Hey, everybody! It’s time to do the Blogger Recognition Award. I was nominated by Alex @ MyBookWorld (thank you, Alex, for tagging me).You all need to check their blog out and follow ’em asap!
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.
So, how did I start my blog?
Storytime! But it’s not really an interesting story lol.
I had started reading YA books in 2018 when I was unwell. And then I just kept reading a lot of books because I didn’t want to think about the real-life problems that were knocking on my door lol. I love reading and I know I’ve become a better person because of the books and I’ve learned SO MANY THINGS about the world and people and everything and I am very thankful that there are these amazing authors who try to make the world better by writing these amazing and eye-opening stories… but I had to do something if I had to keep reading. I just couldn’t read and feel guilty about wasting my time and money when I could be productive even though I know that’s not how it works?? Ugh, it feels like y’all are gonna hate me or something now. But that’s how I felt, and it was probably because I was stuck at home with nothing but these books and I had to do something.
So, I started this blog. To feel productive. The name’s been inspired by a chapter (called Poets & Pancakes by Asokamitran) in my English book of twelfth grade. I just loved the name for some reason, and when I started this blog, that’s what I had in my mind. I love my blog’s name but I sometimes wonder if anybody thinks where pancakes 🥞 are?
I’ve probably bored you all to tears. Before you guys unfollow me, let’s move on.
My advice to new bloggers
I’m probably not the right person to give advice because I’ve barely figured anything out myself, but there are a few things I would like to say.
I believe it’s very important to know why you’re blogging. I started my blog without any idea what I was doing, and I hadn’t even seen other bloggers who were writing about books. It didn’t work out well for me lmao and I had to change a lot of things..but we evolve. So, I think it’s important to know your purpose.
Sticking to writing about something you’re actually passionate about is important too! If you don’t do it, you’ll get bored with blogging, won’t feel like posting as often as you want to, and won’t feel motivated no matter what. It adds to the unnecessary stress that you can totally eliminate.
Also, make friends (even if you’re shy): I am a very shy person, especially online. Believe me, I used to disappear for days when someone would comment on my blog posts. It sounds funny but I used to question everything I said in my replies if I ever had a comment. I used to triple-check my grammar and everything. I used to visit other blogs but I never commented on any of their posts no matter how much I adored them. It was really difficult but I’ve found that it becomes easier with time. I think it’s important to hear someone say that it’s okay to take your time while blogging, especially if you think your blog is important to you. Don’t rush.
Other than that, I think it’s pretty important to find your voice, be original, use relevant tags for more likes, and make a lot of friends!
I wanna tag these amazing people (it’s okay if awards aren’t your thing but I just wanna tell you all that I love your blogs so much 💓):
1. Suzan @MagicalBookLush
2. Kat @KBBookReviews
3. Rain @TheWithering
4. Emer @ALittleHazeBookBlog
6. Kayla @KaylasWordsmithy
7. Kathryn @MetaphorsandMiscellanea
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