Check out their blogs if you haven’t already! They’re filled with amazing bookish content and more 🙂 Azia even writes her own stories and Jasmine always shares some really great advice and tips! So follow them – you won’t regret it.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to
How It All Started
I remember reading a lot when I was younger. It was one of those hobbies I not only loved but that allowed me to escape from whatever was going on in my life at the time. It still does. It has the power to soothe and comfort me in a way nothing else can. And I think most people who read (fiction) do so based on those principles. There’s something magical about exploring a myriad of different worlds and befriending all those unique characters. And even when you can’t physically leave, your imagination takes you anywhere you wish to go.
My love for writing came soon after. I used to draw a lot, and it just felt natural to create back stories for what was on the pictures. I also didn’t always like the way a book ended or how certain scenes played out. I wanted to change them, give them a different twist. So I started writing my own stories and eventually tried my hand at fanfiction. It really is an infinite world of possibilities.
I had tried to start blogs before, but I always ended up abandoning them after a while. I just didn’t have the drive or a specific idea of where I wanted to take them. I usually didn’t have the time, either. But one day I finally decided I would give it another try and this time, really make it work. I started browsing through a lot of great posts by great people and was instantly inspired. I felt almost… at home with all these strangers. And that was a wonderful feeling. Since then, I’ve never looked back!
My Advice to New Bloggers
I don’t think I’m the best person to give advice as I’m just getting started too, but here goes what I think it’s most important:
- Write honestly. Even if you think your true opinions will not be well received, writing just for the sake of agreeing with everyone else or to please others will only get you so far. Will you ever feel truly accomplished or happy not writing what’s really on your mind? I think not. So be genuine; that way, your audience will be too and your connection to it a lot more fulfilling.
- Be respectful, humble and open-minded. I know the internet can be a very hostile place. You can and will encounter a lot of ugly people in it. But what matters is that you maintain your position while still discussing your ideas. You won’t always agree with everyone, but you can expose your point of view without insulting, humiliating or otherwise denigrating them. Sticking to your beliefs is great, but sticking to your ego is not. Never accepting someone else’s input or rejecting their ideas solely because you can’t be bothered to change your mind or because you don’t think they’re good enough for you to even consider them will only be harmful for both parties. Plus, if you keep yourself in a tiny little bubble, you will never learn anything new and everyone else will just stop wanting to get inside.
The Epic Nominees
- remyfool @ The Lily Garden
- Sascha Darlington
- Ami @ luvtoread
- Kayla @ kdrewthebookworm
- Sam @ onebookishgirl
- Karandi @ 100wordanime
- Eileen X @ Bookish Frenzy
- Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
- avathenerd @ Reads, Rhythms & Ruminations
- Melanie Noell Bernard
I’m sorry if you’ve already been nominated… Just think of it as a reinforcement hahaha. Also, if you don’t want to do the tag, that’s totally fine, too 🙂
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I hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for reading and until next time (^-^)ノ