One Year and Counting by Mila Grayson

15820526_10154265161368087_1673092693_oAs I sat down to write this post recapping the year, it was difficult for me to not get sappy. Truth is, I’m a bit of a sap by nature. This road has been nothing like I imagined it would be. I mean, how could it be when I knew so little about blogging and about this book community I’ve come to call home?

For those that don’t know, KU Book Reviews was born out of a question I asked in The Walsh Groupies, Kate Canterbary’s Facebook group and the first group I ever joined {and my introduction to this world}, asking for KU recommendations. The amount of recs was astounding, but what jarred me even more was how many people were looking for the same thing. When I asked Kate if there was a KU blog, she said there wasn’t. That was January 8, 2016. KU Book Reviews went live on January 11. I might be a sap, but I’m never one to sit idle.

The blog grew quickly. We went from 100 followers at two weeks in to 500 right before our two-month anniversary. At our two-month mark, Robyn joined me as a partner on KUBR. We met in The Walsh Groupies and immediately bonded over our love of the Walshes and Man Candy. We were both so new to blogging and the book world in general. We didn’t have a clue as to what we were doing, but we loved it. A few weeks later, people were asking us about a group. Again, not really knowing what we were in for, we launched KUbbies’ Korner. And, if you’d told me how quickly it would grow and become one of my favorite places in all of FB-land, I don’t know that I would have believed you.

In mid-May, Christine came on board and became our resident Read It girl. From the get-go, she fit in seamlessly. She reads so much and is such a positive force in our little book-world corner of the internet, readers and authors alike all adore her.

Our next milestone took place on June 1, when we had our first installment of the KUBR + One-Click Addict Recap. I had met Beth, also in The Walsh Groupies {Seriously, thank you, Kate. You can’t even imagine how what you’ve done has impacted others}, and we immediately fell into an easy banter. I looked forward to our little conversations back and forth in TWG. Her quick wit and dirty sense of humor immediately had me hooked. We started to chat outside of TWG and she quickly became one of my good friends and one of my go-tos when I had a blogging question. When Give Me Books and OCA, which she was a part of at the time, were looking to add a KU branch to their reviews, we jumped at the chance to partner up.

We quickly doubled {1K in May} and doubled again and hit 2K followers in the beginning of August. 3K, our next milestone came and went in early-December and now today, we sit at just over 3,700 KUbbies. All in less than a year. To say I’ve been amazed at the response would be a gross understatement.

In November, Robyn decided to focus solely on audio reviews with Aural Tendencies with Robyn once a week and Beth, after having stepped down from GMB & OCA, joined me in writing for our Sunday KU Spotlight by KUBR + OCA. Not only do I adore Beth and the way she writes her reviews, but having been a part of OCA and the reason for the partnership in the first place, she truly was the only natural choice to replace Robyn in that role.

But along with the growth, comes change. I always wanted KUBR to be a blog that was about books, but not just a book blog. I know that sounds confusing. I wanted us to talk about books, of course, but I also wanted to talk about how those books affected us personally. How they touched us. How we related to them. How they made us feel and cry and when they hit a sore spot. Throughout the year, I’ve shared my dating experiences as well as thoughts on my divorce after being married for almost ten years. I’ve talked about living thousands of miles away from all of my family and how I’ve found so much love and acceptance here through all of this. I don’t know that we consciously started out that way, but as we grew, that became more and more important to me. Anyone can go to Amazon or Goodreads for a review. I wanted them to come to us because they related to us as women, friends, mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. I wanted you all to have a chance to get to know us and in the process, I have made more friends, true friends, than I could have ever imagined. I’ve met you at author events, I’ve broken bread with you, I’ve cried with you and laughed with you. I’ve traveled with some of you and have texted with many of you at all hours of the night. Which is sometimes my night and your day, because I now have more friends around the world than I ever thought I would.

As you all know, last week, Robyn decided to start her own blog, Angelically Devilish Reviews. As she has said, she needed a space for her own voice. To speak her own truth. I love Robyn dearly and she has become one of my closest friends. I am beyond thrilled to watch AD grow and for Robyn’s voice to be front and center. She has a lot to say and I, for one, will always be listening.

I have no clue what 2017 holds, but I have so many things I want to share with you and create in this space for you. I can’t wait to see what this post looks like a year from now…

With all my love,
Mila

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2 Responses

  1. Deedy Hays

    Mila…Congrats!! KU book reviews helps me “weed out” books that may not fit into my reading world! As always, with a group of people (women especially) there’s a difference of opinions…but even with those differences there’s one thing that’s still a constant…the love of books & more importantly, great books!! We get those recommendations from KU book reviews. Blessings & prosperity in the new year!!

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