COLLECTIONS | 2015: HIGHLIGHTS

16 January 2016


tumbl-ing: many more photos as of late. at one point, it was addictive. then: i swept it out of my life in order to be productive and procrastinate less. now: it is my virtual mood board. [should i change the name to match all my other social media handles? i do like the name 'the flybird' but at the same time - professionalism.]
writing: this year i branched into writing articles for the guardian alongside book reviews, which i love doing and hope to continue - my 2015 thought pebbles inc. // in praise of lesser spotted YA novels // falling out of love with YA // why don't children's books talk about home-schooling? // Hermione is not black, but she's not white either...

blogging: i got a new design courtesy of my fantastic, wizard of a friend megan to coincide with my URL and blog name change to 'hawwa, etc'.
insta-gram'ing: back in the summer, i was featured on the instagram's own instagram [??!] and their blog [whereupon i shrieked internally for a good ten minutes straight] and then a month later, i was listed as a 'suggested user' [cue more internal shrieking]. therefore, i think this gives me enough validity to demand why you are not following me on instagram [if you aren't already - if you are, here's some pizza].
blogging: I passed 100,000 views sometime this year, I honestly can't remember when - I think it was pretty early, but, but - woah?! To some people that may not be a lot at all, but I am very proud of myself. I've been (properly) blogging for three years, I've made so many friends, and people actually appreciate what I'm doing?!
bloglovin': i reached 300 bloglovin' followers! which brings me to a total of -- more than five?! [the amount i had for the first half a year of blogging [which i don't really count as my first half a year of blogging due to the utter mess it all was]] which is insane?! i genuinely never thought i would still be blogging when i first started and how much i would love it. i originally started because it was something to do and it was more like my online diary which i now cringe to think of [i think my first post was me complaining about an upcoming drama and english exam..]
studying: and finally, last summer was that dreaded day: results - and for me, a previous home-educated student now at college studying AS levels, it was the worst and best day of the year. the worst because the build up to that one fateful day is intense, the worst because the college website crashed twelve times before it finally allowed me to long on, but the best because i was so so proud of my results -- now i have the joy of doing it all again for A Levels. what an exciting life i lead..
HOW WAS YOUR 2015*? WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR FOR YOU?
*fun fact: i kept writing 2014 in this post instead of 2015 - i clearly haven't caught up with the times yet. either that, or i am in denial that it is actually 2016 and i am getting old.

17 comments:

  1. congrats for all your achievements hawwa! and i have been trying my very best to avoid the temptation of tumblr, WELL DONE, you're making it harder

    safah - oh, how i wander.

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    1. JZK SAFAH :))))) Hahaha I tried for a good year and then caved..and then had much less free time..

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  2. i LOVE your instagram so frigging much! So happy that your blog is growing and I'm 2016 is going to bring even more success to you, inshaAllah!

    xo,
    Not Your Type Blog

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    1. EEP THANK YOU AREEBA <3 InshaAllah :)

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  3. Well done, your photos really are gorgeous! :) I was so proud of my igcse results as well, I thought I was going to fail physics but I got an A and I started crying because MY HARD WORK HAD ACTUALLY PAID OFF.

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    1. Thanks! OF COURSE YOU WEREN'T GOING TO FAIL PHYSICS YOU LOONY.

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  4. Well OF COURSE your instagram was featured becaue IT IS FREAKING AMAZING. YOUR ART GIVES LIFE THAT IS ALL. OMG. And I love the name The Flybird! Stahp being so creatively wonderful. How are we supposed to keep up with this, omg, Hawwa.
    (I am just kidding. DO NOT STOP EVER OR I'LL RIOT.)
    And congrats on the bloggish successes too! SQUEEE.

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    1. WELL, CAIT. THANKS. woah, so if i stop making art will you die then..;P
      HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KEEP UP WITH MYSELF IS THE QUESTION. ;)

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  5. That's wonderful, Hawwa! So many congratulations on all of your accomplishments this year. <3

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  6. Congratulations on all of that! Your blog is so great so I'm happy to see you excited about the attention it's recieving :)

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you Natalie! Your blog is great too!

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  7. Congrats on everything and anything and much more! Please continue to blog lots (partly for my own entertainment benefits) <3

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    1. Awhh well..how could I stop once you've said that! ;)

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  8. 2015 has been a very successful year for you! Well done! I must say your blog looks fantastic. I love the design. And of course the content is equally beautiful.
    I hope this year is even better <3

    (p.s. XD don't worry about the date thing. I wrote down the year as 2012 several times within the last months. I can't believe it's already 2016. Gees those 4 years flew :L )

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    1. Thank you, i'm trying! ahahh. LOL I've never gone tHAT far back!

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  9. I didn't know you wrote on the Guardian! Just read your articles, they are v fab. I'm so interested in the issue of black Hermione. As a writer I know my characters' skin colours -- at least I think I do -- so I find it hard to imagine Rowling didn't know Hermione's? But equally what you say about her being a blank canvas to whom readers can relate (I loved the bit about "She had nightmares about failing tests, as did I") makes perfect sense.

    Happy new year! (On 6th February but w/e who's counting)

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