Snuggly Oranges 2.0

Posted November 25, 2013 by Debby in General, Giveaways, Lifestyle

Hellooooo book blogosphere! I am back and I return to you with a vengeance. Did you notice? Did you? YES. Snuggly Oranges is now a self-hosted WordPress blog! From indefinite hiatus to STRAIGHT UP LONG TERM COMMITMENT, because THAT IS HOW THE ORANGE ROLLS.

You have Christina to thank for that line.


Super duper thanks times infinity to the amazing and wonderful Ashley from Nose Graze, who offered to move me to WordPress. I’m pretty sure everyone’s familiar with how amazing she is, but yeah. The idea of moving scared the hell out of me, but she made it completely painless and simple, with lots of guidance and patience for my n00b questions. I instantly fell in love with the UBB plug-in and with her Tweak Me theme, so all in all I’m very, very happy in my lovely new WordPress home, and I don’t think I’ll regret it for a second.

Thank you, Ashley!!! You’re the best!

Do bear with me, because all of my posts need to be reformatted. I daresay I’ll have an easier go of it than Christina, as I had a measly 221 posts, but still. Things may look messy for a bit. But then it’ll look absolutely beautiful and it will all be worth it 😀 A lot of comments did get lost in the move, however. That’s sad, but… onwards, I say!

New Layout

Obviously moving to WordPress meant I would need a whole new layout. I was most terrified of this point because WordPress is so different compared to Blogger, and while I do have some HTML and CSS knowledge, I’m far from an expert. But this is why I love the Tweak Me theme! So many customization options and such an easy interface to use. So I went on my way, and ended up with this and… I don’t know about you guys, but I freaking love it. I love these colors, in particular. It just makes me instantly happy. So. YAY.

On Blogger Burnout

So maybe you’re wondering what happened, I mean, I did disappear off the face of the blogging world (and if you don’t care, you can skip this part). I definitely suffered a blogger burnout. I felt completely unmotivated to create content anymore, and personally I just wasn’t in a good place in my life at all. So I desperately needed a break, and I took my time deciding what I wanted to do. To be honest, I was very close to calling it quits on blogging. But after some rest, I started to feel better.

(For a little rather long personal story, press the spoiler tag.) View Spoiler »

Snuggly Oranges 2.0

I’ll take a leaf out of The Newsroom’s book and say this is Snuggly Oranges 2.0. We’re starting fresh, ladies and gentlemen (lol if we have any of the latter). New digs, new layout, new attitude, all signs point to go! I have about 3 weeks of content ready, so expect great things!

In the meantime, here are some of my blogging resolutions:

  • My main priority is my content, simply because I love creating content. When I don’t have the time to write new posts, I will not stress. I blog for me.
  • My Feedly is cleared and reorganized. I’m not massively following blogs, because Feedly reading 300 new posts? That’s stress I don’t need. This is day 1, and I hope to keep up as of now. If I’ve missed any interesting posts though in the last couple months, feel free to leave a link below 🙂
  • I will only reply to comments if I feel like I have something to say. I had this huge backlog the past months because I felt like every comment needed a reply (and the result was that none of them got any). No more! I will, however, try to reply to comments the same day. It doesn’t take up *that* much time, Debby, gosh.
  • I will visit blogs and comment when I want to. I know it may make me a bit anti-social, but the social expectation to always visit blogs, returning comments for every comment left to me, it’s stress I honestly can’t handle.
  • I do not need to be omnipresent on social media. I am now focusing on a few channels only: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram. While my Pinterest and Tumblr accounts still exist, I will not be using them for blog purposes and more for my personal use *when I feel like it*.
  • I will vlog only when I have an idea and feel like it. Honestly, saying I would start making videos regularly (while I never actually did it) was such a burden on my mind. I did not need to add that to my plate. So, sorry, YouTube folks. There may still be book hauls and wrap-ups but don’t expect much more than that. Writing is my primary outlet and priority. If ever I do have more free time and am still willing, I might do a video here or there.

Basically, I’m reclaiming my blog as my own, going to do it my way, and, above all, going to have fun doing it.

So you sat through all that. :’) Well done. You’re getting me emotional. But this is a milestone moment for Snuggly Oranges, and I do want to share some love (some positive energy) and thank you for sticking with me. So, of course, that means that there’s a giveaway, because I love you all.


