This tag was floating around a lot a few months ago, and I know I am missing at least one person who nominated me for this award. I was in the middle of updating my blogging notebook and wasn’t on top of my list of the tags and awards still in my queue.
If you did tag me in this award then let me know and I can add a link to your original post in mine.
In the meantime I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Sammie at Bookshelves & Biros, Izzi at Ravenclaw Book Club, and Jill at Rant and Rave About Books. Thanks so much everyone for nominating me for this award. Everyone should definitely check out their original posts which I’ve linked to, and while you’re there check out their blogs as well.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
How my Blog Started.
I’ve already mentioned this once or twice before but I actually had three other blogs before I started Reading Every Night. All three fizzled out for a variety of reasons; there was no clear direction behind what I was posting, I had difficulty managing my everyday life with posting reviews, and I am a terrible procrastinator—which probably played the biggest role in why none of my other blogs lasted more than a few months.
But even after I stopped posting on my third attempt at a blog I knew I wanted to start again. This time however I came up with a set plan as to what I wanted to blog about and how I wanted to format my reviews and posts. Basically I had a plan this time around. Then all I needed to do was come up with a name—there’s no real story or deeper meaning behind why I picked Reading Every Night, I just played around with different phases that contained the words ‘books’ or ‘reading’ until I found one that fit.
Now the reason I started this blog when I did was because I wanted people to talk to about my favourite books. If you’ve been following me for a while now the you will know that I can read books quite quickly, my friends on the other hand either aren’t interested in the same books I am or they aren’t as quick to read them. Around November two things happened; the first was that I started a new series which quickly became a favourite of mine – The Bone Season – and the second was that the last book in The Lunar Chronicles series was due to be released very soon. I was so excited about both series that I needed someone to talk to about them, my friends had read either series and weren’t really planning to anytime soon so I knew I had to start a blog just to talk to someone about why I was so excited for both books.
My Advice for New Bloggers.
- First is that blogging is not a job.
Yes blogging is time consuming and it takes a fair bit of effort as well, but you shouldn’t treat it like a job because, in my opinion, that’s the quickest way to become disillusioned with it. The main reason I can think of as to why Reading Every Night hasn’t fizzled out the way my other blogs did is because I love it so much and it does feel like a chore the way my actual job can at times.
- Second, and this is one I’m not too good at myself, is not to be afraid to take a break every so often.
If you don’t feel like posting anything one night, or if your everyday life has gotten in the way and you don’t have time to reply to comments or finish reading that book then don’t feel pressured to. I think everyone worries about being forgotten, or worries about their stats going down, but everyone on WordPress knows that it takes a lot of time each day to write, post and comment and if you don’t have the time the world won’t end.
Like I said though this is something I’m bad at. I worry all the time about my stats, about people hating me if I don’t reply to their comments the same day. I feel guilty when I don’t post something but I just don’t have the time or the energy to post every single day. Everyone is the same, everyone needs to take breaks now and again.
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- Cat at The Book Finch
- Chrissie at Bloggin’ & Writing
- Donna at ChocolatenWaffles’ Blog
- Emma at After Butterfly Rain
- Gina at Rattle the Stars
- Hilary at Songs Wrote My Story
- Jacquie at Rattle the Stars
- Lauren at Lauren’s Page Turners
- Louise at Genie Reads
- Melissa at BookNerdMoMo
- Sam at Sam’s Life in Books
- Stephanie at Teacher of YA Book Blog
- The Jouska Blog
- Yasaman at Following Muses