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Blogger Recognition Award

Good morning bookworms!

Back in August the lovely Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. tagged me in the Blogger Recognition Award, and I feel so honoured. You all tag me in so many things, and I just want to tell you know how much it means to me!! I love you guys!!

Let’s get down to it!

 

Rules
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

 

How I started my blog

Clip from the Simpsons with the text: Children, it's time for your history lesson.

Oh gosh… Well, I started my blog just over three years ago. It was kind of a random idea, and it was called something else back then. But the origin story is that I went looking online for a particular book (I can’t even remember what it was), and instead of finding the book to purchase, I found reviews. Lots of book reviews. And I thought, “I could do that. I love books.”

And, of course, the more I dug the deeper my resolve was to start. Of course I was also baking a lot more back then, and trialing different types of recipes and writing my own too, so it became a kind of book review and baking blog. And then I kind of used it as an outlet to talk about other things too, such as my health challenges.

Over time the blog became more and more refined. I changed the name, and eventually you got what you see here today!

Advice

This is going to sound cliched, but the best advice I ever got regarding my blog was to write about what makes you happy. If book reviews don’t make you happy, then find another way to scream about all the amazing books that you’ve been reading!! Recommendations, lists, hauls, tags – the options are endless. (Well, they could be endless!) If books aren’t your thing, then talk about ballet or music or farming or whatever your hobby is.

My second piece of advice kind of ties into the first one: Try different formats and design your blog in a way that best reflects who you are as a person, because it will make you want to keep coming back to it. If you love rainbows, then rainbow it up! If you love football, then add a pitch (field?) to the background. Keep testing things until your blog aligns with your values and personality. If you try and make it look like it’s just there to be pretty, then you won’t feel connected to it. Don’t get me wrong, I occasionally look at my own blog and think “hmmm… it’s just my books on my old kitchen table”… but it’s the same aesthetic that I keep going back to on Instagram too. I love it – there’s no regrets!

Basically what I’m saying is, “apply the KonMarie method to your blog: does it bring you joy?” Although, if it doesn’t, I’m not saying to throw it out – but maybe adapt it until it does!

Clip from tv show, with words: I'm trying to determine if this shirt sparks joy.

 

Tagging

Why is this always so hard?!?! I love you all so much!!

Isabelle @ Bookwyrm Bites | Clo @ Cuppa Clo | Sam @ Fictionally Sam
Kal @ Reader Voracious | Sophie @ Beware the Reader
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane | DB @ DB’s Guide to the Galaxy
Destiny @ Howling Libraries | Meaghan @ Words Gremlin
Taylor @ Nerd Narration | Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky
Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm | Rukky @ Eternity Books
Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads

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