It's my 1 year blogoversary!

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It’s been exactly one year since I started Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog, and I’m so proud of myself for sticking to it for so long. I read somewhere that the average blog only lasts about six months, and sure enough I felt like quitting six months ago. Of course, six months ago was also around finals week, so I’m not entirely surprised I wanted to quit blogging then. But! I didn’t quit, and I kept going, and I’m proud to say that I made my blog even better since then. I’m really happy with my blog and where I plan to go with it, and I’m looking forward to celebrating my 2 year blogoversary next year. 😀

So, in celebration of this blogoversary, I thought I’d write a little bit about why I started my blog. I write a lot about what I want my blog to do in the future, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone into any detail about why exactly I started book blogging.

A somewhat embarrassing history…

Okay, so when I first started this blog I distinctly remember it was meant mostly just for memes and reading challenges, with reviews a distant third. In fact, I only started this blog because I wanted to participate in memes and reading challenges and needed some place to put them. Luckily I didn’t stick with that plan for long, and I actually changed my plans because of Kim‘s Blog Improvement Project. (Thanks, Kim!)

Once I joined that, I started thinking of my blog less as a hub for memes and more like a reading journal. (This would have been around January, btw.) I think it also helped that I started getting more comments and visits to my blog at that time, and so I started feeling more energetic about having a blog that people wanted to visit and read. I wanted to post more things that kept bringing people back, and so I posted more and more reviews. So, thanks, all you early visitors! You helped me stay motivated, for sure.

And so here we are!

And now it’s been several months later and one year after starting, and I’m super happy with how far this blog has come. I’ve started some memes, I’ve hosted two challenges, I’ve made lots of friends and I can’t wait to see what’ll happen in the next year.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me over the year! I hope I’ve made you proud. 😀

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0 thoughts on “It's my 1 year blogoversary!”

  1. Happy Blogoversary !!! Hope u many many such fine years of blogging. I know the boredom sets in intermittently and depression does comes after continuous blogging but it’s a phase and after a few days u are back on with more fire 🙂

  2. Happy anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog – I get excited every time I see in Google Reader that you have a new post. You always have such good Awesome Posts Full of Links as well. Many happy returns of the day!

  3. Congrats on your one year blogoversary! I had no idea the BIP helped you decide to make your blog more than memes — that is awesome (and you’re welcome 😉 ) I do think memes are a good way of getting into blogging, but blogs that don’t “grow up” from that tend to get boring, so I’m glad you decided to do more.

  4. Happy day!!! I’m so glad you stuck around. Thursday Tea is one of my favorite memes and it seems to be popular with my readers too. It’s important to assess and change your blog every once in a while . . . it keeps things interesting.

  5. Congrats on your blogoversary! Your blog was the very first one I followed after I started mine early in the summer. I’ve been enjoying your reviews, Thursday Teas, and discussion-starter posts ever since. Keep up the good work!

  6. Happy Blogoversary…and hoping to read tons more great stuff from you

    My blogoversary is tomorrow; and amscratching my head trying to think up something suitable to write 🙂

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