Hey Bookworms! I am honored to have been nominated for this award by Two Lovely Bloggers: Katherine from Katherine’s Bookcase and Alicia from #LoveBooks! Let me just say thank you two so very much and I’m sorry this has taken me so long to do this! On the bright side I am doing it in the same month I was nominated for it. Their links will lead to their award posts because I enjoy this award a ton and feel they are so worth the read! Any who let’s get this!
1. Select 15 other blogs to give the award to. You might have to do some searching, but you can find those blogs. You can’t nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.
2. Make a post to show off your award! Talk about how your blog got started and give some advice to the other bloggers out there. And share the fancy picture!
3. Comment on each blog to let the blogger know that you have nominated them.
4. Link to the original post at Edge of Night that way anyway can find the original guidelines and such.
How I Started Blogging
As it says on my about page this blog started as a class assignment for my University Advanced Composition class. It was something I was had been debating on doing for a while especially after finishing high school. Most of my bookworm friends had lost their passion to read having assigned reading pushed on them too much, or were more interested in going out than staying in and fangirling. Now that being said with the start of this class it was a little frustrating to have to do drafts of my posts, get them edited, and then being able to post them. I mean I see the benefit of having my posts edited because I know I struggle with grammar: run on sentences, lack of commas, punctuation that kind of thing and I apologize for it! The edits held me back though because the community inspired me with the different kind of posts. Plus I was restricted to one topic of books. Now my professor said that most people struggled or chose not to keep their blog up after, but I love the fact that I am no longer restricted and can post as I please. So I got to dip my toes into blogging, see what went into it, and did my research. Classes can have a fun twist and that is what made me brave enough to start this journey!
My Blogging Advice to Other Bloggers
Since I was nominated by two bloggers I am going to give two pieces of advice, and hope that doesn’t count too much as cheating.
1. Be Social
Now stay with me because this one piece of advice is being split into a few parts, but I think it is an important part in being a blogger. We all joined this space to be heard or to bond, so being social is important to make the most of this so here are the 3 parts of this key component:
Comment when you receive a comment make sure you reply as soon as possible. I also recommend replying on that commenter’s blog if they have one as well. Look for a post that interests you. Comments help build confidence and bonds, and can even help inspire new posts!
B. Join Social Media
Whether it be Goodread’s or twitter to post your reviews or post to. It will help you find new books and bond with other bloggers, or leads more people to your blog. They also make readathons even more fun as you can read with others during sprints and even have some friendly competition during them as you try to read more than your friends
C. Be Yourself and Use Your Voice
Now this may be a silly thing to say because it may seem like common sense, but people get nervous. Like I said above I wanted to be a book blogger because a lot of my friends were losing their love of books and I yearned to be connected. So when I talk to you all, I literally picture myself in a circle or having a one on one conversation with someone I trust. I love talking and blogging makes me feel like I am being heard. So don’t get shy or too dry let the words flow. Readers could turn out to be potential best friend across a borderline. Don’t censor your opinion too much because some people may share that same opinion!
2. Use Images
One of the many assignments was researching what keeps a reader reading. One of the key things was have pictures. Sometimes words won’t be enough to keep a reader’s attention. A pretty image can catch their eye and make them curious enough to click. So whether it be images you take yourself or borrow from another post always make sure to cite them by leaving the link or giving credit to the creator. It can also break up your text or wrap things up nicely.
1. Analee @ Book Snacks
2. Paige @ The Paige-Turner
3. Merin @ Read and Reviewed
4. Danielle @ Love at First Page
5. Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes
6. Amber @ YA Indulgences
7. Lynn’s @ Lynn’s Book Blog
8. Caitlin @ The Sleepy Book Nerd
9. The lovely Bloggers @ A Page of Heaven
10 The lovely blogger @ Find Me at the Library
11. Evi @ Adventuring Through the Pages
12. Fantasy Angel @ Avid Reader
13. Vivian @ Beau’ De Livres
14. Holly @ Belle of the Library
15. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
Well that is all for now bookworms! I hope you enjoy/find my advice useful! I’m sorry if I mention someone who has already done this already. I hope you enjoyed this post and my wrap-up will be up tomorrow. Let me know if my advice helped or if you disagree. Like I said above I love to talk! Happy Reading!