TGR’s 2nd blog birthday!

TGR’s 2nd blog birthday!


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It’s TGR’s 2nd blog birthday!

It really doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging and managing a site for two full years. It still feels like I started just yesterday. To think that I’ve come this far, and gotten through all the ups and downs I’ve encountered, I’m proud. TGR may be young, but it’s not that  young.

In the past year, TGR has really grown:

It made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. (Guide here.)

It introduced a new feature.

Of course, as the sole operator of TGR, I’ve grown too in the past year:

I pursued a new project.

I took the time to appreciate what TGR has done for me, and thanked all of you in this wonderful community. (We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for each other.)

I met Sarah Dessen at my first-ever author signing.

And I’ve read some really  awesome books.


The thing about book blogging is that it isn’t solely about the books. In fact, a lot of book blogging is about the book bloggers. And this past year has been very kind to me in that department. I’ve not only met new bloggers, but also grown closer to those I met two years ago. Yes, blogging is a lot of work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. And the friendships I’ve formed are irreplaceable. I don’t view those that I’ve met or gotten to know only as book bloggers; I view them as friends.We may live all over the world, but we’re still there for each other. They make blogging worthwhile.

So thank you, my lovely friends. I hope to read and share many more books with all of you.

One of the most important things I’ve learned this past year about blogging is that blogging is about giving back. And I don’t mean through giveaways. It’s about giving back to all the authors who consistently aid our never ending reading needs. It’s about treating each other with respect, and passing along good books. It’s about coming together and sharing knowledge.

It’s not about sacrificing your personal life, your job, or having fun. Book blogging isn’t simply what you make of it, but also who you make it with.

Happy birthday, TGR!

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14 Responses to “TGR’s 2nd blog birthday!”

  1. Happy 2 years! *throws confetti into the air* Your post is perfect <3

  2. Nafiza says:

    Happy 2nd Birthday to TGR. I feel like we’re raising toddlers. Hehe.

  3. Happy Birthday to The Grammarian’s Reviews! *does a birthday dance*

  4. We Heart YA says:

    Hear hear! And happy blog birthday! We’re so glad to be part of the party. 🙂

  5. Cialina says:

    Aw yay!!! Happy blog birthday, Alissa! 🙂

  6. Liz. R says:

    Happy second blogoversary! Here’s to another great year :). And a lot of book blogging is definitely about the bloggers – you meet so many nice people this way! I’m also very jealous that you got to meet Sarah Dessen.

  7. Anne says:

    Happy birthday! Good luck with your next year and I can’t wait to work with you more in the future!

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