I was nominated by the lovely Rylee @ Hermit Odysseus for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thanks to Rylee, and if you haven’t yet checked out her blog, she’s got great reviews on there and a professional layout that I will never stop envying. Basically, what I’m trying to say is, get over there and give that blog some love.
So I’ve dragged my feet a bit on this post, in part because this is a tag that involves giving advice about blogging…and as we all know, I’m the first person you should be consulting for that. Ahem.
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- 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 want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
I outlined my very first review, of Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Wings and Ruin, one day when I was bored in class. When I got home, it was a quick job of typing the whole 1600-word shebang (I had a lot of thoughts on that book) on Goodreads. I sat back and thought that hey, that had actually been pretty fun. Several more followed in the coming months, until I realised that I’d always wanted to start a blog and now already had the material for it. Plus, it would be nice to collect all my reviews in one place. And thus Serendipitous Reads was born in July 2017 under its original name of ‘Lowbrow or Literary?’.
1. Write what YOU want to write.
Along the lines of Rylee’s first piece of advice to write for you, don’t get hung up on what other bloggers are doing. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of trying to conform to other writers’ standards. In some ways, blogging is like creative writing, and the importance of doing what you’re comfortable with is one of those ways. Unless you’re trying to make money out of your blog, in which case you should probably have picked a topic more lucrative than books, there’s no correct way to blog. If you want to write purely long, analytical reviews, do it. If you want to participate in Top 5 Wednesdays or Top 10 Tuesdays, go for it. If you want to do loads and loads of book tags, that’s okay too! You’re much more likely to enjoy and in turn continue blogging if you write for yourself.
2. If you’re allergic to Photoshop, Canva.com is your best friend.
Do a bit of blog hopping, and you might feel like every book blogger has the most beautiful, amazing, jaw-dropping graphics and all you have is a WordPress basic theme. While aesthetics are by no means a requirement for blogging, they can be a great way to enhance your content. If you have no idea how to use Photoshop, GIMP and the like, Canva.com is a free and highly intuitive tool to get you started with some simple graphics. Almost all of mine were made there!
3. Everyone appreciates comments!
I’ve been blogging for over a year and still get a warm, fuzzy feeling whenever I get the notification that someone stopped by my blog and cared enough to leave a comment sharing their thoughts. Many bloggers would rather write a post with a few comments and likes than one with dozens of likes but no interaction, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment, even if it says nothing more than ‘great review’. The book blogging community are an incredibly kind bunch, and as long as you remain respectful no one will take offence to your opinions. Plus commenting is a great way to connect with other book lovers while increasing visibility of your own blog. It’s a win-win.
Tagging a loooot of people this time round to spread the love. Don’t feel any obligation to make a post if I nominate you!
Paige @ Bookish Paige | Charleigh @ Charleigh Writes | Noyontara @ Noyontara’s Reviews | Jennifer @ Sleeping Suburb | Becky @ Velvet Spade Reads | Beth @ Reading Every Night | Brianna @ Brianna the Bookworm | Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books | Aurora @ Aurora Librialis | Mariam @ Book Mania | Jess & Teagan @ Fictionnochaser | Purple Manatees | Amy @ Bookish Heights | Tess @ thethumbedpageblog | Hamad @ The book prescription
What advice would you give to new bloggers just starting out? (And also to me, because even though I’ve been at this business for a year, I secretly don’t have any idea what I’m doing.) Is there anything you’ve learned that most people might not know about? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below!
As usual, all the thanks for reading. ❤