Holy Sh*t! 100,000 Hits! And a Hachette Favorites Giveaway!

images-11It appears that I will hit a big milestone today or tomorrow. Never in a zillion years did I think this little blog of mine would reach 100,00 hits, but here it is! Unbelievable. Woo Hoo, Partay!

51ipo1fobxl_sl160_pisitb-sticker-arrow-dptopright12-18_sh30_ou01_aa115_The wildly generous Miriam at Hachette Book Group is sponsoring a Hachette Favorites Giveaway to help me celebrate! Leave a comment on this post by Monday, February 16th for a chance to win a big box of new fiction from Hachette, including The Little Giant of Aberdeen County 31bhf6sljl_sl160_aa115_(reviewed HERE), One Perfect Day (reviewed HERE), The Bishop’s Daughter (reviewed HERE), Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly, The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, Run for Your Life by James Patterson and The Makedown by Gitty Daneshvari!

So, a little background on this blog. I started Books on the Brain at the end of September 2007 with virtually no idea about blogging, the book blogging community, html code, Google Reader, ARCs, memes, book tours, etc. No clue. None.

Laura Fitzgerald, author of Veil of Roses (who, incidentally, has a new book out and will be guest posting later this month!), had just talked to my real life book club by speaker phone. She was terrific, and when I emailed to thank her, she wrote back that I should check out her guest post at Stephanie’s blog, The Written Word. I loved the post, but was entranced by the blog. I’d never seen anything like it! I emailed Stephanie to compliment her on it and ask questions (many, many questions). She was so patient with me and so friendly. A day or two later I started Books on the Brain with this silly post, not realizing at the time how much it would change my life.

So let me throw out some stats: in about 16 months I’ve had 99,866 total views (as of this minute), 337 posts, 4,126 comments, 33 categories, and 927 tags. I don’t want to even think about the number of hours I’ve spent blogging. Or reading the blogs of others. Let’s just say it’s been substantial!

But the MOST wonderful thing about blogging, the thing that I just can’t get over, is this wonderful community. The people are so nice, so helpful, so intelligent, caring and kind. I’ve made amazing friends here and I’m so glad I found you. You’ve greatly enriched my life. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, emails, Christmas cards, and surprises (Care, you’re so cool!). Book bloggers are the greatest! Your comments and posts have made me laugh, informed me, enlightened me, given me much to think about, and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!

Help me celebrate by leaving a comment to enter the contest. Β The contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only (no PO Boxes). Β I’ll be celebrating all week with special guests and giveaways, so stay tuned!

87 Responses

  1. Congratulations! That’s impressive. πŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations!

  3. Congrats! Like you, I didn’t know anything about book blogs when I started mine. At least you had one up on me though, I had never even seen a book blog. Kind of crazy, since I was starting one. I’ve learned a lot the past year and it looks like you have too!

  4. Thanks Heidi, Kathy, and Natasha! It has really been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much and had a blast doing it!

  5. That’s awesome! Blogging is such a great thing to feel connected with other readers. When decided to start my blog, I didn’t even know there were other book blogs out there–I was just trying to spare my family and friends boredom on my regular blog by putting my book reviews somewhere else!
    What an amazing giveaway! Count me in!

  6. This is wonderful, Lisa! Congratulations! I love your blog, and I’m not just saying that because I want to be entered into this contest, either. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to following your blog this week.

  7. Wow!! Congratulations!!

  8. Don’t enter me for the contest, but I wanted to stop by and say congrats! You know how much I love your blog and appreciate the help you gave me! 100,000 hits is awesome and only 1 1/2 years. That’s incredible!

  9. Hey! That is sooo awesome!!:) Congratulations!:) 100,000 hits??:) super cool!:) I started my book blog waaayyy back in August 05 and kept it as an archival system for the books i read.. but it was pretty boring until I found the whole book blogging community! Its been a wonderful experience ever since!:)

  10. Congratulations! That is truly wonderful. I hope that you have many more comments and posts in the future.

  11. Congrats!! I just started a month ago so I can’t even imagine getting to 10,000. Heres to many more!

  12. Aw shucks, thanks. Funny thing – we have the same number of posts! Congrats on the traffic and may it only continue to prosper.

  13. I agree with you, book bloggers are the best!!!!
    I applaude you on the success of yoru blog, you ROCK!
    I would love to win that pile of books you are giving away…way cool of Miriam!!!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  14. Congratulations on reaching this huge milestone! It sounds like you have an exciting week of celebration planned!

