Lots of bloggers have a blogiversary — the anniversary of when they started blogging. I don’t really have one because I started over at Blogger with a couple of posts in July 2007. I was disheartened, as I thought hordes of people would just stumble on to my blog, think my writing was brilliant, and BAM! I’d be successful. Oddly enough, that never happened, and for reasons I don’t remember, I migrated over to WordPress to continue blogging in September 2007.
I migrated over to WordPress to blog about my nightmares. I have so many weird nightmares, I thought it would be interesting to document them. THEN, in talking to some co-workers, I thought my blog should go more towards food product reviews, specifically, candy. So in the beginning, my blog was a conglomoration of random things that popped into my head, things I thought were brilliant at the time, but which now make me cringe when I read them.
I’d had maybe 2 or 3 comments when I posted about starting my book club, and who stopped by to comment but Lisa from Books on the Brain?! I immediately clicked over and was enthralled by her blog. You mean you could blog about BOOKS? And people were into that?
It was at this point that I started blogging more about books and participating in Booking Through Thursday. I was still pretty disappointed, though, that I hadn’t been discovered as the next brilliant blogger. I didn’t understand how to get people to come to my blog. So I slacked off on blogging and might have thrown the towel in altogether if Lisa hadn’t left a comment in January 2008 asking why I hadn’t been blogging. She was just the encouragement I needed, and it was shortly after this that I started figuring out how to get traffic to my blog and I started in earnest visiting other blogs.
So 2008 has been really eye opening for me and my blog. I’ve learned a lot, and hopefully I’ll continue to learn more.
In the meantime, let’s see some stats for my blog, shall we?
- I had 315 posts (that’s a lot of typing!)
- There were 5,314 comments. Some of those were comments I left responding to other comments, but I stopped doing this, so this is pretty close to the actual amount of comments my blog received in 2008
- I had 70,924 hits on my blog
- I read 59 books
- I made countless new friends
If you want to see which books were my favorite, you can just click on the tab Books Read in 2009, as that tab will keep the list of all the books I’ve read since I started my blog. HOWEVER, there are favorites that have managed to wiggle their way on to my all-time favorite books, which is no small feat:
- The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
- The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
- The Likeness by Tana French
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Favorite posts that aren’t book reviews:
- Google Reader. I’m pretty proud of this post. It’s comprehensive and seemed to help some people.
- I did a whole post highlighting my favorite posts from books i done read, as well as i am saved by the buoyancy of citrus. And because I can’t help myself, if you haven’t read this review or this review, go read them now. You don’t know it, but your life is not yet complete until you’ve read those two gems.
- I found two book covers that look strangely similar.
- My run-in with Goof Off.
- I did a few different search terms posts, but this one’s my favorite.
- I talked about not liking my food to touch.
- I wish I could be friends with some people.
- We discussed the best way to eat an Oreo. Now THAT was fun.
Favorite guest post:
A comment on my blog that made me laugh:
- Y’all are very clever, but J. Scott Savage cracked me up when I asked whether I should return my renter’s deposit when I had to break-in to his room when he hadn’t moved his stuff out but wasn’t paying rent and Scott said, “I’d drop by a local bar of ill repute and ask a couple of shady characters what the going rate is for a B&E. If it’s over $200 don’t return the deposit.”
A comment on someone else’s blog that made me laugh:
I want to name my next son Duncan. But I’m afraid he’ll get teased about Dunkin Donuts. Especially if he has a weight problem.
But then, I figured that round about high school, people would start calling him “Duncan No-nuts” and I can’t stop giggling about it.
WORLD’S WORST MOM.
Significant things in my life this year:
Awards I won:
- I won Most Chatty during BBAW. My heart still flutters when I think of that.
New things I did:
- I uploaded a video for the first time. Yay for learning!
Bookish events I attended:
Gifts I received:
Things I got excited about:
Favorite book reviews:
And last but not least, my favorite post this year:
So to celebrate 2008, if you leave a link to YOUR favorite post this year from your own blog, I’ll go ahead and do a post compiling all that into one fun spot. Sound good? Leave the link here in the comments by January 10th, so I can (hopefully) have it up by January 12th.