You guys Are Just #AMAZE-BALLS

Posted June 6, 2016 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Discussion / 33 Comments


If you’ve been following this blog for a while, most of you should know just how random I can be sometimes. And you’re not going to be spared of that today. I’ve been wanting to boost my metabolism so I started drinking three cups of water with one lemon and three pinches of Cayenne Pepper daily. 


                                          AND HOLY. MOTHER. OF. FREAKING. CRAP.

                                                                                                                                                                          I have nicknamed this drink, “the liquid of death.” In all honesty, it’s really not all that bad….once you get last the fiery expanse that feels like legit LAVA rocks are being scraped down the very sensitive walls of your esophagus. Once you get past that, pfft, eezy peezy. Plus, the zest of the Lemon is also very refreshing and takes away some of the burn.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

But let’s get back to the topic at hand, shall we? I started this blog a while ago, and I’ve been in LURVE with it ever since! You guys are so NICE! And so SUPPORTIVE! Basically, you guys ROCK MY FREAKING SOCKS AND YOU ALL DESERVE A NICE SLAB OF CAKE ON LIKE, SOME ANTIQUE DISH OR SOMETHING. When I first initially started this blog,let me tell you…. I WAS SUPER, DUPER, OMG, MEGA TERRIFIED to talk to people.


I thought: “What if people don’t like me?” Or… “What if they can tell I’m new and…scared?” And…. “What will the they think?” 

I legit was so scared that it took me like a month and some days to start branching out to other bloggers. I has to suck it up and just do it. I remember doing it right before I had to leave for work so I wouldn’t have to worry right then if someone *EEP* responded to my comment. What if they didn’t visit, or even more terrifying, WHAT IF THEY DIDBut all in all I’d like to say it all went quiet well. I’m not famous at all by any means (yet) but I was amazed by how well I was received into this community.


I slowly learned the benefits of going to more and more blogs and to be semi-active on social media. (I’m still a total fail whale at it but I’m trying. I’m trying.) I learned that by being myself I have have a lot more friends to make and believe it or not, it made me even more confident in real life. I’m no longer afraid of being judged (well…not all the time. I’m still human, so pfft.) But I don’t worry about what people have to say about me or if they don’t like me. Either they’ll like me or they won’t. Right??


                         I used to live in a shell. But you guys taught me a really important lesson, YO.


No matter how awkward I am sometimes online, I’ve never once had someone respond negativo to anything I’ve said on my blog or on Twitter. Like, how refreshing is that?? Knowing that I can be myself and make friends super easily (well…easily enough) and if they like me enough they may even stop by and comment every now and again. How freaking epical is that??

 It is very epical. That’s right.


                       You deserve a gif of a cute little guienea pig fashioned in a pink polka dot hat, pigging out on cake.


                                                                   And Cher Lloyd eating a cupcake if you will.


                                               Gosh… I really want that cupcake, yo… NO. LIE. But, #Gottawatchmyfigure

Now it's your turn 2

Now I want to know how you guys feel about being yourself on social media. How do you guys feel about this blogging community?



33 responses to “You guys Are Just #AMAZE-BALLS

  1. I’m semi-active in Twitter, but not as much as I would like. I post pictures on Instagram, but even then, I fail at returning comments left on my pictures. I suck. I feel like I could do more, but sometimes, it’s like I was invited to a house party but I don’t know anyone, so I’m like, sulking in the corner holding a ginger ale in a red solo cup. Do you know what I mean?

    • I’m not as active on Tiwtter as I would like either 🙁 I’m making it a point to try to visit at least once a day or something like that but pfft, FAILWHALE. HA! And YES! I’d totally be that one girl sipping her Ginger ale in a red cup in a corner because #aintnobodygottimeforsocialinteraction

  2. I’m always myself on my blog which is definitely refreshing and I’m so glad you feel the same way! I’m not really active on Twitter other than retweeting stuff through Triberr but when I do post I try to be as real as I can be there too. Why hide right?
    Great post!!

