Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I'm two!

Not really, but this blog is.  Which makes much more sense, right?  Since babies can't type.

ANYWAY...

A couple of summers ago, I realized how much I was enjoying reading and commenting on book blogs and thought--hey, maybe I should make my own instead of hogging people's comment sections!  And so it began.

This blog, and the blogging/reading community, has given me a lot.  I wrote a bunch in last year's first anniversary post about what a lifesaver it's been to develop a creative outlet and something that's just for me during this very busy season of my life. Actually, having just now re-read that post, I am kind of tempted to just link to it and call it a day.  Looks like I was a little more organized this time last year.  Or a little more stunned to have made it a year.  By now the blog feels like part of my life.

Instead of repeating myself, then, let's trot out a few stats.


  • I have published 435 posts in the past two years.  Them's a lot of words.
  • I've had 35.533 page views, according to Blogger.  I have no real idea what this means, especially since it wasn't too long ago the stats thing told me I'd had 36 page views in one week but over 300 views of a specific post on that day.  I'm no mathematician, but something is definitely fishy about that.    
  • My most viewed post remains the one linked to Modern Mrs. Darcy, about what was saving my bacon last February.
  • I've read 433 books during the time I've been blogging, per rough Goodreads count.
  • In two years, I've written 32 individual reviews and 19 review sets
  • I've participated in the daily Slice of Life challenge twice, Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon three times, been a round 2 Cybils judge twice, attempted but failed the A-Z challenge once, guest posted for Nerdy Book Club a handful of times, linked up a post with Shannon's Shattering Stigmas event last August, beaten my Goodreads goal into submission repeatedly, messed around with Top Ten Tuesday (often), Monthly Wrap-ups (faithfully), Discussion posts (infrequently but steadily), Sunday Posts (steadily for awhile, then I kind of stopped), and attended six author events at my local bookstore.
Later this week I'm going to share some goals I have for my blogger-self in the next year.  Why later this week?  Well, because first I have to think of some, then I have to write them down...but no, "blogging ahead" is probably not going to be one of my goals.  This seat-of-the-pants thing works for me, and keeps this blog a hobby instead of a chore.  

For now, I will leave you with some photos of our recent weekend near Mt. Hood and--hooray!--a giveaway.








20 comments:

  1. Congratulations! You have achieved so much. And hurray for another seat-of-the-pants blogger. I always think I am going to schedule posts and somehow never manage it.

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  2. Happy blogiversary! Your weekend looks relaxing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Yay!!!! Happy Blogaversary! Your blog is one of my favorites to follow! I'm glad you are enjoying this adventure, and I look forward to following you for years to come ;)

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    1. Ooops....I forgot to leave a book rec. Have you read The Hate U Give yet?

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  4. Congratulations! Here's to many more blogiversaries!
    Sam @ WLABB

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    1. I commented before I entered, so a book rec -- Spellbook of the Lost and Found. I love Fowley-Doyle and she really delivered with this one.

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  5. Well done! Excellent star and very well deserved. Happy Blogging Birthday!

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  6. Sorry I'm late! I didn't do my Sunday Post this week because I was at ALA, and I'm just now catching up. But I'll be sure to link you up in this week's post and let everyone know about your blogoversary and the giveaway! As far as a rec goes, you need to read Three Dark Crowns! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  7. Happy Blogoversary!!! Thanks for the giveaway; I recommend Hunted By Megan Spooner; it's a great fairy tale retelling with twists and turns.:)

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  8. Happy two years! The YA books I would recommend are the Banished series by Kimberley Griffiths Little, Caraval, Zenn Diagram, and Lake of Destiny.

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  9. Happy Blogiversary,best wishes for many more great and wonderful bloggin years ahead :)
    Findin Audrey by Sophie Kinsella,or Richelle Mead books :)

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  10. Happy blogoversary! I'd say maybe read the Wendy Darling series by Colleen Oakes.

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  11. Happy, happy, happy blogoversary!! :) As for book recs - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a phenomenal read, also Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer.
    Thank you for a generous giveaway! :)

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  12. Happy Second Blog Birthday!

    Hmm, recommend a book. So much choice. I suppose I'll start with Six of Crows, and the sequel, Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo. I read her Grisha series and didn't really like it, but this series is just unbelievable.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  13. Just found your blog. Congrats on 2 years! I recommend Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. Loved it.

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  14. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I only just found your blog, so I haven't had a chance yet to explore and see if you've read these yet, but for a YA book I'd recommend Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy, and for adult, Shanghai Girls by Lisa See is really great, though the ending is very abrupt (there's a sequel).

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  15. I really liked The Hate U Give. I LOVE Ramona Blue and Six of Crows. Shanghai Girls has been on my TBR for awhile, and being named Wendy, I'm certainly up for investigating Wendy Darling! And Zenn Diagram is written by a Wendy too, I see. So many great recommendations!

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  16. Happy blog birthday! :)
    I recommend The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It's a fun but culturally significant and smart episodic scifi.

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  17. Happy Blogiversary!!!
    And I recommend Some girls are by Courtney Summers and The raven boys.

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  18. Hooray! Thanks again for the giveaway :)

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