5 Years & Counting


Today, my little blog turns five. When I started blogging, I’d just finished drafting my first manuscript (it was awful), and my daughter was still napping twice a day (giving me plenty of time to figure out how Wordpress works). Over the years, I’ve posted about writing and books and life, and I’ve met dozens of wonderful people who’ve showered me with support and friendship.

I appreciate you all so much, and to demonstrate my gratitude, I’ve assembled a prize package to send to one lucky reader!

This giveaway is open internationally, and will close on Thursday, April 23rd, at midnight EST. The winner will be selected randomly. He or she will be notified Friday, April 24th.

Here’s what’s up for grabs…


Novels by a few of my favorite authors (Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone), plus a Tervis travel mug, a bookmark and book-ish pin, a poppy notepad and package of thank-you cards, and Jelly Bellies — yum!

How To Gain Giveaway Entries

1. One easy automatic entry for all who comment on this post.

2. Follow me on Twitter for an additional entry. (Please note that you’ve followed or are already following in your comment.)

3. Tweet about the giveaway for an additional entry. (Please include a link back to this post and mention of me [@katyupperman] in your tweet. Don’t forget to note that you’ve done so in your comment on this post!)

4. Share about this giveaway via any other form of social media — Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, or your personal blog. (Please mention where you’ve shared in your comment, including appropriate links. Earn one additional entry for each and every share.)

There you have it!
Thank you for reading.
Thank you for commenting.
Thank you for being generally awesome.
And good luck!


49 responses to “5 Years & Counting

  1. I am not here to win (I already own copies of these fabulous novels) but here to say thank you for your blog. It has always kept ME inspired to keep mine up. 🙂 xo

  2. Alexandrina Brant

    Congrats! Lots of lovely stuff in your giveaway. I like that you always surround yourself with flower-patterns. Actually, my current bed-spread matches that mug! Spring colours, eh?
    As you know, I already follow you on Twitter. 🙂

  3. Congrats, Katy! I love giveaways 🙂 But don’t throw me in the running–maybe some new Katy follower will win! Just wanted to say that I’m so glad for your blog because without I’d never have found you!

  4. Thanks for the chance, i am in !

  5. 5 years is pretty amazing, Katy! I myself hit the two year milestone last November-Blogging can be an uphill battle sometimes but it’s so worth it, isn’t it? 🙂
    Congrats on the blogversary!
    Following on Twitter. 🙂

  6. Not here to enter, just wanted to say: Happy Blogiversary!!! I’ve been reading for many of those years and always enjoy your pictures and book reviews. Here’s to five more years 🙂

  7. Dahlia Adler

    Such a cute giveaway! Because we have such similar (fabulous) taste, of course I already own the books, so it’s probably silly for me to enter, but congrats on five awesome years!

  8. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

    Woah! That’s such an awesome prize pack! I just love that tumbler. (I’m kind of a huge fan of tumblers and water bottles.)

    Congrats on five years! 🙂

    P.S. I follow you on Twitter. My handle is @xerinxlynnx

  9. Of course I follow you on Twitter, and I tweeted your giveaway. Love this idea. I wonder when my blogiversary even is.

  10. Congrats on five years! That’s quite an accomplishment. I love reading your posts and watching your writing journey. I follow on twitter @prernapickett

  11. I love your blog, it is awesome. Thank you so much for offering us a giveaway for your celebration! I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway, https://twitter.com/ark31415/status/589826019671977985

  12. Michelle Lee

    Hi Katy! Happy 5 Year Blogoversary! Funny how my birthday is the day before your blogoversary haha! I hope you continue on and many more to come! 🙂
    I follow you via twitter: @Me_chelleLee
    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/Me_chelleLee/status/589832379444940800

  13. Hey Katy! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! That is amazing!!

    I am following you on Twitter. @oXTigerLilyXo
    I have tweeted about your giveaway with a link and a mention.
    I have shared the giveaway on Instagram: https://instagram.com/oxtigerlilyxo/
    And I have shared the giveaway on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/chantal.e.cowan?fref=nf

    This would make a great early 30th birthday gift for myself!

  14. Happy Anniversary! Great giveaway package (although you don’t need to include me in the mix)! Congratulations of five years – my blog anniversary was last week (4 years) but sadly, I’ve been too busy to do anything about it. Next year… 😉

  15. thanks for the chance and happy bloggiversary!!
    twitter @cookiesmasher9

    also shared on fb https://www.facebook.com/karin.shaim.7/posts/1625116451041096?pnref=story

    email cookiesmasher5@yahoo(dot)com

  16. Happy 5th Blog-iversary, Katy! What an awesome giveaway package. You know how much I love poppies. ♥ I love reading your blog posts, so thank you for that. 🙂

  17. Congrats on 5 years! I love your blog. Thanks for the opportunity.

  18. Following you on Twitter for an additional entry. (suzanneking234)

  19. Happy Blog-birthday!! What a great package you’re giving away! (Oh, and also, I follow on Twitter (siouxshiny)

  20. Happy Blogiversary, Katy! What a great way to celebrate. 🙂

  21. Alison Miller

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! I’m so glad you started blogging because without this blog I would’ve never met the oh-so-fabulous YOU. Also, that package is drool-worthy, btw. WANTS THE JELLYBELLIES!!! 🙂

    Oh, and I retweeted you on Twitter, friend. Have a great day! And happy blogiversary!

  22. Wow has it really been 5 years? Crazy!!! I remember the start! Congrats!

    I also follow you on Twitter. 😉

  23. Stacey Arundale

    Katy, you are so talented! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and love your Instagram pics! 😄.

  24. Awww, such a cool prize package. Sure hope I win! 🙂 Love your blog!

  25. I don’t think I’ve been reading your blog for all five years, but I’ve definitely enjoyed it for the last two or three. Congrats on your anniversary.

  26. Oh, I forgot to say, I follow you on twitter and I tweated about your contest. https://twitter.com/katescottwrites/status/590171423286558721

  27. Congrats on 5 years! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. What an awesome prize! I follow you on twitter (@zannevanessa) and I shared this on Twitter and Facebook. 🙂

  28. Congrats on 5 years!!! Awesome!!! (@hoggal)

  29. Congrats, Katy! I know I’ve kind of disappeared from blogging but I’m so glad our blogs connected us! You’re all kinds of inspiring and I love seeing what you have to say!

  30. 5 years!! Congrats 🙂

  31. Congrats on 5 years, Katy!! I love all of your book recommendations!!!
    Lees 🙂

  32. Very nice! Happy birthday to your 5 year blog, wow.

  33. Congratulations on 5 years! That’s awesome! 🙂 I’m not always super interactive, but I love reading your blogs and seeing what you’re writing and what books you’re enjoying. And I already follow you on Twitter (@crystalschubert)!

  34. Congratulations on 5 years, Katy!! So excited for you and absolutely love your fantastic giveaway! You don’t need to enter me though – it would be so neat for a new follower to win 🙂 I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the many ways you have inspired and supported and cared for other writers. You have such a generous heart, and your blog always reflects that. It has been so exciting to share in your journey, and I am SO excited to see all that lies ahead for you and your beautiful stories ❤ ❤ Yay, Katy!

  35. Thanks, Katy, for some fabulous book recommendations!

  36. Congrats! And thank you for your book recommendations 🙂 Such a lovely blog you have!

  37. Not entering, but just wanted to wish you the happiest blogiversary!!! So glad to have found your blog (and you)!

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