GUESS WHO’S BACK (back again), JACKIE’S BACK (tell a friend) // I’ve returned + A COMPLETELY NEW BLOG DESIGN (it’s so pretty)

I DID IT.

I ACTUALLY FREAKING DID IT. *pops confetti*

Guess who finally handed in her term papers and now has all the time in the world (actually I only have a week) to get back into blogging!!! THIS GIRRRRL.

*cue Eminem’s Without Me aka the “Guess who’s back, back again” song*

Some of you might not even remember me because my hiatus lasted way too long—I said I’d be back July 31st and now it’s October hA I’m the worst :’) You’re probably wondering where this creepy new girl in your Reader came from and WHO EVEN ARE YOU????? I DON’T REMEMBER FOLLOWING YOU. GET OUT.

Ummm, first of all—chill??? Maybe??? There’s not reason to be rude???

Secondly, it’s ME. It’s Jackie aka Too Much of a Booknerd aka the girl who won’t shut up about Shatter Me and Warnette (and Harry Styles) aka the girl with uncreative and boring content aka the girl whose blog design/graphics were the WORST and messiest ever.

BUT ALL OF THAT CHANGED (except the Warnette and Harry Styles part lol i’m still WHIPPED).

I redesigned my entire blog!!! AND I’M SO FREAKING PROUD OF IT. Seriously, if you’re reading this post in your Reader right now… don’t. Come and visit my actual site and let your eyes be blessed with the most beautiful blog design I have ever created.

I literally tear up a little every time I visit my blog and see my header because IT’S SO PRETTY AND PERFECT AND I’M SO IN LOVE WITH IT. BLESS.

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Apart from my new header, I also have a new theme (thanks Swetlana and Julianna for the recs). I decided to use Penscratch 2—I have quite a few issues with it but it’s my favourite out of the ones I’ve tried and I’ve kind of made it work for myself!

There’s new featured images and I’m working on including some of my own pictures too! If you scroll through my earlier posts, there are images that have books on them—those were taken by yours truly! I’ve created new dividers, a new About page, a nicely structured sidebar, a new icon for my blog (CHECK OUT THE SIDEBAR IT’S A PICTURE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOK <333)—basically everything is new and shiny and fabulous.

Please bear with me if you ever come across one of my old posts and the graphics and designs are shitty. I am slowly but surely working my way through all my posts (I have 100 posts and it’s a #struggle).

For anyone who doesn’t remember what my old blog looked like, here’s a reminder:

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god it looks horrible

DO YOU REMEMBER ME NOW?????? yeah, it’s me. I also figured out how to take SCREENSHOTS ON MY LAPTOP AND I’M SO PROUD OF MYSELF.

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I WOULD do a Wrap Up of the past few months but it’s too much and too little content at the same time. I haven’t read a single book in September—except for The Picture of Dorian Gray BUT THAT DOESN’T COUNT because I had to write a paper about it—and I haven’t done much else in September other than write, write and WRITE.

July and August, however, were GREAT months for me—I read A TON of books, I’ve seen loads of fantastic movies, binge-watched some new and old TV shows AND I went on holidays! I don’t want to bore anyone with any details but they were some great and happy months ❤

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ABOUT THOSE CHANGES:

I have lots and lots of changes planned for this blog and I’m actually so excited about them! I will list the most important things right now and the rest will gradually be changed and announced once I get back into my blogging rhythm and stuff!

To begin with, I will now have an actual schedule for my blog!!! From now on, I will be posting on Tuesday and FridayI feel like twice a week is enough to keep things relaxed and less stressful on my side, and have more time for other things (writing, reading, commenting, binge-watching).

I honestly don’t know how I ever survived without a schedule OR how I used to post every. single. day. Like what, how did I find the time and motivation to do that???

Me to me: GIRL that’s the reason you had blogger burn-out and literally hated blogging for a while so NICE ONE JACKIE.

