Today marks 2 years since I first started this blog. I missed my blogiversary last year and so I just wanted to take this moment to reflect a little bit.
What I've Accomplished:
I feel very satisfied with this number even though in the book blogging world this may appear a very low number for two years of blogging. This blog didn't start out as a book reviewing blog as so I think I've done a pretty good job at informing about new books since it has been. I also love, love, love, what I've chosen to review and want to make sure it stays that way :D
98 author interviews, guest posts, blog tours, and spotlights
I've said this before, but I have to say it again. This is one of my absolute favourite things to do with book blogging. I love not just sharing more with you about the person behind the book, but getting to know the author through emails, twitter, and comments. Yes, I started blogging because of the stories, but the stories came from somewhere and it's amazing to see that background and be a part of sharing it with you!
92 Waiting on Wednesday posts
I never knew how exciting this meme would become when I first started it. It's really fun to share upcoming books, and then to wander around the blogosphere, ooing and aweing even more new books, adding to my list, and generally fangirling.
That's an average of one giveaway every 1.5 weeks. And I'm so happy I've been able to bring that many giveaways to you here. Thank you to all the generous authors, publishers, and publicists out there! It's so fun being able to share books in this way and hopefully some of you have discovered some new authors you absolutely love because of this :)
New Years Signature Collection
This was a fun, month-long event (January 2012) where I reviewed new releases, interviewed authors about their favourite memories from the past year, and bloggers about their favourite books. I even managed to snag some cool autographs and swag to giveaway as prizes. It was amazing, and I hope to do it again sometime.
Banned Books Week
I participated in Banned Books Week two years in a row. This is a week-long event put on by the American Library Association that celebrates banned books and what they have to offer.
I participated in Blogiesta last year. A weekend event that has us bloggers running a marathon of awesomeness. No really, we do it make our blogs more awesome. Getting caught up, learning new things about blogging, and finally crossing off all those things on our to-do lists. This was so much fun and it's inspired me in so many ways since.
Most popular posts (Most viewed):
Overall: Maggie Stiefvater's Litter prank, Link to free Divergent short story
Review: Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham, Divergent by Veronica Roth
Interview: E.J. Stevens, Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Guest post: Facts and Fictions (Linda Kage)
Blog Tour: Jaguar Sun by Martha Bourke
Excerpt: Winterborne by Augusta Blythe
Discussion post: Favourite Books Blogged (also one of my top all time viewed)
Stats (according to blogger):
Pageviews (alltime): 85, 435
Top referring site: Google
Top search keywords: litter maggie stiefvater, litter by maggie stiefvater, maggie stiefvater litter
Top countries (reading): United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Australia, France
* Meeting Veronica Roth and Lauren Oliver
* Meeting Kenneth Oppel at my local library (blogged on my local/general blog but still...it was in the last two years, so it counts!)
* Participating in the Fairy tale fortnight collab video (why yes, I am the crazy one with the puppets)
* Meeting local bloggers (aka. Sarah!) and sharing memories at local book events
* Getting to meet all the Ontario book bloggers at Ontario Blog Squad Meet 2012
* Generally fangirling about books and getting feedback from through twitter, comments, and email has been so cool!
* Discovering new authors through blog tours, events, and other blogs. I found some of my now favourite authors through blogging :)
Some Twitter fun:
Plus, more awesome fun with awesome bloggers and authors but twitter is weird and I can't find all my conversations!
What's in store for the future?
I want to continue everything I'm doing right now - book reviews, cover reveals, interviews, excerpts, giveaways, waiting on wednesday, etc. But in addition to that, I want to finally get the ball rolling on some of my other projects - Red Book For Kids (my still upcoming charity project), and my promotions events, for instance, need a little more work and love put into them. And theme weeks! I want to find a way to incorporate some theme weeks into the schedule. I love them on other blogs and think they'd be real fun to put together. What else? Hmm...I would love to get to know some more bloggers or even help new bloggers with whatever they need.
THANK YOU FOR READING!
It has been awesome getting to know everyone through the comments, twitter, goodreads, etc.
2 years of One A Day Y.A. would not have been nearly as fun without you all :D
Here's to another great year. Cheers!