Saturday, July 1, 2017

3 Year Blogiversary: Announcements and Youtube Channel Launching

Today is my blog's 3 year anniversary! That's right, people. 3 years ago today, my blog went live.

It has grown a lot since then, something I credit to you guys and your amazing support....And the healthy lifestyle I've been teaching it: Nerd references (for the nerds), good writing tips (for the writers), gifs (for the followers with attention span issues). I also like to think that my sweat and curses have also contributed (HTML and I do not get along). 

Yep. This blog has gone from crawling to toddling to walking and I am very proud. I also want to take a moment to applaud you all and say:
Thank you to all of my original followers: You clearly have a high tolerance for sarcasm and nerd references, which puts you way up high on my "People who are actually pretty cool and not as annoying as most other humans" list. I appreciate you sticking with me for this long. 

Thank you to all of my new followers: You are very brave for joining the club. You also obviously have very good taste. I'm excited to get to know you, so leave a comment and say hello! 

Thank you to my regular commenters: Yes, you. The people who always leave comments on each post. Don't think I hadn't noticed you. You're awesome and I love reading your thoughts. Keep it up! 

Thank you to my regular social-media sharers: You always share my posts around social media and help me link up with other amazing people. I appreciate this to no end. 

Thank you to the lurkers: I know you're there. You show up and read posts every week, but never say anything. Just silently support....Or judge? I'm not really sure because you never say anything. Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to read my articles. And don't be afraid to say hello! I don't bite. Not usually, anyway.

I love writing this blog and am excited for all of the new things that are coming. What are the new things that are coming? you ask. Let me show you....
Hannah Heath: 3 Year Blogiversary: Announcements and Youtube Channel Launching

Reader's Corner

As you can see, after an epic battle with HTML and CSS, I redesigned my blog. This new design includes a left sidebar called "Reader's Corner." And yes, I realize it's not technically a corner, but we're all just going to pretend that it is. 

What's the point? Reader's Corner is a place for indie authors to advertise their amazing books. It's also a place for readers to find their next awesome read. 

For those of you who are concerned that I'm "selling out:" Pffft. Please. Don't be such a clotpole. 

Here's how it works: 

Ad spaces are sold to indie authors (very cheaply, I might add). That being said, not every applicant is guaranteed a spot. There are requirements: 
  1. I need to have read the book and verified that it follows the ideals of this blog. Why? Because I'm not about to let people advertise bad books to my precious followers. I want you all to feel that you can safely read any of the books on Reader's Corner without encountering inappropriate content. The "ideals" of this blog are fairly obvious if you've been following it for a few months, but the full rules are laid out here
  2. The book needs to have a minimum of 3-stars. If I've read it and it wasn't good enough to garner a 3-star rating, it doesn't get a spot. Why? Because, again, Reader's Corner is a place for you all to find good reads. Not sub-par ones. 
If you are an indie author who is interested in buying a spot (or simply a reader who wants to know more about exactly how this will work), you can check out the guidelines here

I love the indie publishing community and want to be able to boost their readership. I also love my fellow readers and want to help them find some good books. I'm really excited to see Reader's Corner grow and help both causes. 

Youtube Channel 

That's right. I'm finally taking the leap. Youtube is an absolute unknown to me. After all, I'm a writer, not a speaker. But, as of today, I've jumped into the world of Youtubing and now have a channel that you can subscribe to. I feel like Jasmine: 
Now, the problem with feeling like Jasmine is that if Jasmine is me, then the flying carpet is Youtube. And, as you can see, the flying carpet has no railings. And, unlike Jasmine, I don't have another person sitting next to me who has flown before. But I'm not going to worry because, like Newt Scamander, my philosophy is that worrying only means you suffer twice. 

Okay. I'll stop comparing myself to fictional characters now. 

The point is: I don't know what I'm doing. But I'm pretty sure we're all going to have a lot of fun. 

The Youtube Channel is #ChatWithHannah and its first video can be found here. In this video, I explain what the channel is. The first "official" video will be out July 19th, so subscribe now and change your settings so that you'll get a notification when each monthly video comes out.  

Videos will come out the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Why Wednesday? Because the first Monday of each month is when my Newsletter goes out. And Friday is reserved for my weekly blog posts. I felt that having any of my content come out back-to-back would be too much for you to handle. You're welcome. 

