A love letter to book blogging to celebrate 4 years of blogging (+ INTL giveaway)

Four years ago, sitting down on my bed, in my student’s appartment, I created a blog called Drizzle & Hurricane Books, giddy to have this fun new thing to work on and to talk about books, but with absolutely no idea what would happen and how, really, blogging would change me and my life a little bit, too.

Writing this, half of me can’t believe it’s been 4 years already that this happened. So much has changed from the moment I created this blog to today. I went from a Master’s degree student to getting my first job, I visited countries and countries, questioned myself about everything, fell in love all over again, felt sad, grateful and so on. Life has been a rollercoaster, as always, and it will keep on being one, and yet, all this time, blogging has been a constant.

From something that seemed simple, easy and fun, blogging has grown into kind of an obsession, seeping into fibers of my being, changing who I am online and in real life, too. A healthy obsession, don’t get me wrong.

Somehow, blogging has allowed me to grow, to confirm my passion for books, books and books, a passion I had since I was too little to get out of the crib and couldn’t even read (truth. My mom will confirm this). Now everyone hates me and I have way too many books in my room and in my brain.

Blogging has taught me that, no matter how shy I’ve always been feeling, how socially awkward I might be at times, how unsure of myself, my own confidence and everything else… that I have a voice here and that it matters, too. That some people actually want to hear me scream about books, but not only that. About everything else, too. I’m not going to quote names because I hope you’ll recognize yourself. If I’ve met an incredibly warm, welcoming, friendly community, people to talk about books with, scream about latest releases and shoving gently books to my face…. I’ve also met some of my closest friends, people who hopefully will recognize themselves while reading this, people I genuinely believe my life has changed for the better thanks to their support, love and endless messages, too. I love you all.

Blogging has given me so many books. ALL. the books. Books to relate to, books to cry about, books to talk of, important books, groundbreaking books, revealing books. SO many discoveries I wouldn’t have made if it weren’t for your recommendations and, yes, hype, too.

Blogging has brought so much, so much I never thought would ever be possible when I started, a soon to be graduate scrolling down blogs, discovering book mail and book hauls from US book bloggers, ARCs and everything else, too. I’m not blogging for ARCs at all, yet it feels like something to be part of the publishing world in that way, too. Yet, geography, luck, even with over 500 followers in, I never thought I’d ever, ever be part of that, somehow, special part of it all. Until one day in late September 2017 (yes, only one year ago). Until everything accelerated all of a sudden. I never thought I’d be one of these bloggers getting books releasing in 2019 right now and it turns out I could be. I feel like I’m going to happy cry again, just thinking about this incredible chance and privilege.

Blogging has given me a voice, yes, in a language that’s not my mother tongue, either, but that I’ve always, always cherished. I’m French and I don’t pretend myself to be bilingual, so I was scared to blog in English. With every post, every comment, everything, I trust myself more and more to evolve in this international community I adore.

Blogging is scary. It really is. The book blogging community is incredible, yes. It’s also loud when it needs to be, something I’m so grateful for and something I’ve learned so much from. It’s also scary. There are so many people, from everywhere, all around. How do I know I’m not bothering people when I’m commenting? Leaving a tweet? Trying to ask for a book? DOING anything, really? Writing this post? I don’t and it always terrifies me.

Do I still get jealous? Yes. I’m human. Do I still wonder if I’m good enough to receive this incredible looking ARC, to still be considered as great as a book blogger when I’m afraid to put out one tweet and interact while others do this so easily? All. The. Time. Do I wonder if this blog post is okay, or not? If I should do this, or that? Always, but these endless questions will always be part of who I am, too, an anxious 4 year book blogger just trying to keep on going.

Keep on going for the love of books. Keep on going for the smile on my face every single time I answer a comment, receive a gasp-worthy email, talk with friends I would never have met if it weren’t for that evening 4 years ago, sitting on my bed and typing Drizzle & Hurricane Books into a blog’s name, taking me years later right here, on my couch, typing this very blog post.

I love book blogging so, so much. It’s been there for me in tough and easy times, it’s been an escape, it’s been a passion. It’s been a lot of love, too and I hope this continues for a little while, too.

To celebrate my 4 years of blogging, I couldn’t not give something back, for everything you’ve all given me. I’m thrilled to be able to host this giveaway for all of you!!

