“How did we get here?” I found myself asking as I sat down and prepared to write this post. Time is a funny thing. Paradoxically, at times it feels as though I only began blogging yesterday, while at others it feels as though I’ve been doing this my entire life. Sure, I know that one year is likely no big deal to most. “Come back when you’ve been blogging for four or five!”, I can hear you shout. But for me, it is a big deal. I’m very much an ‘all or nothing’ type of person. When I’m interested in something, I throw every ounce of passion, dedication, and effort I can into it. Unfortunately, this also means that I can become ‘burned out’ quite quickly. While it’s not something I’m particularly proud of, I’ve been known to quit things. Hobbies. New Year’s resolutions. The list goes on and on. So, for me? Seeing Pop! Goes The Reader reach this milestone feels like a monumental achievement.
The fact that in a mere twelve months of activity, Pop! Goes The Reader has garnered over 1,200 followers across various platforms, has received close to 2,300 comments, and has been viewed over 32,000 times is nothing short of mind boggling. Ultimately, I know that these numbers don’t matter. I know that these numbers are relative. I know that to some (most?) these numbers likely aren’t all that impressive. The truth is, no matter what these figures do (or don’t) mean, I couldn’t be prouder or happier about Pop! Goes The Reader’s journey thus far. Whether I reach one person, one hundred, or one thousand, I have found something that I love to do and that provides me with a measure of fulfilment I wouldn’t have dreamt possible only a year earlier. Best of all, I get to talk about books all day! What could possibly be better than that?
Thank you to the publishers and industry professionals who have been gracious enough to entrust me with advance reader copies of some of the year’s most exciting titles and who have allowed me an infinite number of opportunities to celebrate the written word in all its glory. It has been a privilege to work with you. Thank you to the authors who have shared their wonderful, astounding, creative, life changing stories with the world and who have been patient enough to listen as I gushed endlessly about their work. Thank you to my readers, who have taken the time to comment and show their support in an innumerable number of ways. As wonderful as blogging is, it can often feel a little like shouting into the void. You have made this experience a lot less lonely and have made all the hard work well worth it. Most of all, thank you to my newfound friends, who are not merely ‘internet friends’, but people I have come to love, rely on and can’t imagine my life without. You know who you are. Thank you for your endless supply of patience, understanding, support, and kindness. Although it might not be perfect, I firmly believe that the book blogging community is the best and most welcoming in the world.
To celebrate this special milestone and show my appreciation for all the kindness and support I’ve been shown over the last twelve months, I’ve decided to hold a little giveaway. Because I gave away a bundle of my favourite contemporary novels back in April in honour of my 26th birthday, I wanted to do a little something different this time. With that in mind, how does a Kindle Paperwhite sound? 😉
This giveaway will run for one week from June 16th, 2014 – June 23rd, 2014. It is open to residents of the United States and Canada and the Kindle will ship directly from Amazon to you. You can enter as many (or as few) times as you like. So, what are you waiting for? Go enter!
Thank you again for making Pop! Goes The Reader even a small part of your day. There are no words to adequately express what this experience has meant to me. Now all I can do is hope that there will be many more such celebrations to come. Most importantly of all, however, keep reading! You never know into what world your next book might transport you!