When did I actually start?
I began blogging in May of 2006, uncertain of my place in the blog-o-sphere. On which passion of mine should I blog? Teaching? Perfume? Photography? Faith? When I landed on a few blogs of my oldest friends, (um, that would be you, Lesley, and you, Nancy, and you, Booklogged) I felt I’d found a home. Books! There’s a topic I’d been wildly passionate about for more than thirty years. Fine, I’ll blog about books.
In 2006, the book blogging world was a cozy one. There didn’t seem to be a plethora of sites discussing books, and if there were, I’d found a sweet little niche of my own in which to circle. Now this world is huge! Now if I were to begin a book blog I’d be too intimidated to even start. So, I guess you could say it’s good I began when I did. With whom I did.
“But, Bellezza,” you might say, “where are your posts from 2006? I look on your site and all I can see are a few posts with no comments going back to 2007.”
Yeah, about that. In my search for the perfect world, I left Blogger in April, 2009 thinking that WordPress would be more sophisticated. More interesting. More…something. I imported all my Blogger posts over there, taught myself a new platform, met lots of interesting people, and promptly missed the familiarity of Blogger. The cozy little niche I’d created if you will. So, I moved back (unaware that my posts would not be allowed to move back with me).
I’ve learned a lot. There is no perfect red in lipstick (although I could name several which are quite close). There is no perfect semi-oriental or chypre fragrance (although there are a lot that sitting on my dresser which I adore). There is no perfect blogging platform, blogger or book.
But, there are new novels to discover. There are friends with which to discuss them, and introduce me to more, and open my world into brand new adventures. For all of these things I’ll be forever grateful. So, thank you, from whenever I began and to wherever I’ll be going.