Today is officially the day, one year ago, that I started blogging about books, writing, and other random things that I thought someone out there might care to hear me talk about. The idea started with the giant stack of books I brought home with me from the library to read over Spring Break, and I thought that they looked pretty stacked up with one another, so I took pictures, not exactly sure yet what I'd do with them.
That night, I started (and finished) my favorite book of all time, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. By the time I cleaned up the messy puddle to tears I'd cried at the end, I'd already droned on and on to my mom and best friend about the magic of this book and how they must read it. But I still wanted to say more. That was the start of my first blog post.
Ever since then, I've gone through reading spikes and slumps, varying numbers of posts, and long periods of self doubt punctuated by bursts of triumphs, and, a year later, the blog is better than its ever been on its slow march up to one thousand page views a month, a stat that is shockingly in reach now. I've also learned lots of things in this year that I thought I'd share with everyone who might be curious about starting a blog of their own.