I only realised today that yesterday was my one month anniversary for my blog. Well strictly speaking I created the account and blog last year, posted a couple of reviews I’d written for another site and then forgot about it.
So what made me come back to it last month? Well as well as reading other blogs, starting with the very knowledgeable and all round fantastic Chicklitreviews and clicking links from there and thinking “I’d love to do that”, I decided that in 2010 I wanted somewhere to collect the reviews I’d been writing for other sites as well as other booky thoughts in a kind of diary. I actually had no idea about the book blogging community when I started out. I absolutely love it, everybody has been so incredibly friendly and welcoming, especially as I kind of just jumped right in and started commenting all over the place. I’m not so forward in real life and tend to hide in the sidelines, so I really do appreciate the welcome I have had!
So what’s happened in the first full month here at Rhiana Reads…?
Well I’ve reviewed 10 books, luckily none of which have been terrible…I’m having a great year so far book wise. I am honest though with my reviews, so if I don’t like a book I will say!
I’ve hosted an author interview with the lovely Louise Douglas, who kindly gave her time despite me being new to book blogging. I’ve also hosted 2 giveaways, one which ended today for two signed copies of Louise’s book, Missing You congratulations Gaby and thelittlereader who were the lucky winners.
Update: The winner of The Book Of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern was Ya Vampire Books. Hope you enjoy!
My other giveaway for The Book Of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern runs until Sunday. It was originally a 20 followers contest, but I’ve somehow managed to almost quadruple that! I now have 74 followers, thank you! I’m really surprised and pleased that anyone thinks I’m interesting enough to follow. I’ll have to get my thinking cap on for a 100 followers celebration giveaway. Watch this space.
I joined 3 challenges:
I’ve also had a few awards passed onto me which are really appreciated. Here is one I received from Amelia @ Imagination in Focus
1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!
2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.
3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to this post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.
4. Every Prolific Blogger must visit this post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we all can get to know the other winners. (Click here for the Mr. Linky page.)
Becky @ The Bookette
Sarah @ Sarah’s Book Reviews
Chloe & Leah @ Chicklitreviews
And I joined Twitter! Which had me totally confused at first and I’m just getting to grips with now. Again, I’ve just jumped in a bit, sorry! If you’re not following yet, but think you might want to (hint hint 😉 ) you can by clicking the little logo in the sidebar.
So that’s it. I can hardly believe that until a month ago the most technical thing I’d done on the net was upload a picture to Ebay (I’m not kidding!) So I’ve learned a lot too. I’m really pleased with how my blog is going and hope to build on it in the coming months.I’ve been mulling a few things round to improve it, mainly wondering if I can separate my YA and Adult posts some way as I’m not sure if it’s a mixed message and confusing? If anyone has any tips or suggestions just let me know! I’ll stop rambling now…sorry for the long post (something else I might have to work on)!