Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's My Bloggy Birthday

I began this blog on Dec. 30, 2009 with modest goals. I just wanted to talk about the good books I was reading. I had no idea if anyone would ever find my blog and care about what I had to say.

I had been blogging at Inside of a Dog since Jan. 24, 2008. I began that blog as part of a project to learn to use Web 2.0 tools. After the project, the blog sort of languished until I decided that it would make a good forum for talking about the books I was reading. I began writing my thoughts about the adult and young adult books I read and discovered the whole community of book bloggers.

In December 2009, I decided to spin off the young adult books into a blog of their own. Some of the adult books I was reading were not necessarily appropriate for my middle grade and younger young adult readers. I didn't want to confuse any students who stumbled on to my blog. Also I wanted to connect more with young adult bloggers and didn't want to confuse them either.

Since December 2009 I have gathered 1163 followers, done 227 book reviews and published 656 blog posts. I have also gotten on some people's lists and have begun to receive books for review from publishers and independent authors - 78 of them have been reviewed already. Not bad for two years!

I am not planning any big changes for 2012. I still want to read and talk about the books I enjoy. I have quite a stack ready to read this coming year. Twenty young adult or middle grade review books are on my TBR mountain for the coming year. And LibraryThing says I have 192 unread young adult books around the house (or on my Kindle).

Now, it is time to pick up my latest book and get reading!


  1. Congrats on two years!!! Soooo glad you started blogging :)

  2. Happy Blogoversary and Happy 2012!

  3. Two of years, congrats!

    Best to you in the upcoming year. =)

  4. Happy Blogoversary and Happy New Year! :D

  5. I'm still amazed at the number of followers! I need to read your posts more critically and find ways I can improve my own blog! Keep up the great reviews for many more years!

  6. Happy blogoversary! I'm always impressed that you do such a great job with two blogs, when I have a hard time with one! You're an inspiration! Here's to another awesome year! :)


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