Friday, November 20, 2015
Blogversary? What Blogversary?
Possibly my blogversary has been one of my most thought about (and talked about) events of the year, apart from releasing my novel, Ashes, Ashes, on WattPad. I've been anticipating it for... a good while, and the fact I haven't celebrated the last four-ish only means that I've got more celebrating to do this time around.
Each of my years blogging have been distinct. Well. Most of them. Here's a brief rundown:
Year 1: This is the year I started! It was all the excitement, working out how to review books, posting about whatever I felt like and realising I wanted to write a personal blog as well.
Year 2: Was about reviewing professionally. I also really started to focus on my writing, this year, doing my first ever NaNo.
Year 3: Is the year I don't remember. What even happened? My memory draws a blank. Obviously it was either a huge party, or... not.
Year 4: This was when I started becoming more distinct in my own blog, I think. I focused on things other than just reviewing, doing my own features and commenting on more blogs than ever before, which meant I met a ton of awesome fellow bloggers!
Year 5: Has arguably been my favourite. I shared my writing, I decided to post a novel online, I made the decision to focus more on my own writing, here, than reviewing (although there's still both) and I made really, really fantastic new friends and strengthened relationships with old ones. It's all been good times.
Of course, with my blogversary comes the marker of my annual histus. In ten days I'll be shutting off my computer and putting my blog on pause until February. I will be sporadically online, mostly just for work purposes and posting Ashes, which will have a chapter posted every Sunday, but the blog will be silent until sometime in February when I drag myself (and I always do drag, because the glory of two months offline? It can't really be beaten) back.
So this is it. Five years. Half a decade, as Joy informed (and terrified) me. It feels like it's been hardly any time at all, but also like it's been years and years. And these years have been intense and gorgeous and heady and moving. I've changed. I've feared my past and my present and my future. I haven't loved every moment- some moments I hardly thought I'd come out the other side. But I did. And I am so, so glad.
I love this community, and this experience, and you people. I love you and it all to bits.
And hey, I didn't think I would but what's a blogversary without a competition? If you live in Australia and fancy your chances at winning a postpak of books (not new, but in excellent condition) then enter away. Best of luck to you. And thank you for such a fabulous five years.
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