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One Year Blogiversary!!


I AM ONE!

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I began blogging at the beginning of July 2009 and I honestly can’t believe it’s been a year already. But what a year it’s been! I’ve interviewed some wonderful authors, met some awesome bloggers, in person as well as online, read and reviewed lots of amazing books – yep, I’ve had a ball!

I’ve really enjoyed interacting with all my readers on my blog and on twitter – I’ve loved all your comments and feedback immensely, I cannot get across how much it means to me that you take the time out of your busy day to visit my blog, thank you. To show my appreciation *the only way us bloggers know how* is by giving away lots of yummy books! So, make sure you read about the giveaways at the bottom of this post :)

Because of Book Chick City, I’ve also attended a few great events, the two that come to mind are World Horror Con where I met James Herbert (!!!) and interviewed Kelley Armstrong (!!!). What an awesome day! The other is the Headline Party where I met some great bloggers (Jenny from Wondrous Reads, Dot from Dot Scribbles, Carla from The Crooked Shelf, Liz from My Favourite Books, to name a few) and the lovely publicists I deal with on a regular basis. It really was nice to put names to faces. I’ve also met a few authors along the way too and they’ve all been delightfully friendly. I’ve also been amazed at the generosity of the publishers and authors who’ve sent me books to review. Thank you.

So, because of all this awesomeness, I decided to write a post to record my first fabulous year…

July 2009:

August 2009:
  • My first ‘Month in Review‘ post.
  • BBAW Best New Blog nomination: I didn’t get shortlisted but I was amazed that after just two months of blogging I was actually nominated. A big highlight.
  • Spotlight feature at Bookworming in the 21st Century

Sept 2009:

Oct 2009:
  • Launch of new blog design for Book Chick City
  • My first All Hallow’s Eve event. This was just so much fun and I was really pleased with how successful it was – It will be returning this year, hopefully bigger and better, so keep a look out for the announcement post! :D
  • Talking reviews with Fiction Vixen

Nov 2009:
  • Introduction of weekly meme On My Wishlist
  • Introduction New Blogs on the Block, which is now hosted by Larissa’s Life.
  • Book Chick City survey. Very interesting results, and although I haven’t implemented all suggestions I hope that I have incorporated the majority since the survey ran.
  • General Post – Freeloaders? I don’t think so!This was my very first post which reflected my feelings (other than book reviews) about different topics.

Dec 2009:

Jan 2010:

Feb 2010:

March 2010:
  • Hosted ‘The Men of Urban Fantasy Week‘ highlighting male writers in a female dominated genre. I really enjoyed this week, it was a lot of fun and discovered many new authors.
  • Attended my first publishing event at Headline HQ - was a lot of fun and I met some really wonderful people.
  • Attended my very first con – World Horror Con. Such an awesome weekend. Interviewed Kelley Armstrong in person and then met James Herbert – BIG highlight :)
  • General Post: Reviews: Long or Short?
  • Interview at Temple Library Reviews

April 2010:

May 2010:

June 2010:

  • Hosted my first YA event: ‘10 Fun Days of Young Adult Fiction‘ – it was a lot of fun but by the end of what became 12 days I was ready to get back to my adult books ;)
  • UK vs US Cover Smackdown with Rebecca at the fab Dirty Sexy Books
  • Interview at The Book on the Hill in Charlotte’s lovely feature Book Blogging Around the World.

GENERAL STATISTICS


Friends/Followers
  • Twitter: 2256
  • Goodreads: 1117
  • Blog: 1027
  • Facebook: 666

Technorati

When I joined Technorati I seemed to hang around the top 50 for a month or so, but since February of this year I’ve managed to stay, most of the time, in the top 10 – which I think is pretty cool :) But over the last couple of weeks I managed to climb higher than ever before and reached the top spot! Here are my stats:
  • Highest Ranking in Books: 1st (out of approx. 2000 blogs)
  • Highest Ranking in Entertainment: 40th (out of approx. 6000 blogs)
  • Highest Authority in Books: 963/1000
  • Highest Authority in Entertainment: 709/1000
  • Highest Authority Overall: 589/1000
Technorati Books


Technorati Entertainment

Yes, I know… I’m very sad for taking pics, but I was just so ticked pink I had to record it ;)

General:
  • I’ve written 601 posts.
  • I’ve posted 89 reviews.
  • I’ve held 45 giveaways (35 being international!).
Top three most popular giveaways:
  • Complete set of House of Night series – 468 entries
  • Copy of Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – 425 entries.
  • Signed copy of Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong – 394 entries

Most Popular Post: Genre Misconceptions: Have you ever been wrong?

