17 January 2012

Happy Blogoversary to Me!

My first post came about on January 17, 2007, so today marks my fifth year blogging. My first post on a book was a collection of quotes and thoughts inspired by Yann Martel's The Life of Pi. Since that time, I have reviewed over 300 books and written 918 total blog posts: 64 in 2007, 33 in 2008, 264 in 2009, 335 in 2010, and 222 in 2011. As you can see, it wasn't until 2009 that my blogging really took off, and that was entirely because I found the book blogging community.

Research suggests that I have right around 650 followers, and apparently most people get to my site through Google searches and Google Reader. Okay, so that's all the energy I have for stats-like stuff. I am more interested in saying the following...

Blogging has changed my life. From middle school through college, I was an avid reader of a variety of books, enjoying Nora Roberts, Shakespeare, and Hunter Thompson equally. Once I got out of college and Real Life set in, my reading took a decided turn towards the easy. I primarily read romance novels with some sort of mystery-horror thrown in from time to time. I was reading just as much as before (if not more) but I certainly wasn't straining my brain and I wasn't reading a very diverse group of books as I had before. I think my problem was primarily that I had no one to talk to about books. Once I found a new community of readers, I fell back into my old habits easily, and I feel that I am an even more diverse reader now than I was back in college.

And it's all due to you wonderful bloggers out there who introduce me to new books, talk about old ones with me, encourage me to read outside my comfort zone, and in general be totally awesome. Thank you so much, and I hope the next five years are just as awesome as the first.

43 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary, Trisha! Here's to many more years of reading in your company :) I can't believe my 5th blogging anniversary is coming up too.

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  2. Happy fifth blogiversary, Trisha! Book blogging is so rewarding for all those involved. Here's to many years more!

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  3. Five years! Wow! And congratulations! (I would set off fireworks but they might burn the house down.) The book blogging community has definitely benefited from having you here. Thanks for all you do :)

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  4. Five years is like 10 in blog time I think. I've only been at it three years but would completely agree with everything you said. Blogging CAN change your life and your reading habits. I'm so glad that you have stuck with it, and that I met you!

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  5. Happy Blogoversary! I have to say that your site is one of my favorite stops everyday because you are always reading and discussing things in such a detailed and cohesive way. I get a lot out of your reviews and am so glad you are here. I hope you continue to be here for a long, long time!!

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  6. Happy Blogiversary! I love Sandy's comment - how true! I agree with Heather too that you are definitely a favorite stop!

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  7. Happy Blogiversary! I always enjoy reading your posts, and your selections make me think about mine. I have becom diversified as well.
    Here's to many more fab posts :)

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  8. Happy blogoversary, my dear!!!! I love love love your blog and am so glad you got into it. The community really is amazing and has diversified and deepened my reading as well.

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  9. Happy blogiversary and congrats on five years of blogging!

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  10. Five years is amazing, congrats!

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  11. Wow … five years is an eternity in blogging!! I think it is great that blogging has had such a positive effect on your life. I feel the same way!!!! Here's to many more years of blogging fun!

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  12. Woo hoo! Happy 5 year Blogiversary. Keep up the wonderful reviews and posts.

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  13. Happy blogoversary and many many more happy ones to come

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  14. happy blogoversary! Here's to more nerdy, awesome, bookish, reader talk! :)

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  15. Kisses back at ya, Darlin'! Happy Bloggoversary!

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  16. Hurray! Happy blogoversary. I didn't know you were such a veteran blogger! Here's to many more years.

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  17. Five years? Wow! Happy anniversary. I can't imagine blogging for that long. Well, maybe I can...
    Blogging has taught me so many things and I've met the most amazing people on this journey.

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  18. Happy blogiversary! I hope you have many more years of blogging ahead of you. :-)

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  19. Congratulations! Love you and your blog and thanks so much for always being inspiring and reading great books. All the best and I look forward to following you for many more years.

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  20. Wow, five years -- congratulations! I'm glad to be one of your followers, and look forward to many more conversations with you.

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  21. Happy blogiversary!! Here's to another five more years!

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  22. Happy Blogoversary. I hope you continue after Alienette is born.

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  23. Yay for you! Glad you're here, and glad that we found each other in this massive book blogosphere world :-)

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  24. I know what you mean about blogging changing your life, or at least your book life. I recently heard about a book called The Disappearing Spoon through a book blog and I was so excited to have found something I'd never heard of before which held such appeal.

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  25. Congrats on that many years of blogging! That's such an awesome accomplishment. =D

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  26. 5 years Trisha, Well Done babe. I love that your so genuine and love sharing with us.

    Here's to many more 'cheers'

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  27. SMACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK. Congrats on five years of blogging--blogging certainly wouldn't be the same without your fun, thought-provoking, snarky, intelligent, and entertaining posts. I can't wait to see what this year brings you along with that little baby.

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  28. Five years?! Wow, huge congratulations! I think I'm slowly sneaking up to two, but that's it!

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  29. Wow, five years! Congratulations.

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  30. Happy Bloggiversary! Here's to many more! =D

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  31. I kept on nodding while reading your post. In real life, I have a lot of friends who read, but none of them read the same types of books I do. So, finding the book blogging community has been a great experience. Happy blogoversary. :)

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  32. I'm glad I didn't miss this post, happy blogiversary Trisha! The book blogging community is amazing, and I'm glad you're a part of it.

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  33. Happy blogiversary!!!!! Five years is awesome!!!!

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  34. Happy blogiversary! I wish you many, many,many more.

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  35. Happy Blogoversary :) Your thoughts probably mirror lots of us. It's nice to find bookish friends!

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