Today I reach a milestone here at Iola’s Christian Reads. Actually, I reach two. I think.
I started Iola’s Christian Reads in September 2011, after winning an ebook in an online giveaway. I’d just bought a Kobo (Kindles weren’t yet available here in New Zealand), and was keen to build my electronic library.
The book was delivered via NetGalley, and I found that I could get free ebooks from many of my favourite authors and publishers if I promised to write a review on a blog, and on sites such as Amazon.
Paperbacks cost around $30 each in New Zealand at the time, so this seemed like a good deal.
Iola’s Christian Reads was born.
This is my 1,000th post at Iola’s Christian Reads. Most of those posts have been book reviews, but there have also been links to reviews on other sites (such as Australasian Christian Writers and Suspense Sisters Reviews).
There have been 39 Friday Fifteen posts, in which authors introduce their fifteen favourite books or authors. There have been 15 Clash of the Titles posts, introducing four books and asking readers to vote for their favourite. There have been posts announcing award winners, and posts announcing new releases in Christian fiction.
My top reviews (in terms of the number of views) have been:
- The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved by J Phillips (I remain curious that my most read review is of a book I didn't finish—one of the rare non-fiction books I've reviewed.)
- Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson
- Trust Me Twice by Alison Stanley
- Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray
- Activate by Adele Jones
I’ve also shared my reviews on social media: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and more recently, Instagram. I’ve started a freelance editing business (Christian Editing Services), and started writing my own Christian fiction (at IolaGoulton.com).
I have this blog, two websites, and a dozen social media profiles. I'm also a regular contributor to two other blogs.
I’m finding it hard to keep up. Something has to give.
So that’s today’s other milestone: as well as being the 1,000th post here at Iola’s Christian Reads, this will be the last.
It will be the last post for 2017. I will take some time over Christmas to pray and consider my direction for 2018.
I will still be reviewing books. But now I’ll be reviewing at my author website, Iola Goulton. I’d love it if you joined me.
I’ll have a regular blogging schedule:
- Monday: Bookish Question
- Tuesday: Review of a new Christian fiction release
- Wednesday: Author interview or general blog post (I’m still working this out)
- Thursday: Repost of a review of an older Christian novel
- Friday: #FirstLineFriday
I’ll tell you a little more about #FirstLineFriday next week, over at www.iolagoulton.com.
Ohhh, have you joined First Line Fridays? So have I. My first post is scheduled for- half and hour from now.ReplyDelete
My first post will be at the end of the month. Not that I've actually asked Meez Carrie if I can join yet ...Delete
Do you know the phrase 'Putting the cart before the Horse' in New Zealand? :)Delete
I will miss your honest reviews on this blog but I will also watch with excitement as you embark on new endeavours!ReplyDelete
I'm still reviewing - just not here. Find me at www.iolagoulton.com/blogDelete
I've loved reading your blog these past years. I'm excited to see what is ahead of you. And I will make sure to add your new link to my blogroll.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I'll look forward to catching up with you at iolagoulton.com :)Delete
Iola you're amazing. I don't know how you read all those books, let alone review them. And I'm sure all of those authors and readers have appreciated your honest opinions. Glad to see you're slowing down by only blogging every day on your other site - LOL Your output is amazing. But it's good to take some time out to focus on your writing. I did that for a while and it's really paid off. Good luck with all of the future projects in the Iola world :)ReplyDelete
When you put it like that, I sound mad. Hmm ...Delete
Iola, you are an inspiration!ReplyDelete
Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing with us.This is so useful.ReplyDelete
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