Happy Blog Birthday!
Friday, December 23, 2016Blog Birthday, Uncategorized
And what exciting, exhausting and stress full months those were!
Today, one year ago, on December 23, 2015; I hit the publish button and launched Gone With The Books.
Born out of the need to give my international friends a place where they would be able to read my reviews and where I was pretty much in control about everything.
Now, one year later, I can hardly believe that twelve months have gone by and that this blog has become my little success.
I learned so many new things during the past year, met so many new friends, got helpful advice, became a member of some Facebook groups, started attending various challenges and begun to connect with publishers in a completely new way.
Since a few months I am registered with my blog at a German publisher’s blogger portal and it is actually quite satisfying when I receive an email in which they offer me a book and I can actually answer and say Yes- I want to review that book – because I fulfill all the requirements and can do as I please! Or when I put a book request online at a blogger portal and get approved for a book I am interested in.
The freedom that comes along with being a book blogger who runs an own blog, the pleasure creating it, choosing the right colors, the logo, the name – all that has quite something.
And I learned one thing: blogging takes TIME.
A LOT OF TIME!
When I started Gone With The Books I didn´t realize HOW MUCH TIME I would have to spend day by day to create, write and schedule my blog posts. And to be honest, I am still struggling to find a schedule I can really live with and which satisfies me completely.
Don´t get me wrong here. It is a LOT OF FUN and I have a great time doing all those things necessary. And yes, I don´t regret my blog launch. But I am still figuring things out. There are days where I don´t have the time to write and edit new posts; or the energy to do it. But at least I am blogging consistently. Not on a regular basis, but there is always some new content I can share.
Over the past few days, I thought from time to time, that I might not have chosen the best launching date for my blog. The idea of starting my own blog grew over many weeks and months inside my head. I purchased two templates and had my name already and maybe the fact that I wasn´t really happy with some things which made me so annoyed that I finally decided from one minute to the next to open my own account and start creating this blog. And though the Christmas time is a very stress full one, I hit the launch button late at night on the 23rd and went into a field where I had little to none experience – when it comes to all the work that needs to be done in the background.
Since then I changed my template twice and bought more books than I ever bought in my life.
Unfortunately, I can´t provide a giveaway for this first blog birthday, but I thought nonetheless I share this, for me, special day with you.
I am Vi, forty-something, avid reader, blogger and painter who loves to talk and write about books. A day without one in my hands is a wasted one. Skilled florist with a degree in writing - oh yes, that works.