It’s a big day today- it’s my blog’s 6th birthday. 6! I can’t believe that I have been blogging for 6 years! Continue reading
My blog turned 4 years old yesterday. I’m a day late with the announcement- but better later than never, right?
Turning 4 in the bloggy world is an experience. I’m old enough to be a bit on the seasoned side and yet not quite old enough to talk about the good ole days in blogging like some that I follow.
2015 brought Traveling With T:
- A custom domain
- Over 1000 likes on Traveling With T’s Facebook page
- Getting mentioned in a book
- Some Great Books
- Tons of Giveaways
- Blog friendships that go beyond the blog
Ya’ll! Yesterday, Traveling With T turned 3! Wondering where all the fan-fare was yesterday? Well, the internet had the nerve to go out before I could get the post finished!!! (Grrrrrrr………) But fear not- I am a gal who likes to celebrate multiple times! So, yesterday, I enjoyed a yummy Krispy Kreme doughnut (so good!) and homemade pizza (mmmm.. sausage and red bell pepper!) and cursed the internet multiple times. Continue reading
That’s right, folks- Traveling With T is turning 2! 2 years of bloggy goodness. Bloggy fun. Bloggy giveaways. And yes some days of being bloggy confused- wondering how to make buttons, what is SEO, do I REALLY need multiple forms of social media, and a million other things.
Has it been fun? Absolutely? Is it worthwhile? 100 percent. Is it all super fun, cupcakes with sparkles, unicorns and rainbows and glitter everywhere? NO. Some days blogging is hard work. But I LOVE it- and the good days outweigh the bad by a million percent.
So- to honor my 2 year bloggy anniversary- my bloggy birthday(I’m totally treating myself to a HUGE cupcake today- because I’ve totally earned it) I’m giving away a slew of books. A pile of books. Books, books, books, and hold on——— 2 of them are signed!! Yes, yes, yes- last Saturday (when the temperature was around 32 degrees- but felt like it was in the mid 20’s) I braved the cold and I got 2 books signed. For you, my darling readers!
Here’s the giveaway line-up:
Yes. This is the signed book. YES (you are welcome!) But wait…. there is a bit more- I also bought the short story Joshilyn wrote- the story that accompanies SELS- MY OWN MIRACULOUS (which is also SIGNED!) The winner of this wins both- since they are a package deal!
Sarah Jio’s latest. Seriously, you can thank me later. Here is the Goodreads summary (just in case seeing Sarah Jio’s name is not enough to say “Good golly, I NEED that!)
This book caught quite a bit of attention. Several bloggers I know RAVED about this book. I have 2 copies of this book for you lucky readers! Here is the summary (just in case you aren’t aware of this book!)
I LOVE cozy mysteries. I LOVE Jenn McKinlay. The Library Lover’s series is a great one- and this is the latest in the series! Here is the summary on Goodreads.
Lucy Burdette’s latest- Topped Chef– is great. Fun. And Hayley is delightful (and might be finding a romance. Maybe. Possibly. We’ll see!) Here is the Goodreads summary.
Denise Swanson’s latest. Another great cozy series. Here is the Goodreads summary.
And lastly…. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Note: This was a Kindle Daily Deal a week ago and I bought a copy as a “gift” for a lucky commenter. So you need to have a Kindle or Kindle app to read this book! Here is the Goodreads summary.
So, there you have it. My birthday- but you get the presents 🙂 🙂 It’s my way of saying “thank you” for sticking with me, for taking a chance and following my blog, for being a commenter, for retweeting- for all the things you do that make me want to wake up and blog, baby, blog for another day.
You, my dear readers, like me for who I am. And I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.
The giveaways are US only. To win, comment and list the prizes in order of how much you want from 1 (I really want this!) to 7 (I’d be cool with winning this!) Giveaway begins December 14th and ends Dec 23rd.
Today my blog, Traveling With T, turned a year old. It’s been a crazy, fun, wild, frustrating, challenging year. But, and here’s the key: It’s been so worth it. Fulfilling. Enjoyable.
When I started Traveling With T, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wanted a blog where I could write about experiences- local restaurants, book signings, events. I wanted some anonymity, I wanted a title that was catchy, but didn’t pigeonhole me- one that I could discuss different things; but still with a focus.
I didn’t start the blog because I had a burning desire to be a writer (although, I have much respect for writers). I’ve thought over the last few years that someone publishing my thoughts from the pitfalls of guys using emoticons in texts, to the art of the road trip, to why being a nail polish namer has to be an interesting job (plus much, much, much more) would make for an interesting book- but I’ve never really had a burning desire to write for a living.
When I was a kid, I used to read Ann M. Martin books, Francine Pascal and more. Reading these books, I always thought it would be so nice to get to meet the people behind the books I loved. But, a small-town girl, states and hours away from these authors never did get a chance to meet them. As I grew up, I put the idea out of my head- reading was not cool (even though I secretly read in high school). The older I got, the more I realized reading was a part of me- it was something I needed. With social media, I can chat with authors, learn about book signings and more. Going to a book signing is the best kind of fun. Proud to report that I’ve been to several book signings over the past year- and I love each and every one.
Part of the reason I started blogging is that while I don’t have burning desire to be a writer/author- I do have a strong desire to be around the writer types. To hear where they get inspiration, to see their works comes to life. To be able to sit down with them- with total wide eyed innocence and discuss the things I love, dislike, and more about their books. An author has a creative energy that I adore being around- a creative energy that fills a place in my heart and life. An author gives me something to think about, something to ponder deeply and maybe even creatively for days, weeks. When I’m around an author-type person, I feel like I’m the best version of myself- the bright, inquisitive person- the person who is fully validated because she is with people who speak a language that she loves. I feel smarter, brighter, almost Wonder Woman-ish.
