Go me! Or rather, go all of you! Today I reached 4,000 comments and noticed that my review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan marked my 400th post. I was writing an overdue response to someone today and realized that I started this blog back in December of 2010, which means I’ve been active for almost three years now. I cannot convey how blessed I am to have this haven to return to whenever I wish, full of support and splendid people. If you care about anything statistic-related when it comes to blogging, I’d say comments count the most – just because they show an exchange of ideas, passion, and a plethora of other wonderful abstractions.
Talking about splendid people, I’ve decided that whenever I have one of these random personal updates, I’ll mention three of my “blogging friends”, or people who I interact with in the blogging community a decent amount. I’ve always avoided doing this (and all those blog award bits) because I felt that there would be no way to incorporate every single person that matters to me… but I feel that with three at a time, I’ll eventually get there, and it won’t just be a massive amount of links. I’m choosing these at random so don’t hate me or send a copy of Rick Santorum’s
wretched, horrid, foul-smelling, absolutely abhorrent book if you’re not in the first round!
1) First shout-out goes to Grace from The Humble Watermelon! It’s weird because even though I’ve never met her personally, she has a distinct personality to me – she sends off vibes of intelligence, politeness, and dare I say it, grace. Her book reviews (usually in the YA genre) are honest and well-written, and her other posts, whether they’re about classical music or random aspects of humanity, are always of top quality. Kudos to you, Grace.
2) Second mention (why do I feel like I’m embarrassing the people I include here) goes to Michelle from The Innocent Lam! She is a genius and not just because of her perfect SAT score. She reviews K-Pop like a pro while writing about a wide range of other topics – politics, economics, culture – with a seasoned and professional voice. I do not admire her because she attends one of the best colleges in the country, rather, I look up to her because of her eclectic and expansive intellect. Also, she’s a super nice person in general, willing to dispense advice about almost any matter.
3) My last but not least shout-out goes to Laura from The Unapologetic Self! Laura is a good friend of mine in real life and she recently started her blog which will focus on book reviews, societal issues, etc. (sounds familiar?) While we’ve gotten into some pretty ugly fights in the past, I always appreciate Laura’s tenacity and how she doesn’t back down. Check out her blog if you have time, I’m sure she’ll maintain it for quite awhile!
For the next week I will not have internet access because I’m heading to the Caribbean for a cruise – time to crush that reading challenge and maybe reward myself for some of my accomplishments this year
even though just writing that sounds so grotesque and wrong. Questions for you guys: do you ever link or mention or give shout-outs to other blogs via your own? And if so, how? Also, where have you guys been going on vacation this summer? I feel like people may assume I’m rich because I can go on a cruise, but this is pretty much the only place my dad and I ever go out of town. Emphasis on ever. Hope you all have a wonderful week and make sure to inappropriately like a status on Facebook!