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.)
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.