Monday, February 25, 2013

One Year of Blogging

Today is the one year anniversary of my first blog post. In my first post, I said:
I have wanted to have a place to post book reviews and thoughts about books for years, but never got past my inertia to get it going. Recently, I have been motivated to join some reading challenges and having a blog seems the best way to be involved. So, here I am.
I am glad I got motivated (with the help of my husband) to start the blog, and I am continuing to use it for the same goals, one year later. I am still joining challenges, even though I now realize the work involved. And I am enjoying writing up my thoughts about all of the mysteries I read. And some non-mystery fiction and non-fiction.

My husband has been my proofreader. He has shared his books and his knowledge in many areas. If only I could write as concisely and to the point as he does.


What has been a surprise is how rewarding it is to get acquainted with other bloggers and how much blogging has expanded my universe of books and genres I want to read. I am grateful to bloggers who have inspired me with their posts and supported me as I took my first shaky steps into blogging.

Another surprise is how much work it is to keep up with a blog.  And I don't put near the effort into it that some of my fellow bloggers do. Even with all the work, I would not give up the fun, the sharing, and the creative outlet. So, I am looking forward to continuing the blog and working on improving my writing and organizational skills.

NOTE: The cover above is a gratuitous paperback mystery cover featuring a skull. I love this cover and I may never read the stories in the book... since short stories are not my thing. Although there are some stories by authors I like: Ruth Rendell, Rex Stout, Isaac Asimov, Bill Pronzini, and others I am less familiar with.

24 comments:

  1. Tracy, congratulations on completing one year of blogging! I am glad you started your own blog to share your views and reviews about the fascinating books you enjoy reading, for I have enjoyed reading them, too, over these past few months. You post a book review almost every second day; it's a pace I wish I could keep up with. The best thing I like about your blog are the reviews themselves, succinct and to the point. I wish you and your husband good luck for another fine year of blogging.

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    1. Thanks, Prashant. You are too kind. I appreciate the variety of topics that you cover in your blog.

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  2. TracyK: Congratulations on the anniversary. I keep saying I have yet to hear a definite description - anniversary or birthday or blogversary or whatever. It is a blogging milestone. Best wishes as you blog on.

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    1. Thank you, Bill. It is a milestone. I am glad I persevered. It has made a positive difference in my life.

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  3. Congratulations! I've been reading for awhile but haven't commented yet, but I very much enjoy your reviews. I started blogging for some of the same reasons you did, and I've found that I'm very glad I've expanded from my personal list of books I've read to blogging.

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    1. Rebecca, thanks for commenting. I have found that writing about each book helps me focus on what I liked, what I am less comfortable with in a book. I did check out your blog and will come back and see more later.

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  4. Tracy - Congratulations on a year of blogging! You have a fantastic blog from which I learn at every visit. Here's to many more years of it! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Margot. Your blog has provided me with lots of info too, and food for thought.

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  5. Happy blogaversary, anniversary or whatever. I can't remember how I was introduced to you but I'm certainly glad that I was. Blogging is fun, I think you have the right attitude to it. For me it wouldn't hold the same interest if it became too serious and academic. I hope you enjoy the next blogging year too.

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes, Katrina. I know I first found your blog via Peggy Ann. You are right, blogging is fun, and that is what keeps me going.

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  6. Congrats on your blogging anniversary, Tracy! Here's to more years of blogging ahead. I really admire how you can read so many books each month and post such considered and well-written reviews of them all. I have to admit that I am really behind on catching up on my blog reader so I comment less than I would like, but every couple of weeks I'll sit and enjoy a few posts all in one go and I regularly add to my wishlist as a result of reading your blog!

    Marie

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  7. Thanks for the kind words, Marie. I know exactly what you mean about getting behind on checking other blogs. There are so many good blogs and posts out there, and I don't want to miss any of them.

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  8. Happy Blog-o-versary. A wonderful milestone.

    FYI: Seeing your comment at COAMN about acquiring Flight Aquavit, Abe Books has used copies available, which are $4 or less, including postage.

    I have found that bookseller, which sells books for many other sellers, is a great resource for books, sometimes new ones, as well as used.

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    1. Thanks for that suggestion, Kathy. You are right, Abebooks is a good resource for used books, especially since I would like to get book 2 and 3 at the same time if I can. I will go that route.

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  9. Congratulations TracyK - hope you have a very good day indeed. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Sergio. It has been nice. Less angst than a real birthday.

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  10. Holy Mackerel! I didn't even know you had a blog, Tracy. Thanks to The Rap Sheet for pointing out my oversight. Congrats on pasing the one year mark. I'll be sure to stop by more regularly now.

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    1. Thank you, John. I love getting the benefit of your extensive knowledge -- and insights -- at Pretty Sinister Books.

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  11. Many congratulations Tracy. As Marie says, I'm constantly impressed by how much you read, let along blog about across a wide range of genres. Your blog is a must read for me. And it's been great to get to know you too.

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    1. I appreciate your thoughts here, Sarah. I have gotten so many good recommendations from you. I just got a copy of The Poacher's Son, by the way, and will be fitting it into my reading as soon as I can.

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  12. Congratulations, Tracy. Like John, I didn't realize you had a blog, and I'm delighted to discover it. I'll add it to my blogroll today! Here's to many more years of book blogging.

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    1. Thank you, Les. I am glad you found my blog, I will value any comments you have. I often use your Classic Mysteries site as a resource when I am looking for info on mystery authors.

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  13. Happy blogiversary! I think it's wonderful that your husband is such a part of your blog.

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  14. Anna, thanks for the good wishes. It is great that my husband helps me out. And recently, he has been introducing me to mysteries I would not have tried before.

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