In October 2016, I started to consider starting my own book blog. I had been thinking about it all summer, ever since my sister Jess started her blog and I was getting massive FOMO; but, at the beginning of the school year I resolved that I was definitely starting my own blog. I took coming up with a name very seriously – I even remembering DMing Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf to ask a question about naming my blog (which she, of course, very helpfully answered). From the moment I published my first post, I have adored blogging. It was just what I needed, filling me with an excitement that I haven’t felt for years – a feeling which, come to think about, I have only ever felt towards book-related things.
In November 2016 I was sent my first ARC, a copy of Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Naturally, I was thrilled (it was the best thing ever), and I was even happier to find that it was one of the best YA books I have read! In January 2017, I went to my first ever bloggers event, which was Scholastic’s Bloggers Book Feast. That was absolutely lovely, even if I was mildly terrified at first, and I met a number of bookish pals, such as Grace and Andrew! Over the past year, I’ve been to book launches and panels, taken part in blog tours and made friends with so many of you over on Twitter! YALC this year was particularly amazing – it was a completely different experience from when I went in 2015, as I got to chat to so many bloggers and authors I’ve spoken to online (I also got to hang out a bunch with my wonderful friend Liv, who is one of the closest friends I’ve made through book blogging!).
I feel like my confidence has grown so much over the past year, both in terms of talking to new people, and my confidence in my own writing skills (when I first started blogging, I used to make my sister read over everything I wrote, to check that it was OK!). It’s also rekindled my passion for books – I never stopped loving them, and I never stopped reading, but I no longer put any more thought into it. Practically none of my friends in real life read, and with nobody to talk to about books, it became a fairly passive hobby of mine. I’ve loved developing my blogging ‘voice’, and making this website my own, and I’ve literally never felt short of things to blog about. Part of me thought I would burn out after a couple of months, but that never happened, and I know I will continue blogging for a long time.
If you haven’t seen, I am holding a giveaway on Twitter at the moment to celebrate my one year bloggaverary. For anyone considering starting a blog, I would really recommend it; you can do it in whatever way you like, so there’s really no downside, and in ways it’s easier making friends online than it is in real life! Thank you so much to anyone who reads this blog – this little piece of the internet has brought me so much fulfillment over the last year, and I know it will continue to do so.
Here’s to another year of blogging!