Hello beautiful people!
Firstly, I want to give a big thanks to the amazing blogger FNM for nominating me! This blog is wonderful, with an even more remarkable blogger. The information is plentiful and useful; I always find the reviews wonderfully done! There are also a great number of fun discussion and “how to” posts which I truly appreciate as a new blogger. Go over and check it out when you have the chance…such as now!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment (or ping) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How I started Bookmark Your Thoughts
Honestly, I never intended to create a blog. It started when I began struggling with getting into book reading after graduate school. There was about two years where I read at most five books a year (not including manga). Reading suddenly became a chore, which really bothered me. I’ve always been a lover of literature; it’s part of my identity. I felt at a loss with what I connected to. Dramatic, I know. But I can’t help how I feel.
In late 2016, one of my friends from my masters program (a fellow librarian) mentioned I should try a book reading challenge, such as POPSUGAR or Goodreads. As I was browsing what other people read, I started noticing all these fun book blogs! I’d already been following some fitness and food ones, but I never realized how big the book blogging community was. I came across two really astounding blogs: Books & Cupcakes and Hot Shot Headlines. After talking with Laura Beth about blogging a bit (who’s SUPER friendly) and seeing the fun book pictures from Books & Cupcakes (they’re beautiful), I decided to revamp my Tumblr and WordPress accounts and attempt blogging (I had a WordPress account from school but never did anything with it). After that, reading books not only became fun again but it became an addiction! I felt the desire to read again so I could share my love of reading and my thoughts on literature to the world! And the more I began to talk with all of you, the more I became so glad I decided to start a book blog.
So…not really brief “brief” story…ha-ha!
Advice for New Bloggers
I think I’m a new blogger, but I’ll give this advice thing a go:
- Make connections! I’m not necessarily talking about with authors and publishers and what not. Obviously you should try, but I’m referring to the other bloggers. One of the things I truly love is taking the time to read other peoples’ posts and commenting. Reaching out and making friends here is such a wonderful experience! It makes it so much more worth while. I never have time to read everything that everyone posts, so I try to make sure I read ONE thing from as many bloggers as I can or I pick two days of the week where I read as much as possible. Comment, talk, share, have fun!
- Have something that makes your blog stick out. Some people have really cool ideas, ones that lots of people can join in. Pick something that makes your blog unique but also is something you’re passionate about. For me, it was book banning, which started my “Let’s Talk Banned Books” posts. I believe in freedom to read, hence my desire to start these; the cool thing is people seem to actually like them! Woot! So find something and go for it! You don’t have to just do reviews; do what you want!
Bonus Point: Have fun! This is for fun after all! If you need a break, take one. Don’t feel bad for not posting everyday, I certainly don’t! Take baby steps and go from there. Remember to enjoy blogging.
…can I also just nominate you all?! I just love all the book bloggers here!!
Thank you all for reading!