Feb 18, 2016

Follow Friday

  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.
This week's prompt is:

Why did you start blogging?

submitted by Parajunkee

MY ANSWER: I've probably answered this question before, but for all my new friends, here's the story...

Back in 2009 I was reading Rachel Vincent's Shifter series--incredible series by the way--and I think it was just before the third book was going to be released and Rachel had a contest. If you posted reviews of her books, back then it was just Stray, Rogue, and Pride. You would get multiple entries for the amount of places you posted reviews. So I went to Amazon, probably Borders--dearly, beloved Borders, and then I was trying to think of something else. I had to read Prey as soon as I could because I was a huge fan of the series.

I wasn't on Facebook, nor am, and didn't (don't) want to be, but then I saw Rachel give a blog as an example. And I thought, blogging? Why not! So I went to Blogger and created my free blog. And then came the hardest decision ever, a name! So I was spinning through names in my head, this was 2009 now, so there weren't as many lovely book bloggers back then. At least, I was totally new to the game and didn't know many. So I was trying to think of a totally cool bookish blog name. And then what kept coming back to me was...a GREAT read. Because Pride was a GREAT read! And that's when I decided on my blog name. And I went with the completely incorrect structure or whatever and kept it as a GREAT read. Because I wanted to emphasize how GREAT the book was! And as you might know now, I pretty much read a lot of GREAT reads! I know what I like!

So I wrote my first blog post in 2009. I didn't win the contest sadly, but I thought I would keep the blog. Those early posts back in 2009 are kind of scary. The reviews make me shudder because I didn't know how to write them really. And eventually, as I started following more blogs I picked up a few things and then started to write better reviews. And I've read a lot of different types of reviews. And it sort of comes back to advice I got back in school, but I ended up twisting it a bit to fit my type of writing. Write the reviews you want to read. So that's what I do now. I like to touch on things I look for in a review when I want to learn about a new book. I stay away from spoilers and all those things, naturally. But still, I feel like I've learned a LOT in my seven years of blogging and I still pick up a thing or two every now and then as well.

I can't see myself stopping blogging anytime soon. I'm a bit of a recluse for the most part. A thing I am also trying to work on. But I have fun blogging and talking with my blogger pals about books! Because it's something I have always loved since I was 13 and there were no paranormal YA books to read. Now there's a ton, and I read soooo many of them and adult books too! Having blogger friends who love to gush about the books is something I love so much! I am happy to have started this blog on a total whim and can't even imagine wanting to give it up any time soon!


  1. Hi Jessica. As you are aware, I am an old follower. Thanks for sharing your story of how it all began for you. Six years of blogging and still going stong. That is awesome.

  2. heey! nice to know you are still blogging... seen too many old bloggers who have retired their blogs. happy friday!

  3. That's a great story Jessica! I hope to blog for more time too! And maybe attend booksih events one day!

    Have a great Friday!

  4. Great story about how you started blogging! :)

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading

  5. I really enjoyed reading about how you got started in blogging. We all need that jumping off point, right? :)

    As for being a recluse, I can completely understand that. I used to be called a social recluse. I could be a social butterfly if needed, but I enjoy a very quiet life with few friends.

    Old follower, but I discovered I'm not following you on Instagram. Consider that remedied. :P Have a great weekend!

    Why I Started Blogging

  6. That's an awesome story! I didn't know about it before. Thanks for sharing and happy Friday!

    Old follower :)

    Here's my FFF

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  7. I love the Shifters series. Great reason to start your blog!

    I’m an existing follower.

    Diane @ Diane’s Book Blog

  8. I like your blog name, because you really do read a lot of GREAT reads ;) Thanks for telling the story. And oooh I need to do this meme one day :D

  9. I love your story! I've been blogging since 2009 as well. And I totally understand about being a recluse. I would much rather just stay at home, read, blog, and not be interrupted by people.

    Old follower.

    My FF: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2016/02/feature-follow-friday-why-i-started.html

  10. Great way to start blogging. I also loved the Rachel Vincent Stray series.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Old Follower.

    The Truth About Books
    My FF Answer Here

  11. I'm glad you found blogging via the Shifter series! Little did she know what a wonderful gift she was giving us! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  12. That's such a fantastic story. :-D Thanks for sharing. Old follower.

    My FF!

  13. I’m not the only one who gave a really long answer to this question! I love hearing everybody’s blogging stories.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  14. This is a great story! Keep on blogging! I just started out so it is great to hear positive stories and that you don't want to stop!


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