    • I can always tell you’re being real and your true self when you review your books on your lovely blog! You’re always so honest, excited and happy about whatever it was you are reading! 🙂 <3

  3. I’m not really as active on Twitter like I used to be before I started blogging. Before then, I was on there for hours everyday, talking to book lovers like myself. Now, I just have it synced to my blog posts, and that automatically keeps me active. I will get on there sometimes to see what’s going on, but with all the drama over book opinions, I try to stay away. I’m like you, I am an introvert and I have family and personal stuff that I have been stressing out over. Hopefully I’ll get more active. I’m now trying to catch up on reading reviews and discussions I’ve missed over the past few days.

    • That’s sometimes the bad things about Twitter, is that YOU GET STUCK THERE ALL DAY! But I like to interact with book bloggers like myself so I’m glad I got to meet you along with a bunch of others! I’m always trying to play the catch up game on my blog, reading,and LIFE so it’s not fun AT. ALL.

  4. I had my blog for almost 4 months before I even said anything to my husband lol I was so terrified. Then I inched my way out there and met the greatest people.

    I find that the more *real* and natural you are on social media the better. Sure it is a marketing tool but the more you are yourself – people can sense that and you find your tribe.

    For me – once I started going to book-ish events, I realized that about 80% of us are scared introverts lol I’m getting better at talking to people but I still sort of hang by the sidelines afraid to intrude on convos sometimes but seriously we ALL feel like that.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • THIS ADVICE IS SO EPICAL! I want to put a big glitter star on it and stick it in a favorites folder. <3 I’ve never been to a bookish event before! 🙁 So I’m totally jealous! teehee! I’m usually a scared introvert but one day I hope to change this! I’m so glad I’ve met you guys through blogging because you’ve all made this experience SO MUCH MORE WORTHWHILE! Oh, and THE BOOKS too! 🙂

  5. Love the blogging community! I work in the media industry, so I’ve had my fair share of trolls and douchebags leaving mindless comments. Especially when it comes to feminism — but that’s another story for another day. It’s comforting to know that I don’t have a negative comment on my blog. Yay, us! 🙂

    • OMG! You work in social media industry?? That’s cool! I’m a Journalism major so it’s kind of the same. 😉 And yes! You have to deal with the douches every now and then! YAYY for never having a negative comment on our blogs! <3

  6. Sophia Rose

    Why thank you, lady! It’s nice to know that you’ve been encouraged by the friendliness. I know it does that for me, too. I’m a private person, but I do try to be real with what I do share. I think that’s important. I try to be present on my social media pages, but I’m still pretty minimal, especially on Twitter and Instagram.
    Love your friendly, uplifting ways when you visit our blog, too. 🙂

    • I’m usually a private person so I’m glad that I’ve gotten the chance to bond with lovely people like you guys! (You were one of the first bloggers to come and welcome me to this community, so THANK YOU!) I’ve learned a lot from you guys! I try to be present on Twitter but.. EH.. FAIL.

  7. I’m very active on Twitter, more than I am on blogs. I’ve met some great people on both Twitter and on blogs. I’m really love how I’ve made so many friends. Last year I went to two conferences and got to meet many of these people in person. I hope to go to another conference to meet even more (a lot will depend on my job). I never would’ve gone off to a city by myself to a large conference where I hadn’t met anyone before. It was no big deal. I even met more people while I was there. I’m a very introverted person, so I love that it is something for me to get out.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • You are super active on Twitter! Think I just need to learn to use it better. 🙁 I’m always so afraid of branching out sometimes and meeting new people because.. HOW DO YOU DO IT?? I hope to be able to attend some bookish conferences soon! (BEA is a dream of mine!) I hope to be able to meet you one day! 🙂

  8. Congrats on 4 months, I just discovered your blog, so welcome aboard ! I feel like I am both myself and not myself on bookish social media. For whatever reason I don’t use my real name or follow anyone I know IRL, so I feel like I can be open than if I thought someone I knew could see it.

    YA book blogging community can be so amazing, it is still so jarring to me that so many people read the same books I read. I’m fortunate to have the chance to have met some bloggers and it’s always been so cool to talk books/blogging IRL.

    I don’t know if you listen to podcasts, but the podcast Smart Podcast Trashy Books #193 has a great interview with the new blogger Lia’s Bookish Obsession and it reaffirms so much about why I blog.

