My blog turns two years old today!
Gosh, two years. *whistles* It’s hard to believe that two years have already gone by and yet it seems like SOOOO much longer. This past year has been nothing short of amazing and I could not be more pleased with how it went.
Before I get into a recap of some of my favorite things from the past year, I wanted to first share some of my blogging expectations and how they’ve changed.
- BLOGGING FALLACY #1: Book blogs should be almost entirely reviews. When I first started blogging, I felt like if the majority of my posts weren’t reviews then my content wouldn’t be legit. Reviews were why I started my blog and the whole reason why I was writing! Obviously I know now that this isn’t true. I DO still want my reviews to be a major part of my blogging and it still is the basis of my entire blog BUT. That’s not the only thing that my blog should be about. For me, blogging has turned into so much more than just writing reviews. It’s interacting with the blogging and reading community in whatever way that may be. I’ve written discussion posts, done surveys, started new blogger spotlight features, started new features specifically for showing off new obsessions, and participated in weekly memes. They’re all important because each one shows off a different side of my personality — both in my reading tastes and personal life. They help me connect with the people who read my blog and really, that’s what it’s all about.
- BLOGGING FALLACY #2: Let’s go ARC crazy! Bad baby blogger Brittany found Netgalley and started to request ALL THE BOOKS. I’m still suffering from that, honestly, and now I feel terrible for all of the books that have gone unread. Sometimes it’s STILL hard not to request or download everything from Netgalley and Edelweiss that looks remotely interesting but I’m really trying and it was actually one of my “resolutions” for 2014. You know, I think it will always be exciting to get ARCs. It’s something special and it’s exciting to be able to read a book — especially one you’re super excited for — before other people… But I also learned that ARCs are not everything. I had a FANTASTIC time at BEA and got a bunch of ARCs that I was really looking forward to and put them on my “omg-cant-wait” list on Goodreads… And some of them have been published are still on that list and I still haven’t gotten to them. When you’ve got a lot of ARCs, it becomes difficult to read them in order of pub date or read them before they come out, regardless of all the OTHER books sitting on your shelf. I’m sure publishers know we won’t be able to read ALL the ARCs before they’re published, but that was another resolution of mine… And also not to neglect those “older” books on my shelves either! ARCs are glamorous, but they aren’t everything and if you try to read them all before the books are published, it may cause some reading stress! If I have any advice, it’s to cherish the ARCs but don’t make yourself go nuts over them — either requesting them or that you don’t have as many or that you have TOO many. Our hobbies should be fun and it’s great to be as organized as you can be and stay on top of things but don’t let it stress you out!
- BLOGGING FALLACY #3: I probably won’t stray too far out of my usual genres. WRONG. Wrong. So wrong. I started blogging as a cozy mystery & adult contemporary reviewer. Then I switched to YA reading almost all dystopians and paranormal. Then I slowly started to realize that contemporary books were pretty cool too. Then I found *gasp* what!? Fantasy books that appealed to me!? Even things like historical fiction that I swore I’d never read or enjoy. I realized that I can’t put my reading tastes into a box. Sure, there may be genres I lean to or aspects of certain genres that I usually won’t like, but there are always always exceptions to the rule.
- BLOGGING FALLACY #4: Blogging is awesome, but these people will always be strangers to me. MY WORST THOUGHT OF ALL. I could not have been more wrong. By the time I decided to get a Twitter account for my blog (a few months after I started it), I had already established a few favorites and some people I really got along with. It was nice chatting with them via comments but then talking with them on Twitter really got the ball rolling and well, you know the story. Twitter moved to texting, texting moved to marathon texting, marathon texting moved to constant contact which led to going to BEA together which meant everything got REAL. I got to meet all my blogger friends in person for the first time, meet more authors, connect with publishers, and spend a weekend with my best friends. BEA just made us closer and we became BFFs with more visits to each other and more involvement in each other’s lives! Literally best friends.
So what do you think, guys? Did you feel like any of these were true when you first started blogging? How long have you been blogging and how has your opinion of it changed?
Okay, since it’s my TWO year blogoversary, I’m going to share my top TWO favorites in a couple categories. If you haven’t been following me since the beginning, here’s a chance to sort of “catch up”!
Top Two Posts (by views): The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend Romance // Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You?
Top Two Reviews (by views): Beauty Queens – Libba Bray // Cress – Marissa Meyer
Top Two Reviews (favorites): Cress – Marissa Meyer // Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
Top Two Events (favorites): BEA 2013 // Fierce Reads Fall Tour 2013: Chicago
Top Two Discussions (by views): DNF Reviews // Spoiler Alert or Spoiler-Free?
Top Two Infographics (by views): The Book Addict’s GUIDE to contemporary // Seriously Social Survey
Top Two Other Fun Features (by views): Eleanor & Park playlist // Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: How to make Goodreads work for YOU
Okay, okay, I know you guys are mostly excited about the giveaway so heeere weeeee goooo!
The details: I have STACKS of books to giveaway.
- I have forty-five books to choose from and since it’s such a large amount, I will choose four winners. Each winner will get to choose up to ten books they want from the stack shown in the photo.
- Since there are four pre-pub ARCs available, each winner will only get to choose one ARC and the other nine can be any available books.
- Sorry, but this giveaway will be US ONLY. I just can’t afford to ship so many books outside of the US 🙁 Believe me, I wish I could!!
- You can earn extra entries to the giveaway by following me in the various ways listed in the Rafflecopter form below.
- Since I just got my fancy-schmancy new bookcase done, I thought it would be fun to do some photo-ops for extra entries! Here are the guidelines: Take a picture of either A) your bookcase/bookshelves or B) your favorite reading spot and post using the hashtag #BookAddictTurns2! Only ONE photo entry will be valid so please do not submit multiple entries. Submissions MUST include hashtag to be valid since that is how I will be keeping track. Each photo will be worth 10 extra entries into the contest! Photos can be posted anywhere that you can link me to and I can find a hashtag! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, you name it! (And thank you to Alyssa, Stormy, Emily, and Lindsay for helping me refine this idea!)
Okay, pesky rules, I know. But that’s that and don’t worry, we’re all done.
Time to enter the giveaway and cross your fingers for some good luck!