Sunday, November 25, 2012

Exactly 1 year ago today . . .

. . . I wrote my VERY FIRST blog post.

In honor of this momentous day, I present to you "Timeline of a Book Blog on the Occasion of Its 1st Birthday." [Suggested musical pairing: Shania Twain's "You're Still the One"]

November 1*Stumbled (drunkenly? Probably.) into a Goodreads discussion about To Kill a Mockingbird (Someone actually asked if she should read it or if it "sucked." I KNOW. I can't even.)

November 1Sought out and started reading Amanda's blog because of HI-larious things she said in above-mentioned Goodreads discussion

November 15Started reading Alice's blog because Amanda exhorted her followers to do so (Sheeeeeep. Every one of us.)

November 23Stopped lurking in the broom closet of Alice's blog and actually left a comment, setting in motion what would become a yearlong (and counting, to infinity) relationship

Mutual Hatred of Twilight: Bringing people together since 2006

November 25—Caved to Alice's peer pressure and started my own blog (pretty much immediately . . . I put up no resistance at all)

November 25 to Present—Met (YES you can MEET people on the Internet. Shut up.) an incredible mix of lady-bloggers who officially make up the largest group of female friends I've ever had at one time (AND I LOVE YOU ALL)

Charter members: AliceLauraAlleyRayna
KayleighTikaJulieAmanda, and Nahree

*Most of these dates are toooootally not right. But let's pretend together.

Side Effects of Writing About Books on the Internet:
  • Reading more intentionally
  • Reading outside my comfort zone
  • Just READING more
  • Knowing what books are floating around out there, in a general sort of way
  • Becoming a bookseller (really, I don't think I would have gotten the job without this blog)
  • Going to more book-related things in The Outside World
  • Making friends I never would have met any other way (see above)
  • Writing down random thoughts that would otherwise just bounce around behind my eyes, causing headaches and light bruising to my frontal lobe
And all because of a silly little book blog.


  1. Awwwwww, blog birthdays! I enjoy having been linked to your very first comment(s) on Alice's blog because... You know, history being made and all! Incidentally I totally remember the first comment Alice left for me but not the first I left for her because apparently I'm a massive narcissist!

    Anyway! Yaaaaay Cult of Wilkie! Yay blogging! YAY ALL THE YAYS!

  2. Yay--I'm sending you a big slice of caramel cake through the interwebs. Congratulations. Also, I didn't realize (or maybe forgot?) that you have joined the ranks of booksellers, aka my people. Double yay! We are sisters among the chosen.

  3. AW. This post is wonderful. SO glad you are blogging, because you are fantastic. Never change. CULT OF WILKIE 4EVA! HUFFLEPUFF UNITE! ENTHUSIASTIC SHOUTING!

  4. *waits for the hug* Yay! Huzzah! Here's to many more blog birthdays!


    I'm so glad we all found each other through reading and Wilkie.

  6. Eeee!!

    I can't believe it's only been a year. JUST ONE YEAR. Also I totally remember your comment and being all 'Omg, this person is articulate and funn--WHY IS THERE NO BLOG?'

    *hugs you to smithereens*

  7. History in the making is RIGHT. And do you know, I probably wouldn't have found you without Alice. So we should probably buy her a crown or something.

  8. My computer screen is all sticky now, and I don't even care...because caramel cake!

    When are you gonna teach me the bookseller secret handshake?

  9. I'm so glad YOU'RE blogging, because YOU'RE fantastic. So there.

  10. I had to try REALLY hard not to make this post an "Ode to Alice." Because it's all you, lady. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YOU.

  11. YAY blog birthday! This is the best blog birthday post so win for you.

    (I made sure to hum Shania while reading this. I'm sure my cube neighbor LOVED it)

  12. I appreciate your commitment to my original vision for this post. It really isn't as good without Shania.

  13. I can't believe I missed this WHOLE ANNIVERSARY. And not even by a reasonable number of days, either.

    That does not, however, mean that I am ungrateful for you or your blogging prowess! I'm also happy that I'm not the only relatively new blog on the block. <3

  14. Awwww...I'm grateful for you too, fellow noob.