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One Year Young Today!

Woohoo! I have made it through a whole year of blogging and what a year it’s been. I started the blog as a place to write random things I thought about when I was reading books. I didn’t intend to do reviews but they sort of crept up on me. I’ve made some great blogging friends and read some amazing books that I probably wouldn’t have picked up if I hadn’t been reviewing them. Thank you to every one of my followers and all the lovely people in publishing that have trusted me with their treasured books. Here’s to another successful year!

I have a number of giveaways planned to celebrate too. So don’t go away.

Fab Bloggers

Hannah @ Once Upon A Time
Lainy @ So Many Books, So Little Time
Birgit @ The Book Garden
Scott @ Me And My Big Mouth
Simon @ Savidge Reads
Jackie @ Farm Lane Books
Judith @ Leeswammes’ Blog
Amanda @ On a Book Bender
Karen @ Book World In My Head
Sam @ Tiny Library
Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea
Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews
Teresa @ Lovely Treez Reads

…and so many more that I just don’t have the space to list.

It’s also customary for me to impart some pearls of wisdom on this fine day…

It’s your blog!

And you can do what you like with it! OK, don’t break the law (which includes copyright, libel and harassment) but if you want to run a blog dedicated to how much you hate Jonathan Franzen, you can (and I think it would be popular right now). There are loads of blog posts with guidelines onto how to run your book blog which are written like they are commandments. They are not, they are simply one person’s opinion of how they like book blogs to be. Use the parts you agree with, ignore the rest. You cannot please everyone so don’t make yourself unhappy by doing things you don’t want to do.

The best thing about blogs in general is that they are for expressing personal opinion. You’re not going to agree with everyone. If someone doesn’t like the way you’re doing things, they don’t have to read your blog. And you don’t have to read the blogs of people that get on your nerves! This may be a controversial thing to say but I feel I have to say it for those worrying whether or not they conform.

If you’re super mean, there’s a risk no one will read your blog but some people just don’t care They’re the hermits of the blogging world, happily typing away for their own indulgence. That’s OK, if it’s what works for them.*

*Obviously, these types of bloggers are unlikely to get review copies if that’s what you’re aiming for but I think you should blog for the love of it first and the other stuff will follow.

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  1. Birgit

    Woohoo, indeed! A year already? I was amazed when I celebrated my blog's first birthday too – yep, it's true what they say about time flying by when you're having fun!

    *slowly recovering from the pleasant shock of seeing her name on the fab blogger list*

    You're fab too!! And definitely one of my favorite book bloggers out there. I'm not just saying this to be nice (which of course I am), but because it's true!

    'nuff said! Now, let's celebrate!

  2. kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews

    YAY!!! Happy Blogoversary, Ellie!!! It is amazing how time flies and how blogging consumes everything else :))) i wish you many more happy years of blogging *hugs*

  3. Pocketful of Books

    Aww Happy 1 year birthday to your blog! I hope mine is as good as yours when I get to the one year mark! x

  4. Sophia

    Congrats Ellie! Here's to many more years of blogging! x

  5. So many books, so little time

    Happy 1 year blogging and here is to many many more, mine is tomorrow I think although that is just a guesstimate


  6. Mike Stimpson

    Happy birthday Ellie's blog! If I'd known I'd have got you a present. Does your blog have an Amazon wish list?

  7. Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    Congrats on one full year of blogging! I am fast approaching my own blogoversary. I am so glad that we were able to "meet"! πŸ™‚

  8. Unknown

    Happy Blogoversary πŸ™‚

  9. Unknown

    Congratulations on your first blogoversary!! Your blog doesn't come across as a new one – you are so professional and well organised πŸ™‚ I look forward to celebrating many more blogoversaries with you. Thank you for the mention – hopefully we'll get to meet up at some point.

  10. Sam (Tiny Library)

    Ooh, some of these blogs are new to me, I'm off to check them out πŸ™‚

    And I completely agree with your message!

  11. Blood Rose Books

    Happy One Year Blogoversary….here is to Many More!!!

  12. KarenSi

    Happy Blogoversary! Can't believe it's only been a year. I always thought you had been at this much longer. A sign of how good your posts are.

    Thanks for the shout out.

  13. Kat @ NoPageLeftBehind

    Woot! Happy Blogoversary! I'm with Karen, I can't believe you've only been at this for a year – you're such a pro at it!

  14. Unknown

    Belated congratulations on your first year. Here's hoping for many more happy years of blogging!

  15. Nose_in_a_book

    Belated happy blogoversary!

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