Thank you so much to Dora at Swift Coffee for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Please check out her blog; she posts some great reviews and articles all about books!
Check out “take one” of this award here!
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- 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 on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide the link to the post you’ve created.
How My Blog Began:
I answered this question in my “take one” of this award, but I do have a little to add to my previous answer. Originally, I started this blog as a way of sharing my short stories and poems. It was a creative outlet, and something that I really enjoyed doing, but, recently, I’ve been taking my blog in a bit of a different direction. I renamed it, calling it “A Literary Life” instead of “A Writer’s Beginning”. More recently, I decided to remove my short stories from the site. I no longer see it as a place where I want to share my stories; it is a place where I want to talk about books.
This is not a new direction; “A Literary Life” has been a book blog for a little while now, but removing my creative writing was a really big step for me. I didn’t do this because I’m going to stop writing, but because I don’t want to feel obligated to write anymore. I’ve been feeling so guilty about the fact that I haven’t been able to post any of my writing recently, and that’s been playing on my mind. I don’t want to feel that way; I want to write because I enjoy it. So, in answer to how my blog began… well, it’s been a journey, but I now have a fully-fledged book blog.
If you originally followed my blog for my writing, then I’m afraid I won’t be posting any more of it (at least in the near future). Feel free to unfollow me if you are not interested in following a book blog – I won’t hold a grudge!
My Blogging Advice:
- If there’s one thing that I know for certain, it’s that you shouldn’t let blogging become an obligation. It can be a lot of fun, but it can also become a chore. An easy way to avoid this is to write about what you enjoy. Write about what you care about; that way, you’ll want to keep your blog up to date. You’ll want to write posts, because you’ll genuinely enjoy doing it.
- I would also suggest that, in order to get the most out of blogging, you shouldn’t fixate on your statistics. It can be easy to check your “stats” page on a daily basis, and for businesses, or those versed in marketing, this can be extremely useful. At the same time, though, spending too much time looking at your figures can get you down. You’ll wonder why you don’t have as many followers as someone else, and ask yourself whether you’re doing something wrong. You’re not. It takes time to build up a blog, and worrying about your statistics won’t help anything.
- Kathy at Books and Munches.
- Elaine at Elaine Howlin.
- Larissa at Book Bosomed Blonde.
- Caidyn at BW Reviews.
- Shanah at Bionic Book Worm.
- Justine at I Should Read That.
- Sara at the Bibliophagist.
- Hannah at Sprinkled With Words.
- Deb at the Book Stop.
- Shalini at Shalini’s Books and Reviews.
- Eline at Lovely Audiobooks.
- Casey at Love Books and Writing.
- Beth at Escape from Reality.
- Dani at Touch my Spine Book Reviews.
- Stephanie at Adventures of a Bibliophile.
To my nominees: there is absolutely no obligation to take part in this award if you do not want to. If nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your wonderful work! To everyone else: if you’re reading this post and want to take part in this award, then consider yourself nominated.
Thanks for reading!