>> Thursday, July 12, 2012
Six years ago today . . .
I didn't know there was such a thing as a "Book Blog". I just knew that I wasn't happy with any of the paper reading journals I'd seen. A spreadsheet was (and remains) great for organizing a To Be Read List and keeping track of where I was in the many series I was reading. It's not the greatest tool to use when friends and family asked "what have you been reading lately?" or "what books would you recommend?"
I thought a blog might be a good way to have a running reading log with notes about the books. It would be mostly for me but I could give the link to folks who asked about book recommendations.
I had no idea that I'd still be blogging about my reading and so much more six years later. I definitely had no idea that anyone other than close friends and family would ever look at this.
I never expected that 240 people would subscribe to this thing. I know that many book bloggers out there are laughing at that number because they'd consider it pathetic but I'm stunned that there's that many. I have a full time job, so this blog is for fun and I hope that subscribers have fun reading it.
I'm very thankful for that small but loyal group of regular readers and commenters. They have become friends over the years. Some I've met in person and others I've only met online.
The blog has been through some changes in looks and name. I've also added photos and my weekend updates into the mix. It's a great way for me to share my favorite photos and a bit about what I'm doing other than reading.
This blog has led me to a wonderful group of people. Most are fellow book bloggers and I treasure the ability to chat with them (mostly on Twitter) about books and everything else going on in our lives. Book bloggers have become my primary source of book news and recommendations.
I just want to take this anniversary as an opportunity to thank all of the regular readers and commenters out there. I appreciate every single comment you've posted here and I enjoy chatting with you and getting to know you better. The common ground of being avid readers and booklovers makes for some truly valuable friendships that thanks to technology can happen without ever meeting face to face.
Thank you all!
Hope we're still doing this for many years to come.