Google+ YA Romantics: It's My Blogoversary!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's My Blogoversary!



I've been blogging for one year!

It's hard to believe -- it went by so fast!

Over 400 posts -- whew!

Over 10, 000 comments -- thank you for that!

I love to share great books -- I've given away over 100 books to my blog followers and readers

I also love to find places to donate books.  Every year, I participate in a book drive in my community that collects books for underfunded public schools.  You can read more about my "leave a comment and I'll donate a book" project in this post  and and there are pictures of the event and my last year's donation here.

I've had a lot of international winners. I've mailed giveaway prizes to Germany, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Bosnia, Ireland and the Philippines.

Best of all, I've met so many amazing readers, authors and bloggers!

Most of my very first followers ever -- Cristina from Princess of Storyland, Jennifer from Some Like It Paranormal, RivkaBelle from A Word's Worth, and Arianne from ArianneCruz are still with me. Thanks, guys!

In honor of my blogoversary, I'm planning a few small changes -- a blog redesign, for one. I'm also starting a Pay It Forward program to help brand-new bloggers -- more details on that soon. I'll keep all the stuff you know and love, like Freebie Friday.

Yes, there will also be a giveaway to thank all my fantastic followers. Stay tuned for that.

Mostly, I'd just like to say this to all of you who read the blog, leave me comments that make me smile, write books and blogs I love to read, and come here to discuss books with me.... THANK YOU!

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  1. Happy Blogversary! You are one of my favorites that I love to visit. It is so nice of you to donate so many books! I hope to check out a local high school this year and see if the teachers would be interested in a few I no longer need. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks. I love your blog too. In fact, I was just saying that to a commenter on my Bloggiesta post!

      We are huge readers in my family so we have a LOT of books. I love to pass some of them on!

      I know so many teachers buy supplies out of pocket and most teachers love to have classroom libraries. I bet they'd be so excited to get some books from you!

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  2. Happy Blogoversary! And have a nice day :)

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  3. Happy Blogiversary, Jen!! I love your blog! And I can't believe how many books you give away AND your donate a book project -- how awesome is that?

    I hope you have another great year!

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    1. Thanks so much. We have a ridiculous amount of books around my house. I love to share them. Otherwise I will end up on Hoarders: Buried Alive.

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  4. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! mine is on october 8th so I know how excited you are right now! from this post I can see how passionate you are about blogging, reading, and spreading the love of books and reading!!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  5. Happy Blogoversary! I only just discovered your blog some months ago but it's definitely one of my faves: great content, honest assessments and your awesome personality shines through! Here's to many more years of blogging from you!

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    1. Aw, thanks. I love your blog too. I'm glad I found it.

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  6. Happy Blogoversary hon!! Wow! So many of us started up our blogs around the same time. I am so glad that I came across your blog all those many months ago and I continue to stalk it daily. :) Love ya chick!! Here's to many more years of blogging! *cheers*

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    1. I know -- for some reason I thought you'd been blogging for longer. Thanks for the good wishes and right back at you!

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  7. Happy blogoversary Jen! Wishing you many more happy years of blogging!

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  8. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY Jen!!! You're *ONE*!!! Just a baby lol

    I can't wait to see all the things you have planned for the next year!!

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    1. Ha ha -- you know that I'm really very very old!!

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  9. Happy Blogoversary! you did really well in this year so i wish you many more ^^

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    1. That's so sweet of you. It has been a great year!

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  10. Congrats on hitting such a huge milestone! I can't wait to hit that one, but my 6 month hasn't even come around yet.

    I hope you love your new blog design and your pay it forward program sounds awesome! i've been around for 4ish months and I feel like that's something I really could have benefited from in the beginning.

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    1. I'll explain more when I start the program, but I got a LOT of help when I started out and it made a huge difference to me.

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  11. Congratulations! :D *waves with some flags* I really like your blog and I'm looking forward to the new blog design. What I also appreciate is that you have so many international giveaways. That is extremely kind of you :)

    Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks -- I try. I love the thought of all of us connecting over books!

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  12. Congratulations. Before you know it this will be turning 2. I love this blog and definitely look forward to all the new things happening. You rock!!!

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    1. LOL I am feeling like a dog for some reason. I'm like 80 in dog years!

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  13. Congratulations! It takes a lot of hard work to maintain a blog for a whole year! Happy Blogoversary!

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  14. Happy blogoversary, Jen! You have no idea how glad I am that we bonded over our mutual love of Veronica Mars. I don't think I've stopped stalking your blog since! :D Your generosity is so admirable and those are some impressive stats, too. You do good work, kid. :P Ugh, and everyone's redesigning now...makes me think I need to consider doing so myself. Now THAT is terrifying! :P Anyway, congrats on the milestone...just more proof that you're pretty awesome. =)

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    1. I know -- isn't that funny!
      I resisted the redesign for months. But that kind of stuff is not my forte, and I'd just like a cleaner look. Can't wait!

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  15. Happy blogoversary! It's great that you donate so many books and 400 posts, whoo! That's amazing dedication. I hope you have many more blogoversaries to come. :D

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    1. I know -- when I counted them I was pretty surprised!!