Most Popular Challenge: Thriller & Suspense 2010

With 226 participants, the Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge is my most popular. Runner up is Typically British Reading Challenge with 119 participants.

Highest Ranking Referral Blog: Dirty Sexy Books – At the time of writing this post Rebecca’s blog Dirty Sexy Books is my highest referral blog – thanks Rebecca!

Visiting Countries: 126

Top 10
  1. USA
  2. UK
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Spain
  7. Portugal
  8. Malaysia
  9. Finland
  10. Norway

Events Hosted by BCC:
  • 10 Fun Days of Young Adult Fiction (June 2010)
  • The Men of Urban Fantasy Week (March 2010)
  • House of Night Week (April 2010)
  • Be My Valentine (Feb 2010)
  • Christmas Week (Dec 2009)
  • All Hallow’s Eve (Oct 2009)

Highlights/Milestones in First Year:
  • World Horror Con (2010) *meeting James Herbert – eeek!*
  • BBAW 2009 and being nominated for Best New Blog *so chuffed and honoured*
  • Headline Blogger Party (2010)
  • Reaching 10,000 monthly visitors
  • Reaching 2000 twitter followers
  • Reaching 1000 blog followers
  • Top Ten Best Blogs 2009 – Hosted by Mindful Musings (I came 6th)
  • Meeting & Interviewing Kelley Armstrong at World Horror Con!

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MY ULTIMATE BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!
Six Days of Prizes!

I have some fab prizes to be won, thanks to the generosity of the following publishers:

Headline
Penguin/Puffin
Simon & Schuster
Piatkus
Orbit/Atom
MIRA

Because my readers are from all over the world, the following giveaways will be International. I will be posting a giveaway everyday starting tomorrow to celebrate Book Chick City’s first year! Check out the goodies:

MONDAY

Headline Bundle
• Gaiman Goodie Bag: Stardust, American Gods & Stories: All New Tales
• Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard
• Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton


TUESDAY

Penguin/Puffin Bundle
The Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda
The Midnight Charter by David Whitley
• The Children of the Lost by David Whitley
• TimeRiders 1 by Alex Scarrow
• TR: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow


WEDNESDAY

Atom/Orbit Bundle
• Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
• The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Lui
• The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld


THURSDAY

Piatkus Bundle
• 10 copies of Water Bound by Christine Feehan


FRIDAY

MIRA Bundle
• The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
• Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber
• Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs
• Divine by Choice by P.C. Cast
• The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter


SATURDAY

Simon & Schuster Bundle
• Two sets of The Spellman Files (first 3 books in series)

So make sure you come back tomorrow for the first giveaway!


Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

74 Comments


WickedLilPixie July 11, 2010 at 5:55 am

Happy 1 year C! I can't believe you've only been at this a year!

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Alexia561 July 11, 2010 at 6:08 am

Happy Blogiversary! I'm with WLP in that it's hard to believe it's only been one year, as you and your blog totally rock! Congratulations!

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HistoricalRomanceJunkie Rita July 11, 2010 at 6:21 am

Congrats on your Blogiverary! Happy to count myself as a follower of your site! I know you must be super proud of all the accomplishments you've had thus far, but this is only that beginning. I hope when April 2011 rolls around for me, I'll be able to recount my first year half as fondly as you do yours!

Here's to the first of many more…

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Michelle @ The True Book Addict July 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on a terrific first year. =O)

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Michelle @ The True Book Addict July 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on a terrific first year. =O)

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The Itzel Library July 11, 2010 at 6:40 am

Congrats on your blogoversary!!

Cheers!

~Yelania

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Diva's Bookcase July 11, 2010 at 6:55 am

Happy b'day BCC! Hard to believe that you are only one!

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KittNLuv July 11, 2010 at 6:57 am

Congrats Carolyn!!! Happy 1 year!!

