My Four Year Blogoversary

Today is my blogoversary. Time has absolutely flown by, and I still feel like I’m a newbie sometimes in this community, even though I have been doing this gig for four whole years. I never dreamed that I would stick with a hobby for this long, since prior to blogging I was absolutely terrible with sticking with things and seeing them through. But here I am. In four years, I have written thousands of posts, read hundreds of books and record hundreds of videos, joined several social media sites, and attended one bookish event. But, most importantly, in the four years that I have been book blogging, I have made dozens of friends.

When I started book blogging I honestly didn’t think it would introduce me to so many wonderful people who I could connect with through my love of reading. I was expecting a fairly secluded experience, and for the first few months that’s whatΒ it was. But then the blogging world somehow opened up when I came out of my shell and I was able to meet the most wonderful people.

let me love you

I can’t go through today without mentioning and thanking some of the people who I have met along the way, because they have made my blogging experience (so far) an absolute delight. And there are also people who make me smile every single day, and I think my life would suck (*breaks into song*) without them.

I just want to specifically mention Judith, because Judith is one of my best friends, and I am so happy to have stumbled across her blog. We’ve been friends for almost two years now, and it’s weird to think that we never would have met if we hadn’t started blogging, or if I didn’t obsessively stalk her blog after discovering it. We talk about the most ridiculous things, and also more serious things which means I always feel like I can be honest with her. She listens to me whine and complain about all sorts of things, and I am so, so grateful for that. AND WE’RE FINALLY MEETING IN NOVEMBER!!!

attack hug

Many other people obviously deserve their own paragraph, but this post would become ridiculously long if I was to do that. There is Meg and Ellis, who I only really started talking to recently but they are freakin’ amazing and make me laugh every day. Rinn, who I randomly met one day and then realised that she’s a fellow history nerd. Gillian, the other half of my fangirl heart. Mel and Jaime areΒ a couple ofΒ the sweetest people that I know. Siiri totally ships me with Dylan O’Brien, for which I am thankful. Sana and Fahima, my fellow Recaptains, are adorable. Nikki RUINED MY LIFE WITH MISTBORN (it’s a good thing, I promise), and Mark continues to stalk me any time I mention Brandon Sanderson. He’s dedicated. RaeleenΒ was one of the first friends I made on Booktube, because prior to meeting her I was pretty much inside my own little shell and too shy to talk to anyone in the community. Alex is the BEST, and Jaz and Kat and Sydney are lovely and kind and wonderful. Crini shares my current obsession with fantasy and is a great partner when it comes to planning. Bec, again, is a mastermind and fellow Raven Cycle fan, who doesn’t even stop studying when she plans out events.

I tried to include as many people as I could, but a lot of people have been left out because it would be absolutely impossible to mention everybody by name. If you’re not mentioned here, then I’m sorry, but please know that if you take the time to talk to/fangirl with/scream at me then I love you. I appreciate every single tweet and comment and email that I receive, even the negative ones, and if people didn’t take the time to do those things then the blogging community would be an awful place.

gannicus wink

Other significant events or happenings regarding blogging include my best friend, Tatum, joining the blog in 2013, even though the title of the blog would probably be enough to put anybody off since it’s so exclusive. I don’t think I would be able to keep the blog running without Tatum because she goes ahead and writes twenty reviews in a row when I’m not looking, and all of a sudden we have enough posts for the month. Her joining the blog has taken a lot of stress off of me, and it also means that she’s part of the blogosphere now, whereas before I felt like those two parts of my life were separate.

I hosted my first ever event in 2013 – the Debutathon – which was a hit with lots of people. I keep getting emails and tweets asking if the Debutathon is a thing that will happen this year, to which I reply with some vague answer for people to be on the lookout for an announcement. (There’s a strong possibility that an announcement might happen next month. Wink.) I then went on to plan the Raven Cycle (Re)Readathon with Bec, which is currently running and which I am enjoying immensely.