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  16. Happy Blogoversary, Jen! I am SO very gad that you took on this blogging venture, discovering your blog and meeting you has made my own blogging a richer experience:)

    Congrats on all your achievements over the past year (10,000 comments and 400 hundred posts, that's AMAZING!)and I can't wait to see what the next year brings for you! I'm excited to see the changes to your blog, and that pay it forward idea is SO wonderful AND generous (just like you:)Congrats again:))

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    1. Well, a lot of those comments are probably mine. So maybe 5000, which is still a lot!

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  17. Happy blogoversary!! Congrats for your first wonderful year and I wish many more to come!! You have a great blog

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  18. Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^__^

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  19. Happy blogoversary! I can't believe that it has been a year!! Congratulations! Don't worry I'm still reading all the email updates even though I'm not here often now but I HAD to comment on this one! My lo turned 1 month yesterday! :)

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    1. That's so great :) :) :) I'm going to email you and see how you and your adorable baby are doing!

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  20. Happy Blogoversary!! Woohoo!! I hope you know that your blog is one of my favorites for sure! Here's to many, many more years of blogging. Congratulations Jen!

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    1. You are another follower who has been with me for a while and I really appreciate it!

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  21. Happy Blogoversary!!! I love your blog so much! I am here a lot throughout the week, just browsing mostly. I'm looking forward to seeing the new design.
    I hope you have many more years of blogging and get lots more followers! ^__^ Happy Saturday!!

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  22. Happy Blogoversary! Wishing you many, many more!

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  23. Congrats on 1 year! Also, I am so jealous that you are reading Poison Princess! I can't wait to read you review, it one of my most anticipated books. Have a great weekend!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

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  24. Happy Happy Blogoversary!!! 1 year does fly by! I do remember when I first started following you and I'm glad we have stayed friends!

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    1. Me too. You always make me laugh and I'm so glad I met you through blogging!!

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  25. Congrats, Jen!!! Your blog is one of my favorites and one I visit all the time, so thanks!

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    1. Thanks -- I'm so glad we met ... and that you liked my meatloaf :)

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  26. Jen, ((Hugs)) & Happy Blogoversary!! <3
    Hope you celebrate & treat yourself to a trip to Barnes & Noble! ;D

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  27. Happy Blogoversary Jen!! Time does seem to just fly by! I hope you have another great year!

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to our next Summer School already!

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  28. Get out! No way have you only been blogging for a year! Wow! I can honestly say that you have rocked your first year and I am in awe, Ms. Jen! Happy Blogoversary and may there be many years of celebrations to come!

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    1. It wouldn't be nearly as much fun without you, Kim and Steph to crack me up regularly :)
      #BEA2013

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  29. Happy 1year Blogoversary Jen! I absolutely love your blog, your posts, and your free Fridays are my absolute fav!

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  30. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!

    I love my daily visits thank you!!

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    1. You know I look forward to your daily visits and your dry humour!

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  31. Congratulations! That's an amazing feat! Keep having fun and I can't wait for more posts in the year to come.

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  32. Yaay happy blogoversary Jen! xD Even though I'm still kinda a newbie to your blog, your blog is still one of my favorites to read. I can't wait for more posts by you! ^__^

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  33. HAAAAAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! Congratulations! :) I am soo happy for you! :D I remember how I first dropped by your blog- it was on a giveaway hop, I think. For some reason, I bookmarked your blog and kept on returning to it. Honestly, I usually don't do that, but I am soo grateful that I did! I wonder why... maybe it's because we have the same name. :D I just love returning to your blog and reading all of your reviews! CONGRATS once again! :)

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  34. Amazing! Congrats girl!! :) I hope you'll have many more blogoversaries! :)

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  35. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! Congratulations!! Here's to many, many more!! :)

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  36. Happy Belated Blogoversary! You are the only blog I follow on a daily basis and I think you are awesome! Looking forward to reading many more of your fabulous reviews!

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  37. Wow! What awesome milestones you've reached! Congratulations! And thanks so much for your generosity - 100 books given away? You are the bomb:D

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  38. Happy Blogoversary!!!! I enjoy your blog, and i hope you have more great years of book blogging in the future :D

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  39. I can't believe you've only been doing this for a year! You seem like you've been doing this for way longer. Congratulations!!!!

    I'm so glad to have met you at BEA, seriously meeting and interacting with other bloggers has been my favorite part of blogging :)

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  40. happy blogoversary! I can't believe you've been blogging for a year!!

    Okay.... uhm...
    My name has 2 N's :) And my blog is "Arianne Cruz"... Reading on the Wild Side is only a partner blog... :) My main blog is my baby. #justsaying

    Anyway, I miss my twitter chats with u and Jen M!!!!

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    1. A million sorrys -- I fixed all of that. I was super-tired from the conference and barely managed to get that post up at all!

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    2. Thank you :) I'm not phasing out at all, my blog is my baby, and if anything, I would give up the other if I have to..

      Anyways, hope to talk to u soon!

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  41. Happy blogoversary!!!! You do such great things here! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us over the next year...

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    1. Me either. Ha ha. But I hope there will be summer school :)

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  42. Congrats on one year!! You sure have done a lot in such a small amount of time, keep it up and here's hoping next year will be even better!

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  43. grats on one year. You've definitely created one awesome blog.

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