Ya Girl Is Back!

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Hello world and you amazing storytellers! YA GIRL IS BACK!

This was my first hiatus ever in the history/life of Fictionally Sam and…well I think it is sufficient to say that I suck at not doing blog related things on a daily basis. I missed you guys so much and missed this outlet way more than I realized I did.

With that said, I’ve been keeping a secret from y’all.

For the past month and a half now, I have been slowly (emphasis on the slowly) creating, shaping and prepping for a move towards going self-hosted. Originally this hiatus was solely going to be me stopping everything and breathing because as I mentioned before everything got overwhelming. However, I suck at not doing anything. So 48 hours into my hiatus, I decided to speed up my timeline for moving to self-hosted and to use these past two weeks to make everything spiffy and to schedule a bunch!


Queer Eye: The Blog Edition

From the very beginning, I decided that I when I moved to self hosted I wanted my neck of the woods to reflect more of me and my vibe. I wanted the look to be playful, fun, and also showcase how passionate I am about the different mediums of storytelling. Everyday and every time I look at the page I get all giddy inside, because it just feels right and I really hope you guys are vibing it!

Not only did Fictionally Sam got in touch with her inner Bobby, Jonathan, and Tan to get an external face lift but she also had herself a sit down with her inner Karamo and did some work on herself internally. So the question you probably are asking is…

What’s different and whats new?

Well firstly, this site is still going to be delivering the same bookish content that we have always delivered here; as books will always be the core and majority content here at Fictionally Sam.

With that said, there are going to be somethings that I waddle to work on and add on!

  1. More TV/Film Content – I feel like I’ve been slacking on this a lot lately and I really would like to dedicate a specific day in my weekly schedule that is solely cinematography related!
  2. Genre In Depth Comeback – I miss this and want it back. However, instead of twice a month, I’m reverting it to once monthly.
  3. More Chit Chat – I miss rambling to you all. Going back through posts I realized I began to shy away from the sole reason I began this blog–to rant and rave about storytelling. So we are waddling back to this.

I’m learning balance–both in my personal and professional life–with that said, I got in touch with my last Inner Queer Eye guru, Antoni, and began to take the steps to learn how to lead a balanced blog. My schedule is becoming crisper and more uniformed (hallelujah) and I am also going to be more picky about the ARCs I request as well as the reviews I accept.


I’m so happy and excited to be back with you guys and I hope that this is just the beginning of greatness here in my neck of the interwebs. I’ve missed you lot so much and I’ve realized just how much you all have become to be like family to me! So cheers, to new beginnings, new magic, and more love ❤.

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  1. Dany

    September 19, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Gorgeous glow up Sam!!! I love the vibe❤️❤️❤️

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thank you Dany! This is completely making my day! <3

  2. Kal @ Reader Voracious

    September 19, 2019 at 10:57 am

    It looks amazing, and congrats on the successful move to self-hosted! I love how bright, fun, and playful the look is now!

  3. jamsu

    September 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I absolutely love the new look! I’m jealous of your amazing banner and all the bright colors.

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:20 am

      JAMSU THANK YOU! <3 If you ever want one, I don’t mind making one for you! <3

      1. jamsu

        September 23, 2019 at 9:59 am

        I’d love it if you made me one! <3

        1. fictionallysam

          September 23, 2019 at 2:35 pm

          coolio! I’ll text you later tonight to get the details! <3

          1. jamsu

            September 24, 2019 at 9:38 am

            I’d like that (:

  4. danielle

    September 19, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    WOOW that was quick lol!! But seriously Sam I LOVEEE this new look with all the bright colors and graphics. I’m so proud of you for deciding to make a change when you weren’t happy. It’s inspiring 💜💜💜

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Haha! Speed is my middle name 😂! And Thank you! I am so glad that people are loving the new look and the rebranding (I was super nervous!).

      Awe Danielle! Mah heart! <3 THANK YOUUUUUUU

  5. Clo @ Book Dragons

    September 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I’m screamingggggg! (stg you best hear me screaming from across the pond)

    I LOVE THIS LOOK IT SUITS YOU DOWN TO A T! This blogs new look deffo feels like Sam now, I feel like just having your blog open on a tab constantly to stare at the new logo every now and then xD <3 <3 <3

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:18 am


      LMAO That is a mood, I’ve caught myself just staring at my blog since coming back, just because it makes me all kinds of mushy and giddy inside lmao. <3

  6. Meeghan reads

    September 20, 2019 at 4:47 am

    SAM!!!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!
    I am here for all your new changes and really just loving it allllll so much 😍

    1. Siham @ readingatlastblog

      September 20, 2019 at 6:21 am

      The blog looks amazing, omg!! Welcome back love <3<3

      1. fictionallysam

        September 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

        Thank you! It’s great to be back! I’ve missed you all!

    2. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

      MEEGHAN!!!!! THANK YOU! You are a gem and I can’t even <3 <3

      1. Meeghan reads

        September 23, 2019 at 9:49 am

        You are MOST welcome!! 🥰💕

  7. Jennifer Pletcher

    September 20, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Love the new blog! I love the new look.

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

      Thank you and Thank you! I’m smitten with it myself lmao

  8. Nicola Niemc

    September 20, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Yay, glad you’re back! Loving the new look to your site 😁

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Thank you! It’s good to be back!

  9. Heather @ The Frozen Library

    September 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Congrats! Your new blog is so cute! 🙂

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:11 am


  10. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

    September 22, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Ahh!!!!! Glad you are back! I love the new look! <3

    1. fictionallysam

      September 23, 2019 at 9:11 am

      I’m glad to be back!! And thank you! I’m super stoked that ya’ll are loving it because I get giddy every time I waddle to it and see it lmao.

  11. Contemporary-A-Thon Round 5 TBR

    September 23, 2019 at 8:14 am

    […] epic awesome shout out to the one and only Sam over at Fictionally Sam who made my entire week by making my brand new banner:I mean JUST LOOK AT […]

    1. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

      October 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      SAMANTHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I keep forgetting to pop by a comment but this looks fabulous and I love it also you need to breathe.


      1. fictionallysam

        October 1, 2019 at 4:59 pm

        *inhales deeply *


        1. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

          October 1, 2019 at 5:09 pm

          Make sure you breathe out too lmao

  12. sepiareads

    November 5, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Congrats on being self-hosted! I love the new look!

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