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!
- 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.
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.
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.
- The Self-Care Sloth
- Sleepy Sam Reads
- Howling Libraries
- Bookish Pisces
- Roachie’s Reviews
- Hannah’s Bookshelf
- All The Trinkets
- The Artsy Reader
- Princess of Pages
- Trendy Simple Life