Friday, April 5, 2019

Our Blog's NINTH birthday!

Nine years ago, I stumbled into the magical world of book blogging.

I found this place where my people were hiding. People who gushed endlessly about the books that they loved, had friendly debates about books that were on the fence, and actually talked to authors who they admired. My little bookish heart was overjoyed! I'd found a home. I wanted to be a bigger part of that world. So, I decided I was going to start a blog of my very own.

Nine years ago, I started my blog under the name "A Fanatic's Book Blog".

I went with one of the original templates for Blogger, and started typing my little heart out. I reviewed books that I had borrowed from the library, and ones that I'd borrowed from friends. I wrote some pretty terrible reviews (sorry early authors), and slowly felt my way into the wide world of the blogging kingdom.

Nine years ago, I decided that I would keep doing this as long as it was fun, whether I ever got anything out of it or not.

And here I still am.

This blog has had some ups and some downs, like any hobby will! I've had to take breaks. I asked the amazing Tina to come on as my co-blogger because constantly pumping out new content for this site is very daunting to do alone. I've had to learn how to manage my reading in a way that doesn't make it feel like a chore, and (the hardest lesson of all) that comparing yourselves to others is a well that you really shouldn't go down.

It's been nine amazing years, and I'm still here!

Thank you all so very much for sticking with me, and making this hobby something wonderful. Thank you for all the comments, all of the reviews you read, and all of the books that you let me know you pick up because I share my thoughts with you. Thank you, most of all, for being a passionate group of readers who make this space a welcoming one.

Here's to the future.


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