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Secondly, you may have noticed that the tag line in my header says reading, writing, fangirling. It’s obvious that I READ because this is a book blog (duh) and I’m known for fangirling about all kinds of things … but writing???

Yes. Writing. I’m actually calling myself a writer now. Over the last three months I’ve literally been ATTACKED by plot bunnies left and right—and there’s this one idea that just won’t leave my thoughts.

In the future, I will start posting regular writing updates about my WIPs, ideas, inspiration, aesthetics etc. I still need to figure out my game plan eg. a name for the segment and how I want to structure it etc—but it should be ready by November for NaNoWriMo!

SO GET EXCITED FOR ACTUAL CONTENT ABOUT WRITING FROM YOURS TRULY. I’m pretty much an amateur but I always enjoy reading other people’s updates about their WIPs and I want to share little bits and pieces of mine as well!

Also, this will be my first time participating in NaNoWriMo and I’m not sure if I’ll reach 50k but I really want to work on my novel idea and WRITE WRITE WRITE. I can’t wait to bring my precious baby characters to life I’M SO EXCITED HELP.

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Lastly (for now), I will get back into commenting on other posts! While on hiatus, I was super busy with uni and I literally had no time to check out anyone’s posts! The few I did manage to read, I only liked and left it at that.

I’m going back to uni next week but I shouldn’t have too much work at the start of the semester, so I’ll devote more time to commenting! I missed talking to you guys and us having lenghty chats about anything and everything ❤

OH and I just realised I need to answer comments on my OWN posts. I literally haven’t replied to my comments since… August.

Big shocker, I know. Blogging was literally the last thing on my mind during my hiatus but I’d still like to apologise for not replying to your comments! I absolutely didn’t mean to be rude or anything like that—I genuinely had no time for it!

So if y’all are getting notifications for comments you don’t even remember writing??? From like 2 months ago??? Yeah, that will be me catching up. Sorry :”’)

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I swear there’s one more important thing that I still wanted to mention but I can’t remember it for the life of me???

Anyway, I’M SO GLAD TO BE BACK AND I CAN’T WAIT TO START WRITING BLOG POSTS AGAIN. I will be changing it up a lot more and actually try my hand at writing more discussion posts and less… trash.

Thank you so much for being awesome and sticking with me and my precious little blog!


DID YOU MISS ME??? What do you think about my new look? Are you liking the new graphics? Is there anything I could change/do better? Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo???? (PLS LET ME KNOW I NEED WRITING BUDDIES NOW THAT I’M AN ~actual writer~) What happened in your life these past few weeks? TALK TO ME. I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING BC I MISSED YOUUUU.

101 thoughts on “GUESS WHO’S BACK (back again), JACKIE’S BACK (tell a friend) // I’ve returned + A COMPLETELY NEW BLOG DESIGN (it’s so pretty)

  1. YOUR BACK YOUR BACK YOUR BACK

    I feel like I found your blog and then you went on hiatus

    SO THESE CHANGES ARE SUPER EXCITING! What a time to be alive!! YOUR BLOG. IS. BEAUTIFUL! re-designs always make me SO SO SOOO HAPPY ❤ And yours is just this summed up; aSDFGHJKLKJHGFDSASDFGHJKJHGFDFGHJKJHGFDFGHJKJHGFDSDFGHJKLJHGFD. yeah okay, It's JUST SO PRETTY. My eyeballs have been blessed! I love the theme too, very clean and pretty ❤

    WRITING? Omg, I AM DOING Nano for the first time too! WE SHALL BE NEWbIEs TOGETHER and try and fail to get to 50k! BUT I REALLY WANNA DO IT! AGHHH, so exciting! And writing updates? OKAY, I LITERALLY JUST SQUEALED. oops.

