BSV Turns Three!

Posted January 23, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Blogging & Challenges / 47 Comments

BSV Turns Three

Three years ago today, I sat down in front of my laptop and tapped out my first blog post on Books Speak Volumes. It was just a little introductory post, and I really had no idea what I was going to write about, but I listed a few things I *thought* a book blog should include, never having read any. I also had no idea how much I would grow to love blogging and the people I would come to meetΒ through this space.

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Now, after three years of writing reviews, discussions, and other miscellanea, I can’t imagine my life without the book blogosphere. I’ve made fantastic friendships, learned about incredible books, and broadened my readerly horizons. This blog has taken on a different shape from what I had hazily envisioned, and I love watching it continue to grow and evolve as my tastes and interests change.

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This last year was a banner one! I made the switch to self-hosting and launched a new site design, courtesy of my amazing boyfriend. I attended BEA for the first time, from which I came away with sore feet, a towering stack of books, many lessons learned, and some wonderful new friends. I also hit some major slumps, lost all direction, and slowly got back on track. I tried new things, gave up old things that didn’t work, and continued to try to figure out my place in this community. I finally hit my groove with a reading graph that does math and a digital blog planner that suits my needs.

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Bring on year number four! I can’t wait to find out what bookish and blogging beauty it will hold.

  • Major milestone – congratulations! I’ve loved watching you change and evolve over the past 2 years since I tuned into the book blogging world. Keep it up.

  • kerri

    Congratulations and keep up the great work!

  • Congratulations! I loved hearing that you had never read any book blogs before starting your own. I was the same way πŸ™‚ And – it took me over a year of writing my own blog to start reading other book blogs -I have to say that was a big mistake I made! Should definitely have started reading other’s blogs way earlier! I’m looking forward to your year 4!

    • I actually started my blog for a social media marketing class project in college, and blogs in general were totally new to me! It was the best assignment ever.

  • Congratulations on 3 years! I was the same way when I started – I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be better than I thought. Here’s to another 3 years! πŸ™‚

  • Amy Sachs

    Congrats on 3 years! Looking forward to seeing where your blog takes you this year! πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on 3 years. I’m a new blogger (4 months in), and I get inspired by the bloggers who have been doing this for as long as I hope to continue. Here’s to 3 more years!

  • Eleanor Baggley

    Congratulations! Blogging is such a wonderful thing πŸ™‚

  • Happy blogiversary!!

  • Noora

    Happy 3rd blogoversary!

  • Congratulations!

  • A very happy blogoversary to you!!!

  • Congratulations on three great years! <3

  • Huzzah!!! Congratulations on three years, and cheers to many more, Leah!

  • Congratulations, Leah! A lovely person, a creative and insightful blog and many more blogging years to come!! πŸ™‚

  • Books on the Table

    Congratulations on three great years!

  • Congrats! That’s amazing! And good on you for recognizing the things that weren’t working anymore and moving on! I want to go to BEA! Life goals.

  • Kelly TheWellReadRedhead

    Woohoo!! Happy third birthday! If your blog is anything like my three year old, it will start getting a lot more demanding this year. Haha πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what your next year has in store!!

  • Happy third birthday BSV. Thank you for your blog posts, I follow them via my RSS feed. Your blog is one of my favourites. Best wishes for your work.

  • Happy Blogging Anniversary!

  • Congratulations, Leah! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for you and your blog; I’m constantly inspired by it!

  • Happy anniversary! I remember discovering you on twitter and being so thrilled you had gone to Canisius- I followed you right away and then DMed you not realizing I probably seemed like a stalker. Now you know I’m just a little nutty but not dangerous!

    • I forgot that was how we “met!” I love what a small world the blogosphere can turn out to be. I’m so glad you DMed me!

  • Congratulations! What a great milestone πŸ™‚ Here’s to another great year of blogging~

  • Congrats on three years! I feel like three years is the moment when blogging turns from a hobby into something that you can’t imagine being without. I’m glad you’ve joined the book blogosphere and that we’ve had the chance to meet online and in person!

  • Words for Worms

    Congratulations on 3 years!

  • Happy anniversary! I’m so glad that you’re in the blogging world and that I have had the chance to meet you in person πŸ™‚

  • Elena

    Happy Anniversary! Can’t believe we’ve know each other for 3 years already. Yay!!!

  • Happy blog-a-versary to you, Leah! I’m glad that your blog and the bookish community could be there for you during life’s ups and downs. Here’s to another three years! πŸ™‚

  • Congrats on three years! I’ve modified your spreadsheet to use this year and I’m liking it a lot so far πŸ™‚

  • Happy blogiversary! I have loved getting to know you since I came back into blogging! Your blog is one of my faves!

    • Thanks Becca! I love your blog too! And I keep forgetting to message you, but I got your lovely package! Thank you!