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As of today, I’ve officially been blogging for 2 years! 2 years, PEOPLE! Today’s post is likely to be quite long, because there are so many people I want to thank and lots of things I want to talk about. Let’s get this party started!

When I started blogging, I had absolutely no clue what I was getting into. My first blog was called Young Writers Café, and it was dedicated to my writing. I definitely wasn’t a pro (and I’m still not!) but I’m glad I had that experience. I learned a lot about things that, looking back, should have been pretty basic, like scheduling posts and replying to comments. YWC also helped me develop a blogging schedule that works for me! Eventually though, my blogging focus changed and I started talking more about books and less about writing. The book blogging community grew to suit me more and so last year, for my 1st blogoversary, I moved my blog to WordPress self-hosted and changed its name to Bookish Serendipity.

And so, Bookish Serendipity has been my online home for the past year. I love it here! Over the past year, I got a custom blog design (courtesy of the amazing Zoe), learned some coding, and made some great new friends, as well as learned a lot about how to run a good blog. I’ve really enjoyed the blogging experience, and hopefully I will be able to celebrate my 3rd blogoversary next year in 2016!

Blogging milestones/ other awesome things

I wanted to take the chance to highlight a few of the amazing things that have happened to me because of blogging. Be it meeting an author, or attending an industry event, or just hitting a certain stats milestone, I am so incredibly happy that all these things have happened.

1. OLA! In January, I attended the OLA Superconference to help out at the booth of author Cheryl Skory Suma! This was such a fun event, and it was great to go home with some newfound knowledge about the publishing industry. Cheryl is so kind for allowing me to come, and I can’t thank her enough!

2. 200+ posts! According to my stats, I’ve published 238 posts here at Bookish Serendipity (this number is likely to be higher by the time this post goes up, because I’m writing it ahead of time!). Since my posts tend to be between 600-700 words each, that means I’ve written 154,700 words in total, or 3 entire novels! That’s quite impressive for me. 🙂

3. Quotes! My reviews have been quoted several places (although not inside an actual book), such as pamphlets, on author websites, and even in the Editorial section of a book’s Amazon page, in the same section as Booklist and Quill & Quire.

4. 1000+ Comments! According to my stats, I’ve received a thousand and seventy-two (1072) comments! Wow! I never expected to receive that many comments on my little corner of the Internet, and I am so thankful to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts and share their thoughts.

Most Popular Posts:

Here are a few of my most popular posts from the past two years…

  • My review of Loot by Jude Watson is my most popular post ever! I’m not sure why since this wasn’t necessarily an outstanding review, and it was published pretty far back, but it still gets quite a few hits a month.
  • In December, I interviewed several ’15 debuts about their upcoming novels. I’m so happy that this post is one of my most popular!
  • My guide to ARCs also received quite a few hits, which I’m not entirely surprised about. I had had several people ask me about it, and it does seem to be a popular topic!

Shout-Outs

If you’ve taken the time to read my posts, to talk about them, to tell someone about Bookish Serendipity, to reply to my comments on your blog, to chat with me on Goodreads, or to recommend a book to me–thank you! YOU ARE AWESOME. There are a few people I’d like to thank in particular for a) taking the time to chat with me b) being a role model, or c) just being plain awesome. I’m probably going to totally miss someone so if I forget you, don’t worry!

In no particular order…

Ana @ Butterflies Of The Imagination. Ana, you are so awesome. You’ve commented on pretty much every post I’ve written, so THANK YOU. Besides your amazing commenting skills, you’re also an all-around nice person and I love your blog. Thank you so much!

Claire @ Cover To Cover. Go Neon Popcorn Kernels (I think?)! I’ve only known your for a few months, but I am so glad that I got to know you, and I cannot wait to meet you at BEA (hopefully). I promise, I will read Harry Potter soon!

Maisha @ Books Equal Awesomeness. I don’t read your posts often enough but your posts are always so fun, and you always manage to have great content. We don’t chat too often, but I do love talking with you about books!

Fari @ My Little Corner For Books. You are such a great person to fangirl with! ALL THE CAPS, PEOPLE! You also have impeccable taste in books, and your reviews are always super fun.

Chloe @ The Book Hugger. Chloe, we’ve known each other for ages, and I’m so glad I met you! Not only are you an awesome person, but we also have similar tastes in books, and I can always trust you for an honest review. I always love hearing about what you’re writing as well!

Emily @ For The Bookish. Emily! I adore your blog design, and I always love reading your blog! Your posts are always so thoughtful, and I love waking up and seeing another FTB post in my feed. 🙂

Nova @ Out Of Time. You’re the first blogger I met in real life, and thank you for such a fun experience! You’re awesome, and I love your hair as well!

