Blog Changes, Announcements, and a 1-Year Anniversary
So next Tuesday, August 30, will mark a year since my first post at 101 Books.
When I started this blog idea, I really had no idea what form it would take. All I really knew was that I wanted to read 101 books and write about them as I read.
I honestly never intended for this to be a daily (every weekday) blog. I thought I would post around once a week, with updates about what I was reading, then review each book after I finished it.
Then the freshly pressed feature came along, then it came along again, and the blog started getting all kinds of traffic and new visitors. So I picked up the pace with the posts–at first, three days a week. And eventually I started posting 5 days a week.
And you know what? It’s fun! I absolutely love writing this blog. When you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t matter that you are sitting in front of a computer at 9:30 at night trying to locate some random quote from Infinite Jest. A few weeks ago, I posted on Twitter, “I’m not sure what’s more fun: Reading or writing about reading.” And it’s true.
Anyway, I’m rambling. I just wanted to thank all of you guys for making this so much fun. I’d be doing this even if you weren’t here every day, but knowing you’re out there, and seeing your comments, makes it even more enjoyable for me. And I hope you guys are having fun with this as well.
On to the housekeeping:
101 Books will look different on Monday. So don’t think you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m a little tired of this theme–plus, everyone and their brother on WordPress uses this theme. So I stepped it up, purchased a premium theme, and I’ll be using that starting Monday. It’s very similar to this one, just a little fancier. And, in the coming weeks, I might be messing around with adding more images to the blog, so look for that as well.
Friends of 101 Books: I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago. Also on Monday, I’ll add a new page to the top of the menu bar. Friends of 101 Books will highlight the blogs of frequent 101 Books visitors and commenters. Check it out.
Book Giveaway: To celebrate the 1-year anniversary on Tuesday, I’ll be giving away a copy of one of the first 25 books I’ve read on the Time list. Randomly selected winner chooses the book. Shipping is on me as well, even if you live in Budapest. I did this a few months ago, and it went well, so I’ll try it again. Look for that post on Tuesday.
So that’s it. Have a great weekend, friends. Thanks again for hanging around at 101 Books.