  • 1 Winner can select any one of the Debby Books™ (including sequels to listed first books in series). You have over 50 books to choose from! What is a Debby Book you ask? We have a page for that.
  • You must fill in the Rafflecopter below to enter.
  • The giveaway is international!
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to enter, or 13+ years old with parental permission.
  • Any entrants who are found to be gaming the system will be disqualified.
  • This giveaway runs until December 9th, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • When the contest ends, the winner will be announced here and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, before another winner is picked.
  • I am not responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

ANYWAY. Seriously, I think that’s enough for now. Off I go!

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48 responses to “Snuggly Oranges 2.0

  1. Welcome back! You were so missed and I am glad you have a new home and a new outlook. I think your new plan is gonna work out great for you because I employ a lot of those to keep my blog as low stress as I can make it and it pretty much works. I’m here any time you need to chat, but for now, YAYYYYY!

    • EEEEEEEEEE thank you Kara 🙂 🙂 ♥ ♥ I missed the blogging world too, for sure 🙂 And thank you so much for being there for me this past while. I definitely feel much more confident now, and I’m going to make it last 🙂

  2. *snuggles all the oranges*

    I’m so glad you’re back, dear! I know you had a rough go of it for a while, but I’m happy you have overcome and made this pretty new version of your blog, and I hope that your resolutions keep haters from getting you down.

    Now I’m ready for all your juicy posts. Reviews of pulp fiction perhaps?


    • Hahahahahahahaha you just made me laugh so hard I may have freaked my housemate out a little bit. BUT THAT’S OKAY I DON’T CARE.

      xD Pulp fiction. I’ll keep that in mind. *snickers*

      *hugs you tightly* Thank you so much for being such an amazing support system 🙂

  3. I ADORE Snuggly Oranges 2.0! I think your blogging resolutions are all fantastic! Some of those I’m also trying to implement on my own blog. It’s an excellent recipe for stress-free, enjoyable blogging!

    And it’s awesome to see you on WordPress! 😉 I love what you’ve done with the layout! ♥

    • Heeeeeee 😀 I seriously can’t thank you enough for all your help Ashley 🙂 And I freaking love WordPress already, haha.

      It’s sad how much we bloggers let everything stress us out, though it is definitely hard to let go of some things. But I feel confident this is the right way for me to blog. 🙂

  4. First of all, HOLY CRAP THE NEW LAYOUT IS GORGEOUS! I looooove the colors. It looks so much warmer now and asdgfjfkla pretty. So yes. I approve. And secondly, I’m so, so proud of you – for being open about how you feel and what’s been happening to you – to me and to everyone else, for taking these steps, and for coming back. It’s good to have you back. It’s obviously not the same without you. 🙂 Also, I am going to take these tips on energy management, because obviously I can use those right now. Yay! Glad you made this decision.


    • HEEEEEEEEE JUDITH LAYOUT APPROVAL SCOREEEEEEEEEEE xD 🙂 I agree, the warm colors are just asdfjkl; I want to just hug my blog. Can that be possible? Please?

      🙂 I feel like opening up about these things can only help me. It’s honestly never had a bad effect. If anything, just writing it out always makes it real for me 🙂 Haha, if you need more energy management tips, I’m always here 😉 I have a bunch of slides on ideas of what you can do to improve.


  5. Kate

    YAY! This is wonderful. It’s awesome you were able to look at your life and figure out what you needed to do. I feel like I’m sort of going through the same things right now, but I’ve yet to figure out how to go beyond them. How to look at my life and decide what’s wrong and where to go from where I am…it just sounds daunting and confusing.

    But I’m glad you were able to! Congrats! (And the layout looks fantastic.)

    • Oh, it can be seriously confusing, believe me, I know. But taking a few steps back and first just letting things settle down can often already give some clarity. I hope you figure it out soon! Thank you 🙂


    Reading this after finishing Adorkable last night seems like the most perfect thing in the world. WELCOME BACK! *throws confetti*

    Your plan sounds like it will work and make what you love to do simply that, and not negative or stressful or anything like that.

    So happy to see you back 😀

    • Hahahaa, I’m still SO GLAD you loved it, mihihihihi 🙂 Thank you!! I definitely feel like I’m in a much better place now, so onwards I say! 🙂

  7. Ah, welcome back Debby! I’m excited for you and happy that you’ve figured some blogging stuff out. I really love your blogging expectations, and I look forward to seeing more post from you! Also, love the new site!

