Pandora’s Wonderland: Always Stay Up Past Midnight (Guest Post)

Hey everyone! Meredith from Pandora’s Books here. For those who don’t know, I’m doing a joint Blogoversary celebration with Kayla and Stacie from A Wonderland of Reading. The festivities started on May 26 (their one-year Blogoversary) and will end on June 24 (my one-year Blogoversary). We’ll be alternating days and providing fun guest posts from our fellow bloggers and author friends. You can visit A Wonderland of Reading to see the first post and learn more about the details and the grand prize giveaway!

So today, I have the AMAZING Nikki from Fiction Freak here with an epically awesome guest post. I owe pretty much my entire blogging existence to Nikki. As you’ll find out in this post, Nikki’s gorgeous blog and generous offer to help me with the creation of my blog is what started this epic journey that I’ve been on for almost a year now. Without her, I don’t know if I would have started blogging. So, without further adieu, please welcome Nikki!


OKAY. GUYS. Meredith’s blog is turning a year old on June 24 and I can’t even believe it because (and here’s where I’m going to brag)

I convinced Meredith to start blogging.

Or at least, part of the reason? I dunno. I just remember being up at around 1 AM, and chatting up this awesome bookish person named Meredith (who then complimented my blog and made me blush.)
Here’s the tweet our conversation started with:

Which, actually, had nothing to do with what happened. But after a few back and forth tweets, this tweet popped up on my timeline:

And of course I responded immediately with

After which she asked me if I had advice. And these are the wise bits of 13 year old Nikki Wisdom I had to bestow

And SHE DID. SHE HAS MADE SO MANY FRIENDS AND SHE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND I LOVES HER. But of course, the story of the start of a blog is never just three (or four or five or six) tweets short.

I’m sorry, I had to put that there because that right there is what made me giggle in the first place. It’s especialyl sweet because that design was SO AMATEUR. I mean, my current one still is, but that one just. Guysssssss you don’t even KNOW. But I’m so happy she didn’t just walk away (that tweet should be on fire, what a liar liar.)

Oh yes, but even as an amateur designer apparently I very much liked creating graphics and extended this (probably very bad on Meredith’s end) offer:

If you follow the thread, APPARENTLY, Meredith had been reviewing books for a year and a half on Tumblr. I was surprised she didn’t have a blog, tweeted her my surprise and.

AND THAT WAS PRETTY AWESOME. AND I FELT SO HAPPY. BECAUSE LOOK. I MADE SOMEONE EXCITED TO BE A BLOGGER. Never more was I any happier. At about 1 AM (What the hell were either of us even doing, being up that late.) Flash forward many design-question tweets later and…

And then instead of sleeping like I should’ve, I just decided to start making some kind of graphic. I came up with this:

Pandora Books Button


which she used until she moved to WordPress–a pretty awesome decision early on.

And seems like she’s been pretty awesome the entire blogging journey AND LOOK AT HER AT HER ONE YEAR BLOGOVERSARY. I’M SO PROUD. THEY GROW UP SO QUICKLY.

Moral of the story?


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