2ndblogavers

Wow…2 years of blogging already. I’m surprised by the fact that those 2 years have flown by. In reality this blog was created in 2010, however, I didn’t actually really start blogging till May 20, 2013, making this my official start date of continuous/serious blogging. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year fretting over whether I was doing this blogging thing right. I sent numerous questions to Andi asking for her advice and opinion on certain blog aspects, and I don’t think that I would still be blogging if it wasn’t for her, and a few others. Especially the ladies of On The Same Page. They really have really made me feel a part of the blogging community and I’m excited to be participating in their Secret Sister round, which gives me ideas for blog posts, as well as a community to belong to.

I have had some ups and downs with the blog, months when I wasn’t very active, and months when I shared a lot, but I’ve realized that in the first 5 months of 2015, I’ve had more views, visitors, likes and comments then I did in 2013, and 2014. It is surprising to me because I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.

In 2014 I didn’t read as many books as I was hoping so I entered a few book challenges this year to try and get myself to read more, well it hasn’t really been a problem since there have been some FANTASTIC books that have come out in 2015.

My favorite books of 2015 that I’ve read so far:

21469068 22392926 13206760 13206828 18488433 20345202 22328546 16068780 22456905

2015 Books I’m Excited for and/or want to read:

13206900 (1) 24380140 23310761 22840182 21853636 16071187 20933641 21570318

2015 has not bee my greatest year for reviews, in fact I’ve only reviewed 13 of the 41 books I’ve read this year. So be on the lookout for more reviews as I try my hardest to catch up before the year ends.

I’ve also been lucky enough to get approvals for several AMAZING books on NetGalley, I’ve also been turned down a lot for books both on NetGalley and Edelweiss, and it taught me that it is okay if I don’t get approved. It gives me motivation to finish reading and reviewing those books that I have been approved for, and that I don’t need to read EVERY book that is available to read in advance.

All in all I would say that I have had a great 2015 so far where reading and my blog are concerned, and I hope that going into the next “blog” year that I am able to gain some new followers, add more fun content and catch up on my reviews, and to remember that I do this for fun, and its OK if I don’t have as many followers or comments as others in the blogging community. I do this for me, to share what I love, and if I ever feel like I am doing this to make people like me, then I do not need to be blogging anymore.

Giveaway time:

Thank you to everyone that has helped keep me and my blog going over the past 2 years. To say Thank you I am holding a giveaway for either a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Nobles gift card. The giveaway runs from Today, May 20, 2015 till Midnight June 1, 2015.  Click below to enter:

2ndanvgive

Advertisements