New Blog Look & Liebster Award 2017

    You might have noticed something a little bit different clicking on this post today. Don't worry, you're still with Melissa and on Quill Pen Writer! I've been considering a blog look change for a number of months, and a few days ago I finally had the time to sit down and make the changes. 

    The biggest difference is on my home page, with a header I spent (three) hours on, making sure it fit properly for both laptop and mobile. I really hope you enjoy the crisp, simple layout of my blog now! If there are any glitches or you're struggling to find something, please let me know!

    Thank you all for being here for this exciting time for Quill Pen Writer!

    Now, onto the Liebster Award! I am absolutely honoured to be nominated by my lovely friend Rebekah DeVall over at her blog. Go check it out, I'll be here waiting!
  
    In accordance with the award, I'm to share with you my favourite blog. Goodness, choosing is ridiculously hard. Since I love each and every one of your blogs for different reasons, I'm going to choose a blog not run by any of my lovely followers.

    It's a tie between Go Teen Writers and Well-Storied! 

    Go Teen Writers is a fantastic blog for teenage writers, and it was this blog that really helped me kick-start my writing journey. I read through all their posts ravenously, drinking the wealth of knowledge the three ladies who run it shared. From tips on publishing, to scene construction, to characters, to world-building Go Teen Writers is an excellent source for all writers, amateurs or not!

    I didn't discover Well-Storied until a little bit later, but I love how Kristen Kieffer digs deep into writing topics and doesn't skim over the top. Recently she has published a super useful series on the pros and cons of traditional publishing, and of self-publishing. If you want to take your writing down those routes, make sure to check them out!


    Now, I'm supposed to nominate between 5 and 11 bloggers I feel deserve the award. Here are the nominees! (If you've already been nominated, no worries!):



    If you've been nominated, here are the rules!

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  5. List these rules in your post
  6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)
  7. Post a comment in the comments of –> the award post <– so your post and blog can be viewed.
What are your thoughts on the new blog look? Do you plan on changing your blog's look sometime soon, or are you happy with the way it is? What are your favourite blogs?
Have a wonderful day! <3

Comments

  1. Thank you, Melissa!! *tackles you with giant hug*
    Your blog looks amazing. I recently redid mine, so I'm pretty happy with how it looks. I will be getting this post up soon!

    Also, I'm a bit confused by the wording of rule #7. Can you explain it a bit more?
    Thanks again! You are so sweet! <3 <3

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Never mind, my brain ain't working this evening. I clicked the link like any normal smart person would. XD

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    2. **hugs back** You're very welcome Ivie! Your blog looks lovely! :)
      Haha okay glad you figured it out! Let me know if you have any more questions.
      Thanks for commenting! <3

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  2. I've already told you this, but I love the new look!

    Thanks for tagging me!! :D

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    1. Thank you! Once again, I'm glad you like it. xD
      You're very welcome! Thanks for commenting Gray!

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  3. I love the new design! Everyone seems to be getting these lovely new designs. I should probably give mine an update.

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    1. Thanks Skye! Glad you like it. <3 I think yours is really lovely, but it's up to you if you want to change it! Thank you for commenting!

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  4. Your new design looks great. I'm thinking of doing something with mine soon, but I'm not sure. I also love Well-Storied. Kristen does an amazing job on her posts. Her Scrivener ones were especially helpful to me.

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    1. Thank you Rachel. I'm happy you like the look of it! Well, play around with Blogger a bit and see what you come up with. xD Yes, she's great! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Your new layout and design looks awesome!! Very clean but cute. :)

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    1. Aw thank you Nabila! I'm glad you think so. Thanks for commenting (and for following)! <3

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  6. Ohmygosh, Melissa, thank you so much for nominating me!!! *hugs* I don't know if I'll be able to think of five other bloggers... but I can't wait to post about this! :D

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    1. *hugs back* You're so very welcome! Haha, well, I can throw some more suggestions your way if you need them. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  7. I like this blog design a lot better than the old one! Your home page looks absolutely beautiful!

    Thank you so much for nominating me! This is definitely a different Liebster Award, which is really cool. (I'll have to really think about which is my favorite blog, there are so many that I like!)

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thanks Catherine! I'm really glad you like it. I like it more than the old one too haha! :)

      You're very welcome! Yeah it took me quite a bit to think about what my favourite blog was, and I still ended up with two! xD Thanks for commenting!

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  8. Your new header is lovely, and I think the 'latest posts' feature nicely displays your marvelous post images! I tend to constantly update features of my blog design, but I should just get it somewhere I'm happy with and leave it alone. ;)
    Jem Jones

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    1. Naww thank you! That's so sweet of you to say so. <3 Haha yeah it's hard to leave the blog alone when there are so many aspects you want to play with and perfect. I love the look of yours though! Thanks for commenting Jem!

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  9. Your new layout is very lovely! I adore the header!

    Congrats on your nomination!

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  10. The new blog design looks great! Congrats on the hard work paid off! I've done this award a few times, so I'm going to skip it this time, but thanks so much for nominating me. ^ ^

    storitorigrace.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you think it was worth it! xD No worries! I thought you might have done it before but I wasn't completely sure. :) Thanks for commenting Victoria!

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  11. I love your new template! It's very clean and professional looking. :D And I used to read GTW blog like religiously haha...although not so much anymore because I feel a bit old (GASP GROWING UP IS NOT OK) but they have so many resources and give away such valuable information for free. They're amazing superheroes!

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    1. Thanks Cait! <3 NO GROWING UP IS NOT OK. *gasp* Yes, they're are amazing!!! It's incredible to be able to find the amount and depth of their information for free, and targeted specifically to teen writers. :) Thank you for commenting!

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  12. Thank you for the nomination! <3 And can I just second Cait? Cause GTW IS AWESOME AND THEY REALLY ARE SUPERHEROES. *flails* I'd never heard of the other blog before though! *skips on over to check it out*

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    1. You're welcome! <3 THEY ARE SUPERHEROES ABSOLUTELY. Ooooh you must check it out!!! Thanks for commenting Liz! :)

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  13. Go Teen Writers sounds like a very helpful site...but there are so many of those lol. I love your new look; it looks excellent! Quill Pen Writer has a bright future.

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    1. It's a wonderful site! That is true, there are many, haha! xD Thanks Shanti! I'm happy you like it. :) Thank you for your kind words and for commenting!

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