Fair warning: this post might well veer from nostalgic straight into saccharine. I’ll try very hard to avoid that, but brace yourself.
One year. Wow! When I started up my book blog, I honestly didn’t think that it would become such a big part of my life. My husband suggested that I try blogging since I talk about books so often. Also, I’m pretty decent at recommending books to people that they end up enjoying.
With trepidation, I thought I’d give it a try. And, guess what? I love it (I’m sure my husband is about to say “I told you so”). I’m still learning and there was so much that I didn’t know starting out. For example, I had no idea that bloggers were able to read ARCS in the first place. I figured that was a magazine reviewer only thing. I also had never heard of blogging tours, book tags, and had put zero thought into having a reviewer policy. All of these things have been explained to me by an amazing group of bloggers and blog-promoters. Which leads me to my next big surprise: friends.
I was pretty sure that I’d be shouting into the void, so to speak. I still can’t believe that so many people read my blog and comment. I love getting comments! I’ve also suddenly found myself with several awesome new friends. Friends that won’t roll their eyes when I get a little too excited about ye random new release? Priceless! Although, to be fair, you might all be rolling your eyes, but of course I can’t tell. Well, I’m going to keep believing that you aren’t. Ha!
There are so many incredible-sounding books that I’ve added to my insurmountable “to be read” list thanks to bookbloggers. I like to think I’ve added a few new ones to others’ lists. It’s a great feeling, knowing that there’s a whole community of book-lovers that I now get to count myself a part of.
Of course, I still give way too many unasked-for book suggestions to my friends in person, but having the ability to be overexcited online and have people read my ramblings is pretty stinking amazing.
So, happy blogging birthday to me, and THANK YOU to everyone who has encouraged me, answered my asinine questions, and who reads my blog posts. You’re all fantastic!