Yesterday was my ten year anniversary as a book blogger. I published my first post on 19 January 2010.
So much has changed in my life over the last ten years. My career at Borders Books & Music ended due to the company’s bankruptcy, I earned my massage therapy certification and license to practice in Illinois which I did for 4 years, my wife and I moved to Connecticut to be closer to the ocean and NYC, loved ones have left, new ones have joined the family, and I started a literary podcast with a great new friend, to name just a few of the highlights.
Through it all, one thing has stayed the same: I’ve kept reading and I’m still here blogging about books. I’m certainly a more consistent reader than I am blogger. I’m a daily reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I get crabby if I don’t read. One day without reading is rough for me. Two days without reading is rough for everyone around me.
Although I don’t blog daily, I am a daily writer. I write in my journal most mornings or in the evening if my morning got derailed. I also have some writing projects in the works but don’t tend to write or talk about them. You can bet I will when they’re further along and/or finished. I’m of the philosophy that you don’t talk about writing projects in development because that can suck the energy out of them.
I couldn’t let a big anniversary like this go by without saying something about it and especially without thanking you, reader of this blog. Thank you for the years of support, encouragement, engagement, and great book recommendations! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: book people are the best. I’ve made so many great friends through books, both IRL and online.
To celebrate this milestone, I’m giving away a free book (or two) of your choice, up to $25 as long as its available through bookdepository.com. They have free international shipping, so this giveaway is open to readers world wide.
To enter to win simply state that you’d like to be entered to win in the comments below and if there’s a book you’ve had your eye on, mention it if you feel comfortable doing so.
I’ll use random.org to pick a winner on Monday, January 27th, at 9 am ET. Good luck and thanks again!
1/27 Update: The Winner Is…
I used random.org to pick the winner and that lucky person is Emma of Words and Peace! Thanks to everyone for your kind words and for entering to win.