Saturday, July 12, 2014

Two Book-tastic Years!! (and a giveaway)


Today, July 12th, marks two years of blogging for me here on My Life in Books. It has been a great two years. I've "met" so many wonderful book lovers from across the U.S. and the world! Books themselves may take you across the world, but so do the friends you make through books. Those listed in the blog roll to the right margin of my blog hail from Ohio, New York, Connecticut, and Virginia, to North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, across the way to Texas and Colorado, and back up to Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Not to mention those in Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and South Africa! And before you scoff at my use of "friends," realize I converse with these bloggers constantly, we know what's up with each other often, we share one of the most passionate things of our lives (books), and many of us have met each other in person at different times in the past couple years. I absolutely love the uniting factor books provide between you and people you might not have known otherwise.

What else? I've had the opportunity to read countless books before publication, which is always a thrill when you're in a bookstore and see a new book out on its first day and say, "Oh, I've read that already." Because of my blog, I am finally a competent Twitter user and I have increased my Pinterest use slightly, although neither have became a habitual use yet...and I don't mind that really. One of the best pluses, I've had the chance to converse with so many authors through Twitter! It's awesome! Oh, and the graphic above is the first one I ever made myself! I went ahead and attempted picmonkey. It's nothing great, but I learned how to get words and a background on there, so I'm content for now!

I know there is more I could do to improve my blog and gather a larger reading base, but really the blog is serving its purpose for me. It was meant to keep me writing until a time in my life when I can pick writing up seriously. (At the moment my family and career are time consuming, as they should be.) But this purpose seems to work quite well, as I was asked to apply for a writing gig for a website at one point. The job is temporarily on hold for the company, but it's exciting nonetheless. As it is, the blog has exceeded my expectations, so can you imagine the possibilities in the next year? I have a few things in mind and some bookish goals I'd like to meet. I'd love to attend a book-related workshop/convention, meet authors at book signings, and meet some of these wonderful book blogging friends of mine in person.

Well, let's make a jump into those possibilities with my first ever giveaway! For some reason I've always been so hesitant and nervous about doing a giveaway, but I had some awesome advice/help from the ladies on my blog roll. Besides, two years warrants a celebration of my readers, followers, and fellow book lovers. So enter below, good luck, and thanks for all of your involvement with My Life in Books.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

44 comments:

  1. Great job! Kbtaylor5@yahoo.com or Twitter @buzzykat14 keep up great work

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Make sure you enter your chances to win through the rafflecopter box at the end of the post!

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  2. Can't believe it's been 2 years already...what an amazing journey! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thank you Roshni! You were one of two of my original supporters. I might've possibly given up in those first couple months without you and Matt consistently cheering me on :)

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  3. I have no suggestions. Your blog is working for you and that's the most important thing. The fact that some of out here is the blogosphere like it as well shouldn't matter. Keep it up!

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    1. Awe, thanks, that's very encouraging :)

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  4. I am new to your blog, but what I have seen so far I love. I am just about to start my first year as an English teacher so I will take any blog posts about that!

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    1. I am trying to do more of those! I just did one, don't know if you saw it. It's called "How I Torture My students."

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  5. Congratulations Jennine! I love reading your blog and I do hope you'll continue blogging in the next few years. :) Something I'd recommend? Exchanging more guestposts, because our latest exchange was awesome!

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    1. Great idea! It was great - I've noticed an upswing in views and it's because of the new perspective of topic. I'm just really bad at ideas, so if you have any, let me know.

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  6. Congratulations on two years and all the great things you've been able to accomplish! I've loved the posts you've done about how you teach different books to your students :)

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Also for sharing your blogging wisdom!

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  7. I have enjoyed gaining insights into your life through literature, your thoughts on authors, books, etc. I have enjoyed the pics you have posted. That would be my suggestion. Post more pics! You could share pics about your favorite places to read, to sit down and blog, to meditate/pray, foods, pets, family, and travels. I also enjoy getting to know other people you follow, fellow-bloggers. Keep up the good work. Happy 2nd anniversary!

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    1. Excellent idea Kandy. I usually take pics of most all of that anyway, so why not put it to extra use? Hmmm,,,I've got some ideas already.

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  8. Wooohooo! Happy 2-year blogiversary, and cheers to MANY MANY more! <3

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    1. Thanks Andi - I've got some great support who have been doing this for a long time ;)

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  9. Congratulations! What an exciting accomplishment! I'm so glad that I've gotten to know you through the blogosphere and can't wait to see what the next year brings!

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    1. Thanks! Same here Allison! You were the first blog I found through the Story Cartel site! Your title caught my attention and here it is, a year and a half later!

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  10. Happy 2 years!! I don't have any suggestions, because I love what you do. And you're already great about trying new things so... yeah. My suggestion is to keep being you!! :)

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  11. What a lovely post and congratulations! My two year anniversary was the 9th so it's nice to see we're on the same path- loving what we're doing but thinking about growth/change. I'm so thrilled to have met so many great women through books!

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    1. Happy two years to you too! It has been great and looking forward to the new stuff makes it an adventure! At least we've got a great group to journey it with!

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  12. Congratulations Jennine! I love our bookish community and am happy you're part of it :)

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  13. Congrats glad your blogging.

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  14. I just recently started following your blog, I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom of books with me. :)

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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much. So glad you're here to share in the conversation and fun!

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  15. Congratulations on 2 years, Jennine! I'd love to see you vlog sometime, I think it would be fun :)

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    1. Ahhh! That would be crazy, but I'm not completely adverse to the idea. I've watched others do it well a few times now! And I recall a video of someone walking down her icy driveway? Can't remember where I saw that...so a vlog should be doable! Lol

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  16. Congratulations on 2 years!!! I am new to the blog, but I think it looks great!

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    1. Thank you very much and welcome! Looking forward to talking books with you!

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  17. Congratulations on your milestone! I love that you know exactly what purpose you have for your blog and that it's totally fulfilling that role in your life. I completely agree with you about the bookish community - it's hands down the best thing about this book blogging thing! Glad to "know" you!

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    1. Glad to "know" you too! You were the very first book blogger I found, and in my naïveté, thought Wow, someone else is doing this too! Lol

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  18. Two years is amazing! Congratulations ... and what everyone else said. ;)

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  19. I love your blog the way it is. Congrats on two years and thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you - for all the blogging connecting and such too!

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  20. How did 2 years pass so quickly?

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    1. I don't know! Thanks for being one of my constant supports :)

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  21. Congratulations and happy blogiversary!!! Here's to many more posts and years of blogging ahead for you!! :)

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  22. Congratulations!

    Lauren
    bookjumping.blogspot.com

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