Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Anniversary Post

Readers, it has been a year.  A whole year since I started blogging.  I kind of can't believe it.  I thought I would tell you the story of why I started blogging.
Just some chicken pictures.

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.

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! I started a few months before you and I remember that you were one of the first people who reached out to "like" and comment on my blog. That helped give me the encouragement to keep going, and I'm very glad I did. Here's to many more years of blogging adventures!

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    1. Thank you! I always love getting comments from you.

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  2. I don't often comment, but I always read and enjoy your blog posts. I've read many of the books you've recommended, and Alex enjoys the chicken and farm photos!

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    1. Oh, thank you! I love to know that you and Alex enjoy the posts. :)

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  3. Congratulations on your Blogoversary! You have an awesome blog.

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  4. Congratulations on your blogger birthday! It's been so lovely reading your posts this year/reading the comments you made on mine. Here's to many happy returns! :)

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    1. Thank you very much! It's been so nice reading your posts as well.

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  5. Oh, happy, happy blog anniversary!! What a special day! I remember my first blog anniversary - aww! And that was five years ago! It just gets better as the years go by! And blogging is wonderfully amazing at connecting like-minded people and of course, a fantastic way of making new friends! While I am only a new reader to your blog, I must say I how I enjoy it!
    Keep up the lovely work of reading and writing - to many, many more posts!
    Love and hugs,
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Awww…thank you, Kelly-Anne! It's so lovely to have such supportive, encouraging readers such as you.

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  6. Happy blogaversary! Here's to many more years of sharing your love of books :-)

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    1. Thank you, Hamlette! It's been great getting to "know" your blog, too!

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