Two years on, a myriad words, and some pictures too…………
Well, my dear bloggy regular friends, irregular friends, just-dropped-by-on-the off-chancers and even the ‘Help! I’m lost, didn’t mean to be here at all – what IS this place’ accidental landers – today marks the start of year 3, as yes, this is our second anniversary!
It feels a bit more like that at the moment than ‘my bloggy birthday’, so I’m afraid that rather than providing a birthday cake I could suggest some PAPER presents we might give/have given to each other, appropriately, (for here in the UK) as this is primarily a bookie review blog, but, curiously the-across-the-ponders have a different ‘which anniversary is it?’ UK does COTTON on the first anniversary, PAPER for this one, but the USA reverses it. (Wiki doesn’t give information about what other countries designate the yearly anniversaries to be – so tell us yours!)
Not that I’m implying that there is any kind of marriage going on between me and my by-all-accounts 375 odd followers. Nor am I implying that any of you are remotely odd……except, when I come to think of it……………..
But I am aware of the intangible, but definitely THERE sense of community and relationship that exists across the blogosphere. I’ve got used to the regular popper in and outers, and several of us have confessed that we WORRY when regular likers, commenters and waving hallo-ers stop dropping by, we hope they are okay – particularly if we visit them regularly and there have been NO POSTS.
Anyways, anyhows, anywheres, (cue for a song)
thank you very much, from the top and bottom of my TBR pile for your visits, comments, reflections, recommendations and addings to my bookspend, and for preventing me from just spouting off my noisy opinions into thin air over the last 2.
It’s invidious in some ways to single out any of you, as you all brighten my days and, to those who just sneak a quick peek and then rapidly decamp, thank you too for brightening my stats!
But singling out can’t be avoided really. My dear old North of the Border chum has been there from the very start – in fact, blame her for my bloggery at all, as ’twas she who emailed me to say ‘I’m starting a blog’ and encouraged my faint heart to follow suit.
Actually FictionFan – let’s hear it for FictionFan deserves many more kudos and high fives than mine – she has really taken the art of turning a blog into a thriving and chatting salon, meeting place and community, especially for those devoted to reading, though her interests do spread much wider – men in wet shirts, men in tight shorts, not to mention aliens from outer space, shiver me timbers moments and crime detection, all helped down with chocolate and more chocolate. She is a wonderful promoter of all our blogs, and has certainly introduced me to other bloggers through that promotion. My special wishes to you FF of lots and lots and lots of paper -or at least eInk, from your blogging community. May your TBR reach 4 figures (runs hurriedly away from FFs glare of crossness!)
And across the pond are the always fascinating postings of the inestimable Jilanne Hoffmann and her blog The Writer’s Shadow Jilanne is also part of a collective of writers The Dogpatch Collective and, whether on her own blog, or as part of the collective is TIRELESS at promoting other writers. She is particularly passionate about not only books for children – but to encourage children to be the creative writers and artists of the future – there’s a real sense of a community extending through time, as well as space. She doesn’t post that often (because she’s clearly busy writing!) but it’s always a pleasure to find one of her posts popping up in my reader. Happy Annie Versary, Jillane!
Divided from the mainland by a smaller body of water is Jersey’s own Cleopatralovesbooks Cleopatra is one of the queens of bookie memes, and a visit to her site will generally give the hapless visitor a choice of 5 or 6 books per post, which she might entice you with. Shopping has never been so easy, though restraint might be needed in order to avoid a TBR increasing by a handful at a time
A couple of other UK bloggers have featured hugely on my radar this last year. Crimeworm unsurprisingly is a fan of books about worms (!) but we discovered we are both extremely fond of spies, or at least, books about spies. So, if you were wondering who might have been lingering around your blog, hidden behind a newspaper, a false moustache and engaged in trying to compose invisible ink messages, it could be her, or it could be me
Now I don’t know whether Jane – aka FleurInHerWorld should be heartily congratulated by me, or whether I should shiver in anxiety when one of her posts pops up in my reader, since she is my new ‘spend Spend SPEND!!!!!!!’ friend of this year (and in fact, the tail end of last, too) not to mention her skilful ability to stack my TBR higher and higher. There seems to be a never-ending list of authors heading my way, many, wonderful women writers from the middle years of the twentieth century, introduced to me by Fleur. We clearly share a delight in the natural world, and many of the books (of all kinds) she seems to point my way are by writers, whatever their genre, who have the ability to engage with the landscape.
