Last weekend was my
blogiversary blogoversary anniversary of one year blogging, and while I don’t have any real celebratory stuff planned, I do always find it fun to look back and see how much things have changed in life.
Some of these I think about quite often just because they’re so funny or absurd to me, but I’m sure we all committed some faux pas or had some weird thoughts regarding book blogging when we started, so I figured why not share them? Maybe some of you even felt the same way! And if not, well, I’ll just trust you all not to judge me too harshly ;-)
1. When I first started blogging, I was doing it for the authors.
The reason I started blogging was because I was discovering all of these amazing books that truly deserved to be read. The authors who wrote these books deserved to have them read and to know how much their books affected people. I wanted to help their books get seen and let them know what their books meant to me (if they chose to read reviews). Make no mistake, my reviews were always honest, I just started out by only reviewing books I genuinely loved. But over the year, I started reviewing more and more books, including ones I didn’t love, and my mindset changed. Obviously I still want to help authors I love by promoting their books, but I guess now I’m writing my reviews for the authors and the readers. I also do a lot more than just reviews now, and the discussion posts, the interaction with other bloggers, etc., that I do for me and for you all.
2. When I first started blogging, I made a rule to never accept review copies.
I had these lofty dreams of being an author myself one day (which is looking less and less likely considering the complete lack of writing I’ve been doing) and thought that accepting free review copies would somehow lessen my credibility or something like that. Ridiculous, I know, but I wasn’t involved in the online book community yet and didn’t know what was normal and acceptable and what wasn’t. I also only wanted to review books I loved, as I mentioned above, and I knew writing negative reviews would be inevitable if I started accepting review copies. But do you know how long it took for this rule to go out the window? My first offer from an author for a free book :-P
3. When I first started blogging, I didn’t use Goodreads.
I didn’t really understand it, to be honest. I already kept track of my books myself, so why did I need a website to do that? But eventually I started making bookish friends on there and through other blogs, and now I understand the social aspect of the site. I love that I’m no longer just sitting alone when I read with no one to share my thoughts with because I can always just post them to Goodreads! Also, I used to use Amazon to read reviews when deciding on a book, but now I mostly GR because I can see if any of my friends have reviewed the book and because it just seems like a friendlier, more genuine environment.
4. When I first started blogging, I was really impatient with my reviews.
I had sooooo many books I wanted to share that I couldn’t even wait, so I was posting entire series all in one week, sometimes numerous reviews in one day, etc. Of course only like one person was reading my blog back then, so all those amazing books are the ones that got the least views, haha. I do plan to repost some of them eventually because those really are some of the absolute best books I’ve read.
5. When I first started blogging, I had no idea such a strong community existed.
This was probably the most surprising, and definitely the most wonderful, thing I discovered. I actually feel like I’m part of something. And though I still feel like I’m a bit on the fringes sometimes since I don’t read many of the popular books or even watch the TV shows and movies everyone seems to love, I still feel like I’ve found my people and am grateful to all of you for your comments, your likes, your visits, your recommendations, your help, your reviews, your posts, your opinions, and your bloggy friendship :-)