Friday, September 16, 2011


Yes, it’s already my first Blogiversary. Just one year ago today I was babbling on about how reducing books to ambiguities such as “Man vs. Man” and “Man vs. Nature” is disingenuous to the work and misses its point entirely. Or something.

Forgive me. I had no idea what I was doing back then.

That was the hardest part about starting up a blog. I jumped into it without much thought. I didn’t realize blogs should have—what’s it called?—focus. I’m not sure why, but I figured it was easier and more entertaining to post whatever popped into my head. It wasn’t until I started restricting myself (which, I admit, came months after the inception of the blog) that it evolved to something I think people like to read. Maybe? Please? I hope?

Has my blog improved in a year? Definitely. Is it at its best? Not yet. I’ll keep working on it.

But enough of that boring stuff. Here’s what you really want. A giveaway! Enter, be a follower and leave a comment below and you’ll be eligible to win either a twenty-five dollar Mastercard Gift Card or copies of both ACROSS THE UNIVERSEby Beth Revis and DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver! Woot!

Unfortunately, this means it’s US only. I’m sorry about that : ( because there are some awesome non-US people I wish I could include. Again, sorry.

Please enter today! It ends next Thursday Monday (the 26th) at midnight. Don’t worry—I’ll be reminding you until then.

Usual rules apply. Comment so I know you entered and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. +2 entries for old followers, +2 if you Tweet about it (mention me, @jefishere, so I know) and +5 if you blog it.


  1. Ah, I'm not a Yank, more's the pity.

    I think that blog writing requires us to find our niche, so the start-out is shakier then what's to come down the line.

  2. I always start to worry when people talk about focusing their blogs... because mine is still all over the place. Happy Blogversary!

  3. Wow, a whole year. That's great.

    Okay, I've entered. I might blog about it later. (I blogged first today before reading anyone else's.)

  4. I think you're doing a great job, congrats on your anniversary.

  5. Focus? Huh?? ha!

    Congrats on the blogoversary. christy started her blog in July of last year and I joined her, um, after that? Dang, I think we missed ours!!

  6. Comment comment comment.
    Are you implying there's some point where we're supposed to know what we're doing?

  7. Happy Blogversary! That's definitely an accomplishment. I started blogging in Feb. of this year and I'm pretty unfocused, but trying to work on that. The great thing is, blogging certainly helps us discover ourselves as well as meet great new peeps to chat with. :D

  8. Happy anniversary! I think this is such a growing experience, and our writing changes, improves as we move along. I know I have re-read some of my past posts, and thought, "What was I thinking...?!"

  9. Aw, man, but I'm Canadian! Oh, well... Happy blogiversary! It's awesome to look back and see how far you've come, isn't it? Enjoy your blog's special day! :-D

  10. I'm Canadian..oh well. Focus? I'm supposed to have a focus? I have no focus. My life has no focus.

  11. Happy blogiversary! ^_^
    I *just* discovered your blog, so I don't know the journey you've had to travel, but I understand what you mean about not knowing what to blog about or "how to" blog when first starting out!
    Congratulations, and I look forward to following your journey from this point! :)

  12. Thanks for the chance :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  13. Sounds great!!

    Blogged it and tweeted it=)

  14. congrats on blogging for a year, that's awesome, I can't wait to get there myself!

  15. Happy Blogoversary! And nice to meet you on the Campaign trail!


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