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It’s My Blogiversary!

January 2, 2012

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My little blog turns five today! This past year has been a tricky one, what with adjusting to new health limitations, but at this point I’m very happy with my new blogging style. I’ve also figured out a structure that will, with any luck, allow me to ‘cover’ my health flare-ups with pre-scheduled posts, so that this year won’t see as many blogging breaks as in the past. *knock on wood* Here are five of my favourite posts from my fifth year:

Back in 2010, I posted a book blogging manifesto, and I’m re-posting it today (with a few changes) in celebration of yet another year completed.

  • I seek out books…making lists on random topics, checking titles out from the library, and reviewing them in the good and the bad. I prioritise my main interests in fiction: older books, authors from diverse backgrounds, and a good dose of literature in translation and other international books (since England colonised a good percentage of the world, I don’t have to read translated fiction in order to hear the voices of authors from all different continents). And I enjoy a wide variety of nonfiction!
  • I gush about the books and authors I adore, in the hopes that I can convince other readers to give them a try. And I analyse the less gushworthy books, so that I have a reading record for my future self.
  • I post about whatever I feel like, even if it’s not entirely book-ish. And I skip posting whenever I’m not in the mood for it.
  • I express my opinion as I see fit, even at the risk of ruffling some hypothetical feathers. I find that debate, as long as it’s kept on an intellectual level, is invigorating and healthy. Every time I’ve blogged about a controversial topic here, I’ve been more than impressed with the caliber of discussion that takes place in the comments section. I don’t apologise for having a point of view, even if it is different from others.
  • I am close with other book bloggers from all walks of life, and chat with them via Twitter, e-mails, blog comments, and any other medium. I value these relationships, and I am grateful to the evolution of social media for making them even easier to create and maintain.
  • I shape my personal blogosphere, reaching out to bloggers old and new who can brighten my day with a new post in my reader, and who I connect with at some level, intellectually, personally, or otherwise. And I delight in new (or simply new-to-me) blogs that I stumble across and feel a reading connection with, as well as watching the evolution of bloggers I’ve known for years.
  • I offer advice and mentoring to anyone new to book blogging who asks for it.
  • I join in a wide range of challenges, read-a-longs, and community-sponsored events to help me celebrate the joy of reading or explore new-to-me genres or just have a reason to create yet another book list.
  • I believe in both reading and blogging relativism…there is no one right way to do anything, especially in two such individualistic hobbies.
  • I receive joy and enrichment every single day from being a member of the book blogging community.

Without my readers, my bloggy friends, and the book blogosphere as a whole, I’m not sure I would have made the effort to work through my new health problems and figure out a way to keep A Striped Armchair going. If I had stopped, I’m sure my life would be less rich today, so thank you (again) for the inspiration and support! Here’s to another five years! ;D

61 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2012 6:06 am

    Happy Blogversary, Eva! I’m so glad that you are still around. It’s lovely to see a new post from A Striped Armchair. Hope that 2012 is a fabulous year for reading and learning and that you and Thistle enjoy each other’s company more and more. Hugs!

  2. January 2, 2012 6:25 am

    Congratulations on five years! That’s an amazing accomplishment, and I’m so glad to have gotten to know you :)

  3. January 2, 2012 6:35 am

    Woo hoo! Five years is major – congratulations!!

  4. January 2, 2012 6:40 am

    Gosh, you’re so OLD! How you’ve GROWN! I’m turning five in April – isn’t it lovely to think of us both, in 2007, thousands of miles apart, both thinking about starting little blogs… and hasn’t it been fun?

  5. January 2, 2012 6:55 am

    Happy blog day Eva! *raises toast*

  6. January 2, 2012 7:01 am

    Happy Blogiversary! We’re blog twins! (Sort of.) It’s my 5th today too. Isn’t it funny to think the 2 of us started the same day and we’re still here? I’m glad you found a way to keep going.

  7. Ioana permalink
    January 2, 2012 7:04 am

    Happy Bloggy Birthday!

  8. January 2, 2012 7:23 am

    Happy blog birthday. I’m so glad you’ve stuck around — I love reading whatever you have to say.

