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The Cream of the Crop – The Best Posts, Books, and Comments from 2008

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:

Favorite posts that aren’t book reviews:

Favorite guest post:

A comment on my blog that made me laugh:

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:

New things I did:

Bookish events I attended:

Gifts I received:

Char bought me this shirt I’d been coveting. I wear it a lot and love it. <3

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.

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21 Responses to “The Cream of the Crop – The Best Posts, Books, and Comments from 2008”

  1. Eva

    What a fun round-up post!!! I’m curious to know if your hair is still all crimpy or not. :) I’m living vicariously through other people’s hair experiments right now, because I’ve been growing out a pixie cut for a year (gah! I loved that cut, but it takes soooooo long to regrow), so I figured I’d take advantage of the opportunity to have natural hair again. It’s really boring, lol.

    Ok-I’m rambling. I think my favourite post of the year was Book sluts, reading moods, and giveaways, oh my!. :) The post popular post of mine of all time, though (which shows just what kind of literary aspirations I have) is my post on The Pagemaster and Wishbone. Because what can be better than talking dogs and Macaulay Culkin? :)

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  2. lisamm

    Wow, I had no idea I was so dang influential!! LOL Happy New Year Trishy!

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  3. Marg

    Happy, errr, not blogiversary. or kind of blogiversary!

    Whatever! I am glad that you decided to stick around the book blogging world!

    Here’s to another great 12 months!

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  4. Jen Forbus

    Hey Trish…I’ll be celebrating my blogiversary on January 12th…one year. We’ll have to chat because I think I’ve exhausted the suggestions I had for promoting my blog and need some fresh ones to encourage others to visit. And based on YOUR stats…you know what you’re doing! :) Congrats on a great year!

    As for my favorite post, I can’t choose one because I did 11 author interviews this year and I am just so tickled that each of these folks took time out for me, my blog and my readers. So here’s the link to the page that holds all the interviews:

    http://jensbookthoughts.blogspot.com/search/label/Author%20Q%2FA

    Here’s to a great 2009 for all the book bloggers!

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  5. bermudaonion

    What a great wrap-up. I enjoyed reading about the history of your blog.

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  6. meg89

    Good wrap-up post! I’ve been impressed with how original everyone’s end of the year post has been, I must have read 20 or 25 at least, but they are all so good! And now I have a stack of pages in my tabs from all the links to old posts that I can’t wait to read!

    I started blogging just over a month ago, so I don’t have many posts to choose from. I’d say my favorite is the one that got me blogging in the first place, reviewing Amy Bloom’s Away:

    http://literarymenagerie.blogspot.com/2008/12/giveaway-time-travelers-wife.html

    Even though most of the traffic I’ve had has come through for Is Your Blog a Man or a Woman? or the Time Traveler’s Wife giveaway.

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  7. Michele

    Loved this post! What a great roundup!

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  8. meg89

    I accidentally copy-and-pasted the wrong link! Here’s the correct one:

    http://literarymenagerie.blogspot.com/2008/12/away-by-amy-bloom.html

    Sorry for the confusion!

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  9. Stephanie

    Oh, I can’t pick just one post! Love yours though!

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  10. Jill

    What a fantastic and interesting way to wrap up your year. I loved this post! I struggled with picking one of my own, but this one came to mind, as it was one I felt really strongly about as I was writing it.

    http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/2008/11/sunday-salon-book-blogging.html

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  11. Samantha

    Congrats on a great year in 2008. Hope you have just as successful of a year in 2009!

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  12. Jessica

    you did so much this year Trish! Here’s to another one!

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  13. Lisa

    Great roundup!

    We have The Monster at the End of this Book. It’s the book I refer to when I want to convince the Pirate that monsters are NOT SCARY.

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  14. Jeanne

    I can see how you got more traffic coming to your blog, because you ask questions I can’t resist answering. But sometime can you share some more suggestions for how you got more traffic?

    My favorite post of the year is about my favorite book of the year:
    http://necromancyneverpays.blogspot.com/2008/10/book-of-year.html

    Thanks for asking! Happy New Year!

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  15. Raych

    I love you. YOU’RE my favorite post. I love that we have twin brains and don’t like our respective foods to touch.

    I’m going to take more than my fair share of delicious new years cake and list three posts,

    Twilight

    http://booksidoneread.blogspot.com/2008/08/twilight-stephanie-meyers.html

    New Moon

    http://booksidoneread.blogspot.com/2008/09/new-moon-stephanie-meyer.html

    Eclipse

    http://booksidoneread.blogspot.com/2008/12/eclipse-stephanie-meyer.html

    As you can see, they are related in some way.

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  16. bkclubcare

    I celebrate with you! Congrats, fun post. I have to say that YOU and Lisa were two of my first regular commenters and I thank both of you for that. And I have to thank you for your Google Reader post because you motivated me to try it. and now can’t live without it!

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  17. Megan

    Congrats on your blogiversary, Trish! That’s very exciting and awesome. I’m looking forward to another year of reading your fun and, often, quite thought-provoking posts! I didn’t realize other people separated their food quite the way I do. I thought I was just a maniac.

    Over the past year, my blog also transitioned from being a catch-all for all my random thoughts to more of an organized medium for talking about books and things. But of all my posts, my blog post about my trip to London is probably my favorite! I like integrating my own photos into my entries, and I had such an amazing time in England that it was so fun to relive that — even for a blog post. I almost started a mini-travel series on there, but figured that might be a bit much!

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  18. serena

    Wow thanks for the trip down memory lane with your fantastic blog posts. I loved the oreo conversation! I thought I as alone in how I ate oreos, but now I know the truth…there are more of us.

    Here are my favorite posts from 2008:

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/09/writing-and-writing-spaces.html

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/09/marketing-poet.html

    http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/11/pemberley-by-sea-by-abigail-reynolds.html

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  19. Dreamybee

    Hi Trish,

    What a fun (and generous!) roundup! Maybe I haven’t fully developed my critical eye yet, but I had a lot of posts that I wanted to share! LOL. I finally decided on two though, one short and funny (at least, I think it is) and one that I really hope adequately captured a moment in time that meant a lot to me.

    Short and funny– http://subliminalintervention.blogspot.com/2008/05/expiration-dates-not-always-there-just.html

    The other one-http://subliminalintervention.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-dismantle-ultimate-experience.html

    Thanks for doing this!

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