Thank you so much to Emma @ The Bookish Underdog and Emma @ The Book Crunch for nominating me for this lovely award; big hugs to you both! Head over to their blogs and check them out, they’re two of my absolute favourite book bloggers.
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two advice to new bloggers
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to
How My Blog Started
Well, I’m afraid that it’s not as exciting a story as you might like! I’ve blogged here and there over the last few years, as well as dabbling in Fanfic (I know, I know) and writing for a couple of online zines, but I’ve never really had a regular creative outlet.
I had a few wonky months at the beginning of the year, and I wanted something to pour some energy into in the evenings and at the weekends when my poor little brain was whirring constantly and working itself into a froth. I’ve always loved to read, and I didn’t really have anyone to geek out about books with, so a blog about books seemed a natural choice. I published my first post (a review of the Curious Incident Of the Dog In The Night Time) accompanied by just a tiny bit of fear and a bucket of coffee about three months ago and the rest, they say, is history!
I wasn’t really aware of there being this incredible book blogosphere before I started, but I’m so, so glad that I’ve been able to be involved with it over the last few months. I’m learning and discovering new things every day, and despite how geeky my friends and family think I am, I think it’s the best hobby and community ever.
My Advice for New Bloggers:
Giving advice to new bloggers seems totally weird, because I’m still a new blogger myself and I make silly little mistakes that niggle at me all of the time. But I learn new stuff every day, so I hope that this helps someone out there. 🙂
Interact as much as you can with the book blogging community
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been blogging for two hours or two years, the book blogging community is super friendly, welcoming and appreciative, so you have nothing to worry about as a newbie.
Everyone who blogs about books is here because they love to read and they love to talk about reading even more. Nothing beats the feeling that you get when someone leaves a comment on your blog, or engages you in conversation on one of their posts. Reply to comments, comment on other people’s work and enjoy getting to know awesome people from all over the world who love books just as much as you do. You’ll make friends in no time, promise!
Your blog is for you, and there’s no wrong way to do it
Don’t be afraid to write the content that you want to write. It could be a monthly news round-up told purely through GIFs, a daily bookish quote or a fun tag that you saw on someone’s site. Want to post twice a day? Great! Busy, and only want to commit to once a month? Equally great! There is no wrong way.
The point is: blogging is something purely for you. There’s no one to tell you when to post, what to post or how often to post. You’re not employed by your blog, it’s certainly not your parent and your followers definitely won’t judge you. You could have started a blog for any number of reasons, but one of them is probably that it makes you happy. As such, you have a duty to yourself. Post what you want, own what you post, and most importantly, have fun.
I nominate all of these brilliant bloggers:
- Poppy @ Poppy’s Best of Books
- The Orang-utan Librarian
- Beth @ Reading Every Night
- Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom
- When Lost In A Book
- Nathan @ A Walk Into The Wild
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews
- Beth @ Betwixt-The-Pages
- Kai @ Black Cat Kai
- Charleigh @ Charleigh’s Book Nook
- The Ravenclaw Book Club
- Shika @ Fiction and Tea
- Fatima @ Noteablepad
- Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels
- Michelle @ Book Adventures
If you’ve been nominated already, revel in the knowledge that lots people love you! Haha, but seriously, no pressure as always.