Saturday, March 16, 2013

Six Years and Counting

Wow, I had a great time last year with a week long blogiversary celebration to mark my five years of book blogging. This year though, I guess it's a bit of a more subdued thing and I'm just here to say, YAY! Another year down!

It makes me wonder how long I can keep this going! Do you really think I can talk about books forever? Actually, I probably can. Seeing the changes over the years, and the changes recently happening make me a little crazy and nervous though. Hopefully I can keep up with it all. I can't even imagine what things will be like in six more years. But, it's going to be fun to find out, right!? Will you all be here with me? I do hope there is such a thing as blogging in the future, you know?

It's fun to think back on that person six years ago, timidly, yet excitedly, typing out a bunch of book lists (I had a notebook from the past years for reference) and creating some sidebar links, and adding book club information (I was part of two IRL ones and two online ones at the time) and figuring out what it even meant to create a blog.

Then I wrote an About Me page (well, post at the time, no such thing as "pages") and hit the publish button on March 16, 2007. From there I started participating in memes and tags (remember being tagged?) and award things and such until I started getting a few comments here and there. And a few friends here and there. It's so awesome that so many of those first bloggers that I was getting to know are still around!

When I created this blog I truly thought it would be ALL about books. At the time I had anther blog that was more the personal thing. But of course, soon that one died and I started adding more and more personal posts here. To me, it made much more sense to just have one place to write whatever I wanted, with a heavy leaning toward the books. So, my blog which was supposed to be all about books, is now not. But still mostly. So I think it's okay. But now I have a deceiving name! Even though I did add an all encompassing subtitle!

It took a long time for me to really feel like things were happening. I think now when people start a blog, they expect followers and comments and ARCs and I don't know what all, to happen instantly...probably because the whole blogging thing is so much more BIG than it was then. For me, I remember suddenly realizing after more than a year, that there was even such a THING as subscribers. And I found out how I could tell how many and I had... and I saw that 26 people subscribed! I was DYING at that number. And it was well past a year into this! I'll never forget that!

Anyway, I could go on and on with the reminiscing. But instead I guess I shall just say, it's been great. I love it, I still love it. Sometimes I wonder why I love it, and I wonder why I keep doing it, and sometimes I feel that after six years I should be, like, bigger or something, you know, with thousands of followers and all, but then I think, no, really, I'm happy right where I'm at, and that anything more would probably make me crazy.

So, here's to keeping it real, and fun and happy and let's go for many more years!


  1. Congratulations! You have been at this a long time! Happy Blogiversary!

  2. Congratulations, very exciting you have stuck to it through all the changes. This year will be my 4th, I am still loving it.

  3. Congratulations on 6 years! That is amazing! :D

  4. Wow - congrats on 6 years! :) I hope you have many more to come!

  5. Wow! 6 years! I don't don't how long I'll keep mine up. For now, even though I've slowed down, I have no plans of quitting. I also don't want thousands of followers and tons of ARCs that would just stress me out.

  6. We kicked this blogging thing off on the very same day, so we've experienced many of the same changes, and we're still kicking! Happy Blogiversary!

  7. Happy, Happy Day...the blogging world is blessed to have you in it! I know I am! I hate to think of a day when I can't sit down to check in on my "friends" and see what they're doing, what they're reading and what's making them laugh. That's what blogging is to me.

    Thanks for introducing me to new music, for walking down memory lane and sharing the journey with us. Celebrate for a bit, then remember how much we all love your posts and your involvement!

    Happy Happy Blogiversary!

  8. you have such a wonderful blog here, Suey! congratulations on another lovely year! and blessings on many many more!

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

  9. Happy blogiversary! I can clearly see evolution in my blog too, which can only be a good thing otherwise I would be bored...let alone anyone else!

  10. Happy blogoversary! I'm so glad you started this blog and then stuck around. I think I started reading your blog shortly after you started, towards the end of 2007. I've enjoyed every post. And, you're one of the best examples I give about meeting bloggers in real life.

  11. Happy Blogoversary!! I will be celebrating 6 years in May and cannot believe it has already been that long! Here's to many more years of blogging for all of us!! :)

  12. Woo hoo! Congrats on reaching 6 years! That's awesome! :D



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