Hey guys! I’m happy to celebrate Allison’s blogoversary by guest posting for her today. We both started our blogs in the early summer of 2010. I started mine first, so Allison technically copied me, and I’m glad that she did! I always have fun visiting and reading The Allure of Books. I didn’t just start blogging without any kind of social networking experience, though.
Many of you have probably heard of the website GoodReads. It allows readers to keep track of books that they have read, are currently reading or would like to read. When I first joined in May of 2007, it was because of an e-mail invitation from my brother’s then girlfriend. I thought, “Hey, cool, a website where I can keep track of books.” I started off just writing a couple of sentences about the books I read and idly marking what books I could think of as “to-read.” As I remembered I’d add books I had read. I wasn’t a particularly involved member, but now I had a way to remember what books I’d read, and it stayed this way for about two years. Gradually new people would add me and I’d think, “Huh, someone else is curious about what my opinions are. That’s kind of cool.”
Before I continue with my story, there’s something you should know about me: I am a procrastinator. When I care to indulge in this habit, I often turn to the internet. This particularly happened during the summer of 2009, while I was abroad in England. I had a month between finishing finals and going home. Suddenly the “explore” button on GoodReads looked much more enticing. I joined some groups, two of the more notable ones being The Next Best Book Club and The Wild Things. By this point I had added a few friends myself, such as Allison. Suddenly I was avidly posting in the threads for both of these groups and had tons of great book recommendations. As I had more time on my hands, my reviews also got longer, getting more in depth as to what I liked and didn’t like about the books. Shortly after friending April of Good Books and Good Wine I was looking at her profile to see that–woah! She had a website listed! At this point I didn’t really know anyone who maintained a personal website, so I clicked on it, not really sure what to expect. I discovered a website full of lovely reviews and other cool features, like In My Mailbox and Waiting on Wednesday. It was actually through April’s mention of The Story Siren that I discovered Kristi’s blog. From there I just kept discovering more new blogs and hearing about more awesome books. I started thinking about how much fun it would be to start and maintain a blog of my own!
Unfortunately, my discovery of the blogosphere was a bit ill timed, as all of this took place in the summer before my senior year of college. While the idea of getting my blog off the ground right away was enticing, I also knew that I would never be able to maintain it throughout my senior year of college, so I waited and continued lurking. At some point over the course of the 2009-2010 school year, I got a Twitter account, which enabled me to talk to bloggers when I wasn’t doing schoolwork or socializing.
Eventually, my senior year of college drew to a close and I graduated. In the immediate seventy-two hours following my graduation I made the fourteen hour trip home and got my wisdom teeth out. Yeah, I know how to celebrate. After all of that crazy partying, I wasn’t able to do much besides lay around on the couch and consume massive amounts of apple sauce. Plus, I had a week until I started any kind of job. With all of this time on my hands, I was finally able to dream up a name for my blog. On May 28th 2010, Consumed by Books was born.
I’ve continued posting and remained active on Twitter. Slowly but surely I’ve gained more regular blog readers but more importantly, I’ve made several new friends through the world of blogging. I love the fact that there is a whole world of other readers who love YA literature. I admit that these days, I’m not quite as active on GoodReads, aside from updating my own statuses on reviews. I’ve been thinking that I should try to get more involved again. After all, I owe my discovery of the blogosphere to it.