Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Blogaversary! (And Giveaway!)

Woot! It's my one year blogaversary! I started this blog a year ago as a place to document my writing journey. I don't talk all that much about writing...I mostly just talk about myself, but I appreciate that you guys seem to stick around anyway. Thank you!

I've met so many really wonderful people through this blog in the past year, and I am so glad that I've been able to foster some really cool friendships and keep up with all of you here. It's been a lot of fun. I've been blogging in some form or another since 2003, and I'm still trying to work out a balance of blogging that fits me (not too personal, not too boring, still me), but I think I'm getting there. Well, I hope so, anyway.

I was curious, so I checked my stats to see what my most popular posts have been, aside from contests and giveaways.

Far and away, my most popular post is this one:

I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good (With Ron Weasley)

In fact, aside from my name, "I'd get sleazy for Ron Weasley" is the most popular search term that brings people here to this blog! So awesome!

Other popular posts:

What Harry Potter House Are You?
Bye Bye Book Blog
Thinking About Boys
And the very recent Blind Terror

I love checking the stats. It's so much fun.

So, to say thanks for hanging out with me over here for the past year, I'm hosting a little giveaway. I picked up two signed books at SCBWI LA earlier this month, and one lucky winner will get them both! YAY!


Yup, one lucky winner will get a signed copy of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson as well as a signed copy of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray! These two ladies were the highlight of the conference for me, so I'm excited to share these signed books with you.

Actually, as I look at my followers box, I'm really close to 200 followers! Eeep! So if I get to 200 followers in the course of this giveaway, I'll toss in a pre-order of the book I am most excited for in the coming months...

(I passed 200 followers! So the winner will also get the pre-order of Lola and the Boy Next Door!)

All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post by September 6th. Make sure you leave me an email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. And, because I want to say thanks to all of you, this contest is even open internationally! Woo!

See? I love you guys. Let's get in here for a group hug.


<3 <3 <3 Thanks for hanging around, you guys. Here's to another year!

51 comments:

  1. Count me in! chelseyblair(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Congrats on a full year with your blog... happy day! And thanks for the giveaway. Would you believe I haven't read SPEAK?! (I'm embarrassed just to type that!)

    katy(dot)upperman@live(com)

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  3. Happy blogaversary! I'm looking forward to another year of awesomeness :D

    leemai82 at gmail

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  4. Congratulations! It takes courage to launch your own blog - I've only taken baby steps by contributing to a group blog. I also really related to your Blind Terror post. Awesome giveaway - thanks for the opportunity!

    kristinbartleylenz at gmail dot com

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  6. Awesome giveaway! Happy blogaversary :)
    superlibrarianreviews(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Happy Blogaversary!!!
    I still have to read Speak.

    chicfitgeek(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. 'In fact, aside from my name, "I'd get sleazy for Ron Weasley" is the most popular search term that brings people here to this blog! So awesome!'

    Lol! Happy blogaversary! And an INTERNATIONAL contest! Woot! I'm disqualified from most due to living on an island at the edge of Europe. I'm excited about this one so count me in!

    christinenicolemurray(at)gmail(dot)com

    (I apologise for the number of exclamation marks in my comment, much caffeine has been consumed)

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  9. Oooh, nice giveaway!!
    Happy Blogaversary :)

    elizabeth@ourfictionaddiction.com

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  10. Wow, I can't believe it's already been a full year since you started this one! I remember seeing this spanking new layout like it was yesterday. (It's still adorbs!) I love seeing which posts ranked highest--the stats are almost addictive, aren't they??

    Happy Blogaversary!

    sarahenni@gmail.com

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  11. GRATS GIRL! It's incredible how one year zips by.

    elizafaith13 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. Happy blogaversary! I've enjoyed reading your blog.

    zanne60015(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy blogoversary!

    brookea_2006@yahoo.com

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  14. Congratulations! Great giveaway, Jess :)

    sophiathewriter at gmail

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  15. I cannot believe it has already been a year! And I want these books!

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  16. Happy blogaversary! I've enjoyed reading for the last year

    laurasrecipecollection @ gmail.com

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  17. That's fun! Congrats on the blogaversary :)
    Good book choices....
    especially Lola *drool*

    shellybrownwriter at gmail

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  18. Has it really been a whole year already?? Happy Blogiversary to you and your lovely blog.

    jnaomicline at yahoo

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  19. Yay happy blog-aversary! :D It's been so fun getting to know you through your blog.

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  20. Happy blogaversary! Love the book choices!

    ellamarie2585(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Happy Anniversary! I really enjoy your blog :)
    Andi
    saltwaterdreamsblog at gmail

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  22. Happy blogaversary! :D

    allens235(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Wow Happy Blogaversary! Woot thanks for the giveaway! I must say those 2 books are awesome (I've only read Speak so far), and they're signed?!?! Ahaha count me in!

    Thanks so much and congrats! :D

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  24. Happy Blogaversary!! Great giveaway!!
    I love your blog! :)
    ltybur1@mindspring.com

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  25. Happy Blogoversary!!! And what a contest! Beauty Queens is one of my new favorites - LOVED that book! And LOLA!!! Would love to have that. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. A whole year! How cool. Happy blog birthday then to you!

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  27. Oooh I read Beauty Queens! It was pretty good!

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  28. Yay! Happy one year! To celebrate you should give the books to me :~)

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  29. You are a blogger extraordinaire! What a great way to celebrate!

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  30. Congratulations on a year! I'm your newest GFC follower :)

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  31. Happy Blogaversary! I've ben dying to read both Beauty Queens and Lola. I hope I win! *fingers crossed*

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Wow. That group hug is adorable.
    Happy blogaversary! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. Ooh, a few days ago you were almost to 200 and now you're well over. Congrats and great giveaway!
    erica

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  34. Congrats!!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  35. Congrats on your blog! I just found you through the campaign and am glad to meet you:)

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  36. Congrats, pretty lady. The followers list is growing! Here's hoping for many more blogging years to come where we both will be talking about our agents, being on submission and that wonderful first sale ;).

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  37. Pick me! Pick me! kennedyotoole at gmail

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  38. Happy Blogaversary!! Yay to blogging for a whole year!
    lostinbooks40(at)gmail.com

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  39. Very exciting!!! Count me in on this giveaway!!! Congrats on a whole year of blogging. :D

    peachandblue2(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. Happy Blogaversary! Thank you for hosting a giveaway!!

    lizakane at gmail dot com

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  41. Happy one-year! I'm certainly glad I've found your blog :)

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  42. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!! And Congratulations for the blogaversary!
    Pokadots1121@yahoo.com

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  44. Happy blogaversary, Jessica! Thanks for having an awesome giveaway. :)

    4melissabuell (at) gmail (dot) com

    (Sorry, had to correct something.) :)

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  45. Happy Blogaversary!!
    jessicaborash at gmail

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  46. Congrats!! Thanks for the epic giveaway!!

    epicbooknerd(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

    Sarah AT sarahreadstoomuch DOT com

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  48. Congrats on one year! I feel like you just started this so much more recently than that! Anyway, I want ALL of these books!

    mrsjackilewis at gmail dot com

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