Saturday, March 2, 2013

I've Been Blogging for a YEAR!

Um. Yeah. So today is my blogoversary. A year ago today, I decided "What the what, I'm going to make a blog today!" And thus, Just a Booklover was born.

 
Seriously, that's what happened. There's no big fun story, other than I wanted somewhere to write and post a review for The Demon's Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan because I adored those books and I had just read a horrible review of it, in which the reviewer trash-talked the whole first book after reading ONE. CHAPTER. So I was peeved and wanted to write my own.

Plus, I was bored.

That's part of the reason why my blog name is so boring. Boring, but accurate. I have literally NO LIFE except for books. Nothing. All I do. All day. Every day. BOOKS.

Not really. I do stuff.

But anyway, before I get stuck in the circle of my rambling, I just want to say...holy crap, guys. I've been doing this for a year. A whole year. 365 days. That is just...whoa, you know? To think, 365 days ago, this blog was born and had 0 followers, 0 posts, 0 reviews, 0 anything. It was all blank and boring.

And now, a year later, I have 938 (I think, I didn't check before I wrote this....probably should have--oops) followers, and something over 200 feedburner subscribers, and just...WOW. Trust me, follower numbers aren't everything, but this is a BIG DEAL to me. Over 900 people have visited my blog and decided that it was good enough to click the "follow" button.

I know some people did it because of giveaways. I'm not even going to talk about that. Because there are other people who did it because they actually want to see what I have to say. Or they did it because of a giveaway, and then chose to come back after that to see something. This is all beside the point. The point is that at some point in time, over 900 people have cared what I had to say. They came to my blog, read my words, and followed.

THEY READ MY WORDS AND FOLLOWED.


Holy snap, guys. That blows my mind.

So, you all, all of you, every person reading this right now, YOU are awesome. I heart you. You make my day, week, month, year, everything.

And to those of you who comment often, I see you. I always read what you have to say, and I love it. I don't care what it is you said, I'm just so glad you keep taking the time to tell me what you have to say. Responding to what *I* say.


Also, to my blogger friends who may or may not be readin this, YOU ARE THE FREAKING BEST. One year and I've made some the bestest and coolest friends ever. Jana, Anna, Monica, Jessirae, Justin, Tiff, etc. (If I left you off that list, it's not because I love you any less, it's because I felt like the list was getting too long and I'm already boring people with my rambling). Without you guys, I'd still be writing the super crappy posts I started out with and hiding in my little corner on Twitter. Now I write only regular-crappy posts and have no problems with tweeting my face off about stuff. Hehehe. Plus, I HAVE FRIENDS! I used to be friendless. That was no fun.

Anna especially. She is cosidered my blogging big sis. And I am serioulsy thankful for her. ANNA I LUUUURVE YOU. And Jana, my Lux-loving best friend. ;)

And...now I'm about to name everyone again and this post is getting so long, so I shouldn't...

Now, my author friends! I actually have author friends now! That is so unbelievably cool. You are all amazing and I love you. Victoria Scott--hey, girl, hey. I'm a super fan for a reason. And JLA. Holy crap, if I were to run into you on the street, you'd know who I am now. HOLY! Nancy Straight, hehe, Daniel <3. And Priya. P-Diddio. <3 you to pieces! L.M. Ausustine because we're so flipping awk. ;) Plus, I wouldn't be just ANYBODY'S super awesome assistant. Geez. And Leah Clifford, because only SHE would come to Austin and kidnap me. Funnest kidnapping ever, if you ask me.


There are more, but I feel like I'm making this post way too long and y'all are just waiting for me to tell you I'm giving something away. If you're even reading this. You might have just scrolled down to that part...if you actually read this post, thank you. Ha.

Now....giveaway!

Giveaway!
Blogoversaries are a big deal. And mine is especially a big deal to me. And it blows my mind at how far this blog has come in just one short year. So I think this giveaway should be BIG. Which means there will be THREE winners.
 
Yeah, three.
 
And I'm giving away...
 
ONE winner will get any book of their choice that is on my reviewed list. As in, on THIS LIST RIGHT HERE. Or you can just click on the tab at the top of the blog. That's an option. Anyway, if it's on the list when I email you to tell you that you won, you can choose it and it shall be heading your way soon thereafter.
 
And then....
 
ONE winner will get:
The Collector (Dante Walker, #1)
The Collector by Victoria Scott along with a bookmark AND bookplate signed by Victoria Scott!
I am aware that this book is not out now, but it will be released by the time the giveaway ends. Trust me, I've thought this out. ;)
 
And lastly, ONE winner will get...
Opal (Lux, #3)
Opal by Jennifer L. Armentout along with a crap load of swag, both JLA and more. Some signed, some not. Either way, it's ALL awesome.
 
So, is this a fitting giveaway for the occassion? I sure hope so. Read on for more deets and how to enter and stuff.
 
