Half a decade… It’s been half a decade since I started A Fantastical Librarian and I can’t believe I’m still here. Who would have thought I’d have so much to say about the books I’ve read? I certainly didn’t! A Fantastical Librarian has been a constant factor in my life through some hectic times, including having my second child, unexpectedly losing my father-in-law, which resulted in an unexpected house move with all the accompanying rigmarole. Having the blog to focus on at times was the best way to set all of the chaos aside.
But the blog has meant so much more than just reading loads of great, good, and not-so-good books. Through the blog and Twitter I’ve gotten to know wonderful people and made some amazing friends. Being a part of the SFF community has taught me a lot about life itself and about myself. It’s taught me that I actually am a feminist and about social issues in general. It’s broadened my horizons and made me a better, more rounded person.
I’ve also had opportunities I’d never expected to have five years ago: hanging out with some of my favourite writers online and in real life, visiting the offices of some of my favourite publishers, being included in Speculative Fiction 2014, guest posting on some of the most well-known SFF blogs and sites, being nominated for a World Fantasy Award. If you’d told me that in 2010 I would have thought you’d gone bonkers.
What does five years of A Fantastical Librarian look like in numbers?
Guest posts: 56
Posts elsewhere: 14
Podcast appearances: 1
Books read: 585
Award nominations: 1
It’s been a fantastic five years. Thank you to everyone who keeps reading my blog and taking the time to comment here or on Twitter. Let’s raise our virtual coffee mugs to the next five years.