Today, I’m excited because I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award for the 2nd time!
A special thanks to Roda over at Growing Self for nominating me! If you haven’t visited her blog before, I highly recommend it! She’s always writing inspirational posts and letting us have a look into her life. I enjoy reading her blog every day.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Since this is the second time I’ve been nominated for the award, I’m copying/pasting my answers from the first time!
How I Started Blogging
I started writing more and more book reviews about 3 years ago. I joined a couple of author-specific review crews and also the Cozy Mystery Review Crew on Facebook (now there’s also The Review Crew as well which focuses on more than just cozy mysteries). Then, approximately a year and a half ago, a little less than that, but that’s close enough, I joined NetGalley. When I joined NetGalley, I decided that I wanted to create a book blog so that all of my reviews could be found in one place. I also wanted a place for the occasional “life musing” that came to me. The first 6-8 months, I floundered a bit, trying to get a rhythm while fighting with my depression and anxiety, but since December or January, I’ve done much better at posting regularly and have started incorporating Book Tags, Author Interviews, Blog Tours, and other bookish things besides straight reviews. I now post an average of 3-4 times per week depending on what book I’m reading and what else is going on in life.
My Advice to New Bloggers
1) Find something you’re passionate about to concentrate on for your blog. If you’re not passionate about your subject, you’re going to get to the point where writing a post is just a drag and then it becomes harder and harder to make yourself post. Pretty soon, you’ve stopped blogging all together. It took me three tries to finally make a blog that I feel great about posting on and that I enjoy doing. I suppose given the fact that I am a librarian, I should have stumbled onto book blogging long before I did, but oh well. 🙂
2) When you first start out, try to blog every day. You may not settle into a daily posting routine, but you should try it at first to try and get your rhythm going. I didn’t do that and I really floundered the first few months. Now, I’ve settled into posting, on average, 3-4 times per week. I’ve made myself a separate blogging calendar on Google Calendar so I can spread out my reviews, giving me adequate time to read them, while still fitting other posts in around them. It works for me. You’ll find your own rhythm eventually. 🙂
If any of my nominees have been nominated too many times or just don’t want to do pass on nominations, no worries!! 🙂 I’ve chosen the ten of you because I appreciate your blogs and you!
- Miss Madelyn’s Library Programming
- Zuky, the Book Bum
- Wonderless Reviews
- Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50
- Birdie’s Bookworm
- The Orangutan Librarian
- Books and Biscuits
- The Reading Chick
- Once Upon a Spine
- Always Trust in Books
Thank you again to Roda for nominating me!