Three Years of Blogging! *Fans Self.*

Blogoversary Turning 3

I can’t believe I’m celebrating another one of these blogoversary thingies! How is time passing so fast? I don’t know how I haven’t run out of things to say yet! People really do underestimate the amount of hard work that goes into maintaining a blog, I bet if I started to keep count of the hours I spend on this thing it would be a little scary, but I still wouldn’t change it. 🙂

Even though it feels surreal that I’ve reached the three year landmark, it seems as if I’ve been blogging forever. It’s such an ingrained, natural part of who I am now that it’s hard to remember a time when I wasn’t posting my opinions about books on the internet! I value and cherish this little blog space so much. It’s where I come to vent, to solidify my book thoughts and to interact with other like-minded awesome people, many of which I now consider great friends. 🙂 Every time I actually think logically about the fact people are taking time out of their busy days to read my posts or even just to check in to say hi I get a little tear in my eye. I’ve said it a million times, but I never thought anyone would actually read this thing, and it means so much to me that you do. When I first started my blog there was always this little whisper in the back of my head saying ‘what gives you the right to review books? You don’t have any knowledge, why would anyone care about your opinion?!?’ Three years on and I’m so much more confident expressing my thoughts and standing my ground. Plus, it’s the best feeling in the world when I recommend a book and someone actually goes out and buys it. It’s kind of amazing!

I started this blog for me, as an outlet for my book madness and as a way to keep a record of my thoughts, but I can now say my favourite part of blogging is YOU GUYS because it’s much more fun when you can discuss books with other people. 🙂 It sounds so cliché, but I really do appreciate every like, comment, follow and shout out, and each time it happens I do this:

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Yeah, I’m a nerd and I love it!

So, here comes the random listy list part! – Some Fun Stats From my Three Years of Blogging:

75,424 Fingerprints.

7,334 Comments.

667 Friends.

250 Vaguely Coherent Posts.

80 Wonderful Books Discovered.


My Favourite Posts:

1.) The Power of WordPress: An Act of Selfless Kindness – This one is a favourite because it summarises so much of what I love about WordPress: community. My lovely blogging friend Cindy surprised me by getting a personalised signed book by one of my favourite authors. She then shipped it from Canada all the way to the UK! It’s one of the sweetest, kindest things someone has ever done for me (especially as we’ve never even met) so I wrote this blog post to showcase her awesomeness. 🙂

2.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Review – This post was challenging to write because I was worried how people would react to my lukewarm thoughts on Green’s beloved novel, but I was really pleased with the end result! I was also surprised to find so many of you felt the same way. I loved reading so many varying opinions in the comments.

3.) The Books That Have Shaped Me Into the Reader I Am Today – This post gave me the chance to reminisce about many of the influential books I had read over the years and speak about why they were special to me.

4.) On Meeting Trudi Canavan – In this post I documented my first ever book signing experience! Trudi Canavan has been one of my favourite authors for a long time and it was an honour to finally meet her. I still love looking back on the post and reliving how ecstatic I was at the time. 🙂

5.) The Hills are Alive…With the Sound of my Bookcase Creaking – I had a blast writing this book haul and taking the pictures for it! I was so excited about all my purchases and I think that really came across in my writing.

6.) The 10 Stages of Bookshelf Reorganisation – I got into gif mode for this one and had a lot of fun documenting the ups and downs of reorganising all of my books to go on my new shelves!


So, that’s it! Here’s to another year of blogging (hopefully). Thank you so much for hanging with me at my little space on the internet. 🙂

 

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48 thoughts on “Three Years of Blogging! *Fans Self.*

  1. Happy blogiversary! I love coming here for reviews and virtual cookies and cake. It seems to me you always make everyone who comes here welcome with a comment (it must take you an age to answer them all), whether they’re here just once or regulars like me and Mr Cargill and all the others.

    This is one of my favourite corners of the internet and definitely my favourite review site. Keep on blogging!

    • Thank you, Tony! I do try hard to make anyone who pops in feel welcome because I love it when someone does the same for me!
      The comment replies do take a LONG time but it’s totally worth it and so rewarding. I really enjoy it and my fave part of blogging is chatting to everyone. 🙂

      Awwwh thank you so much, that means a lot. Thanks for being a Bookaholic regular. I always look forward to your comments!

  2. Congratulations! I’m so glad you’ve kept this blog up and I can tell you’re so truly dedicated to being a part of the blogging community…I remember you were one of my first followers when I was just starting out and it was always so meaningful and encouraging to see your comments and likes on my content! You’ve been an awesome friend and I can’t wait to continue to share our book blogging adventures in the future! 🙂

    • Thank you! When I started this thing I honestly never thought I would keep it up for this long, it’s awesome. 🙂 When I came across your blog I felt like I’d come across a kindred spirit, I loved that you were so passionate about books and writing long reviews like me! I’m so glad you found the comments encouraging, it can be tough when you start out and feel like your talking to a void.

