It’s Our Nine Year Blogoversary at Pages Unbound! (+Giveaway)

We’re Celebrating Nine Years!

This May marks our ninth year blogging at Pages Unbound! Our first review was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, published May 18, 2011. (WordPress wished us happy anniversary on May 19, but close enough, right?)

I forgot to plan anything in particular for this blogoversary, but I would like to thank all of our wonderful readers and followers and all the friends we’ve made over the past nine years.

I wish I could list everyone, but that would take a really, really long time since I follow hundreds of blogs (and Krysta also follows a lot of blogs), but I’d like to give shout outs to at least some of the people who leave us awesome comments and some of the people whose blogs I enjoy (in no particular order):

Michael @ My Comic Relief / Melanie @ Grab the Lapels / Stephanie @ Chasm of Books / Jenna @ Falling Letters / Geraldine @ Corralling Books / The Orangutan Librarian / Lianne @ Eclectic Tales / David @ The Warden’s Walk / Margaret @ Weird Zeal / Holly @ The Nut Free Nerd / Crystal @ Lost in a Good Book / Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku / Katie @ Never Not Reading / Julie @ A Little Book Problem / MetalPhatasmReads / Eline @ Lovely Audiobooks / Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den / Bibliosini / Sophie @ Beware of the Reader / Eustacia @ Eustea Reads / La La in the Library / Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies / Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat / Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx / Destiny @ Howling Libraries / Bentley @ Book Bastion / Kay @ Hammock of Books / Ali @ I Wuv Books / dinipandareads / Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas

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What Have I Learned in Nine Years?

I’ve definitely learned a lot of technical things in nine years, such as more SEO and how to get views from Pinterest, and I’ve come a long way in using social media and taking Bookstagram photos (though our Bookstagram account has been a bit inactive recently due to real life business).

But I have to say the primary thing I’ve learned, no matter how cliche it sounds, is that you have to blog about things that interest you if you want to keep going. Personally, I do like people to read the things I’ve written, and I have no problem with people who blog to get traffic. I need a balance, however. I probably wouldn’t have lasted blogging nine years if I had no followers and comments, but I certainly would not have lasted if I didn’t write about things I wanted to write about– even when those topics were not going to be big hits for page views.

So here’s to nine more years of writing things I like and hoping that occasionally other people like them, too!

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Giveaway

To say thank you for everyone who has followed, commented, or otherwise supported us for nine years, I am giving away a book of your choice from The Book Depository (up to 11 USD).

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • The giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you.
  • You should be 18 years or older to enter or have your parents’ permission.
  • We will email the winner once the giveaway closes.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before we pick a new winner.
  • You do not need to be a follower of our blog, though you can get extra entries for this.
  • Anyone found cheating will be disqualified from this and any future giveaways.
  • We are not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.
  • We will not do anything with your address besides ship the prize to you.

Click here to enter the giveaway.

Briana

39 thoughts on “It’s Our Nine Year Blogoversary at Pages Unbound! (+Giveaway)

  1. Holly says:

    Congrats on 9 years–such a long time!! I love your point about striking that balance between writing things that people will read, but that you also love. So important!!

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  2. Christopher says:

    Happy anniversary! I read somewhere that the average life of a blog is three years. If that’s true you deserve special congratulations for exceeding that three times over, and here’s to at least nine years more.

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  3. Jennifer says:

    So fantastic for you both! Did you ever look ahead when you were a year or two in and think “yeah, I’ll be doing this for A WHILE” or did it just kind of… happen? 🙂

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  4. mistysbookspace says:

    Happy blogiversary!! Here’s to many more years to come. I am coming up on 4 years of blogging. It’s so much fun when you talk about things you enjoy and are able to talk about those things with like minded people.

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  5. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    Happy blogiversary~ Thank-you for the shout out! Pages Unbound has been and continues to be a big inspiration re: book blogging for me. I hope I enjoy blogging as much you do if I hit my nine year anniversary 🙂 (currently at six years as a book blogger)

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  6. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Wow — 9 years is so long! I am so impressed with the dedication you both have to your blog and the blogging community. We are better for having you. 🙂

    I’m with you on blogging about what you love. I will never be someone who learns more about SEO or how to use Pinterest to generate views. My blog is about the individual connections I make with people over books and the bookish things I love. honestly, if my community grows much more I won’t be able to keep up! XD

    Keep writing. I love all your posts — book reviews, discussion posts, silly name generator games– they are all wonderful. ❤

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    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      Thank you so much! I enjoy reading your blog, as well!

      I do like learning about SEO and such, but I’ve also realized I may never be one of those *enormous* book bloggers. Many of them seem to focus only on content that will do well for search engine traffic, and I have no intention of just publishing a bunch of book lists.

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      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I have found that lists, like you mentioned, and book reviews of the most recent releases are popular posts. Both things I’m not interested in writing. XD What matters is that you’re happy with how things are and you’re willing to put the time in when you aren’t happy with it. Blogging can be quite time consuming!

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          • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

            I will be reading it in July with my book club. As someone who doesn’t often read new releases, even 8 month old new releases, I will be interested to see how popular that book review is. Typically my book reviews are the least popular posts on my blog. A strange concept when you think of a book blog…

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            • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

              Yes, book reviews are so tough to get views/comments on! I sort of get it because I think people tend to read reviews of books they’ve already read, but I agree that it’s odd they seem unpopular when most people would think reviews are the core of a book blog!

              I can’t wait for your review though!

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  7. Michael J. Miller says:

    Awwww, yay!!!! Happy Anniversary!!!! See? I told you you’d come up with something great for the blog birthday and this was a lovely post :). You and Krysta are just the best. Your site is one of my favorite places on the internet and I always love the quality of the content you post. The community you create here is so beautiful, too. My friendship with you both is one of the best things I’ve gained from blogging.

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