Deets:
- There will be three winners
- The giveaway is international
- My giveaway policy applies
- Enter through the Rafflecopter!
 
Thanks for entering! And now, because I'm having fun finding these...
  
 
 
Yeah, there was zero point to those whatsoever. Either way, I'll leave it there. You are awesome.
 
That is all.
 
♥Jessica(:
 

53 comments:

  1. One year, woohoo!! Congratulations (:

    I can not wait to read The Collector! The release date feels sooo far away... *pouty*

    Also haven't yet read Opal. But would much rather have Dante - I mean, The Collector!

    Have only been following your blog for a few months but I look forward to reading your posts.
    Cheers to another year!

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  2. Happy Blogoversary!! LOVE your blog! And I cant wait for The Collector's release! I seriously wish JLA would come here so she could sign my books! *gazes adoringly at all book boyfriends in my head that I wish would be real*

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  3. This made me laugh :) love the gifs. My blog adversary is in march too. Congrats on a great yr!

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  4. I'm totally jazzed to be mentioned by you, Jessica! Congrats on your anniversary!! You are such an amazing person, I'm truly blessed to know you! Much <3!! (From Daniel and me) :)

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  5. Congrats on your 1st blogoversary! Thank you for the reviews and for the laughs! More blogging years for Just a Book Lover blog!

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  6. Umm... I would definitely choose "The Collector." That book is my NUMBER ONE read I'm looking forward to for this year!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  7. THE COLLECTOR, DEFINITELY. And I'm (not) thanking you. Heh. Happy blogoversary!!

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  8. Happy blogoversary!!! Congrats on reaching one year ^^ now many more to come is what i wish you

    thank you a lot for the int giveaway too... on your review list there are several books i would like: exiled, valkyrie rising for example are both on my wish list

    congrats!

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  9. Happy Blogversary! I am looking forward to The Collector and I also like the books on your list of reviews. The Selection, Rift, Obsidian; there are too many good ones. Congrats again and here's to many more years of blogging! <3 :)
    -Cali W.

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  10. Happy Blogoversary!! And I'm guessing your a little of a Supernatural fan? ;) lol Just teasing. I like that show too. Do you watch Once Upon a Time or Grimm? And as for books, well there are so many you named or listed that I want to read. I'm so happy to be celebrating your anniversary with you, here's to many more to come. :)

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  11. Happy blogoversary!! Love your gifs. And I would love to get my hands on Under the never sky form your review list.

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  12. Congratulations !!!

    Thank you for you hard work. We really appreciate it :)

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  13. I`ve been waiting for too long to have it finally come out, so I`d choose The Collector.
    Happy Blogaversary! And cheers to more years with you!

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  14. Congrats! Here's something random: Penguins are the best bird because they are the only ones who like to write. Get it? Pen-guin. :) cheesy joke for the day.

    Thanks.

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  15. Happy blogoversary girl! I remember when you first told me you were gonna do this and how excited you got when something new came out for your blog like a new button. Congratulations on your one year and how far you've come. Proud of you (:

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  16. Happy blogoversary girl! I remember when you first told me you were gonna do this and how excited you got when something new came out for your blog like a new button. Congratulations on your one year and how far you've come. Proud of you (:

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  17. Happy Blogoversary! I can't even believe it's been a year already. I love visiting your blog and read your reviews and posts! Keep up the great work!

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  18. Happy blogoversary :D I really enjoy your blog and thoughts about books. Also admiring the banners on your sidebar. Mine are all alphabetized but I'm kinda wanting to change that and mix them up. Makes me look way too OCD. I would choose Days of Blood & Starlight, The Selection or a Jennifer L. Armentrout. ZUZANA. I'm gone.

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  19. Jessica just let me say you are amazing!! I am super super honoured to be on your list of blogging friends! Congrats on your year and huge following of people. You deserve every single one of the nd then like times a bunch more!! ((HUGS)) and hopes for many more years of you and your wonderful blogging <3

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  20. OMG, those Supernatural gifs had me laughing so hard =D Those Winchester brothers are a riot! <3 Eye of Tiger!! Anyway, Happy Happy Blogoversary!! *blows noise maker and throws up confetti* I've been a follower for a few months now but, I'm excited to be celebrating this special event with you. I wish you many more years blogging =)

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  21. Happy Blogoversary :) I actually haven't finished Obsidian yet, and I don't know why. Everyone seems to love the Lux series, so maybe I'll get back into that one over break. Also, there are so many books on your review list that I've been wanting. I don't know how I would decide. :P

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  22. Happy Blogoversary !!! I love your blog because your post are always so funny, they're all so different and I love it ! I can't wait to read The Collector !!! And I alredy have Opal but don't mind a signed one ;) !!!

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  23. Happy Blogoversary! I LOVE all the Supernatural gifs :) Your reviews are really unique and entertaining and I love how your blog is set up. I'd probably choose Shatter Me! Thanks for the review!

