Guys, I’m about to get personal so if you don’t like that, you’ve been warned.
I started Katie’s Book Blog 7 years ago. I was a senior in high school at the time. I was just as nerdy back then as I am today but I didn’t accept that part of me. I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere and I had some people in my life who only made that worse. I was severely bullied my last year of high school by people I had called my friends for the previous 2 years. They didn’t like that I was graduating a year early and they thought I thought too highly of myself because I was smart enough to do that. It didn’t matter that I had to graduate early to move across the country with my family. They knew everything about me, my strengthsm my weaknesses, and all my insecurities. One of my biggest insecurities was what people would think of me if they knew how nerdy I really was. They did everything they could to make me ashamed of my love of literature and knowledge and my smarts. I missed so much school because I was afraid to face them. I went home in tears so many times. I missed a lot and those girls succeeded in pushing me even further into my shell. However, Katie’s Book Blog got started because of that shell. I was afraid to share my love of books with people in my life so I decided to share it with strangers on the internet. It was a pretty great idea, if I do say so myself.
So here we are, 7 years later, and my life is so different. I literally wear my love of books on my sleeve (I have a Harry Potter tattoo on my wrist.) I couldn’t be more proud of all the reading I do and the love I have for authors and publishers and fellow readers. I keep my business cards handy for anyone who might need some book recommendations. I wouldn’t say I’m extroverted or anything that drastic but I’m not afraid of people anymore. I’m not afraid to be myself anymore. All of these things are because of the people I’ve met through my blog.
Nobody in this community looks at my like I’m weird. Nobody tries to make me feel bad for my intelligence. Nobody tries to tell me what is cool and what is not. Nobody judges me if I love a book and don’t want to shut up about it.
Everybody encourages me and lifts me up. Everybody tries to put a smile on my face if I’m having a bad day (no matter how crappy their own day might be.) Everybody makes me feel welcome and loved and that was not something I ever thought I’d find.
This community is my home. It’s where I can be who I’ve always been and always wanted to be. It’s where I can grow and learn and not be afraid and I love you guys for that. Thank you for 7 years of acceptance and here’s to many more.