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Monday, October 7, 2013

3 Years and a Thank You.

Just a little over 3 years ago now I started this blog. It was created on a sort of planned whim which, I know, that's an oxymoron, so let me explain a little.
In October of 2009 I got married to a military man and moved away from my home and family for the first time. I didn't know anyone in the city we moved to and I wasn't working...so I had a lot of time on my hands. So I read. Reading had always been something that I loved and I was thrilled for a while to have time to read whatever I wanted. Since I wasn't working and couldn't go to school I decided to start looking into what I could do from home and reviewing books was something that came up. Looking further into it one helpful hint that I found regarding breaking into the reviewing world was to set up a book blog to garner a following and credibility. Never having heard of book blogs before I googled that and the first blog I came across was The Story Siren. To me, Kristi was fantastic and I wanted to be like her. She was talking about books and authors and all kinds of cool stuff and people were commenting and talking about books with her and it was amazing!
For months I scoured other blogs to see how they were run, what were popular posts, what posting style I liked, etc. Then when I felt a bit more confident, I decided to launch my own blog in August of 2010.
The welcome was incredible. I started gaining followers, getting comments, partaking in memes, and met some all around great people. Y'all don't know how much I've actually needed everyone over these past 3 years.
This blog has seen me through times when my life and marriage were falling apart to times when I've had to pick up the pieces and start over again. It has been a crazy couple of years, but books and my bookish friends have been my constant. You all are amazing. Not many people in my life understand what I went through with my ex, but somehow my bookish friends, without even fully knowing my circumstances, always seemed to know the right book to suggest that would help me push through whatever I was feeling. Y'all helped make me stronger.

I forgot about my 3 year blogoversary so I don't have some big giveaway planned, or a party post, or anything like that. Hopefully next year for the big 4 I'll be better at remembering and will plan something awesome.
This post is really just to say thank you.
Thank you to my followers that have continued to hang around even though I have been incredibly inconsistent during the past year. Thank you to my blogger friends who continue to email, tweet, and comment to check up with me. Thank you to the publishers that have kept contact with me and continue to send me review books despite my inconsistency in posting or my tardy emails.
Every single one of you are amazing. Y'all will never know how much each and every tweet, comment, and email means to me and how much they remind and encourage my love for literature, reading, and writing.
Y'all are amazing.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! We'll always be here for you :)

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