Since starting blogging, I have read approximately 470 books and 166,968 pages. I have followed countless blogs, uploaded 200+ Booktube videos, and written 1000+ posts. Blogging has seen me through my A Levels, through unemployment, through the Spartacus finale, through my first job. It has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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46 comments on “My Four Year Blogoversary

  1. Danielle 30/09/2014 1:03 pm

    Massive congrats Amber!! Happy Blogoversary! <3

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:03 pm

      Thanks Danielle <3

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:04 pm

      Thank you! It feels like forever πŸ˜€

  2. Kelley 30/09/2014 1:49 pm

    Congratulations! That is so amazing!

  3. Booketta 30/09/2014 4:40 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary πŸ™‚

  4. Kat 30/09/2014 8:25 pm

    Happy blogoversary to youuuuuuu! Four years is AMAZING, and you are still rocking it out! Congrats!!

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:06 pm

      Thanks my lovely! Hopefully I’ll still be rocking it out when I’m a grandma XD

  5. Crini 30/09/2014 8:26 pm

    CONGRATS TO FOUR YEARS!!!! So many of my favorite bloggers started four years ago, like me, kinda funny πŸ˜€

    Aaaaaaaaaw, you mentioned me <3 *HUGS*

    I was actually thinking about blogging the whole day today and if I still feel like doing it, but when I see a post like this and realize again how many awesome poeple I got to know because of blogging, my motivation is back πŸ™‚

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:07 pm

      CRINIIIIIIII! Of course I mentioned you! πŸ˜€

      I wouldn’t know any of these awesome people if I hadn’t been blogging, so don’t you even think about quitting!

  6. jennie 30/09/2014 10:28 pm

    Happy Blogoversary! Such a huge achievement! <3 xx

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:07 pm

      Thank you Jennie!

  7. Tatum 30/09/2014 10:37 pm

    i’m still not over it

    • Ellis 02/10/2014 10:50 am

      YOUR SHRIVELLED OLD LADY FACE IS BACK WHOOP WHOOP

      • Tatum 03/10/2014 12:13 am

        the joke here is that it’s actually a picture of some creepy statue amber and dee found in ‘merica that ‘reminded’ them of me. and now i can’t get rid of her, i am like sophie in howl’s moving castle LBR

        • Ellis 03/10/2014 12:57 am

          THIS IS A STATUE??? I THOUGHT IT WAS A MUMMY OR SOMETHING.

        • Amber 04/10/2014 4:09 pm

          You’re beautiful

  8. Evie 01/10/2014 12:48 am

    Congrats!

  9. Bec @ Readers in Wonderland 01/10/2014 9:31 am

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!

    Four years is an insane amount of time. Obviously this readathon that’s going on has been the highlight of your blogging career πŸ˜‰

    But anyway, I hope I get to follow your blog for many more years to come! And, after the readathon ends and I don’t have to study so much, fangirl about some other things because if the awesome things that appear on this blog are any indication you and I could get on like a house on fire XD (but seriously, FANTASY AND HISTORY. Also Mistborn which I need to re/read properly in the holidays)

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:10 pm

      Hahaha, obviously! πŸ˜€

      You get a break over Christmas, right? Studying is taking up far too much of your time and I do not approve. MISTBORNNNN.

      • Bec @ Readers in Wonderland 04/10/2014 10:13 pm

        I have from the end of November until the start of March off. Here’s hoping I don’t fail anything so I get to the chance to read Mistborn and all the other books!

  10. Ellis 02/10/2014 11:05 am

    First of all, HOW DARE YOU.

    That was actually me getting mushy over your friendship with Judith. Moving on. YOU HAVE TO LIVEBLOG YOUR NOVEMBER ADVENTURES BECAUSE OMG. REASONS THERE ARE REASONS OKAY.

    I am amused that Meg and I keep being mentioned as a unit. Amused in an I don’t object to this at all kind of way. You’re one of the most amazing people I’ve ever gotten the intense pleasure of knowing and I can’t even count the many times I fell/rolled off my bed or chair or whatever I was sitting/standing/lying/personing on while talking to you or stalking your conversations with other people. The same goes for Tato Potato but I think that was already obvious from the time I storified her tweets for the other half of my unit and was so subtle about it that everyone knew within five seconds. Holla.

    I think you two make a fantastic team (and is Lauren joining/going to join/has already joined? Idk random stalking led me to believe that but if that’s the case SUPER YES) and also RUDE for the Gannicus gif.

