Blogger Recognition Award

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a good week. My friends are doing a fake Christmas tomorrow, which I’m so excited for. Today is “Christmas Eve” were we’re having a sleepover (although their flat is tiny so it might be a squeeze!). I’m so excited!

But on with the bookish stuff! I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award!

THE RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  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 up want to give this award to
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created

Firstly thanks to Brunching Bookworms for tagging me! Step 1 ✔️And the post to show the award is this one haha, so step two ✔️

How my Blog Started

Good question. My blog basically started because I had no where to put my reviews when uni ended. I’d been spamming the university entertainment magazine for the best part of three years when I graduated university. I then found myself full of words but with no where to put them. I had a friend who’s been a book blogger for a while so guess she kind of inspired me.

Running a blog may seem like a bit of a jump from sending over a text file to an editor every once in a while, but I’d actually been running the afformentioned magazine’s WordPress website for a while then. Hence my blog is hosted on WordPress. The only big jump I found was social media.

As girl who’s Facebook cover photo boasts of a holiday from over a year ago, it’s clear I’m not big on social media. Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads (um, when did I last do anything on that site?) were all vaguely sites I wanted to interact on but I had no where to start, and am still working those out.

For the small hiccups of what to post, how to respond to review requests and how to juggle life and blogging I had my afformentioned friend’s help. She’s a girl who has been rocking the book blogging world for ages now and her advice was invaluable and if you’re ever looking for sassy opinions or funny reviews I suggest you check her blog out.

Two Pieces of Advice for Newbies

My first advice would be don’t be afraid. Blogging seemed very scary to me at first but everyone is very supportive and it’s a real community of bookworms, which is great. I used only have one friend to fangirl with and now seem to have found lots of people to talk books with!

Don’t feel you need to read and review what everyone else is. Whether it’s non fiction, romance, adult or YA, read what you like. Talk about the books you enjoy. Your blog will be more genuine if you don’t just follow the hype and you’ll have a better time for it.

My 15 Tags

🐾Elysa

🐾Jo

🐾Life at 17

🐾Kelly

🐾Sophril Reads

🐾Shealea

🐾Amy

🐾Sahi

🐾Mir

🐾Words and Peace

🐾Alexia

🐾Jen

🐾Sarah

🐾Elaine

🐾Chrissi Reads

How I Post Consistently

I recently did my first ever guest post over on a publishers website *eek!* And have been given permission to cross post! So here’s my guest post on How I post Consistently, which you can also find here

It Won’t be Easy

The life of a blogger is not easy. You’ve got to juggle writing content, social media interaction and that pesky little thing of your life away from your laptop. Or Smartphone as the case may be. It’s not always easy and any form of regular input to your blog is impressive, whatever your situation.

However, posting consistently is key to successful blogging, in my opinion. I read somewhere, when making a blog was a fleeting idea in the back of my mind, that to get followers you had to be everywhere. People forget, hype moves away and if you’re not posting regularly your existing followers won’t remember you and new followers won’t find you. It’s important, but definitely not easy.

I’ve been a blogger since April and will not claim to be an expert in the art of consistent posting. There were times, my dissertation due, exams coming up and the constant battle of looking for work after university, where my blog was on the back burner. It’s not my career, it never had priority over my work or social calendar, but that didn’t mean I wanted to let it flop.

Think Ahead

The first step to posting consistently, for me, was to work out how often I could realistically post. My original intention was a book review, a ‘meme’ and another post every week. Did it occur to me that I fall into slumps, that I don’t realistically read a book every week or that a busy week might drag me away from my laptop? It was what I could achieve on a good week, but normal weeks aren’t full of Friday meetings finishing early or long train rides to visit friends. Two posts a week is slightly less than I can write but very achievable on weeks when I’m busy or in a slump or have no inspiration on what to write. There’s no shame in flooding your drafts with potential posts since there will be an inevitable moment where your grateful for the hoardes of drafts you’ve stocked up.

Savor Moments of Inspiration

The second step in tackling regular posting was ideas. Whether you blog about books, your life, or even you pet dog there are going to be days when Fido doesn’t do anything to merit a post. I originally intended to blog when I felt like it. In those wonderful moments when the words write themselves and I find myself furiously tapping out a post on my smart phone. It worked for a bit but I soon discovered inspiration, although often, is far between. I’d have twenty ideas for a post one week but then have none for the next. To counter this I began to drop down all the ideas, no matter how silly, as they appeared and began to select a favourite each week. And if none of these take your fancy find a tag or meme that another blogger has done recently. You don’t need to be tagged, you can just go for, honestly no one will mind. These posts are often very well received because they’re often funny and if the tag is quite popular other bloggers might flock to it the same way you have.

Find a Schedule that Works for You

This brings me nicely into my third point- regularity. I’m not convinced that posting on the same day ever week will improve your blogging repitoir or your followers but it can help with regular posting. My posting has become much more consistent since I joined in with a Tuesday meme. It gave me a regular posting schedule which put more structure in my week. I know I post once on Tuesday and have to have a post published between then and next Tuesday, which isn’t all that difficult. And it gives me a sort of deadline to work to that makes me actually get on with it, above all else.

A trick that I’ve started to use lately, but have found infinitely useful, is setting aside time to blog. I’m not saying always stay in on a Monday night and work on your blog, I’m suggesting finding small pockets of down time and working in them. I blog on my commute, but whether it’s your bus ride home or the ad break in Strictly you might find these little moments infinitely useful, no matter how short.

A final quirk I feel I should doff my hat to is scheduling. Personally, I don’t schedule posts. I find it difficult to keep track of what’s posting and to interact with comments and shares on social media. But if you’re in a hotel room in some exotic tropical location on your family’s annual holiday you don’t really want to be worried about writing a blog post and miss the traditional ‘who won Monopoly argument’. Scheduling can make consistency easier and you never know, it might work really well for you.

Lets Compare Notes

So there you have it, some small tips that have helped me manage my posting. Would be great to hear from you if you have any tips of your own and if you think mine might be helpful?