  15. Very impressive stats. I know that you were one of the first book blogs that I visited and I was hooked. The mix of reviews, bookish stuff and everyday life is all in balance and works for me πŸ™‚

    I would love to win that pile of books.

  16. No need to enter me into the contest, but I wanted to stop by and congratulate you on your posts and this blog’s evolution. I’m happy to know you!

  17. Hey… Mentor Lady! Very cool! 100K. That’s astounding! Someday… oh, someday! I love your blog as much as I love you!



  18. Free books? Yes please!

  19. Congratulations!!! I rolled over 100,00 a week or two ago, and it’s soooo freakin’ weird. I never thought it would happen for me either! You’re a fantastic blogger, and I’m so glad you started! There’d be a big hole in my google reader without you!

    By the way, the books being given away look fantabulous!

  20. Wow, congrats! I’m going to have to look at my stats! I never notice visitors! 100k is a lot of people!

    The book giveaway is awesome! Sign me up!

  21. Congrats. You have a wonderful book blog.

  22. Glad to see that you are still going strong! Congrats!

  23. Congrats on being such a popular lady! Very impressive.

    Is the hachette giveaway restricted to US only?

  24. Congrats! What a milestone!

  25. Congratulations and much more successs in the future! Thanks for all your helpful reviews

  26. Congrats on such a big milestone! Please enter me in this great drawing too!

  27. Congratulations on reaching 100,000 – that’s such an accomplishment. And I agree – the book blogging community is amazing.

  28. That’s great news. What an accomplishment! Not only are you an awesome Book Club Prez, you have a fun and interesting blog. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  29. Congrats on such a big milestone!

    I find it so interesting that Stephanie’s blog influenced your decision to start a blog, and you and Stephanie both in turn influenced me.

    And, please, enter me your celebratory giveaway.

  30. Holy S..t is right; talk about a Prize Box! I’d love to be entered in to win, but even more than that is a big congratulations on your 100,000 hits. Thanks for including me in the tour of The Memorist, and please know that you can ask me to tour any book any time. It’s great blogging with you!

  31. Congratulations!!! That is awesome!!

    Please enter me in your fabulous drawing!

  32. Congratulations! You’ve become my best source for new books ~ haven’t been led astray yet by one of your recommendations.

    Keep up the great blog!

  33. congratulations on reaching this milestone!

    I would love the opportunity to add the giveaway books to my ever-growing to-read pile! πŸ™‚

  34. Wow, awesome milestone, Lisa (although I am not surprised you get so many visitors…I love your blog :))

    You don’t have to enter my name in the giveaway – I already have many of these books *smiles*

  35. Congrats! I started visiting your blog about three weeks ago and love the format!

  36. Yea you! That’s amazing. What a lovely post too about this community. It is somethin.

    I would love to be entered in this contest. There are a couple of those books I’ve been lusting after! LOL. Thanks Lisa.

  37. Wow! That is fantabulous! I’m very happy for you Lisa – you deserve all of this praise. You, actually are responsible for me starting my blog in January 08. I had started my blog with no real direction of where to take it and I stumbled across yours and I was hooked. You inspired me and thru comments became my friend. I always will appreciate your encouragement and your friendship. CONGRATS!!!

  38. That’s quite a milestone; congratulations. I read many, many reading blogs everyday and am in awe of the time that must be required to keep them going. The giveaway includes books on my wish list. I’d love to win. Thanks.

  39. I’ve posted this on Win A Book. Congrats on your 100,000!

  40. Congrats, I’d like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

  41. YAY! So exciting! May you never stop blogging πŸ™‚

  42. Congratulations Lisa! I love your blog. Because of your awsome book reviews I now have a TBR pile that I think might be outta control. So enter me into your contest and if I win I will move that one to the top. shelle@molleautomotive.com

  43. I remember when I hit 100,000!!! It was so exciting. Congratualtions Lisa! I love books, but never seem to have time for them anymore. I’d love to read The Little Giant of Aberdeen County!

  44. Congratulations! 100,000 is so totally awesome, I can hardly wrap my mind around it. Great work! And you’re right — the community of bloggers is a wonderful and supportive community. Thanks for sharing the happiness with this wonderful selection of books to be given away. I’d be thrilled with any ONE of them, never mind ALL of them!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  45. Congrats!! What an awesome contest. Count me in. Thanks:)


  46. Congratulations! All these books are on my wish list. This contest is phenomenal!
    Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com

  47. Congratulations on 100k! Here’s to many more! =)

  48. Congratulations! I agree, the book blogging community IS the best! Thanks for having such a great contest.

    jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

  49. Congrats! And you are right – Book bloggers are the greatest!

  50. Wow, what a great milesone! I totally agree, I have found the book blogging community to be the warmest and most welcoming group of people, it is an honor to be a part of it!

