Hi gang! So today I am excited and a little overwhelmed to be celebrating Joyfully Jay’s 10-year anniversary! I started this blog with my very first post back on September 6th, 2011. It is funny to read back what I wrote then, as I really had no idea what to expect from the blog. I actually didn’t plan to make it a book blog at all. I figured I would talk about books, but I also assumed I would blog about lots of other things too. Hence the reason why I didn’t give the blog a name that had anything to do with books, an obvious mistake in hindsight.
Despite my initial plans, Joyfully Jay became a book blog almost immediately. My very first review was of Cover Me and Trust Me by L.A. Witt. It was just me at the time, so my first month I ran 18 posts. I had my first guest post in October, an interview with author Storm Grant. From there it was pretty much full steam ahead. Now we average well over 100 posts a month, with 8 reviewers, and a guest post every day Monday-Friday.
I never would have gotten this far without a lot of support. I had wonderful authors who were generous about sharing review copies of their books and stopping by for guest posts, even when I was a tiny blogger who couldn’t offer them much in the way of promotion. And of course, this blog would never have grown without the support from my incredible reviewing team. I brought my first reviewers in about six months after we opened and over the years I have folks come in and out. My current team has been with me for almost three years, and many of my folks have been with me far longer than that. They are what keeps the engine running here and they all dedicate a lot of time and effort to reading and writing reviews. So thank you to my amazing team, past and present!
And of course, thank you to all my readers! You guys are absolutely amazing and without you, I would be posting into the void. Thanks for your thoughts and comments, even when you disagree with us! Thanks for taking the time to read our reviews and share our posts. I would never have gotten to the point we are today without you.
I probably should have gotten around to doing something more momentous to celebrate, but with Challenge Month going on, not to mention the chaos of my life and everyone else’s, I just didn’t get around to pulling something together. But I didn’t want to let the day pass without taking some time to thank everyone for all you have done to make Joyfully Jay a success. I appreciate your time, dedication, and enthusiasm for this genre we all love. Happy Anniversary!
And a very happy anniversary to you, Jay! Wishing you and your team of reviewers all the best.
Happy Anniversary, and thanks for all you and your team do!
Congratulations on such a wonderful milestone, Jay! You and your review team and all the readers and authors who share their thoughts have made me happy to be sharing in our love of books time and time again.
Thank you so much Carolyn!
I’ve only been a subscriber for 5 years or so, but Joyfully Jay is my favorite, most trusted blog. Congrats!
Oh that is so nice to hear, thank you!
It’s been awesome being a part of the blog for more than half of its life. Thanks for keeping me in review books. 10 years is a great accomplishment. Well done!
Thank you for your enormous amount of hard work and time! I couldn’t do it without you!
Congrats on 10 years!!
Happy Anniversary Jay! 10 years is quite the feat wow. Here’s to hoping the blog has many many years to come!
Thank you HB! And thanks for being such a big supporter of the blog all these years!
Happy Anniversary, Jay! I love your blog, I’ve found out many favourite new authors and books here!
Thanks Susana! And thanks for being such a regular reader and commenter!
Congratulations, Jay. I followed so many blogs over the years but yours is the only one left!
Thanks Cyntia! And yes, sad so many of my fellow bloggers are gone. We used to have quite the group. Thanks for your long-time readership!
Happy anniversary, congratulations on 10 years of providing such excellent content.
I look forward to your reviews and recommendations every day. My thanks to you and your reviewers.
Thanks Sofia! And thanks for being such a great supporter of the blog!
Wow, 10 years!!!
And here’s to the next 10 of fun and entertainment and great books
Thanks Suze! And thanks for reading!
Happy Anniversary Jay, to you and your team! =:))
I‘m really happy that you are around, and even if I’m not able to read through your posts each and every day, I try to do so at least a few times a week. Now let‘s start the next ten years, lol
Thank you so much Eve!