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Briefly | Life got the better of me this week, so I decided to take an impromptu spring break from blogging. It was kind of awesome. I’m not sure that I’m entirely recovered from the last few stressful weeks, but today is my seventh blogiversary and I couldn’t let that go by without a little celebration.

Reading | Since I started blogging in 2008, I’ve read 698 books. I don’t have all of them listed in a spreadsheet, so I can’t break them down by genre, but I pretty consistently read about 60 percent nonfiction and 40 percent fiction. Blogging has helped me expanding my reading horizons into comic books, audio books and young adult fiction.

Listening | Over the last seven years, I’ve listened to 49 audio books. My audio book listening goes in spurts, often depending on how much driving I have to do. The first audio book I ever listened to was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, at the recommendation of my sister and my cousin. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?

Blogging | In seven years, I’ve posted 1,348 times (and hit post 1,000 just before my five-year blogiversary). Of those, 473 have been book reviews of some kind. Here are some other blog-related stats:

Promoting | As I was putting together this post, I went back to all of my previous blogiversary posts. I love that they’ve all been a little bit different: Happy One Year Blogoversary!My Two Year Blogiversary!Happy Third Blogiversary to Me!Happy Fourth Blogiversary to Me!Thoughts on Blogiversary Number Five, and Six Reasons I’m Grateful for Six Years of Book Blogging.

Loving | Thank you all, so much, for continuing to read what I write here. Finding a community of readers through this blog has been one of the biggest joys of life. I’m getting a teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Wanting | I hope that in the next 365 days of blogging, I can keep finding ways for this blog to bring joy. This space has evolved since my first post went up seven years ago, and I know that it will continue to change. I want those changes to always be for the better.

Anticipating | The year ahead is a big one. I’m excited and nervous and hopeful and so grateful that I have a space to share it. Happy Sunday, everyone!

Photo Credit: Martin Thomas via Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • Trisha May 10, 2015, 9:31 am

    Congrats on 7 years! It’s amazing how blogging becomes such a part of your life, isn’t it? Even when I’m not consistently blogging, I still think about it.

    • Kim Ukura May 11, 2015, 8:36 pm

      I do too. Taking a break was nice, but I was thinking about posts and ideas while I wasn’t blogging… it’s in my blood, I suppose 🙂

  • kelly May 10, 2015, 9:37 am

    Happy 7 years! I have been reading your blog for probably 5 of them, and it’s one of my favorites. I always look forward to what you talk about.

  • S May 10, 2015, 10:07 am

    Congratulations on seven great years! So awesome to see all these numbers (and the stories behind them, too). Can’t wait to see everything that’s still to come!

  • Jenny aka Sister May 10, 2015, 12:56 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! Can you at least mention that I recommended Twilight MANY years ago… When I was young and silly and did think it was good… I have since changed my mind, in part to growing up and in part to reading/listening to much better books. 😉

    • Kim Ukura May 11, 2015, 8:39 pm

      I’m not judging you for it, just making a note about why I checked it out from the library 🙂

  • Andi May 10, 2015, 3:56 pm

    Woohoo! A very happy 7 years to you, and here’s hoping there are many more to come. <3

  • Florinda May 10, 2015, 4:35 pm

    Happy 7th Blogiversary to my book-blogging BFF! Glad you’re here, glad you’re staying, glad you’ve been my roommate during BEA twice :-). (We’re missing this year, but here’s to the future!)

    Stats can be so interesting…and surprising. You never know what will turn out to be your most popular posts!

    • Kim Ukura May 11, 2015, 8:40 pm

      Clearly, the stats indicate that I should try to read more books that will end up on a high school or college syllabus — that’s where the search engine traffic is 🙂

  • Susan May 10, 2015, 4:35 pm

    Happy Blogiversary and 7 great years. You always have great things on your blog and I look forward to reading it in the year ahead!

  • Care May 10, 2015, 6:38 pm

    Congratulations! I don’t think I have blogged about mine (bloggiversary) each year – I think it is in September, but I’ll be 7 years, too. For the book blog anyway, might be longer now that I think about it…

    Anyway, always love the stats and here’s to many more happy years of reading and sharing! 😀

    • Kim Ukura May 11, 2015, 8:41 pm

      I put mind on my calendar so I don’t miss it. I like marking the day every year — it’s a good excuse to look back and how things have changed (and how they’ve stayed the same).

  • Megan May 10, 2015, 6:48 pm

    Happy bloggiversary! Hope there are many more to come!

  • Christy May 10, 2015, 7:13 pm

    Congratulations! You’ve been a stand-by blogger on my blogroll since I joined this community, so thanks!

  • Emma @ Words And Peace May 10, 2015, 7:21 pm

    congratulations, and to many more!

  • Heather @ Capricious Reader May 10, 2015, 8:02 pm

    Happy Bloggiversary!! Here’s to many more! I need the nonfiction recs. 😀

    • Kim Ukura May 11, 2015, 8:43 pm

      And I am happy to give them. Join the cult of nonfiction!

  • Melissa F. May 10, 2015, 9:39 pm

    Cannot imagine the book blogging world without you, Kim! Congratulations on 7 years!

  • Maphead May 10, 2015, 10:22 pm

    CONGRATS! Keep up the great work!!

  • Laurie C May 11, 2015, 5:50 am

    The audio edition of Twilight was better than the print, I thought! Congratulations on seven years! A break is good for the soul every once in a while, just don’t stay away too long! 😉

    • Kim Ukura May 11, 2015, 8:43 pm

      Oh it absolutely was. I never would have gotten through that book in print… I just know it would have driven me nuts. But driving in the car… eh, it’s fine!

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes May 11, 2015, 8:11 am

    Happy seven years!

  • Vasilly May 11, 2015, 12:04 pm

    Happy bloggiversary! It’s funny how the years go by so fast.

  • Jeanne May 11, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Congratulations! Here’s to seven more!

  • Ciska @ Ciska's Book Chest May 11, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!

  • Aarti May 11, 2015, 2:36 pm

    Congratulations on 7 years! I enjoy your little corner of the internet quite a lot 🙂

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 11, 2015, 3:44 pm

    Awww, happy blogging birthday! And many happy returns of the day!

  • Jennine G. May 11, 2015, 6:03 pm

    wow – such an accomplishment! Congrats!

  • Michelle May 11, 2015, 10:22 pm

    Congratulations on seven years and even more to come! I love seeing the more experienced bloggers share their wisdom and share the reasons they continue to blog. Here’s to an amazing year!

    • Kim Ukura May 13, 2015, 8:36 pm

      I’m not sure I have too much wisdom to share, but thanks 🙂

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey May 12, 2015, 7:04 pm

    Wow, that’s so impressive! Congratulations on seven years! I hope I stick with blogging that long too 🙂

  • Athira May 17, 2015, 5:45 pm

    Congratulations on the seven-year blogging milestone! Hope you have many more wonderful years of blogging ahead.

  • Serena May 18, 2015, 9:26 am

    Congrats on 7 years!

  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard May 19, 2015, 1:51 pm

    Congratulations on 7 years! That’s really amazing! I’m also impressed that you read so much nonfiction. I read it for my job (freelance indexer), so I tend to gravitate toward fiction for fun – which means sometimes I miss out on some really interesting books.

    • Kim Ukura May 24, 2015, 9:47 am

      I think if I had a job where I read nonfiction, I’d read more fiction in my spare time. As it is, I find nonfiction easier to write about here on the blog, so that inspires me to keep reading it.