      Awwh thank you, here’s to blogging adventures! 🙂

      • Holy crap! I just finished it, and as you guys say in England, I am completely gobsmacked! Of course, with all the unanswered questions, I want to start book 2 immediately. However, I have so many other books to read that I might wait and give my brain some time to digest everything. You almost feel physically exhausted by the end of that book don’t you? Well, mentally exhausted for sure :).

      • Aggghh! Wasn’t it awesome!? Especially the thing mentioned in the second to last sentence. I had kind of vaguely considered it but yes, it left me gobsmacked!!!!
        I’m actually sitting here debating whether to start book 2 as we speak! I just picked it off my shelf (I borrowed book 1 from a friend but half way through reading it ordered the whole set including the prequel for under £10). There’s something about these dystopian books that makes me want to binge read them!

      • We really are book twins. I have been considering buying the box set all week, but so far I have controlled myself. I have all four on my Nook (got them for free), so I don’t really “need” the set, but it’s sooo pretty. I really want to start on Book 2 right away, but I am going to a big book event not this weekend but next, and I’m trying to read some books by some of the authors that will be there. So, it’s a real dilemma. Plus, I just this moment started the second book to If I Stay because Bryan’s girlfriend said it was really good, and I don’t want to forget about it. Andddd, I am still reading Interview With The Vampire because Anne Rice is going to be at another book event in November. What is a poor book addict to do? How many books can I possibly read at once without totally neglecting my family and job? LOL

      • Doooooo it! 😉
        Unfortunately the versions I have aren’t that pretty (the US covers are much nicer) it’s essentially just black with a title and a bright neon outline of a guy in a maze. I love the cover that actually shows you the doors because it relates better to the book, but I couldn’t get those ones unless I paid a LOT more. Ohh well, I have to compromise every once in a while, LOL.

        Ahh yes of course, your book event. I’m sure you have a lot to cram in before you go! I read If I Stay ages ago and really enjoyed it, but I never got around to the sequel (I think it might have come out quite a few years later?) so I will be interested to see what you think of that. 🙂

        I know!!! It’s so tough. We need a national holiday that’s for book reading only!

      • Oooh that’s a toughie because I don’t read much contemporary, but there are a few that spring to mind (they’re stand alones though) 1.) The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (about a girl who loses her sister, very similar feel to If I Stay with some quirky characters and a bit of romance). 2.) ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen because she’s beyond amazing. 3.) Trouble by Non Pratt (about a teen girl who falls pregnant, very different story but the same uplifting feel) 4. Possibly Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (It’s been a while since I’ve read that one though.)

        Hope that helps as a starting point!

      • Thanks Book Buddy, and Cayley says thank you too :). She is going to be drowning in reading for uni (going through to be a teacher with a history major), but I told her it’s very important to make time for some relaxation reading here and there! By the way, you are a bad influence! I keep looking at the Maze Runner box set :). Did you start the second book?

      • Yes, fiction reading is a must! Even if you can only fit in a book every 2 months. It keeps you sane. 🙂 Tell her good luck from me.

        Mwuhuhuu, my master plan is working. 😛 Yes! I did start the second book. I’m only about 20 pages in but it’s gripping already (and just a tad freaky).

  3. Happy Anniversary Becky!!! I enjoy visiting your blog. I just realize that yours is the first blog I followed when I began my wordpress account to try my hand at blogging. Keep up the good work.

  4. Congratulations, maintaining a blog is, as you say time consuming but well worth the effort. I find that blogging can distract from my writing, consequently I have to try (not always very successfully) to balance these 2 equally pleasurable activities. Regards, Kevin

    • Thank you. 🙂
      I imagine it must be extremely difficult to spread your time between blogging and writing, I know I struggle to keep a balance between blogging and writing essays for higher education! There are only so many hours in the day so it’s important to accept that we can’t do everything (even if we really want to).

      Thanks for reading!

      • I have a fulltime job so when that is added into the equation it becomes even more problematic. Anyway I should stop complaining, buckle down and start writing! I remember the days of writing essays at university. Books spread everywhere and my notes littering the bed. Oh happy days! How long do you have before you graduate?

      • I bet! Nah, I think a bit of complaining is actually really healthy! I feel like after we get it out we become much more focused on the task at hand. 🙂
        Yepp, that’s definitely what my room tends to look like, littered with all sorts of notes and power-point slides. Luckily my course frowns on textbooks so at least I don’t have to deal with those. I’m in my final year, so if everything goes to plan with the dreaded dissertation I will graduate in 2015!

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