On February 14, 2008, in a fit of jet-lag-induced insomnia at 4:00 am, I created my first blog. The very next day, I wrote my first book review. Back then, I knew nothing of book blogs or blog communities. I’d never kept a book journal or tracked what/when I read. Words like GoodReads and Book Depository and Paperback Swap were foreign language. On that first blog, I wrote at random about many things that interested me, for an audience of under ten, all good friends and family.
Eight years later, I’ve shuffled through many blogs. I’ve changed reading habits more times than I can count. I’ve met bloggers from all over the world, and count some of them among my best friends. I’ve discovered authors and genres and things I never would have seen without the book blogging community.
Things haven’t always been easy, and I haven’t always been consistent. Tastes change, focuses change, posting frequencies change, priorities change, hell even URLs change! But eight years and over 800 reviews in, there’s one thing that stays the same: I love this place, I love all of you, and I love book blogging! And what better way to celebrate? Book Blogger Appreciation Week begins tomorrow!!!!! Yay!!!!!