And those are the two new pieces of content that are coming into the Hannah Heath Blogosphere.  Though I guess now I can't call it a blogosphere....? Universe sounds a bit too flamboyant. Eh. Who cares? The Hannah Heath Universe it is. 

I'm really looking forward to these new changes and I hope you are, too. Thank you all for your amazing support! I'm excited to spend yet another year blogging. Let's make it a good one! 

Do you have any questions? Just ask! And, of course, use #ChatWithHannah if you have a question you'd like answered on the Youtube channel!

Related articles:
Reader's Corner Explained
My 2 Year Blogiversary! + A Survey

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33 comments:

  1. Yay!! 3 Years!! Congratulations!! Excited about your changes. May this next year of blogging be even bigger and better than the last three!

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! I'm so glad you like the changes! Stoked to see what this next year brings.

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  2. Eeep!! The new blog design looks amazing! I love the colors. AND ALSO you're launching a YouTube channel?? That's awesome!!! Happy three-year blogiversary!! :)

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    1. Yay! I love the new design, too. Glad I'm not the only one. =D Thank you for the sweet comment, Zane!

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  3. How exciting! Happy blogging anniversary, Hannah!

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  4. notaperfectsoldierJuly 1, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    *peeks head out from behind tree* I'm one of those lurkers you were talking about... Hi! Congratulations on the anniversary and YOUTUBE!!! I've only been tuning in for 6 months, but I love your blog and I'm sure I'll love your channel! Your sarcasm and nerd references are much appreciated.

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    1. *pulls out from behind tree* *gives high five* YAY!!! I'm so pleased to hear that you've been enjoying my blog...and appreciating the nerd references. Thank you for the awesome comment! It's so nice to meet you.

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    2. notaperfectsoldierJuly 2, 2017 at 7:02 PM

      YAY!! Yeah you come across as very thoughtful, inspiring, and passionate, and I'm always super excited every Friday to hear what you're gonna talk about next. It's very nice to meet you too. :)

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  5. Congratulations on the blogiversary, and the new Youtube channel! That's so exciting. (:

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    1. Thank you! I'm super excited, too, so I'm happy you're sharing in that excitement. =D

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  6. niceladywithdog@gmail.comJuly 1, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Another lurker here, and I am so impressed by your blog! Thank you for your generosity and spirit!

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    1. Awww. Thank you so much for commenting! I love getting to say hello to lurkers. *waves* Thank you for your readership! Your comment put a huge smile on my face.

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  7. Hi Hannah, I think I've only commented twice on your blog posts (silly me! Should have been more active). But wanted to say congrats on your blogiversary and new Youtube channel! I've already subscribed to your channel and can't wait to see the content you put out!

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    1. Hi Lena! Thank you so much for commenting and subscribing to the Youtube channel! I'm so pleased that you're looking forward to it.

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  8. Congratulations on three years worth of nerdiness, writing tips, and just plain awesomeness, Hannah! And wow! A YouTube channel!?! How exciting!! And the redesign of your site is cool!
    I read every single post, but haven't commented in while, and I wanted to tell you that I bought a physical copy of your book, *Skies of Dripping Gold*.
    It's a excellent book, I've read it several times now and love it more every time. I identity with Gabriel very much, and his desperate caring and love for his sister. (my mom was recently diagnosed with a slow, horrible debilitating disease. I was homeschooled and still live at home, so me and my mom so, so close. We are both Christians, but my mom has the beautiful, trusting, steady strong faith that your character, Lilly has. The song *you know better than I* From Joseph King of Dreams and the song *My Deliver is Coming* by rich Mullins, really solidify my sometimes tremulous faith and trust, in God's will.) Anyway, I adore your writing style and the world building was simplistic but vivid, and the emotions were spot on. The characters are all really great, Cole is such a good friend! Eeek! I want to hug him! :)
    And the Christian aspects were stunning, and I love the cover art. I have recommend your book to my friends!
    Will you be publishing any more books in the future? I look forward to reading everything you write!

    Anyway, congratulations again!! And thank you for sharing your ideas, and sarcastic wit, with all us little mortals. :)

    Live Long and Prosper!
    May the Force be With You!
    Further Up, and Further In!
    There is some good in this world...and it's worth fighting for!
    I'm *going to read your blog*, until the end of the line. :)
    Sincerely, Emilie

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    1. This comment made my day, Emilie. While I'm sad to hear about your Mom's health struggles, I'm grateful to hear that Skies of Dripping Gold was a story that helps you. There is no greater honor than to know that somebody has read my story several times and identifies with the characters/messages, so thank you.

