Tuesday, 13 November 2012

I totally forgot...

I have no clue how this slipped my mind, but....

Today is My Not So Vacant Shelf's 1 Year Blogiversary!

Its crazy how time goes by.

In one year I've managed to review over 140 books.

I've completed 290 (now 291) posts.

I have over 659 comments.

I have over 650 followers and over 300 e-mail subscribers.

I've hosted 8 giveaways

I've created and maintained not, only the blog, but a Facebook page. (Which, trust me, is a lot for me to do. I'm not very co-ordinated.)

I've popped my Twitter-Cherry

I've personally created 6 graphics for my blog (with two more in the works as we speak)

Created 2 memes: Spreading the Word, and Quotes! (I know, I know purely genius titles and memes)

And I've loved every single moment of it.

I still remember my first post and reason for creating this blog. I sat back one day trying to organize my bookshelf to get the greatest use out it and that was how the post: How to Organize Your Book Shelf was created. (I can't guarantee it's the best of writing, but it was my first!)

I had no clue how to promote my blog, and didn't actually have any followers for the first month. Didn't have a goodreads.com account either. Didn't even know about goodreads.com for a whole month. After entering the goodreads world my blog flourished.

My template for reviews has changed around the 175 times marker and probably will continue to change as I and my blog do too.

I remember the first author to contact me, a lovely Natalie Wright, and promoting her first book Emily's House (click for review). She was also kind enough to help me out with my first giveaway posted on the blog. Special thanks goes out to Natalie, and, umm...I'm still working on getting the review done for Emily's Trial. It will be out soon I promise!

I remember that The Elementalists were the first to share content from My Not So Vacant Shelf onto their Facebook page and ended up helping me promote my blog. Special thanks goes out to them!

The first author to ever comment on a post was Jana Oliver author of the Demon Trappers series. Big smiles go out to her!

In celebration of the big 1 I'm keep this blog going in the same style it has been whenever I feel extremely happy and feel like celebrating.

That's right...
As a special thank you to my fellow followers for providing me with a wonderful year I am hosting a giveaway for a $20 book(s) to The Book Depository.

On this one I really want to know what you guys think. Let me know about what you want in future giveaways. If you're liking the layout and look of the blog. If you think there are any memes I should join, and posts I should do.

Just let it all out and gain some entries doing it.

So without further ado... here is the Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Congrats on the blogiversary! I really like the colors on your blog, I can also tell you put a lot of time and effort into your graphics ^^


  2. Congrats! I love how your rating system uses shelves—it's really cute! (:


  3. I love the coloring of your blog. It is pleasing to the eyes.

  4. OMG HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! I've been around for a while, so I love the changes that you've made, with the blog button, layout, colors, and graphics. I think you've done a fantastic job as a blogger! Keep it up!!!

  5. Happy Blogversary and I wouldnt change a thing about your blog I love the graqphics and all

  6. Happy Blogversary! That's awesome! I like the look of your bog. And of course you reviews!

  7. Happy Blogiversary! Love your reviews! Glad its so easy to navigate :)

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

  8. Happy Blogoversary!!! I wish you many more!

  9. Happy Blogoversary!!

    As always your blog is amazing.....

    i just have one suggestion chance the font, for titles please its a little confusing to read when there are paragraphs...


  10. Happy Blogoversary!!

    I love the colors of your blog, everything goes together very well!


  11. Congrats on your blogoversary! Loved reading your first post and reading about all the blogging benchmarks! So happy for you :)

  12. Congratulations!!! I am a keen and avid follower of your brilliant book blog, and would like to thank you for an amazing giveaway. I love everything from the interviews to the giveaways and reviews...the only thing is perhaps you could post up information on:
    *books being made into movies, ie. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers or Eragon by Paolini and Harry Potter
    *new book releases that everyone is SO excited about (although i am sure you do this one!)
    *posts about other blogs and posts that have interested you. i.e a link to your friends blog who has posted about the hunger games for an example
    Hope that the above helps and thank you once again. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  13. I like the Waiting for Wednesday meme - it totally keeps me up to date with future releases and new authors too!

    leannessf at gmail dot com

  14. I think that a cute meme that you could add is Cover from all the world.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    botezatu_paula at yahoo dot com

  15. Happy 1 Year Blogiversary!! I hope the coming year is even better for you! I love your blog - the layout is easy to navigate and the background is so cheery! I agree with the other comments about joining in on the Waiting on Wednesday meme. It's fun and we readers can add new books to our TBRs. Thanks for the giveaway!


