I've never celebrated my blogoversary before, and honestly wasn't too sure exactly when it was, until Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat and I were chatting and realized that ours were fairly close! We briefly thought of doing something jointly to celebrate, but I've been a very disorganized blogger as of late, and didn't get my butt in gear in time! Oh well, there's always next year... right?
Then, Magan & Estelle at Rather Be Reading shared their blogoversary post, and I realized that Writer Grrl Reads started at the same time as a few of my favourite blogs! I feel honoured to share space on the internet with these wonderful ladies...
Inspired by Rather Be Reading's post, I decided to be retrospective as well...
In 2011... I'd just taken a library course in which I had learned all about blogs. The Perpetual Page Turner was one of the very first blogs that I read, and I found it inspiring that she wrote all about books and reading and bookish stuff, and people responded and interacted and loved what she had to say! I was a bit shy about starting up my blog, wondering if anyone would even read what I wrote, and shared these thoughts in my first post -- Hello World! The very first book I ever reviewed on Writer Grrl Reads was Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, a book that my husband had been bugging me to read ever since we first met.
Offline, I was working at a property management company as an administrative assistant and I was two years into my library technician program. My hubby and were still newlyweds, having gone on our honeymoon in the summer of 2011. We were talking about starting a family, but weren't quite there yet. Romeo, our fur baby, was still a rambunctious kitten!
In 2014... My blog isn't the biggest or the most popular, but I'm pretty proud of my little corner of the internet. In my first blog post, I wrote that "a Writer Grrl writes and a Writer Grrl reads," but in all honesty, I don't write all that much anymore. Blogging has been the place where I do commit words to the page, and it's been my little safe haven to share my thoughts, whether those thoughts are about a book I recently read, a bookish topic on my mind, or just the latest news about my little man. I'm deeply honoured and humbled whenever someone takes the time to comment on something that I've written. I appreciate each and every person that stops by my blog, even if you're just reading. I'm even more appreciative of those who I can call friends -- even though we may not have met in real life, you have changed my life for the better ... from book recommendations to fangirling over favourite reads or to just knowing that I'm not the only person out there who's obsessed with books and reading.
Offline, I started a new job working as an administrative assistant in an engineering firm, which was the best decision that I have made in a long time. My new job is so amazing and I work with some incredible people. I only wish that I'd made this move a long, long time ago. My hubby and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary this month, and our TENTH anniversary of being together next month!!!! We're planning our first night away from Marko so that we can have a fancy dinner and overnight stay downtown -- a small getaway, but not TOO far away.
I've never done a blogoversary giveway, but I want to share some bookish love this year. So, in celebration of three years of books and reviews, I will give away to one winner, one book of your choice (up to a $20 value). This giveaway is open internationally, provided that the Book Depository ships to you! Please enter using the Rafflecopter below -- and thanks for being a part of Writer Grrl Reads' adventures thus far!
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