Caffeinated’s Six Year Blogoversary

August 14th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Event, Giveaway 104 Comments

14th Aug

6 year blogoversary

Caffeinated is turning six! All week long I will be sharing posts featuring Six. Today I am sharing milestones, things I learned, things I love and goals going forward. None of this would have been any fun without YOU. So I have a little thank you giveaway. Thank you for your comments, your friendship, for uplifting Caffeinated, and for simply being you. *lifts coffee mug* Here’s to many more years!

I laugh when I think back to the beginning. I really had no idea how large the blogging community was. I didn’t have a smartphone and believe it or not I wasn’t on any social media. It was only through blogging that I made a Facebook page and learned what Twitter was. Now I am on more social accounts than my twenty something kids! I didn’t really know anyone in the blogger world but joined the Wonderful Wicked readathon, hosted by April @ My Shelf Confession. Sadly, April passed last year due to health complications, but it was she who allowed me to meet my first bloggy friends. This adventure has been a learning curve but I have loved every minute of it.

Six Milestones:

  • The Sunday Post
  • 2 million+ visits
  • 3,000+ posts
  • 100,000+ comments
  • Opened Caffeinated Services
  • Hosting a Roundtable Discussion at BloggerCon

Six Things I Learned:

  • Do what you love. Read what you love. Share what you love.
  • You can acquire a new skill every day.
  • Online friends can be among some of your closestย friends
  • Yes, Kimberly, it’s ok to DNF
  • Learn from the herd, but set your own course.
  • Unplugging is necessary. Do it often.

Six Things I Love:

  • The blogging community. I love seeing bloggers uplift each other, share knowledge and rally.
  • Blogging has opened new doors, introduced new genres and ideas.
  • Socializing. I love the friendships that have developed,ย the discovered passions for a genre or author. Our fandom can be wonderful.
  • Helping someone findย their next favorite book or new author.
  • The Sunday Post and getting to know each of these special bloggers.
  • The wonderful authors and publishers I have made connections with.

Six Goals:

  • More discussion posts. You think this would be easy, but I usually end up trying to fit reviews in. I have a Blog Check Up post I wrote in April that I keep pushing back. LOL
  • Expand my community. There are so many blogs I’ve yet to discover.
  • Attend more Bookish functions (this Introvert needs to leave the house. If you met me at a function you might not realize how uncomfortable I am. I get nervous and forget simple things. For example, I met Lauren @ BEA in 2016 and couldn’t remember her name!! All I could muster was a hello and nod. *hangs head*
  • Try more new to me authors and genres
  • Learn more code and design
  • Keep things fresh, step out of my comfort zone. ( I still want to do a vlog or podcast)

 

Giveaway

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat... Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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104 Responses to “Caffeinated’s Six Year Blogoversary”

  1. Lindsey

    Congratulations on six years! This post alone shows how far you have come in that time! I hope the next six years bring even more delights! This was a really lovely post to read – very inspiring!

  2. Kathy Gonzales

    Happy anniversary! I love your reviews , and my fav beverage is Spice Chai latte !

  3. Erin

    Congrats on the big six!!

    Cute idea for your blogiversity too.

    Here’s to six more fun-filled years to come =)

  4. Erin

    And I didn’t know that about April ๐Ÿ™ I didn’t talk to her personally, but used to visit her site and just thought she quit blogger. I am late to news, but find it sad to hear.

  5. Victoria (aka zEmfIrKa)

    Happy Blogoversary Kimberly!!!
    Current favorite coffee fix: Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato from Sbux. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, missing all the fancy cappuccinos and lattes, since I switched jobs and no longer work in downtown.

  6. Kristin

    Another milestone for you: helped start a fellow blogger’s online business!

    Oh… Wicked Read-a-thons, the many different ones she had. I wonder if we could have Memorial Wicked Read-a-thons now?? *sigh*…

    Congratulations for SIX years of continuous blogging!! I’ve had a fabulous time following along in your footsteps!!! Thanks for dragging me along for the ride ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXOXOXO!!!
    Kristin recently posted…Review: Escape To You & Protected By Love by Jennifer RyanMy Profile

  7. Debbie Haupt

    Happy 6th Blogoversary Kim woot!
    The Reading Frenzy turned 7 this year in March and I was totally clueless about the whole blogging thing.
    I’m with you, if someone had told me in the beginning that my community of bloggers would become real friends I would have laughed.
    I thank you for your years of service to others like me who benefit greatly from your expertise, kindness and helpfulness. You have saved my behind many times so thank you and congratulations on your milestone.

    xo
    deb
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  8. Dragonfly

    Happy Blogoversary Kim!!!

