Last month Kaggsy celebrated her 9th blogaversary by actually remembering it! I made some smart comment about always forgetting my blogaversary. But then I decided, NO!
Blogs have this marvellous, amazing technology that allows one to schedule posts. Why not use it to make sure I actually remember to celebrate my own blogging anniversary on time this year!
On the 5th July 2009, with very little idea about what I was doing or what I was letting myself in for, I created a Blogspot account and wrote my first review on Brona’s Books.
The book was Gone by Michael Grant and reflected that this blog started life as a review vehicle for teachers and parents about children’s books. Gone was also an example of one of the lows of this blogging life. My very first comment…was from me!
For two years, I reviewed children’s books, in fits and starts.
However I had very little interaction with the blogging community and I felt like I was writing into a vacuum.
It was during my summer holidays in January 2012 that I had a revelation.
I had read several fantastic adult books over the break and I was brimming with things to say about them…and I suddenly realised… I could blog about adult books too!
I also began to google and read stuff on how to be more interactive in the blogging world and how to get more comments and interested followers.
The brave new world of memes, blog hops and readalongs suddenly opened up before me! I discovered The Classics Club and numerous Australian bloggers. I joined events, participated in memes and left hundreds of thoughtful comments in the blogosphere.
In November 2013 I started my first AusReading Month, to coincide with AusMusic Month on Triple J. For a few years I hosted (the now defunct) Wharton Review. I continue to host and join in numerous readalongs. I was an editor for the Australian Women Writers Challenge for about five years and I’m now a moderator for The Classics Club.
Six months ago I made the huge decision to move my blog to WordPress. I have not regretted the move, although it has been a steep learning curve. An ongoing one.
In twelve years I have written 1680 posts.
During that time, I have learnt that being a book blogger is more than just reading books and writing about them. It’s also about committing ourselves to reading the blogs of other book bloggers and engaging in a community of fellow bloggers and readers. People just like us, with time constraints, personal issues and good intentions that don’t always come to fruition.
Many years ago I read Daniel Pennac’s The Rights of the Reader.
Pennac lists 10 reader’s rights that tonight I will subvert for my own purposes.
1. The right not to read (or blog or read other reviews).
2. The right to skip (or skim read).
3. The right not to finish a book (or a review).
4. The right to read it again (or blog about it more than once).
5. The right to read anything (or nothing or eight books at once).
6. The right to mistake a book for real life (or real life for your blog)!
7. The right to read anywhere (or check your latest blog comments from any device).
8. The right to dip in (or browse without leaving comments).
9. The right to read out loud (or curse your device when it eats another comment)!
10. The right to be quiet (or not like a post).
However, the constant high point of blogging has been all of you.
Yes, YOU – my dear readers – my followers – and especially those of you who take the time regularly to leave thoughtful comments. Over the twelve years, bloggers have come and gone. I’m so very grateful to all of you who are still here and to all the newer bloggers who have stumbled across my blog.
A HUGE thank you to all of you who have shared readalongs, readathons, photos, spins & other book events with me.
I feel blessed to have met you all.
You have enriched my reading (& blogging) life.
Thank you for travelling with me this far – here’s to many more shared book journeys!