Sunday, June 5, 2011
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, they say it's your bloggiversary! Nah nah nah nah nah nah, it's my bloggiversary too, ya!
Has it really been four years? That just doesn't seem right, but sure enough my first post was on June 5th, 2007. Ok, pretty sure I just counted the years on my hand about ten times just to be certain. Seems like less than four years. But in a way I can't remember the time before blogging.
I feel like you've all heard me talk about my blogging journey a million trillion times, but to catch up the new guys I started blogging at Trish's Reading Nook four years ago and last year I decided to make life easier and consolidate my personal blogging with my book blogging. You can read more at the post I wrote during last year's BBAW. So even though Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity is just over a year old, I'm counting back to the day when it all started. [See my first Sunday Salon: Introducing Trish for more ramblings on how I stumbled upon blogging].
Guys, the past four years have been amazing. I've written about 200 book reviews. I've shared with you the crazy trips I've taken with my husband and family. I've introduced you to my beautiful daughter. I've participated in six 24-hour readathons and done crazy things like a cheerleading vlog. I hosted a few years of The Classics Challenge and the Non-Fiction Five Challenge as well as a few rounds of the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge. Remember the cake decorating? And quilting and funsies posts like how I wish my life were a musical. And of course my favorites...the Sunday Salon posts where you've been so great to humor me with fantastic comments week after week. Really when it comes down to it I've shared a big fat sliver of my life with you all.
And oh how you've been good to me! Even though I sometimes feel like I'm cheating you all by posting more non-bookish things lately than bookish things, I'm secretly (or not so secretly) glad to have you all as my audience. It just wouldn't be as fun if I were talking to myself (though I probably still would). I can't thank you enough for the support and encouragement you've provided me over the past four years. I've been blogging with many many of you for that long or almost that long and I want to give you a big fat virtual hug (or real hug) for sticking with me. Sometimes I'm not sure why--I can be a bit moody and whiny--but I'm grateful. ;) I know I haven't been around as much lately on your blogs (I still laugh about being shortlisted for Best Commenter for BBAW a few years ago), and I don't always respond to comments here in a timely fashion, but oh my gosh do I appreciate you all. Seriously...so much.
To celebrate today's Fourth Bloggiversary, I'd like to offer a small giveaway. I'd love to giveaway a book (new) that I've reviewed over the past four years. Most of the reviews are listed in the Review by Title directory but there's also the handful that I've reviewed in the past several months that haven't been updated so if you remember something that's not listed... To be entered you just need to tell me which book. Oh and an email address if I don't already have. Not requiring you to subscribe/follow or tweet or blah blah blah but I would honestly love it if you did... #pleaseandthankyou
Now your gift to me? What!?! you say... Yes, silly gooses, you didn't think you'd get off without a Sunday Salon question did you?? YOUR gift to ME:
1. If you've never commented here before, tell me hi. If you don't know what to say, tell me your favorite ice cream flavor. I'm really friendly, I promise...
2. Remember how you stumbled upon my blog or me? I'd love to hear how! Or if you don't remember that, is there a memorable post I've written in the past several years?
3. Or if you've commented here before and you don't have any recollection as to how you "met" me or any memorable posts, how about you tell me your dream vacation? #haveseriouscaseofwanderlust
Ok, enough rambling. Oh, and I'll probably announce the giveaway next Sunday so you have until June 11th to enter.