Celebrating a Year of Book.Blog.Bake.!!

Posted December 16, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 37 Comments

first blogoversary

WOW. I cannot believe I’ve been blogging a year. The first few months I felt so painfully confused, like the new kid at a school–where do I sit? Can I talk to these people? Are these people. . . friendly?(book bloggers are, by the way!!). And then all the sudden, it was normal. Sure, I had insecurities and such(I think we all still get insecure about things, whether you’re a newbie blogger or a veteran). But I didn’t feel out of the loop. I felt welcome. And after the first two or three months, the rest of my first blogging year has passed in a BLUR.

A lot has happened in a year, in my personal AND blogging life. I mean, I graduated college within that frame, which still seems so crazy to me. But I’ve been able to do some amazing things, like interview Lauren Miller, author of Parallel, which was one of my favorite books of the year. If you told me last December I’d get to interview an author on my blog–ANY author–I would have laughed and shook my head. Or I would have never done things like gone to Austin Teen Book Festival, because I wouldn’t have known about it. I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Marissa Meyer because of blogging!(Well, I guess technically this is a very indirect way, but if I wasn’t a book blogger, I probably wouldn’t have even known about the event). And just the fact Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors is the result of book blogging. I can say the ONLY reason I picked Cinder up is because I heard such good things about it.

And then there’s the community. I’m sorry, I know if you’re reading that probably EVERY blogoversary post you’ve ever read is sappy and all “AWWWW I love the book blogging community!!”, but there’s a reason for that, so this part is probably going to be all sentimental too, so you’re forewarned.

Book.Blog.Bake. is not the first blog I’ve attempted, but it is the one I’ve stuck with the longest. I have quite a few different interests and passions, but none of the others stuck, because I found it SOOOOO hard to break into the communities and felt so lonely. Like I said, the book blogging community isn’t perfect, and sometimes I get so insecure, but I’ve honestly found it to be the most welcoming blogging community. And maybe I just had a great experience, but I think it says something about how awesome the community of book bloggers AND readers is that I, as internet-shy as I can be, was able to find some sort of home in this place. Thank ya’ll!

I’ve met SOOO many people throughout the year, and I was so encouraged at the beginning. So I just want to thank all the bloggers who welcomed me in my first two months of book blogging, when I was still testing the waters, like Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide. . Again, I can’t say people are awesome enough. I’ve met SO many bloggers since then, like everyone on my blogroll page, plus others like Cee @ The Novel Hermit who talks about ampersands with me and Terri @ Starlight Book Reviews who has excellent taste in music. Basically, I love you all! And if you’re wondering who “You” is. . . everyone who’s stopped by my blog to comment or just read, who talks books on twitter, or who I’ve come to know, even a little bit. . . THANK YOU. Seriously.

If that was too mushy, here’s basically all my feelings about all you lovely people in gif form:

dean awesome

I know I’ve used this before. But it’s just too perfect.

Anyway, so what do we do when we have things to celebrate? Well, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good giveaway or two. Yup, plural. So, first, I have an INTERNATIONAL giveaway(as long as The Book Depository ships to you). I wanted to highlight some of the best books I’ve read this year, so I looked at all my five stars and picked my favorite from the favorites, my “Golden” five stars if you will, and the winner can pick any one of the following from The Book Depository.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • Parallel by Lauren Miller
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

As always, my giveaway policy stands. Must be 13 yrs old or older to enter. Void where prohibited by law, & I am not responsible for items once TBD ships. The giveaway will end December 30th. Since the end of the year is always crazy, I’m giving the winner 72 hours to respond from whenever I send the alert email, or a new winner will be chosen.
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Ah, noticed there was a #1 by that giveaway, didn’t you? Well, I have some books of my own to giveaway from a giveaway pile! Because I’ll be shipping them myself, this giveaway is US ONLY. One winner will get a surprise back of FOUR books from my shelf. I know some people don’t like surprise giveaways, so here’s what I will say: At least one book will be an ARC, and at least one book will be a 2013 release. Also, ALL books will be YA. Same rules as giveaway above, as well as final date. US only!


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37 responses to “Celebrating a Year of Book.Blog.Bake.!!

  1. Stacie C.

    Happy Blogoversary!!! Im a newbie blogger and while it has been a struggle trying to make friends, you have been super friendly to me. Thank you! I hope you continue to have many more fun filled years of blogging! Book nerds rule! =D

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you! That means so much to be. I understand the struggle to make friends. It’s especially hard when you have to open yourself up a little, and even though the blogosphere doesn’t tend to get super deep or personal, just stepping out there sometimes feels like a much larger task than it is!

