This was our first year blogging and so far it’s been an amazing journey! The blog hasn’t changed much since we first started back in March, at least not in terms of content, but we did get a makeover.
|Remember our old look? It was too pink but I miss it. It took blood, |
sweat, tears and a lot of cursing to get it to look like that... Good times!
Personally I believe that I have slightly improved my reviewing skills, I think I’m this close to figuring out how to use commas and I don’t fight with Blogger as much as I used to.
We made almost $4 thanks to Amazon Associates, or I should say thanks to the people who bought book through our links (the bestseller was Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis, a book we didn't review but featured here). If this keeps up I’ll be able to buy a house in 300 years (hopefully by that time it will be a floating house and I will have a pet alien/dragon to keep away the unwanted visitors from Venus).
I got to interview some of my favorite authors like Marie Sexton (she was my first!), Leslie Parrish (she was the first author to offer us a review copy!), Thea Harrison (the first time I felt brave enough to contact an author’s publicist) and Louisa Edwards (the first time one of ours reviews got quoted in a book!).
Another perk of having the blog was that I got lots of free books, most of them before release date. That is mind-blowing to me because I never thought it would happen, at least not so soon. Thanks to that I have saved some money which in turn went into the blog for giveaways and the redesign.
Our most popular post was Marie’s review of Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts, followed by some of our giveaways and interviews, and everything Robyn Carr, seriously, people love her, so far we have reviewed two of her books and they get hits every day.
Next year I hope to start adding some opinion posts because I love discussions and I have several topics in mind, in fact I have one post ready to post in January, is about sex scenes and sensuality ratings, and you can expect it during the week of our Shameless Giveaway Hop. Speaking of which, if you have a blog there’s still time to sign up. It’s a man-titty (and woman-titty) friendly hop, which means that if you like your books on the steamy side then this hop is perfect for you.
And last but not least, I want to take some time to be sappy. The best thing about blogging is all the people I have met so far. Some of them, like Kathleen O, are regular commenters that don’t even own blogs –as far as I know- and that’s just awesome. The rest are fellow bloggers that have been with us almost since the beginning, either commenting or just through Twitter, and I want to say thanks to all of them. I’ll probably leave someone out but I want to mention Jade (Sort of Beautiful), Alexis (Reflections of aBookaholic), Jen (Red Hot Books), Rebecca (Kindle Fever), Dixie & Maggie (Gone Pecan), Maldivian Book Reviewer (Maldivian Book Reviewer’s Realm of Romance) and Jess (Gone With the Words), and more recently Jay (Joyfully Jay), Nath (Books,Books and More Books), Mandi (Smexy Books -all the reviewers in this blog are awesome-), Ann (Under the Covers Book Blog), Christine (The Happily Ever After) and Kenda (Lurv a la Mode and Full ForkAhead –you have to see this blog, is about food and the pictures are incredible!). They all have been supportive, have great blogs and are very cool people to talk books and drool about hot guys. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read our reviews. Can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring.