Such a big thank you to Perfectly Tolerable for tagging me for this. My heart is always so warmed when I get tagged for awards. It’s so sweet, and you’re the best.
- Thank the person who nominated you and include their link
- Give a brief explanation of how your blog began
- Give some advice to new bloggers
- Name ten nominees and include their links
- Tag your nominees on Twitter to let them know
How it Began
Honestly, I don’t have a big story to tell. The truth is that I’ve always loved books, and I joined GoodReads in 2016 but quickly forgot about it and was AWOL for a while. I came back across GoodReads (though I don’t remember why) in October of last year, and got to do some more exploring than I had initially. And I loved it! The groups, the challenges, the reviews, etc. I was obsessed. I started adding people, which led to a lot more reviews being on my feed. It had honestly never really occurred to me to publicly review any of my reads. After looking over others’ though, I knew I wanted to. So, I started posting them for the books I was reading, and I was having a lot of fun. But they were kind of hard to keep up with, so I decided I wanted to find somewhere that I could archive all of my posts. I had a great bookish friend at the time who kept a blog, and she pretty much just recommended it to me. So, I made this account in January of 2018! And here we are now.
Advice to New Bloggers
- Keep at it. Sometimes it might feel discouraging putting so much work into something that doesn’t get a ton of feedback. BUT when someone comments on your post to tell you that they loved your review, you’ll have never felt better.
- Find yourself through your posts. You might be a specific type of blogger (book, fashion, lifestyle, etc.) but you may still be trying to figure out what kind of posts work for you. That’s totally fine! It takes a little while to figure out what kind of content and layouts you’re most comfortable with.
- Take breaks. Creating content can be really exhausting. For instance, I was supposed to post something else today, but I already had to write a 7 page paper this morning and I really don’t have the extra energy to give to write a fun post. It happens sometimes, and it’s totally OK to take a pause if you’re already overwhelmed in your every day life and you feel like you’re putting more energy into it than you can spare! I took three months off from this blog at the beginning of the year, even though I had just started it. I had a lot of mental health issues and didn’t feel much like putting the energy into it. The great thing about the blogging community is that nearly everyone is really supportive, so it felt like I never left when I came back. Don’t stress over your blog! It’s supposed to be fun.