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.
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.
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.
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!