  • This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY (Will be sent via Book Depository), for the book (s) of your choice under 20€ (This means you can get two books if it fits into the budget, yes!). Note that you can change the currency on book depository to see the price in euros, if it’s not your currency. This is right below the search bar πŸ™‚
  • This giveaway will run from today, November 28th, 2018 to December 22nd, 2018, Midnight G.M.T +1.
  • You must be 18 or older orΒ have your parents’ consent to give your mailing address.
  • The winner will be drawn on December 23rd, and contacted via email. If the winner doesn’t answer in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

For being here, for reading one, two, ten, a hundred of my blog posts. For following me, from day one, day 379, or only two days ago. For supporting me, cheering for me, leaving one, two, ten comments. For every sweet word I’ve ever gotten to brighten up my bad days and illuminate my good ones. I am so, so, so, so grateful for this little corner of the internet and where it all took me so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me, next.

Most of it all, I am grateful to be part of the book blogging community with you, I love you all.

How long have you been blogging? What’s your favorite thing about book blogging so far?

What’s your biggest blogging goal and accomplishment? Let me know everything in comments!

 

 

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254 thoughts on “A love letter to book blogging to celebrate 4 years of blogging (+ INTL giveaway)

  1. Congrats on 4 years of blogging Marie!! ❀ It's amazing that you have been blogging for so many years. Your blog is one of my absolute favourites and I always look forward to your posts. ❀ Also this is the sweetest post, I really enjoyed reading it. This year I had my 3 year bloggiversary and I'm very proud of myself for sticking with it for as long as I have. πŸ˜€ Usually I give up hobbies very easily, yet with blogging it's been different.

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    1. Ahh thank you so, so much Anna, you’re so sweet!! ❀ ❀
      I'm so proud of you for sticking with blogging for so long as well, that's amazing, you're doing SO great! I hope you'll keep on blogging for a long, long time πŸ˜€

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  2. Oh my God! 4 YEARS?! That’s an achievement and you deserve all the love in this world, Marie! You’re such an inspirational book blogger, I can’t even recount the number of times I’ve endlessly scrolled through your blog (not liking or commenting because the ANXIOUS me thought I would look like an obsessed fan or spammer XD) and enjoyed everything from the amazing reviews you write to all the engaging discussions you come up with. This month marks the completion of my first blogging year and reading this has taught me two things: you get more and more (happily) obsessed as the years pass by AND the anxiousness never dies down, I’ll always be thinking twice (actually, hundred times) before liking, commenting or engaging or doing just about anything. But I guess that’s fun too, haha! All the best, Marie for everything that lies ahead and I hope you keep blogging for forever ❀

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    1. Oh Fanna you’re making me so emotional thank you so much for your sweet words and support 😭❀️
      Please never, ever, ever feel like you’re bothering me with any of your comments, you never ever are, it’s always a pleasure to chat with you! I know how hard and anxiety-inducing it can be, to just post a comment, that happens to me too a lot. Know that you’re always welcome here and ahh I appreciate you SO much thank you ❀️

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  3. I’m so late to this post, but CONGRATULATIONS ON FOUR YEARS, MARIE!! ❀

    This is such an amazing feat to accomplish, and I know I've said it so many times already, but I'm always so impressed by everything you do. This post is so touching, and you're the sweetest for hosting a giveaway – I'm so excited for many more years of reading your amazing blog posts, and chatting with you about books and everything else! ❀

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    1. Oh Lily thank you, you’re way too sweet, I don’t feel impressive at all ahah this means a lot that you think that, really, thank you so much ❀❀
      here’s to many more years of blogging to come hopefully πŸ™‚

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  4. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! I absolutely love blogging. It’s something I have been doing for the past… I don’t even know how many years now. 5? 6? It’s part of my life and it has helped me through easy times and through hard times. People have come and gone and been there for me when I needed them ❀ It's hard for me to put into words what blogging means to me x Here's to many more years for you ^.^

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    1. Ahh it’s so great that you’ve been blogging for so long! I’m so happy it means so much to you as well and that you found your people, too, that’s amazing. ❀ Here's to many more years of blogging for us πŸ™‚

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  5. Congratulations on four years of blogging, Marie ❀️❀️

    I’m so sad I missed this post the day it went live! Anyway, I’m so happy and grateful to have met you through blogging and it’s been amazing talking books with you for a little over two years. Your blog is amazing and you are amazing and you deserve everything that has come your way because of it ❀️

    I hope 2019 is an even greater year and I really hope I can be there to support you all the way!

