Saturday, April 30, 2011

We've come a long way, baby!

It's my blogiversary!!!!

The month of May marks one year since I swung open the doors to this blog and invited you all to share my obsession with inspirational romance, edgy or otherwise.

Care to stroll down memory lane with me?

My first real post: The one where I'm all wet behind the ears.

My favorite post: Anything Serena writes, like this or this. Seriously, this chick just cracks me up. Are you following her on twitter yet? Why not?

Top 3 most popular posts (based on page views):
1. What is Edgy Christian Romance?
2. Vampires in Christian Fiction.
3. Stalking Julie Lessman

Number of Kindle subscribers: 1 (and it's not my mom, I asked)

Shout out to my one anonymous reader. Thank you for subscribing and I hope you're enjoying the content.

My favorite part of blogging:

Meeting such wonderful people. I have a great circle of bloggers and authors I call friends.

Biggest surprise about blogging:

The time commitment. I had no idea. I have no immediate plans to expand to daily blogging, but I feel a sense of obligation to continue posting at the same level I started. In order to keep up, I've had to look for help. You've met Serena and Julia, but I'm adding one more person who I'll introduce this month.

How my style has evolved:

When I first started, I pictured this blog would be about both writing and reading related subjects. Since then, I've put the writing topics on the back burner. I might bring them back, but right now the focus is really on the books I read, not the writing I do.

What's coming up:

To celebrate my blogiversary, I have giveaways galore. They kick off tomorrow as I take part in the Spring Carnival.

This week I'm also introducing a new feature. I have three of our favorite authors stopping by to review some of their choices in Christian fiction. There will be a giveaway for friends who show up to support my celebrity reviewers.

Giveaways going on now:
These giveaways are open right now! Click on the book to visit the post and leave a comment!


  1. hi Joy! congratulations and happy 1st blogoversary! well done! c",)

  2. Congrats, Joy! The bloggy world is richer because of your unique voice. Blessings!

  3. Happy Blogiversary, Joy! Congratulations and thanks for the time you commit to blogging and everything that goes with it!

  4. Yay!!! Congratulations, Joy! :D I took a look back at your first post, and I think it looks great--you definitely sound like you had a good game plan, whereas my first post sounded rather...vague. ;)

    Excited for you!!


  5. Awww, thanks everybody. I'm feelin' the love. :)

  6. You've got a GREAT thing going! You are one of my FAVORITE blogs out there, very unique and a blast to visit. Keep up the good work, Joy, and don't stop anytime soon! :)

  7. Yay! Congrats on 1 year in book blogging! And I must say, even though I'm not much of a romance reader, your EIR is one of my top 10 favorite book blogs!

  8. Happy blog-iversery! And, awww... you're so sweet! I'm totally in awe of what a smashing and completely brilliant (okay, maybe I've had too much royal wedding this weekend, my adjectives have gone Brit!) site you've made here! Cheers!

  9. Holy cow Joy 1 year already?! Congratulations lady! I love how your first ever "edgy" inspirational was A Bride Most Begrudging, I'm pretty sure it was mine too! I love your site and hope you continue with the awesome posts for many years to come!

    XOXO~ Renee

  10. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh congratulations! *high five* I love how you said the follower wasn't your mom. You've come a long way baby!

    Side note: I loved that post about vamps in CF.

  11. Congratulations!!! I didn't realize we starting blogging at almost the same time. :)

  12. I'm getting misty over here girls. You all have made this blogging thing soooo much fun. Thanks for being such great friends. :)

    Renee- I had to google Edgy Inspirational after that book. It was the book that started it all.

  13. Congratulations...and keep it up! I'm a fairly new follower who enjoys your posts. ~ Nadja

  14. Happy Blogiversary! I love your blog! I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. I look forward to reading so many more great posts!

  15. So exciting! This was one of the first Christian fiction blogs I started reading (after realizing there was more of us out there) and it has become a regular part of my blog reading life. Congratulations and job well done. I look forward to many more years following you :)

  16. WHOO-HOO, girlfriend, cannot BELIEVE it's one year already, which I have to admit, scares the pejeebers out of me since it seems like last week! Here's to an even better and bigger year ahead, Joy!!


  17. Thanks Nadia, Julie(s) and Lydia!

    @Julie L- How cool is it that your interview remains one of my top visited posts ever?!

  18. Pretty darn cool, Joy, I'd say!!! We'll have to do it again when my next book comes out, okay?



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