Six Month Blogoversary!

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 I started this blog on December 23, 2010. Wow, it’s six months later. When I first started blogging I was thinking six months is a long time away, I’ll probably end up stopping before that point. But here I am, still going and excited for another six months! Unfortunately, I will not be holding a giveaway in celebration of this milestone as I already have two going, plus another one coming up next week. I will share with you some stats and thoughts though.

In the last six months I have acquired about 107 books. This is not counting ebooks. Only physical books. Here’s the breakdown of those books:

  • 5 for review
  • 4 won in a giveaway
  • 4 gifted
  • 1 traded
  • 93 bought

Now, of those 93 I probably would’ve bought maybe 5-10 only in the last six months without blogging. So my answer to the question of whether bloggers actually sell books is hell yes. My spending habits on books skyrocked after discovering book blogs. Last year I bought maybe less than 20 books for the whole year. We’re halfway through 2011 and I’ve already bought at least 93 books. Many of these I would’ve never even heard of without book blogs. They’ve helped me find many more books that interest me than I was able to find last year on my own.

Also, in terms of review books, I did receive many requests from authors wanting to promote their books, but I turned down way more than I accepted obviously, just because first of all that is not why I started my blog. Second of all, I’m not going to accept a request for a book that doesn’t interest me. And I won’t apologize for that. There are thousands of bloggers out there eager to accept books for review, so I have no doubts about those authors finding people to promote their book. Throughout most of the year I work full time so I don’t always have as much reading time as I’d like. What time I have I want to devote to books I want to read, not books I have to read.

Now for more stats! These are specifically blog stats:

  • 38 reviews
  • 156 posts including this one
  • 12,620 overall pageviews as of right now
  • 2,000-3,000 average monthly views.
  • 1219 comments
  • Most looked at review: Need by Carrie Jones with 109 pageviews
  • First review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
Getting to know other bloggers has been fun. I’m not super close with anyone yet, but I know the longer I blog, the more I’ll get closer to people and meet tons more. It’s been such a great experience so far. I want to thank each and everyone of you for following me and commenting. I read every single comment and do my best to respond to them, usually back on your own blog! Thank you guys for sticking with me, and hopefully we’ll continue this fun journey together!
Before I end this post, I wanted your thoughts on things you might possibly want to see in the future on Starry Sky Books. If you have any ideas, let me know!

9 thoughts on “Six Month Blogoversary!

  1. Laura (The Zealous Reader)

    Congratulations! When I hit my 6 month mark I couldn’t believe how far I’d come as a blogger, it’s a great milestone to look back on where we started and where we are today.

    Love following your blog and can’t wait to see what you feature next!

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  2. Kat

    Congratulations on six months of awesomeness! I agree with you completely about accepting books for review– I love getting to meet authors and review their books, but I don’t blog in order to get free copies of books I’m not even interested in. Love your blog, and look forward to reading more of it. 🙂

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  3. Michelle

    That is so great, you have done a lot of wonderful things and you have only been blogging for 6 months! Congrats! I have only been blogging for 3.5 months, so I know how it feels being a newbie.

    I love your blog.

    Michelle

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