Thanks to Erica at Erica Robyn Reads for nominating me! This is a fun tag and I like that it focuses on how/ why we started a blog, as well as providing tips for new bloggers. So let's begin, shall we?
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
Then comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.
I'm going to go with Erica's thoughts on this one- I really don't like leaving a notification in comments, because I know some bloggers might not appreciate that. And to be honest I've done a few of these tags and frankly I can't remember who I've nominated over the last few years and there are so many blogs I love now. So if you want to do this one- consider yourself tagged. I know it's supposed to be a recognition so I am tagging fifteen bloggers below- but really I wish I could tag all of you!
I started my blog because I wanted a place where I could talk books. I've always loved to read, but also to discuss the books I love- and like many bloggers, there really wasn't anyone in real life to do that with. So when I discovered the book blogging community, I was pretty excited to jump into it. Who knew there were so many like- minded people? And Goodreads? Seriously? Where's that been all of my life? Although TBH I don't use it nearly enough.
As a kid I always had a book. Even on family trips, I'd read all the way. I'd read books over and over, and one of the joys of life was discovering a new bookstore, or a used bookshop. Man you couldn't drag me out of those places. My early love of fantasy/ SF was probably born in a used bookstore somewhere, with entire shelves full of amazing covers and the sense of- what if. What if there was more to life than our mundane existence? Most of us will never really travel the stars, or go back in time, or face a dragon- but if you read, you just may.
Don't worry about numbers. Every blogger has a unique voice, their own take. The blogosphere will accomodate all of them- if you love books and pour your passion into your blog, people will come. Having said that though, you have to reach out to get noticed. When I started blogging I did a lot of visiting and commenting- I still try to- and it's been rewarded with some amazing friendships and regular visits to my blog- which frankly still blows my mind. People come to read my stuff?? I remember those first few comments- what a rush! And I love commenting on my favorite blogs too (or discovering a new one)- because friendships are two way street.
Be yourself. Again, everyone has their voice. Be yours. There are some bloggers out there with huge audiences, thousands of followers, social media up the yin- yang. That's okay, you don't need to be them. You gotta be patient. Visit, learn, make connections. Share your passions- your favorites. People will follow your unique voice, not someone who impersonates or riffs off another blogger. Your niche is what people come to value.
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