Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble
Welcome to another Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely!
I was recently thinking about how I got into blogging. It actually started when I discovered the blogs of my favorite authors. I religiously followed the blogs of authors like Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Vincent, and Maggie Stiefvater. (Can you tell what genre I read at that time?!?) And then I read a book that was life-altering for me… The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. That book is the reason I turned my passion for books and supporting authors into blogging.
I started small with my blog and I rarely posted reviews. I was nervous about blogging and whether anyone would care what I had to say. I had two followers…my mom and my older daughter. My reviews were more like a stream of consciousness. I didn’t have a style or format. But honestly, I kinda like those first reviews. Have y’all ever gone back and read a review you wrote and thought, “Dang, that’s a good review!” LOL Anyway…
The summer of 2012, we moved from a Denver suburb to Evergreen. Through reading Colleen Hoover’s blog, I found out about a little event called The First Ever Indie Conference. It was being held in Chicago and I knew there wasn’t any way I could go. So I set about reading a book from each of the attending authors. And that’s when my blogging really took off! When a blogger, Andrea @The Bookish Babe, commented on a review, I returned the favor and found other bloggers. And from there, I found this amazing book blogger community. However, I was still nervous about my posts as well as commenting on others’ blogs. I wasn’t sure anyone would care about my comments. Still I persevered. When I started participating in blog hops, like Feature Friday, I met even more bloggers. I got brave about leaving comments. And this is how I met Lex. 😉 The rest is, as they say, history…
I went through a period of time where I was reading like crazy (or crazily reading) and posting reviews every day. This lasted a few years before I couldn’t keep up with the pace. My kids were growing up, busy with activities, and I needed to be more a part of that. I slowed my pace. And I’ve continued slowing my pace, eventually merging with Lexxie here. It’s been a good thing for me. I figure I might become more active in the fall when I’m an empty-nester, but who knows. I’m older now and I need more sleep! LOL
I will always be grateful for The Happiness Project for enabling me to become a part of this rich, supportive, fabulously beautiful community.
How did y’all become the fabulous bloggers you are?