    Thanks so much for the great contest, please do enter me!

  51. I applaud you for your commitment and accomplishment! I too am amazed by the the book blogger community, it’s great to be a part of it all.
    Thanks for all the giveaways as well!

  52. Congratulations, darling! Woot! I don’t want the books–just thought I’d send kudos your way.

  53. Congratulations! Please enter me, thanks!!!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  54. Hooooorrrrrraaaayyyyyy! Congrats! xo

  55. Please count me in!

  56. Congrats!! And thanks for the giveaway!

    When I started my blog (some 2.5 years ago), I only did it to keep track of what I was reading. Never thought that people would be reading it!! πŸ™‚

  57. Wow! I’m impressed and a little jealous πŸ˜‰
    How do I get those numbers?
    Please enter me too!

  58. Congratulations on your milestone. I’m so glad I found your blog and that you spend so much time reading and sharing with us. Here’s to 100,000 more!

  59. I’m with Tasses – impressed and a little jealous! Please enter me – thanks

  60. Congradulations thats great. Thanks for having this wonderful giveaway, sounds like some really good books. Please enter me.


  61. Congratulations – 100,000 is a major milestone to reach, for sure. Sure is fun, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  62. Wow Lisa! That’s amazing! Congratulations. 100,000 is just phenominal. πŸ™‚

  63. That’s such an amazing milestone. ❀


  64. Congrats! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  65. Congrats on the milestone and thank you for the giveaway.

  66. Holy milestone, batman! =) Congrats on the 100000 hits, I hope the next 100000 isn’t too far off…

  67. What a great contest! And congrats on your 100,000 hits! (I’m a bit jealous, gotta admit…) πŸ™‚

  68. Wow, that’s ALOT of hits!! Congratulations!

  69. Congratulations! It takes a lot of work to get such a great blog following so you deserve it. What a generous way to celebrate your accomplishment, thanks for the chance.

  70. Congratulations! Very impressive! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  71. PLEASE enter me in this one. These are my very favorite kind of books, and I’d love to win them. Thanks!

  72. Congratulations! I’ve only had my blog for about 6 months and I still consider myself a newbie. Very much so. I felt very much the way you do, the blogging community is wonderful! Everyone has been so supportive and helpful. I’m getting things accomplished slowly but having lots of fun doing it. I enjoyed reading how far you’ve come and all you’ve done. You give me something to look forward to!


  73. Every single oneof these books are on my want to read list. Congrats

  74. Wow congrats 100.000 hits. That’s amazing I will be lucky to ever make it to 1,000. Thanks for such a generous giveaway:)

  75. Congratulations! That’s just amazing.

  76. Congrats on 100,000+ hits! That must feel great! I am a new blogger so I have a looooong way to go! Please enter me for this giveaway. I love Hachette books!


  77. Congratulations! I just found your blog this evening, and I love it! I started my book blog a few weeks ago, and until that time, I also didn’t know about blogging or book blogs. I’m slowly finding my way around this new, and decidedly spectacular, world. Glad I found your blog!

    (And please sign me up for your giveaway. Who doesn’t love free books??)

  78. WooHoo on the 100K! And, definitely add my name to the list as an entry for this great prize πŸ™‚

  79. Congratulations! What a huge landmark to hit!
    And thanks to Hachette for such a tremendous box of books – please count me in!

  80. Congrats! I love reading your blog. I would love to enter all the giveaways. Thanks.

  81. CONGRATS ON THE MILESTONE!! I’m a newbie to this great community and I’m just starting out with my blog. I’ve found lots of great blogs and reviews and I hope to make lots of new friends.

    Please enter me in this great contest.


  82. What a great giveaway! Congratulations on all those hits – looks like my blog was a baby when yours was a baby, and I’m nowhere near that number! Quite an accomplishment. Here’s to another 100,000! =D

  83. Congrats on your achievements. I hope someday to be able to match those numbers on my blog. Here’s to hundreds of thousands more, and to happy readings!!

  84. Congrats on your landmark occasion. Thank you and Hacette for hte giveaway.

  85. Congratulations! And here’s a toast to many more~

  86. Awesome! Congrats on the hits. You have a great site.

  87. Congratulations Lisa, what an amazing milestone; fantastic stats too!
    I can only hope I reach it one day πŸ˜‰


    Book Reviews By Bobbie

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