Sunday, 1 December 2013

Blogoversary Festival - Kick off!


Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear blog, Happy Birthday to youuuuu! Woooo! Guess what? The Mile Long Bookshelf is 4 years old! Let's have a look at some of the things that have happened this year...
  • themilelongbookshelf.blogspot.com became themilelongbookshelf.com - we bought our own domain!
  • The Mile Long Bookshelf won 'Trending Blog' in the Bloggy Awards!
  • We brought new book bloggers into the blogging world with the Blog 101 series.
  • We were added to lots more publisher databases, meaning The Mile Long Bookshelf is now receiving more review books than ever before as we're now with over 60 different publishers!
  • We hit a record of over 100,000 page views!
  • The Mile Long Bookshelf was in the acknowledgements in Luisa Plaja's 'Diary of a Mall Girl.'
  • The Mile Long Bookshelf was the Featured Blogger in Feature and Follow Friday in August, gaining over 30 new followers and over 100 comments on the blog post.
  • I started scheduling blog posts far in advance which made me a lot more organised. For example, I'm writing this on sunny August 5th (*cough* And November 30th), not chilly December 1st like you might think (but I'll be editing this post as the year goes on so it's all up-to-date.)
  • I made amazing new bloggy friends such as Ruby, Jack, Rita, Amy, Sunny, Charli and Hawwa
  • I started vlogging! You can see my channel here.
  • I hosted Halloween Week, full of wailing writers, ghoulish guest posts and freaky freebies. You can see the kick-off post here.
  • I wrote a grand total of 62 reviews, just this year alone.
  • I was plagiarised for the first time by various different people, and it taught me to be more careful with what I blog about.
  • The blog was fully re-designed. You can see a timeline of this blog's designs here. I'm planning to re-design again sometime next year.
So what is the Blogoversary Festival and what will it consist of? WELL. I'm glad you asked. ;)

The dates on this picture are wrong, it's meant to be 1st-14th Dec. Shh...

Now I'm going to thank a ton of people for making these past four years AWESOME. Thank you to all the publishers and authors who have sent me books to review this year. Every morning I am astounded by the generosity of people in the book world again and again. If I didn't have this blog, I really don't know what I would do!

Next I would like to thank my bloggy friends, mainly Zoe C, Zoe B, Jack, Sophie, Ruby, Sunny, Hawwa, Arianne, Charli, Rebekah, Holly, Jessica, the other Jessica, Rebecca, Emma, Amy, Rita, Rachel, Georgia and Lucy for making me laugh all day every day all year! I'm so lucky to be friends with you all and just talking to you makes my day. You're so supportive and if we ever met, well...I think it would be a bit crazy.

I would also like to thank some authors who have supported me and the blog this year. That's you, Natasha, Luisa, Keris, Cathy, Andy, Malorie, Emma, Siobhan, Daniela, Holly and Sophia. You're all fabulous and insanely talented!

Finally I would like to thank YOU. Reading my blog is simply what keeps it going so thank you!!

That's it for the first blogoversary post. Sorry it's kind of, erm, long. See you tomorrow when you get to have a peek inside the first tent!

*Top banner made by the amazing Ruby from Feed Me Books Now!!! Lineup poster made by myself.

51 comments:

  1. OMG! AMBER, CONGRATULATIONS! I know I only started reading your blog (June) but I've got to say, yours is one on my favourites list! Happy Blogoversary and I can't wait to see more of the blogoversary posts :)

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  2. Thanks for the mention! I'm so glad that I have you as a friend as well. You have helped me get through some stuff this year when I really needed to talk to someone so thank you very much and here's to another year of The Mile Long Bookshelf!
    Holly x

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  3. Congratulations on such an amazing achievement...you know how much I love reading your blog, and chatting to you! Thank you so much for my mention! I can't wait to see all of the posts, as the Festival idea is fab! May the odds be ever in your favour, every day, for the 5th Year, Amber!

    Love the designs of all the banners too!

    -Sophie:)

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    1. Aw thanks Sophie! Haha, I love how you got lots of book references in that comment ;)

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  4. Wow, four years - that's fantastic! Happy blogoversary!