There are so many other people I want to thank! Here are a few other people I wanted to mention but then realized halfway through that this post was already super long: Cynthia @ Book Binges, Ally @ The Scribbling Sprite,  Kara @ Diary Of A Teen Writer, Daisy @ A Bookish Flower, Emily @ Loony Literate, and Cait @ Paper Fury. I’d also like to thank all the lovely writers and publicists who have put up with me for the past two years! I’m probably forgetting someone…

Giveaway:

Because y’all are so awesome, I’ve decided to do a little giveaway for one (1) book off your wishlist. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and include a link to your Goodreads to-reads shelf/ wishlist, or a few books that you’re interested in, and we’re all ready to go! This giveaway is US/ Canada only. No cheating, please!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who has supported me over these past 2 years, and I can’t wait to talk to you more in the future!

53 Comments on Hey! It’s My Blogoversary! (+ Giveaway)

    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:45 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope I can chat with you more in the future! I love reading your comments, so thank you. 🙂

      Reply
  1. Daisy @ a Bookish Flower
    April 23, 2015 at 12:23 am (2 years ago)

    Congrats Jess! Its so fun that your celebrating your SECOND BLOGOVERSARY!! THATS AMAZING!! Thank YOU for thanking me! I honestly didn’t expect to see my name there! *Blush* I hope Bookish Serendipity is around for many more years!! <3
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Of course I thanked you! You’re always so nice to me. 🙂 I can’t wait to talk to you more!

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  2. Valerie
    April 23, 2015 at 12:33 am (2 years ago)

    WOAH HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY. WOW 2 YEARS THAT’S AMAZING! I hope to see you blogging forever hahaha 🙂 Keep up the awesome work 😀
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm (2 years ago)

      THANKS, Valerie! You are the best. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Christina C.
    April 23, 2015 at 12:44 am (2 years ago)

    Congrats on two years and many more to come!

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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

      *throws confetti* Thanks!

      Reply
  4. Claire
    April 23, 2015 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY JESSICA! It’s been an amazing ride, and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to meet you! You are an incredible blogger, and every single one of your posts gives me something to walk away with or ponder for a while. You are one of the sweetest people I know and I have cherished our last few months of Twitter chats. Haha I’m not sure if we ever finalized the NPK, but if that’s what we are, than NEON POPCORN KERNELS FOR LIFE! I hope I can meet you at BEA, I’m crossing my fingers! Congratulations on two years and best of luck in the future!:)

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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Neon Popcorn Kernels for life! I’m totally good with that. I love talking to you as well, so thank you so much for putting up with me!

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  5. Nova @ Out of Time
    April 23, 2015 at 2:26 am (2 years ago)

    AW YAY JESSICA <33333

    I didn't know you blogged for 2 years. WOOO! I've done it for like three/four but I don't like telling people because I only took blogging seriously in June 2013 and I took a half a year hiatus last year so in a way blogged less than you XD

    I hope you have an AWESOME week [because blogoversaries last a week in my world] and I LOVE YOUR HAIR MOAR
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

      That still totally counts! And the purple in your hair is fab. I love it!

      Reply
  6. Fari @ My Little Corner For Books
    April 23, 2015 at 2:53 am (2 years ago)

    SECOND BLOGOVERSARY!! WHOOP WHOOP!!! Ooh, look at that! It’s raining confetti, cake and books! HURRAY! Hands you a piece of my cake because you deserve it! (Seriously, I must like you a whole lot if I’m giving you even a tidbit of my cake! ;P)

    I’ve been only in the blogging community for half a year and I’ve known you and your blog for half of that but you’re so awesome! I swear, I love every single one of your posts! They’re creative, unique, interesting and just freaking AWESOMENESSSSSSS!!! <3 <3 😀

    Also, would you believe me if I said that when I saw my name there, I jumped up a did a little dance? I did do that in fact! I love it when people mention me or call me a good friend! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! ME LIKES YOU VERY MUCH TOO! Also, I agree with the caps thing… ;P

    GOOD LUCK WITH THE COMING YEARS! I'm sure they'll be filled with awesomenessssssss and surprises and keep being you! 😀
    ~Fari 0:)
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:41 pm (2 years ago)

      WHOOP WHOOP!!!! *gobbles cake* AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FARI YOU ARE FABULOUS!

      Reply
  7. Amanda P.
    April 23, 2015 at 3:45 am (2 years ago)

    happy blogoversary! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months I’ve been a follower! I hope you have many more years to come in the blogging world! Thanks for being awesome!
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Amanda! You’re awesome too. 🙂

      Reply
  8. Sunny Smith
    April 23, 2015 at 5:10 am (2 years ago)

    This is so exciting! I’m so happy for you! I’ve really enjoyed seeing your blog grow. I also really liked the monthly link-ups you did. Also, thank you for sharing your blogging friends in this It gives me a new list of blogs to look at:)

    Congrats!
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm (2 years ago)

      I will definitely keep doing the link-up! I totally forgot about April, but it should be back in may.

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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Aimee!

