Today is a very special day for me because it marks one year since the very first post went up here on the Earl Grey Editing blog. And what a year it has been!
When Melissa Hartfiel of Fine Lime Designs first designed the website for Earl Grey Editing, she asked me if I wanted a blog. I said no. Blogging regularly seemed like a lot of work and I didn’t want a sporadically-updated blog making my business website look untidy. However, as I encountered more book bloggers on Twitter and other parts of the internet, I came around to the idea. I began to yearn for a space that was less ephemeral than Twitter, somewhere that would allow me to participate more meaningfully in all those reading challenges. I was looking for a place where I could bring together my IRL writing group, my online writing groups and the tribe of book bloggers I was getting to know. A home base.
After a while, I came back to Melissa and asked her to go ahead with setting up the blog. A few weeks later, I made my very first post. A couple of weeks after that, I got my legs under me and I haven’t missed a beat since.
It has certainly been a steep learning curve and I am very grateful to the people who have helped me along the way. One of Melissa’s other lives involves being the co-founder of Food Bloggers of Canada. Unsurprisingly, the FBC website is about blogging as much as food, and had some very useful content that helped me get started. Lynn O’Connacht was (and continues to be) very generous with her time and advice, always fielding my sometimes-panicked questions with grace. The Book Gannet helped me navigate the strange world of NetGalley and Shaheen of Speculating on Speculative Fiction had some useful posts on ARCs (which, I admit, I’m still getting the hang of).
Blogging regularly has been as much hard work as I expected. What I didn’t expect was how much I’ve enjoyed it. Not only has it introduced me to new friends, but it has helped my photography improve (because all photos on this blog are mine, unless otherwise stated) and has diversified my reading. It has also frequently given me an excuse to camp out on my couch with a book and call it work. I call that winning.
Thank you to all my readers for joining me on this adventure. I hope you’ll stick with me for the next stage.