The Blogger Recognition Award Number Two || Tags & Awards

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!

The Rules

  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 (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!

Advice

  1. 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”.
  2. 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.Β 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.

The Nominees

Like Ashley, I’m not nominating 15 people … sorry. But I will copy Ashley and nominate 6 bloggers!

Drizzle & Hurricane Books (Marie & Nyx) | A Book. A Thought. |Β Purely Olivia |Β  Kristin Kraves Books | Literature and Sunshine | Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews


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25 thoughts on “The Blogger Recognition Award Number Two || Tags & Awards

  1. Congratulations on the nomination!
    I still need to learn how to say “no”. I do pretty well saying no to some of the review requests that come through the blog, but I can’t resist the pretty covers on NetGalley. I just managed to get my numbers / reviews in order, and ruined it by requesting even more ARCs. I need to learn how to stay strong and not browse NetGalley for hours every day. πŸ˜€

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  2. I love and agree with what you said in this post SO much, Jenna!! I think it’s really important to know your limits when it comes to saying yes and reviewing things. I’ve always felt terrible saying no to book review requests, but for me, reading and blogging is something that I want to enjoy, and if a book doesn’t seem right to me then I don’t want to read and review it just so that I won’t feel bad for saying no haha! πŸ’•

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  3. This post really reached my heart, I think and share many of your thoughts, honey! πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ»
    Thank you SO much for tagging me, I’d love to do it myself, although I don’t know if I’ll have better advice, yours are perfect 😍
    Recently I’ve begun to understand that saying “no” is really healthy and necessary at times, I usually feel very bad for not being able to support all the authors who kindly contact me to send me their books, but hey, I must understand that I cannot do everything, I’m a simple mundane lol. So from now on I understand that I must first be comfortable myself and feel more relaxed about it, and then if I’m really interested in a book, finally say “yes” 😊

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    1. Thank you, love!!

      Oh I’m sure you will! You have a fantastic blog so I bet you have LOTS of words of wisdom!

      I think it’s because we are always taught growing up to say yes and do things … when we should’ve been taught it’s okay to say no and to take care of ourselves.

      Good on you for doing that! It’s good to make sure you have FUN with this blog and not feel stressed out!

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  4. Thanks for the nomination! πŸ˜€ Learning to say no is very good advice. I feel like people think they need to say yes to everything because it’s what is going to get them popular, etc. etc. but I think that’s way to really hate blogging. Blogging should be fun and exciting, not a job! πŸ™‚

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    1. Of course πŸ˜‰

      I think we are also just taught at SUCH a young age that we need to say YES all the time … or we are selfish for thinking about our own wants more than others’. That in combination with thinking this is a “MUST” as a blogger doesn’t help. But I’m glad to see that a lot of bloggers out there are getting better at using the word NO.πŸ˜€

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  5. Congrats on the nomination, love!! ❀ The advice you gave is so helpful! I honestly struggle a lot with saying no in terms of my blogging and personal life. I hate the feeling of disappointing others! But, like you said, I've learned to love blogging for what it is, and not to stress too much about saying no to certain book review requests, going on a few hiatuses, and blogging when it suits me and my schedule best! Wonderful post! ❀

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    1. Thank you, darlin’ ❀ ❀ ❀ Such a sweetheart.

      I was JUST typing a comment to someone saying how we're taught all of our lives NOT to say no, since it makes us selfish beings. So this doesn't help with blogging at all. But it's a good habit to get into and to realize you're only human and that this is for fun.

      I'm glad you are still enjoying the blogging life and learning to focus on YOUR needs ❀ it took me TOO long to realize that, but ever since I started having that mindset, blogging has become WAY more fun ❀

      Thanks again, darlin'!

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  6. Thank you so much for the nomination, Jenna!❀️

    Wow, I love your advice so much! It’s still so hard for me to say no, but what you said about this being a hobby and being here so that I’m inspired to read really resonated with me. Next time I’m on the edge about something and feeling like I’m letting someone down, I’m going to remember that! Thank you. <33

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  7. Thank you so, so much for the nomination, Jenna! ❀ ❀ ❀
    I love all of your advice so much and, every day I'm still learning and trying to say no, to let go of some things and not to get to obsessed by numbers. It's complicated, it's anxiety-inducing sometimes, but when I manage to let go, it feels like the best thing ever haha. ❀

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  8. Congrats on the nomination! Well deserved. πŸ™‚

    Point number 2 is important for sure. NetGalley gets overwhelming when publishers have criteria like “must have at least 1000 followers, send us your twitter, facebook, instagram, linkedin, every profile you’ve ever made, and any sites that have featured your reviews”

    O_O

    And yet, I got approved for Random House the other day despite having nowhere near any of that. Getting hung up on the numbers to measure your success takes the joy out of it!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Oh my gosh yes … I wasn’t getting accepting for some time with NetGalley but now they seem to be. And it’s not like my followers have increased more. They actually said it was because they liked the quality of my reviews, which was nice to hear since that’s what it’s really about in my opinion.

      And see?? Totally don’t need a bunch of followers. I just got accepted by Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates and Tor Teen, which is a pretty big company. And I don’t have nearly as many followers as others do.

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