      Reply
    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Your comments always make my day! Of course you got a mention. 🙂

      Reply
  9. Cynthia
    April 23, 2015 at 7:44 am (2 years ago)

    What a great giveaway! Thank you so much and thank you for the mention! Yours is one of the first blogs I discovered after starting mine and I love it. I read every single post. Happy, happy blogoversary!
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

      No problem and thank you, Cynthia!

      Reply
  10. Ally
    April 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Blogoversary!! That’s so exciting!! You’ve done an amazing job with this blog, and have been such an inspiration to me since I started blogging last year. *blushes* And you mentioned me! Made my day 😀 Hope you have many more AMAZING years with Bookish Serendipity(for your sake, yes, but mostly because I will be very sad if you EVER leave).
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm (2 years ago)

      I love reading all your comments, Ally. And I hope I never have to stop blogging; I really enjoy it!

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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww…thank you!

      Reply
    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  11. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections
    April 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy blogoversary, Jessica! We had our blogoversary back in February and it was so good to see how far we’d come in such a short time. You definitely don’t expect so many people to read your opinions and actually be interested in them?! I love this community and I love how warm everyone here is. May you stay for many more years!
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

      The community is the absolute best Everyone has been so nice and welcoming, and I love it here! Thank you so much. 🙂

      Reply
  12. Natalie
    April 24, 2015 at 1:33 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Blogoversary! Sorry I don’t comment much :(.

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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

      No problem! Thank you so much for reading my posts. 🙂

      Reply
  13. Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!
    April 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy happy blogoversary! It’s really nice to see how much you’ve grown! I haven’t read your blog for awhile so I look forward to what your blog will bring! 😀 Also, thank you for the awesome giveaway.

    ~Kaitlin
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome! Good luck, and thanks so much. <3

      Reply
  14. Chloe @ The Book Hugger
    April 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy (belated) blogoversary!!!! You are one of my best bloggy friends and I love you and your blog to pieces. <3 I can't believe it's already been two years. Time goes so fast! It feels like you were just celebrating your one year blogoversary XD
    If you are ever in need of a critique partner, beta reader, or just a friend, please know that you are always welcome to come to me!
    Congratulations again!
    (So many exclamation points!!! :P)
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

      CHLOE YOU ARE THE BEST. And I’ll seriously have to consider your offer, thank you! I can’t wait to see more of your writing. 🙂

      Reply
  15. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    April 25, 2015 at 11:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy belated birthday Jessica! ♥ Your blog is one of my favorites and I always love reading your super helpful tips and informative reviews. You’re such a sweet person and I am so glad we found each others’ blogs. xx Here’s to many more years of blogging!
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww…you’re the best. Thanks so much for making this beautiful design for me as well!

      Reply
  16. Cait @ Paper Fury
    April 26, 2015 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

    OMG CONGRAAAATS!! **THROWS ALL THE CAKE AND CELEBRATORY CONFETTI AT YOU** Well done on 2 years! And zomg I feel so old now since my blog will be 4 years in May. lol But you have such an awesome blog and I love your content even though I don’t comment as often as I’d like but I SITLL LOVE IT. And I remember when you were Young Writers Cafe!! Awww, you are so fabulous though. xD WELL DONE ON BEING AWESOME.
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:28 pm (2 years ago)

      4 years? CAIT! That’s amazing. And thank you!

      Reply
  17. emily @ for the bookish
    April 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    HAPPY (belated) BLOGOVERSARY!!! Thanks so much for mentioning me, Jessica! I love reading your blog, too! 😀 Two years! Wow. I remember when I first started FTB, you were always so sweet to me, and I loved all your posts! And I still do! 🙂 Anyway, I hope there’s cake! 😉
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    • Jessica
      April 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

      THANK YOU! For The Bookish is fabulous. 🙂

      Reply
  18. Brooke
    April 29, 2015 at 9:20 pm (2 years ago)

    You have such a great blog. And you are so sweet! Hope you had a wonderful blogoversary. Thanks for giving us this wonderful giveaway! Keep on blogging!

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    • Jessica
      April 30, 2015 at 12:17 am (2 years ago)

      Oh my gosh, thank you Brooke! You’re the best. 🙂

      Reply
  19. Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination
    May 5, 2015 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Second Blogoversary, Jessica! Your blog was actually the second blog that I ever discovered (second only to Go Teen Writers) and it was still Young Writer’s Cafe back then. I might have been a silent stalker on that blog, but I’m so glad I came out of my shell and started commenting on your blog because you’re such a sweet an inspirational blogger. You totally deserve all those wonderful experiences you’ve had and all your followers and comments. Thanks so much for the shout-out and here’s to many more years of blogging!

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    • Jessica
      May 6, 2015 at 12:17 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Ana! You’re the total best, and I love waking up and reading your comments. They always make my day. Hugs!

      Reply
  20. Emma A
    May 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Blogoversary! I am so excited for you! I also look forward to checking out the blogs you mentioned. Here’s to another two years!

    Reply

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