A Calendar of Blogging Feel Goods

February 26, 2014 Bookish Fun 35

As I’m coming up to my blog birthday (on Saturday!), I have been looking back at my blog and contemplating how the great the last year has been. I have a full post coming up Sat with a list of people who made that year so special and a giveaway. However right now, I’m all nostalgic and full of feels and I want to share some of my favourite moments from my blog.

1 March 2013 : I started a book blog! This feels so right. I hit publish on my first post and feel so good, I write my second post immediately. I keep sneaking back to my site for admiring looks at it.

I’m no stranger to blogging, no stranger to books and have decided to combine 2 loves and start a book blog.  This is where I get to share my obsessive love of books, my thoughts on all things bookish, my book reviews and where I make a little internet home for myself to rave and rant about all things literary.

6 March 2013 : I post my first Bookish Chat. When I started a book blog, I wanted to do more than review; I also wanted to talk about all things bookish and bloggish. I was excited that this post generated meaningful comments. And hello Kelly W, Lark, Stormy C., Asti and Nuz who all popped in here 

27 March 2013 : Dee’s Reads and I started our ‘Dust off Your Classics’ Challenge. Even though not many joined it, I judge this one a total success as myself and Dee have fun doing it. And fun and classics don’t often appear in the same sentence!

1 May 2013 : I launch my Green Giants feature. This is one of my favourite things on my blog, I’m proud of the success so many Irish authors have had and I’m want to spotlight those I love. And who else could I kick this feature off with but Tana French. Not just my favourite Irish author but my favourite author full stop.

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6 May 2013 : I review an ARC of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith which I really enjoyed. And was later shocked to find out JK Rowling wrote. That moment when I heard who wrote this book was one of my best moments ever. I feel so privileged to have read this an ARC.

21 June 2013 : A gang of book loving, fun loving, blog loving girls came together on Twitter and reviewed our first book; Girl with Guitar by Caisey Quinn. We later named ourselves Girls With Books and no blogging feel good list would be complete without mentioning Danielle, Chelsea, CeCe, Tonya, Jessica and Wendy.

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22 June 2013 : I discussed coulda/woulda/shoulda Book Bloggers. This post just makes me smile and I still hold firm to the belief that Jo March, Hermione, Edward Cullen and Rory Gilmore would make awesome bloggers!

26 July 2013 : I introduce Twitteresque Book Reviews. AKA Lazy ass blogger reviews where I review in 140 characters or less. Handy! For those days when writing a full review is as attractive as getting teeth pulled :O

2 August 2013 : I share another of my The Bloggers Guide to Marketing posts. I had such fun making the map for this one and it makes me laugh to see how unpolished and unprofessional it is.

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2nd October 2013 : I move to self hosting and wordpress. The time felt right, so I jumped and it was the best move I ever made! And just like when I started my blog, I keep opening it up and smiling at it! If I could hug it, I would!

18 Nov 2013 : I read and reviewed my first Agatha Christie book. And became an instant fangirl! Why did I wait so long to read these? On the plus side, so many great books ahead of me due to the enormous amount of books that she wrote.

4 Jan 2014 : I did a 12 days of Christmas book recommendations. So much work! Never again!

19 Feb 2014 : I start a new Feature – Fictitious Gadgets. Going back to what I first said when I started my blog, I want to talk about books. And this is another way for me to do this without necessarily reviewing them.

Overall I feel so happy that I’ve participated in so much during the year – from reviews, to discussions, to community events, to blog tours, to cover reveals . I feel this year I’ve repaid a bit of my debt to authors. I love to read and am always grateful to those who pour their heart and soul into books to give me hour after hour of pleasure.

And I’m declaring my first blogging year a massive accomplishment for me personally! I’m judging my success not by follower numbers or page hits but by friendships made, book loving chats and my own satisfaction levels. Mission accomplished!

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35 Responses to “A Calendar of Blogging Feel Goods”

  1. Lola

    That’s so awesome you almost reached your first blog birthday! Congrats! It feels so awesome to reach that first year milestone. I had my one year blogoversary back in December. I switches to wordpress a few weeks ago and am so glad I made the move. I am also using the Tweek Me theme, I love it! I was able to make my blog look exactly how I wanted.
    Lola recently posted…Book Birthday: Fire Country (Country Saga #1) by David Estes

    • trish

      So happy you did find me again that time! And yes you should do a highlights post, it’s a great feel good boost and reminds you just why you blog.

    • trish

      I know! That was the coolest thing ever! I woke up one morning and noticed hundreds of hits on that post and didn’t know what was going on. I happy danced when I saw the news all over twitter then about who wrote it. So Cool!

