Wow. It has been almost a year since I began blogging! My actual blog anniversary is on March 9th, the day when I posted my first review! The post was regarding Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (check out the review: here). However, the review was actually posted on my old blog on Weebly. Despite that, I still count that as my first day of blogging.
I was probably the worst new blogger to exist. I never wrote an introduction to my old blog. Not to mention, my grammar was awful. I tried to read the review today but couldn’t stop cringing. I decided that I will write a post on me reacting to my old reviews later in the month. My first few months of blogging were like a train wreck in slow motion. I hope I improved since then.
I decide as preparation for my blog’s anniversary, I will write various posts reflecting on my blog until March 9th. However, I will still continue to post reviews and tags! To kick off the start of my countdown to my blog’s anniversary, here are my favorite moments of blogging.
Writing my first post!
Yes, my first posts were shameful. And yes, they seem like I created my own form of dialect. However, when I published my first posts, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. Starting my blog felt like a new beginning.
Bookcon was incredible! The event was something I will never forget. I met so many fantastic people and received an abundance of ARCs that I was highly anticipating. The people I met at Bookcon have stayed close to me. I have gained many opportunities from this event. I cannot wait to go to Chicago for Bookcon 2016!
The Book Cove Book Club
Following Bookcon, a few of the attendees of the event decided to stay connected through a book club. Our group has had its fair share of problems but the final result made the burdens worth it. We all have been drawn closer and have gained connections to many authors. We live stream weekly about the book we read that week. I love them!
Meeting Stella and Emily in Person!!
Emily and Stella are both people I met from the Bookcon app. I never actually met the two at Bookcon. Stella and Emily are my closest bookish friends. I was so excited and nervous to meet them but when I did, it was worth the wait. I had a great time walking around New York with them. I am glad to have continued to meet them in real life.
Requesting to Review an Author’s Book and Them Accepting. Also, Making My First Author Friend!
You would have thought that I was about to become some celebrity by my reaction to being accepted to write a review for someone. Wow! I’m going to get an ARC of a book in return for an honest review! I’m heading somewhere, I thought to myself as Danielle Rose accepted my review request. Since then, I have tried to help Danielle’s book reach the success it’s destined to have. Danielle is an incredible person and author. I am so happy that she was my first author friend!
Getting my First Review Request!
My birthday after I read the request email.
I do not think I will ever not be excited to be asked to review someone’s book. That is an incredible honor and is something that makes me extremely happy. I believe my first review request was from Penguin and it was on my birthday. I was so grateful.
Getting Accepted to Speak at my First Panel!
I have always desired to be able to speak on a panel about literature. When I was looking around for events, I found Kidlitcon. The event was looking for speakers. I decided to give it a try and see if they’d accept me. I had been blogging for less than a year and my hopes were low. However, I got accepted! When I read the email, I started crying. For someone who never felt good enough to accomplish their dreams, I finally felt like I was achieving things. That was my favorite memory of 2015.
Post Panel Chocolate
The day of my panel, I was a nervous wreck. I thought I was going to fail tremendously. To my surprise, it went really well. I felt a little intimidated being the youngest and newest blogger. however, I relaxed once the panel begun. When the panel was over, I was overjoyed and extremely proud of myself. I never felt greater.
Kidlitcon was the highlight of my book events of 2015. Kidlitcon is a more intimate conference. The reason I loved the conference as much as I did was because it wasn’t crowded. There were a lot of people there, but it was small compared to Bookcon. The event was filled with publicists, librarians, bloggers, editors, illustrators, podcasters, reviewers, book award judges, and authors. I was able to talk to everyone there and they were all friendly. I came back from the event with many more connections. Some memorable people that I met were Carrie Mesrobian, Majorie Ingall, Kathy MacMillan, Elissa Brent Weissman, Alysa Stewart, Paula Willey, Tracey Baptiste, Shadra Strickland, Maggie Thrash, and Mahnaz Dar. Two people that I talked to the most were Libertad and Guinevere Thomas, or The Twinjas.Guinevere and Libertad were so welcoming and nice. Also, they had an incredible panel about diversity in books that made me think about how my reviews incorporate diversity. I can’t wait to hang out with them again at Blogboundcon!
Anyway, those were some of my favorite memories of my first year of blogging. What are some of your favorite blogging memories?