Thank you so much to my friend E. from Local Bee Hunter’s Nook who tagged me in this fun tag! Please check out her blog because it’s one of my favorites out there ♥
1. Thank the blogger(s) 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 up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.
How the blog started
I had been reviewing books on goodreads for about a month and I realized I wanted to talk about books in a way that I couldn’t do in reviews, so I wanted to create my own space to have this freedom. Also, I’m not going to lie, I wanted to get into the business of receiving ARCs and it seemed best to do it while having a blog. I don’t think I thought too hard about it, I just kind of looked into what the best/easiest platform was and came up with a blog.
Advice for new bloggers
- Curate who you follow and think about social media. (This is probably two pieces of advice in one, but oh well.)
• Curate who you follow: you will be tempted to follow everyone in the hopes of a follow back, and that’s perfectly fine for building numbers. But it’s also okay to realize there are blogs that review books genres you aren’t interested in, or people whose tastes are completely different than your own, and it’s okay to not follow everyone.
• Think about social media: are you already on twitter/instagram? Are you ready to talk about your blog and your reading on your existing accounts, or is it better to start new ones? Do you want people you know IRL to be able to find your blog and see what you read? Is it safe for you (for example if you read a lot of queer books but you’re not out IRL)? I want you to think about these questions well when you get a blog, and come up with your own answers. Also: you don’t have to have either or both of those, you can also have none. I only have a twitter because instagram is too stressful for me, there’s no rule as long as you’re comfortable.
- Think about your content and what makes your blog unique. It’s perfectly fine to not know this right away, and your reading tastes are subject to change over the months and years. I didn’t know when I started that I was going to review mostly queer books, but once that became apparent I felt like I had so much more purpose and I could write my posts better because I knew that I had been creating myself an audience of mostly queer bloggers and readers who are interested in the same things as me. Not everyone needs to have a “specialization” but I think if you find your niche you’re more likely to have a comfortable blogging experience and to make friends because of it. People will also remember you and your blog better if they can associate you with a specific type of book, and know to come to you for specific recommendations. If numbers are what concerns you the most, finding a niche could be a double-edged sword, but even in niche spaces it’s entirely possible to gets lots of followers and views. Just: don’t get into blogging for the numbers.
Sorry if I tagged you and you were already tagged by someone else! Also if I haven’t tagged you and you want to do this, consider yourself tagged by me!