Lacy @ A Ravenclaw Library nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award!!! Thank you so much, Lacy ❤ If you’re not following her, what are you waiting for??
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you’d like to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, providing a link to the post you’ve created.
In the Beginning…
I’ve always loved books. Always. But I never really did much online stuff related to books, aside from keeping track of what I was reading on Goodreads and occasionally participating in Goodreads’ reading goals. But last year, a friend of mine got into the bookstagram community on Instagram. He really got into it. Which resulted in me getting into it because it just looked like he was having so much fun, and he was always meeting such great new book-loving friends!
So I jumped on the bandwagon and participated regularly for about a month or so. I was posting (nearly) every day, having fun taking creative pictures of my books, and enjoying the conversations with other book lovers. But, somewhere in that second month, I lost interest. I wasn’t getting as much engagement as I was expecting. I don’t mean like, gaining followers and stuff, but more focused on the making friends kind of engagement. I think I just followed too many people all at once, and I couldn’t keep track of who was who, and I just didn’t end up really connecting with many people. Don’t get me wrong, everyone in that community is super nice and welcoming, but it was just a little too overwhelming for me.
I ended up taking a break from it and trying again a few months later. The same thing happened. I lasted about a month, and then lost interest. But I really loved talking about books and getting to take fun pictures of my books. I got pretty into photography because of my bookstagramming days. But it just wasn’t fulfilling enough for me. And then I thought, “well… I really like writing about book stuff… so why don’t I… make a blog…?”
Initially, my plan was to focus solely on book reviews. Mainly because I didn’t know what else to do with a book blog. So I started my blog back in late November and made a couple of posts here and there, but I didn’t really start getting into it until I expanding my blog a bit. Reviews are great and fun and all, but it just felt like something was missing. And now, here we are!
I’m really excited about how far my blog has come, and I still can’t believe how incredible this community is. I feel like it was so hard to make friends on bookstagram, but it’s so easy on here! And now I have a few blogging friends who I talk to nearly every day, and I couldn’t be happier about it 😀
Advice for New Bloggers
Talk to other bloggers — It’s always hard starting something from scratch, but making an effort to talk to other bloggers not only brings more attention to your blog, but it gives you a chance to make some great new friends, too! Comment on their posts. Respond to questions they pose in their posts. Reply to comments people leave on your posts. Check out The Daily Post‘s Community Pool (where you can ask for advice/feedback on your blog and recent posts) and First Friday (where new bloggers can share their first post and find other blogs to follow). Just be engaging!
Have fun with it — I’m sure a lot of bloggers say this, but seriously, take it to heart. Unless blogging is your job, you shouldn’t stress about it (I mean, even if it is your job, you shouldn’t stress too much). For me, blogging is a hobby, and I try to think of it as such so it continues to be a fun hobby. Sometimes I get stressed out when I don’t post for a few days or when I’m not being as active, but it’s really not worth freaking out over. You’re allowed to be too busy to blog sometimes. You’re allowed to take a break for mental health reasons. You’re allowed to recharge. Don’t feel like you have to post every single day. Your followers will still be there when you get back. Just don’t let the stress of wanting to have constant/consistent posts make blogging a chore.
Marina @ Books of Magic (I think you were already nominated, but WHATEVER, you deserve this one)
Em @ Earthly Brain
María @ Bookgraphy
Kay @ Hammock of Books
Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
(cutting down from 15 to 5 nominees becaaauuuuuuse just because, lol)