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  24. Happy Blogoversary!!! I love your blog (: It's really pretty, and your posts always make me laugh. I don't have any of those books >< but I'd LOVE to have them. I can't buy them so I have to get them from the library and they are so incredibly behind on the Lux series. You have so many great books, I can't choose right now. Thank you so much, and congrats!

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  25. Happy Blogoversary! I Love that show! Your blog looks great too! I would love to win The Collector and see what the hype is all about! Thanks!

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  26. Cheers on 1 year! So productive - only one year and all those reviews! Keep up the good work!

    I think I would pick Days of Blood and Starlight or Nobody But Us!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  27. I think I would choose Divergent. I've heard so many good things about it. I just read your review ( and a few others) to be sure, and I am pretty sure that's the one I would choose. Of course, if I actually won, I would have to read every review and change my mind five times and then eventually...still choose Divergent :) Happy Blogoversary!

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  28. congrats on the year anniversary, and holy freakin' heck that is a lot of books on your list. tre sweet! i would have to look a few more times before i could choose just one book. but that's awesome though!

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  29. Congrats on your 1st blogoversary!! Love your blog and i have many info about great books from your blog. I see your list, and that was amazing list. I think i will chose Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson, this one was catch my eyes, and i always love reading about mythology.
    Thanks for chance to win :)

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  30. LOVING those gifs!!! LOL!!! *-* Congrats on the blogoversary! I would choose For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. It sounds very intriguing. And so does The Collector! Thank you for the chance and for making it intl!!

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  31. congratulation!!!
    thank you for the chance to win :)

    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. i really hope i win THE COLLECTOR....sound a great book and thw man on the cover is so cuteeee ;p
    thx 4 the chance...

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  33. Happy Blogoversary! Book Bloggers rock, without you all I would probably not have read half the books I have read in the last year or two! Keep the recommendations coming!
    And The Collector is one of those books I can't wait to read, Dante just sounds amazingly swoon worthy!

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  34. Happy Blogoversary! I cannot wait to get my hands on Dante...I mean The Collector, so I can read about Dante...I mean so I can read a good book with lots of fun characters...and DANTE!!!!!

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  35. Ahhh! I need to read Opal :)
    The Collector looks awesome too
    And...I'd probably have to choose Amy & Roger's Epic Detour because I LOVE that book! :)

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  36. Happy Blogoversary! I can't wait for the Collector! It sounds so awesome!If I won I would chose either Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson or Immortal City by Scott Speer!

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  37. Happy Blogoversary!! I can't believe I haven't read Opal or The Collector yet; they're both on my tbr. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  38. I do not know, for me is make you meet years old, when you get older you have more experience, but also more wrinkles, and other diseases. Sure, a blog can not have that, actually improves with time, but ... I do not know what I was saying. Ah yes! when you get older you also forget things. Ummm.

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  39. Happy blogoversary :) Great book choices!

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  40. Happy Blogoversary! I would for sure pick Cinder since I have not read it yet. I don't wan to thank you, but I want to thank the creators of blog hops because in the last 4 months I have gotten some of the greatest book recommendations from faithful bloggers. I wouldn't have heard of half of these books or authors if it wasn't for the bloggers. That makes my day when I finish a book that. Saw reviewed on a blog and I loved it. It somehow justifies the time I spend reading blog posts.

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  41. love to win Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, thank you

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  42. Oh gosh! Really love all the gif pic you posted especially the ones with Dean in them ;p
    Hmm, let's see.. it's always so difficult to pick just one book when actually I want all of them LOL
    But a friend of mine posted a review of The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski and praised it immensely so I'd probably pick that one :)

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  43. Happy Blogoversary... :D

    I will either pick Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout or Level2

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  44. The Collector is definitely my first choice, and Opal is a close second. As much as I love Daemon, I really can't wait to meet Dante; Daemon will just have to learn to share :)

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  45. Happy Blogoversary! :)

    I would choose The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder.

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  46. Oh my goodness! I cant even believe how many great books are on your review list I cant even narrow it down to one...Anna Dressed in Blood, Slide, Pushing the Limits...so many more, it would take me a long time to pick lol Happy Blogoversary, and many more!! Thanks for your giveaway (even though you said not to thank you :) )
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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  47. Congrats! I've always considered blogging to be demanding-well at least for me-so this is great news :)

    Oh, and I'd like Pushing the Limits, or Days of Blood and Starlight.

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  48. Happy Blogoversary! :)
    I think I'd go with The Collector or Hourglass.

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  50. Congrats and Happy Blogovesary!! *throws confetti & toots horn*
    Now if we could only get Jensen and Jared to come celebrate it with you in person (a magic wand would come in handy right about now).

    There are so many great books on your list that I'm fiending for, I would really have to think about it to pick one. Maybe Beautiful Disaster or Cinder.

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