I’m a blogger and I like being recognised! And Marina at Books of Magic knew both these things and so has nominated me for this award!
Thank you Marina! Or ‘ta muchly!’ It should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway… check out Marina’s blog. She is awesome and her blog matches that awesomeness.
- Thank you 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’d like to give this award to
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, providing a link to the post you’ve created
Ok, here we go…
Once upon a time a man and a woman loved each other very much and when they were ready they decided to visit the magical stork to ask for a baby.
“Please give us a child,” the said, “with hair as black as ebony and skin as white snow and lips as red as rubies. Make her kind and compassionate and give her the ability to commune with nature.”
“Sure,” said the stork and that couple got Snow White.
Once upon a time another man and a woman who loved each other very much, had premarital sex and the woman got pregnant.
“Ok,” the man said looking at the positive stick, “let’s just hope it doesn’t have my family’s ears or dodgy genetic history with serious diseases.”
“Sure,” said Mother Nature as she eavesdropped, “but I’m going to give it both those things.” And that couple got Gerry.
Gerry grew up with hair that was a very very dark brown and pale as f*ck skin that burnt in the weakest sunlight and lips that were only as red as rubies when she used her favourite Revlon lipstick. Her ability to commune with nature was also sub-par but she eventually got a cat to talk to.
It didn’t take anyone long to realise that Gerry was not going to be enjoying the great outdoors or mud fights or sports. She would sit inside in the shade and read book after book after book. The school librarian would exclaim, “You can’t be reading this many books! You’re finishing one book each night!”
Gerry would lean across the counter, “Keep them coming, Janet” and looked furtively around as she slid her library card across the top.
One day, many many many years later, when Gerry had come to acknowledge that she was a Grown Up, she realised that she was happy and proud to be someone who loved books and reading. Her arms would fling themselves in crazy enthusiasm every time she spoke about characters she liked or hated, she would find herself getting desperate for the next book in the series she had started, she would tremble in anticipation every time a movie or TV show adaptation of a book was being produced.
“I need to nerd out,” she said one day to her little black cat who immediately turned her head away and ignored her. “I need to find fellow book enthusiasts who will enjoy the same things I enjoy. I need to be weird on the internet.”
And so she decided to embark on a new venture and stumbled into the murky world of book blogging.
Or alternatively I just really wanted to start a book blog and one day decided I would.
Seriously I shouldn’t. I am the worst person to be doing this.
Have you ever watched Avenue Q? The rather naughty musical? Well there are two characters called The Bad Idea Bears. Here they are: –
They are me. Just epic at giving the wrong advice. They do it deliberately mind you, mine is more just… misplaced.
Still for you, possible new blogger reading this, I will try and steer you up the choppy waters of book blogging.
Think like a toddler. No hold up. I’m not saying act like a toddler (though I clearly have my moments where I still do) I’m saying think like a toddler. It’s one of the best things anyone can ever do.
By this I mean ask, ‘why?’ Why are you doing this? Why are you book blogging? Are you doing it so you can shout into the void? Are you doing it so that you can interact with fellow like-minded people? Are you doing it so you can push your views on people like some mini book blog dictator?
Asking why will help you work out your focus and that focus will help you work out what it is you should be doing my young grasshopper, my little Padawan.
If you want to shout into the void with absolutely no interaction whatsoever than great. But, if you’re writing this blog because you want to interact then what follows is pretty easy right? Interact. Get scrolling through others’ blogs and write comments. Respond to comments that people leave you. Join a group or two or three.
If you want to participate in more ‘bookish’ activities rather than read and review books – go for it! Join more groups, search for memes, search for tags that others do and cheekily beg and borrow.
If you want to read and review books and do nothing else than guess what? Go for it! Read books, write your reviews and cross post here, there and everywhere.
Work out why you’re doing this and then you’ll know what to do.
Produce content though. That’s pretty much a given.
If you build it they will come. If you interact people will come back. If you keep being weird you’ll scare people off. Ahem.
This is not a competition. Unless your answer to the above ‘why are you doing this?’ is ‘to compete’ then yeah, I guess it’s a competition. How are you going to win though? What’s your criteria?!
But seriously. This is not a competition.
I’m going to go all floaty and whatnot here for a sec…
How boring would life be if we are all exactly the same? If we all posted the same things? If we all read and liked the same things? If all our blogs looked exactly the same?
It would be very boring. So it’s great that everyone is different. And because everyone is different it means everyone’s blogs are different too. This can only be a good thing for the greedy book blog reader (that I am!) because it means I get more variety and I speak to different people.
If your blog isn’t the same as someone else’s it really doesn’t matter. Don’t compare and don’t compete. Embrace your followers and your follower count (yay, more people to think I’m weird, awesome!) but don’t sit there panicking if it doesn’t increase or if person X has more followers than you or got more post likes etc.
This is not the Blog Olympics. There is no competition here, just love what you’re producing and others will love it too and that’s all there needs to be.
Some of my friends wonder why I’m so obnoxiously happy and I think it comes down to letting go of those things that don’t matter and not worrying about what you are doing in comparison to others.
Be yourself and have some fun.
Oh and also…. send me cake. Lots of cake. It’s like an initiation book blog thing and I can’t believe no one has told you before now. Jeez. Sorry about that.
Argh this is the hardest part! I’m going to nominate three people!
Apologies if you’ve already been tagged! You don’t have to do it (obviously!)