My second semester of school starts and I'm reading, like always, constantly. No blog at this time.
Mint Tea and a Good Book starts, and I find out about it later in the month. I begin to think about blogging about writing.
I launch Willa's Ramblings with a dandelion background, and make my first posts. Meredith checks it out and makes me a blog design - the dog signature and girl with curly hair. I think about blogging about books, and decide to wait a little.
All seven of the posts were about writing, and I hit 478 views. I find out about reviewing for BookPeople, and I get accepted to the program, and book blogging is decided to be part of the blog.
I start reviewing, and the blog becomes a book blog! I also do my first contest.
Blogging becomes serious! I drop writing, and go to my first book event. My first giveaway, of The Last Little Blue Envelope.
Hit 50 followers!
I read Anna and the French Kiss! And, at least in my opinion, started to get good at blogging. There is a difference - my style was changing, reviews became better, and I began to fall in love with my blog.
I participated in the Banned Books Week Hop, and gained a lot of readership. Also, I read Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, now one of my favorite dystopian novels. Also, I updated my blog design.
Austin Teen Book Festival! I had been waiting for this since May, and I was part of the Teen Press Corps, which gave me the inside scoop on everything. Fantastic experience! Check out my wrap-up post here!
Thanksgiving, where I gave thanks for all the amazing people in my life! Love you all! Also, NaNoWriMo, where I created the story I am now writing, and fell in love with it.
The now month. I participated in the Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon, reread tons of my favorite YA books, and realized I had learned so much.
Now, on to the future.
My New Year's Resolutions:
- Finish my novel. Easier said than done.
- Go to BEA! I can't wait to meet all of these amazing people I've only tweeted with and exchange emails with.
- MY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! This isn't really a resolution, but it's big.
- Keep on blogging. It has changed my life and everything I know about the publishing industry.
Have a happy New Year's Eve!