It has been one year since I launched So Many Reads into the world and boy has it been a ride. This past year has turned out to be nothing like I had planned, but so much better than I could ever expect. So, as I look back on this year as a blogger, what have I learned?
I have learned how to make my book images all the same size. Only took me about 8 months for that.
I have learned to be patient. Slow and steady wins the race most of the time and when I try to fast track things, it doesn’t always work.
I have learned to enjoy the journey and live in the moment. Opportunities have presented themselves to me when I wasn’t even looking for them.
I have learned that it is the people who matter – my readers and the authors I introduce to you. The people are the best part of blogging. I used to think that by setting up this blog I would someday have an “in” with publishers and get to read a lot of books before they came out, be taken seriously as a reviewer, etc. A year later, I still don’t have an in with publishers, but I have something even better. I have gotten to know so many incredible authors. I would not trade my relationship with these authors for all the books in the world. I have also gotten to know a few bloggers and some readers along the way and hope to continue to build those relationships.
I have learned that when I am overwhelmed, I need to go back to the most basic question. Why did I start this blog? Simply it is because I love to get lost in a love story or an adventure. I love being able to escape reality if only for an hour each day. My goal at So Many Reads is to help you find your next story to get lost in and to introduce you to some amazing authors.
Thank you to all the readers, bloggers and authors for making this past year so much fun!
To celebrate the one year anniversary of So Many Reads, I am giving away a $10.00 Amazon or Barnes & Noble e-gift card to one commenter. Just reply below and tell me what blogs you have learned about this year and what makes them special (and mine doesn’t count, so no trying to kiss). Is it the reviews? The giveaways? Interviews with authors or characters? The camaraderie with the other readers? What?
Giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm on Friday, December 13, 2013. Winner will be contacted via email and announced on the blog.