I started out as Masterful Musings by Michelle and transitioned to Michelle’s Masterful Musings until I found peace and utter glee with That’s What She Read. Over the past two years, I’ve made my way through many a blog redesign, trying out certain features and memes, until finally finding a pattern and consistency that stays true to my desires to share what I read and write about what is uppermost in my mind.
My first few posts are absolutely awful, and I highly recommend people avoid them at all cost. I like to think that I have drastically improved since then. One thing remains consistent, though, in that I have never once shied away from sharing my true thoughts about a subject, whether it is a book review, a reaction to something occurring in the real world or a blogging controversy. Honesty is important to me, and I remain satisfied that I have not succumbed to pressure to write a positive review just because I received a free copy of a novel from the author or publisher.
While I may not have the world’s largest following, I feel comfortable with those who do follow me, and my consistent commenters are near and dear to my heart. I’ve found solace and support through my friends and look forward to reaching out and getting to know everyone better in the years to come.
As my way of saying thank you for supporting me, cheering me on, providing me comfort and solace, and just being great friends, I am offering a small giveaway to three lucky readers:
- A $25 GC to the bookstore of your choice (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s, Book Depository or other) AND a brand-new hardback copy of Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan – Release date of February 2011, it is already garnering attention in the blogging world.
- A brand-new hardback copy of Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair AND Mary Jane Clark’s To Have and to Kill. (These are courtesy of HarperCollins Publishing.)
- A brand-new hardback copy of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Call Me Irresistible AND a never-been-read paperback advanced reading copy of Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. (These are courtesy of HarperCollins Publishing.)
This is my thank you to all of you who have made these past two years truly life-altering and utterly amazing. You are the reason why I continue to write, why I continue to share my thoughts and open up my heart to you.
The giveaway is open through February 1st and is for international readers as well. Thank you and good luck! The giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 5th. Thanks!
The name change really threw people, I think. I'm so glad you remembered it was me though!! I love when you stop by because I always love your comments.
Good luck with the giveaway!
Thanks, Mary! Anything is an improvement over those first few posts! LOL!
Good luck with the giveaway!
Thanks, Ceri! And you are one of my favorites too! At the top of my bucket list is meeting you one of these days!
Thanks, Amy! I hope so too!
Thanks, Jennifer!! Nothing fatty, greasy or delicious, but that's okay!
Thanks, Nicole! That means a lot coming from you!
Thanks, Florinda! I hope so too!
Thanks, Torie! It's been an amazing ride but I wouldn't trade these past two years for anything.
Thanks, Ronnica! I never thought I would be among those who stuck around, but you never know how something is going to turn out in the end.
Thanks, Christina! I feel like I owe my blogging start to Stephanie and to you!
Congratulations!! How wonderful – two years is long rewarding time!
Happy Blogiversary, Michelle. I absolutely adore your blog – it's always been there in the list of my top favourites. 😀
I'm a little late but congratulations on your second year 🙂
Happy blogoversary!!!! Congrats on making it to the two year mark, what an incredible accomplishment. Here is to many, many more 🙂
Congrats Michelle!!! Hope you are celebrating by doing something really fun (and maybe eating something fatty/greasy/delicious)!
You know what, Michelle? I should be kicked because I had totally forgotten that you had changed your blog name. I follow SO many blogs now and I was trolling through the reader a couple of weeks ago trying to whittle down the 1000+ posts (thankfully, I have it down to a manageable less than 100…just have to try to stay on top of it) and I was reading one of your posts…and then it clicked. "This is Michelle!", I thought. So please forgive me if I haven't been stopping by as much as I used to before you changed your name. I guess it's one of those brain things that comes with age…LOL! So, anyhoo…happy two years to you! Now that I have my head out of you know where, I'll be stopping by much more frequently. And thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Congrats Michelle! Two years is a big accomplishment!
Congratulations on two years Michelle! it is quite an achievement and you have such a great blog. Have fun!
Happy blogiversary, and wishing you many more!
Congrats on hitting the two year mark — what an amazing accomplishment! I may not always comment, but I really enjoy your thoughts and insights!
Welcome to two years! Way to go! Love your blog! 🙂
Congrats on the anniversary…bloggers that stick around are awesome!
Happy blogiversary! You are right – you are always honest in your posts and I appreciate it!!
Happy Blogiversary Michelle!