    YES FOR A BLOGGING SCHEDULE! 2 times a week IS FABULOUS ❤ SO EXCITED FOR MOSTS FROM YOUUUUUUU ❤ ANd good luck on..um?? REPLYING TO COMMENTS. There are loads :))) and devoting time to comments. MORE GOOD LUCK :)))) YOU WILL BE NEEDING IT

    I am so glad you handed your papers in and now have more time for blogging! Hopefully, you don't go on a hiatus anytime soon?

    I WANT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT THE BOOK YOU READ! ANd the TV SHOWS! I am so excited for our Shatter Me BR!! ujfkhdsifug IT BETTER BE GOOD.

    I MISSEDD YOUUUU and I am sooo glad you're back!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ *sends ice cream your way*

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    1. YAS YAS YASSS

      Omg this comment is so long I don’t even know where to start. THANK YOU SO MUCH ILSA DEAR 💓 it took me like a week to figure out this design and I almost gave up and just asked someone else (aka you) to design it for me 😂 I’m so happy you like it though ❤️

      OMG YAY I’m so happy about our group chat! And I think we’re the only two newbies there right? It’s soooo great bc now we can have each other’s backs and be like: GO WRITE! WORD SPRINTS! TAKE A BREAK! THEN WRITE SOME MORE!

      I’m already struggling with replying to my own comments I don’t know how I’ll find the time to blog hop and comment on OTHER blogs!!! It’s a struggle but thanks for the heads up XD

      I shouldn’t go on hiatus anytime soon! If only for a week or so! And I can’t wait for our BR ahhhh it’ll be so good! I missed you too and thanks for the ice cream—I need it rn 😂

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  2. Oh, I love the new design, Jackie! And this might be the best theme to use – I remember trying out a million before finally landing on this one because it did everything I needed it too. I’m glad you were able to make it work for you!

    And as a little tip on how to survive NaNoWriMo: join the German part of the forum and get involved with sprints and Word Wars! Those always helped me get motivated and to write even when I wasn’t feeling like doing it! And even if you don’t get to 50k – that’s not bad! At least you’ll have written towards your goal of a novel! And there’s always another year to write 50k! I often find that I get an urge to join NaNoWriMo around this time of the year even though I have no idea what so ever. But just knowing that there are people all over the world writing a novel gets me excited!

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    1. Thank you sooo much Swetlana ❤️ I know right! I swear I tried out every single one and there was always something that was bugging me! This one is very neat and pretty, I just wish it allowed you to use bigger sized pictures for featured images! I wanted mine to be square but I’ll work with the Rechtecke (I forgot the English word haha) for now XD

      Ooooh I’ll do that! But idk if it will be necessary not that we have or group chat and we can all do sprints together 😂 and yes, I love the whole energy surrounding NaNo! Everyone is always so excited for it and I love hearing everybody’s plans and I can’t wait to do this for the first time! 😍

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      1. Did my comment not send again……. anyway I was saying how I hate that they don’t let you use squares for featured images BUT THEN THEY TURN YOUR FEATURED IMAGES INTO SQUARES TO DISPLAY IN THE POPULAR POSTS SECTION SO YOU CAN’T EVEN TELL WHAT THE POST IS ABOUT. WHERE IS THE LOGIC???

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  3. Aww… Jackie! I missed you!!! 😘😘😘😘
    I’m glad to hear your papers went well!
    Also I LOVE your new design (so pretty)!
    And you are WRITING??! That is so wonderful! 😊 (will you be posting snippets of your writing?Also are you participating in Nanowrimo? I really want to read what you wrote!)
    Anyway, I’m glad you are back! 😘😘😘😘

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    1. I missed you too!! Thank you so much my dear ❤️ YESSS I’LL BE WRITING. I’m not quite sure what I’ll include in my writing updates but if I happen to like the things I write, I might share a few snippets! And yes, I’ll be doing NaNo! I can’t wait to share it with you!

      Thank you sooo much 💞

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    1. Thank you so much ❤️❤️ oh I know exactly how you feel I’m the worst at designing! What I did for this one is just google freebie designs from designer websites and put them together how I liked! Angiemakes and Foxandhazel are the most popular ones! You can just download their designs and add your own font and stuff and voilà—you’ve created your header!