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  5. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, GRAPE! <3 Your blog is the reason I am blogging, and I am eternally grateful *hands over a lifetime supply of unicorns* Congratulations on blogging for so long, here's to many more years in the future! You have acheived so much in the past year, you must be so proud :) Thanks for the mention! You're an amazing bloggy friend! xxx

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    1. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, HAROLD! <3 I'm so glad you decided to start a blog :D You're awesome! xx

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  6. Wow. FOUR YEAR!? This makes me want to break out into spontaneous singing. But I won't. Probably. *sings* HAPPY BLOGOVERSARYYYY. Thank you so much for the mention too!! Imagine all of at BEA or something at the same time.. O.o It would be awesome but then the building might burn down... *mental note not to let any bloggy friends near fire* Wow, I've got side-tracked... Anyway! Let's hope your 5th year of blogging will be just as amazing! ;)

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    1. Yay for spontaneous singing! Hehe thanks Rita! Umm I'd rather not burn down the BEA building ;P Hehe

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  7. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear The Mile Long Bookshelf, happy birthday to you!

    Sarah x

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  8. Congratulations on 4 years! I just started in July this year! It will take some time before I reach the 4 year mark!

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  9. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY AMBER! YAYAAAAAAAAAAAYY YOU'RE LIKE AN OLD GRANNY NOW. ;) AND OLD SLOTH GRANNY. :D

    You've achieved so much already and you can only achieve more; here's to another year! :)

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  10. FOUR YEARS OLD!! OMG AMBER THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE CONGRADULATIONS. *throws confetti*. Happy Blogaversary Amber! You are actually so awesome and I love our chats, your blog is without a doubt one of my favourites. Here's to many more anniversaries. Thank you for mentioning me, made my day. Xx

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    1. THANK YOU SUNNY! It's unicorn shaped confetti, right? Aww you've made MY day too :D xx

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    2. You guessed it. Unicorn shaped confetti is the best!

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  11. Happy blogoversary, Amber! Happy to support this fantastic blog. Here's to another four years - and more! xo

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  12. WOW! 4 YEARS!! That's insanely amazing :)
    Happy blogoversary Amber! Your blog is BRILLIANT, and you completely deserve all the incredibly success you've had (and will continue to have...!!)
    xx

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  13. hi Amber am younger then you start my blog in june this year.did not even heard (well in 2012 looked at it but forget about it) and went back to it in september this year

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    1. That is very cool. But how could you forget about TMLB?!?

      HUGE fan of your blog btw, Jaden. :)

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  14. Huge congratulations, Amber! :)

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  15. Huge congratulations, Amber! :)

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  16. Oops, sorry I commented twice. But... twice the congratulations to you! (And now three times... :) )

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  17. Wow! That's a huge accomplishment!!! Congratulations! :D
    btw, I love the header, its super cute! <3

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  18. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS AUNTIE CRAYON!!!! 4 whole years. WOW. But yeah. Thanks for the mentions *squishes with lots of hugs* *throws confetti* *hands biscuits*

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  19. Happy blogoversary, Amber :D *throws confetti and bookmarks* You've had such a fab year and your enthusiasm is so infectious haha! I'm so glad to have you as a friend :D

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    1. *catches the bookmarks* Woop! Hehe thank you, I'm glad to have you as a friend too! :)

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  20. WOOOT WOOOOOTTTTT you're 4 years old Amber. ;) lol hurrrah *scatters confetti*
    BLOG UNTIL YOU'RE PUSHING UP THE DAISIES PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

    goodbye. ;p

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  21. Congratulations!! What a huge accomplishment. :D And I loved how you listed out all your achievements -- they're so cool!

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  22. Amber how can you actually be so awesome? How can you achieve so much with this blog? You are so amazing. I can never even imagine achieving what you have with your blog. You're so inspiring! Obviously, your blog is one of my favourites and I hope it'll be here for many more years. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!






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    1. Best comment ever award goes to you! Thank you so much, it means a lot :) TMLB better still be here in a few years or I'll never forgive myself -_- Thank you, you're awesome!

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  23. Happy (belated) blogoversary! Youve hit so many milestones this year, YOUR AWESOMENESS IS OVERPOWERING.

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