I made my first blog post here on July 5th 2010 – I can’t believe that I am rapidly approaching my five year anniversary – how time flies. I will admit when I started my blog, I had exactly no experience with blogging, limited with writing book reviews, so it has been a learning process. My reasons for starting Dee’s Book Blog weren’t even all that altruistic – I mean, I love giving my opinion on books, I think like most reader’s do – but honestly, I had heard of a cool site called NetGalley where I could get free books from publishers to review. One of the key elements (I was told by other bloggers) was that having a blog or a platform to post your reviews on was key. Up until that time, I had mainly been posting on Goodreads or on Amazon for books I had purchased. But i soon found myself entering the murky waters of blogging and haven’t looked back.
Its weird, if I go back and look at my early reviews now, I see that my book tastes haven’t really changed – I may have become a bit harsher in my ratings – I see books back then that I gave 4 stars, that would now probably be 3-stars or lower, but that is just how the evolution of a reader comes about. I’ve picked up books in genres I never would have considered (I mean, heck, I’m listening to a horror audiobook right now that I’m pretty sure is giving me nightmares). I have made tons of friends and acquaintances thought my blogging, including lots of new favorite authors (yes, I’m looking at you Penny Watson, Rosalind James, Jamie Farrell and others). I find myself being more willing to try new authors – in fact, one of my favorite new things to do, when I have time at the library, is to just pick a random shelf and browse the books to see if I can find a new author to try. I’m considering next year hosting a random library shelf challenge (if I can figure out how I want to do it). Blogging has been a great experience for me and I look forward to many more fun reviews, discussions with authors and readers.