Blogoversary: Why I Started Pages of Forbidden Love

Posted August 8th, 2013 by in Uncategorized / 6 comments

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When I started this blog three years ago I had no idea that I would still be doing this 3 years later!

I started Pages of Forbidden Love because I wanted to be part of this community of readers. Everyone seemed to have a bond and they loved to talk about my favorite hobby, books. I knew that running a blog was going to be a ton of work but I have always loved a new challenge. So I figured I could handle going to school, working, and running the blog all at the same time. I’m not saying it was always easy but I never wanted to give up on my blog no matter how little sleep I would get at night or how long I would spend on a post that in the beginning days of the blog not many readers would even see or comment on.

Eventually I came to the realization that I could not do this all by myself anymore. I saw that a lot of the bigger blogger names out there were blogs that ran smoothly only with a team of reviewers. It is very hard to post every day when you are the only mind coming up with all those posts. So I went looking for someone to help me. I asked Johnny, my boyfriend, to join the blog and he was thrilled to help me out but the genres he reads wasn’t really in line with what the blog once started as. I mean I was running a mostly YA book blog at the time. However, we made it work.

About a year and a half into blogging I was following this lovely girl named Bianca over at her blog. She was a newbie and since I had been blogging for over a year I felt I was a little more seasoned to the blogging world. Plus I remember what it was like back then when you had very few friends in the blogging world and you posts didn’t seem to matter as much as the posts on the big name blogs do. So I would talk with Bianca and eventually I sent her an email saying I had a crazy idea and if she was interested I would love to have her join Pages of Forbidden Love. Thank goodness she told me she would love to join, after she took a little time to think about it.

I’m so thankful to Bianca I could not even begin to tell you the ways she has helped me make the blog better and added such amazing content to the blog. Plus with her onboard I was able to read things other than YA books again, since I have a huge love for adult romance books, even before I started the YA blog. So with her help we have developed and changed this blog over the years to be what you see today.

I also am so thankful for my cousin Deb who joined the blog a few months ago and for Pragya from Reviewing Shelf who wanted to join this crazy ride that is Pages of Forbidden Love so she could have a place to post more adult reviews since her blog is mostly YA.

Lastly, here is a huge thank you to every blogger that I am friends with and every person who reads the crazy things we write here on the blog. Without all of you I wouldn’t still be doing this so thank you!




6 Responses to “Blogoversary: Why I Started Pages of Forbidden Love”

  1. Deb

    Awwww, thanks Cousin… I’m glad to be here. I too love to read and I’m huge on reviews… I think the best gift you can give an author is to post a review. Hope all is well with you out in Hotty McHotsviille!!!!! <3 ya

  2. miki

    ^^ i do enjoy reading your blog so thank you for continuing and for getting such great helps^^ ( from loved ones it’s even better^^)

  3. Ashley Robertson

    I love your blog. I’ve been following by email for a while now 🙂 Thanks to you and Bianca for reviewing my books and letting me be a part of all this. Happy blogoversary ladies. xoxo ~AR

  4. Pragya

    Happy Blogoversary! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I love to be here at the POFL. It helps me read those steamy books without feeling guilty anymore. And I’m so glad POFL has come a long way. 3 years, wow! 😀

  5. Candace

    I’m glad that you have found something that works for you. I tend to have more posts than I need most of the time, but I’m a stay at home mom (now a WAHM) so I have more available time (though lately it doesn’t feel like it). I know that your life is crazy, so it seems having a team is better. 🙂 I like blogs with eclectic reviews, a wide range of genres, because that’s what I read. I read mostly YA but I also love urban fantasy and adult paranormal books.
    Congrats on 3 years though! It’s crazy, time has gone FAST!

  6. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

    Those first months of blogging are so fantastic and yet so sucky. Lol. You have all of that energy to get it ALL out there but probably no audience. 🙂 It takes a lot of effort to get a blog off the ground and keep it running. You’ve done a spectacular job! You put some of us to shame. 😉

    I’m so glad that you have had people who you work well with who have joined your blog to help you out. I love coming here and seeing all of the posts by various voices. I am so glad you decided to start Pages of Forbidden Love!

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