    • stormydawnc

      Thanks Terri! Parade, confetti, cupcakes=3 of my favorite things! And yes, squeeing over books & music and such(plus being sarcastic when needed!) has been so much fun this year!

  2. Well dooone Stormy. Time just flies by, doesn’t it? I can’t believe I made my blog already 4 months ago. I remember searching for book blogs to follow and when I found some I just drooled for hours over them (including yours missus). I hope you’ll have many more great years ahead of you with us all 😉

  3. Happy Blogoversary!
    I haven’t been following you for very long, but from what I’ve read, your reviews are very well thought out and I rather like your OWL reports! 😀

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you! I always smile when someone says they like the OWL reports–I haven’t done a whole lot but they seem to be memorable!

  4. Yay, Stormy! This is so awesome, and happy blogoversary! 😀

    Haha that new kid at school comparison is so funny because I remember feeling the same way. Although book bloggers are so awesome, that feeling never lasts long. I never get tired of hearing about how awesome this community is, because it remains to be true. (I also never get tired of Dean gifs.)

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you!
      I never get tired of Dean gifs either. . . I don’t have many gifs saved, but I’m pretty sure 75% of what I have is Supernatural gifs, and 75% of those are Dean Winchester/Jensen Ackles.
      You’re right, the new kid feeling really doesn’t last long–a lot shorter than being the ACTUAL new kid in the small town where I grew up. You would be the new kid for years!

  5. Cee

    Happy blogoversary! What a coincidence, my blogoversary is on the 19th! 😀

    I totally went through that! The Novel Hermit wasn’t my first blog (on a public sphere) either. Talking about fashion or other random things did not suit me. It made sense that book is what we’d talk about, right? 😀

    Heyyyy. Shout out! :DDDD Ampersands are the besssttttt. (Think of that card I sent you as your blogoversary gift too. ;D)

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you! Ah, our blogs are practically twins! My “actual” blogoversary was on the 13th, but since I was out of town and it was a Friday, I decided Monday would be a better day to celebrate.
      I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one who tried blogging before. I tried to have a general “life” blog, and then a recipe blog, and neither of them lasted more than a few months. I mean, I like life and I like cooking, so you’d think it would be a decent fit, but I don’t think I was *quite* passionate about them.

  6. Yay for a year of book blogging! That is awesome! I totally get what you mean about the community — honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I started blogging this year! But it’s so awesome! =) I’m so glad I’ve gotten to chat with you on Twitter and I loved talking to you as I binge watched through Supernatural. =) Happy one year!!

    • stormydawnc

      Yes, the community sometimes has problems, but on the whole, I think it really is a GREAT community! And right back at you–I had so much fun tweeting to you while you watched Supernatural. Great minds like the same TV shows(that’s how the saying goes, right? . . . )

  7. Congrats on your blogoversary! I started out 5 months back and was so unsure of everything and now I feel confident about blogging and being myself. I just have to say, I am a huge admirer of your blog, especially your OWL grading concept of reviewing books. I look forward to more of your usual and brilliant content! 😀

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you! I’m so glad the OWL system is so popular–who knew when I started doing my mini-reviews that way it would be the thing people seem to remember? It’s amazing how quickly my confidence changed through book blogging. I feel like I started getting confident around months 3 & 4 and then REALLY felt more confident around months 8 & 9! They go by so fast!

  8. Eve (@papergrabber)

    I congratulated you on twitter, but I’ll say it here, too – congratulations on your first year!! I’m happy that you had so much fun and met so many people you got to know. And I hope the next year will be even more amazing for you <3

  9. Awwww, Stormy!!!! I’m so happy for you and your blog and that we got to know each other! I am so honored and flattered and proud to be one of the people you recognized!!!! I am just so so happy that we’ve been able to talk about books and our blogs and Sleepy Hollow and everything under the sun! So glad to see you stick with blogging because I would be so sad without your blog to read! (Although I’m sure we’d still stay in touch some other way if that happened!)
    Happy one year! Here’s to many more! 😀

    • stormydawnc

      Thanks Brittany! And it’s true–I’m very glad we started conversing early on and you were definitely one of the bloggers I felt made me feel welcomed!

  10. Yay, congrats on your first year of book blogging, Stormy! I know I’ve said this before, but I’m so happy you stuck with it, because I love your blog! 😀

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you, Kelley! I’m definitely glad I stuck with it as well. It feels a bit weird to stay with a hobby so long. Maybe I’m not anti-hobby commitment after all, I just hadn’t found the right one. Book talking about books? Perfect.

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