First of all, none of this is a joke, okay? LET ME REPEAT THAT FOR YOU. NONE OF THIS IS A JOKE. IT IS ACTUALLY MY BLOGOVERSARY! (I really chose the best day to start my blog, though. The first day of Camp NaNo AND April Fool’s Day?) And that means a week of special blogoversary posts including this post, what I learned from blogging, and the launch of a new feature that YOU can participate in. I know my blogging schedule has been quite rough on the edges lately, but after this week, everything will be all back to normal. Except now it’s time to party.
When I first started blogging, I didn’t really know what to expect. I just thought it would be a fun thing to do. Shortly after, a couple of my friends also started blogging, and we loved to comment on each other’s blog posts. None of them blog as often as I do anymore, but occasionally, they will blog, and I still love reading their posts. I was scared of commenting on anyone else’s blog besides the blogs of my friends at first. What would they think of me? What would I even do? Just show up and awkwardly post a comment? But soon, I began commenting on other blogs, and blogging immediately became a whole new experience.
As soon as I started commenting on other blogs, other bloggers commented on mine. Soon after, I switched to WordPress and kept on commenting on other blogs. I enjoyed their posts, and some people came to enjoy mine. Blogging became a way for me to share ideas with other people and to learn from other bloggers. I was encouraged by fellow writers, and without this encouragement and advice, I would never have finished my first novel. But I did have that encouragement and advice, and I did finish my first novel. And now I’m rewriting it. It’s frustrating, but hey, I still have the writing community behind me to give me some more motivation. My TBR pile also exploded because suddenly all the book recommendations were everywhere. And I also became attached to Goodreads.
Through reading other blogs, I was even able to narrow down my content to a specific niche, reading and writing books, but I also know that I can have the freedom to post about whatever I want-even if it means deviating from my schedule once in a while. I also discovered linkups and blog awards, another way to change up my posts and find new blogs in the process. Blogging has been such a fun experience you guys, and I can’t wait for more to come. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me along this journey!
I would also like to say that Imogen @ Gossiping With Dragons has her blogoversary today, and Emily @ For the Bookish has her blogoversary in two days on April 3rd. UPDATE: And apparently Jillian @ Jillian’s Books also has her blogoversary on April 3rd. (Why does everyone have their blogoversary in April? ) Anyways, be sure to go shower them with happy blogoversary wishes.
When will you be celebrating your blogoversary? If you’re doing Camp NaNo, how is it going so far for you? I have about 5k already, so I’m off to a good start. Hopefully the rest of the month will be that way. What April Fool’s pranks did you pull off today?