A big hello to those of you new to the blog and welcome back to those of you who have visited before :).
We know a lot of you have recently just heard about us, so we decided to make a post about ourselves. There are also some announcements towards the end, so stick around.
This post will be split into three sections: about us, about our blog and a short bit about our business, with a little mini section with our links and social media at the end.
As most of you already know, our names are Saoirse and Neassa and we are 13 and 11 years old.
We live in the (quite large) town of Drogheda, Ireland and go to school there as well. Saoirse is in secondary school and Neassa in primary.
Over lockdown we were very bored, and needed something to do. One day we were watching an episode of Dragon’s Den and we both agreed it would be great to be able to do something together to promote reading, ideally involving a business. The next day the idea for The Book Corner was born.
Throughout lockdown we spent our time writing blog posts and setting up our business website. It was quite difficult, but we were able to juggle The Book Corner and homeschooling quite well.
Obviously, after school started up again in September things became more difficult to juggle, but we have found ways to manage that.
On Wednesday 14th of October we received a call from a researcher from the Ryan Tubridy show about The Book Corner. The call went very well and the researcher was extremely nice, making us quite at ease.
On Thursday, at 07:15, we received a message to say we would be on the Ryan Tubridy show the next day. To say we were ecstatic would not even begin to cover it. In school we told pretty much everyone and received an astounding amount of support.
The interview went very well, Ryan was very nice and seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say. After, we received hundreds of messages of congratulations, and more support from our schools, who had been playing our interview live in many of the classrooms.
If you missed it, you can listen to the replay here.
About The Blog
Our blog was set up to encourage as many people as possible to read.
We write posts to provide practical advice on reading books you like, how to know which books are for you, how to read more often, ect.
Very recently, we had the idea to create a quick survey each week to see what kind of blog posts you want to read next. We will embed them at the bottom of each post (including this one). We will add all of our ideas for you to vote on, along with a space at the bottom for any ideas you may have.
If you have any other comments/criticism or you just want to reach out to us, please please go to the comments section of our posts :).
About The Business
We started the business a little while after the blog to make it easier for children, teens and parents to buy good-quality books at an affordable price.
Many books are very expensive to buy new, they can be 15+ euro - a lot if you want to buy more than one.
The solution? Simple! Second hand books.
We truly believe that reading can change people’s lives, so what better way to help than to make them more affordable so everyone can have as many as they want?
We have news on our business side of things, too. We are planning on giving 5% of a profits to charity - a different one each year.
We have yet to pick the charity for the remainder of the year (and next year), but we’ll let you know when we do! It will have something to do with reading, books or the trees used to make books though!
Well, that’s all for now. We apologize for the delay in this being published, and hope you enjoyed it! We will include the link to our website and social media below.
Also, don’t forget to fill in our survey for ideas for our next post!
Saoirse and Neassa xx