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Hi guys…

Today I’m extremely happy (like flying-in-the-air-happy) to announce that The Reading Bud has turned into a 1 year old baby. I can’t believe how fast this year went! It seems like yesterday when I said to Vishal (V), “I’m thinking that I should start a blog for reviewing books…” and he encouraged me to go ahead by upgrading my library membership to the platinum package in which they deliver unlimited books at home. I remember him telling me “Go ahead and make me proud.”

I had no clue what book-blogging even meant that time. V encouraged me to go ahead and his unwavering trust in me led me to start a book-blog in January. I’m so, so, so happy that I did… ❤

I started this blog on blogger with the same name “The Reading Bud” with very short and awkward reviews but slowly and steadily I started to learn and absorb from other awesome bloggers and reviewers. While setting up TRB if  someone would have told me that within a year it will be so flooded with review requests that I’ll have to be looking for review-contributors, then I would have laughed… But now I’m so proud to say that it turned out to be a great journey and that too an amazing one!

I hope that you are proud of me dadda. I love you so much! TRB would not have been possible without your love and support (and also the suggestion of the very name.)

The whole year (March’14-March’15), I read and reviewed like crazy and this was the first time that I spent an entire year without getting even a single panic attack due to over stressing on useless matters. The entire year was like a dream and I’m planning to spend the rest of my life pretty much the same way (of course, with the exception of writing my own books, which again will be like a super awesome dream!)

When I look back at this year today, I can say without a speck of doubt that with TRB, even I’ve grown as a person, not just the awesome transition from 23 years old to 24 but also the amazingness of having read so, so, so, so many books.

The second best thing to happen this year is that TRB and I have met so many awesome people and more than half have become my really good friends. I THANK each and everyone for dropping by constantly and encouraging me with all your precious likes and comments.

Don’t judge me for this but some names need special mentions:

Here are some of my “relatively” new but equally awesome friends:

PS: If you are mentioned in either of the lists then it’s because of your likes, comments, interactions, recommendations or you might just have motivated me in some or the other way 🙂

Pray forgive me if I’ve got anyone’s name or blog-link wrong.


Here’s the entire year in numbers: (March’14 – March’15)

No. of books read: 96

No. of books reviewed: 60

Blog followers: 483

No. of comments: 1,260

No. of spam comments blocked: 3000+

Facebook followers: 1,315

Twitter followers : 63 (lol! a lot of people follow me cause they don’t know about my TRB account. So here’s a better stat- No. of followers on my twitter (@rathoreheena): 1,000 – exactly!) 😉

All these stats could have been a bit better but last year in October V got really sick and so I was MIA for almost 3 months.

I also created another blog, Heena Rathore P. (for my personal and writing related ramblings) and that took a lot of my time and also my interest! heheh!


This year I’ll try and schedule each and every post on both the blogs so that I can manage both of them easily (not to mention my content writing stuff.)

To conclude, I’ve learned so much through this beautiful journey that when I look back I can see I’ve grown into a matured blogger and a much better person.

I love reading and reviewing and I’m gonna do it till my last breath. The Reading Bud is my baby and this just the beginning for us.

I thought of buying the domain name and the customisation for TRB on it’s birthday but as soon as V gave me a bright smile as a sign to go ahead, I literally jumped up and bought it in December only… lol (God! I’m so impatient!)

As a present V wanted me to buy a good premium theme for TRB, but keeping a stone on my heart I had to turn down the idea cause if I get a new theme then I’ll be wasting almost 9 months of customisation that Ive already bought. So I’m gonna continue with the customisation for now and meanwhile will select a theme that suits TRB the best and will buy it as soon as the customisation ends. 🙂

I hope you all will continue to shower your love on TRB always! ❤

Have an awesomely guys 🙂

Here’s a pic for TRB that I posted on my Instagram yesterday:

Happy Birthday #thereadingbud 🎁🎉🎂📚📖📕📗 My baby has grown into a one year old child today! One year of reading and reviewing seems like a dream that only a few can possibly live. I consider myself lucky to be one of those fortunate people who have the luxury to do what they love. This journey would have been inpossible without your love and support (and money…lol!) dadda! Love u so much @vishalpardeshi3 😙 Also thanks to all of you for following TRB and reading our reviews 😊 I'm proud to be a book blogger! Cheers to all the bloggers 🍻!!! #thereadingbud #anniversary #bloggaversary #bookblogger #bookblogging #reviews #bookreviewer #bloggers #goodreads #netgalley #facebook #twitter #instagram

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94 thoughts on “1 Year Blog Anniversary (Happy Birthday TRB)

  1. wow – Bravo – you are one of my favorites bloggers – You have touched my heart – Let you magic ink always shine for you. From the bottom of my heart – I say Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you so much Mihran! It’s really sweet of you to say so 🙂
      Thank you for reading my reviews and posts and for always being there! You too are one of my favourite bloggers and a good friend. 🙂
      Thanks you for everything!!!

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  2. HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY HEENA! May your keyboard always bring you words and may your shelves be forever filled with bookish goodness. Thank you very much for the lovely shout out. You’re a good friend and a fabulous writer. Keep on carrying the cosmic!
    😃

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    1. Thanks a lot Romeo for such lovely wishes!!! 🙂 I’m just waiting to catchup with my TBR list a bit, then I’ll start bugging you again for recs. hehehe!
      Have a fabulous day and give my regards to Kat 😀

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        1. OMG! It was listed under your blogs on your Gravatar profile, so I thought it was your’s. I’m so sorry!
          And thanks for the correct link (I’ll add it in front of your name in this post.)
          I have a small request to you… can you please add a “translation” button to your blog. As I can’t read or understand the language of your blog.
          Have a great day dear!!!

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  3. My most heartfelt congratulations, Heena! And even more I am humbled and so grateful for the honor of being even mentioned by you. I can only say that I hear you in every word you wrote. I made the same experience with my blog. Getting the opportunity about spreading what we feel in our hearts and at the same time connecting with the most wonderful people all over the world is a gift that cannot be explained with words. I am so happy for you and I am even happier that we found each other. This way we will stay friends forever… since I too cannot imagine to ever stop blogging anymore. 💖

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    1. Thank you so much Erika!!! And the honour and pleasure is all mine 🙂
      You’ve been an awesome supporter and a constant source of inspiration for me and TRB!
      I completely agree with you about the joy and opportunities our blogs bring to us. We have a beautiful source to know each other and also to express our selves as individuals in front of the entire world!
      I’m also extremely glad that we found each other!!! And I promise to be a good friend to you till the end of time! ❤
      Have a glorious day dear 🙂
      Lots of hugs!!!

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      1. You have my heart melting, Heena!!! Your words humble me. I definitely don’t feel like having done anything spectacular. Honestly, it is my greatest gift to enjoy your trust and friendship. This is the greatest gift to get from someone. Friends until the end of days!!! Same over here. And whenever you need an ear feel free to email me. Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart. 💖 💖 💖

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        1. You’re so sweet Erika! To be honest, you’re like an elder sister I never had. Thanks a lot for being there and also for being so positive ❤
          And I sure will keep that in mind 🙂 I'm here for you too (always!!!)
          ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks a lot Violet! You are one of my oldest blog-friends and I’m so happy to have met you here!
      Have a great day!!!

      PS: I still remember my promise of reviewing all your beautiful books, but I just need a few more months to get my reading in line. Once I have a few spare days, I’ll mail you requesting your books for reviewing here 🙂

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  4. Congratulations! I am impressed by the number of books that you read and reviewed in a year! What a achievement! Your book reviews have helped in choosing books to read with inspiring writers, the new ones especially – so many wonderful talents out there and without your help, we may miss them! Thanks so much for the mention and I wish you for more years to continue doing what you love to do 🙂 Best wishes and virtual hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Indah!!! ❤ I'm totally flattered reading your comment. I'm so happy that my reviews have introduced you to new authors. To be honest, there are so many good authors whose works don't get published just because of the arrogance and stubbornness of publishers. I truly believe that all the authors deserve to be published. That's one of the main reasons why I accept review-requests from self-published authors.
      Thanks a lot for being a constant reader and supporter (and tweeter..heheh!) of TRB! I'm glad that I met you and to have you as a friend!
      Have a great day dear!!!
      Lots of hugs to you too ❤

