It’s my three year blogoversary! Well, on the 9th, which is not the exact day I’m posting this, but close enough!
I’m too broke and stressed out to run a giveaway, but each year, to celebrate my blogoversary, I like to do some sort of post about my experiences blogging so far. The first year, I talked about 5 ways I’ve changed as a blogger after one year of blogging. The second year, I talked about my blogging history. This year, I’m talking about some of my book blogging firsts! And I thought I’d throw the word ‘tag’ on the end of it in case anyone wants to talk about their firsts too. I searched for other tags like this but didn’t find any, so hopefully I’m not accidentally copying anyone. Anyone is welcome to tag themselves, just credit me and link back to this post, please! And feel free to add more firsts if you want!
So, without further ado, let’s talk about some firsts!
1st Blog Name/Design
I think my blog just started off with my name? Like, it didn’t have a blog name. It was just my name. I think that was because I still hadn’t decided what I wanted it to be, but I didn’t want to hold off starting the blog for that one reason. The original design used red and pink as the colors, and it wasn’t that different, except that the images on the homepage were wide rectangles instead of squares. But I had to make a whole separate graphic for that (instead of just letting the site crop the main graphic), so that got old pretty fast.
1st Blog Post
My first post (on this blog) was for Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen. Yep, I just jumped right into reviews, no intro post or anything! But the author was really sweet and commented, and it was really exciting to get a comment on my very first post. If you check out the post, please keep in mind how cringe-worthy all older reviews are :-P
1st Book Review
I think technically I had a couple very brief reviews on Amazon before I started this blog, but as I said above, my first on the blog was for Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen.
1st Meme Participated In
My first meme was Top Ten Tuesday, and it was Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From. Clearly I didn’t understand the concept of participation yet though since the post has no comments, which means I must not have visited any other blogs. Oops!
1st Discussion Post
My first discussion was What Do You Listen to While Reading, Writing, and Blogging? I remember being so nervous that it would be a flop and not get any comments, and what’s a discussion post with no discussion? But it turned out well :-)
1st Author Interview
I feel like author interviews are not always the most popular posts unless it’s for a super famous author, but I enjoy doing them. My first was with Connor Drexler after reading his book Mad God Walking.
1st Book Blog I Followed
I honestly don’t know. I don’t think I even followed or regularly read any book blogs before I started my own. I kinda just saw they were a thing and was like, “Oh that sounds cool and like a good way to keep track of my reviews!” The beginnings of my book blogging days are like this weird haze. I’m not even sure how I learned about memes or figured out there was a whole community or anything. Somehow I guess I did though!
I’m not sure of this one ei ther, but I feel like Amber @ Du Livre was one of the first people, if not the first, to start regularly visiting and commenting on my blog when it was still a tiny little baby blog. But every blog has to start somewhere, and those first supporters are the best because they’re the ones who make you feel like you’re not just screaming into the void when you still feel like you are. So thank you, Amber!
1st Digital Review Copy
My first review copy ever was an eARC of House of Pawns by Keary Taylor. I had read/loved/reviewed the books in her Eden Trilogy, so I ended up joining her review team.
My first review copy from NetGalley (because I feel like talking about more books) was Soul Breaker by Clara Coulson. I was so nervous! Both that I’d get denied and that I wouldn’t like the book and would have to write a negative review for one of my first review copies. I loved it though, and it’s still one of my favorite series.
1st Physical Review Copy
My first physical review copy was from an author, and it was Swallow You Whole by Jasper Black. I only accept physical copies from authors if I really think I’m going to like the book since I know I’ll feel even worse having to write a negative review if I dislike it, but luckily I ended up liking this one.
1st book I read because of other bloggers
I think the first book I read because of the book blogging community was The Maze Runner. I was totally out of the loop with popular books when I started my blog, so I took a month to read a bunch of popular series, just to see what the hype was about and to feel a little less out of the loop. The Maze Runner was what I started with. Surprisingly, it ended up being my favorite of all the series I read that month.