Hello and welcome back! As I promised on Monday, the blogoversary celebration continues with a new post today, in which I talk about some of my blogging, reading and social media related highlights of the past 12 months. I hope you’ll enjoy it and I hope you’ll stop by on Friday when I’ll be answering some of the questions you asked me last week. Also, don’t forget to enter my blogoversary giveaway for your chance to win a book of your choice.
There were several read-a-thons, challenges and other events that I signed up for and successfully (or not so successfully) completed but there was one that really stood out. I signed up for the very first WWReadathon, organised by Bex from Kindle Fever and April from My Shelf Confessions some time last year and it’s been my favourite bookish event ever since. I don’t know if it was my first read-a-thon or not (it probably was) but it was definitely the best. I made friends with people who I’ve been touch with ever since and who I love to bits. It’s definitely been one of the most special events I’ve taken part in and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that weekend. If you asked me what my favourite blogging related memory was, this would be it.
My proudest achievement would probably be… well, there’s two actually. When I first signed up and started my blog, I’d never, ever thought I’d be where I am today. Even while I was signing up and trying to come up with a name for my blog, I was thinking ‘I wonder how long it’ll last’. I was dreading the moment where I’d realise I don’t want to do this anymore but it never came. I went through a short reading and blogging slump earlier this year and life got in the way many times but my blog became a crucial part of my life and I’ve no intention of giving it up. I know it may not sound as a big thing but I really am proud of the fact that I managed to keep it up – and enjoy it! – on top of work and going to university and everything else. And the other thing would have to be hosting the Review Copy Cleanup along with one of my bookish best friends, Celine from Nyx Book Reviews. I loved working with Celine and meeting you guys, to see you all cheer each other on during these two events. And just like the WWReadathon, it will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s our own event and I’m proud of how it all turned out. We’ve received some amazing comments throughout the first two RCCleanups and it was so nice to see that people really are interested and so supportive.
I’ve actually been on Twitter since 2009 – two years before I started my blog – but looking back at the past 12 months, I don’t think Twitter’s been as much fun before I joined the blogosphere. I met an awful lot of people throughout Twitter, connected with authors, bloggers, editors, publicists and so on – people I’ve never thought I’d have the opportunity to talk to. Ever. Twitter and blogging opened up a whole new world for me and I love being a part of this community. And needless to say, some of my best and most treasured moments are Twitter related. Some of my favourite tweets from the past year are:
I know I’ve been blogging for a year now but even today, it never fails to amaze me that not only do people take the time to read my posts but they actually love how it looks. It’s quite a weird feeling (in a good way, of course) and it really means a lot! Thank you, thank you!
Another mahoosive thank you goes to everyone who keep returning to my blog and who, even if it’s not their cup of tea, still check out my reviews. There’s always a few people who surprise me from time to time by saying that the book in question might not be something they’d normally pick up but after reading my review they want to give it a try. As a blogger, this is definitely the greatest compliment of all and it always puts a huge smile on my face.
Speaking of thank-yous, I’m sending an enormous hug and a massive thank you to every author, publisher, publicist or editor (and an ESPECIALLY big bear hug to the lovely Marian Keyes) who, just as I mentioned above, took the time to read and retweet my reviews. I’ve never in a million years thought that I’d be able to talk to these people and the fact that they appreciate my work is just fantastic. Thank you!
And last but not least, the tweets that remind me of all the great times we’ve had on Twitter (there are hundreds of them so the list could go on), tweets that remind me that I’m in a wonderful, loving and very fun Twitter family. (The second tweet is from the Eurovision contest earlier this year when we were collectively singing and dancing to the Russian grannies’ song. Oh dear. I’ve never laughed so much in my entire life. )
It has been a wonderful year and I hope there’s many, many more to come!