2 years = 24 months = 104 weeks = 730 days = 17531.6 hours = 1,051,200 minutes
2 years ago today I started Broc’s Bookcase and it was by far one of the best things I’ve ever done. I had tried blogging a few times before but never got much further then a few weeks into it before I gave up. I suck at commitment, I get bored, I change my mind often so blogging was something that really just never worked out for me.
But then I finished university and I was back home and had nothing to do. I was already following a number of book blogs and so I decided to give blogging another go. I didn’t have any great expectations, I guessed it would be something else that I would start and then get bored of and just toss aside, like a five year old and their favourite toy.
But here we are 2 years later and I’m still here!
I’m kind of in awe of the fact that I am still doing this because I’m such a lazy person! I have forgotten about my Sunday Funday posts so many times, I go for days without even logging into twitter because I can’t be bothered and I am forever writing my posts last minute! I go through those green eyed monster moments where I feel like my blog rubbish compared to all the others, and that I’m irrelavent and that ‘what is the point’ because probably no one reads this anyway! And life gets a little busy and my blog just gets abandoned for a week and I feel really guilty but then at the same time I want to life my life and I suck at the whole blog/real life balance thing!
And some days I just feel like quitting.
But then: I get a really nice comment that makes me smile; I meet someone new and have epic book chats with them; I read a book that just changes my life and I have to chat about it; I spend ages on a post and get an amazing response from it; I get a lovely email from a reader thanking me for a recommendation I put on my blog; I get approved for that ARC I really desperately wanted; I get an opportunity that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t blog.
And then I remember why I do this and why I love it so much.
Starting Broc’s Bookcase has changed my life so much, and no matter how many times I feel like it’s all too much and I want to quit I never have. Because I love knowing that my blog is here and (even if no one reads it) I can geek out over books and rant about love triangles and insta love. And the bookish community, I love being a part of it and knowing there is always someone there to nerd out with over your favourite bookish couple or just to get a great recommendation from.
My first year of Broc’s Bookcase was, for me, my probation period. I never thought that I would even get to one year, but I did and it changed everything. In this past year I feel that I have really settled into blogger life. I figured out the type of blog I want to have, I have a whole lot less green eyed monster because I love my blog just the way it is and because of that I feel a lot more confident in the things I post.
So I want to say THANK YOU!
Thank you to everyone who has ever read anything on my blog, who has commented, entered a giveaway, retweeted, favourited, followed, shared or liked.
Thank you for for your friendship, for all the bookish chats, for the recommendations, for putting up with my rants, for accepting me and my flaws, for sticking with me when I get lazy and forget to post for a few days, for your advice and for welcoming me into the bookish community and making me feel like one of the family.
My bookish highlights of this year:
- Going to YALC for the 2nd year
- Taking part in my 8th Tillie Cole blog tour (I really love that woman!)
- Finally meeting Kelly from Have Book Will Read
My personal highlights of this year:
- After a whole year of unemployment and all the dark times and struggles that some with it, I finally got a job
- I met my boyfriend (and we are still going strong 6 months later!)
- My cousin gave birth to the cutest little guy ever
- My other cousin got married!
- I actually got a bookshelf!
My Top 10 Books of this year:
And now for a Giveaway!
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