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101 Books Turns Five!

5 years.

That’s a long time.

I guess, when you’re 39 like me, it’s not really that long of a time. But, still, it’s about 12% of my lifetime.

It’s also the amount of time this blog has existed. Sunday is the actual 5 year anniversary of 101 Books, but I don’t post on Sundays so…

The blog started on August 30, 2010 while I was sitting in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic on a Labor Day vacation. I popped open my laptop, went to wordpress.com, and cranked out my first post. This one. 

At the time, my first son was just a few months old. He started pre-K last week. In between then and now, he helped me create the most popular post in the history of this blog—a post that appeared on Huff Post, Buzzfeed, and all over the internet. The kid’s a legend, and he doesn’t even know it.

My wife and I have also had a second son since then. He turns 2 next month, and my guess is he will have an equally creative and hilarious post about book covers on my blog within the next year.

Through all of the personal and professional growth during the last five years, through the ups and downs of life, I’ve been pecking away at 101 Books almost every day. And many of you guys have been there through it all.

101 Books is closing in on 50,000 subscribers. Many of you have read most, if not all, of the 1,128 blog posts. The blog has received over 26,000 comments, and only 25,900 of them were mine! Sometime in the next month or so, we’ll break 2 million page views.

That’s nuts, friends.

And, seriously, none of it would have happened without you. There’s no way this blog would have made it 5 years without your support. I don’t think the momentum of just reading the books and writing about them would have carried me very far. I’m not rolling in the dough because of 101 Books either. The interaction and the community here is what has kept me going on days when I wasn’t feeling very creative and, dare I say, motivated.

Most of you are blog “stalkers,” and that’s cool. Some of you participate in the comments, and that’s great. But all of you are awesome. So thanks.

After 5 years, we’ve conquered 82 novels. We’ve got 19 more to go to complete the list. That should happen within the next two years. My pace has definitely slowed since the beginning of the blog, but we’re going to finish this thing. Stay tuned…to celebrate, I think I might give away a few books next week.

Thanks again guys for 5 awesome years!

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21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow! Five years. That’s amazing! Congratulations! I just hit my 1 year anniversary last month.

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    August 28, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    August 28, 2015
  3. Congrats! I’ve only been following for about 6 months but have enjoyed reading. Does your son still like lions?

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    August 28, 2015
  4. Congratulations! Sending you hi5s on this special occasion. 🙂

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    August 28, 2015
  5. Wow! 5 years is awesome Robert – thanks so much for your diligence and humor that makes this blog as successful as it is.

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    August 28, 2015
  6. Congratulations! I really appreciate the work you’ve put into sharing your quest to conquer these books.

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    August 28, 2015
  7. Congratulations! It’s often interesting what you have to say about a book, and your enthusiasm has made me look up some pages or books again.

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    August 28, 2015
  8. Jasmin #

    Congrats! Can’t wait for the upcoming years!

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    August 28, 2015
  9. Congrats!!!!

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    August 28, 2015
  10. Congrats on 5 years! I discovered you just as you were beginning White Teeth, and your site has quickly become one of my favourites. Keep up the great writing!

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    August 29, 2015
  11. And I didn’t get you anything. Darn. Well, happy blogoversary. I can say that I have read all of your posts since I started my follow.

    Maybe the reason you’ve slowed in your reading is that you are reading more thoughtfully to get the full experience. I would imagine that you have become a better reader as well. Now there’s a post. Some things you have learned about reading since you began this adventure five years ago.

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    August 29, 2015
    • Oh, and I just made it through my second year blogging here at wordpress. It has been a wonderful experience. And I must say I have some very tolerant, and delightful, followers.

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      August 29, 2015
  12. I have followed your blog since Michael Hyatt’s recommendation. Keep the good work!

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    August 29, 2015
  13. Congratulations! If someone 5 years ago had told you what the blog would be like today, what would you have said to them?

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    August 29, 2015
  14. Congratulations. That’s a great achievement. Your blog is one of my favorites.

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    August 30, 2015
  15. Wow! Congrats on the 5 years. That’s great. Just hit 2 years – still loving it!

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    August 31, 2015
  16. Belated congratulations! I can’t believe it’s been five years, it really feels like yesterday when I stumbled across your blog. And I’m insanely jealous of your 2 Million views! (Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally hyped I’m nearing 100k this year, but I’m nowhere near as prolific.)

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    September 1, 2015
  17. Congratulations on five years. They go fast, don’t they? I celebrated my five years early last month. Not much to show for it, but I’ve been enjoying the blogosphere immensely!

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    September 1, 2015
  18. The Perfect Author is my favourite book.
    https://www.theperfectauthor.in/
    Really breath holding… Waiting for the next release !

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    April 14, 2017

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