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I have been a voracious reader my whole life. Books stick in my mind years after I read them and I have lived the majority of my life with many of them. Funny books, sad books (but only occasionally), scary books, exciting books, how-to books, they all have a special place in my heart. When a friend started blogging and told me how much fun it was, I was eager to start, but didn't really think that I had much to write about. I have a pretty normal, quiet life. Still, I had always noticed the minutiae around me and I thought it might be kind of fun to see if I could make an interesting blog out of it. And then I thought about books. I can still clearly remember-I was sitting on the couch, having just finished The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, with my head in a whirl of thoughts and things to discuss about the book. And I had a sudden revelation-I could write about books! I certainly spent enough time reading and thinking about books to write a blog.
And so I started-with a basic blogger template and a bunch of ideas. I wrote my first post and clicked "Publish" for the first time. For the first couple of weeks, I carefully watched the statistics as people read the blog. I found other book bloggers, far more experienced than I, who had been in the blogging business for years.
It turns out that blogging doesn't just involve words (although it does involve a lot of those), but also numbers. So here are just a few of the numbers I've collected:
Number of posts written: 208
Number of comments made: 390
Number of times this blog was viewed: 12,645
Number of times I have said, "Wow, I love blogging!":1,000,000+
Finally, I want to thank all of my readers, the commenters and the non-commenters. This blogging journey would not have been nearly as fun if all of you had not read my blog. I especially want to thank all the family and friend readers, who gave me advice and opinions and shared the blog among each other (Grammy, chiefly, among them). But also, my fellow bloggers who have participated with me in so many things, from book clubs to book tags to everything in between.
I'm looking forward to another year of blogging! I'm sure there will be more of the same and maybe some new things, too.