Hey beautiful people!
Thank you so much Ashley @ Ashes Books & Bobs for nominating me! You’re such a lovely person and fantastic blogger! If you lot haven’t come across Ashley’s blog yet, you REALLY need to fix that. She has a vibrant personality and a blog with epic content. Make sure to check her site out!
This is my second time being nominated, the first time being back in 2017. It was funny going back and seeing my first nomination, since I felt “weird” giving blogging advice when I was still rather new. At least this time around, I feel a BIT more confident with my advice skills! If you’d like to see my first nomination post, click here!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- 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 (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Why Bookmark Your Thoughts started
Honestly, to find others who enjoy talking about books and to find my passion for reading again. After undergrad and masters, I had little desire to read for leisure … but I missed books at the same time. So, my roommate suggested starting a blog and voila! I also had a hard time finding people who loved talking about books as much as myself, especially when I left school and moved to Ottawa. Luckily, there’s quite a large number of you!
- Learn to say “no” and to “let go”: This is something that I just RECENTLY learned how to do. If you enjoy reading a bunch of ARCs or just enjoy reading books even if the content isn’t the best, then go ahead. But the big drawback for me my second year (2018) of blogging was feeling this compulsive need to say YES to every book review requests and to finish every book no matter how I felt about it. But really, I’m not getting paid for this … and this blog was meant to INSPIRE me to read again … not to run away. So remember … it’s okay to say “no” and to “let go”.
- The numbers don’t matter as much as you think they do: Obviously, some publishers and authors MAY look at your stats … but having a lower number of followers DOESN’T mean you aren’t going to get accepted for review requests and DOESN’T make you a “bad blogger”. I’m JUST hitting the 1K mark after 3 years on WordPress … and I have had SO MANY book review requests! Seriously, it’s insane. And NetGalley as approved a large number of my requests. Even when I first started, I was asked to review novels … I had less than 100 followers. I’ve asked some authors what drew them to my blog, to which most replied a combination of my aesthetics (book review layouts) and my writing style. NONE have ever mentioned followers. Rather than focusing on numbers and the quantity of your posts, I would focus on the quality.
BONUS. Reach out and connect: Honestly, this is PROBABLY one of the nicest and most supportive communities I’ve ever seen. Never think you aren’t BIG enough or NOT WORTH someone’s time. For the most part, all of us are here SIMPLY to find people who share a passion for reading … so take that chance and initiate a fun conversation … ask to do buddy reads or shared discussion posts … comment on others’ posts and start a discussion … just connect! You won’t regret it.
Like Ashley, I’m not nominating 15 people … sorry. But I will copy Ashley and nominate 6 bloggers!