Monday, September 24, 2012

One Year Blogoversary!

Hello everyone!  So, from the title, I'm pretty sure you guys can figure out that today is my one year blogoversary.  What that means is that on this day, one year ago, I published my first post on Emily's Crammed Bookshelf.  I've come so far and learned so much since then, and this post is to celebrate all that has happened, and I'm going to celebrate it with all of you guys; my amazing followers.

I actually have no idea how to structure this post because, needless to say, I haven't done one of these before.  But, I will try my best.  Today I will be:

~Posting random facts and stats
~OMGing about the fact that it's been a year
~Fangirling over some awesome authors and publishing companies
~Going on and on about all the awesome bloggers out there
~Hosting a awesome, fantastic, out-of-this-world GIVEAWAY!


So let's get started!!!!



SOME FIRSTS AND STATS

First Meme Post: Top Ten Tuesday (#1)
First Cover Reveal Post: Black Dawn & The Savage Grace
First IMM Post: IMM #1
First ARC: Destined by Jessi Harrell
First Blog Tour: Embrace Blog Tour
First Interview: Jessica Shervington
First Finished Copy for Review: Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Total Coments: 1473
Total Followers: 695
Total Pageviews: 47,356
Total Posts: 317
Total Reviews: 90


ABOUT THE BLOG AND ME

I had gotten a Goodreads account in April 2011, and it was because of Goodreads that I started a blog.  I had no idea that review blogs even existed.  Once I started making friends on Goodreads, I noticed that some people had websites.  I clicked on the links and saw there blogs.  I though, "Wow, that is so cool.  I would like to do that."  I asked my mom, and she said no.  So I went about life the same way, only now I had that little thing in the back of my mind that kept on saying, "I want a blog, I want a blog."  My mom had said no.  But I did it anyway.  I can't keep secrets from my parents, but I convinced myself I could keep this secret.  I would switch pages every time she walked by, or pretend I wasn't interested in the screen.  It worked for a while...and then she busted me.  But instead of being mad, she was ok with it.  I think she actually forgot that I had asked her before, and she had said no, and, of course, I wasn't about to remind her.
When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was getting in to.  I didn't know anything about blogging: how to post, how to get followers, how to upload pictures, how to host giveaways, get ARCs and copies for review...nothing.  I had to learn fast. 
In the beginning the only thing I used this blog for was to get extra entries in giveaways other bloggers were hosting.  That's why my first ever post is a giveaway.  Yes, I know that is totally pathetic.  But then I realized...this is a review blog, not an extra entries blog.  So I turned it around, started reviewing, and voila, here I am today.

ARCS AND REVIEW COPIES


I've always had a love of books, but I never though I could actually benefit from it.
I learned about ARCs and Review Books only a few months ago.  I started off by timedly asking authors if they had any copies on Goodreads.  Then I went to not-so-timedly asking for copies on Goodreads.  Then I started stalking them on their websites and emailing them.  Then, finally, once I had gotten a few review copies, it finally to occured to me to email the publishers and publicists.  There are still some companies that don't send me books, but most are very nice and send me tons.


BLOGGING FRIENDS


I've interacted with so many awesome authors and publishers and bloggers in the past year, so this section is a little tribute to them.  

BLOGGERS:

~Giselle @ .Xpresso Reads
~Mimi @ Mimi Valentine
~Haley @ YA-Aholic
~Wendy @ A Cupcake and a Latte

Mimi was the first ever blog that I followed, and it was awesome, so I wanted my blog to be just like hers.  She was so nice and funny and everyone loved her, and she really helped me, even though she didn't know it.
Lea REALLY helped me.  She tolerated me bombarding her with questions, helped me make my first ever blog button, and showed me how to get the background behind the summeries of the books I review.
Jen, Haley, Mackenzie and Fauzen all helped me in their special way.  Jen and Mackenzie were so nice and commented and made me fell good.  Haley started me off with looking for ARCs with her header on her blog featuring upcoming releases.  And Fauzen is awesome.  Great reviews, great features, and awesome cover reveals!
Wendy is no longer blogging, but she really inspired me.

PUBLISHERS:

~Random House and its imprints
~Bloomsbury and its imprints
~Scholasic and its imprints

Random House if my favortie publisher.  Awesome books, very, very nice, and they send me books.
Bloomsbury and Scholastic are tied for second.  They send me books :P

Authors:

~Maria V. Snyder
~Sara Walsh

These are two of the best authors ever, and the funny thing is their books are both similar.  Maria sent me my first finished copy for review.  And Sara was so nice in a recent blog tour I participated in :)


GIVEAWAY


Today I have a giveaway of epic-ness for you all today.  It's going to rock your face off!!

The Rules:
~There will be two winners.
~Giveaway ends on October 25, 2012 @ 12:01 AM
~This giveaway is INT
~Must be a GFC follower
~Must be 13 years or older.
~Fill out the Rafflecopter
 

The Prizes:

THE FIRST WINNER WILL WIN ARCS OF:


THE SECOND WINNER WILL WIN ARCS OF:



Fill out the form:


a Rafflecopter giveaway



THANK YOU EVERYONE!

