A little over a year ago, I started talking to Sue Brown and she said, "You know what? You should put all the reviews you've been doing in one spot. Start your own blog." After hemming and hawing, I did. And on November 1, 2011, I posted my first entry as "A Bear on Books".
It has been...so much more than I ever expected. I didn't think it would be more than a ripple in water, because so many people do such wonderful work in reviewing and having professional sites. And here I came along, this Southern guy who thought he might have a little fun.
A year later, I have over 175 reviews to my name, 160 followers to the blog, and...20,000 page views as of last night!!!
And I'm sorry I can't get to all the great books I read every week that deserve reviews. There aren't enough hours in the day. Between my work at Living Room, my attempts at writing, and personal issues with family, health and loss, I just can't do it at the pace I was this time a year ago.
I'm considering some ways to make this work better, including inviting some guest reviewers in to assist. I will keep you posted.
But...I want to celebrate the blog's birthday and the milestone 20,000 views! So a couple of friends and I have arranged a weekend giveaway.
I have copies of six great books to give away this weekend, November 9 - 11, 2012. All you have to do is leave a response here on this blog post, and it will enter you to win. Just leave a quick note to tell me something you might have enjoyed here at the blog, and what books you would like - make sure you leave me an email address. I will draw the winners Sunday night and post them.
Sound good? I hope so!
Here are the prizes:
Risking It All - Lee Brazil
Truth Deeper Thank Logic - Lee Brazil
Geoff's Teddy - Havan Fellows
Ty Hard - Laura Harner
Second Chances - T.A. Webb
Thank you all!!!