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Stella (Ex Libris) July 11, 2010 at 7:43 am

Congratulations Carolyn!! Happy 1st Blogiversary! :-D

I already told you this but when I found your blog in January/February I thought you were already a long standing blog your design/posts/visitor traffic all made me think that you have been doing this for way longer than you actually did! :-D So congrats again!! Love BCC! :-)

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Kah Woei July 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

Congrats! Wow, you've done so much within 1 year.

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stacey July 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

Congrats on your first Year!!

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Mardel July 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

Oh my goodness – you've accomplished a lot. Makes me tired just thinking about it! LOL

Congratulations on a fine first year, and happy blog birthday!

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Blodeuedd July 11, 2010 at 8:25 am

Happy blogaversary!! :)

From what I remember from the year is of course the Kelley Armstrong interview, and that genre (what was the title again, you discovering HR again ;)

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GMR July 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

Happy blogiversary! Here's to a wonder year that has passed and an even brighter one to come. Happy reading! ^_^

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Aleksandra July 11, 2010 at 8:42 am

Happy Blogiversary & congratulations! I can't believe that it's been only one year since you've started this blog! You're blog is one of my favorites :)

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irisonbooks July 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

Congratulations! I can't believe you've only been blogging for one year!

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So Many Books, So Little Time July 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

Happy blogoversary, Carolyn! I thought you'd been blogging for much longer!

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Milka July 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

Congrats!
Yay, Finland got its place on TOP 10, that's cool. :)
I am really looking for the giveaways.

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My name is Patricia July 11, 2010 at 9:45 am

What a year! Congratulations! As a blogger who just started I can relate to all the hard work that we do :) So happy for you :)

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Bunny B July 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

Wow!!! It's been a year already?!! Congratulations! Your stats are also very impressive! Keep up the awesome work :)

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Sandy! July 11, 2010 at 10:29 am

Happy Blogversary! =D

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prophecygirl July 11, 2010 at 11:30 am

Happy Blogiversary, Carolyn! It's been a fab year, and here's to many many more! :D

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Ines July 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

Happy blog birthday! :)
I can't believe you're here only a year, it feels so much longer.
I'm looking forward to the fabulous give-aways (hope I win one too).
Enjoy your blog birthday.

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Mash1195 July 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

Happy Anniversary!!! Wow…I thought your blog was a bit older than one with all you have accomplished….WTG!!! Looking forward to Year 2 !!
CMash Loves To Read

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asamum July 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

Happy Blogoversary. Well done for such an amazing blog :D
Looking forward to the celebrations :D

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dor July 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday. Have a piece of cake and enjoy. I love your blog. See you tomorrow. Cheers.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

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Nikki-ann July 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Congratulations on your 1 year Blogiversary! You've created a wonderful blog here :)

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Mervi July 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Happy first blog birthday! Your blog rocks!

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thekams July 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Congrats on your 1st year blogoversary!!

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Suzanne July 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Congrats on your Blogiversary! It's hard to believe you've been around just one year! I'm glad you have been though because I just love your blog!

Suzanne
Chick with Books

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Joy Tamsin David July 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I loved this post! As a new book blogger, it was great to see how you built such an amazing site. Thanks for letting me be a fly on your wall for a little while.

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Leontine July 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Congratz on become one Carolyn, you had an awesome year, may many more follow! :)

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The Dynamic Uno July 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Happy 1 year! I love reading the book reviews and your chats with authors. (The giveaways are fabulous too.) Keep up the good work. :)

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E.J. Stevens July 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Congratulations on your first blogoversary!

Your blog is one of my favorite book blogs. Keep up the good work! :)

xx,
E.J.

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GABY July 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Congratulations!

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Darlyn July 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Congratulations!I thought it would be your 10th blogoversary! because i think your blog is very IN!

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The Mistress of the Dark July 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Happy blogiversary!!

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Donna July 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Happy Blogoversary!!!

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Helen's Book Blog July 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

One year; that's so awesome! I remember that yours was one of the first book blogs that I found as I entered the book blogging world last October.

You've had a fantastic year and I hope the next one is just as fun and wonderful for you!

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Fiction Vixen July 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Yay! Happy 1 year of blogging. You have an amazing blog and I'm pleased to be a regular reader. You rock Carolyn! xoxo

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Amanda Makepeace July 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Congrats!! :D Here's to many more wonderful years.