    I mentioned it when I interviewed you, and I think a a few other times after, but just in case….

    You and your Sunday Post have been my April! You were the blogger I stalked for weeks before I created my first blog, the one that inspired me to do it, the one from whom I learned what bookblogging was about and the one that got me connected to your Sunday Post wonderful gang!

    And I will forever remember you and be thankful for that! You have been a wonderful mentor and inspiration!

    Your lessons learned are wonderful! I feel the same way, I’m so much social and friends I made blogging have been really close to me! I hope you keep blogging for many years to come!

    And I’m sure you’ll achieve these six goals and many more.

    Thanks Again!
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  9. Stormi Johnson

    I identified with a lot of these! It is such a struggle to get to that point where you are like it’s okay to DNF, I have so got to that point. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know my first BEA, I think I forgot everything I wanted to say I am really shy. It’s so easy for me to talk online then in person I clam up but once I get use to people watch out you can’t shut me up…lol. I have gotten better at it but not as much I would like.
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  10. Nise'

    Congratulations on your six successful years of blogging. You do a great job of supporting and encouraging the blogging/reading community. A lot has changed since I started ten years ago and most of it positive. Wishes for continued success.
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  11. Sophia Rose

    So many wonderful things to celebrate in your six years. I like seeing what you have learned and experienced through blogging. Great goals, too.

    Happy Bloggoversary, Kimberl!

  12. Diane Sallans

    Thanks for all your work over the 6 Years!
    Favorite Beverage: Coffee – Hot or Iced
    Favorite Book – can’t choose just one! Right now I’m reading Nora Roberts ‘Come Sundown’

  13. Joanne B

    Congrats on 6 years. Time flies when you’re having fun.
    My favorite beverage is sweet tea and my favorite book is anything by Kristen Ashley, Diana Palmer, andJill Shalvis.

  14. Bonnie Hilligoss

    Congrats on 6 years! Favorite beverage is caffeine free diet coke (boring, I know) and I love the Lux series. Wishing you more happpy blogging!

  15. Emma

    Happy blogaversary! Reading these comments are amazing. You must be so proud of what you have achieved and how you are seen. I know I admire all you are as a blogger and would love to achieve a portion of what you have.
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  16. Sandy Sch

    Congratulations. I drink all sorts of water but when in the mood a cold Coke Zero…!! As for favorite book, I read so many not sure if I can limit to just one

    Thanks for the giveaway

  17. Rosie

    First, congratulations are in order!! Congrats!!!!!! My fav beverage is coffee, and my favorite book is anything about princesses and queens!

  18. Dianne Casey

    Congrats on six years! I really enjoy your blog. My favorite beverage is iced tea and my favorite book series is The Tradd Street series by Karen White.

  19. Lola

    Happy six years! I think you’re one of the few bloggers I have known from since I started my own blog. I remember how the Sunday Posts was the first meme I joined and I think I only missed one week since I started blogging. I am so glad to have met you. And here’s to many more years of blogging! I enjoyed your top 6 lists!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #243My Profile

  20. Kathy

    Happy blogoversary and congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished! Thank you for the Sunday Post!! The meme has introduced me to so many bloggers and I also look forward to meeting more. I’m the same way in public lol. I’m really quiet and I plan to attend more book events so I need to be more social lol. My favorite drink is soda (which I try not to drink that often) and it’s hard to pick one favorite book but my recent 5 stars is Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

  21. Jessica

    Beverage wise I favor Diet Dr. Pepper the most! Book wise….oh gee…that’s a toughie! It always is! LOL! I’ll go with one of my more recent reads, A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet! I thought it was soooooo good! I cannot wait to read book 2, which is already in my TBR mountain!

    Happy Blogoversary!! 6 years is amazing! Can’t believe it’s been that long! I feel like I’ve been following you forever!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  22. Cali W.

    Happy Blogogversary and thanks for the giveaway! I like to read anything by Sarah Maas or Patricia Briggs and drink vanilla coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Mary Preston

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    A cup of tea and I couldn’t possibly choose just one book.

  24. Jaime Lester

    Happy ‘versary! Congrats on six amazing years. I laughed when I read that you didn’t have a smartphone or even a facebook page. It has taken me a long time to learn about all these social media apps, and I still have no idea what half of them are or do. Facebook. Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are pretty much my only ones. Snapchat makes me laugh so hard, even as a 35 year old woman. But unplugging sometimes is the only way to sanity I think. To get un-caught up in drama and this or that, and just BE and BREATHE! Anyway, congrats again!

