In the timely truffle fashion, I was nominated for this amazing award like, 6 months ago by Kat from Novels & Waffles and I have finally gotten around to doing it!
I don’t really do award or tag posts very often – not sure why – maybe cause my brain is too lazy and thinks it’s too timeconsuming? But, here I am – finally catching up on these awards and tags.
A huge thanks to Kat again for nominating me <3 I feel so utterly privileged to have been awarded for my blogging aspirations. Kat is so freaking talented and amazing – and accomplishes so much on her little corner of the world (in Japan and her beautiful blog). I’m so honoured to be her friend and to be able to host blogiful with her next week!
Now, onto the award!
✓ Thank the blogger who nominated you for the The Blogger Recognition Award and provide a link to their blog.
✓ Write a post to show your award.
Gives a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select 15 other bloggers that you want to give this award to.
Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Gosh, so many things to say and so much to do.
How It All Started
Okay, I didn’t have a dream about starting a blog but I did begin to dream about having my own blog when I met one of my best friends The Bookish Bree (over here at Jasper and Spice), who basically introduced me to the great big book community online that I had no idea about! We bonded over her love of the shadowhunter chronicles and that’s kind of history for us.
I eventually started a bookstagram account and was very active on that platform, as my bloggy aspirations slowly created themselves in the back of my mind. I shifted from taking photos of books to actually reviewing them. I found that bookstagram just wasn’t giving me enough room or cyberspace for actual discussion. The era of bookstagram I began in was gone, now filled with constant publicity and brand representation instead of just talking about books. So, as I studied a web design unit at university, I started designing and creating my blog until it finally went live in July 2018! Despite all the hiatus because life got in the way, I’m still blogging and loving it. It’s my own little spot in cyberspace to chill and chat endlessly about what I love.
Number 1: Take your time.
I feel like everyone is always in a rush these days and it’s hard to actually slow down and relax and realise that everything will be okay. It’s taken me – 1.5 years to actually be consistently blogging (I’m so proud of myself that I made a tweet about it). The main advice for bloggers is always consistency but I guess my side-advice for that is that it’s okay to take your time. Blogging isn’t just a hobby but becomes a bit of job if things get hectic and well when blogging isn’t fun anymore, then why are you doing it? Take your time at writing the posts you want, writing what you love to do and enjoying blogging as it happens.
Number 2: It’s better to self-host, eventually
Not even trying to sell my services here but being a self-hosted blog is better in the long term, especially since WordPress charges so much for their plans. You get access to so much more that makes your blog much more flexible for how it looks – personally I’ve found that the happier I am with how my blog looks, the more motivated I am and the happier I feel about putting out content to my blog.
I guess you can call your blog your home, why would you want to have guests over if it’s full of gross WordPress ads and TimesNewRoman going all up in your grill?
The Mighty Nominees
There are so many amazing blogs that I follow, and I definitely want to recognise a handful (15 is a little too many for me especially since most of the blogs I can think of have probably already been nominated).
Behold, these amazing bloggers who I wish to be recognised:
NOTE: It’s entirely my stupid theme’s fault if they don’t receive the pingbacks. This is another issue I’m facing and hoping to remedy soon with a new theme from Nose Graze because my current blog’s theme doesn’t send or receive pingbacks properly – I think that’s another reason why I don’t do tags or awards often – I don’t even know when I’m nominated! Soon my friends, soon.
Anywhoo, I hope you enjoyed this blog post – I’m super happy to have been recognised by Kat and I hope the bloggers I nominated know about their awards too.
Until next time,