August 24, 2011

1 Year of Book Labyrinth

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I started Book Labyrinth. It feels like I just started blogging and yet it feels like I’ve always been blogging at the same time. My first post was on August 24, 2010. I scheduled it purposely on that date to coincide with the release of ‘Mockingjay’, probably my most highly anticipated read since the last Harry Potter book. I still have mixed feelings about ‘Mockingjay’, but I’m glad my blogoversary date has some kind of meaning behind it.

Blogging is such a weird thing. It’s a hobby: something we choose to do, yet so often it feels like a job. I’m not sure why we let it get stressful like that, but I know we’re all still writing posts because we love to do it. We love books and we love sharing our enthusiasm for reading with others. We also love to read our fellow bloggers opinions and discover new great reads that we never otherwise would have picked up. The book blogging community is so interesting and so diverse, yet I feel like it’s so close knit as well. We’re all coming together for a common purpose, and we’re a group who understands and appreciates the love of reading and books on a much deeper level than the people in our every day lives tend to.

Thank you to everyone who has visited Book Labyrinth over the past year, whether you’re a one time visitor or a regular commenter. It almost feels like a geeky reading super power when you hear that another person you don’t actually know in “real life” has picked up a book based on your recommendation. I definitely have a smaller following than some blogs out there, but I truly appreciate the small group of you who keep coming back and are so faithful in your commenting. And for those of you who visit and don’t comment -- well, I appreciate you too, but please don’t be shy! I’d love to say ‘hello’ back on your blog.

Some Stats:
- Over 1300 comments
- Over 16,000 page views
- Most Viewed Post: We'll Always Have Summer review
- Top 3 Search Terms:
1. “fixing delilah”
2. “orson scott card pathfinder book 2”
3. “jessica park” “flat-out love”

Again, thanks to everyone who has been a part of this last year on Book Labyrinth. Readers, commenters, authors, publishers, etc. You’ve all shaped what Book Labyrinth is, so thank you for that. Here’s to another year!

Be sure and check out my blogoversary giveaway as well, which is running until September 7.


  1. Congrats Ashley! Yours was one of the first blogs I joined when I stated blogging. And yes, blogging does kind of feel like a job sometimes, but I like it a lot more than my regular job!

  2. Congrats, Ashley! Believe it or not, my blogoversary is on September 1st! We're not that far apart :D

    Anywho, here's to many more years of blogging!

  3. Congratulations! Happy blogoversary :) And just like Hafsah, my blogoversary is coming up too! So odd that we all started around the same time.

  4. Congrats Ashley on your first blogoversary! I've enjoyed following your reviews and discovering new books and authors on your blog this past year. We started blogging around the same time too. Thanks for all the time you put into your blog - your hard work shows! Keep having fun with it :)

  5. Happy blogoversary! I am so happy I discovered your blog. I feel like we have so much in common. I totally sympathize with all that you said about blogging as well. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your blog better in the next year!

  6. Congrats! You have a lovely blog -- keep up the good work.

  7. Congrats on your blogaversary, Ashley! :D
    You've had an amazing first year! Good luck, and hopefully there will be many more blogaversary's in your future! :D

  8. Wow, I can't believe it's been that long. Congrats!

  9. Congrats!! I look forward to another year of wonderful posts.

  10. Happy blog anniversary, Ashley!!! I'm pretty sure I must have been one of your earlier followers... and it's been so awesome getting to know you and reading your reviews to hear your thoughts on them!! You're absolutely right about blogging... and how it feels like so much more than a hobby some days. ^_^

  11. Congratulations on your one year anniversary Ashley :)
    I really enjoy reading your blog; I like the fact that you review different kinds of books, and your thoughts always provide great insight on the book.

  12. oh congrats on one year.

    and your stats are awesome :)

    x Nomes

  13. I'm so happy for you! And I'm glad you started your blog first. I consider you my blogging big sister. Seriously, you've helped me navigate the waters and find my way around. Thanks for always being willing to be my go-to girl, Ashley. You're the best, and I bet your next year is even better!


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