What I love about my blog is it reflects where I am in life right now. When I started My Two Blessings back in 2007, I had no idea where it would take me. I originally started the blog to catalog our homeschooling journey, plus keep family and friends up to date. Over the past couple years, it became a creative outlet for me, plug I discovered a whole new world of books bloggers, writers, authors and a variety of other blogs.
Hopefully this week you’ve been visiting a bunch of new book blogs and maybe noticing some things about them you’d like to try yourself. Or maybe you’ve just had some ideas for improvements to your blog you’d like to put into place or new ideas for content. But there’s also probably something you really love about your blog, too, something you’re really proud of. It’s time to show off! Tell us and this is really important, in 50 words or less what you love best about your blog! And then in 50 words or less where you want your blog to be by the next BBAW! Ready? GO!
One thing I am totally psyched about is receiving review copies of books from publishers and editors and authors. I've been a bibliophile all my life and when I graduated from college, tried to get a job in the publishing industry. I thought why not get a job doing something I love - reading books. It didn't exactly pan out. Amazingly, through my blog and my love for reading, I am getting to do what I always dreamed about. Albeit on a voluntary basis, but I am loving it. I really appreciate the fact that the publishing industry and authors see the book bloggers now as a very useful and successful element in marketing their books.
Another thing I love about the book blogging community as a whole is discovering books and authors I hadn't heard of. I've really expanding my reading repertoire this past year or two. really enjoyed this week and discovered a whole slew of bloggers I didn't know.
So this week I've managed to visit quite a few new to me blogs. It's been a bit overwhelming and I've noticed so many neat things on everyone's blogs. It will take me a bit of time to assimilate it all and decide if or what I would do to improve mine.
My goals for My Two Blessings for the next year - in about 50 words or less (sorry - got carried away)
Well to keep on reading and reviewing; talking about new author discoveries. Improve my reviews. Schedule more giveaways. Enter challenges that challenge me to read different genres. My blog isn't just about books (gasp!) so continue working on writing those novels, talking myself through it, perhaps sharing tidbits of my writing. Hopefully by this time next year, will be ready to query. Continue writing the saga about our journey homeschooling a very smart, precocious, talkative, spirited 4th grader.
I'm dipping my feet into twitter - I may follow more, than talk but I'll be there. I stuck my toe in for BBAW - so far the water is just fine. By this time next year, I may be in wholeheartedly, we'll see.
I'm going to continue doing what I've been doing - learning, growing, and sharing. So hang on to your hats and come enjoy the journey with me. Thank you to everyone who decided to follow me this week. Eventually I'll make it round to your blogs and get caught with everyone's comments. I appreciate it and you know what. I'd like to see 100 followers by my 50th birthday on November 21st. That would be an awesome birthday present. November is going to be a busy month for me with Nano 2009 and my art history class starting, however I'm going to plan a blog party of some sort with lots of giveaways. Come join in the fun.
Thank you, thank you, thank you -- Amy and all her assistants. You really know how to throw a party. She deserves a prize - what should it be.