I feel like a terrible blogger. Not only did I forget my blog’s anniversary, I forgot to post a blog post on that day. In my defense, I was preoccupied with finishing out my third quarter of sophomore year. However, I have a few posts for this week celebrating my blog.
I can’t believe a year has already passed since I started this blog. I still remember the day I joined because I thought that you had to be a blogger to get in to book events and I wanted to meet fellow bookworms. Since then, I’ve met so many people and have been to so many wonderful events. It’s crazy to see how far my blog has come. What started as a small and unprofessional website with horrible grammar, has become a slightly bigger website with improved grammar. I’m incredibly proud of how this year has played out.
I know it sounds cheesy, but I want to say a few thank yous. First, thank you to all my readers. You have made my blog into something better than I have ever expected. You helped me complete my dream of reaching out to other bookworms. Without your support, my blog would have never improved.
Thank you to all my book friends. Before blogging, I never had friends who I could talk about reading to. Fortunately, I found you lovely people. You have supported me and my blog immensely. Thank you for being the friends I always needed. I may not say this much, but I love you and am grateful to have met you. You have made this journey worth it.
Next, thank you to all the authors and publishers who have supported me by sending me their books. I know how important your books are to you and I’m enternally grateful for your trust in me reading your work. You have helped my blog in an enormous way.
Finally, thank you to my parents. Buying a website, logo, and business cards is expensive and it is nice to have two amazing people who have supported my blog by helping contribute to some of the funds. Also, thank you for attending my book events despite not actually enjoying hearing about reading. I know there are about 100 other places you’d like to be but you chose to support me instead. I love you.
Also, I have some advice to people who want to start blogging. You will receive criticism from people. I remember when I started blogging, some of my friends thought it was nerdy to write about books. At first, I thought that I should quit since I didn’t want to seem weird. However, I decided to stick with what I love to do. I can honestly say I never regretted that decision. People always find something negative to say about what you do, that’s life. However, you can’t alter your life to please others. You have to do what you want to do because in the end, that’s all that matters. Book blogging was the best decision that I made. It made me happier than I ever was. It is my therapy. If I never continued with blogging then I would still be a sad girl who had to hide her love of reading. I have had so many adventures from this blog. If anyone ever tells you to quit blogging, ignore them. You have an incredible opportunity that they wish they had. Don’t take that for granted.
Thank you for an amazing year and I look forward to more years to come. I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all. I love you.