Saturday, September 02, 2006

Happy Blogiversary, bibliobibuli!

Happy blogiversary to me. Happy blogiversary to me.
Happy blogiversay, dear Bibliobibuli.
Happy blogiversary to me.

It's two years today and almost 1,000 posts later since I first ventured out into the blogosphere with bibliobibuli, unsure of what direction it would go in, nervous about putting my writing out there and how it would be received.

I discovered another addiction (beside reading) that has been gradually taking over my life. And if there was a moment when I found my focus, I think it was when Literary Saloon, an important website on the world of books, linked me. I was a litblogger, officially, and I'd better start behaving like one!

Plenty of good things have happened as a result of the blog. It's led to (paid) writing work and given me the starting points for numerous articles which have appeared in local newspapers and magazines. It's made me read widely to turn up interesting material, and I've learned so much about authors and the publishing world along the way.

And recently I've been approached to write a book based on this blog, a "blook" in other words. I think it might happen, so stay tuned.

There have been one or two bad moments - getting flamed by nutcases has left me a little more guarded, particularly about writing the more personal stuff, about admitting those petty little weaknesses ... like suffering depression. (Writing this blog helped me through.)

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the readers of this blog, who make me want to write it. I can't believe how many new friendships I've found along the way, many of them have migrated into the so-called "real world".

Thanks for the time you spend reading, thanks for linking me (I'm honestly humbled), thanks most of all for your comments. I'm thrilled that there are bibliophiles out there, even more passionate than I am, much more well read. I've been grateful for book recommendations which have made me reconsider some of my own snobby prejudices and try new stuff. (I'm reading graphic fiction now!) I love too that you keep me entertained throughout the day when I'm bored working at home!

I like my blog so much I think I might officially change my name to bibliobibuli.

But if you want you can call me, bib.

35 comments:

simon said...

happy blogiversary, bib! i definitely think this blog has brought a lot of colour and interest into the local blog scene, it certainly has done so for me.

sashi said...

Happy blogiversary! As far as I'm concerned, this blog is on my top 5 most important Malaysian blogs list. ;)

So keep it going!

Leon Wing said...

Happy Blogiversary, Sharon (or Bib, now? Bib actually sounds quite chic, like a fashion designer). I always enjoy reading your blog, and you are the one who got me started on mine. Right now, I'm guilty of neglecting it, sometimes going at it when I have something to tell. I should re-rev it up, sometime.

Glenda Larke said...

Happy birthday! And many thanks for the blog reads that start my day. B-reads? Breads?

Chet said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your blog!

Bib the babe!

Bibi?

Lydia Teh said...

Dear Bib, Happy 2nd Bloggiversary. Your blog was one of those which prompted me to jump onto the blogging bandwagon. A Blook! Now that's exciting. Hey, what happened to that "real" book you're writing (on writing)?

bibliobibuli said...

thanks for kind words - feel very humbled, very grateful, extremely happy (though also very responsible ... can't let you down now!)

glad the blog has prompted others to start blogging. i started blogging because i loved dina's gongkapas times ... it all gets passed forward, i guess

lydia - the creative writing book is being written. i am working on it steadily and want to expand my courses and try out some new ideas which will then feed into what gets written. i am gaining experience as i teach, and writing material for the quill magazine which will be used. i guess i want the book to come about organically and not be rushed.

btw - do you celebrate your blogiversaries? and how should we mark the day in style? i wish i could share a big cake. maybe i'll throw a blog party next year.

bibliobibuli said...

leon - forgot to say. i love your blog. please start writing again. and write lots. you make me smile.

Eternal Wanderer said...

WHEEE!!! Congrats on your 2nd blogiversary! I cannot tell you how much I loved your blog and have high respects for you since knowing about it from last year's NaNo. May you go very, very far and be listed in the Top 10 World Literary Blog by the NY Times (if there's ever such a thing!)

:D

sympozium said...

Happy Anniversary! Glad I'm here to witness it!

Sharanya Manivannan said...