  25. Janie McGaugh

    My favorite beverage is homemade lemonade. I have too many favorite books to narrow it down to one!

  26. Lover Of Romance

    Such a beautiful post you have here darling!! First off, congrats on celebrating your sixth blogiversary!! That is quite an accomplishment. And so many things you have learned and I concur with ALL of them. Book blogging gives back so much doesn’t it?

  27. Karen Blue

    Happy 6th Anniversary! I really like coffee with tons of french vanilla creamer. Having 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning on my day off is one of my favorite things. My most recent favorite book is Nyxia by Scott Reigten. It was so good it almost threw me into a reading slump in the best way. I read it it 2 books ago and I am still thinking about it.
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  28. Darlene

    Happy Blogversary!! Favourite beverage while reading? I guess it depends on what time and season! On a leisurely Saturday morning, it’s coffee. At bedtime, it’s usually a glass of red wine unless it’s winter and, in that case, I like homemade hot cocoa spiked with Frangelico! Not sure I have a favourite book because there are so many that I’ve loved, but my first audiobook is memorable and what opened up a whole new world for me: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!
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    • Darlene

      I did not know that April @ My Shelf Confession passed away last year, but I was a fan of her blog as well and her readathons. A lot of blogs have gone away since I first started blogging in 2010, and I’ve often wondered what happened to my bloggy friends! So sad to hear that news about April.
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  29. Aly P

    It’s summer so lemonade and book…. I’ll cheat and go with author: Nalini Singh

  30. Megan Riverina Romantics

    Congratulations on 6 years! Not too many blogs have lasted that long. I know mine is nothing like it once was. As far as drinks I basically only drink flavored sparkling water. And books? You know picking one is too hard! I can say that for this year I’ve been enjoying Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians and Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors.

  31. Danielle Hammelef

    Happy Blogoversary! My favorite beverage is Starbucks dark roast black. My favorite book this year is Daughter of a Pirate King.

  32. Ada

    Congrats on your 6 year Blogoversary! I love a cup of hot chocolate and my favorite read is Saving Grace by Julie Garwood. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  33. Kristen

    Congrats and happy blogoversary! Six years (and all those milestones) is awesome! I love the lists of things you’ve learned (I’m still in the process of learning to DNF lol) and things you love. Good luck with all your goals!

    Hmm, all I really drink is water, does that count as a favorite beverage? Lol. And book… my fave series is probably Thieves by Lexi Blake ๐Ÿ™‚
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  34. Veronika B

    Happy Blogoversary! My favorite book is Easy by Tammara Webber. I also love Julie James’ books.

  35. Cyn

    A little late to the party, but congratulations on 6 years, Kim!! I’m always excited to see what’s on caffeinated book reviewer and I think you have great goals! Here’s to many more years!!
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  36. Audrey Stewart

    My favorite book/movie is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” My favorite drink is sweet ice tea.

  37. Charlie

    Happy blogoversary!! I LOVE what you shared in this post. I’m so glad I found your blog – because there are so many! My favorite books are Outlander, Bloody Jack, and Harry Potter. My favorite drinks are sweet tea and milk.

  38. lisa thomson

    My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. My favorite beverage is caffe latte with skim milk. Happy Anniversary, Kim and thank you for introducing me to so many new authors!! Love your blog… <3
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  39. Rosie

    Congratulations! I tried a blog for fun, and it lasted two posts, I was out of steam, out of ideas. So I am amazed at wonderful blog like this, choc full of pithy good stuff, and overflowing new ideas. Keep up the good work!

  40. Lark

    Happy blogoversary! You remain an inspiration to me, and one of my favorite blogs to visit. I’ve discovered new authors through you, learned blogging skills, explored new-to-me social media, and I’m still in awe of how organized you are.

    As for my favorite beverage and book: Tea (black, green, rooibos or herbal), and way too many books to name just one!
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  41. Cat

    thank you so much for the opportunity!
    my favourite drink is red fruits tea and my favourite book is Death With Interruptions by Josรฉ Saramago!

  42. Rita

    Though I do love a great cup of coffee– ok 2 large coffees– in the a.m. I drink iced tea all day long, best with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint. You can’t ask me my favorite child or my favorite book, though I guess I have one depending on the day of the week, lol! Congrats to you on an awesome job; I just love to read your posts every day!
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  43. Alwssa

    My favorite beverage is latte macchiato and my favorite book Flat-out Love by Jessica Park,

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