Monday, January 25, 2016

7 Years| Looking Back and Moving Forward

7 yearsI don’t really know how this happened.  I never thought my 7 year anniversary would come.  I’ll be honest, I figured I would blog for a few months and then give it up just like everything else I had tried as a hobby.  I tried sports, dance, crafts, scrapbooking, and so on and so forth, and nothing ever stuck.  Who knew that blogging would be the thing that never lost it’s appeal to me?

I figured for this pretty epic blogoversary, I’d look back at my blog and see what all I’ve accomplished.  I don’t know about you guys but my blog is a huge thing for me.  I’m extremely proud of what I’ve done here and I’m not afraid to admit that.

  • I’ve attended BEA four times and I’ll be attending for my fifth time this May.
  • I’ve attended both ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual.  I think this summer will be my fifth time for ALA as well.
  • I’ve met some of my favorite authors such as Veronica Roth, Victoria Schwab, Alexandra Bracken, Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer, and Leigh Bardugo.
  • I’ve met some amazing fellow readers/bloggers.  I can’t even begin to name them off but y’all would love them all!
  • I’ve posted 2,248 posts.
  • I’ve received 22,576 comments.
  • I would love to tell you how many page views my blog has had over the years but I switched to WordPress and can’t even remember how many I had before that but I know it’s over a million!
  • I’ve been part of promotions for Divergent, The Hunger Games, and many other exciting books.
  • I’ve toured multiple publishing houses.

I could go on and on about the things that have happened to me all because of my blog.  I never thought that my blog would come to mean so much to me or open up so many doors for me.  I’m pretty excited to see where things lead from here on out and these are only a few things I have planned for this year.

  • I’m opening up advertising options to see if I can make this more of a career.
  • I’m heading to Chicago for BEA and planning to hang out with some amazing book lovers.  (And also eat pizza.)
  • I’m attempting to use Instagram to reach a new audience of readers.
  • I’m incorporating some new posts to shed some light on other details of my life.
  • I’m branching out and using skills I’ve made online to make some new friends in real life.

I have no idea what this year will bring me but I know it’s going to be epic.  I want to thank everyone who has found this blog and kept me company on this crazy journey.  I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Monday, January 25, 2016

7 Years| Why I Love The Blogging Community

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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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

4 Years!

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Today is the 4th anniversary of the creation of Katie’s Book Blog.  I’m kind of in shock at this.  I didn’t think I’d make it this long but I’m so glad I have.  I look forward to many more years in this awesome blogging community.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Katie’s Book Blog is 3 Years Old Today!

The title says it all!  Today is my 3 year blogoversary.  
To everyone who has been with me since the beginning, thank you so much.  To everyone who has just joined me on this crazy journey, thank you too. You lucked out and don’t have to see all the crappy stuff I posted when I first started this blog.  =)
I am so grateful to everyone who has something to do with this blog: followers, readers, other bloggers, friends, authors, publishers.  I couldn’t do it without you.  I look forward to many more fabulous years of blogging.