Sam van Zweden




This Blog Is A Toddler

If this blog were a child, it would be starting to develop some proper focus skills, able to block out distractions and play more attentively. Its language would be starting to really develop, and things like narratives would be starting to make proper sense. It wouldn’t be so rad with numbers, but because this blog is about books that’s not so important.

This blog is three years old today – I’m celebrating with cider and cake, and I expect you to also! While it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek to draw this comparison between a blog and a toddler, it’s also a kind of nice thought. Three years old is when humans start to really be able to play with language, understand and share stories. For a blog about books, writing and words in general, that’s a pretty significant place to be.

Thanks to all the people who always show up to read my words. I appreciate your time, your chats at events and festivals, your generosity in telling me when I’m doing well, and you engagement with the things I do on here. Here’s to the many years to come!

Happy Birthday To Meeeee!

Well, not to me. To LGWABP.

Today is the first anniversary of this blog! It certainly doesn’t feel like a year. So much awesome stuff has happened because of LGWABP, and I’m really glad I’ve stuck with it. People often say that you shouldn’t blog unless you’ve got a passion for it, because it comes through in the content – I hope my passion comes through. I love this thing! LOVE IT!

174 posts later…

In the last year I’ve written a lot more than I used to. I’ve realised that “being a writer” is what I’m doing, and I’m dedicated to that. I’ve met amazing people, some of them higher up in the industry than myself, others on the same level, others just beginning – all of these people have been helpful, insightful, and immensely encouraging.

I’ve had three pieces accepted for publication. I’ve introduced myself and been recognized for my blog name. I’ve had my passion understood and been invited to do book reviews on c31’s Yartz. I’ve been asked to guest blog. I’ve interviewed a hero of mine. I’ve learned what doesn’t work.

I feel like I’m on the way to good things. And LGWABP is has a lot to contribute to it.

Thanks for reading, ya’ll, keep it up! And I’ll keep posting.

Cheers to my first year!

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