thanks! I'm glad we met as well!! :D

      Thank you so much. <3

  20. AAAHHHH happy one year of blogging, Gray! =D I hope that there are many more, and I am looking forward to more posts from you! =)

  21. You should totally do a vlog with one of your guy friends!! That would be fun! ^.^

    Happy blog b-day, Gray! You're an awesome blogger, and God has big plans for you!!

    Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

    1. I'll look into it, it would be fun! :D

      Thank you. <33

  22. YAAAAS! Happy Blogoversary, Gray! :D

    D.G. Snapper @ silverphoenixwriter.blogspot.com

  23. I've never really thought about guys in YA being two-dimensional, but you might be right about male secondary characters. I think, at least in my experience, male protagonists are fine, but I would have to think about it.

    1. It seems like it's mostly the newer young adult books, and mostly secondary guy characters with little to no personality besides the stereotypical "jock".

      But maybe it is just me. :)

  24. Happy blogiversary!! XD And thanks for the shoutout! :)
    Your first blog post wasn't that bad, your style has definitely changed a lot though XD

    1. Thank you, and don't mention it! :D

      It has changed a lot!!! XD

  25. I'M LAAAATE TO THE PARTY BUT HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY GRAY!! I love you and your blog and your controversial posts and your rants and your style and your comments and your hair and just .... I'M SO HAPPY TO KNOW YOU.

    Also I am so HONORED TO BE IN YOUR SHOUT OUT <3 Thank you ^.^

    Here's to am AMAZING second year!!

    1. Better late than never!!! XD

      Aww, thank you! I LOVE YOU AND YOUR BLOG TOO!!!!!!! <3

      Don't mention it, and thanks! >.<

  26. Happy Blogiversary Gray. You're so sweet! And I'm really glad you got to do a blog because now we get to read your crazy awesome opinions and rants and all that other awesome stuff that makes you you!

    I accidentally tagged you with The Literary Dinner Party Tag. XD

    1. Thank you! Your are too, I'm really glad I had the pleasure of meeting you on here. <3

      Oh, thanks! XD

  27. Aaand, I'm late. :D Sorry.

    Happy blogiversary!!!! I can't believe you've been blogging for an entire year - it feels so short. However, I'm eagerly looking forward to reading your posts for years to come!! In all honesty, I always get a little extra excited when I see you've posted something new. You are a wonderful blogger, person, and leader. <3

    Oh, and thanks for the shout-out! That loud squawk was totally not me . . . haha, no. XD


    1. It's totally fine! You're here!!! 🎉 :D

      Thank you so much!!!! That means a lot. ❤

      Lol, your blog is amazing!

  28. Thank you Gray for shouting us out!! We both love your blog!

    Lia (and Kat)

  29. Congratulations on coming this far, Gray! Your blog is amazing, powerful, and enjoyable to read! I hope you reach all your goals and continue to push forward through your writing!


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