I started it on a whim, after having seen several of my book club friends get totally enthralled in the blogging community. At the time, I was still in graduate school and knew that my time to read and to blog would be limited. The fact that I started writing with no focus and no direction did not deter me one bit, and I found myself becoming quickly addicted to blogging. I slowly but surely developed a small but loyal group of followers, who make my day with their comments, accolades, and complete, unwavering support. After much tweaking, thinking, and debating, I feel that I found my direction and my voice, and my writing ability has only improved over the past year. It has been one amazing ride.
For those of you who have stopped by and given me support throughout the year, thank you for being there when I was down, hurt, confused, stressed or some combination thereof. Thank you for allowing me into your life. I hope I have added a bit of humor, as well as contributed to your TBR piles as much as you have contributed to mine. Thank you for your feedback on the many changes I have made to my blog’s appearance in general. And most of all, thank you for accepting me as part of the blogging community. When I started, I did not expect anything at all, and this year has just blown me away with everyone’s generosity, sense of community, and compassion. I appreciate you all!
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Thanks, Carrie! I hope so too!
Congratulations! I look forward to many more years. 🙂
Awww, thanks Hope!! Compared to other bloggers I follow (with hundreds of other followers) I don't feel like I contribute anything new. But I love doing it and if I gain a few new friends in the process, then that is an added bonus. Seriously, one of these days we HAVE to meet in real life!
Hey congrats on ONE year! You've definitely become an inspiration to me in more than one way, but definitely in your very prolific blogging habit. The amount of readership you have is AMAZING and I can only attribute that to how AMAZING you are. Keep up the good write 😉
Thanks, Jodie! I do believe there have been more ups than downs this past year, and I definitely hope that trend continues!!
Thanks, Nymeth! I definitely hope there are more years to come. This one has been an absolute blast!
Happy one year! It's been great following you and your ups and downs – more ups than the other this year I hope 🙂
Happy blogging anniversary, Michelle! Here's to many more years 😀
Thanks, Lisa! I definitely operate under the “what you see is what you get” philosophy!
Happy blogoversary! I haven't been able to go back and read my first reviews for months. I was so stilted back then. I'm still working on trying to loosen up. I love that you share so much of yourself with us.
Thank you very much, She!!
Booksnyc – Thank you! I appreciate the return visits!
Diane – Thanks! To be considered as part of the “old-timers” is really flattering!
Thanks, Molly! It should be an exciting year to come!
Thanks, Michelle! Hopefully, you'll find that balance as I did. I'm proof that you can do it all…and still stay relatively sane! (Actually, I found that my studying declined dramatically once I started blogging. I chalk it up to a case of senioritis!)
Stephanie – Tell me about it. I can't believe everything that occurred last year! Thank you so much for everything. You truly are a wonderful friend!
Thanks, Teddy! It sometimes feels longer than a year, but then again, I still feel like quite the newbie!
Happy blog birthday!
congratulations! I enjoy stopping by your blog each day!
congrats….i thought you were an old timer 🙂
Happy 1st Bloggiversary!
I am glad that I recently found your blog and I look forward to reading your 2nd year posts.
Okay, first of all, I went back and read your first posts and you are so silly! They are not bad posts. I know exactly how you feel about the school thing as I'm in school myself. The time thing is very hard, but, like you said, how much school work can a girl do? Something has to break up the monotony! Anyway, congrats on one year! I hope to see you around for many years to come =O)
It doesn't seem like it's been a whole year!! Good Lord, does time fly!!
Well…Congrats on a whole year! I'm super glad you started your blog and stuck it out. I know you questioned it at one point in time. But seriously, your reviews are fanatasic in their depth. I have complete faith in your recommenations.
Most of all, I'm just glad you are my friend!!
Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary. For some reason I thought you have been around longer than that.