This past year has been a complete whirlwind. I barely remember it starting. Then there were the points of time where I thought I would never get to sleep again or to find time to eat (both problems are solved, but I do wish I could get even more sleep).
This is the year I became a mom. This is the year I became a stay at home parent. This is the year where I learned that being a stay at home parent is extremely lonely. This is the year I learned who my true friends really are.
This is also the year I rediscovered my love of reading and became a book blogger.
Tomorrow my blog turns 6 months old, a magic number so I have been told. I can only wonder what people mean by that. So many great things have already to my little blog, I find the thought of much more awesomeness happening to it mind blowing.
So I thought to commemorate this huge milestone I would introduce you to my new little feature Behind the Blog. I plan to use Behind the Blog to help you all get to know me better and for conversational posts. My thoughts and opinions. Things like that. I thought the best way to start this off was to tell you why I started a blog in the first place.
As I already mentioned, this year I became a stay at home mom. The stay at home mom life can be incredibly boring. There is a lot more down time than one would thing. Yeah, I could probably do more cleaning or something, but I hate cleaning...
This is life is also extremely lonely. There are a lot of things that have factored into the loneliness that I was experiencing. My husband works super long hours. We were down to one car for awhile so I couldn't go any where. My "friends" kept cancelling plans on me, etc etc etc.
So I started filling my time up with putting together puzzles. Then I ran out of those. I started coloring and crafting, but you can only do that so much before you go nuts (I still do that). Video games and tv filled up the silence with noise.
I also started reading again. I had always been a reader. I had been a bookseller for about 6 years before I started my new career as a stay at home mom. I always used my Goodreads account too. However, you will see a dramatic difference between my reviews before and after my blog.
I realized at some point that I wasn't putting much thought in my reviews. I was just writing "I liked it" or "it was good." Short things like that. Nothing else. No real substance. I realized that was not a good way to keep my brain functioning and sharp, so I thought about what I could do that would fix that.
My answer was to create a book blog. And like I normally do with things, I went all in. I made the blog, did research on how to get ARCs (having been a bookseller before I knew they existed) and how to connect to others (now I am addicted to Twitter...).
I have had a blast. I am so happy that I found book blogging and that it fit me perfectly. I have met a lot of wonderful people. I get to help the authors and publishers out. It is just a wonderful fit. I wouldn't have it any other way.