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 what 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.
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!!!
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 are a couple of 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. Raeleen 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.
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.