It’s Been 5 Glorious Years

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Last year, my blog anniversary came and went without any fanfare. Four years of doing this thang is a huge deal, but FIVE years is a freaking milestone! Not gonna lie, my first two and a half years of blogging was a blur. I was frustrated and was ready to quit because I didn’t see the point of writing book reviews when no one ever reads them. I did, however, saw the light during the latter part of my third year. I realized what I was doing wrong and have made corrections to jump start my love blogging over again.

It took painstaking patience to get to where I am now. I feel like even though my blog isn’t huge by any stretch, I’m comfortable enough to say that I’ve experienced success at last. I only ever want to be read and find a little niche for myself. And in the last couple of years, I feel like I’ve already achieved so much. I don’t care that I don’t get ARCs of the popular books everybody gets; nor do I care that my followerΒ count has been virtually stuck. I’m happy to see you reading my posts and even though my commenters are the same people day in and day out, at least I know that I am a part of your daily blogging routine. So thank you, my loyal readers and friends. Because without your thoughtful comments and religious visitations, I don’t think I would still be here.

So here’s a little token of gratitude for sticking with me:

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  • I’m very late, but I want to
    thank you for your blogging, Joy. I love your blog to pieces! It has this quiet
    confidence that I admire. What I value the most is how personal your blog is, how
    it has this authentic vibe. Your approach to your followers is another thing I
    love. I like how you visit my blog and comment even if I hadn’t been around
    yours for a while. Happy blogoversary!

  • Elena

    I would buy a coffee maker

  • If I wasn’t going to get books, I would probably use it for computer games for the kids!

  • tuesdayef

    I would buy my kids new comforters for their rooms.

  • Tara Gauthier

    I would get some things to use for the upcoming changes to our kids bedroom, Star Wars and Minecraft theme so sure i could find some good stuff!

  • Kara Lauren

    I would get things for my Mom, her birthday is coming up πŸ™‚

  • Alisha Sienkiel

    I would spend some of it on office supplies like printer ink. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the awesome giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • usnamom2014

    I would get running sneakers.

  • Thomas Murphy

    I would buy a kindle.

  • bookloon

    I could use a few odds and ends for the kitchen like a new colander, pot holders, towels etc.

  • Juana Esparza

    I would purchase a movie or two.

  • Jessica

    Thank you for the chance!!! I’m obsessed with puzzles so I may get a few of those and maybe a funko pop of TWD πŸ˜€

  • Elizabeth R

    I’m saving for a new digital camera for vacations.

  • _Sandra_

    Happy, happy, happy blogoversary and wising you many more amazing to come! πŸ™‚
    Besides books (duh!), I would let my little cousin pick something for herself, she’s already shopaholic at her young age. LOL!!
    Thanks for a generous giveaway!

  • I actually just want books. Haha! But if I had to give an answer, it would be bookish tees or totes. πŸ™‚

    Happy blog anniversary! I’m glad I found your blog. It looks great. πŸ™‚

  • Adarsh Verma

    on clothes

  • Birdiebee

    I would spend it on Christmas presents for the grandkids.

  • Margie Young

    I’d use it to help stock our pantry

  • Kristen

    I’d spend it on laundry soap.

  • Alecia K

    Congrats on the 5 years! I would also love to spend it on some beauty products.

  • Happy 5 years! That is really something to be proud of. I love that you are still enjoying it because that is what it is all about. Thank you for the giveaway…I would probably spend it on something practical like dog food because I am boring like that. πŸ™‚

  • Debbie

    Clothes maybe??

  • movies and music. Love the arts.

  • Tina W

    I could use a new laptop desk.

  • tryingtopickaname

    I’d buy some food and baking products that are hard to find in stores

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  • Rajeeva Jayaratne

    on clothes.

  • Allie Liang

    Congrats on 5 years blogoversary. I have followed you since year one and can’t believe its been five years!!!! Honestly, I think I’ll spend all on books, there is just an endless number of books to read and love πŸ˜€

  • Greg Hill

    Happy blogoversary! Good for you- 5 years is awesome and amazing. I hope you have many more years of happy blogging, and I’m glad too you found your niche and your audience. What would I buy other than books? Hmm… maybe some bookish home decor stuff, I see all kinds of bookish stuff these days I’d like. πŸ™‚

  • Judy Thomas

    I would buy a bird feeder for my daughter

  • Laurajj

    Oh I would love to get a new butterfly net! We raise monarchs in the summer….as of today I have released 101 this summer so far! So excited to watch them soar!

  • Natalie

    I would use the money to buy an area rug for my living room!

