About Me, Blog Award

Blogger Recognition Award

The lovely Amanda over at Devouring Books nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I’m incredibly touched by this. I don’t post as often as I would like due to my hectic schedule, but to know that she thought I was deserving of this completely blows my mind. Thank you so, so much!

THE RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • 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 want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created

HOW MY BLOG STARTED

I officially launched at the end of April 2018 after a few months of going back and forth between deciding whether I should blog or not. I’ve been blogging on and off for the last couple of years and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. I was mainly posting about mental health – in particular, my mental health – but I found it was making me more anxious, that I would have to post only about the positives rather than the negatives, when the reality is that I do have anxiety and I do suffer with it and not every day is going to be a good day. But I didn’t want to stop blogging. Reading was something I picked up again at the beginning of the year after a good couple of years worth of a reading slump. It was an escape from my anxiety. I began to fall in love with reading all over again. I started interacting with so many amazing book bloggers on Twitter and Instagram and that’s what sealed the deal for me to start my own book blog. It’s the first blog that I’ve not been completely overwhelmed with. It’s been such a positive for me and my anxiety.

ADVICE

Plan. Seriously, plan. You’ll be grateful for it. The more you plan and schedule posts, the easier the whole blogging process will be. Any blogger, especially a book blogger, will tell you that there’s nothing more difficult and frustrating than trying to write a review in time for a posting deadline, especially if you don’t plan. Plan posts ahead of time. Plan. Plan. Plan. That’s the best piece of advice I could give to anyone who wants to start a blog.

My second piece of advice would be to write what you want. It’s impossible to please everyone so the only person you should be writing content for is yourself. If you’re not happy with the content you’re posting then that will come across in your writing and will have a negative impact on your blog. People can tell when you’re writing content that you don’t want to be writing. I started this blog for myself as an escape from my anxiety. There have been many, many times that I’ve thought that I should be posting x or writing y because that’s one that blogger has done etc. but I’ve always stopped myself because that’s not the content I want to be released on this blog. I don’t want to be reading books that honestly don’t interest me just to review it because that’s what others are doing. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to post content that you want to write. It’s okay to write for yourself. It’s okay to blog for yourself.

NOMINATIONS

How am I supposed to choose just 15 bloggers to nominate for this when there are so many amazing bloggers who deserve this?! I’m sure some of you – if not all – have been nominated for this already, but I adore you all and wanted to spread the love a bit.

  1. The Self-Care Sloth
  2. Sleepy Sam Reads
  3. Howling Libraries
  4. Bookish Pisces
  5. Alex
  6. Jenniely
  7. Roachie’s Reviews
  8. Hannah’s Bookshelf
  9. All The Trinkets
  10. Karlena
  11. The Artsy Reader
  12. Molly
  13. Erin
  14. Princess of Pages
  15. Trendy Simple Life

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16 Comments

  1. Roachie's Reviews

    October 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for the nomination! And fab post too. xx

    1. paperbackadventures

      October 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you! 💜

  2. Hannah

    October 15, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you so much for the tag!! It’s so lovely to hear more about your blogging journey and I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying it 😊 plus you give some great advice! 💖
    – Hannah / https://hannnahsbookshelf.wordpress.com/

    1. paperbackadventures

      October 19, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you, lovely! 💜

  3. Erin

    October 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks for the nomination love, I’ll get a post etc. sorted for next week <3 xx

    1. paperbackadventures

      October 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Looking forward to your post (but no rush for it!) 💖

  4. Noly

    October 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Kelly – thanks so much for tagging me, that’s so sweet of you! It was nice reading about how your book blog journey started and honestly, reading your posts one could think you’ve been blogging about books for years and years! Keep doing what you do!! 🙂

    1. paperbackadventures

      October 19, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Noly! You’re so sweet 💖

  5. Amanda

    October 16, 2018 at 1:09 am

    I’m so glad that blogging helps your mental health! That is the best news ever! Also, I totally agree that planning helps. I also find that setting goals really helped me! I love seeing blog posts about how people plan book blogging, especially bullet journal posts!

    1. paperbackadventures

      October 19, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you! I love those posts as well, they’re the posts that have helped me the most when it came to starting my blog and creating content. I just wish I was creative enough for my own bullet journal, haha!

  6. Gemma Stringer

    October 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the advice. I have just started my blog and everyone says pick a niche and stick to that but I agree with you and I will write about what I want to so that I don’t get bored or uninterested, so for one week I can write about business, another week finance, another parenting and maybe a fashion post in their, thanks for inspiration and also it is lovely that you have such nice words for other bloggers.

    1. paperbackadventures

      October 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you for your comment! 💜
      I don’t want to say the people who pick a niche are wrong because that’s what works for them, but I definitely agree that you don’t need to pick a niche, there’s no requirement. As long as you enjoy what you’re writing about then that’s all that matters. You’ll never please everyone so definitely do what makes you happy and you’ll never be wrong.

  7. Sammy

    October 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you so much! 🙂 Need to get my post sorted for this.
    I enjoyed reading about how your blog started out, I think it’s interesting that a lot of people probably started out writing about one thing and end up changing. 🙂
    Sammy | selfcaresloth.wordpress.com

    1. paperbackadventures

      October 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Looking forward to reading your post!
      It is really interesting. I love how blogs evolve over time – it’s one of my favourite parts of following a blog to be able to see the changes in blogs and bloggers.

  8. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    October 29, 2018 at 9:11 am

    This is such fantastic advice, thank you for sharing it! I agree that it’s important to write about things we love and are passionate about, because like you said, it really shows, and in the end this whole blogging thing is for us before anyone else and we should remember that 🙂
    Lovely post! 🙂

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    November 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm

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