Monday, April 11, 2016

Happy Anniversary!


Tomorrow will mark my four year blogging anniversary!

I find it important to celebrate these milestones to keep myself motivated and continue forward.  In all honesty, it still surprises me that I'm blogging on a regular basis.  When I started back in 2012, I thought I would write a few posts, have a little fun, and then this, like other projects sitting in my home, would fall to the wayside.  Time is precious and life can be hard.  Finding time to write is often difficult.  But I've made it a priority because I enjoy it, and that's the only reason why I'm still here.

I've been taking a long, hard look at the "book" community lately and it both fills me with joy and sorrow.  It's exciting to see the internet filled will people who love to communicate with one another about what they're reading, take fun themed pictures of items on their shelves, and create relatable videos that stir up enthusiasm for new authors and titles.  But is the community becoming obsessed with stuff and numbers?  I've never felt that I needed to own all the books that I love, or that I need thousands of followers to feel like my voice is worthy.  My home library is modest but well curated, filled with titles that I've returned to time and time again.  I don't write or participate in bookstagram for the number of followers or to try and get people to send me free things.  I participate because at the end of the day, if my fifty followers get a better glimpse of me and what I love, then I'm satisfied.

Here are the numbers that make me proud, and while small compared to some, mean the world to me.  This is my 768th post.  I have written and posted over 300 book reviews (some books having become my favorites, others not so much).  And I have answered, and chatted, and fangirl-ed with a community that makes me happy to be an avid reader.

So here's to four years!  And here's looking forward to four more :)  A big thank you to those of you who stop by on a regular basis.  I'm glad you're here!  And if you've stumbled here for the first time, my name is Emily.  I own a garden gnome that occasionally makes an appearance on this here blog.  I'm a librarian.  A nerd.  A reader.  And I look forward to getting to know you :)

P.S.  Totally got my badge for Book Con in the mail!  Fingers crossed people...Mike the Gnome might get to meet Maggie Stiefvater.  We're just a little bit excited :)

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