Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Relz Reviewz' 5th Anniversary (2 days late!)

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On 25th September, 2006 I started this blog as a place to keep a few reviews I was doing for my local Christian bookstore in Melbourne, Australia, and I began by posting a review of Siri Mitchell's Chateau of Echoes.  I had no inkling at the time that five years later I would still be blogging and reviewing books, having to juggle a reading schedule and be forced to decline books to review!

It is still fascinating and not a little surprising to me, that people visit my blog and actually find some of my thoughts interesting, let alone helpful!  I received a lovely email from a reader the other day who said this, "I’ve ordered and read a number of books based on your reviews – thank you for them, also. Your blog is prominently listed in my “favorites” as I check it often."  What a blessing that brief note was to me as that is what I hope my blog achieves ~ a link connecting readers to fabulous books that challenge, encourage, entertain and stimulate and the amazing authors who pour blood, sweat and tears into their tales, for our enjoyment.

Since 2006, my blog has expanded from just reviews to include author interviews, character spotlights, character interviews, giveaways, previews of future releases and more. While many more people lurk than comment, I appreciate every single person who drops by whether they comment or not :)

Inspired by fabulous blogger and dear friend, who started her blog only a few days before mine, Deborah of Books, Movies & Chinese Food, I've put together a short survey that I'd so appreciate you filling in on what you love here and what you would like to see improved.




A big thank you to everyone of you who has stopped by my blog over the years and a very special nod to some wonderful blogging friends who have had a significant impact on my blogging journey, who may or may not even realise it ~ Jenny of My Buckling Bookshelf, CeeCee of Book Splurge, Jenny of So Many Books...So Little Time, Deena of A Peek at my Bookshelf, Deborah of Books, Movies & Chinese Food, Amy of My Friend Amy,  and Hannah of Wordlily ~ thanks girls, you are fabulous :)

27 comments:

Word Lily said...

Happy blogiversary!! I'm just a few months behind you. And thanks for the mention, too! :)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

CONGRATS on 5 years! WOW! =)

Deborah said...

I am 4 days older than you! Congrats almost twin!!

Julie Lessman said...

REL!!! SUPER CONGRATS, MY FRIEND!!! And FIVE YEARS??? HOLY COW!!!!

I am actually not a blog reader except for a select few, and YOURS is at the top of the list, my friend. Always informative and always fun ... you are a must read for me.

I look forward to many, MANY more years of great blogging ... and even more in great friendship!

Hugs and more hugs,
Julie

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Five years??!! That's awesome!!!! Congratulations girl! I love you and your wonderful blog. :-)

XOXO~ RENEE

Lisa Harris said...

Congratulations! You have a wonderful blog and are a blessing to so many. Great job!!

Scrappy quilter said...

Congrats and well deserved. I remember the day my blogging friend e-mailed me and said she thought I'd enjoy your blog. I have over the past couple years and many of the books you've reviewed I've read. Hugs

windycindy said...

Have many more!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Ann Shorey said...

Congratulations, Rel! Love your blog and check it daily. Here's to many more years of your quality reviews.

Sara said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Your blog is truly one of my favorites! :)

Ausjenny said...

Rel congrats on your 5 year anniversary. I am so glad you told me about your blog all those years ago. I come here often even if I dont post. I get your email updates.
thanks for a great blog

Tracy said...

Really? Five years? Who'd have thought. One of the greatest blessings I've enjoyed from your blog is helping you with your review load. It's one of the things I've missed this year ~ I know I'm the loser for having had to put it on hold for a few years. If you're still going when my degree is done I'm all yours again.

In the meantime I'm always blessed by your thoughtful and insightful reviews.

Tami said...

Congratulations! You have a fabulous blog! Love the character spotlights and looks at upcoming releases and well, everything! I've found so many great books through you!
Tami

Julie J. said...

Congrats on your blogoversary! I am more of a lurker but I do enjoy your blog! It's great chatting with you on Twitter too! Keep up the great work!

Mark said...

congrats on 5 years!

lisamckaywriting said...

Happy blogbirthday. Love it! I hope you're well!

Rel said...

Sorry, I'm late in responding to your amazing comments. I so appreciate your encouragement and support :)

You have all made me smile ~ thank you!

Sally Bradley said...

You started with Chateau of Echoes? What a wonderful way to begin! Now I'll have to pull that one out and reread it.

I have read a number of books because you either highlighted them or recommended them. I love seeing what's coming next each day on your blog.

Congrats on five years!

CeeCee said...

I literally welled up at your mention. I've been away for awhile and just assumed out of sight, out of mind.

You have been a blessing in my life too. You never once forget to give an encouraging word or cyber hug at just the right time.

Thank you for all your hard work! AND for being my very first commenter when I mentioned I wasn't feeling well.

Here's to many more blogging years!!!

ctimoti said...

Happy 5th blogiversary! :) keep up the fantastic work!

nolene said...

WOW Rel,How exciting and Congratulations! It's amazing that its been 5 years, I do enjoy reading your reviews and all the other things. I am directed to reading good novels and I love that! Thanks.

Rel said...

Hey girls - thanks for your encouragement and support!

CeeCee - you will ALWAYS be special to me. Don't you forget it!

Jenny said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary, Rel. You've been a wonder...taking time out of your busy life with your family, church, job, etc., to continue to delight and inform readers and encourage and promote authors (and fellow bloggers) with your posts.

You're the Gold Standard...not just as an advocate for Christian Fiction...but as a friend. Blessings to you, lovely lady!

PS: Thanks for the mention...and you're pretty FABULOUS yourself. Love ya!

Tracy Darlington said...
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C.J. Darlington said...

Congrats on 5 years!!!! Your blog is stellar.

Julia said...

Congrats on 5 years!! You have a wonderful blog and we've been so blessed by it.

Rel said...

Jenny - thanks for your extra kind words! You are fabulous :)

CJ and Julia ~ so appreciate your encouragement!

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