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  5. Congratulations on your one year anniversary Heena! 🙂 I always enjoy reading your reviews and I hope this blog continues to go from strength to strength. Thank you so much for the mention of my blog, you have been a fantastic supporter of Precinct1313 and I really appreciate it, have a wonderful day. 🙂

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  6. Heena – thank you so very much for thinking of me on this very special day for you and your blog. I enjoy your writing very much, I am one of those people who set aside few hours (at least 4) every day just on reading and learning from what others say on their blogs – much more satisfying than watching TV or reading newspapers and Magazines of fashion etc are so dumb with their texts and celebrity idiocy that I don’t even mention them. If I click Like – I like! Congratulations! Keep it up!

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    1. OMG! I guess this is our first commenting interaction. 🙂 We’ve been reading and liking each other’s posts since last 1 year and I really cherish our unique friendship!
      THANKK YOU so much Mam, for your lovely wishes as well as for being a consistent visitor of TRB.
      I’m so glad to exchange words with you today! And to be honest, Mam, I’m a fan of your writing and views and the way you reflect on Croatia’s situations.
      Even I read all your posts and always admire your courage!
      I completely agree about preference to read blogs to watching TV!
      Thanks a lot for your kind words and also for being a consistent visitor of TRB 🙂
      Have a great day!

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        1. So true! I’m so glad that we have this “mutual understanding”… hehe!
          My likes are also real Likes because I visit very few blogs (only the ones I love reading, like your’s) 🙂
          Thanks again- Lots of HUGS!!!

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  7. Happy dance time, Heena! 💗💗💗 Congratulations on your anniversary and so many milestones. I love reading your blog, and I’m very appreciative of our friendship. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog, I’m truly humbled.

    Your friend,

    Rob

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  8. Look at all those lovely comments! It speaks volumes that so many have responded to your post. May I add my heartiest congratulations and my deepest awe that you included me on your list? I am so impressed with all your stats- 96 books?! That’s astounding! Mostly, I’m glad to have met you, Heena. I love your energy and enthusiasm for life, for writing and reading. Your integrity rings through!

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    1. Awwww… Thank you so much Sue for all the wishes and such precious words!!! You’re the best! I love you and your blog so, so much (if only I can get some more time to read your posts regularly!)
      You’re spirit inspires me so much and presently your posts on writing are helping me greatly in understanding the entire process… 🙂
      Thanks for being so sweet and supportive! ❤
      Have a beautiful day!!! 🙂

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      1. I can only imagine how helpful it is to just plan read. I’ve been setting aside more time to love on some awesome ya books- I’m so amazed at how many you read last year!
        You are the sweet one! Let me know if there’s anything you need. I’m sure your book will be wonderful!

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  9. Congrats to you and The Reading Bud, Heena! Sounds like it’s going to be the first of many 🙂 And thank you for the shout out!

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  10. Happy Blogoversary! Thank you so much for mentioning me, it means a lot. I can’t believe you’ve only been at this for one year! Also congrats on a year without a panic attack! That’s pretty amazing too. Wishing you another happy year!

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    1. Thanks a lot Molly!!!
      Sometimes even I think that I’ve been doing this for ages! hehe! 🙂 And yea, I guess not getting a panic attack is really the highlight of the year! lol!
      Thanks again Molly 🙂
      Have a great day!

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  11. Happy Birthday to your amazing blog!! Such fabulous news!! I love reading your posts!! I look forward to reading your posts years and years to come!! Have a wonderful day!! XOXO

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  12. Happy Blogaversary hun ❤ I love this blog and you are so sweet to put me on the list 🙂 You’re such a good friend and a wonderful blogger… I wish you all the creativity in the world and that you keep reading more and more great and fun books ❤
    Missed you a lot, btw 😀

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