Today is a celebration for me. Novel Kicks is ten years old.
Back in 2009, it was a little different to what it has now become but the main focus of it remains the same. I wanted somewhere for people who like to write fiction and for people who love to read to come and discuss books, stories and the writing of them.
I hoped then that I would still be going for as long as I could so to have made ten years, for me, is amazing.
Some times it’s been hard, like when I have been trying to run the blog alongside night shifts for work or where the anxiety has been a little strong. The to-read pile is something that remains taller than me but I still love it.
I love posting about books I’ve enjoyed reading or a writing prompt to help writers like me who need a push to write that story.
I have had the privilege to question some of my favourite authors about their writing days, favourite authors and fictional characters – writers I have and continue to look up to like Lisa Jewell, Giovanna Fletcher, Jane Fallon, Cecelia Ahern and Jane Green to name but a few. Many of these amazing authors I have met in person too and yes, I got completely tongued tied on most of these occasions. I seriously fangirled myself to embarrassment. Haha.
I will never forget the day I got to have afternoon tea on a train across the aisle from Terry Pratchett or the day I got to meet Jo Rowling for a split second. Things I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing if I had not pushed through the wall I had set up for myself and started Novel Kicks.
Mostly, I am grateful for all the people I have met along the way; publishing people who continue to be so generous with their time. The same can be said for other bloggers. You’ve welcomed me into a wonderful community, the amazing and inspirational writers and last but definitely not least, the people who take the time to read the blog. I thank you a million times over.
Happy tenth birthday, Novel Kicks. The last ten years have been fun and I look forward to carrying on.
Now, the most important question…this is the perfect excuse for cake right?
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