A Decade of Blogging

Back in 2006, when blogging was just starting to get popular, I decided to start one myself. Writing about books seemed like a good fit; after all, I love to read, and I love to find and talk about new books that I want to read. I’ve always had a voracious appetite for books – even though I don’t get to most of the ones I have on my TBR list – and I thought blogging about them would be fun. Well, a decade later, here I am.

A lot of things have changed since that the day I published my first post on EDIWTB…

First of all, my life has changed. In 2006 I had twin 2 year-olds, and now those very cute toddlers are going into 7th grade. I also had a son 4 years ago, so I am as busy as ever on the family front. (Here they are last night at the Nats game.)

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I’ve had three jobs since 2006, all of them related to communications and social media, and my love for digital platforms has only grown along with them. I don’t participate much in the book Twittersphere, but I spend a ton of time using social media for work and I’m constantly on Facebook.

Despite everything else going on, I actually read more now than I did in 2006. I’m more focused on the industry, the book blogging community and new releases, and I feel pressure to stay up to date. Plus I have this blog to keep up. Life is a zero sum game, so if one thing starts increasing in its demands, like training for a race or doing the NYT crossword puzzle (I’m currently on a streak) or watching the Nats, then something else has to give, and it’s usually reading. But I try to keep it up.

A few years after I launched the blog, I discovered audiobooks, and my life has never been the same.

I’ve met many amazing authors and narrators, and will always be very grateful for that.

I’ve gotten access to tons of books, and I still get a thrill when I come home to a manilla envelope with a new book inside.

I’ve gotten to know some of my blog readers, and I’ve connected with IRL and social media friends about books, which was the whole point of writing this blog, anyway!

And I’ve read a lot of excellent books.

Thank you so much for sticking with the blog over the years even when I don’t post frequently. Thank you for your comments, for participating in my online book clubs, for letting me know about great books, for disagreeing with me when I don’t like the books you love, and just for being out there.

You are what makes this fun.

 

23 Comments

  • Mary
    July 23, 2016 - 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your 10th anniversary & many thanks for all of your book recommendations over the years!

  • July 23, 2016 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on 10 wonderful years!!

  • July 23, 2016 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on ten years! How wonderful!! Here’s to another ten!

  • Kelly Currie
    July 23, 2016 - 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Glad you’re still posting Gayle! Congratulations, you’re doing a great job. And your kids are beautiful!

  • July 24, 2016 - 6:51 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! And what cute kids!

  • Lindsay
    July 24, 2016 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration to start my own book blog!

  • Sheila
    July 24, 2016 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    Gayle — thank you for all the work you do to make great books selections for the rest of us! Keep it up and happy anniversary!

  • July 24, 2016 - 11:45 am | Permalink

    Congrats, Gayle! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you via your writing on the blog AND in person. Excellent juggling job – and I’m here to say that you DO get more time for yourself when your kids hit the teen years (though your stress levels may go up…)

    • gayle
      July 25, 2016 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

      I’ve loved getting to know you too, Karen!

  • Tuvana Bain
    July 25, 2016 - 7:39 pm | Permalink

    This blog has been an inspiration in so many ways – I have discovered new writers (Jennifer Haigh, Lionel Shriver) and discovered audiobooks! My life has been so enriched by your reviews and recommendations; your love of reading is contagious – to Ten More Years!

    • gayle
      July 25, 2016 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! And so many books I’ve read have been recommendations from you!

  • August 1, 2016 - 11:45 am | Permalink

    Mazel tov and I’m privileged to know you BECAUSE of this space.

  • Liza
    August 1, 2016 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Cheers to 10 more!

  • Sarah
    August 2, 2016 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    I LOVE Your blog Gayle, and feel like I would be at sea without it. When I don’t have time to think thoughtfully on my own about what I want to read next, I know I have a terrific resource to go to to do the work for me. I appreciate what you do enormously. Never feel bad when time elapses between posts. We all understand, and are just grateful that you manage to post as often as you do.

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