It was one year ago today that I started Pam's Perspective. I can't believe that I almost forgot and missed this milestone. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this blog. As some of you may already know, the director of the library where I work asked me if I would write a book review blog for the library. I was willing, but I knew less than nothing about blogs or blogger and felt that I should practice before trying to write a public/professional blog. And that is how Pam's Perspective came into being. I do write a book review and news blog for the library, Pam's Picks, but Pam's Perspective is a much more vibrant blog. (And most of what gets posted at Pam's Picks is also posted here).
It's been an interesting year, to say the least. I've made some great bloggy friends (you know who you are) and over the course of the year I've made some adjustments to Pam's Perspective and my approach to blogging. I went from blogging a couple of times a week to obsessively blogging every day and now I blog when I feel I have something to say. In the beginning, I was also dying to be given my first award. I couldn't wait to proudly display an award button on my sidebar. And then I realized how much time it takes to respond to and pass on those awards. And how difficult it is to decide who to pass them on to. So, I went award free. When I began blogging, I publicly followed lots and lots of blogs. Now I'm much more selective and I follow anonymously. No more hurt feelings if I decide to stop following. And in the old days, I used to comment on each and every post that was written on the blogs that I follow. Now, I comment only if I feel I have something to add to the "conversation".
Looking back over the last year, I realize I've come full circle. I started out blogging for myself and that's right where I am today. I feel as though I've found balance in my blogging. I'm no longer obsessing about it - writing daily posts, how many followers do I have, how many visitors have I had, how many comments have I gotten, etc. I've enjoyed this first year of blogging and I've enjoyed meeting all of you and reading your blogs. It's been a great year. I'm looking forward to the next one. Happy Blogiversary to me!