Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Salon: 6 Month Blog Anniversary

Last night, I was looking through my archives for a review and I was surprised to learn that today is the six month anniversary for Bookish Ruth. (Yes, the picture to the right is me at 6 months old. It seemed appropriate.) It seems like just yesterday when I tentatively stepped foot into the blogosphere. At the same time, it also seems so much longer than just six months -- in a good way. I've had the opportunity to interact with some of my favorite authors, develop growing friendships with other book lovers, and add a new, enriching dimension to my reading.

When I started Bookish Ruth, I was writing for myself. I didn't think anyone else would be interested in my opinion about the books I'd read. I just wanted to get more out of my reading experience. I was reading a lot but found that a few months after finishing a book, I had difficulty remembering what I thought about it, other than the vague feeling of like or dislike. So the blog was born, and much to my surprise, I soon found that I had readers.

While I probably would have kept at this even if I had been the only person to read my reviews, meeting other readers and interacting with the book blogging community has been a wonderful experience for me. I've discovered so many great books and new authors that I probably wouldn't know about if it hadn't been for other review blogs.

To celebrate my sixth month anniversary, I've decided to add two more copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to my giveaway, for a total of three copies to be given away on December 18, 2008.

Do you have a blogging milestone coming up? How has blogging impacted your reading?

18 comments:

  1. Congrats on the milestone! I just passed three months myself.

    To be honest, I'm not sure that blogging actually has impacted my reading all that much. I've certainly heard about tons of great books through the blogs I read, but I was already hearing about tons of great books through LibraryThing. These days I spend more time reading blogs and less time on LT, so the recommendations pretty well balance out. Blogging has introduced me to more general fiction titles, though; most of my LT activity revolves around fantasy groups, so almost all my LT recommendations were fantasy or horror.

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  2. Your post made me check and my 6 month anniversary was the 12th - we started at the same time. When I first discovered your blog, I thought you'd been at it for years because you knew so much more than I did. Happy 6 Month Anniversary!

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  3. Happy 6 month blog anniversary :)
    cute baby photo!
    book blogging has definitely affected my reading.
    I read so much more now. Its been great meeting other bloggers and discussing books.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  4. Congratulations on your six months! Blogging has amplified my understanding of how others read and what they read for. I love the choral impact of all these voices.

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  5. Only six months? Wow! I feel like I've known you for longer than that. :-) Congratulations and happy anniversary!

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  6. Happy Six Months! Your post made me stop and think. I've been at it for 9 months - I'll celebrate at a year I guess. I so agree - it's wonderful sharing thoughts and lists and reviews, but most of all meeting all the wonderful bloggers in our communities!

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  7. Happy sixth month anniversary. Wow it goes by fast. Congratulations. It does seem longer than that Literary Feline. Time does fly. Oops...I shouldn't say that around a cat.

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  8. Happy 6th months! :)

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  9. Happy six months! I've been blogging for almost six months, but I started my book blog five months ago. I think I actually read more since I started the book blog (so many ARCs) but I don't read as much for me anymore. Most of what I read now is advance copies.

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  10. congratulations Ruth. thats a really sweet pic.

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  11. Congrats and Happy 6th month Anniversary, Ruth! This is a lovely post, and here I thought you've been blogging for years! :)

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  12. Congrats on the anniversary! Your story sounds exactly like mine ... and now that I've discovered this wonderful world of blogging I will never give it up. :)

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  13. Congrats on your 6 month blogiversary! Hmmmm, I passed 6 months without even realizing it-I'm going on 9 months now-lol.

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  14. Happy blogiversary! I've got my three year anniversary coming up in January :)

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  15. Congrats! I think 6 months is either coming up really soon or may have recently passed for me.

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  16. You were really cute then :) And I am sure u r cute now too :) Judging by the pic.. i have no dounbts :)

    6 months?! not yet I started in Aug/Sept.. its been 4 months ALREADY! wow! Thanks for reminding :)
    And whatta a cool way to celebrate :D :)
    Am I eligible?! :)

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  17. hmmm...a lot of people started about 6 months ago. odd. But Congrads!

    Honestly, if NO ONE else read my blog, I am not sure how long I would keep writing. I admit I need a bit of feedback...it is my inner child looking for approval

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