Natflix&Books just turned One!
So, ahem, I kind of completely dropped the ball on my own blogaversary. For some reason I thought I started this blog a little bit later in April, but, nope, my first post was on April 2nd. I had planned on doing a giveaway--and I do still plan on doing something--but life has just been getting in the way. Working 3 part-time jobs is pulling me in too many different directions. I'm also almost at 250 BL followers, so sometime this Spring I do plan on doing a joint blogiversary/follower giveaway. I almost didn't post anything, but I don't want to just let this milestone pass without any acknowledgement.
I started this blog on a bit of a whim. I'd been posting reviews to Goodreads for about a year when I started and had seen that several of my GR buddies had blogs. I was already getting a few ARCs from NetGalley, and decided that to go ahead and leap in to the blogging world. I chose a couple of memes and posted some reviews and before I knew it, I started getting followers and making connections and friends.
Besides the awesome people I've met--and you are all awesome--the best thing for me about this blog is that I am actually writing. Writing used to be such a huge part of my life all throughout childhood into my early 20s. I was constantly writing in my journal or writing short stories or poetry, but once I graduated college and settled down with my now husband, I just stopped. This blog has made me excited to write again--something for which I am incredibly thankful.
This year has been absolutely crazy for me. As most of you know, from August to December of 2013 I was in my final semester of graduate school to get my master's in education. During those 4 months I was student teaching seniors in high school (which consisted of creating lessons, grading major essays, and teaching--not to mention the myriad other things teachers have to do like create tests and rubrics and sit in on parent conferences, etc, etc), taking two graduate classes, and working part-time at both the library and at the office. Needless to say, this was the busiest, most stressful time of my life, but I was still trying to post at least once a week just to keep blogging in my life. I cannot even begin to explain how awesome it was to hear from my blogger friends who continued to drop by my blog even though I was barely posting to comment on what I did post and to give me words of encouragement. The blogging community isn't perfect (what is?), but I have met some really awesome people and feel like I can honestly call some of you my friends. I'm not going to name names because I'm terrified of forgetting somebody, but you know who you are and please know that I adore you.
So I just want to take a moment to say: Thank You! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading my posts and commenting on my discussions and reviews. Book bloggers are some of the most wonderful people on this planet and I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!