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Rebecca @ DSB July 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Hi Carolyn – I am so impressed that your blog is beating out JacketCopy. That means that you have more juice than the L.A. Times when it comes to book followers! After only one year, I'm blown away.

I had no idea that DSB was number one with referrals. I'm not sure how I accomplished that, but I'll still take the credit. : )

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Jesse Owen July 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Happy Blogoversary :)

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fredamans July 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Happy Blogoversary!
Happy Blogoversary!
Happy Blogoversary!
Ha-ppy Anniversary!

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elaing8 July 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Happy Blogiversary!!!

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Book Chick City July 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS AND BLOGIVERSARY WISHES!!! :D

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Dwayne July 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Happy Blogoversary, dear! I don't think I can ever be as dedicated as you! have a more wonderful year this year!

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Sparklybearsy July 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

YAY! HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY BCC!!

wow, i bow down to you after reading all your stats! you have a wonderful blog, and i love reading your posts. Have a great time! =)

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Melina July 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Wow happy blogiversary!

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Heidi V July 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

What an accomplishment! Happy Blogiversary….Thank you for the books I have won, the reviews that helped me choose a book and the wonderful insight you provide I'm looking forward to another great year!

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poodle666 July 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Happy 1st Anniversary :) xxx

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Bokelskerinnen July 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Congratulations :)

Would it be possible for you to write a post about how a new blogger can generate followers and readers, like how did you go about building up a followerbase when you were a new blogger. I think that sort of stuff always is interesting to read.

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Bella July 12, 2010 at 2:24 am

Yay! cOngratz and Happy Bloggaversary, and may u have many more :)

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Amused July 12, 2010 at 5:12 am

Congrats on reaching such a milestone!

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Book Chick City July 12, 2010 at 7:21 am

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND WISHES – I CAN'T BELIEVE A YEAR BLOGGING ALREADY, BUT IT'S BEEN FAB! :D

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com July 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Happy birthday darling :)

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Dren July 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Happy Anniversary!! What an awesome recount of your year!! You've done a fabulous job! Looking forward to more BCC!

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luv46kdz July 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Congrats! You should be proud you have a great blog here, luv visiting :)

Paula
Tomes Devotee

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Serena July 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Happy blogiversary! It is so great to see how well your blog is doing and how much fun you are having.

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Ryan G July 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Happy Birthday! Yours was one of the first blogs I started following about a year ago actually. My birthday will be on Saturday. I hope to be around to follow you for many more years.

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Book Chick City July 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

THANKS GUYS, THAT'S SO NICE OF YOU – I'M SO PLEASED YOU LIKE MY BLOG, IT REALLY DOES MAKE IT MORE WORTH WHILE :)

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Anna July 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Happy blogiversary!

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Jen D. July 13, 2010 at 1:59 am

Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on all your accomplishments. Wishing you many many more.

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Melissa (My World...in words and pages) July 13, 2010 at 2:42 am

Just wanted to say congrats on the blog. :) Your blog has really grown in the last year. I really enjoy stopping by and look up to your blog to learn from. Thanks! And cheers to many more years to come. :)

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mbreakfield July 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Happy blogversary!

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Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) July 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Happy Blogiversary!!!

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Clover July 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

Wow, I would have guessed that you've been around longer than just a year! Hope it's the first of many and congratulations :)

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Emma Michaels July 17, 2010 at 6:14 am

Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary!!!

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Twimom227 July 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Congrats on one year! You've had some great accomplishments in this year!

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naughtytidbits July 18, 2010 at 5:25 am

Happy 1 year anniversary!!

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Laura Summers July 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

A belated and huge happy blogiversary! I hope you had a cake too?

I loved your blog even before I was lucky enough to be asked to join as a regular reviewer in April.

What a great achievement your site is.

L x x

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Marilyn Shoemaker July 25, 2010 at 4:38 am

Happy Anniversary…….you're amazing.

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Marilyn Shoemaker July 25, 2010 at 4:48 am

Who did your graphics for your blog and tags. They are amazing!

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Book Chick City July 25, 2010 at 6:15 am

Aw thanks Marilyn – you can find info on my graphic designer under the "About Me" page – Thanks for stopping by :)

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