I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award the other day by Bernadette @ Spine Cracker. I always love getting tagged for these awards. They are so much fun and it’s wonderful to see that other bloggers recognize my work! If you can, definitely check out Spine Cracker. She’s specific to horror, thriller, and everything creepy, which I absolutely adore. I’ve never seen a blog out there focused solely on those genres, so it’s a refreshing take on the book blog!
I’ve been nominated for only two other awards before: The Sunshine Blogger Award and The Brotherhood of the World Award. It’s always so exciting to get some recognition for all of the hard work I put into my baby!
Blogger Recognition Award
Once you are nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, if you wish to accept your nomination, you must follow these rules:
- Generate a post about the award.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a brief story about how your blog began.
- Provide two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers.
- Select 15 blogs to nominate.
- Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post that you created about the award.
First off, I will say that I won’t be tagging 15 people. I will tag a shorter amount at the end of this post. I think 15 is just way too much!
How My Blog Began
Honestly, before this summer, I wasn’t even following any blogs or booktubers. I didn’t even have a clue about Bookstagram! I was completely clueless. Recently, I got back into hardcore reading (and by hardcore reading, I mean 5 to 10 books a month!) and wanted a place to really talk about these books that left a huge impact on me. I don’t have a lot of bookish friends, so I just went with it one day and started up my blog! I named it A Reader’s Journey because I want this blog to focus on my journey through literature. Books have always had such an impact on me emotionally, and I wanted to document how I evolve and change through the stories I read.
Blogging Advice from ME!
I am literally in no position to give advice, since I’ve only been doing this for about four months. But, I DO have some advice for those people who are thinking about starting a blog themselves.
- Don’t do this for money, fame or free books. Granted, these things may come in time, and they’re wonderful to have. But blogging is serious work. I spend AT LEAST one hour a day working on blog posts, images, or networking and marketing. It’s just too much work for something if you don’t love doing it for yourself. So much time and effort are involved in blogging, and it’s important to know that before jumping in.
- Find your own distinctive voice. I’m not sure if I’ve found my own yet, but I’m still working on it and finding myself as a writer. Don’t try to copy what others are doing. Sure, ideas and inspirations can come from other bloggers, but make sure that you make it your own. This blog is your brand and a representation of yourself. Make sure you treat it as such.
And that’s it! I tag: