My blogoversary doesn’t mean much, given the number of times I’ve moved/quit/fallen-off-the-face-of-the-planet. To be honest, the day passed without me even realizing it. But if I were to pay attention to these things, and set them to dates, I’d have to say that my blogworld is now seven years old.
I published my first blog post ever on February 14th, 2008, and posted my very first book review the next day. In the seven years since, I’ve read/reviewed nearly 800 books. I’ve been through phases of reading too quickly. I’ve wandered from genre to genre. I’ve discovered new books and authors and media. I’ve made tons of blogger friends, and met up with quite a few of them over the years, as recently as last month. I’ve taken time off, and sorted out priorities, and am still blogging today. Maybe my blogoversary doesn’t really count, but for me, it’s the mark of an incredible adventure that’s still continuing today.
Originally, I thought it would be cool to rank my seven top favorite books of the past seven years. Yeeeeah…not going to happen. I have too many new favorites to narrow that list down to seven! Instead, here’s a list of seven amazing things that never would have happened to me if it weren’t for blogging and fellow bloggers.
1. When I started blogging, I only read classics, and had really only read classics (or Harry Potter) for a decade. Book bloggers introduced me to a whole world of other things to read – modern books, authors I’d never heard of, genres I’d never tried…
2. These seven years have also seen the evolution of hate-to-love in terms of audiobooks. Oh how I adore them now!
3. Book bloggers create the best online events. Readathon. RIP. Bloggiesta. Etc.
4. Before blogging, I’d never even heard of NaNoWriMo, nor did I think it was possible for me to write fiction quickly. While NaNo is not every writer’s cup of tea, I’ve discovered that I love starting a book this way, and then taking what I learned from that first fast draft and rewriting slowly from scratch. So thanks specifically to Chris for pushing me in that direction!
6. Over the years, I’ve had several major trials, and several major successes. Bloggers have supported and encouraged me when I was attacked by the media, when I lost over 100 pounds, when I finished writing novels, when I moved across the country, and on and on and on. That support and encouragement has meant the world to me.
7. Meeting bloggers from all around the world! This is top on my list. I’ve met so many – Chris, Melissa, Trisha, Amy, Megan, Trish, Jenn, Jill, another Trish, another Jenn, Cari, April, Juli, Carl, Aarti, Ceri, Anna, Reagan, Candace, Heather, Sheila, Lenore, Amy, Care, Kim, Serena, Nat, Jen…and that’s just the handful I can think of off the top of my head! That doesn’t even begin to cover the hundreds met at BEA in 2010 (another one of those things I never would have done without blogging!).
I know I haven’t always been terribly consistent, but I’m grateful for all the things blogging has given me over the years, and for all the friends I’ve made – and continue to make – because of something as simple as writing about books (and other stuff!). Love y’all!