On Tuesday June 5th I celebrate my FIVE year bloggiversary. I've seen many of my blogging friends celebrate five years recently (some even longer!) and in a way it seems amazing that I've been doing this for five whole years. Five. I would have never guessed.
When Suey of It's All About Books celebrated her five years in March she did a very awesome timeline of her blogging career. According to Blogger this is post number 723 for me (including some drafts), but here are the highlights from the last five years.
Many of you already know that I credit the fabulous Wendy of Caribousmom for my starting a blog. She was a member in a Yahoo reading group that I took part in (can't remember which now) and each month she posted a wrap-up on her blog and posted it to the group. I LOVED this idea and after popping around a few other blogs I posted my first post:
June 5th, 2007 - First Things First. Of course this wasn't posted HERE but on Trish's Reading Nook. I especially love this: "Hopefully as I delve further into the blogging world, I will figure out how to add pictures and links and more advanced features." Ha!
Two days later I joined my first Reading Challenge (Book Awards Reading Challenge, thanks Michelle of 1 More Chapter) and quickly after that joined about a million more challenges and quickly began meeting many of the bloggers who I still call friends. I remember being SO nervous about joining Joy's Non-Fiction Five Challenge. After 27 posts that very first month of blogging, I never duplicated that amount of posting again. Not even with multiple posts during the readathons. Ha!
August 2007 - Scott and I moved to Dallas. I started a second blog called Love and Travel to journal some of our real life journeys. The blog no longer exists but I've transferred all of the posts here including the introduction.
Scott and Trish - Taos, NM August 2007
The next year is almost exclusively book reviews! While I shared many little tidbits here and there, none of the posts were of personal nature. I'm not terribly fond of looking back at my old book posts, but some of my favorite books read in that year include Atonement, The Book Thief, The Things They Carried, and Remains of the Day.
February 11, 2008 I won my first book! The book was as a prize for By the Decades Challenge. I was SO excited.
On May 1, 2008 I joined Weekly Geeks headed by Dewey and met one of my favorite bloggers Debi.
Shortly after I took the leap and started my own reading challenge--The Classics Challenge!
June 25, 2008 I reviewed my first Blog Tour book: Springtime on Mars. I remember feeling so cool that I was reviewing something for an actual author. In August 2008 I participated in the Far World Tour and had my first author interview with J. Scott Savage. This was the first blog tour I remember seeing and I'm not sure book blogging has been the same since then.
June 2008 - My first 24 Hour Readathon hosted by Dewey! I believe that this was actually the second hosted readathon but I was too scared to participate in the first.
During the readathon I believe was the first time I posted personal pictures of me on the blog. I remember being really nervous about sharing. I was thrilled to participate again in October 2008.
It's funny how after the readathon I started to get more personal on my blog. I recorded my first Vlog in November 2008 but sadly it won't play any longer. Shorty after the October readathon, our hearts were broken when Dewey suddenly passed away. My memorial - December 1, 2008. It's a simple post but I'll always think of Dewey when I see Hobbs.
More posts, more reviews. Still one of my favorites? My Twilight Self-Interview in January 2009.
March 2009 Scott and I traveled to Hawaii. I've lost many of my travel pictures on the blog (just haven't reuploaded yet) but this one is still in tact.
Around this same time began the Community/Connection drama (spurred by an anon comment on Amy's post). In response I decided to make myself fully part of the community and joined Sunday Salon. March 29, 2009 was my first Sunday Salon and I received the most comments on that post since I had started blogging.
April 2009 - Another Readathon! And my first of many many readathon vlogs.
Later that month I sparked my own drama with a Sunday Salon post about To ARC or Not to ARC. That became my most commented on post (and think it remained the most commented on post until Baby Billy Bob announcement).
May 2009 - I took over the hosting duties for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge! You know the one that I was so scared to join two years prior?!
June 2009 - I joined the insanity of Twitter. Eeeep!
July 2009 - Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I was nominated in the Best Commenter Category for two years (apparently also in 2008 but I can't find any posts for the first BBAW!).
August 2009 - Scott and I took a massive roadtrip to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Yellowstone. And I met my first blogger, Lisa!!
September 2009 - I attended the Brunonia Barry Lace Reader event. Was awesome!
October 2009 - 100 Mile Fitness Challenge!!
Also in October another Readathon with my absolute very favorite Readathon Vlog. Can't beat the blue snuggie. And this is where my Reading Nook begins to break down.
In January 2010 Scott and I moved and shortly after I miscarried. Getting back into book blogging after that just seemed impossible.
January 24, 2010 - Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity was born. This blog was intended to replace Love and Travel.
March 2010 - Posted my first recipe post (and one of my favorite recipes) for Easy Cheesy Tortellini.
April 2010 - I said goodbye to Trish's Reading Nook. This was the true birth of this blog as it is today. It took a long long time but I'm finally comfortable posting whatever I want to post here. I do try to keep things balanced, but boy do I love this blog now!
July 2010 - Finished machine quilting my first quilt!
September 2010 - I became an official Readathon Cheerleader.
October 2010 - Are you sick of the Readathon Vlogs yet?!
Also in October I hosted my first Readalong (having long ago given up on Reading Challenges).
November 2010 - Announced Baby Billy Bob coming Easter 2011!
I'm not going to lie. In the past year and a half I love so many of the posts that I've written that it's hard to pick out favorites or milestones. I do have to mention Thoughts on Slowing Down (even though I'm back up to speed now).
Also in May I also participated in Armchair BEA for the first time.
June 2011 - I finished Elle's Baby Quilt
August 2011 - I declared that I wanted to be just a Blogger--dropping the Book Blogger title.
More readalongs, more Readathons, more Blogger events and a variety of posts ensued.
In January 2012 I wrote about Postpartum depression. I've written many posts but this is probably the most personal.
Also in January I started Operation Use My Kitchen Stuff with great success!
March 2012 - I finally participated in my first Bloggiesta. I'm still excited about the lovely new header!
May 2012 - Pin it and Do it Pinteresting Challenge!!
and finally that brings us to...
June 2012 - The Standalong. Woot.
Later this week I'll continue to reflect upon five years of blogging, but I want to THANK YOU all for coming on this journey with me. I'm always wishing I had more time to keep up with this or that, but no matter what you've stuck with me and I can't tell you how much that means to me.
FIVE YEAR BLOGGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY #1
As part of my five year celebration, I would like to giveaway your choice of any book that I've written about in the past five years (new, not my copy). You can visit my Reviews by Title page to see the complete list.
To be eligible:
1. Tell me which book from the list interests you (you can change your mind later)
2. You must have left me at least one comment before. If you're new, find another post to comment on to be counted. Easy cheesy.
3. I must either have your email address or you must include it (hint--if we've never emailed, please include)
Entry will close Tuesday June 5th at 11:59 Dallas time (Central).
So tell me, what's one of your favorite blogging memories?!