Ten years ago today, I made my first blog post. It was a report on BookExpo America 2005, and it doesn’t sound all that different from my most recent posts, although written in a slightly more formal voice. It’s funny to think that Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince hadn’t been released yet when I started blogging. It seems so long ago now.
I was inspired to start blogging by the fabulous Tasha Saecker, who now blogs at Waking Brain Cells. I had already been reviewing books on a website (the original Wands and Worlds, no longer online) that I created with my son. I followed and enjoyed Tasha’s blog, and was intrigued by the blog format as a way to share reviews. I emailed her to ask about it, and she encouraged me to start.
Although I’ve always been an irregular blogger at best, I can say that blogging has had a huge impact on my life. Because of blogging, I’ve gotten involved in the Cybils and Kidlitcon, two things that I care deeply about. I’ve learned so much about books and what makes a good book, both from following other bloggers and from evaluating them for my own reviews. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve made friends with good people who care passionately about children’s and YA books. So thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me: you’ve inspired me, taught me, and been good friends.