Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Blogoversary Giveaway and the Beginning of Goodbye to Krazy Book Lady

Happy Blogoversary!

My first post as Krazy Book Lady was on October 19, 2011, exactly one year ago today! My plan was to have a big blogoversary giveaway, and I had some great authors on board to participate with giveaways of their books, but I just did not have time to coordinate it. So I am celebrating my one year anniversary of blogging in a very quiet way to honor all of the wonderful followers I have gained and the amazing craziness of the past year.

My one year blogoversary is also bittersweet. As much as it pains me to do it and as hard as this is for me to say, Krazy Book Lady will quietly fade away. Perhaps that started before I admitted what had to be done because I have been very bad about posting regularly lately. I am posting about it to simply acknowledge the great experience I have had with this blog and to say goodbye to my loyal followers. (There are some of you that I know have been with me since almost the very beginning, and I am so thankful for that.)

In the past year, I have gained 1,833 GFC followers, over 3,600 followers on Twitter, many more followers on Facebook and Google+, and a lot of great friends on Goodreads. I have also met some truly inspiring authors, both indie and traditionally published, and while I cannot possibly name them all, I would like to spotlight a few. Darian Wilk, who has become a great friend and advocate for me to write my own book. Patti Larsen, who knocks those books out so quickly it would make anyone envious. A.G. Howard, who blew me away with her outstanding debut novel. And finally, two great authors who became my friends while they allowed me to rant... I mean, *talk* to them about my homeschooling concerns, Rachel Harris and Beth Balmanno. During this past year, two authors allowed me to become a somewhat permanent part of their book. Quotes from yours truly appear on The Accordo by Roberta L. Smith and Love Unfinished by the previously mentioned Darian Wilk. Thank you both so much for giving me that honor. I have also met many amazing book bloggers: Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Mary of Bookhounds and Bookhounds YA, who both helped me tremendously in my early days of book blogging, and Kayla from Bibliophilia, Please, who is a top notch reviewer and blogger who isn't afraid to step outside the proverbial book blogger box. Of course there are many, many more great book bloggers out there, and I hope to one day work with you all again when I am looking for bloggers to give my book a chance.

So why am I leaving behind Krazy Book Lady? Quite simply, I can just no longer give it the attention it deserves, as you can tell from how I have really slacked off on posting. In March, I was suddenly transformed from a quiet housewife with time on my hands while the kids were in school to a homeschooling mom who had to learn how to cook for a celiac little boy. To be honest, I was not much of a cook in the first place, and there has been a lot to learn about gluten free cooking. As much as I want to do it all, I have to face the fact that I am not Super Woman and cannot do it all well. Something always suffers when you try to do too much, and in this case it is the blog and the authors I have failed by not having time to read or write reviews after accepting the book for review.

You will see the occasional post here from me while I am honoring commitments that have already been made. I have several reviews that need to be written and many more books to read before I am done, but that will be sporadic at best. I will not be accepting anymore books or signing up for any other commitments. I will definitely miss blogging and all of you. Who knows, I may decide to start a new blog that is a medley of book reviews, homeschooling, gluten free cooking, and whatever else that pops into my head.

Thank you so much for being on this crazy ride with me! I have enjoyed it tremendously.

So, now to the good stuff!

One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card

How to enter:
Since it is my blogoversary and I am honoring my followers, you must be a follower to enter.

Giveaway Details:
Giveaway is open internationally (as long as you can use a gift card from Amazon). Giveaway is open until midnight on October 31, 2012. Must be 13 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Winner will be emailed and this blog post updated to show the winner. Winner has three days to respond or a new winner will be selected.