  9. January 2, 2012 7:56 am

    We’re glad you’re here, Eva, not only to inspire you, but also to be inspired by you — your reading and more importantly your positive attitude toward life, no matter what the circumstances. Thank you for the last five years. Here’s hoping for at least another five years, if not more.

  10. January 2, 2012 7:59 am

    Yay! A very happy blogiversary to you, my dear!!! Cheers to another five and beyond!

  11. January 2, 2012 8:16 am

    Happy blogiversary. Five years is a fabulous length of time to be blogging.

  12. January 2, 2012 8:30 am

    Yay! Happy bloggy birthday, Eva! Many happy returns of the day!

  13. January 2, 2012 8:34 am

    Happy blogiversary! Mine is coming up this weekend … also 5 … where has the time gone? I’m looking forward to your posts in 2012.

  14. January 2, 2012 8:56 am

    Congratulations! I love your book blogging manifesto :)

  15. January 2, 2012 9:03 am

    Congratulations, what a great achievement.

  16. January 2, 2012 9:26 am

    Happy B day!

  17. brolee permalink
    January 2, 2012 9:54 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Five years is such a huge success – here’s to another 5!

  18. January 2, 2012 10:11 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Eva! Congratulations and all the best for many more years.

  19. January 2, 2012 10:21 am

    Happy blogiversary! I think it’s awesome how long you can keep something like this up (I’ve been lurking/reading your reviews for some time now), and you are definitely among the people who inspired me to start up my own review blog as a sort of new year’s resolution, so our ‘birthdays’ kind of coincide, only I’m a metaphorical newborn and you’re… well, five! I just wanted to express my thanks and say that I probably have half your reviews bookmarked… Good luck for the future, too!

  20. January 2, 2012 10:21 am

    What a beautiful post, Eva! The blogging world is so much richer for having you in it!!! Happy Blogiversary!!!

  21. January 2, 2012 10:49 am

    Your blog was one of the first book blogs I started reading back in 2007. I’m so glad you’re still here!

  22. January 2, 2012 10:58 am

    Wow, five years! Have a happy day! I’ll tell you that you have successfully gushed about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and I’m reading “Half of a Yellow Sun” now. :)

  23. January 2, 2012 11:36 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Eva, and congratulations on five years of blogging!

  24. January 2, 2012 12:11 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Eva! 5 years is about an eon in blogging time, and I’m so glad you’re still at it. Here’s to many more! :D

  25. January 2, 2012 12:31 pm

    Congratulations, Eva. I’m looking forward to another year of wonderful posts and book recommendations from A Striped Armchair!

  26. January 2, 2012 1:02 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Eva! I look forward to reading your blog for at least another 5 years to come!

  27. January 2, 2012 1:24 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I’m glad you’ve kept going, I love spotting a new post from you in my feed reader. Hope this sixth year is a good one!

  28. January 2, 2012 1:37 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Eva! I’m so very happy you kept blogging. You truly are an inspiration for us all!

  29. January 2, 2012 1:38 pm

    Thank YOU Eva! Happy blogiversary :)

  30. January 2, 2012 3:35 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Eva! Here’s to another wonderful five years of reading and blogging!

  31. Jillian ♣ permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:46 pm

    Five years is incredible – congrats!!!

  32. January 2, 2012 4:28 pm

    Congratulations on your five years of blogging! Your blog was one of the main factors for getting me interested in blogging myself, so thanks!

  33. January 2, 2012 4:32 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog 2 years ago! :)

  34. January 2, 2012 4:44 pm

    five years is amazing eva I m just ashamed I didn’t find your blog sooner ,all the best stu

  35. January 2, 2012 4:48 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Eva! I love your “manifesto” and I see the spirit of it in each of your posts. I always know that when a new post from you pops up in my reader that I am in for a thoughtful post that will likely expose me to an author I never would have found on my own. So glad that you are part of the book blogging community and I hope you’ll be around for many more years!

  36. January 2, 2012 4:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary – may the next year bring many good books into your life.

  37. January 2, 2012 5:17 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Eva. It so good that you found a way to comfortably continue blogging in spite of your health issues because this blog is good for you :) and we all need more stuff that make us feel good, add value to our lives and connects us with people. And I’m glad (selfishly) of course that you are around. Love your manifesto. Happy New Year!

