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:
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:
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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