And, finally, finally, but by no means at all, leastly, there are a couple of people who have really, really, been most wonderfully supportive and appreciative of my blogging.
Firstly, writer and gardener Stepheny Houghtlin who is incredibly encouraging, and enthusiastic about the books and stuff which get my attention and I hope will get yours, too.
Secondly, Underunner from New Zealand. I can’t link to her blog for you to follow and check out – because I don’t think she has one, or if she has it is very secret (maybe she too has an interest in espionage!) But Underunner has given me a lot of likes over the last 2 years, and its always jolly to see the ‘underunner liked your post……….’ pop up Thank you underunner
Thank you ALL, mentioned or not.
And, now I am TWO (and some of you are TWO WITH ME) I think I can look forward to sharing more books like this with you:
I think NEXT year is leather…….
Meanwhile, before I go getting into training for my third year, a little shameless self-promotion of a couple of my most successful posts, with no idea why, except that I suspect that my most avid readers must be anatomists and rose growers with a deep love of philosophy and a fascination with wolves:
This review was one of the first I posted, early in April 2013. The Philosopher and The Wolf continues to be my most popular post; clearly, a lot of visitors search the web for pictures of wolves, and come here from a wolfish image search.
Slightly behind in popularity is an even earlier posting, one of the job lot of previous Amazon reviews I posted on my second day as a blogger, to kickstart the site with some content
Soberingly, this very popular post (at least with people paying their first visit) is also a remarkably SHORT review.
C’mon though, you don’t expect those who are only one day old to be talking a lot, do you, whereas toddlers never pipe down, hence my present garrulousness.
Anatomy of A Rose is indeed a great book, but, I would have thought, hardly a best-seller!
WOT?? No CAKE???????????
Happy Anniversary, m’lady!!! And here’s to many, many more… if neither of us uses up all the words, that is, leaving the entire nation wordless. Which in the run-up to a General Election might be no bad thing, now I think about it – so get writing!!!
And thank you so much, for the kind words, of course, but even more for the Delicious Duo of Delectable Delights! Oooh, which to choose? Which to choose?? No, can’t be done! I’m sure they won’t mind sharing…
Interestingly (or not, depending on one’s geekiness level) my own birthday post has leapt to the top of the charts, gettting viewed several times a day. I wondered if it’s because it’s so beautifully written, or perhaps because of its penetrating insight on the whole blogging process, not to mention life in general. It turns out however it’s because everyone in the world at some time or another searches on those immortal words – “Chocolate Birthday Cake”! Ah, the humbling power of google…
I shall be sitting by the letterbox awaiting arrival of a slice of cake. Hopefully tyhey’ll ring the bell rather than trying to stuff Rafa and Darcy through…
Lady Fancifull said:
Thank you for making me laugh uncontrollably imagining your postie attempting the impossible!
Happy Second! I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your delightful, informative and entertaining blog this past year. The list of books that I want to read thus does grow, which would be fine except that I am a slow reader and my comprehension is suspect, or so I’ve told myself. Nevertheless, I do aspire and surely am inspired. Reading your blog, I am also much in awe. Thank you.
Lady Fancifull said:
Thank you Richard for those kind words
Jilanne Hoffmann said:
I’m doing a happy dance for you! Otherwise known as a wild rumpus. Thank you for mentioning my blog and the Dogpatchers. And thank you for the lovely words! I ALWAYS love reading what you have to say because you say it so well and with more than a smattering of humor. I won’t bring up that bit of discord around a certain bird, though–because we’re still friends!!! 😀
Lady Fancifull said:
Tweet, tweet, chirrup, chirrup, churr!
Jilanne Hoffmann said:
I forgot to ask: May I have a bit of cake minus the floury cake part? Just the icing, please.