      I absolutely will be publishing more books. I'm working on a novel right now that I hope to traditionally publish, and I'm also planning out a short story series that I want to self-publish. I'm happy to know I have you as an audience! =D

      If you haven't already, would you mind leaving a quick review on Amazon for my story? I'm trying to reach 50 reviews (apparently something magical happens when that particular number is reached), so it would really help me out. No pressure, though!

      Thank you so much for the encouraging comment! Also: I think you should get an award for writing a comment with the most nerd references in it. =D

      Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to those songs you mentioned....

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    2. Also: I'll be praying for your Mom. She sounds amazing. And, of course, I'll pray for your entire family. God bless!

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    3. Hi Hannah,
      I'm so horrified to see that I didn't get back to you until now!
      Thank you so much for your prayers for my mom, she is amazing. :) and your prayers for my family, you are very kind. I also have been praying for you and your family since I read about y'alls fight with Lyme disease last year. Keep fighting! Even if you have to fight through each day with a smile *and* a tear in your eye. I also know pain like that.
      I know you love Batman, and I totally believe you are the real life brave awesome version of Batman.
      And I absolutely will leave a review on Amazon! It's my moms account, but I will be sure and review your splendid book.
      I'm so excited that you have more books planned! Good luck and God bless with all that planning and publishing you have going on.
      Well, you have a new blog post today I'm off to read, so have a great day, and keep writing!
      Sincerely, Emilie.

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  9. Wow, three years!! That's amazing! And you have a new YouTube channel? *scuttles over to look*

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  10. Congrats on 3 awesome years Hannah, you deserve a round of applause, girl. And now you're leveling up with a Youtube channel?! Fangirl screaming over here!

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    1. Lol! "Leveling up." I like that. =D Thank you, Rae! *joins you in fangirl screams*

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  11. I think I'm about the third person on here to have mentioned being a "lurker" :) Just wanted to say I've been reading for about a year now, and that I've found the quality of content on this blog very high! I also appreciate your willingness to tackle tough subjects regarding YA fiction, and basically fiction in general. Really excited to see the youtube channel grow and flourish. Here's to many more productive years!

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    1. Hello to another Lurker!! I'm so pleased to meet you, Hannah. You have a beautiful name. =D

      I'm so glad that you like the serious side of this blog. Tough subjects are ones I feel need to be delved into but often aren't, so I'm glad you're with me as I keep tackling these issues.

      Thank you so much for commenting!

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  12. Hi Hannah,
    I have a confession to make. I'm one of those "lurkers" mainly because I rarely have time to make comments. Trying to get better at it, but I can just hear Yoda saying there is no try, just do. As you can see, I am a nerd too, and that's partially why I love reading your posts. You have personality and spunk. But originally I stopped by because I've been looking for Christian authors who are Indies and good writer s. After all, I am an Indie myself. In very interested in seeing if I can get a three star rating from you when my book comes out. In the meantime, keep up the quirky writing. I've enjoyed it :)

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    1. Ah! Hello, Marie! I love getting to welcome Lurkers. =) And no worries: There are a lot of blogs I lurk on, too, simply because it's hard to find time to type out all the thoughts I want to. I totally get it. I'm sure Yoda would be ashamed of both of us. =]

      I would LOVE to read your story when it comes out! What genre is it? I'm wishing you the best with writing/launching!

      I'm so happy that you're enjoying my blogging voice....and the nerdiness. =D Thank you for commenting. The encouragement means a lot to me!

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    2. My book is a Christian fantasy because I grew up reading LOTR and Narnia and needed to write my own haha.
      Currently I am on page 50 of draft 2, which means it will be longer than draft 1, which was 100 pages. Then I plan on giving it to a professional editor. By the time it's over, it will probably be 4 drafts lol.
      So grateful for your writing as well.

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  13. I'm* phones are finicky for replying on blogs.

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  14. Heeeeyyyyy congratulations on your blogiversary! I'm definitely going to check out your YouTube channel! Also you get my lifelong respect for your incredible HTML/CSS-wrangling skills.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anna! I'm excited to have you with me on this new Youtubing adventure. =D

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