On this day, two years ago, I clicked on the orange PUBLISH POST button and Temple Library Reviews beeped on the virtual heart monitor. One year later, and I wrote my very first post to celebrate the date. Right now, I am happy that as small and mid-list as TLR is that it has come to survive everything thrown at it, including the inability to pick a fairly easy to manipulate blog template.*
I had a blast all the time. Sure, I wasn't active much in the summer, but when time opened up I had a blast. I read and reviewed so many amazing books. I interviewed authors and reviewers alike and I am even known as a tough interviewer**, which always boosts morale. Most of all however, through TLR I managed to introduce myself to new people, forge new friendships, get accepted into new projects and generally feel at home in the virtual world. So, thank you all. I am not doing the naming thing, really, because it will take a lot of time and I have many people to be grateful to, so let's just say that if you have ever been nice to me, you get a heartfelt*** Thank You.
Last year, I celebrated with the launch of "Reviewer Time", the feature, in which the fans sat on the virtual chair and talked about themselves. A concept, which caught on with other bloggers as well. This year, I wanted to host an extravagant giveaway, but because I am not working as I've planned to that won't happen. Instead I am doing the sabbatical hiatus I mentioned a few posts earlier. I'd like for Temple Library Reviews to mature, shift focus and break out of the box, so that I am a lot more confident with what I am doing and why I am doing it. Selfish, eh? But in the end, the content will be my gift for you & I am perfectionist as far as that goes.
* - You should ask the people harassed to get the blog this look. They will have pages to write about.
** - Gav, you better continue make jokes about me being a monster at asking questions.
*** - I am also thinking about a single tear out of the corner of my eye. Is that too much?