A year ago today I decided to take the plunge and made my first post on this blog, a review of the wonderful The Hidden Legacy by G J Minnett. Although I have been reviewing since Feb 2014 my posts were restricted to Goodreads, Amazon and NetGalley but I decided I wanted somewhere that brought them all together under the Jill’s Book Cafe banner.
I still view myself as primarily a reviewer, rather than a blogger though recently I have ventured to post items other than just reviews so I’m getting there. My Time and Place feature with Simon Michael was my most viewed post when it went live so thanks Simon for being a great guinea pig and giving me the confidence to take it further. I already have more authors lined up.
What I have found in my first year is that the blogging community (as I’ve experienced it) is friendly, supportive and helpful. A far cry from what I felt might be a competitive arena to venture into. I’ve discovered that most author’s are also normal, approachable and friendly, though I still get very fan girl when some reply and still have some on pedestals (no I’m not saying who!)
My reading preferences have certainly changed over the period. I’ve discovered that some genres I would have said I liked in the beginning I’m starting to think I don’t (psychological thrillers) and the quirky, fun and original form a bigger part of my preferred reading.
So at the end of my first year I made 151 posts, had 1988 visits with 5608 views and attracted 124 followers. I’d like to thank all those who drop in and read my posts; and my regular band of blogging friends who comment, re-post on Twitter and generally make it a less insular place to be. Last but not least, thanks to all the authors without who there’d be nothing to read and review and life would be far the poorer. .