Hello lovelies! I’m excited to announce that Books Speak Volumes is two years old today!
As you may or may not know, this blog started as an assignment for my college Social Media Marketing class. Each student was required to start a blog about a topic of his or her choice and maintain it over the course of the semester — writing posts and promoting them using social media. A lifelong avid reader, I cautiously decided to blog about books. And I found that I really enjoyed it! I discovered a group of people passionate about the same things I care about. I don’t have many people to talk to about books in my offline life, and I am so glad to have found my people in this little corner of the blogosphere.
When the semester ended, I decided to keep Books Speak Volumes going. There may have been some practical reasons for this, in addition to my enjoyment of the community. I was graduating from college without a job, moving back home to work in a restaurant part-time while searching for degree-validating employment. I needed something to stop my brain from atrophying, keep my analytical and writing skills sharp, and have something to show potential employers. Blogging was the perfect creative outlet for more than a year of post-grad underemployment.
When I finally found a full-time job six months ago, I was worried my reading would slacken and I would fall behind on blogging. If anything, though, my has reading increased, somehow! And it’s been during these last six months that I have found a really wonderful, strong group of bloggers to call my friends. I’m so grateful for their wit, wisdom, charm, and grace!
I’m also grateful to all of you who read this blog! Everyone who reads, comments, and shares — I love you.
Shall we check out some stats?
In the last two years, I have published 284 posts, 95 of which are book reviews.
Books Speak Volumes has had 30,357 views from 134 countries. It currently has 524 followers on WordPress, 101 followers on Bloglovin’, 173 Facebook fans, and 347 Twitter followers.
My five most popular posts over the past two years are:
- “I Don’t Understand People Who Don’t Read,” and Other Nonsense
- Jazz Age January: Sign Up
- Most Anticipated Books of 2014
- Ten Things Every Book Blog Needs
Receiving my first book from an author/publisher: Understories by Tim Horvath, in 2012. Tim got in contact with me after I randomly read and glowingly reviewed his novella, Circulation. We struck up an email correspondence, and he offered to send me his new story collection! I was so over the moon! (And the story collection was brilliant.)
Meeting some of my favorite bloggers in person! I’ve met Allison of The Book Wheel, Rebecca of Love at First Book, and Shannon of River City Reading! It was so cool to meet people I’ve been geeking out about books with online for so long.
Hosting my first event! Jazz Age January is still going on, and I’m so glad I got up the nerve to host it! I thought maybe 5 people would sign up, but more than 40 people did! After two linkups, 22 posts have been shared. I’ve been blown away by the amount of enthusiasm!
I’m really excited about the coming year! In the next month or so, the site will be getting a full redesign; say goodbye to the generic WordPress theme! Tom, my fabulous web designer boyfriend, and I are working on a new design and I CAN’T WAIT for it to go live and switch to self-hosting.
I’m also looking forward to attending BEA for the first time! It will be wonderful to meet many of the bloggers I’ve gotten to know online, as well as interact with publicists and other industry professionals in person.
Thank you to everyone who reads my ramblings, whether you’ve been following since the early days when I refused to call my posts “reviews,” or if you started reading last week. You are all fabulous, and I love you.
Here’s to another year of reading and blogging!
Tell me, if you remember: how did we meet? If you don’t remember, what’s your favorite BSV post or memory?