  • Bridgett Wilbur

    I would use it to buy school supplys for the kids.

  • Sonya_Morris

    I would spend it on homeschool items for my little girl. Thank you for the chance and congrats on 5 years of blogging!

  • Ahh πŸ˜€ You are the most lovely person Joy. <3 Thank you for being the kindest. I love love love that you have been blogging for five years πŸ˜€ Yesss! I hope you will never stop. <3 All the hugs. I have loved getting to know you and to read all your posts πŸ™‚ All the hugs. Thank you so much for this giveaway πŸ˜€ I would spend it on books. <3 And Miraculous Ladybug toys πŸ˜€ Ahhhh. I want to win THE MOST πŸ˜€

    • Thank you, Carina. You’re one of those loyal readers who visit me whenever you get the chance.In fact, you do a massive commenting when you have the chance to do so as evidenced by what you’ve done a couple of days ago. Lol.

  • Ashfa_Anwer

    Bookish candles!!

    • I should buy some of those for myself. Lol.

      Good luck!

  • bookbunny68

    Other than books? Ok I would say puzzles or seasons of Doctor Who or Torchwood I am missing. Those dang things are expensive.

    • It’s tough, I know. Lol. I don’t think I’ve seen any of those before. Good luck!

  • Emma M

    Aside from books? There are things other than books to buy? πŸ˜› I would probably spend it on little things here and there- cute mugs, random songs, and movies I’ve been wanting. Or maybe, MAYBE, treat myself to one of those FitBit things. Maybe.

  • aly3360

    I’d buy a keurig so that I could enjoy a nice hot coffee with my books!!

    – amber y

  • Melissa Black

    A new case for my iphone!!

    • That’s a lot of iPhone cases. Lol. Good luck!

  • Natalie

    I’ll probably come back to actually enter the contest so this comment has nothing to do with whatever you asked. I just wanted to say congratulations on 5 years!!! That’s awesome. You’re awesome. πŸ’›

  • Lisa Mandina

    Hmm. That’s hard. Probably a case for my new laptop.

    • Lots of cool ones on Amazon! Good luck, Lisa!

  • Julie Murphy

    I would buy ice maker

    • An ice maker? Interesting, interesting. πŸ™‚

      Good luck!

  • Eda Gur

    School supplies and dorm decor!

    • It’s that time of the year, after all. πŸ™‚ Good luck, Eda!

  • ClickClick

    All money I spend is on cat food and cat supplies for my cats. I have 13 elderly rescues. No teeth, high blood pressure, etc.

    • πŸ™ Well, I wish you the best of luck. I love cats, and you’re awesome.

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  • Rachel

    In answer to your question, I hadn’t genuinely thought of anything other than books! Lol I would probably fill a shopping basket, check out reviews for anything I’m considering buying, and then spend 2 weeks narrowing it down! One thing I have my eye on is a new workout tee, I’ve seen a class one that says “My mama don’t like you and she likes everyone” (Beiber lyrics) and I need it in my life! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, I hope you’re around for many more! R xx

    • It’s tough, isn’t it? Holy, you are a very meticulous shopper! Hahahah! Literally the only part of the song I know. Thank you, Rachel and good luck!

  • stefaniegladden

    I would spend it on new workout clothes!

  • Shirley S

    I would probably get some new clothes.

    • Amazon has some pretty affordable clothes! Good luck, Shirley!

  • Socks! Silly, I know, but I do love fun socks. Maybe get some mugs too πŸ™‚

    • OH, and happy 5 years blogoversary! I still remember how I won my first book ever from your blog like 4 years ago. It was a copy of Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma β™₯β™₯β™₯

      • Hahahaha! Where have you been all this time? Thank you, Melissa. I do remember you. πŸ™‚

    • Socks are great. Stock up for #SockSunday! Good luck, Melissa!

  • Lena D

    I’d buy some stationery

    • My daughter loves getting hers from Amazon. Lots to pick from!

      Good luck, Lena!

  • Sara Walker

    Congrats on 5 years Joy!! That’s so exciting. I’d probably buy knitting needles- Winter is Coming.

  • Elis B.

    I’d buy nutraceuticals

    • Cool. I don’t know what they are, but I wish you luck! πŸ™‚

  • Carol Roberts clark

    i think a nother good light

    • Need good light to read. πŸ™‚ Good luck, Carol!

  • Nope, just books! I haven’t used Amazon for anything else… shipping isn’t the best to Aus!
    Congrats on 5 years on the blog Joy! It’s been a pleasure knowing you for a few of them!