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    1. Oh Michelle thank you so, so much! Two years, wow, I can’t believe we’ve known each other that long, it’s amazing! ❀ ❀
      You're way too sweet, thank you so much for your sweet words, this means so much ahh, you're the best, I'm so happy to have you in my life ❀

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  6. Happy fourth year blogging anniversary, Marie! This is a very heart-warming post and I love all of the gifs! It made me sappy too. 😭 As someone who is technically still a newbie in terms of blogging, reading through your blogging experiences in 4 years just makes me happy. πŸ’™

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    1. Oh thank you so, so, so much for your sweet words and comment, that means a lot! ❀
      I hope you'll get to experience all the joys of blogging and that you'll love it as the months and years go by, hopefully! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀

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    1. Ahh that’s so great, congratulations on 4 years just as well! ❀ ❀ I'm so happy to hear that, it's so good to see how this hobby slowly becomes a part of our lives πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❀

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  7. Well, I really hope this continues for A LONG TIME, because your blog is one of my favorites, Marie! CONGRATULATIONS ON FOUR *OMG* YEARS!! Such a long journey, so many new friends, a neverending TBR pile, wonderful experiences, your first ARC… So many things, right? Thank you for every review that you share, for your recommendations, for your wonderful voice in this fantastic community. All the best, lovely!

    I created my blog last year, but then life happened and never post again. Blogging again is one of my main goals for next year, so hopefully, I’ll get to speak about books too! Being part of the bookish community is awesome, and getting to know so many other people who love books is the best reward for blogging!

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    1. Oh wow thank you so, so, so, SO much for your sweet words, they mean so much, thank you!! ❀ ❀
      I hope that you’ll be able to get back to blogging next year, it’s a bit of a commitment, but it is the best reward to be able to chat with the community about books and everything ❀
      Thank you so much, you’re too sweet! ❀

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  8. aww it’s amazing how much you’ve got out of blogging and MASSIVE CONGRATS for four years- that’s an incredible achievement! And I think you’re doing a wonderful job πŸ™‚ ❀ And that's so cool that you're doing a giveaway- thank you for the opportunity!! ❀

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  9. Happy 4th blogiversary, Marie!!!!! This was such an emotional letter, I guess it was amazing to write it while thinking about everything that this blog has given you πŸ™‚ Here’s to many more years!!!!! I’ve never had a blog, I don’t think I’d have the patience to do it without giving up after the first month lol BUT! I still feel part of this community when I visit other blogs, when I comment, because I get to chat with other bookworms, have their opinions on books, share my thoughts, and that’s amazing as well!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh Grace thank you so, so, so much for your sweet comment, this means so much! ❀ ❀
      I can understand that, it takes a little bit of commitment, but for me I found it so worth it. And YES, chatting with bloggers in comments about books and everything IS the best, I'm so glad you're having a fun time doing it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so, so much! πŸ™‚

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  10. It still blows my mind how reading your posts is often like glimpsing into my own experiences, because I can relate *so much* to what you said about blogging giving you confidence. I think writing in general, if someone is a writer at heart 😊, just fuels us with energy. I remember hitting many lows in my confidence in my eighth and ninth grade years, and that the two things that got me through tough times was writing — writing blog posts, and working on my WIP. It’s inspiring to read that blogging has been such a positive aspect of your life, and I hope that blogging can be like that for me beyond my current high school years too.

    With that said — congratulations on four years of blogging, and I’m wishing you many more to come! I always enjoy reading about your thoughts on books, writing, and just life in general, and you are one of the most positive and kind people I’ve met on the blogosphere. 😊 I can’t wait to read many more of your posts in upcoming months & years! πŸ’•

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    1. Awww I’m so, so happy to hear that! I always tried to be as sincere as I could with all of my blogging experiences and I am so happy you could relate to them in some ways, thank you so much for saying that ❀
      I hope you'll keep on blogging for a long, long time and will keep on finding your confidence in writing these blog posts and your stories and everything else, too. You are brilliant, Zoie, never ever forget that ❀

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    1. Aw thank you SO much Nicole! ❀ It really is hard to imagine where we stand with all of this gigantic community and publishing world, but it feels nice to know we might be a little part of it all πŸ™‚

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