Bookish Beck launched five years ago today. I can hardly remember what it was like not to have a blog. I started it in the wake of my brother-in-law’s death, as a kind of seize-the-day gesture and as a replacement venue for Bookkaholic, a now-defunct web magazine where I used to post most of my book-related thoughts and reviews.
This is post #696, working out to two and two-thirds posts per week – which seems just right to me. In the past few years, I’ve gotten more involved in buddy reads and blog challenges; I continue to take part in literary prize shadow panels and attend events when I can. I’ve hosted #TheLibraryCheckout for nearly 2.5 years now, and my current project is organizing a #NotTheWellcomePrize blog tour for this April, while the official Prize is on hiatus.
I meant to do a blog redesign in time for this fifth anniversary – I’ve barely changed the site’s appearance since I started it, and things like my menu headings and About page need some attention – but didn’t get a chance, so expect that to be unveiled within the next few weeks.
In the meantime, here are some fun stats:
My five most popular posts of all time:
Most views on one day (304): August 13, 2018
The five posts that generated the most engagement (by number of comments):
|Painful but Necessary: Culling Books, Etc.||50|
|Fourth Blog Anniversary||44|
|My Bibliotherapy Appointment at the School of Life||44|
Five personal favorites:
Biography of the Month: Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig [a review in verse] (January 2018)
A Trip to Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town (April 2018)
Thanks to everyone who has supported me over this last half-decade by visiting the site, commenting, re-tweeting, inviting me to participate in blog challenges, joining me for shadow panels, and so on. You’re the best!