Photo: Five Years by Michael Ruiz
I debated whether to just let the day pass unnoticed, however it seemed I should at least acknowledge that today the blog is five years old! On January 31, 2006 I posted for the very first time here on my then new blog, In Spring it is the Dawn. I started very small, and unknown (that hasn't changed all that much). With frequent photos, very short thoughts on the books I was reading (I can't even call them reviews), and very very few comments. Over the years, my posts have gotten longer (not sure about better, although I like to think so), I found a little corner of the internet to call my own, and made some wonderful book friends.
However, life then interfered. Last year was not a good year for me personally and it became harder and harder to keep up with blogging. Between posting sporadically, and failing to comment on even my favourite blogs, I felt like I wasn't really a part of the book blogging world anymore. Several times last year I considered calling it a day. Yet, I could never quite bring myself to officially retire the blog. A good thing I suppose as, so far this year, things are definitely looking up.
I don't have a fancy giveaway to celebrate today, rather I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone who reads my blog. I'm sad at those blog friends that have faded away, no doubt having given up on me over the last year. But I truly treasure those of you who have stuck around despite everything. And I welcome anyone who is new to the blog. I hope you know that you all mean so much to me, and that your support is what encourages me to continue. I'm sure that when I first posted here five years ago, I never imagined I'd still be blogging after all this time. And even though the blog has had its ups and downs, I'm looking forward to sharing with you many more books, and bookish moments in the coming year(s).
Thank you, truly!