I was tagged for the BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD by the Perfectly Tolerable Brittany. If you haven’t already, you need to check out her blog.
- 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 to new bloggers
- Select 15 other bloggers you’d like to give this award to
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, providing a link to the post you’ve created
How my blog started:
My lil’ piece of the blogosphere was born on May the 7th 2018, so almost four months old. I have followed book bloggers for years, and written reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for a long time too.
Then one day I randomly mentioned to a friend, that hey… I should totally start a book blog. This was one of those moments where I wasn’t really being serious, until I said it out loud. As I spoke the words I realised I really wanted to. So, I started doing a lot of research, followed more book bloggers, wrote more reviews etc etc. This was over 1 year ago. In March my boyfriend and a close friend asked me why I hadn’t started yet. And my answer was the same as always, I wanted to do more research so I knew how to handle it.
At the time I was studying full time so my boyfriend sat me down and was like: “you can study forever, Bibi, and you’ll still not know everything. So, go for it now that you have the time“. And I did. And let me just tell you this, he was right! It helped me so much to start when I really had the time to get into it, and no amount of research could have prepared me for this journey!
When I started I had like 80+ reviews waiting to be uploaded, so I started back dating reviews. This way it felt less cluttered to me, and it matched the day I read the book. I know it makes it look like my blog have existed longer than it actually have, so don’t be fooled by that.
Advice #1 – Don’t be afraid to change your mind.
When I started my blog, I had a clear picture in mind. I wanted to write book reviews and recommendations. Buuuttttt if you look through my blog, you’ll see a lot of tags, nominations and other personal things. That was me changing my mind, and for me its working out great.
At the beginning I thought I’d just undertake some kind of reviewer persona, and then let that be it. Like the Zorro of the book blogging. Masked and unidentifiable.
But I quickly realised, that wasn’t what I wanted. I want to know the people I interact with. And I want them to know me! For me tags have proven such a good way of doing this, because believe it or not, I can be really shy and have a hard time opening up. But when I’m prompted with questions, it’s a lot easier.
Advice #2 – Do to others as you would have them do to you.
I’m not normally in the habit of quoting the bible. Firstly, because I’m not Christian or a believer in anything really. Secondly, religion, just like politics, is a ticking bomb to bring up.
That aside I’m giving this advice because though it should be, and to many are, self explanatory, many are not all. And from what I have experienced like 80% of the blogging community is so awesome, nice, friendly, helpful and just great to be around. So don’t be part of the last 20%, and don’t get sucked into unnecessary drama. For many of us, blogging is a hobby. And to some its even a part or full time job. Which makes it important that we all do our part, to make it a great place to be.