There have been times over the past year that I thought of just deleting my blog. It seemed like it wasn’t going anywhere, some days it wasn’t even fun. But, slowly, I began to get followers- and then I became involved with She Reads Blog Network- and that for me was all the validation I needed to continue. While, I don’t think I started the blog with the full on intention to review books completely- being able to review books is something I find pleasure in. It’s back to that whole “books fill a place in me, in my creative part”.
My desire for myself and my blog:
1. Host giveaways. I promote other blog giveaways, but have never had one at Traveling With T. 2013 will be the year that changes.
2. Continue to review books. Fiction, #southernlit, cozies and more.
3. To one day, be more involved in the process of an author’s life. A publicist, perhaps? To be more involved in the work of an author from the beginning of the process to the end would be very fulfilling.
On today, as my blog turns a year old- a heartfelt “Thank You” to my followers, the people who “like”, retweet, and share my blog posts. Without you, my blog would be floating around in the internet. Each time you like something I write- I”m reminded of the Sally Field “You Like me! You Really Like Me!”
To MVBClub- thanks for letting me guest blog, for being an inspiration and a sounding board. xoxo
To Melinda McGuire- thank you for letting me guest blog about Oxford and Faulkner- you’re the best!
To Deep South Magazine- thank you for every RT, every comment and more. My appreciation for you is beyond words.
To authors (Erika Marks, Erika Robuck, Nichole Bernier, Michael Lee West, Meg Donohue, Jenn McKinlay, Cleo Coyle,Lucy Burdette,Robin O’Bryant, Claire Cook, Mia March, Sarah Jio, Michael Morris, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, Megan Abbott) Thank you for your books. For taking time out of your schedules to tweet with me, to call in for book clubs. Thank you for writing great books and books that I anticipate being great.
To She Reads, She Reads Blog Network, and Kimberly Brock- I’m so overcome with happiness for being able to be part of She Reads. Thank you- Thank You- Thank You. Being able to be a part of this great group just makes me feel all sparkly and happy. Honored to be a part of a such a sparkly wonderful group.
To authors everywhere: Even if I don’t know you- you inspire me. To the dreamers, the people with the imaginations and creativity, to the ones who have the desire, drive and determination to write a book: Never change. Keep writing. Keep inspiring people. Write not just because you can; but because you can’t live in a world that’s without your writing.
Traveling With T
PS: A special thank you to Ann M. Martin, Judy Blume, Francine Pascal and the Nancy Drew books: without your books, I might not be the reader I am today. Beyond grateful for the love of reading the books you’ve written that has instilled a love of reading in me. “Thank you” seems so inadequate- but that’s all I have to say.
Friday. Sad news in the world today. Terrible Tragedy. 😦
1. Deep South Magazine– most overlooked books of 2012 (one of my fav authors, Kimberly Brock made that list), bookish gifts, peacock ornaments (beautiful ornaments, nice looking gifts for friends or for yourself- and cheap! Less than 7 bucks!), 9 ways to live like Hemingway, and much more.
Today’s Deep South Mag #12daysofgiveaways is also posted: I’ll Be Home for Peacemas by Shannon O’Neil. Make a comment by 12pm CST to possibly win. And check back daily- Deep South Mag has a new giveaway each day.
2. Today’s the last day of the Meg Donohue giveaway for Cupcakes & Books- get those entries in for Cupcakes & Books! Diamonds are nice, but sometimes a cupcake is a girl’s best friend.
3. #fridayreads is The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Interesting book so far. Like the plot. 110 pages into book- and wanting to sit down and read more.
4. Claire Cook– author of MUST LOVE DOGS and WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM is giving away 10 copies of Wallflower to a lucky book club. I signed up- you should too!
5. Today is my 1 year anniversary as a blogger- it’s been a year of challenges, ups and downs, fun times, and more. Look for a blog post later today with a more in-depth talk about my first year of blogging. Also big thanks to @MVBClub for writing a guest blog to help celebrate my first anniversary as a blogger!
Happy Reading- and hug your loved ones tonight.
Deidre and the MVBClub wanted to help me celebrate my 1 year anniversary as a blogger and my blog Traveling With T. MVBClub has been very supportive, a huge help in questions & answers, guest blogging opportunities, and more. Thanks MVBClub (and specifically Deidre)- for all that you have done. Words cannot express my gratitude.
MVBClub Guest Blog
Blogging is something that I had always wanted to try. I just didn’t know how to get started. I signed up on Twitter which is a great way to get yourself comfortable with a blogging in 140 characters or less. I, finally, had the courage to set up a WordPress account last December after having a hilarious conversation with some of my Twitter friends about Men and Reading.
These same friends became apart of the Man Vs Books Club team that runs the blog which focuses on encouraging Men to read more. On our blog we discuss the classics such as the works of Jane Austen as well as more modern books such as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, and the Hunger Games book series. We welcome guest blogs from Tamara W. and other bloggers whom we also met through Twitter.
I am proud to say that I am finding my voice as a newbie blogger. I find the experience to be very rewarding. I hope that in time my writing will continue to evolve as time goes on. As my team and I prepare for our upcoming 1st year anniversary we are looking forward to reaching more men and women and getting them excited about reading in general.
Also on behalf of the MVBCLUB, Tamara we congratulate you on your 1st year anniversary. We enjoy following and reading your posts. You have truly inspired us.