    • Lol. I know. I thought I’d throw in a challenge for everyone. Thank you, Naomi. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Stephanie Phelps

    Aside from books I would spend the money buying my granddaughter some toys for her first birthday coming up!

  • Ellie W

    I would put it towards our new fence fund.

  • BlackAsphodel

    Shoes or winter clothes

  • Marta K

    New stuff to decorate the house!

  • harvester5905

    What else is there?! πŸ™‚ Some new sandals.

  • Linda Romer

    Happy Blogiversary β™‘ Clothes β™‘ Thank you!

  • shannon fowler

    We are moving so there is a ton of stuff we could use. I’d probably get a few new kitchen things

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  • Games most likely.

  • Lulu

    I’d get cute stationary!

  • DESPINA

    Happy anniversary! I’d get jewelry making supplies, so as to create several pieces to gift for charity auctions and bazaars, thank you!

  • Edmond Leung

    Re: WOW, I need the prize to buy much needed grocery & supplement to get well soon. Wow, prize amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. πŸ™‚ Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

  • Trish Hope

    I just moved and need to amend the soil in my garden.

  • I know I’m glad to the game but HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY JOY!! I’m so glad to have discovered a Joy across the ocean, and someone whose reading tastes have shown me a whole me spectrum of books outside of my own usual reads and genres. I don’t remember when we met, but I’m so glad that we did πŸ™‚

    Five years is such a HUGE milestone, and to be blogging so consistently for this long is something that I personally aspire to. Well done Joy, here’s to 5 years and more! xx

    Hmm, I would probably spend $100 on candle supplies because I’ve been meaning to get into candle making πŸ˜€

  • Jessica Miller

    I would use it for birthdays coming up

  • Cathy French

    I would try to hang on to it for Christmas shopping.

  • Jackie Mercer

    I would buy educational materials for my kindergarten class!

  • Wilson King

    A camera.

  • Postcards! You see, I am a big fan of Postcrossing and Amazon offers quite a few awesome postcard sets.

  • Anne C

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! Going strong!
    WIshing you more years of sharing with us your reads. Thank you so much.

  • 5 years is SO COOL!!! Congrats, it’s definitely a big accomplishment. If nothing else, it shows that you are able to stick with something. So many bloggers come and go, and everybody’s different, but I think it’s so cool when someone braved all the storms and still made it through πŸ™‚

  • Wow, congrats on the 5 years! Nick and I are coming up on our 5 year anniversary in December. She and I actually started our blogs one day apart which I think is weird since we ended up blogging together 4 years later.

    Anyway, my outlook on blogging is like yours. I don’t give a shit about arcs, talking to publishers or authors, instagram or any of that stuff. I’m at the point where I just wanna read, review and interact through comments.

  • 5 years! That’s a lot of time! πŸ™‚

  • Adriana C

    Happy 5th aniversary Joy!
    Does a kindle count as books? or I could buy music..XD

  • twenteries

    Happy Anniversary! If I were lucky enough to win I would spend it on new camera accessories!

  • Congratulations Joy! So glad to have you on the blogosphere. You’re on the TOP of my blog rounds :). <3!

  • Happy blogoversary, Joy! <3

    5 years is an incredible achievement! I love your blog and you seem like such a wonderful person! x

  • Happy Blogversary!! Five years is definitely a milestone and something to be proud of. We all have a love of books and it’s so great to share it with others (even when you feel like you’re all alone in the blogosphere). You’re doing good work so keep it up! πŸ™‚

  • Happy 5!!!! πŸ˜€ Here is to the future *throws confetti*

    And well I have the same peeps too πŸ˜‰ Some have come, some have gone.

    Other things than books? Does that exist? A nerdy tshirt perhaps

  • Happy blogversary! Wow 5 Years πŸ™‚
    Aside from books….. probably props to bookstagram with!

  • Congrats. Five years is a long time. I feel the exact same way you do. I have the same commenters on my reviews all the time too. That’s okay. I’m happy knowing that there are some people who enjoy my reviews. I love seeing that someone picked up a book based on my review and really enjoyed it. Here’s to many more years. πŸ™‚

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • BibliothΓ¨que

    This is a huge milestone! Congrats πŸ˜€ And thank you for the giveaway of course πŸ™‚ I have to admit I am new to your blog and I have discovered it through the giveaway but I am super happy I did so.

  • Happy 5 years Joy! Congratulations, that is such an amazing achievement! I love your blog and I hope you keep on doing this thing, because you’re amazing.