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  4. WELCOME BACK!!! I’m so happy to see you again on my feed, your new design looks SO lovely. I’m also super excited that you’re going to talk about writing?! And that you’re doing NaNo?! This is SO exciting,I already want to know everything about your story and your plot bunnies and just ALL THE WRITING THINGS. This is so exciting. ❤

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  5. Welcome back! Your new design is gorgeous 💜

    I will also be doing NaNoWriMo (for the third time!) so best of luck with your first! The first time I attempted it, I wrote five thousand words and gave up 😭 I have to make a new account so we can be buddies once I’ve created it!

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  6. Welcome back, I missed you so much! I adore your new design! I will be redesigning and renaming my blog soon, as I have had this design (can you even call it that?) almost since I established my blog a year and a half ago. Where do you think the best place is to make your graphics?💜

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    1. Thank you Kayla! I MISSED YOU TOO! ❤️ oooh that’s so exciting, I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it!

      I know that a lot of people love using Canvs to make graphics! They have tons of free/pre-made graphics that you can use! Personally, I usually just google things like “free (watercolour) designs” and then I take those and put them together with Photoshop and/or Pixlr!

      I hope this helps? Let me know if there’s anything else you need to know ❤️

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  7. Jackie!! I’m so happy to see you’re back 😀
    I’ve missed your writing and fangirling 😂
    I liked the previous design too (sorry 😛 ), but this new one is definitely so gorgeous! I’m loving the pink header!

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  8. Welcome back Jackie and Congratulations on becoming a newbie writer. It’s good to have you back and I love your new blog design. Speaking of Shatter Me, Have you seen the new cover of Restore Me? It looks awesome! I really can’t wait to meet Warner and Juliette! 🙂

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  9. Hello Jackie!!! Welcome back!! Love the new look!! And I am so excited to be seeing your posts in my newsfeed again!! I absolutely love reading about other bloggers’ WIPs so I am definitely looking forward to hearing about yours ❤

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    1. JUUUUUUUUULS I MISSED YOU TOO!!!!! I’m so excited for NaNo especially now that we have our little group chat! I’m so sad that May doesn’t have Twitter because it would have been SO COOL if she joined us!!!

      THANK U THANK U THANK U MY DEAR ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ILY

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  10. *CRIES* JACKIEJACKIEJAKCIEJAKCIEJAJCIIEJAKCIIRJAKCIEJAJCKIEJAKCIEJAKCIRJAKCIRJAKCIEJAKCIEJAKCIRJAKCIEJAKCI3JAKCIRJAKCIRJAJKCIRJACKRIAJCKEIAJCKRIAJCK YOU’RE BACK
    AAAHSHAHAGAGGAGAHAHAHAH

    okay i’m doing a list comment bc i have so much to say and i’m also not capitalizing bc i’m lazy and tired thanks bby

    1) YOUR DESIGN IS SO PRETTY AND YOUR HEAD IS SO PRETTY TOO

    2) omg all the featured images look so professional and if you hadn’t told me your bookshelf photos (which i’m jealous of) were the ones you took, i honest to god wouldn’t have been able to tell which ones are from a site and which ones are yours???

    3) fjakkfkakdkalfkksa how long have you been gone for three months four months way too long djfkjdjsjfjdjjsjfjslalakfksfjjsjfks

    4) I. AM. SO. PROUD. AND. EXCITED. ABOUT. YOU. TALKING. ABOUT. YOUR. WRITING. i am literally freaking out rn bc JACKIE IS TALKING ABOUT HER WRITING OMG IS THIS REAL?????? aldksjfjs i’m so proud of you and i’m so so excited omggggg i’ve turned into a mess