    • I’ve only told a couple of peel about my blog IRL (Because most of them aren’t bookish people so they don’t.. “get us” you know?? I like keeping this part a secret because most of the time they wouldn’t care. And YES! This YA community is so friendly and lovely! I hope to be able to go to BEA one day! I definitely listen to podcast when I have the extra time! <3 Thanks for the recs girlie! <3

  9. Olivia-Savannah

    I really love the blogging community. Literally EVERY person here is wonderful, welcoming and kind. I’ve made so many more friendships on here talking to people than I would’ve previously thought I could’ve when I started blogging. And that just makes me so, SO happy. You included, Keionda <3 You're epical <3

    • YOU’RE MORE EPICAL LIV! I am so honred to have met you and to be your co-blogger (which is something that I never would have imagined myself doing when I started this blog!) 🙂

  10. Lol. Girl you are so silly! I for one haven’t had any bad book blogger experiences aside from one person who shall remain nameless but no worries, she’s pretty much out of my life. But I mean I’ve had pretty positive experiences. It’s just nice to be among people who share my same interests–and of course it’s been nice to meet you and see you and your true crazy self all over this blog LOL. <3

  11. I completely agree — I haven’t had any bad experiences with anyone in the blogging community – I try to be positive and assume the best of everyone and maybe that helps. And through blogging I met lots of wonderful people, like you and the amazing Karen @ FWIW and Olivia Savannah….

  12. Water with lemon and cayenne pepper, that doesn’t sound good. I do add cayenne pepper to some dishes, but not too much.
    And I totally agree with you that the blogging community is a wonderful place, I know how hesitant I was at first and trying to find my way, but everyone is so friendly and accepting. And I love that I can be a myself and not get judged by anyone. Everyone does things their own way and that’s okay.
    Also that guinea pig is too cute!

  13. Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    Haha! Funny post!
    I know what you are getting at though. I was nervous when I first started, but soon saw that there were other freaks out there just like me! 😉 So now, I do mostly what I want! And it’s fun.

  14. Aw I always love your positive blogging community posts! They always remind me of how amazing it is to be a blogger and to have wonderful people to talk to. You are so right – I haven’t had a negative experience with a blogger in all the time I’ve been doing this, and it’s wonderful. People make fun of the internet as being a terrible place for trolls, but book bloggers are overall great people. I also feel you on feeling more confident myself through interacting with people online too – it’s a great side effect. 🙂 You keep doing what you do Keionda, I love it! 🙂

  15. I’m throwing the amaze-ball-ness right back at ya, girl! 🙂 I love how your personality just leaps off the page (uh, screen) every time I read a post. Love that! When it comes to social media… meh. I’m totally hit or miss with it all. I’m semi-active on Twitter and semi-active on Instagram. It’s just all so time-consuming. And with a full-time job and the desire to actually, y’know, READ… yeah, I’m okay with my semi-active status. I’d rather not get totally sucked into it. But when I am on social media I’m definitely just me. Otherwise what’s the point? 🙂


  16. Aww, that’s adorable! YOu’Re adorable (yes, random indeed, but whatever, we like you like that!! :D) Well, I had no trouble starting my blog, as in mentally I was prepared b/c I was writing reviews for Goodreads for months and then just decided to share them on a blog as well… The reason I don’t write that many ”personal” posts is because I prefer writing reviews instead!! It’s good to see you gain this much confidence!! Hey, by the way, I got a new job in a shoes store (coz I think I told you that I quit the one in the clothing store)

  17. Agreed 100% girl! This blogging community is what drives me to come back to my blog time and time again, even when life gets tough and I can’t seem to find the time to read (sad face). Like you, I was scared to start talking to the more well-known bloggers (still am sometimes), but I’ve come to realise that they’re just like anyone else I would meet in my day-to-day lives – just that we both share a passion for books. I’m 100% myself on my blog and on social media, and love that I’ve made so many friends through a hobby and shared love for books!

  18. Oh my gosh, let me share some love… I love your blog and your style of writing. It’s so distinctive and funny! Your personality shines through your words. It’s a joy to follow you and your thoughts. <3

    And I agree, the book blogging community is so open and friendly! Having a love of reading in common unites diverse and empathetic people. It's just the perfect recipe for an amazing community.

    • Awww STTAHPPPP! *BLUSHES* And yes! Everything bout this community is just so AWESOME and so FRIENDLY! I’m so glad we met because I always love reading your thoughts on books and your SUPER FUNNY comments! YOU DA BEST! <3