#BookBlogWriMo – A Little History Lesson

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Welcome to the first posting of the #BookBlogWriMo event. Today’s first posting is History of the Blog! Some of you may know the story of the blog and some of you may not. Here is the not so condensed version.

In December 2011/January 2012, I had a very bad back injury. I was on bed rest and ultimately had surgery at the end of January 2012. I had been reading on and off before that on my regular plain old Kindle. I decided to use my Christmas gift cards that people had bought me to Angiezon (Amazon for you lay folk) and get myself a brand new Kindle Fire!! That way I could do internet (Facebook), email, reading, watching TV, etc in bed. I was set!!

Somehow, I came across a book entitled The Dig by Michael Siemsen. I read the synopsis and thought Wow! That sounds like a great book! So, I read it and ultimately loved it. I had never heard of the author and so I went to do some research on him. I found him on Facebook. I posted that I had read The Dig and that I loved it. He actually wrote back to me!! SHOCKER!! I was flabbergasted that an author of a book that I loved was talking to me. ME! Lo and behold, my very first Indie Author Experience. 

After talking to Michael and getting to learn about the Indie World, I started looking around at the books that I had seen. I started downloading them and reading them and then, stalking them on Facebook. 🙂 I also began talking about them on Facebook and telling people what books I was reading. I had been talking to Michael on and off a lot about things and he mentioned that I should get a blog. I was like WHAAAA? A blog?? BAAAHHAAAA!! That’ll never happen. I laughed at people when they said they had a blog. I thought I will never do that; I will never have time to sit down and write stuff for other people to read. Well, NEVER happened in March of 2012.

I had decided to start looking into the blogging community. But first, I had to come up with a name. I was explaining to my husband the drive I felt to read. I was trying to tell him that I felt compelled to read and that I couldn’t help myself. I said “I just feel like I NEED to read.” And then I said “I feel the need. The need to read.” BING! BING! BING! We have a winner!! 

I befriended (I don’t remember how) Savannah Mae of Say What? Savannah Mae and she had just started blogging. She helped me so much with how to be a blogger. She basically taught me a lot of what I know now. I started befriending other book people and authors. I joined book & blogging groups on Facebook. I started a Facebook page of the same name. I have no idea how I came to befriend a lot of the 3,000+ friends I now have on Facebook, but aside from my family and my close friends, almost every person on there is most likely book related in some way. 

Now, almost 3 years later and I am an old hat at this. There are a total of 7 reviewers on this site. I had to add people to the list of reviewers (besides myself and my BFF) because we had too many requests. I beta read for numerous authors; I edit; I proofread; I make graphics. I have spent hundreds of dollars on advertising, buying gift cards and books for giveaways, etc that I don’t get back. I manage or own 8 Facebook pages. I constantly have something to do on the blog or on the Facebook page. I have a lot of help from Joood Hooligan at Platypire Reviews so for that I am thankful. I sacrifice a lot to do this but I wouldn’t stop doing it for anything. 

I have paid my blogging experience forward with other newbies and I have made some great friends in the process. I also have been around since the very beginning for a lot of the authors that I now pimp on a regular basis. It is amazing to me to see all of the changes and exciting things that are happening to them. I have been to numerous author events and met these amazing people. I have a shit ton of books, signed and not, and book swag. My husband used to make fun of me because I was a blogger, but once he saw how happy I was and how I was getting books sent to me (for free!), he stopped. 

I am happy to report that I have pretty much stayed true to wanting to post book reviews and book related content. My blog and Facebook page aren’t like some of the others. I don’t do Boyfriend of the Month or Sexy Man of the Week or Best Sex Scene kind of things. I post reviews, book blitzes, new releases, cover reveals, etc. That’s it. I love that it’s different and I have talked to a lot of people that like it as well. I enjoy doing this and I enjoy helping people. If I can make one person happy by doing something as simple as talking to them about a book, why the hell not?? 

Here is a photo me and the Man himself, Michael Siemsen. I am wearing a shirt that says “Benevolent Stalker” on it because Michael gave me that name. I own it! I embrace it!! I flaunt it! I am a stalker of the best kind. I fall in love with a book and ultimately the author and want to tell people about them. I also want to talk to the author and harass them about the next book and the next book and the next book. I love my name. 

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