I made it! The balloons are hung, the cake has arrived, grab a party hat on your way in and join in on the fun!!!
If you follow this blog you probably know the story of how I began so I will try to just give the bullet point details:
- I did blog before June 9th but did not know I was blogging. Thought I was journaling. June 9th 2009 is when I discovered book blogging and never looked back.
- There are wonderful bloggers out there and if it were not for them I probably would have stumbled and fell, but I read a lot of blogs, found what I liked and didn’t like, and tweaked my own. If I didn’t know how to do it, I asked. And tweaked… and tweaked.
- After a few months I had picked up my own style, tried different themes and meme’s – worked the kinks out, dropped what I didn’t like and kept what I did.
That is the short version of my year in blogging memory lane. I have said it before, and I will say it again, last year about a week after I came out of my blog cave (I have this vision of me stepping out like a caveman and discovering other book bloggers was like discovering fire)…
… Natasha at Maw Books held the first Bloggiesta. I read up on everything I could and participated to the fullest. The Bloggiesta was (and is) all about improving your blog, learning how to do new things, organizing your reviews, etc…. Timing could not have been more perfect for this newbie. I mention it now not only because it was a huge help to me in the early days, but because as timing would have it, the next Bloggiesta is this weekend and if you have any time to participate – I highly recommend it. My blog looked completely different last year after the Bloggiesta.
Anyway – let’s get to the party. I really would have nothing to party about if it were not for you, the readers who pop in and read my reviews and leave your comments. I really do look forward to chatting with you when I can and am so happy to see how that has really developed over here. I like the feel that you can stop in anytime and hang out for as long as you want. My goal is to have created a warm inviting atmosphere where hopefully you are finding good content and honest book reviews that make it worth your while.
And when I throw a party, the gifts are for you! Readers I have 4 giveaway packages that you can comment here to sign up for. This giveaway will run starting now until Thursday evening – a little over 24 hours. Be sure to read at the bottom of this post on how to sign up for this one. 🙂
Gift Package 1: A beautiful hard cover copy of The Air Between Us, See’s Chocolates, A book-plate for Little Bee signed by author Chris Cleave and an EBook of Chosen by Chandra Hoffman.
Giveaway #2: A copy of Stand The Storm, A bag of Amaretta Coffee from my winter trip to Honduras, a book-plate signed by Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee, and an EBook of Adam and Eve by Sena Jeter Naslund.
Giveaway #3: The cozy package. Three cozy mysteries, a journal, Footnotes (sticky notes), chocolate rocks from Minnesota, a book plate from Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee, and an EBook: Djibouti by Elmore Leonard.
Giveaway #4: Enjoy a couple Darcy books, a box of Lindt chocolates, and an EBook of What Happened On Fox Street by Tricia Springstuff.
To sign up to be entered for a chance to win one of these packages, simply leave me a comment here. If you want to get creative I would love to know how you arrived at the party and what you brought (IE. You flew your personal jet and brought an avocado dip to die for).
Winners will be chosen using Random.Org and announced either Thursday evening or Friday morning
Thank you to all of you who take time to read my crazy meanderings and discuss books with me. I truly enjoy our discussions and look forward to many more!