I was nominated by Chloe over at Writing the Blues Away, which was so wonderful of her and a lovely surprise! Please check out her blog and give her plenty of love.
What Are The Rules Of The Blogger Recognition Award?
- Once you have been nominated, make a post like this one and thank your nominator with a shout out
- In the post, share a short story about how your blog started
- Share two pieces of advice to bloggers just starting out
- Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award as well!
How this blog began
When I finished my MA in Publishing, I found myself returning to full time work in my old job in the Midlands, far away from the hub of UK publishing. I’d gone from a year of being totally immersed in the book industry to finding myself almost entirely disconnected with it. I had idly toyed with the idea of starting a book blog over the year, it was one of the ways recommended to help show your engagement with the publishing industry when job seeking, so when Christmas rolled around and I was no closer to finding a job, I decided to take the leap and set up my blog as a way to both bulk up my CV and keep connected with the industry I love when I was separated by distance. It’s also turned into a great way to help me develop my editorial skills (what would I do here? Could that be trimmed down or smoothed out?) and to be a more considered reader, whilst challenging myself to move outside my comfort zone. It’s been really rewarding.
Two pieces of advice
- Don’t worry about blog hits or views. Instead focus on making your blog the best it can be, for YOU. Don’t write what you think people might want to read, write what you want to write about. For starters, this will make it easier and more enjoyable for you to write. It’s easier to find the motivation for writing when it’s something you want to write, and your fluency will be so much better when you are excited about a subject. In that same vein, don’t just write for the sake of filling up content. It can help to have a schedule, but make sure it’s achievable. My baseline is once a week for a book review, and I can manage that. If I can draft up more posts to schedule for later, I will, but that is my achievable minimum. This is something I want to keep enjoying, rather than making it an additional stressor – if there are days when you just can’t post, or if you have other commitments, don’t make your blog something else to worry about. It will wait.
- Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. They may seem to have shinier websites or more engagement or more opportunities, but it’s not a competition. You aren’t them, you are you. Only you can make the content that is truly personal to you, and will have your passion and enthusiasm. Be happy to be you, and embrace that.
Check out these other bloggers too!
- Reader Fox
- Jen D Bibliophile
- What the Log had to Say
- Sophil Reads
- Witty and Sarcastic Book Club
- Between the Pages
- Grab the Lapels
- Publishing Interns (although you’re probably better checking out their twitter)
- That Publishing Blog
- The Publishing Insider
- Romantics, Rebels and Reviews
- A Rambling Reviewer
- Dora Reads
- Go Buy the Book
Please check out these guys and give them lots of love.
The blogging community can be so supportive and reciprocal, and this is such a lovely opportunity to pay it back/forward.
Thanks again for the nomination! This is also my 100th post, so what a wonderful thing to have to commemorate the occasion!