Happy blogversary, Bib! Thanks for providing us with such a great nucleus for writing and literature in Malaysia, one we can count on everyday (except when you go on holiday!). Graphic novels -- are you reading Marjane Satrapi? If you are not, or haven't already, you must! I can lend you Persepolis I & II.. still have two books I need to return to you myself.

aneeta said...

Happy Bloggiversary!

Spot said...

Happy Blogiversary Bibs!

I tack on the "s" cos I think it sounds hip....and as tribute to your brit roots!

Your blog is a must-read for me...it's open up so many windows. THank you for all your hard work in keeping the literary scene alive.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon, Happy Anniversary. I knew about your writing course via your blog so am grateful to bibliobibuli (did I spell that right?). I have to say I'm a bit of an addict and hit your site several times a day. Keep on with the writing, Sharon, as we'll keep on reading. Zarina

Kak Teh said...

happy anniversary bib!!

Argus Lou said...

A joyous blogiversary to you, Sharon! So I was one of the many who lazily called you Bib almost by accident.

I'm painfully new to blogging and reading blogs. Thanks to Xeus I am now addicted to reading yours, too.

XMOCHA! said...

happy anniversary Sharon, may this be the first of many many fine years.. cheers.

lil ms d said...

happy blog-day to you
happy blog-day to youuuuuuuuuuuu
happy blog-day to sharonnnnnn
happy blog-day to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu


thank you sharon. thank you for writing this blog!

Yvonne Lee said...

Happy Blogiversary, Bib dear!

Don't thank us but thank yourself for the hours put in to enlighten us.

You're a gem and Malaysian in many ways.

Here's wishing your you and your blog for more fantastic posts in future!

Jane Sunshine said...

Happy Blogiversary darling! Here's to many, many posts, literary shenanigans and friends!

Your blog is the first thing I read in the morning after the papers!

Ted Mahsun said...

A bit late but... happy blogiversary, Sharon! Can't imagine a life without your blog!

dreamer idiot said...

Your blog has open the doors to a friendship I could not have dreamed or wished for. Happy blogging... :)

Anonymous said...

dear sharon

thanks to your note, i got in touch with ray and we've just exchanged emails etc. if not for your blog sharon i would not have found and contacted an old coursemate.

happy anniversary sharon!!! THANK YOU.

amir said...

Happy anniversary, Sharon.

Fairul Nizam said...

Happy blogversary Sharon aka Bib!

BawangMerah said...

Happy blogiversary, Sharon. May there be many more wonderful posts :)

starlight said...

happy blogiversary sharon! i remain a big fan.

bibliobibuli said...

thanks for kind words. never expected such a deluge and am much touched by it. particularly since i enjoy your blogs so much.

tell me, are you guys into celebrating your blogiversaries? i think you should. maybe we could set up an e-card business and get rich.

spot - yes, maybe bibs does sound better. i'll answer to all. bibliobibuli is intentionally a tongue twister.

Xeus said...

Congratulations, Bib dear!!!! So sorry for being late but was away working the entire weekend.

And Congrats to your blog being featured in Quill too!!!

CW said...

Happy anniversary! :)

snowdrop said...

how excellent, i've sometimes called you 'Bibs' in my head, but did not say it out loud for fear of being rude... now i can :)

happy blogiversary, ms bibs! here's an e-cake!

mumsgather said...

Hello Sharon, nope that should be Hello Bibliobibuli. Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary to you. Yes, we should celebrate our blog birthday's with cyber cakes, and flowers and gifts. I've had a blogging buddy design an animated cartoon for my blog birthday present, while I wrote a poem for her blog birthday present. Lol!

wjfljql said...

happy anniverway

bibliobibuli said...

much humbled. enormously grateful.

let me know YOUR blogiversaries! i like mumsgather's ideas very much.

Lotus Reads said...

Fashionably late, I know, but I so wanted to wish you a very happy bloganniversary! I really enjoy coming here - your blog is always very informative. Thanks for making this such a great place to visit Sharon!