Thursday, April 14, 2011

Year One at The Ape: Sincere Thanks

April 4th marked one year of blogging here at The Reading Ape. I have to admit It doesn't feel like a meaningful milestone: the blog is still very much in motion and little in the way of observations or conclusions about it come to mind.

I does seem to me, however, to be an appropriate time to say thanks to folks who have helped with advice, responses, reading, publicity, and support. I should also say I'll probably forget someone or have missed something; I should have been tracking the scores of small good deeds done for The Ape along the way.

If I have it right Rachel at A Home Between the Pages was the first backlink I remember seeing.

Greg at The New Dork Review of Books and Amanda at Dead White Guys started blogging right around the same time I did. Both have commented, retweeted, and blogrolled beyond what The Ape deserves.

I think I owe Rebecca at The Book Lady's Blog at least 10% of my Twitter followers, if not more.

Jackie at Farm Lane Books gave me a fantastic plug during Book Blogger Appreciation Week last year. It came at an opportune time; my energy for the blog was waning a bit during a particularly trying semester.

John Williams at The Second Pass has retweeted and backlinked several pieces. Since I kind of want to have a site like his, this was both flattering and motivating.

The Morning News folks have been particularly good sports about passing along my obsessive Tournament of Books "coverage." I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a contest that is about open discussion doesn't mind including an anonymous internet crank.

Shout-out to a couple of regular commenters and retweeters: Mayowa of Pens with Cojones, Patrick at The Literate Man, Brenna at Literary Musings, Kenneth Griggs at The Ken, lifi of Fat Books, Thin Women, and many others I can't think of right now.

A meta-thanks to the literature bloggers I read before starting The Ape: Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation, Maud Newton, Mark Athitakis, and Ron Hogan at Beatrice. I saw what these folks were doing and I wanted in. So far, it hasn't been a mistake.

My friend Clint was there for a couple of early discussions about what would become this blog and has been a great supporter and reader all along.

Least digitally, my better half deserves a mention. I spend a lot of time reading and writing for this little hobby, and if she didn't think it was pretty cool, there's no way I would still be doing it. She reads everything and tells me straight what's what.

Thanks to all mentioned here and all you readers out there.

Onward,

The Ape

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first year! Yours is one of the most original, well-researched and thoughtful book blogs out there. Keep up the fantastic work!

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  2. Congratulations! I have to second farmlanebooks and say you have one of the most thoughtful book blogs out there. Love it!

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  3. Congratulations on your first anniversary! I've loved following you this year and look forward to many more years of internet-based grumpiness (and Twitter linky love) with you.

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  4. Ape, congratulations for your one year in blogging. To me, you're one of the most interesting voices out there. Keep going strong, cause we're reading.

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  5. Just hopping on by! Love your blog! Love your pithy clever wit. BRILLIANT! I am now a brand new follower!

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  6. Congratulations on one year! I hope there are many more ahead :)

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  7. Congratulations, sir. Keep it up.

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  8. This little community is amazing, isn't it? Congrats on the 8,760-hour milestone! And thanks for the mention - very much appreciated.

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  9. Onward, indeed. Congrats on the anniversary. I really enjoy the blog and look forward to reading more.

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  10. You've executed superbly. Anytime someone asks me how to do a blog well, I send over your URL. Pick up a bottle sparkling Moscato to celebrate - you won't be disappointed!

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  11. Thanks for all these kind words. Looking forward to living up to this feedback.

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  12. Very much appreciated. This sort of company is humbling. And this blog is greatness.

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  13. Thanks for the shout-out, Ape. Keep up the great work :)

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  14. Congratulations on the one year anniversary! You have some great information on here, am looking forward to reading more.
    Hopping through on the blog hop.

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  15. Sincere congratulations, Ape. Your knowledge and insight on all matters literary give us at TLM something to aspire to. And thanks for the mention.

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