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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.
Most looked at review: Need by Carrie Jones with 109 pageviews
First review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black