My One Year Blogoversary!

20/07/2015 Blogging 29

My One Year Blogoversary!Today just so happens to be a year from the day when I posted my first blog post and embarked on my great blogging adventure (cue party poppers!). I had been thinking of starting a blog for a long time before I actually did, and so to have a full year of blogging behind me seems like a pretty big achievement.

In this past year I’ve read more books than ever and discovered some truly captivating stories, I’ve improved my writing skills and brushed up on my photography, I’ve guest posted and taken part in bookish discussion challenges and NaNoWriMo, and best of all I’ve met some truly wonderful people. I cannot urge anyone enough who is on the fence about blogging to just do it – you won’t look back, I promise. Whilst it is time consuming and sometimes tough it is without a doubt one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and there is nothing quite like sharing a love of books with people from across the world.

So to celebrate my first blogoversary I thought I’d do a quick rundown of some of the best books I’ve read this past year, and some of the posts I’ve written which I’m most proud of. Feel free to post your own favourite books/posts from your own blog in the comments!

My Favourite Books From My First Year of Blogging:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Trinity by Conn Iggulden

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My One Year Blogoversary!

My Favourite Posts From My First Year of Blogging:

What Makes A Character Believable?

Stereotypes of Bookworms

The Most Annoying Character Traits

The Pros and Cons of Blogging For Introverts

My Top Ten Classic Novels

My Top Ten ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Characters

So how long have you been blogging? And what posts have you written that you are most proud of/what books would you recommend most from your time blogging?

29 Responses to “My One Year Blogoversary!”

  1. Renee

    Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on making it to your first year. I’ve been blogging for 9 months now. My favourite post is my most popular one – Ten Top Tips for NetGalley Newbies (which you won’t need to read until you change your mind about requesting ARC’s). My favourite book so far has been Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂 And congrats on the 9 months! You’re not too far off your own blogoversary.
      I’ll definitely have to check out that post. Maybe it will change my mind about requesting ARCs!

      • Renee

        Thanks Laura! It was requesting a book from NetGalley that set off a chain of events that led to so many new friendships and me beginning to write my own novel. You just never know where a book will take you!

  2. Jasmine

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging a year!! When I found your blog a couple of months ago I assumed you’d been going for years because your blog is so established. Well done you for creating so much fabulous content in such a short space of time! My favourite books from this year are Solitaire by Alice Oseman, and Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison. I’d love to branch out from YA a little more over the next few months but as I’m in charge of YA where I work, it has to take priority; Bring Up The Bodies is definitely on my to read list! X

    • Laura

      Thank you! I’m glad you like my content 🙂
      I’ll definitely have to check those two books out. I’ve had my eye on Solitaire in particular now for a few months, so I’m going to have to hurry up and read it.
      I really hope you enjoy Bring Up The Bodies. It was a book I had been meaning to read for ages, and now I finally have it has become one of my favourite books.

  3. Silvara

    Congrats on your 1-year! Mine is coming up in 2 months. I can’t believe how fast the time passes!

    Not actually sure which post is my favorite, but I know which is the most popular. I did one about Literally.io and it’s still getting visits many months later. Over a few thousand visits. *boggles*

    As far as recommendations, I adored The Last Firedrake by Farah Oomerbhoy, Paladin by Sally Slater, and Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier among others.

    • Laura

      Thank you! Time has seemed to go so quickly, yet it also feels like I’ve been blogging forever. I really don’t know what I used to do before I blogged.
      Congrats on your success with that post! 🙂 That’s amazing. I will definitely be checking it out, as well as your book recommendations.

  4. Leslie

    Woohoo! Happy blogoversary! Isn’t it fun to get out there and meet new people? This October will be 3 years for me. I love it! I’ve read so many amazing articles that I would’ve never known about had it not been for blogging. I wish you many more blogoversaries to come!

    • Laura

      Thank you! And congrats on the three years. That’s such an achievement. I hope I’m still going three years down the line! 🙂
      Meeting new people has been one of the best things about blogging for me, and I have become practically addicted to reading blogs these days. It has been an amazing experience so far!

  5. Charlie (The Worm Hole)

    Congratulations! The time flies, doesn’t it? I’ve been blogging five years now and would recommend Rebecca and Jane Eyre, two books I’m not sure I would’ve read if not for blogs.

    • Laura

      Thanks! Time really does fly! Although it does also feel like i’ve been blogging forever which is kind of weird.
      Five years is incredible though! Congrats 🙂 And those are some great recommendations. They are both incredible books!

  6. Dee

    I’ve only been blogging for about three months 😀 I’d recommend Middlemarch… I read it at university, but it was very worthy of a re-read.

    • Laura

      Congrats on the three months! 🙂 Middlemarch is one of the many books on my TBR list, so I’m hoping I’ll get to that one soon, as I’ve heard it’s really good.

    • Laura

      Thanks! And congrats on the ten months 🙂 I’m glad it’s been as good an experience for you as it has been for me.

  7. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    Congratulations! That’s such a big achievement 😀 I think the first year is the hardest; now the fun stuff begins! I noticed that in my second year I really settled into a blogging style, and I became more confident in knowing what kind of books I liked as well.

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂 That’s really encouraging to hear. I’ve enjoyed my first year, but it did seem to take me a while to find my style of blogging, so I feel much more comfortable with it now. And I’ve definitely found myself being more adventurous with my reading choices since I started blogging, and I do seem to have a better idea of the sort of thing I’ll like.

  8. Helen @ My Novel Opinion

    Congrats on a year of blogging. Someone linked your post about not requesting ARC’s to Facebook and it lead me to discovering your blog. I noticed you are from the NW, I live in the States now but I grew up in the Bolton/Wigan area so just wanted to stop by and say hi!

    • Laura

      Thank you! I’m glad you discovered my blog 🙂
      I live quite near the Bolton and Wigan area actually – it’s about a forty minute drive. It’s nice to meet a fellow North Wester in the blogosphere anyway. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  9. Sunny

    What a great idea to celebrate your one year blogoversary! Congrats on all the growth you have experienced this year. Wishing you many successes in your writing career.

  10. Topaz @ Six Impossible Things

    Oh my goodness, happy blogoversary – what an absolutely incredible achievement! <3 I think it's such a beautiful feeling to look back on your first few days and weeks and months of blogging, all the stumbling and the slip-ups and not being quite sure whether this is really the right thing for you. I'm approaching my two year blogoversary, and honestly, I'm a little shocked by how far I've come. It's wonderful.

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂 It is so weird to look back at the first few months I was blogging. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was such an amazing feeling to be getting my opinions and my writing out there, and to have people read and respond to it.
      Congrats on your two year blogoversary! I’m pretty surprised I’ve made it to a year, so I’m hoping I’ll still be going in another year’s time too.

  11. Kaja

    Congratulations, Laura! 🙂 I didn’t know your blog was so young – your discussions are really good and I always enjoy reading them. I felt my one year blogoversary was such an accomplishment, I never really thought I would stick with my blog for so long, but I’m very glad I did.

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂 And congratulations on your own one year blogoversary. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to stick with my blog for so long either, but I’m really glad I’ve managed it too.

    • Laura

      Thank you! And congrats on your own upcoming blogoversary. I’d definitely be interested to read your blogging highlights, so feel free to use this post idea! 🙂

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