Blogoversary Guest Post: Amy of My Overstuffed Bookshelf

It’s almost over. Of course now I’m getting a little sentimental about it being almost over. I mean, who knows if I’ll be one of those lucky bloggers that makes it to a third blogoversary? A lot can happen in one year….

Well, today’s post was going to be the final one as I was going to combine the remaining bloggers’ posts. But then I wouldn’t be able to wrap things up in the way I wanted to without the post getting way too long…. I do so love to ramble.

So I decided to extend things just one more day so that I could ramble and feature the remaining bloggers without the post seeming endless. And so today I’m turning the blog over to the super awesome Amy of the very stunningly gorgeous blog My Overstuffed Bookshelf to share a couple of tips.

But as always, before I do that, for just a little background….

I can’t remember when I first “met” amy online. I’d seen her blog long before we first said “hi!” But I know we talked a bit during the 2011 YA Crush Tourney when I was filling up my timeline on Twitter with my numerous “Vote for Tod” tweets. I’m actually surprised she didn’t give me an “unfollow.”

Of course I’m even more surprised that she agreed to be a part of my blogoversary.

But I was amazed by her blog, My Overstuffed Bookshelf. It was so pretty. And purple. And rich with content. She’d been around so much longer than I had and I was in awe. I still am. Because I don’t know how she could do this for as long as she has.

So, I’ll leave that to her to answer….

When Fiktshun, aka Rachel, invited me to join in the celebration for her blog’s anniversary, I was thrilled. I admit, I was slow getting back to her, but I think she forgives me since she is posting this. 🙂

Do not second guess yourself!

One piece of advice that even after 3 1/2 years blogging, I still struggle with.

You are doing your blog for your own reasons. My blog was established because I was tired of my family rolling their eyes at me when I went on and on about a new book I had read. I found out about blogs, and decided to at least tell my computer screen about the books. What would it hurt right? Then I found other bloggers. Blogs who had thousands of readers. I wanted to reach those readers as well, but I would have been happy with just one person reading my thoughts.

Now that my blog has been around for a few years, I sometimes second guess myself about many things. Are my reviews good enough? What am I doing wrong and what am I doing right? Then I take a deep breath and realize my blog is just that. Mine. I have to remember that I started it for myself and to share my emotions about a book. While there are still times I second guess myself, there are times like this that let me know that friendships mean even more. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for keeping me sane while I flip out over a book. Simply put – thank you.

Do not let a genre define who you are on your blog!

Limiting yourself to just one genre of books is like limiting yourself to only one type of food.

On my blog, I review all across the board. My reading taste is ever changing. I could read a young adult book about vampires one minute, then turn around and read a sexy erotic book the next. I like to read reviews from others who aren’t afraid to widen their reading ranges. That is why when I started my blog, I made sure not to imply in the title or catch phrase targeting one specific genre. There is a whole world of books out there. Why stay in only one place?

Thank you to Rachel for inviting me to join in the fun.

To help celebrate, I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky person.

It is almost impossible not to second guess yourself. It’s something I do frequently…. Well, maybe a little more often than that. Try, all the time! Should I publish this post? Should I change my review style? Should I word something differently? Should I just keep my mouth shut? Should I shut down a few of my blogs? Should I not?

I would have hoped by year two that I’d feel like I knew what I was doing. I’m so relieved to know that even beyond the three year mark there can still be doubts.

And you picked such a great title for you blog. While it does confine you to talking books and bookish things, it is a book blog after all. But you definitely didn’t restrict the types of reads you can discuss. So if your reading tastes do vary or change you don’t have to rebrand your blog!

While I’m stuck talking fiction on my blog, I don’t see myself reviewing books in non-fiction so fortunately it’s not a problem. At least not yet….

But thank you so much Amy for sharing your advice and expertise! You have been around longer than almost any blogger I know. And the fact that you not only have stuck around, but you’ve been at it successfully for as long as you have is amazing!


If for some odd reason you haven’t yet “met” Amy, you can find her here!

So I asked Amy what her favorite read was these past couple of months and she mentioned EASY by Tammara Webber. But as I am already giving that away this blogoversary, she chose another one of my favorite author’s books.

So, I am offering up for giveaway – to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location – to two winners a copy of BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and all my usual giveaway rules apply. (See my giveaway policy if you have any questions.)

AND… If you’d like to enter Amy’s giveaway for the $10 Amazon Gift Card, say so in the comments and I’ll run your names through Random to choose a winner when the bookish giveaway closes.

The winner for the AMAZON GC is Christina K. Christina, I’ll contact you to confirm the email address you’d like to provide to Amy to send the Amazon giftcard. Thanks so much for leaving a comment for Amy and stopping by my blogoversary event!

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