Monday, September 17, 2012

A Book Spot Birthday!

Two years ago today I posted my first entry on Annette's Book Spot. At that time, it was called The More You Read, the More You Will Know!

I have enjoyed every minute of blogging for the past two years. I know some people talk about getting burned out, but that hasn't happened to me. *knocks on wood* 

I continue to blog for myself, which I think is a big part of why I still enjoy it. I know there are blogs who have existed for 6 or 8 months and have over 1,000 followers. I'm fairly certain I will never get to 1,000. Frankly, I don't care. I've tried to liven up my posts -- participating in book tours, guest posts, and other group activities, but that takes so much time, and I resented that. It's all about reading and writing about books for me. That's why you'll see a few memes, but mostly you'll just get book reviews from me. There are plenty of other blogs where you can get all that "fun" stuff. And I read it. I really do. But, since I follow over 250 blogs regularly, I skip some of it too.

A big part of blogging for me is following. I clear my reader almost every day. Usually there's about 150 posts per day. I don't read EVERY post, but I read a lot of them. Most days my rule is "clear the reader before you can read your book." You can see why I don't want to spend a lot of extra time on blog activities other than reviews -- I spend that extra blogging time on following. Believe me, I know a lot about YA books because of all the following. I read a lot of reviews. I know what's coming out and when. My students and teachers are impressed with my knowledge of books -- even ones that I haven't read.

I don't comment enough. I'll admit that right now. But, I probably comment on about 20 posts per day (average). And, they aren't the same blogs every day, so I comment on a wide variety of blogs, but maybe not very regularly.

If you enjoy my blog, that's great! If you are a follower, even better! But a big part of my enjoyment about blogging is reading what YOU have to say. Keep up the good work! Thanks for all the wonderful blogging experiences over the past two years.

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  1. Happy blog birthday! I am a new-ish follower, but I really enjoy your reviews and am looking forward to more.

  2. A very happy blog birthday to you, Annette!

  3. Happy blogoversary Annette! Here's to many more years of blogging :)

  4. Happy blogoversarry, Annette!

    Funny fact: we started blogging almost at the same time :)

  5. Happy Blog Birthday! I enjoy your blog very much and read it every day. I am trying to comment more. I really lack on commenting. I do enjoy the comments you leave on my blog and appreciate the time you take to read my ramblings! Congrats on 2 years of great blogging!

  6. Congratulations Annette! I love your blog, I read it all the time even though I don't comment on it as much as I should. You've done so much with your blog and you should be very proud! Congrats again!

  7. Happy Blog Birthday! Oh boy, do I know what you mean about follower building being a huge time suck. I try, I really do, but when it comes down to it I would rather be reading! In any case, enjoy your day!

  8. Happy Blogoversary Annette! I love reading your reviews even though I'm terrible at commenting on them!

  9. Happy Blogoversary!! I'm taking some of your decisions as a tip for myself. :)

  10. Happy Blog Birthday! Heres to many more years of wonderful blogging.
    I love your blog, I'm always stopping by. :D
    Keep up the fabulous work!
    I'm dreadful at commenting too.

  11. Annette,
    A HUGE congrats to you on your two years of blogging! I think your blog is such a lovely one and your are always so sweet. Thank you for being a great blogger (and I do think you are a FABULOUS commenter). Here's to many more years of blogging and many more books to read!!!

  12. What perfect timing for my first visit, happy blog birthday! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  13. Happy blogoversary! Memes and all those other things are very time-consuming. It doesn't really matter. It's the reviews that count! Looking forward to another year!

  14. Happy blog birthday, Annete! You're doing a fantastic job, and I'm right there with you that blogging should be fun for you. Keep up the good work and enjoy it :)


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