I am absolutely shocked, humbled and very, very honoured to have been nominated for this award by so many fabulous bloggers, all of whom were very deservedly nominated themselves. So thank you to Abbie from Bloomin’ Brilliant Books, Sharon from Chapter In My Life, Sonya at A Lover Of Books, Lorraine from The Book Review Cafe, Emma at Emma The Little Bookworm, Emma at Emma’s Bookish Corner and Tracey at Compulsive Readers. Thank you, you lovely ladies. It really means a lot to me.
Now there are a few bits of housekeeping to be done before I can raise my award high so let me continue…
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 a link to the post you created.
How did I start blogging?
Well. Here’s the thing. About twelve months ago, I had no idea that book blogging was really a thing, never mind how many of us there were out there. I had only really got back into reading in the past couple of years after a very long break and computers and the internet were a necessary evil for work, not something I wanted to make a hobby.
I had been following a certain author on Twitter and they mentioned CrimeFest which kind of piqued my interest. I thought that it sounded an interesting way to spend a weekend so booked up and went along with literally no expectations whatsoever other than finding out more about Crime Books and publishing etc from the panels. After speaking to a few people there, and the excitement of gaining Hugh Fraser, aka Captain Hastings from TVs Poirot as a Twitter follower, I started to wonder if maybe blogging was something I could get into. I thought I might be a little late to the party but I’d been reviewing on Good Reads and just recently started using NetGalley so thought I had nothing to lose. If nothing else it was a way to organise my reviews and thoughts.
When I caught wind of another brand new blog from someone who claimed to be as techophobic as I was, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. I looked up a few blog sites, WordPress, Blogspot etc, took a punt one weekend and the blog was born.
Not sure if I should thank or curse Abbie over at Bloomin’ Brilliant Books for inspiring me. Only kidding. It’s thank (I think). I’ve loved being part of this community and wouldn’t look back. I’ve found so many brilliant authors through this journey and made some great bookish friends. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves books.
Two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Do it for you. Don’t worry about other blogs, other bloggers or even what stats you get. Sure it’s nice to build up followers and it helps to spread the word about the books you love but always make your blog for you first and foremost. Don’t put pressure on yourself to take part in meme of the day unless that’s your thing. Don’t worry your reviews are too short, too long, too sparse, too detailed. Just write what you feel and it will shine through in your post. You will create a feeling of being unique by just being yourself. There are hundreds of us with different tastes and different styles and that’s just fabulous. It would be horrendous if we were all exactly the same.
- Pace yourself and do not over commit. It’s flattering as hell to get asked to review a book but unless you have all the time in the world and no other commitments, it’s very easy to over promise and end up putting undue pressure on yourself. And only take books you want to read. Honesty is important at all times and it’s bloody hard work finding something positive to say about a book you didn’t enjoy because it’s just not your genre, plus it won’t help the author or the potential reader either. If you’re like the rest of us you probably have a very busy personal life and this should always come first. Never, ever let blogging make you feel guilty. By taking part you are spreading book love and you should be proud of that, however much or little time you have to champion the cause.
That’s probably just slightly over two bits of advice isn’t it? Oopsie. My bad.
Now for the impossible bit. Nominating 15 other blogs. Impossible, not because there aren’t any really good blogs out there, impossible because there are just too many to cut the list back to 15.
Without a doubt, the ladies who nominated me deserve all the praise and recognition in the world as they are simply brilliant and work tirelessly supporting the bookish cause.
Sharon at Chapter In My Life
Lorraine at The Book Review Cafe
Abbie at Bloomin’ Brilliant Books
Tracey at Compulsive Readers
Emma at Emma The Little Bookworm
Sonya at A Lover of Books
Emma at Emma’s Bookish Corner
So in addition to those wonderfully talented ladies and in the spirit of the award, here are the 15 brilliant blogs that I feel provide a great variety of genre and blogging styles and choices, so you should hopefully find your next favourite blog here.
Emma at damppebbles
Jo at My Chestnut Reading Tree
Amy at Novel Gossip
Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me
Kate at The Quiet Knitter
Claire and Noelle at crimebookjunkie
Sarah at By The Letter Book Reviews
Kate at Bibliophile Book Club
Renee at It’s Book Talk
Hayley at Rather Too Fond Of Books
Donna at ChocolateNWaffles
Kristin at Kristin’s Novel Cafe
Rachel at Rachel’s Random Reads
Susan at The Book Trail
Kaisha at The Writing Garnet
But you really need to check out these guys too as they are fab: Linda’s Book Bag; Liz Loves Books; Ronnie Turner; The Belgian Reviewer; Off The Shelf Books; Random Things Through My Letterbox… Oh I could go on and on. Did I cheat a bit there? Meh. I never did like rules much 😉
Happy reading all and much bookish love to all my fellow bloggers.