Thursday, March 6, 2014

9 Years

Today is my we still acknowledge those?

Well I am. Nine years is not quite ten, but it's still interesting. Also, wow I feel really old!

When I first started blogging, my blogging friends were mostly from the message boards and blogs of under appreciated Christian musicians. I still know a few of those people! The first blogging event I ever participated in was the 40 Day Fast where 40 bloggers each took a turn fasting and writing about a social justice issue. Oh yeah back in those days social justice meant feeding the poor and freeing the enslaved to me, I had no idea there was a whole other understanding of it employed by tumblr!

When I discovered book blogging, via shelfari and LibraryThing, I was so happy. I loved the book blogging community almost immediately and I had so much fun with the book specific events like the readathon! Oh man I had so much fun with my first readathon! And eventually that all led to me being my typically sentimental self and making Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

The first couple of BBAWs are probably some of my best blogging memories. It was so much fun and I know that I owe meeting so many bloggers to BBAW. Back then it felt like there was a core group of us who did so much work on all the various blogging events and it was just fun. So yeah I did that for five years and it was fun but like all good things had to come to an end!

I also helped found the INSPYs something I passed on last year as well.

I feel like BBAW and the INSPYs were my biggest contributions to the blogging world? But I had a lot of failed projects as well, Buy Books for the Holidays, various challenges and readalongs, Film Club (lol), etc. And I helped with some stuff like the small press spotlight, the book blogger's gift exchange, the Book Blog Social Club, a book blogger's twitter chat, Armchair BEA, etc. I even collaborated on a podcast--The Underground Literary Society--for awhile. (loads of fun, tons of work)

Looking at that list it's really no wonder I burned out!

I do sort of miss collaborating with other bloggers but the last few things I've done have pretty much flopped. I never realized how much I took shared interest and enthusiasm for granted, aw. Plus, we're all just so busy nowadays. I have a few ideas for features I've had for years now and still want to do but can't quite seem to get off the ground!

Anyway, my blog has changed a lot. I do still love reading and sharing about books, but I guess I also talk about other things now, too! I have no idea who the big bloggers are nowadays, I just love reading the blogs I've always loved.

The one thing I do know is that I don't think I'm going anywhere even if I'm not around ALL THE TIME anymore. For those of you who have been here for so many years, thanks for being my friend! For anyone new....thanks for making time in your life to read my blog and I hope to get to know you! I'm attaching a little reader survey....I'd love if you fill it out! If you're reading in a feed reader you may have to click through to see it.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


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