It’s Purely Olivia’s 1st Blogoversary!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy biiirthdayy Purely Olivia, happy birthday to you!


I am so excited to be celebrating Purely Olivia’s first blogoversary! It seems like much more than twelve months since I first started my blog, but that’s all it’s been. To honor the occasion this post is going to be chock-full of:

  • My first year with Purely Olivia! I’ll share some stats, most popular posts, and reflect on how this past year has gone.
  • And of course, my plans for the future! This is the first blog birthday of many more. 😉 There’s a lot more on the road ahead.
  • A gigantic thank you to YOU! Without you, I’d have stopped blogging long ago. You get a well-deserved thank you.
  • A poll (or two). It’s only right that my first blog birthday should feature my first poll (or more?!). And I want you to take it!

I don’t know about you, but I am psyched for this post. Let’s get started! 😀


How This First Year Of Blogging Went, As Far As Stats, Posts, + Growth

Considering that I have a very small blog, I am really happy with the way this first year went. I’m going to share a few stats with y’all, but please keep in mind that I’m in no way trying to brag or anything like that (and I have a super small blog!), I just want to look back and see the growth I’ve had since my first year. 🙂

Number Of:

  • Posts: 50 (including this one)
  • Comments: 135
  • Likes: 155
  • All-Time Views: 1,836 (approximately as of 8/14)
  • Mosquito Bites I Have Right Now: 26 (this is not an exaggeration)

Interesting Stats:

I’ve had visitors from 21 countries! The leaders being the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada. (Shoutout to that one person from Kenya- thanks for reading!) It’s so cool to imagine people all over the world reading my blog. If that’s you, well, THANK YOU! 😀 Just realized that’s everyone.

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Apparently people don’t search for my blog through search engines. The only search term I’ve gotten is “olivia purely.”😂

A few of my most popular referrers are WordPress Reader, For the Bookish, Lilah’s Bookshelf, and my old blog. (Thanks, referrers!)

My Most Popular Posts

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Each of the images above are linked, but here are the posts that go with them- in order of most views, top left to bottom right.

  1. 5 Books You Really, Really Need to Read This Summer // 5-29-17
  2. My Thoughts on Rereading // 5-22-17
  3. When God’s Plan and Your Plan Don’t Match // 4-3-17
  4. Series That Will Always Be My Favorite // 4-17-17
  5. My Bookshelf Tour 2017 // 1-23-17
  6. BIG NEWS: My Blog Button Is Here + Tons of New Changes! // 7-24-17

How I’m Hoping To Grow in Year 2

My hope is that my blog just keeps on growing. I’d love to connect with more people and have even more conversations about books! 😉 My {slightly ambitious} growth goal for my second year of Purely Olivia is: to increase my stats by at least 1/3!



A Quick Explanation of What’s Coming Up…

As you read this, I’m typing up future posts. (Okay, probably not. But maybe.)

I’d like to continue doing what I’ve been doing: bring weekly posts about reading, writing, and sometimes randomness. I want to respond to all your comments, comment on your blog, and have fun while doing it. I feel like I’m capable to continuing to do these things- and I hope I can! 🙂

Of course, there is much room for improvement. I want to focus more on discussion posts as well as incorporating more reviews, and more interesting posts.

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The Truth Is, YOU Are the Reason For the New Content & Continuing Blogging

It is just the truth, plain and simple. If I didn’t have any stats at all, of course I wouldn’t blog. There would be nothing to blog for.

I want to give a very special shoutout to my 39 followers! (38 WordPress, 1 by email.) You have absolutely no idea the joy that I receive by seeing I have gained a follower. 😊 Thank you so very, very much, from the bottom of my heart.

Also, a thank you to any reader, commenter, and liker- follower or not. You’ve all made my day at some point or another and I’m very thankful for you!

As far as my goals for future followers…I want to have reached 85 by my next blog birthday. Can we do it?

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Let’s Break Some Records. And Take Some Polls!

Here a few more stats, special ones, that I didn’t mention earlier.

  • The most comments I’ve ever gotten on a post was 21.
  • The most likes was 9 (I think)!

Since it’s a special birthday post, I think that we should try to break those records. 😀 So, if you want to help me do that, then go comment! Like! Let’s set a new high on Purely Olivia.

And finally, it is time for a poll. Or possibly multiple polls. These are the first polls I’ve done, and I’m so excited! Take one or take them all- whatever you want.

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And that concludes Purely Olivia’s 1st birthday post! Thank you so much for following along. 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed this first year just as much as me, and are looking forward to what’s ahead.

Help me break my records! Like and comment on this post so we can set a new high. What is your favorite post I’ve done? Did you take my polls? Let’s chat in the comments!





34 thoughts on “It’s Purely Olivia’s 1st Blogoversary!

  1. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!!! That’s such an awesome accomplishment, and it’s a goal that I hope to reach someday. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I’m greatly enjoying its content. I wish you many more blog birthdays to come.

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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    • Hi, Breeny! Thank so much for your comment. It made me really happy to read! 🙂

      First of all, THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES! I’m so so happy you’re enjoying my blog, and that you found it.

      I’m probably not the best person to ask for blogging advice, since I’m a pretty small blogger myself, but a few things I’d recommend are:
      -consistent posting
      -commenting on other blogs
      -just have fun with it! After all, that’s what blogging is all about, right? 😉

      I did check out your blog, and it looks really wonderful! Thanks again for your sweet comment, and I hope you have a lovely day as well.

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  2. HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!! *throws confetti* I hope you have cake to celebrate this momentous occasion!! And it’s so awesome to be proud and happy of your stats.🎉🎉I’m sure your blog will keep growing in its next year. 😉 Your writing is so fun!

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  3. HAPPY (belated) BLOGIVERSARY!!! I just found your blog from Clara and IT’S SO CUTE! Can’t wait to see future posts! Congrats and I’m sure you’ll grow loads in the coming year! 😀

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  4. WOW, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!❤️❤️😍😍 Like the design is SO SO pretty and you seem really kind. I’m happy to have discovered your blog. And guess what, you’ve gained a new follower! (me) 😉

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  5. Hey there!

    A blogger I know ( Lydia Howe ) is about to publish her book ” Where Dandelions Grow” and needs help with reviews! She is giving out free e copies right now to anyone interested! All you have to do is post the review on your blog. ^_^ I am helping her spread the word and I thought that I’d let you know in case you’re interested.

    If you do sign up, it will ask who referred you ( Maddy Crone )

    Have a great day!

    The sign up sheet :


    • Hi, Maddy! I’m sorry about the late response, this comment went to my spam folder. 🙂

      I’m really sorry, but I am not allowed to participate. But thank you very much for asking me, and I hope that you find a lot of other people to review. Hope you also have a wonderful day!


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