  • Happy 5th anniversary! I love reading your blog and I hope you continue to blog for many more years. πŸ™‚

  • Ε imon SlΓ‘vik

    Happy anniversary and congratulations on five years. I am saving on Amazon for drone to buy πŸ˜‰

  • HAPPY BLOGGY BIRTHDAY JOY!

    Five years is bloody awesome! I can’t even remember how long I’ve been stalking you but I truly consider you one of my blogging mates. We’re from opposite sides of the world, but we’re so much alike Joy. You’re a magnificent person and someone who I admire greatly, not just for your blogging, but your determination, your strength and because you aren’t afraid to step outside of that comfort zone and make it your bitch <3

  • Emma A

    Happy Blog Anniversary!!! Wow, 5 years! What an accomplishment!
    This may be a bit of tmi, but other than books I would buy bras. I only buy bras on Amazon since they can be up to 70% off, which is a huge amount of money to save when you have to pay as much as I do to get the right size bra. And I would use it to buy movies 😊

  • Congratulations on five years, Joy! It’s amazing that we’re starting to really have been at this for so long, and that we stuck with it and our passion has grown so much! I know personally I’ve loved this experience, despite all the things I haven’t loved about it, and this last year has been my favourite. And I think that’s a theme- each year you go, that last one is your favourite. I hope so, at least.

    It’s been so nice meeting you and following your blog for these past couple years (not five, not quite, but a couple!) and I hope that for as long as we both blog, we both cherish every moment of it. xx

  • Clara @ Lost in My Library

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I’d probably buy mostly books, but maybe a couple of movies or Funko Pop figures.

  • Aneta

    Probably makeup, maybe even nail polish

  • Christina

    Congrats! I’d buy books and computer accessories.

  • 5 years is a huge deal in blog life. Congratulations! Definitely a lot of work and it shows πŸ˜‰

    • Just saw the second part of the commenting. Books, books, and more books!

  • Congrats on your 5th Blog Anniversary, Joy!! Starting a blog is definitely easy but keeping it running is hard work!! πŸ˜€

    Aside from books, I’d probably get some art materials πŸ™‚

  • Dawn Monroe

    I would buy school clothes and shoes. Congrats on 5 years!

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  • Lisa Brown

    Congrats on the anniversary. I am not sure what else I would buy, maybe keep it for the holidays for gifts.

  • Aww the big five! Thanks for putting up with my nonsense comments all these years. πŸ˜› Here’s to many more!

    Oh, and I’d probably spend the $ on candy. Do you know how much Mike n Ike’s $100 would buy? lol.

  • Congratulations on FIVE YEARS, Joy!! I always enjoy your posts, and your comments! Wow, that’s a generous giveaway! Here’s to many more glorious years to come! πŸ™‚

  • Congrats on 5 years! I’m glad you found a way to enjoy blogging instead of giving up like me lol

    Aside from books I would probably buy yarn or crochet hooks since that’s my other hobby.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Congrats on five years! I’m glad that are you still blogging and you have found a way to really enjoy it! My blogoversary is this month too; I need to get my post/giveaway up soon! haha Time flies. Sheesh.
    What a fun giveaway too – thanks! I’d probably get some older movies that I don’t own, and I’d buy some stuff for other people too. I can never buy things for JUST me. haha

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Michelle

    Congratulations on 5 years!!! That is a huge milestone indeed!!
    I honestly can’t think of anything other than books that I would use an Amazon gift card for… maybe some music, but pretty much books!

  • Happy Blogiversary!!!!! 5 years is huge – I just met that in March on my other blog, and it feels so different. It’s half a decade!

    Hm, I think I’d use the $100 towards a new Kindle. I dropped mine pretty bad the other day and it’s not as happy to turn on as it used to be.

  • Jazmen

    I’m getting close to you Joy. But I never celebrate so my dates could be off. BUT MAN 5 YEARS? You did that thing girl. I’m definitely in the “who’s even reading these crap reviews? What am I doing this for. I can’t review a damn thing,” phase. And I’ve got a couple of years under my belt. I’ll get back into it. SO glad to know you and many more years!

  • Red

    Happy Blogoversary! I’m glad it was 5 glorious years for you although a few years were frustrating. You’re doing an incredible job. I hope all that’s ahead is happiness in reading & in blogging. That is one awesome giveaway and I appreciate the chance so much. I think I would start buying some early Christmas gifts for my little sisters. Thank you, thank you!

  • steve weber

    Congrats!! thats an amazing accomplishment.. funny Id actually spend the money on probiotics.