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY YOU SHOULD EAT CHOCOLATE CAKE BECAUSE EVERYONE SHOULD EAT CHOCOLATE CAKE ALWAYS ESPECIALLY THE FOUR-YEAR-OLDS BUT ALSO THE TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLDS BECAUSE CAKE

      • Ellis 02/10/2014 11:10 am

        I haven’t had breakfast yet.

        • Meg 03/10/2014 12:51 am

          CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE

          • Ellis 03/10/2014 12:55 am

            I KNEW THIS WAS YOU WHEN I GOT THE NOTIFICATION EMAIL. My Mellis sense were tingling.

    • Tatum 03/10/2014 12:15 am

      *weeps at the unintentional code name verity quoting

      *weeps about us being friends

      *weeping in general

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:14 pm

      OBVIOUSLY I WILL LIVEBLOG. Or, rather, Judith will because I won’t have internet while we’re out and about. ALSO PHOTOS AND VLOGS.

      You’re an awesome unit, the perfect pair, a spectacular team. You know, you say these things about me but this is actually how I feel about you (and Meg, the other half of the duo). WHY ARE YOU SO LOVELY.

      Lauren’s not joining, but she’ll be around for random guest posts, I’m sure πŸ˜€

      GANNICUS GIFS ARE ALWAYS RELEVANT.

      MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM CAKE

  11. Meg 03/10/2014 12:51 am

    Part two of Mellis reporting for mush.

    AMBEEEEEEEEERRRRRR HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY AND ZOMG YOU’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR FOUR YEARS?! I feel like I should’ve known that but I didn’t and well holy shit. That’s like a billion years in blogger years (they’re like dog years but longer and we don’t lick our butts) (I may be a bit presumptuous on the butt licking, I don’t but to each their own) What I’m trying to say is CONGRATULATIONS THAT IS HUGE AND AWESOME.

    Anyway. I am so glad that you guys have accepted Mellis into the Fangirl Collective (did I mention I have my own group ship/ship name for you guys?) Being friends with you is such a fun/hilarious/wonderful experience and You and Tatum and Judith and Dee are so smart and fantastic it sometimes completely blindsides me that HA I’M IN. NO LONGER A TWITTER LURKER. WHEEEEEE!!

    So here’s to many more years of blogging and books and fun. Congrats on the milestone. You are the best. The end.

    • Meg 03/10/2014 12:53 am

      It occurs to me if you reverse our ship name we could be Elleg.

      • Ellis 03/10/2014 12:54 am

        We sound like hobbits.

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:17 pm

      Right on schedule! πŸ˜€

      FOUR YEARS JA. My blog is an adolescent! OR OMG ITS A YOUNG ADULT. HAHAHAHA. I’m ok. I definitely don’t lick my butt but I’m ok with people who do.

      I did not know about this group ship but the title is rather fitting. I like the way you capitalised “You” there. *proud* I wouldn’t have let you stay a Twitter lurker for long because your whole being would have been wasted.

      And NO, you’re the best!

  12. Becca Lostinbooks 03/10/2014 2:29 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Great post! Blogging has seen me through a lot, too. This is seriously the best blogging community EVAH.

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:18 pm

      I totally agree <3

  13. Mel@thedailyprophecy 03/10/2014 8:06 pm

    Like I said on Twitter, you and Judith have the perfect friendship and I really want to find someone to have the same thing. AND YOU MENTIONED ME. I’M NOT CRYING. NOPE.

    • Amber 04/10/2014 4:19 pm

      *sobs* Thanks, Mel! YOU WILL FIND YOUR JUDE ONE DAY. Of course I mentioned you, how could I not?!

  14. Judith 05/10/2014 1:04 pm

    excuse me I have branch in my eye. or a fucking forest.
    this entire post and the comments from mellis and tato have killed me.
    i can’t imagine blogging without you. or life in general.
    i love you.
    goodbye.

  15. Rinn 05/10/2014 10:28 pm

    I am late to the party, but CONGRATS AMBER! <3

    Your blog is awesome, you are awesome, stay awesome. And see you next month πŸ˜‰

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