Sunlit Pages Turns Three

May 29, 2015

It's that time of year again. If you're a blog, is it a birthday or an anniversary? Whatever it is, Sunlit Pages is having its third one!

Three years ago, I started Sunlit Pages as an outlet for all my bookish thoughts. It is something of a testament to my Upholder personality that I've stuck with it for three years--through times when it seemed like no one was reading as well as two moves and a new baby. But I thought about it for a loooooong time before I actually launched it, so once I did, I was very committed to it.

During these three years, this blog as become something of a haven for me--a place where I can write out my thoughts, click "publish," and know that at least one thing I did that day will stay done.

Sunlit Pages has evolved over the last three years. It is still, first and foremost, about books. But there are also posts about crafts, activities, hobbies, opinions, and just family life in general. In short, this blog is a (hopefully authentic) glimpse of myself, and although books play a part of it, they're not the whole part.

I always have such big ideas for this little blog, but I find that just trying to get out three posts each week takes up almost all my free time, so I have almost nothing left over to devote to blog redesign, improving my photography skills, commenting on other people's blogs, advertising, or keeping up with social media.

However, I did accomplish a few extra things, and that makes me happy:
  • Sunlit Pages got its own domain name. The first time I opened up the page with the new domain, I yelled out, "I'm a dot com!" 
  • I joined Instagram. I think out of all the social media options, it's my favorite. Hence, I'm most active on it. Follow me here!
  • Speaking of social media, I all but said farewell to Twitter (don't know that that counts as an accomplishment, but it happened). I didn't delete my account or anything, but I've basically stopped tweeting. I gave it a decent effort, but I just couldn't get into it. I'm finally accepting the fact that it might just not be for me . . . and that's okay.
  • Thanks to my friend, Erica, I discovered PicMonkey and wished I'd known about it sooner. It is so much easier to use than Adobe, which is what I was using before.
  • I joined the modern world by getting a smartphone. It's kind of changed my life. It's so much easier to listen to books and podcasts, and of course I wouldn't be doing Instagram if I didn't have it.
  • I've had four posts published on What Do We Do All Day. It's so much fun to see my writing somewhere else, and I've loved collaborating with Erica.
  • And speaking of collaboration, my friend, Sarah, and I have started getting together and working on ways to improve our online presences. We've been exploring things like SEO, pinterest, design, blog stats, etc. (She was the one who finally helped me take the plunge and buy the new domain). It's so fun to have someone to bounce ideas off of, and I'm grateful for a friend who understands why I love my blog so much.
It's been a fun year here at Sunlit Pages. Here are a few of the highlights:
As a way of saying thank you for being a part of Sunlit Pages over the last three years (or if you're brand-new, then welcome!), I'm giving away a copy of a favorite book of mine. You can have your choice between a paperback copy of The Trumpet of the Swan (on our readaloud agenda for this summer) or a hardback copy of Mercy Watson to the Rescue.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment (you'll want to make sure you're signed in before commenting, otherwise your comment will disappear). Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 11:59 pm.

The giveaway is closed! Congratulations to our winner, KT! Please email me: sunlitpages {at} gmail {dot} com to let me know which book you'd like and also your address so I can mail it to you!

Now, onto year four!


  1. I get so many great book ideas from your blog (and goodreads). Plus, it's great to get a glimpse of you and your family since we don't get to see you in person anymore.

  2. I have been a silent reader of your blog for most of your three years. I have often sent my kids to your blog for opinions on various books and ideas. Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas, opinions, and books.

  3. Happy blog birthday, Amy. I'm glad you're here. :-)

  4. Happy Blog Birthday! I'm so grateful that blogging has brought me friends like you. Here's to many more years!

  5. Happy blog birthday and hears to many more!!

  6. I love love LOVE your blog! Thank you for the sacrifice of time to share and inspire us. :) Thank you!!!

  7. I just put a hold on Mercy Watson today at our library thanks to your Raising Readers portion of your blog. MK is finished with her 100 lessons and is craving books and I had no idea which to pick for her at this stage so I spent an hour on your blog this morning and I'm happy to report that she and Grace had their noses in books until the sun went down. Thanks! I'm so proud of you! This blog is truly an amazing resource for families.

  8. I'm really glad I discovered your blog several months ago! It has been great to have a friend who shares so many common interests and life stages with me. I think in real life we could be friends, too! :) Happy 3rd...whatever it is!

  9. Happy anniversary! I can't even remember how I stumbled across your blog but I'm so thankful idea. You introduced to me a book which has become one of my favorites.... Navigating early. I can't begin to tell you how much I adore this book. Thanks for all of the great book suggestions. Keep them coming!

  10. I really enjoy your blog -- it's a reminder of my boys' younger years, and a fun glimpse into a decent sized family (I had to move next to my sister so I can enjoy four kids, instead of the two I managed to produce).

    But I already have those books, so I hope I don't win...

  11. Happy Blog Anniversary! I have 2 boys (8 & 5) and love getting recommendations for read alouds & simple craft ideas. I always appreciate your honest reviews...especially loved the post when Aaron gave his own reviews of 1st grade book series! Keep up the good work!! :)

  12. Congratulations! :D Because it has only been a couple months since I found you I didn't know how long you'd been blogging. Have to say I'm surprised that it has only been 3 years because I think if you as having lots of experience. You're doing so many things right! Love the blog. Keep up the good work.

  13. I found your blog though What do we do all Day?, and I really enjoy it! I especially love your posts about the books you are reading with your boys; they give me lots of ideas of books to try with mine. Happy Blog Anniversary!


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