Seven Years of Blogging

As of today, I have been blogging for seven years. Seven. Years. I know it’s a cliché at this point, but when I first started this blog back in 2010 (in May… except I stopped after one post and didn’t pick it up again until September) I didn’t think I’d make it this far. Fortunately, I quickly discovered that book blogging is a hobby that I really freakin’ love. I love collecting my thoughts on books in one place, I love the book blogging community, I love getting excited about future releases, and I love looking back on old posts and feeling nostalgic.

i literally love you

Over the years, I’ve met some amazing people. Some of them have quit blogging and disappeared from the internet, some have been on hiatus for a while but still keep in contact, and others are really good friends. I’ve met too many people to mention them all here, but just know that you’re all appreciated and I love speaking with you all, whether it’s every day or every couple of months.

I’ve also read a great number of books and discovered so many new favourites thanks to this community. I wouldn’t have had half as much fun if it was just me blogging by myself, and I certainly wouldn’t have discovered a lot of the books that I’ve read, or bought, or am currently hyped to read. Of course, there’s been some blogging drama every now and then. There were a couple of scandals that I remember affecting the blogging community in a massive way, such as The Story Siren plagiarism scandal, and the time that an author stalked a reviewer for simply posting their thoughts, but for the most part a lot of the “drama” goes over my head. I kind of like it that way.

read the book

But just because I’ve been doing this thing for seven years now, don’t think I’m a pro at everything that comes with blogging. I’m still absolutely rubbish at commenting, for example. I go through phases in which I comment every day, and then I don’t do any for months. I’m also really bad at reading ARCs on time, more this year than ever before. I need to improve in so many areas, but I think I’m doing alright for myself as a whole.

To celebrate my seven years of blogging, and to share my love with the community, I am doing a couple of giveaways.

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7 comments on “Seven Years of Blogging

  1. Kat C October 1, 2017 12:16 am

    Wow, congrats on 7 years ! I’m about to come up on 6 and it’s good to see others have been doing it longer and continue to do it. Also, yeah, I remember that Story Siren scandal, it was the first time I realized the YA community had drama. I went to BEA Bloggers that year and I think someone brought it up on stage and she walked out or something. It was a mess.

  2. Bec @ Readers in Wonderland October 1, 2017 11:18 am

    CONGRATS ON SEVEN YEARS! It seems like such massive number.

    Time passes TOO QUICKLY I swear. I’m pretty sure I’ve been blogging for around 7 years too, but I’ve changed blogs a few times and it still doesn’t feel like that long. I’m just going to go have an existential crisis now haha

  3. Samantha MCNULTY October 1, 2017 11:46 am

    Err, Amber… I’ve got a problem. I entered the giveaway through my Mum’s twitter account! Oops… What can I do!?

  4. Rachael Turns Pages October 1, 2017 6:21 pm

    Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah was my favorite book from the year I started blogging.

  5. Rinn October 3, 2017 6:10 pm

    Congrats on seven years, that is amazing! :) The book blogging community has changed a lot over that time. I feel like we’ve seen so many people come and go but it’s nice to have some constants 😉

    I think one of the books that actually inspired me to start blogging, and is still one of my faves, is The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett (who I actually met last week!) I really wanted to write a review of it, so I shared it on Goodreads, but then I wanted my own space to talk about books.

  6. Maraia October 5, 2017 3:38 pm

    Congratulations, Amber! I had no idea you’d been blogging that long. I mean, I knew you were a long-standing part of the community, but seven years just blows my mind! I’m very glad to have ‘met’ you, and I hope we’ll even get to meet in person one day!

    I only started (co)blogging at the very end of last year, and my favorite book of the year was A Gathering of Shadows. I also really loved Radio Silence, which I read right around the time I wrote my first post.

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