Wednesday, December 30, 2015

10 Years, 10 Great Moments- The Book Mine Set's 10 Year Anniversary

It was 10 years ago today that the Book Mine Set started. Starting as a very low key affair, I wanted to keep the anniversary low key as well, and try to come up with ten great moments. It was harder than I thought. First off, while the Book Mine Set has always been a book blog first and foremost, it's been there for me through many ups and downs that have found their way into the various posts: moves (Newfoundland to Iqaluit to Yellowknife), deaths (two grandparents, and mother-in-law), job switch (teacher to librarian), travel (New York, Japan, France, Florida, New Orleans, Alaska, the Yukon, England, San Diego), and so on. These may not have been moments as such, but nonetheless, I was glad to have a chance to share and to be supported.

But I was still able to whittle down the past ten blog years:

10. Queen's Jubilee medal- winning this was bittersweet. It was very nice to have my blogging efforts appreciated and recognized so formally, even if it did have ties to the monarchy (which I do not support)

9. The Great Wednesday Compare- Starting this was a lot of fun, pitting books or authors against each other created more interest than I'd ever imagined as people came to vote for their favourites. The Jane Austen crowd was nuts. It eventually ran out of steam and I retired it, but it was fun while it lasted.

8. Finishing Shakespeare - On Date I finally finished the complete works of Shakespeare. I'm not sure at the end that I gained more of an appreciation of Shakespeare, but I did gain more of an understanding. I don't think everything he wrote was genius, but I appreciated finding some gems that I hadn't heard of before. Coriolanus is now a favourite.

7. Finishing the Bible- Likewise, finishing the Bible. I started out trying to read and and review it as I would a novel, trying not to read it as a religious text at all. That was very difficult and I'm not sure that I always succeeded. I grew to enjoy seeing where so many references and figures of speech came from. It made me less religious in the end, but hey, I can now back up more of my opinions that I'll never be comfortable getting into in public.

6. Short Story Monday- For the past few years I've been up to one short story per week, all found online and for free.

5. Michael Crummey Interview - Bit of a crush on this guy. Galore is a favourite of mine and getting the chance to interview him was a dream come true.

4. National Post's Canada Also Reads- Long a critic of CBC's Canada Reads reliance on celebrities (one regular Joe wouldn't kill them), I once lobbied quite hard to land a spot on the show. Failing miserably, it all could have been quite embarrassing except that I was then asked to participate in the National Post's counter program, Canada Also Reads.

3. Joining the Graphic Novel Challenge- Back when it was first hosted by Dewey (R.I.P.), the challenge came along just as I was hoping to explore this Graphic Novel thing. It was the incentive I needed and wound up sparking a love affair between me and comics. I now read more for that challenge than for the one I host (see below). It's been hosted by Nicola these past few years and she's doing a bang up job.

2. Meeting Barb- There are so many "friends" I made through blogging, but Barb is the one I don't put quotation marks around. That's because in I got to finally meet her in person and she's been a family friend ever since.

1. Canadian Book Challenge- This is my crown jewel. I love hosting this challenge and have since I started it 8 years ago. I've "met" so many wonderful people through this challenge: Teena, Chris, Swordsman, Bill, Eric, Raidergirl, Wanda, Melwyk, Melissa, Irene, Heather, Shonna, Loni, Luanne, Mary R, Corey, Steve, Barb in BC, Jules, Melissa, Kim, Bybee, Teddy Rose, Pussreboots, and more (nothing personal if I missed you this time around!). I haven't been as good at hosting it in the past few years since I've been working on my masters, but next year is the 10th anniversary and I hope to make it huge. I'll probably also pass it off to someone else after that.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happy Blogoversary! Ten years is a notable milestone indeed, but when one looks at all that you and your blog have accomplished in that time, it's amazing what you have actually squeezed into a such a tight time frame. Well done!

And, of course, I am thrilled beyond belief for making your moments list. All verklempt, I am, and so much richer for having met up with the magnificent Mutfords.

Melwyk said...

So many great moments here! I've really enjoyed all the work you put into this blog and all the features etc. So glad you've been blogging through so many events -- I'll hit 10 years of blogging myself in the spring, and it certainly doesn't feel that long. It's been great taking part in your challenge for nearly the whole time, too!

John Mutford said...

Barbara: It has been a rather eventful 10 years. And aw, shucks.

Melwyk: I look forward to your 10 year anniversary! It didn't feel that long to me either... until I started reflecting on everything!

Sam said...

I love this post, John, especially the ten highlights you list, all of which are great achievements. Congrats on surviving the blogging world for a decade; here's to many more.

John Mutford said...

Thanks Sam, and it was great getting to know you and your blog over the years, as well!

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

Thanks for keeping us so organized :)

Loni said...

Happy Blogaversary! I think next year will be 10 years for me... Can't believe we've been doing this for so long!

I loved the Great Wednesday compare. I think it was one of the things that hooked me onto your blog... that and all the amazing Canadian content. It was so wonderful to see a blog full of Canadian stories.

Eric P said...

Next year will be the fifth year I participate, which does seem incredible. Where does all the time go? I'm already starting to make some changes to my TBR pile for the first half of 2017, getting to many stone-cold classics that I've wanted to read for a while. While I'm hoping the Challenge will continue in some form, if not, I want to go out on a bang...