  • Congratulations Joy! This is indeed a major accomplishment and I’m so happy that you rediscovered your love for blogging and sharing your love for books πŸ™‚ Here’s to many more years! As for the giveaway, I would totally buy books but ASIDE from books I would spend it on video games xD

  • Music or maybe a new ereader

  • Oh my goodness Joy, that is one MASSIVE giveaway! But you should definitely celebrate and enjoy your anniversary because well, you’ve definitely been blogging for a lot of years and deserve to celebrate! Here’s to many many more <3

  • aside from books….hum on some crafts material to make handmade gifts for my blogger friends ( but most on books for sure)
    thank youa lot for this generous giveaway and Congrats on reaching 5years i wish you many more years of blogging pleasure

  • Aerykah B

    Aside from books?? Um… I’m sorry, I don’t think my brain can comprehend such a thought… haha! πŸ˜‰ I really don’t know for sure, though. Maybe start off with some movies (and books, of course!) & these super cute shoes I found on Amazon that I’ve had my eye on… πŸ˜‰

    And congratulations on 5 years of blogging, Joy!! That’s awesome! πŸ˜€ I’m coming up on 5 years myself in a few months… Gotta say, I never thought I’d still be blogging after all this time. πŸ˜‰

  • kindlemom1

    Happy Blogaversary!! I feel the same way, my blog isn’t huge but I finally feel comfortable with the followers I have and I love the commentators and all the people I’ve meet over the years.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway, I have no idea what I will spend it on but books would definitely be in the picture. πŸ˜‰

  • Happy Blogoversary! 5 years is a big deal in this community, and I’m hoping to make it that long. It’s only been 2.5 for me, and there have been days when I wanted to throw in the towel because I have so much else going on, and the stress and drama that this community sometimes push out is overwhelming. I always tell myself to take a few days and breathe. If I didn’t spend money on books, I’d spend it on shoes. I have this weird thing for Vans. Every pair I own (there are so many, I’ve lost count) have come from Amz. There are pairs that I’ve bought just to where with a shirt in my closet. LOL!

  • Happy blogoversary!!! 5 years is a HUGE accomplishment! Just so you know, when I click on your Instagram link in your sidebar, I get a message that the page isn’t available. I’m already a follower on Instagram, but it might stop new people from being able to follow you!

    Hmmm … Spend my money on something other than books? Maybe I’d put the money toward a new kitchen table. Mine is … um … past its prime.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    5 years! Woo hoo! That’s awesome. I am so glad I found your blog. I hope you continue with it, because I enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for the great giveaway! If I couldn’t spend $100 on books, I would spend it on shoes or purses. Oh, maybe sunglasses! πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on 5 years! Wow, it has been a long time of blogging, hasn’t it? And I totally agree with you–first few years were definitely frustrating but now all the stuff I thought mattered when it came to blogging just doesn’t seem to faze me any more (or as much as it did back then, rather). Congrats once again and thanks for the awesome giveaway! To answer your question, other than books (which is a given, haha!), I would buy a kindle, because the new one looks really good πŸ˜€
    Thanks for all the comments and for the awesome posts–it’s always so lovely to see your thoughts on my posts, and I LOVE the reviews etc. you post! Blog on!! πŸ˜€

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

  • 5 years! WOW!
    Happy Blogoversary, friend! I’m so so glad that you didn’t quit because of your frustrations early on. I was pretty much blogging to myself too, but I’m so glad that I’ve met so many wonderful, trusted bloggers. I think I’ve been doing this thing for so long that I really don’t care about ARCs anymore either because I mostly enjoy non ARCs anyways. Plus, there’s less pressure and I don’t ever want to go back to the days when blogging was a chore.
    Anyways, enough about me. I am so pleased that I can consider you a friend! And I hope that we can do BEA together next year!! (You’ll be stuck with me!)
    You already know how much your blog and your friendship means to me. Thanks for sticking with me all this time, Joy! <3 Much love to you!!
    Ooh and to answer your giveaway question! I would use it to buy myself a Kindle. I've been saving up for one because my Nook is slowly dying unfortunately. Thanks for the giveaway, Joy!

  • karina

    There is nothing beside books! :))) Happy blogoversary, sweetie! I know exactly how you feel, J., as I am pretty much in the same situation. Every time I have free time to visit I’m always saying hello, and I know you do too, and I really love you for it. Huge hugs xxx

  • Trixie Traci

    There’s other stuff besides books??? 😱 lol I honestly don’t know what I would buy. Maybe some music & dvds? Hmm…

    Congrats on 5 years, btw. Awesome accomplishment!