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?