Awards

Blogger Recognition Award

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??

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Rules:

  • 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.

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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. HeΒ 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 πŸ˜€

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Advice for New Bloggers

Talk to other bloggersΒ —Β 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 itΒ — 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 itΒ isΒ 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 youΒ 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.

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I Nominate…

Marina @ Books of Magic (I think you were already nominated, but WHATEVER, you deserve this one)

Em @ Earthly Brain

MarΓ­a @ Bookgraphy

Kay @ Hammock of Books

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

(cutting down from 15 to 5 nominees becaaauuuuuuse just because, lol)

16 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award”

  1. Awww nice post, and thank you for the nomination! It really is a great place to meet people, more engaging than bookstagram definitely! I mean I just scroll and like the images a few days a week, and I comment there rarely. Though I want to start one haha, cause I want to make pretty pictures. xD But I’ll have to wait until I move apartments, since I have 0 natural light here and the yard is 90% concrete. :/ Hahaha I want to relax and do posts whenever, but I have so many ideas, and some are date-related, so I just have to haha. xD Like that post today about games was scheduled for Sunday, but I had to quickly finish it for today cause of the Ori/Limbo deals. xD I’m really glad I met you, and a bunch of other dear bookish people! ❀

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    1. I still love looking at everyone’s pictures on Instagram, but yeah, blogging > bookstagram, for sure (for me, at least). You should start one! Or start taking pics for your blog! If I have a physical copy of the book, I always take my own pics for my reviews. But I get not having a great place to take the pictures. I’m lucky enough to live in a house with a nice yard and deck for picture taking, but I lived in an apartment before this with next to no natural lighting and no good places for pics. Is there anywhere nearby like a park or something you could go to?

      Ahh yeah that makes sense. I love that you included info on the deals! I hope more people get into Ori. It’s so gooooood. I was just telling my bf about some of the games you mentioned — he’s heard of Firewatch before! I think that might be one of the next ones I buy. It looked really neat.

      I’m SUPER glad I met you! You’re one of my faves πŸ˜€

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      1. Haha me too, there are really gorgeous pictures! I will start but when I move from this stupid apartment, I’m looking for a house too in the next couple of months, and if I manage it, I’ll buy that damned swinging chair and do bookstagram like a pro xD Except I don’t really have an eye for good photos, we’ll see. πŸ˜€ I can’t go to a park cause people will think I’m crazy, taking pictures of my books and with props πŸ˜€

        Yeah I was hoping for a better reception of that article, like a bunch of people screaming yeahh I love Ori too and that I’ll inspire someone to buy one of these since they’re so cheap, but there’s just you and me as always :’D Well cry together and alone when the sequel comes out xD Oooh cool! You can play it together. πŸ˜€ I sometimes play single player games with my bf but he’s greedy and plays the most. xD

        Me too haha, bbf forever. xD (blog best friends) xD

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      2. Oh nice! omg I hope you get that chair!!! Eh, it takes some time to get into the bookstagram vibe, but I’m sure you’ll post some awesome pics when you start! Hahaha, I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy. I like to go out on my back deck and take pics but sometimes they’re out in their backyard too. Once I was trying to take a pic of a book on the railing but it was windy and my book fell off the deck and sometimes I wonder if they saw that, haha.

        Aw maybe they’ll show up soon! Sometimes I don’t get comments on my posts til days after I post them. Ahhhh I can’t wait til the sequel comes out. I’ll be MIA for a few days when it does, haha.

        ❀ ❀ ❀

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      3. I know, I’ll start one day, hopefully soon! πŸ™‚ Ahahaha I get it, my neighbors have seen a lot they shouldn’t have this past year. xD Who cares, you go take pictures of your books outside, I think you made them pretty good! πŸ™‚

        Or, you know, people who follow me love books, not games xD Ohhh me too! I’ll watch the countdown for the release date, buy it the second it comes out, prepare some tissues, and take a couple of days off from work. xD Ori is my new holiday. xD Hope they’ll post some new updates soon though, I’m kind of worried it’s taking so long. πŸ˜€ But also pleased, cause the longer they make it, the better it will be!

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      4. Aw well thank you! Yeah I stopped caring a while back haha.

        Honestly, I’ve found quite a few book bloggers on here who like video games! Which actually makes sense because they both tell stories. Hahaha sounds like a good plan! Yeah I’m really wondering when it’s gonna come out.

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  2. Thank You for nominating me❀ I had a pretty similar story with bookstagram, I guess I did the same that you, I followed too many people and I couldn’t keep up with it. I feel a lot lot better here in this community, it’s my favorite!! I still like taking pictures and liking some bookstagram pictures here and there but I’m more commited to this one 😁😁😁❀

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    1. Haha I was wondering if that happened to anyone else! I mean, I still ended up following a lot of people on here when I first started, but I just feel like it’s so different. And much easier to have conversations with people (and remember who everyone is, haha). I’m so glad this community exists!

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  3. I loved your answers! And your advice is so great especially the one about chatting with people. I have the worst problem with just lurking and sometimes I am so afraid to chat. But I’m getting a little bit better. πŸ˜€

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  4. Thanks so much for the nomination ❀ I actually already did this one on my blog but I really appreciate it ❀ ❀ And congrats on your award! I'm so glad that you joined the bookish community and some great advice!!!

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  5. Thanks so much for nominating me!! ❀ This is such a lovely surprise. I completely agree with your advice. Reaching out to other bloggers and making bookish connections is one of the most fun aspects of blogging! πŸ™‚

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