  8. First of all I would just like to say that your new layout is beautiful! SO PRETTY. Especially the colors.
    I’m glad you’re back to blogging because I really like your blog AND you’re the best at gifs. Seriously. It always amazes me how you can always find the perfect gifs to use, lol!
    Blogger burnout is the worst (I wouldn’t know, I’m just starting and not even regularly posting yet. But so many blogs I used to follow disappeared, probably due to blogger burnout). I think writing in a journal is really helpful, I used to do it when I needed to vent about things and it helped me a lot. Hope it keeps on helping you. Lately I have actually been working out more (as in I didn’t at ALL before and now I am xD) which really helped me mentally.
    Anyway, welcome back to blogging <3

    • Awww, thank you 🙂

      True, the lifespan of a book blogger tends to not be very very long. Quite a few of my friends have left or taken some steps back as well. I dunno if I’ll last, but once in a while, a complete overhaul like this with a whole new outlook might be exactly what you need!

  9. Welcome back! I’m glad to see your making steps to make your life better and less stressful. The blog looks wonderful too. I wish I had some of your design talent.

    You shouldn’t feel any pressure to do anything you don’t feel like you can keep up with. Book blogging is a hobby, not a career and frankly if you’re not really getting ARC’s and stuff then there’s no reason to break your neck for publishers and all your followers and friends will understand; so just let yourself go back to treating it like a hobby and doing it because you love it and it’s a nice escape. You definitely needed to re-asses things if it was that much of a stress to you but I’m glad you have and I’m looking forward to seeing where Snuggly Oranges 2.0 takes you.

    • Thanks Iona!

      True, if this were a job, I would have no problem with all that. I would get paid. It would be worth it. But balancing it with real life and a full time job? Yeahhh, not working out. Oh well. I’ll have fun my own way 🙂

  10. Aww Debby! I’m so happy for you and proud of you! Your layout is gorgeous, by the way. Reading this post felt like reading something I could’ve written. I’ve been going through a lot of the same things as you and it definitely took some time away to realize how much I do love blogging, but that things needed to change. I really hope your new resolutions work for you, and if they don’t, that you’re able to adjust them. I’m happy to have you back in the blogging world 🙂

    • Awwwwww, thank you! I know you’ve been having a lot of trouble lately figuring out where you want to go as a blogger (yeah, I lurk ^^; it’s a thing), but I’m so glad that you never really gave up. I like how you are adjusting to finding the right way to blog for you, and I hope that gives you the energy to keep going 🙂

      I’m definitely glad to be back!

  11. Welcome back Debby! I am so glad you decided to blog again because I missed you! I am even happier that you are feeling better and that you found your blogging mojo again.

    This new layout is AMAZING and I ADORE it! Your blog always looked wonderful but Snuggly Oranges 2.0 is even more amazing!
    Your resolutions are great and I think that they are a huge step towards making blogging more fun and more relaxing for you. We should never forget that it is still our hobby and we do it for fun.

    Welcome back Snuggly Oranges and I raise my (imaginary) glass to a great re-start!

  12. Morgan

    I love your design, it’s so colorful and cute!! And I adore all the WALL-E gifs you used, he’s the very cutest. I’m not a blogger but I know where you’re coming from with regard to pressure and feeling like you *have* to do things and *have* to respond. It’s how I feel about writing sometimes (I’m trying to finish my first full-length rough draft). Sometimes I need to allow myself to have a break and not feel guilty or all the passion for what I’m doing will ebb away. That being said, I love reading book blogs and it looks like we love a lot of the same books! Which means I can totally trust your bloggy opinion, yay! Don’t feel like you have to respond to my comment 😉 I’m a new reader here (saw you retweeted from some bloggers I follow) and just wanted to say hi. Can’t wait to read more!

  13. Yeay, I’m finally able to see your gorgeous new lay-out. SO PRETTY. I’m so happy to have you back Debby! It’s great that you shared your story with us and good job for working on it <3 I look forward to all your posts and perhaps see you pop up on my blog 😀

  14. WELCOME BACK DEBBY! I MISSED YOU! <33333 You have wonderful things to say about books and life and you are an asset to the blogging community so I am glad you didn't leave for good. Congrats on the move to WordPress! I think your new plan sounds great – don't let blogging stress you out!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  15. DEBBY!! I’m happy you’re back! I had a feeling you were moving to WordPress. I visited Snuggly Oranges a few days ago because I wanted to comment on your hiatus post, but everything was gone. (Basically, it was going to be this gigantic comment about how Snuggly Oranges is one of the blogs I regularly visit, that I hoped things would get better soon, that I completely understand the urge to just read all the things and review none of them, and OH YEAH, that you MUST read The Falconer and make the American jelz because their edition isn’t out yet.) I was afraid you might stop blogging, but I’m glad it’s what came to mind when that coach encouraged you to think of a time that made you proud. This blog is definitely something you can take pride in!

