Today marks one full year of actively running Birdie Bookworm. On this day, one year ago, I posted my introduction and slowly waded into this wonderful community I love so much. It makes me feel pretty giddy. The year went by fast, but at the same time it also feels like I’ve been here forever.
This last year on Birdie Bookworm felt pretty exceptional, if I do say so myself. We all know what blogger envy is, and there are times when we all suffer from it. However putting that aside, I’m quite proud of where I am today. In this last week I hit 700 WordPress followers, and 1000 total followers (including email subscriptions and social media).
I didn’t go into Birdie Bookworm with any expectations. I thought it would be fun if I did find reader friends, but I was writing for me. In a way, that almost makes each follower mean more to me. Which leads me to what I wanted to talk about first.
What I’m Thankful For When Blogging…
I’m thankful for the book community. I love that most of us make an effort to comment and respond. I know how hard it is to find time for socializing while creating content for our own blogs. Thank you for helping to engage this online reading community in an enormous conversation.
Obviously I’m thankful for authors and publishers. I mean, would any of us be here (or even who we are) if it weren’t for all those authors out there, and those publishers that made the novels available? I can’t imagine my life without books. I don’t even want to try.
I’m so thankful to my sister, B-Rex. I’m thankful for everyone who has helped me on Birdie Bookworm, but B-Rex in particular wanted to help me with blog design and then sat down and created my entire theme. It’s so perfect, and it’s a true reflection of who I am. I’m also thankful because she’s so patient when I give hints when I may, possibly, need a new piece of art. (Like I did when just a week ago when I told her about this post!)
I’m thankful for my friendship with Angie (BaBAMB). Long before I created Birdie Bookworm Angie was my friend and blogging/reading support person so in general I’m just thankful we met, but especially because she helps me stay blogging sane. In hindsight, I wish we had created something together but either way I’m so glad she stuck around and we’re able to share our knowledge and still occasionally read and review together.
Finally, I’m actually thankful to everyone I know who has asked me why I don’t get paid to do this. It reminds me everything worthwhile doesn’t have to have a monetary gain. You can put time and energy into something just because you love it.
That’s Not All I’ve Learned…
I’ve learned there isn’t one right way to blog. I try to stick to writing mostly about books, but I do occasionally like to talk television. Or I like to talk about my family. I’ve been intending to write something about my daughter and her first boyfriend, because I just need an outlet for that. We should all blog what we want; people will either enjoy it or they won’t. No harm either way.
I’ve learned, or at least I’m trying to learn, that a typo isn’t the end of the world. We all do it, no matter how many times we reread there will sometimes be one pesky thing we don’t notice. We won’t notice until the post goes live, and then it taunts us. I will always correct myself, I can’t help it, but I do try not to be embarrassed about it. Unfortunately embarrassment comes easy to me. It probably goes hand in hand with my anxiety.
I’m learning to not be so intimidated by author interviews and guest posts. Nobody is judging my questions, even if they’re not as original as I thought and they been asked them before. Plus, I love publisher/author interactions (positive ones), and that’s only going to happen by stepping out of my shell.
In honor of Birdie Bookworm’s first birthday, I’d like to honor all of you who stop by and visit us. I’m hosting a giveaway for a $20 gift card to Amazon.com. Unfortunately I’m not quite sure how the rights work internationally, so for this giveaway were going to simplify it for me by keeping it a US giveaway only.
- Giveaway Runs 7/7-7/21
- US only
- 1 Winner Chosen
- see Terms & Conditions for further information