Wow, Thank you so much to Susan at Books From Dusk Till Dawn and Ali at Ali The Dragon Slayer, who have both been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award and in turn nominated me. A huge thanks to you both it’s a real honour. This is the first time my book blog has been nominated for any awards so I’m really pleased (insert big cheesy grin here)!
Rules of the Award
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How my Blog Started
My journey to being a book blogger has been quite long. I started my first ever blog in 2005, it was a general blog where I basically just rambled! There weren’t a lot of blogs back then, but I did ‘meet’ the person who is now one of my closest friends because of it, I was also featured in a newspaper feature about blogging (because it was almost unheard of back then)! Over the years, my blog evolved, changed, and I had a few breaks.
For several years I was a music blogger, writing about heavy metal, reviewing album, interviewing bands, it fit with my lifestyle, and my love of the music. I also worked for a few zines both print and online so I was really busy doing this. The problem was that the community whilst in the majority was supportive had a streak of evil in it. Band groupies that would threaten you if you gave a bad review and troll incessantly. I wasn’t the only person I know who got death threats over a review!
Now I have my mental health blog which I love writing, it helps me write my thoughts, cover topics that are close to my heart and keep in touch with people who are also dealing with mental illness. It was on this blog that the book blogging initially started. I wrote a couple of reviews and they were really popular. The more I wrote the more people ate them up. In the end I moved them over onto their own blog, here, and started to really focus on book blogging. I love the people, the community vibe, and that feeling when someone outside of the book blogging community says that your review has helped them pick their next book.
Advice for New Bloggers
1. Always remember to enjoy what you are doing, it can be hard sometimes when you have a lot going on in life and a lot of reviews to put out you can forget that you are doing this for fun and because you love books. When this happens just stop and take a break. This should never be a chore so keep that in mind.
2. Try not to take on too much. It’s easy with NetGalley to go on a request binge (we’ve all done it), try and remember, how many books you can realistically read in a week/month/year, remember that you will have books you have bought to read aswell. Don’t overwhelm yourself or my first bullet about not enjoying yourself may start to come in!
OK, I’ve seen loads of these going around so I’ve tried to pick people whose blog I love but haven’t already been nominated (I think)!
- Cleopatra @ Cleopatra Loves Books
- Suzanne @ Suzanne Rogerson
- Tracy @ Postcard Reviews
- By Hook or By Book
- Shelley @ Shelley Wilson
- Kristin @ Kristin’s Novel Cafe
- Karen @ My Reading Corner
- Cathy @ Between The Lines
- Danielle @ Books, Vertigo & Tea
- Renee @ It’s Book Talk
- Laura @ Snazzy Books
- Jenny @ Jenny In Neverland
- Adele @ KraftiReader
- Joanne @ Portobello Book Blog
- Lindsay @ BookBoodle
Again thanks so much for my nominations and thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend everyone.