  16. Congrats on your blogoversary! I really love the graphics that you have been making, they are fun and cute. I hope that you continue to create different graphics for the blog. Thanks so much for the giveaway :)
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  17. Congrats! I love your blog header. It's an eye catcher and very memorable.

  18. Congratz! Happy blogoversary.
    I LOVE the image at the top of the page. It gives your blog character. :)
    jewel4jay AT hotmail DOT com

  19. Happy Blogversary!! I don't think you need any improvements on blog content, as it is great as it is! And this is just my personal opinion but you might want to change the font type for the comments and side bars because it's rather hard to read.

    celeste_fiore at live dot com

  20. Congrats and Happy Blogiversary!!!!

  21. Congratulations and Happy Blogorvarsary! I have enjoyed books you have spotlighted and fun sharing interviews and look forward to more. I saw a meme a while back on a site that was fun it was cover wars where they took covers from different countries for the same book and had the followers vote on their favorites.

  22. You've had an amazing blogging year! :)


    My email address:

    Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  23. What I really love about your blog is your graphics and your reviews because they're really helpful and detailed!

    1. Oh and my email is sweetmarie915@aol.com

  24. Happy birthday to your blog and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  25. Happy blogoversary.thanks for this wonderful giveaway.
    I love your blog :)

  26. Happy Blogoversary!!! I love you review and wish many more for post review and news about books!

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  27. Happy Blogoversary!
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I love your header. It's really cute!

    1. Oh, almost forgot!
      I love it that review not only books but also some movies too :)


  28. Happy Blogoversary,
    I love to read review and waiting on wednesday meme

    sweety dot white at ymai dot com

  29. Happy Blog-Birthday! YAY!

    I really like your blog but because I'm biased (my sister runs the meme), I suggest doing Cover Love :) You can check it out at Bookshelvers Anonymous.

    blueskyshelf [at] gmail [dot] com

  30. Happy Blogoversary, i'm really happy to follow your bnlog as it is so just continue to do your best^^ i like your personnality and that's what is important!


  31. Happy Blovoversary~!

    I really like your blog :D The font is sort of hard to get used to, but it's nice. :)


  32. Memes I love are those cover wars. Similar book covers being compared.
    like, try, why meme. that if you like this, try this because of this and that.
    Dream cast for books that you want to be made a movie. :)

    1. Email: oo.carmel.oo(AT)gmail.com

  33. I know it sounds like a line, but I honestly don't think you should change a thing on the blog. I love your reviews, your set-up. I especially love the graphics. Thanks so much for this giveaway, and Happy Blogoversary!

  34. You ask for suggestions for a better blog.

    My suggestion is to remember that not all your followers are young. Too many of the books you feature are geared toward younger (teenage and 20s) readers.

    1. Well it is a Young Adult blog, and I have been reviewing quite a lot of Adult books recently (like all the highlander books, and supernatural adult book), but thanks for the suggestion.

  35. Happy First Blogoversary, I just celebrated mine 12 days back! I love your blog -it's layout, all the lovely graphics and amazing reviews. Just giggled through your first post. Keep on blogging, Girl coz I'm lovin' it. :)

  36. I love visiting your blog. Your reviews are always well thought out and helpful.
    jwhitus at hotmail dot com

  37. Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy the reviews on your blog as you give just enough information to let me know if it's something I want to read...and I've discovered some great books through this site!


  38. Your blog is awesome it has all sort of things to look at. I don't know if you do this but it would be really cool if you like put up a post every week or so about book quotes :)



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