365 days is a long time to do anything in this world full of attention deficit disorder. There are so many things to occupy our time electronically and otherwise, that it is hard to dedicate large amounts of time to any one thing. When I started my blog I wasn’t sure how long it would last. I didn’t know if I would get any positive responses, or any responses at all for that matter. So I really wasn’t sure how long I would stick with it before someone told me my blog sucked. Well I am proud to say that today marks one year of Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase. I still am not really sure what I am doing, so it is safe to say I am flying by the seat of my pants here. Through the kindness of publishers, authors, other bloggers, some baseball fans and some editing help from my cat Phillie, I have been able to pull it off.
Over the past year 8,500 people have stopped by to check out my writing and for that I say a heartfelt thank you, to each and every one of you. I figured the first year if 500 people stopped by and checked it out I would be lucky, so for me I consider this a windfall. Many publishers, who are too numerous to mention, have been extremely kind in sending out some review copies for me to check out. I got a much larger response from them than I ever expected, so if I still owe you a book review, please be patient it is on my list to do. Authors also have been more than kind, by supplying books and information to help me get their reviews finished as well. I hope I did their books justice and was fair with their reviews. Other folks in the blogging universe have been helpful with information and sharing their experiences with me. We baseball book bloggers are to some degree family and it is an honor to be part of that family.
Finally to my wife Brina, I have annoyed you immensely with the insane amounts of reading I do, packages of books always showing up and then blogging about those same books, if you feel ignored my apologies. At least the mail has slowed down some, and you know where I am at every night, right on the couch next to you buried in a book. There are worse things I could be spending our money on honey :).
I never really figured out the true purpose of my blog. When I started it, I figured it was so when I read I may retain more of what I was reading about, and be able to put it into print. One year later, I am still reading the same way, so I am still not exactly sure. One thing I hope happens is that it makes someone want to open a book and start reading. Preferably baseball books, but if not any book will be fine. Reading books is a dying art with all the e-books and the other ways to read, so hopefully someone decides they need a real book because of something they may have read on here. If not so be it, but I hope people find something on here they like in my work. It has been a labor of love through this first year, and some days are harder than others to read, but in the end it has been worth it.
Here is to another year, hopefully some regulars will keep coming back and some new ones will stop by and visit. Again, I thank each and every one of you who have stopped by and participated in one way or another, the amount of visitors has surprised me more than you realize. I promise to do my best when writing these blogs, even though the end result may not always reflect it. Remember I am just one fans opinion about these books. In the end, my opinion does not matter any more than any other persons. I wish you all Happy Reading for this year, and wish my bookcase a Happy Birthday……..here’s to many more.