Yes, can you believe it? Melissa's Bookshelf is 1 year old today!
When I started this book review blog, I don't really think I had any idea of what to expect. That I have over 400 followers in a year (despite the fact that my posting has been way down in recent months) is truly incredible! I can't thank all of you enough for your comments and support over the year. I love the book blogging community!!
This blog has really helped me get back into regular reading, in general, though lately it seems my time for that has diminished somewhat. I've been introduced to so many new, wonderful authors thanks to recommendations from others and perusing all the other amazing book blogs out there! And here are some other facts and figures from my first year in the Book Blogging world...
# of posts: 347 (including this one)
# of books reviewed: 116
# of 5 star reviews: 30
# Author interviews: 4
# of new friends made: Too many to count!
I am looking forward to my next year of book-blogging! I want to broaden the scope of the kinds of books I read a little more, though that may take some time since I have quite a stack of unread books to work through, too! I'd also like to get back into posting even more regularly--if not daily, every other day at the very least. I want to bring you more author interviews and guest posts, and I'm excited to be doing that tomorrow, wait and see! And naturally you can count on continued giveaways and other fun stuff here at Melissa's Bookshelf!
In fact, I'd love to have a little contest right here to celebrate my blog's b-day! You've got through the month of February to enter to win a $25 gift card to the BOOK retailer of your choice, whether it's Amazon, B&N, Borders, or anyone else who issues gift cards online. (That's the only requirement: I must be able to either send an e-gift card via email or order the gift card online and have it shipped to you.)
Here's how to enter (as always, one post with all entries is preferred, but multiple posts for entries is accepted):
+1 entry: Comment on this post and tell me which book review I've written in the last year was your favorite (and why... if you want to)
+2 entries each: Become a follower of my blog on Google friend connect, Twitter (@Melsbookshelf), Networked Blogs on Facebook, Book Blips and let me know you have. If you're already a follower/friend on any of these, just let me know in the comment!
+3 entries each: Stumble, Digg, Bookmark this post on delicious and let me know you did in the comment!
Please be sure to leave an email address in any comments you leave with entries so that I can contact you if you are the winner!
The contest is open internationally as long as I can send an e-gift card to an international winner... Good luck to all of you, and remember this giveaway ends at midnight on February 28th (Eastern Time)! Afterwards, I will let Random.org choose the winner and I'll be in touch to get the winner their gift card!
Thanks for celebrating my blogoversary with me!!!