Sorry! This giveaway is over.
Winner: Emily 


  1. Oh no, we will miss you!! I understand life comes first and wish you the best! There was nowhere to put follower names so here are mine
    GFC and goodreads as nat cleary
    Facebook and Google + as Natalie Cleary
    Twitter @natcleary
    email same as in the form :)

  2. That's so sad, I've really enjoyed your posts but if it's the best thing for you to do then I wish you every success for the future :)

  3. i will miss you but i understand and your child must be your priority

    i wish you all the best

  4. Your post is tenderly written and I am truly sad to see you go. That said, I empathize with you completely in that I'm a blogger, too, and fully understand the commitment and work involved in maintaining an active site. The good news is, you're "fading away" with a positive attitude and to bigger, better, and busier things! Would love to see you return with a new blog later on to share your "Mommy" and cooking adventures. Until then, you have a faithful follower! And Happy Bloggoversary. So glad you're able to reach this important milestone. :D

    Zara Alexis @ The Bibliotaphe Closet

  5. I hate to see you go, but I do understand. It is hard to juggle all of the different things in life and kids have to come first. If you ever feel the need to review a book after, you are always welcome to do a guest post on my blog. We would love to have you anytime.

  6. Happy Blogoversay, and I hope things work for you. Life has a way of making many demands. The kids are the most important parts of our lives. What you do now affects them forever. Many wishes for the best!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  7. Happy Blogoversary. I am so sad. I love the Krazy Book Lady! I understand though. As a mother of 4, those little hellions are definitely time consumers. I would like to thank you for sharing this past year with us though. I wish you all the best!
    Rhonda D

  8. This is really sad. I hate seeing any book blog just fade away. But I can also understand your reasons. I have enjoyed the time I have followed Krazy Book Lady and I wish you all the best.

  9. Thank you so much for the mention, sweet lady. I am so glad you're doing what's best for you! But so so sad to see you go. :( Your blog is amazing, and you've done so much to help me and other authors in our debut journeys. There just aren't enough thank-yous in the world for lovely people like you!

    So excited you'll be writing a book! I wish you luck and happiness in this new adventure, and can't wait to share shelf space with you one day soon! ❤

    If you ever need anything, I'm your girl. (((huge cyber hugs)))

  10. So sad to see you go but I completely understand! Wishing you all the best!

  11. I'll miss this blog when it goes - I have really enjoyed visiting it. I hope life is good to you from now on.

  12. You will be missed! But family always comes first!

    Good luck to you and yours in all you do!

  13. You wil be missed, but we understand. Take care of you and yours and visit when you can. We'll be here waiting.

  14. Wow!! You did great work with your blog and I wish you and your family overall great health and fortune!

  15. So sorry to see you go, but very understandable.

    I recently adopted a GF diet. Have you tried looking up GF recipes on Pinterest? It's like a gold mine of recipes. Some of my favorite pinners are:

    Happy Blogoversary!

  16. We'll miss you but homeschooling is very demanding but oh so enjoyable. Have fun with it!

  17. That's sad but we all wish you good luck with your life. We have enjoyed your blog so much <3

    Happy Blogoversary!

  18. Good luck in your new adventures. It has been quite a ride-thanks for letting us ride along.

  19. Happy Blogoversary, and wishing you all the best in whatever life brings you! You will be missed! <3

  20. All the very best in everything! I'm a new member and your blog looks great. Shame I stumbled upon it so late.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC- Ashfa Anwer
    Following via twitter- @BlacckapFanatic
    Liked your FB page- Cricket Purists NZ
    Following you on Google + - Ashfa Anwer
    Following you on Goodreads- Cricket Purists
    Following via e-mail- blackcapballistics(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. So sad to see you go but I wish you luck for the things you will do in the future... Thank you for everything!!! =)

  22. Hate to see you go. Good luck on your new endevours!

  23. Going to realy miss you I wish you and your family all the best .

  24. I hate that you THINK you're going to disappear on us, but I think you'll stick around. You know it's an addiction. ;-) I hate that we haven't gotten to keep in touch as much lately (you blow me away with how much you have on your plate), but you've been my biggest inspiration, and I owe you so much! Happy blogoversary, sweet lady! <3

  25. Best of luck to you and your family :) You have to do what's best for you and know that the blogging community will still be here when or if you come back. Thanks for all your hard work and you'll definitely be missed!

  26. Sorry to see you go.

  27. Happy Blogoversary! All the best to you and your family, although we'd be sad to see you go.



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