Today marks the anniversary of when I posted my first blog on Happy Indulgence! What an interesting journey it’s been. From celebrating my 500 follower mark, to receiving the Liebster blog award, to achieving 10,000 views, I think it’s been a pretty successful year.
Blogging is something I’ve done since I was a teenager, from recording my inner most thoughts, to sharing with everyone my sadness and joys, and finally delving into my hobbies. I’m a geek at heart and always will be and blogging always me to go into depth about the things that I love – and the best thing about it is that I’ve met so many wonderful readers, gamers, bloggers and authors out there!
From my humble beginnings, I wasn’t sure where this blog would go from the start. I shared a bit about my gaming adventures, put up some indie perfume reviews, and shared lots and lots of thoughts on books that I had read. Since then, it’s evolved into a fully fledged book blog, as I didn’t realise how much work actually went into blogging. Because I love books and reading so much, it can definitely be a full time job with reading books, reviewing books, and writing posts and participating in blog tours.
My layout was also very different then, if anyone remembers the lovebirds theme (or if you were with me from the very start). It always annoyed me that my old posts would get lost with a typical blog layout and I wanted to promote more of my posts at a glance, so that’s how I came up with the theme we have today. I also recently moved to a self-hosted provider so I could have more control over the blog which has been an eye-opening, rewarding and learning experience.
It wouldn’t be the same without my followers and supporters. I can’t believe there’s people out there who actually read what I write! My favourite thing about blogging is all the wonderful people that are out there reading my posts, chatting to me on Twitter and Goodreads, and recommending me books on their blogs. Being able to apply for review copies from publishers that are highly anticipated is pretty neat too.
It wouldn’t be a blogoversary without a giveaway! Thank you for all my subscribers out there. You inspire me to keep doing what I love!
Giveaway – open internationally
Win a $15 (US) Amazon Gift Card!
Giveaway ends 26 July 2013. Winner will be emailed and announced here on my blog.