    Your design is gorgeous. I love the entire “Snuggly Oranges 2.0, now extra juicy” idea. I adore your button. Yes yes yes to the “I blog for me” ideology. This is your space and people will just have to deal 🙂 I’m really glad you got your second breath blogging-wise and again, it’s good to have you back!

    • The site was only down for like one day… but I guess you were just there exactly at the right (/wrong) time xD Thank you Ellis! It’s good to be back, for sure.

  16. HURRAYHURRAYHURRAY YOU’RE BAAAAAAACK. I’m so excited I can’t even contain my joy. I also love the move to WordPress and the new design. Perfect all around. AND I like your Debby Books™. PERFECT. It helps that I happen to like your Debby Books™ picks.

  17. I love it! And I’m glad you’re reclaiming the blog and your part of the interwebz. It’s hard to keep your head above water and make it your own and you’re doing it and I’m proud of you!

  18. Congratulations on the move to WordPress! I think the only reason why I don’t really want to move is because the monies haha. I’m stingy 😛

    Your blog design is so pretty! I love the colour of the background :3 And I definitely agree with your new blogging resolutions. My co-blogger and I have actually done the whole “post when you want to post” thing since we first started blogging and it’s worked out quite well for us 🙂 Hopefully it works out for you too!

  19. I think it’s a wonderful thing that you’ve decided to return to blogging — and are going to do it in a way that makes YOU happy and satisfied and not stressed. I think that’s a very important change, and I’m glad you were able to settle it with yourself and make it. (P.S. That seminar sounds amazing! Glad it started up a few life changes for you!) Welcome back!

  20. Meg

    Not only are you back, but you’re announcing it in an all Wall-E gif-ed post. Have I mentioned how much I missed you? A few times, perhaps? Well I did. A lot.

    I’m so glad that you’re feeling better and the blog looks AMAZING!! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got coming up! I’m so glad you’re back, I’ve missed you and your blog. <3

    • Hahaha, it started with the haters gonna hate gif and then I thought, why not stick to the theme? Wall-E gifs are freaking amazing 🙂

      *hugs* I missed talking to you tooooo so YAY. Thank you! 🙂

  21. Oh Debby, I’m so happy for you! And your layout looks fab. And I have absolutely no idea if you remember me, so I hope this isn’t anything awkward.

    I’m also happy to hear that you’re doing better in terms of your personal life! I hope nothing bad happens to you.

    And you could always watch Frozen, if I guessed correctly that you’re a Disney fan based on your GIFs.

  22. Let me tell you that I absolutely love your blog’s past and present layout. And I seriously thought that you were already on WordPress the whole time I was visiting your blog. Can I give your orange a hug?

    I am so glad that you are back and that you’re able to sort what you’ve been going through during the past months. And good luck to your blogging resolutions.

    Welcome back, Debby!

    • Hahaha, I had quite a few people fooled with my WordPress-esque layout on Blogger, but nope, it was still blogger. But thank you! 🙂 You can try to hug the orange, but he might scurry off to keep snuggling his books all by himself 😉


  23. I’m so glad you decided to continue blogging! And the new layout is so pretty! 🙂
    That workshop sounds amazing and really inspiring!
    Sometimes it’s good to take a minute and realise exactly why you’re doing this and that there shouldn’t be so much pressure to do EVERYTHING and follow everyone and be a social blogger by commenting and all that.
    I’m excited to see what new things you’ve come up with!

  24. Yayee! So glad to see that you’re back. The new layout is great and everything looks so shiny and pretty. Heee =D

    So happy to see that you’re overcoming problems in your life. I shall also try to work on energy management tips, they sound like something I can use.

    P.S. All those WALL-E gifs are sooo adorable!

  25. I love the new look of the blog and I absolutely adore all the Wall-E GIFs you’ve used on this review! But of course, Wall-E has to be one of my favourite movies of all times!
    Thank you for celebrating with us with a giveaway!