Lady Fancifull said:
It’s yours – but do be aware FictionFan may have licked quite a lot of the chocolate icing. It’s funny, icing is my least favourite part of a cake – we could clearly share cake well, as I could have the centre and you the icing (as long as FF didn’t get there first!
Happy anniversary and I am sending you a virtual pocket handkerchief to dry your eyes when FF reaches the triple figures on her TBR! It is lovely to see so many of my favourite bloggers featured, and thank you very much from the Queen of bookie memes:-) Long may I add to your TBR through your third brilliant year of blogging.
Lady Fancifull said:
Thank you Cleopatra – I’m deeply hooked on The Secret Place and have now ordered French’s first, for the TBR!
Fleur in her World said:
Congratulations, and thank you for your kind words It’s been a joy seeing you celebrate some of the books I’ve loved, and being tempted by others, and I do hope that will continue in year three.
Lady Fancifull said:
You’re welcome. We all spread the bookie love!
Oh dear and apologies, I’m late to the party. This was because of a touch of overwork leading up to the welcome week’s leave I’m enjoying now (though work is never really an excuse to miss a good party). So sitting in the Autumn sun looking over a calm sea in Tasman Bay at the top of NZ’s South Island, I send my good wishes.
Very, very happy second anniversary to you, good Lady, and many thanks for another wonderful year of enjoyable blog-reading.
The thing about reading a quality book blog is that we are either once or twice blessed. At the very least there is the pleasure of reading interesting commentary on a book that is likely also interesting (chosen by the informed reader that you are, LF); not to mention the added delight of directly or tangentially related static and moving images (and even a touch of Bowie). Then there is the second blessing of being introduced to new reading, with new book friends finding their way onto the wished-for TBR list, or even directly to the Kindle for particularly compelling books. Since my waiting list is rather long, then I have the (months) later pleasure of actually reading the book and feeling grateful to you all over again as well as again pondering your thoughts on the book in relation to my own. So although this shared reading relationship is distant in hemisphere and time, it is quite a connected and thoughtful one for me.
I had a quick look at the books I’ve read prompted by your blog, and I’ll just mention one that I don’t think I would have come across without you and that gave me great enjoyment: Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘The Signature of All Things’. Your review absolutely piqued my interest, and in due course, I entered the wonderfully vital, intelligent and ever-developing world of Alma: what a sustained pleasure.
Thank you so much for your acknowledgement, it’s great to feel that I am making some small contribution to your blogging community because, no, I’m not a clandestine blogger (though I did briefly toy with allusively allowing that story to stand to make my life sound more intriguing!) just someone whose free time is used for reading, without finding time to generously share my reading with others as you do. Maybe one day . . .
And now I have to go and purchase ‘The Secret Place’; I enjoyed ‘Broken Harbour’, and you’ve convinced me I have to read more of Tana French. Thanks again 🙂
Lady Fancifull said:
Thank you so much for your lovely post, Underrunner. I can’t let the ‘generously share..reading with others’ statement go unanswered. A wonderful teacher I have done some tremendous reflective/developmental courses with, who has been a Buddhist for many years, waxed lyrical and profound upon projection, and made me realise that projection onto the other is not only the shadow stuff, so that we see in others from the place we don’t want to own in ourselves, but that, also, the recognition of positive attributes in others comes from that place in ourselves.
Hope that wasn’t too convoluted!
I always feel rather like a version of a very enthusiastic toddler with my blog/reviews (appropriate for my second year!) By which I mean, something which pleases me enormously is something I want to urgently foist on others too, I remind myself at those times of a toddler ecstatically sucking on a rusk who wants YOU to share the same source of pleasure and thrusts the gummy, soggy thing into your face, insisting you too share in the pleasure! I can pout a bit if the marvellous rusk which so fills me with delight is not appreciated by others. But it’s okay, because they too are excitedly sharing rusks which may not be to my tastes, as well as stuff which is!
Thank you for your gentle compliment; I will open myself to appreciating the subtler ways of sharing 🙂 I’m all for enthusiasm and love to read about the books that do matter to you. It’s your spirit of engagement that brings passion and authenticity to your writing and which does create and contribute to the connectedness of a blog community.