Back in August, Diana @ The Bookish Sisters nominated me for this award, and I’m just now remembering to do it! (See, friends, I will eventually get to tags–I just don’t always do so in a timely manner). Diana and her sister also run a great blog, so be sure to check them out!
- 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 for new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog & let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.
My Blog’s Story
I have always been a reader. During graduate school and the first year or two of teaching, I wasn’t as much of a reader, mostly due to time constraints, but I’ve really come back to it in the last few years. As part of this interest in reading, and lots of free time spent on social media (!), I heard about Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. It was my very first read-a-thon, and I loved it so much. While participating, I noticed how strong and varied the book blogosphere was and all the ways to participate. I continued being engaged with the community on Twitter, which led to more read-a-thons and more engagement with book bloggers. During the tail end of summer 2016, I finally decided that book blogging was something I could do, too, and I started this blog. I’ve really enjoyed most of my experiences as a blogger, including engaging with other bloggers and realizing that even if I don’t write fiction, I am a writer and I get to write about things I love and share them with other people and that’s such a gift. I also love learning about books I may not otherwise have read and just reading everyone’s discussion posts about various aspects of reading (and I’ve been trying to post more posts of my own like this). So, that’s pretty much it!
Two Pieces of Advice
- Do not stress out about blogging. It’s supposed to be a fun hobby…not something you’re worried about all the time. I got stressed out about mine a lot at the beginning: would anyone read it? Were my reviews any good? What if I miss posts for a week or two? Lots of other bloggers also have lots of advice on what you should do with your blog. The keywords, however, are *your* blog. I just kind of embrace that it is my blog, and I can do with it what I can manage, and that’s A-Okay.
- Engage in the community! At the beginning, I wrote my posts and responded to all of my comments on the blog, but I didn’t do as much bloghopping as I do now. Through various bookish online endeavors, I have found other blogs and bloggers I really admire and turn to regularly to read. I’ve also found new followers for my own blog. So, get out there! Read others’ blogs and comment and you’ll make so many new friends! (P.S. Readathons are fantastic for this!)
I may not have 15 nominations–but I am nominating blogs I really find influential and that I read regularly, so even if you don’t get to this–that’s okay, just know I’m a fan!
- Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku
- Laila @ Big Reading Life
- Lauren @ Comma Hangover
- Emma @ The Terror of Knowing
- Wendy @ What the Log Had to Say
- Krysti @ YA and Wine
- Beth @ Reading Every Night
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders
- Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
- Colorful Book Reviews
So, there you have it!! Thanks again to Diana for the nomination & definitely check out her blog!!!