  38. January 2, 2012 5:49 pm

    Happy Bloggiversary!! I know that I have been comin’ round here for at least 4 years and likely longer. :)
    Happy New Year.

  39. January 2, 2012 6:20 pm

    Congratulations Eva! I can’t tell you how much enjoyment I’ve gotten from your blog. You’ve expanded my reading selections astronomically, and I love your thoughtful and reflective voice. Keep doing what you do and I’ll keep reading!

  40. January 2, 2012 6:52 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Eva! You are a wonderful part of the blogging community and I look forward to more of your thoughtful posts :)

  41. January 2, 2012 7:21 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Eva, and here’s to the next 5 years!

  42. January 2, 2012 8:05 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! What a great manifesto!

  43. January 2, 2012 8:29 pm

    Congratulations on five amazing years! I can’t wait to see what the next five have in store for you!

  44. January 2, 2012 8:57 pm

    Happy 5th blogiversary! What an achievement. :)

  45. ana permalink
    January 2, 2012 10:58 pm

    Congratulations, Eva!! It is such an achievement. Your posts are always compulsory reading for me. Your enthusiasm bounces off the page!!

    We are all so delighted that you have figured out ways to continue with A Striped Armchair, despite your adversities. Looking forward to the next 5!!

  46. January 3, 2012 2:18 am

    Congratulations Eva, I love reading your posts, and look forward to them popping up in my reader.

  47. January 3, 2012 2:19 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Eva! I remember when I first came across your blog – not long after I’d started myself. It’s wonderful to think of the community we’ve grown up with and the people who are still around us in the virtual world, and of course it’s been extra special for me finding a blogging friend who really understands what it is to suffer chronic illness. On that note I really hope 2012 will turn out to be a VERY healthy year for you, as well as a wonderful one for reading.

  48. January 3, 2012 2:31 am

    Five years of blogging are well worth the celebration.
    Keep doing what you do best.

  49. January 3, 2012 2:31 am

    Hi! I just discovered your blog and am blown away! And not just by the sheer number of books you read but the fresh, self-effacing way you write. The funny way your reference your illness as a way to explain the MASSIVE amount of reading you do. It’s charming! You really are a joy to read. I also love the wide variety of stuff you read … I am so sick of bloggers who do just fantasy or just romance. I know that’s harsh but there it is!
    By the way, I’m currently reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go”. It’s fantastic. When I finish I’ll be watching the movie based on the book which is a huge thing with me. (Frankly, that’s what my blog is about – movies based on books)
    Anyway, I will be back to read you again and again. Here’s to a 2012 with fewer and fewer flareups.

  50. January 3, 2012 7:01 am

    Happy blogiversary!!

  51. January 3, 2012 8:36 am

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who took the time to leave such sweet comments! I treasure them all, and when I’m having a rough patch, I’ll definitely be reading back through these. :)

  52. January 3, 2012 11:32 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    And I love love love your blogging manifesto. I want to copy it and look at it whenever I feel frustration/self-doubt/whatever about blogging!

  53. January 3, 2012 3:04 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Eva! I’m always happy when you come back from an unintended break and I hope we have many more years of your unique insights and unmatched enthusiasm to look forward to!

  54. January 3, 2012 3:08 pm

    Happy (belated) blogiversary! May you have many more!

  55. January 3, 2012 4:34 pm

    Congratulations on your fifth year! You are an asset to the book blogging community and the book-loving world. I wish you another great year of reading, a bit selfishly because that will give me a great year of following your blog.

    Happy Blogiversary and many happy returns!

  56. January 3, 2012 6:18 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary. You are my favorite blogger out there and the impetus for reading outside of my comfort zone.

  57. January 3, 2012 7:46 pm

    Happy blogiversary Eva! I’m so glad to see you blogging more frequently these days. :) Happy New Year!!

  58. January 4, 2012 12:29 pm

    Congratulations and I’m so glad you are still in the blogging world!!

  59. January 4, 2012 6:39 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Glad you’re still going strong!

  60. January 5, 2012 7:10 am

    yeay! happy blogoversary! So glad you are still around and planning on continuing!

  61. January 31, 2012 9:53 am

    Congratulations on five fantastic years! I hope that you are around for many many many more :D

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