    5) YOUR DESIGN DID NOT SUCK BEFORE. it’s just prettier now 😛

    6) also it’ll take a while to get back into blogging… i took for like three weeks and i’m still struggling to keep up with it all, despite following less blogs and posting less a week!! GOOD LUCK, YOU’LL NEED IT

    i’m so happy you’re back i love yoooooooooou 💕💕💕

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    1. MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY *also cries* I’m sooooooooo happy to be back omg ❤️❤️❤️

      And don’t worry about not capitalising! I usually never capitalise but everyone in the blogosphere does it so I’m like…. okay I don’t wanna be the odd one out XD

      1) THANK YOU SO MUCH ILY 💞💖💓
      2) thanks so much??? they’re all free stock photos (except for the bookshelf ones obviously) BUT OMG THANK YOU???? YOU’RE SO SWEET TO ME IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY

      3) i think I’ve only been gone two months??? BUT IT FEELS LIKE I’VE BEEN GONE A YEAR

      4) omg I’m so nervous about the writing part 😭 I’m still so new to all of this and i feel like I’ll never be happy enough with my writing to share it with other people lol BUT WE’LL SEE!!!

      5) hahaha I was so annoyed with my previous design I just hated all the white space around the lil design in the middle and I hated looking at my blog 😂 NOW I LOVE IT THO SO THAT’S COOL

      6) omg yes I’m feeling it already like just replying to all the comments on this post took me like an hour and I won’t be able to do any blog hopping anymore bc my eyes hurt and I’m tired and I wanna reaaaddd. I gotta unfollow a few blogs first and then I’ll do my first round of blog hopping since my hiatus 😍

      I’m so glad to be back May, thank you so much for your super sweet and kind and awesome words!!!! I love you toooooo ❤️❤️❤️

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  11. *DIES AT ALL THE PRETTY* *GETS EXTREMELY JEALOUS OF ALL THE PRETTY* *LOOKS AT OWN TRASH BLOG DESIGN AND COMES BACK HERE BECAUSE CLEARLY THE VIEW IS BETTER* Yay!!! Jackie, you’re back!!!! *happy dances* I hope those papers were stellar and that you killed every single one of them! I’m so looking forward to your posts! And I just cannot get over all this pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. YAAAAS JACKIE!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Everything looks absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to hear more about your WIPs and also for you to fangirl about restore me over the next few months because UMMMM HELLO WE ARE GOING TO NEED TO BE REVIVED AFTER RESTORE ME IS RELEASED!!!!!! OK I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST AND SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK ❤

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    1. YAAAAYYYY THANK YOU SO MUCH BELLA ❤️❤️❤️ oh my god oh my god oh my GOD I still can’t believe that Restore Me is an actual real thing???????? LIKE WHAT???????? WE’RE REALLY GETTING NEW EXCLUSIVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN WARNETTE CONTENT. I’M SHOOK.

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  13. Yay we will be Schedule Buddies!! Welcome back to the blogosphere and CONGRATS on turning in your paper!!! ❤ I am LOVING your new blog design by the way you did a fantastic job!

    YAY I am so happy that you are writing now!! WELCOME TO HELL (haha…just…kidding…). AND YAY FOR NANO!! I'm doing NaNo too, so I hope you'll update us on your NaNo book!! (*whispers* I'm totally open to being a writing buddy :))

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  14. I am absolutely THRILLED to see you back again!! I’ve definitely been missing your presence here on WordPress!

    I’m digging the new design! Over the weekend I became unsatisfied (AGAIN) with my header but haven’t come up with anything I like yet, but this gives me motivation to try, TRY AGAIN!

    Looking forward to seeing your writerly updates! I’m not a writer myself, but I am always impressed by those who have the skill!

    Again, so glad you’re back!! 😀

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  15. YOU’RE BACK!!! Yeay!!! I missed reading your posts! I love the updates you’ve made; you’re site was great before but it looks so much nicer and fresh! Good for you on a schedule! I’m not really a schedule person, but I may try one day 🙂

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