Sunday, July 8, 2018

10 Years or Something

Grizzly Bear at Woodland Park Zoo

Unbelievably, today is the ten year anniversary of We Be Reading. Wow. I certainly never thought I would be blogging for this long. In fact, when I put this placeholder post into the queue a few months ago, I intended it to be my announcement that I was calling it a day and ending the blog. I was feeling demoralized and uninspired and just couldn't see what the point was in continuing besides hosting DWJ March and rocking the RIP Challenge. But then something happened over the last few months and I started enjoying the process of sitting down and writing again. My posts haven't been works of critical brilliance or deep exploration but that was never my goal. It has always been to share both lesser known books and also ones that I truly love. So, with that in mind, I am going to keep blogging for now, allowing myself to pick and choose which reads to post about and to hopefully keep inspiring readers to pick up a story that they may not have found or considered on their own.

I sincerely thank each and every one of you who reads my posts, leaves a comment, and/or picks up a book that I have mentioned. It means the world to me.

With friendship,
K

14 comments:

  1. What a milestone, Kristen, so impressed not just with your dogged Ness but also with your new-found enthusiasm! Though I visit your blog irregularly, and that usually in connection with DWJ, I do appreciate what you've written, being entertained as well as informed. May you continue for as long as you wish but may the magic continue unabated!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Chris! I sometimes feel intimidated by posts such as yours but then I remember that there's room for each of our different styles.

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  2. Kristen, you sound like I feel as of late and, it's been 10 years (last month) for me as well. Yet, somehow, I look back at all the books I've read and chronicled here and just can't seem to let it go totally. I think I'm happiest when I just post when I feel like it and not feel like I'm pressured to do so. Continued happy reading my fellow blogger.

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    1. There are so many of us that started 10 years ago. There must have been something in the water! And yes, it's such a great collection of my thoughts and reading habits that I would feel a loss if the recording stopped now.

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  3. Happy anniversary! Whether you stay or decide to shut down or go on temporary hiatus, remember the most important - you've made lots of friends here, and we've all become close through this incredible online writing thing. :)

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! And yes, the friends are the absolute best part of this whole project. Even better than free books!

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  4. Happy 10 years!! That's awesome. And I for one am very glad you're going to hang around and keep blogging a little bit longer. I love reading your posts and talking books with you. :D

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    1. Aw, thank you, Lark! I love that you stop by and comment so often. :)

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  5. 10 years! Time certainly flies, doesn’t it? I’m so happy you’re sticking with blogging because i’ve discovered so many awesome books through your blog, and I love chatting with you!

    I know the past few months have been difficult for morale. I feel it too. But I think that just means our voices and blogs and community are more necessary than ever. #resist

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    1. Absolutely. We can do it together!

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  6. Happy 10 years! Here's to all the people looking to share the books we love, even when we aren't brilliant critical essay writers. :) That is definitely my niche.

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    1. There is definitely room for all types and depths of posts. We've found where we belong and good for us!

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  7. Awww, happy ten years, friend! I'm so glad that I know you through blogging, and I hope one day we can get together in real life. You are the best!

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    1. I do sincerely hope we will one day. It will be glorious!

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