68 comments:

  1. Congrats, Emily!!! Look at what all you've done in the last year...such an accomplishment! I can't wait to see what's in store for you! (And I'm wondering how long you were blogging before your mom caught on! :P) And thanks for the shout-out...I'm so glad that we've become friends and I hope to see more of your awesome posts in my feed!

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    1. Hi Jen! Thanks for commenting! Actually, my mom caught on about a week after I started my blog. Yeah, it didn't take her long :p

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  2. YAY congrats on your 1 year blogoversary! Here's to many more!

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  3. Happy Blogoversary!! I've been your follower for so long! And I love your blog <3
    ~Hira

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  4. Happy Blogoversary and many more yet to come! :)

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  5. Happy Blogoversary!! I just became a member but I can tell you've done an amazing job! :)

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  6. Happy Blogoversary! I loved seeing all your posts from the beginning and what you have accomplished over the past year. :)

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  7. Emily - Happy Blogoversary & Congrats for a successful year!! <3
    You have such a fun and very pretty site! :)
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  8. Congratulations, Emily. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Congrats on the one year Blogoversary :D! I really enjoyed reading your post and learning how you got started on your blog.

    I have been wanting to start a blog as well, because I love reading and reviewing books. I just wanted to say that you have really brought this idea back to my mind, and I think I might just start one by the end of this year :).

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    1. Omg that's so cool! When you start your blog send me the link. I'll be your first follower!! :)

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  10. Happy 1st Blogoversary!!! Mine is tomorrow and I can imagine you are as excited as I am. :)

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  11. Congrats on your Blogoversary! <3 My sister and I just have had our blog up and running for close to a month now, and it's already so exciting, but I can't even imagine how exciting it must be after a year! Congrats again! :)

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  12. Happy Blogoversary, sounds like you had a fantastic year!! My blogoversary is in a month :D

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

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  13. Happy Blogoversary Emily.
    I loved your list. Can't wait to do this too! A few months to go yet:)
    Heres to many more!

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  14. Thank you! And Congrats! One Year Blogoversaries are always special. :D

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  15. Happy 1 Year Blogoversary!
    I have enjoyed your blog since I found it not too long ago.
    Keep up the great work, and most of all, keep reading and having fun!

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  16. Hurray for making it to one year! Way to go, Emily!

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  17. HOW AWESOME! :) I love comments too! Check out my small time blog *winks*
    seasarahblog.blogspot.com

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  18. Congrats on your Blogoversary!!! Wishing you many, many more!!!

    Thanks so much for the fabulous giveaway!!!

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  19. Congrats on your blogoversary!! That's so awesome!!! :)

    And thanks for the giveway. You rock!!

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  20. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  21. Happy Blogoversary! Mine is Saturday. We're almost blog twins :)

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  22. Congrats and Happy Blogoversary! The giveaway looks great and I am glad you have continued your blog as I do enjoy it.

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  23. Happy Blogoversary and thank you for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  24. Happy Blogoversay! I hope you'll have many more! :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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  25. thanks so much for making this international!
    i hope your blog has a long life!!
    thanks!

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  26. Congrats, and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  27. Happy Blogoversary and thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  28. Thank you for the great giveaway! Happy Blogiversary!

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  29. Happy Blog Anniversary! Thx for the giveaway

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  30. Thank you for making this international :)

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  31. Happy Blogoversary! May your blog become bigger and more famous :D

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  32. Happy 1 year blogoversary Emily! I hope the coming year is even better! :)

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  33. Happy blogoversary!!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  34. Happy blogoversary,Emily! Your blog is super cute. Oh,and thank you for the giveaway! I've been eyeing Monstrous Beauty for so long.

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  35. Happy blogoversary! This is insane! I adore your blog and I've had my eye on some of those ARCs for so long. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  36. Happy blogoversary!! You have a wonderful blog, wish you many more years to come!! Now, let's eat cake :)

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  37. OOOOOO....all the books look and sound( from the description) really great! Happy blogging.

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  38. Happy Blogoversary to you!!! I just found your blog and it's amazing! I'll visit often!

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  39. Congratulations on 1 YEAR and many many more to come. I want to start one but i don't even know where to begin. Thanks Joannie

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  40. Happy Blogoversary! Great books! :D

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  41. Happy Blogoversary! I'm especially excited to read Burn for Burn and What's Left of Me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. Happy Blogoversary!
    & thank you so much for making this giveaway international! :)
    Hope this year turns out even more awesome for you and your blog!

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  43. happy blogoversary !!
    i hope i win monstrous beauty...thx u for the giveaway :)

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  44. Congrats on your 1 year Blogoversary and I wish you many more!!

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  45. Congrats and I loved reading your post and how you broke it down in how did things on becoming a blogger! Great giveaway!

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  46. Congrats on your 1 year blogoversary

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  47. Big Congrats to you and Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  48. Congrats on the year, and many more. Thx

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  49. Congratulations! Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read Monstrous Beauty! :)

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  50. Big Congrats! Oh I want to read these they look great! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  51. Happy Blogoversary, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Books looks great. Happy Blogoversary.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  53. Happy blogoversary and thank you for the giveaway :D

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  54. Happy Blogoversary! I am glad you turned from "extra entries" to reviewing!

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  55. Happy blogoversary! And thanks for the giveaway :)

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