  2. Aven Ellis

    Trish,

    This is such a cool idea to see your first year in blogging from a calendar perspective! So glad I met you and the GwB!! Your May 6 moment is EPIC!! How awesome to have discovered that book without the true identity of the author?? LOVE.

    xo Aven

    • trish

      So epic Aven and it’s a moment I’ll treasure forever! And so glad I met you too and your Friday coffees make me smile <3

  3. Roberta R.

    First off: I figured out why I wasn’t getting your feeds anymore. Your blog address used to be “between the lines“…now it’s “between my lines”…So, I added it again to my blog list (which, as you know, can be done even if you don’t have the GFC gadget in place anymore).

    Then: congrats on your blog achievements and Happy Blog Birthday!

    Finally…Agatha. The one and only. I’ve read your “And Then There Were None” review, and couldn’t agree more with it. Having been a fan since I was a kid (many of her books were in the house…the others I bought myself through the years…), I sort of grew up with her mysteries, so I’ve never really stopped and tried to figure out what was that made them timeless and alluring to new generations. But you, as a new reader, captured all that wonderfully!
    Roberta R. recently posted…Kate Harrison: “Soul Fire”

    • trish

      Oh, of course! The original name was taken so I couldn’t use it when I moved.
      I love Agatha and have read 3 books now and they continue to puzzle and engage me. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to discover her genius but better late than never! As a fan who has read lots, which is your favourite Roberta? I love adding more to my stockpile 🙂

      • Roberta R.

        Favourite? O_O I don’t know! Have you read, for instance, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (with Poirot)? Because in the end you will realise how clever it was…Or Five Little Pigs (Poirot again)? Because it’s different, since everyone of the main suspects gets to recount the murder and the events that led to it from his or her own angle…Or A Murder is Announced (with Miss Marple)? Because…well, the title says it all :). But of course, forewarned is not forearmed here. Also, I love the atmosphere. Though MM is not very present here…And what about Endless Night? A peculiar Christie book…no detective, no murder even, till late in the book. And…again…so clever.
        But you’ll have to read them all. There’s no way out ;P.
        Roberta R. recently posted…Kate Harrison: “Soul Fire”

        • trish

          So many people have recommended The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to me that I have buy that one next. And the other 2 have gone on my list now as well. I’m looking forward to them all and clever is the perfect way to describe AC books.
          I’m going to try to read them all! And it’s no chore 🙂

  4. Laura Plus Books

    This was such a cool way to go over your last year! You’ve definitely made a bunch of amazing achievements and done lots of cool things. Lets hope for many more great years to come where we can meet lots of new people. 😀
    Laura Plus Books recently posted…LGBT Month: Sign Ups

    • trish

      Absolutely Laura, that’s a perfect birthday wish for me. Well that and the hope of amazing books to inspire me to keep blogging 🙂

    • trish

      It’s funny how we all started more or less together. Hopefully we’ll all still be doing it next year and far beyond. Love ya!

    • trish

      Knowing I turned even one reader towards Tana French makes me so happy! And thanks for being such a regular visitor, I’ve loved your frequent comments Lark.

    • trish

      Thanks! I think everyone should reflect now and again on their achievements, it feels really good. And some of my highlights are just silly but I don’t care, they were special for me 🙂

    • trish

      Feel free to borrow it Tanya, it’s a lot of lists though! Start early. I was thinking of trying to make a blog hop out of it next year. If I had 12 blogs interested, I would go for it. Others can do the work and I can just visit 😉

  5. Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books

    Congrats on completing one year, Trish! That’s absolutely wonderful! 🙂

    And I love that you have taken the time to enjoy each of your milestones because these are what makes all the hassle worth it! And I adored your The Bloggers Guide to Marketing posts so I can’t wait to see more. Here’s to many more years of awesome-ness! *hugs*
    Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books recently posted…Insta-Love on the big screen

    • trish

      Thanks Nuz! And thanks for being around for so much of it. It’s really appreciated. And I agree, writing the high points is a good exercise, next time I hit a slump I’ll revisit this post 🙂

  6. Kelley (Oh, the Books!)

    What a cool post! I love seeing a list of notable events over the past year, and it looks like you’ve had a lot of them! Congrats on your (almost) first full year of blogging — and and early HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! because I probably won’t be online tomorrow. 😀

    • trish

      Thanks Kelley! Picking out my personal highlights was such a fun exercise, it reminds me of just why I love to blog.

  7. kimbacaffeinate

    Awesome trip down memory lane and it was nice because I remember a few of these firsts and posts. I laughed about 12 Recommendations for Christmas, cause every year I do Things That Go Bump and every year I say never again, and then someone tells me how much they love that event and bam..I am doing it again..LOL
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

    • trish

      And thanks for being around for so many of my highs 🙂 And bwahahhaha I can see exactly how you get suckered in time and time again!

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