Here it is FINALLY! My second BLOGVERSARY... plus a little.
My first legitimate book related blog post was on New Years Day 2014. It was a review of SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. I chose A.G's first book as my first review because she is the reason I have this blog. I was trying to create a Google+ account so I could verify Rafflecopter entries on a giveaway she was having for an ARC of the SPLINTERED sequel, UNHINGED, and somehow I ended up creating this blog! Ha ha. I decided as long as I had it, I would use it. This why I call myself THE ACCIDENTAL BLOGGER. However... I lapsed back into posting links to bookish articles from other online sites and only posting a rare review here and there until that April, so I guess this is the 2.5 year blogversary of my solid book blog!
After about three months of wanting ALL THE ARCS I found my book blogging passion was for promoting wonderful indie authors, small publishing house and self pub books and authors.
It hasn't been easy though. My original blogging buddy told me my blog wasn't going to go anywhere because I, "... blog about books no one wants to know about." Needless to say we are not buddies any longer, but this blog HAS grown, so obviously some people want to know about my under-the-radar books. I do talk about some popular books, but they are not my priority to review, and I wait until I have read the entire series and then review them as a whole, and I certainly don't promote them. They don't need me. Ha ha.
Last year on my blogversary I set some blogging goals to achieve by this year's anniversary. Let's see how well I did...
1. I wanted at least 30,000 all time blog views.
I was even leary about setting it that high. I had wanted 10,000 by my first blogversary and missed it by about 600. Yikes! However, I had 42,000 plus views by my real blogversary date, so I was pretty well impressed with my "going nowhere" blog. I am now over 80,000, so it is climbing faster than I had hoped for. I am only into the stats because I want as many readers as possible aware of my hidden treasure authors, and, as I have said before, somtimes it is more difficult to get ARCs from small publishing houses, so I still need good numbers.
2. I wanted to do at least one guest post.
This had also been a first year goal and it didn't happen, but I am happy to be able to say that I have done seven guest posts and have two more invitations!
3. I wanted 100 Bloglovin' followers.
Got that! I have 131 at this point in time (after losing 13 to the swearing incident, heh). In fact, I hadn't given a thought to email followers because I had zero last year, but I have close to 100 Feedburner subscriptions at this point, too.
4. I wanted 500 Twitter followers.
I have over 1,000 now and there will also be a 1K followers appreciation giveaway going on on Twitter next week, so be sure to check out that contest, too!
5. I wanted to have an automatic approval from any of the larger publishers on Netgalley or Edelweiss, or one of their imprints.
I did manage an auto-aproval status from a graphic novel publisher on Edelweiss because they loved my review of one of their books, but I rarely read graphic novels. They did say they would send me anything I wanted in physical form, so maybe I should take them up on that for giveaways. But alas... still nothing from a Big Five publisher, or any of their imprints.
6. I wanted to get a least one unsolicited physical book from a publishing house.
I have gotten a few from random indie publishers and Harlequin sent me a coloring book. Quirk books has sent me several, and I now have a Children's picture book publishng house, Nobrow, sending me finished hardcovers.
7. I wanted ten semi-regular TELL ME TUESDAY feature posters.
I wanted ten last year and had one, my lovely Pili, so I set the same goal for this year. At one point I had five, but two of them aren't blogging regularly anymore. I now have two wonderful, regular TMTers, so we are growing! Ha ha. Thank you JOLENE, and MICHELLE!
8. I wanted to beta read for an author I know and love. I get quite a few reqests from authors whom I am not even remotely familiar with, but I always turn them down.
I did get one last week! I am jealous no more!
My goals for next year...
1. Get my monthly view totals back above 4,000 and keep them there.
I waffled back and forth between 3,500 and just a little over 4,000 for most of the last year. I finally hit staying solidly above 4,000 in late spring and was in the high 6Ks in midsummer, but a little over a month ago my views took a tumble and fell to about 2,000! I am back up around mid 3K, so I think it is doable.
2. I'm going to shoot for 200 Bloglovin' followers.
Ha ha. I think I'll be kinder to myself with the email subscribers and say 150.
3. I want 2,000 Twitter followers.
4. I want to be thanked in a book's acknowledgments.
5. I want to have auto-approval, on Netgalley or Edelweiss, from at least an imprint of a larger publishing house.
NOW FOR SOME THANK-YOUS
Octavia from READ.SLEEP.REPEAT. was the only veteran blogger, I first came in contact with, who always answered my questions and never once rolled her eyes.
Pili from IN LOVE WITH HANDMADE is always there to give BIG SQUISHY HUGS! I wish I had met her when I first started blogging because life would have been so much easier.
Cait from PAPER FURY always brightens my day. I have been visiting her blog since it was THE NOTEBOOK SISTERS. She is always good for a pep talk when blogging gets blergley.
Elizabeth from SO LONG... & THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH is a kindred spirit. We love strange and esoteric stories. She also makes me feel hip! Ha ha. We have wonderful discussions about those weird books, anime, and K-Dramas on her blog.
Shannon from REX ROBOT REVIEWS takes the time to grill her daughter about Children's books and write up reviews for my Kookies and Milk feature on TICKLING DRAGONS. She also puts up with all of my Facebook PMs!
Talitha from VICTORIAN SOUL CRITIQUES loves older books, and seeing that I am older, ha ha, we have wonderful conversations on her blog. Plus I am a big fan of her cat George.
Jolene from JO'S BOOK BLOG is a bundle of bookish enthsiasm and a lot of fun to hang with on Twitter.
Annemieke from A DANCE WITH BOOKS is my review twin. We have similar thoughts on books and I know if she loves something, I will probably love it too. This makes for great buddy reads.
THE SUNDAY POST GANG!
Kimba from CAFFINATED BOOK REVIEWER
Heather from RANDOM REDHEADED RAMBLINGS
Greg from BOOK HAVEN
Michele from IN LIBRIS VERITAS
If you want to meet some wonderful bloggers you should join THE SUNDAY POST. It is also one of my top view gathering posts every week!
This author encourages my writing and takes the time to read my Wattpad scribblings, and she writes fab vampire books, too.
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