Blogger Recognition Award

I still can’t believe this is actually happening to  me; I was nominated for this award by Lauren @MyPaperInfinity!
As a non-native and a fledgling book blogger, this award nomination came as a complete surprise to me; little did I imagine such a day would come my way… I’m feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude right now.

If you haven’t already, please hurry over to check out Lauren’s blog – her blog is jam-packed with amazing contents and great discussions not to mention the design is so pretty; it’s almost soothing to visit her blog.
Thank you so much for the tag, Lauren. I can’t thank you enough!

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How I Started This Blog

It was three years ago that I launched my very first blog here at WordPress. I think it was the summer of 2014 or around that time.
Writing something in English has always been a delight for me and I wanted to hone my writing skills even more by making posts on a regular basis.

However, with very little drama in my life, combined with me being a person of NO CREATIVITY, it didn’t take long for me to run out of topics to blog about. I didn’t have a specific vision nor did I know to what direction I should take my blog. Stumped, I stopped blogging altogether and let it lie dormant for about two years. It never crossed my mind to revamp and relaunch my blog during that time.

Until, I got bitten by a bookworm bug last summer. 

As I read books back to back, I started to be itching to gush and share my thoughts on books with like-minded people. Although I had already had a bunch of online friends (they are all Japanese) with whom I could chat about books, I wanted something MORE – it wasn’t like I was being ambitious and aspired to leave my mark, but I just wanted to write something and express my thoughts in English once again.

So I decided to launch this book blog on August 25th, 2016. It was in fact a decision that I made totally on a whim. It wasn’t like I thought long and hard about it, I decided to create my book blog first thing in the morning and then I published my very first post that afternoon. I just started it.

And here I am – still keep blogging after 9 months since its launch.
That’s how this fledgling book blog came into being 🙂

My Advice

I still consider myself as a newbie in this blogging community; there are still tons of things I don’t know about blogging or making reviews.
That said, if I were to offer two pieces of advice, I would say:

  1. Do your homework and have a specific vision for your blog: I think this sounds like a cliche, but this is what I learned from my own experience. Like I briefly mentioned earlier, if you don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re heading, your blog will end up disoriented with your thoughts running off in all directions.
    I’m actually speaking for myself here – there are tons of things that I need to learn. So, I make it a point of setting aside larger chunks of time to take a look at other bloggers’s posts to take in their blog styles and designs. That will definitely help.
  2. Just dive in, do the thing – and interact!: writing itself is a solitary act, but blogging is actually a social act. So the larger the audience the better, not to mention, it’s so much fun to interact with other bloggers! When I started out with this blog, I didn’t even know how to use tags to draw an audience. I just wrote up posts, published them and that was it; I had hardly anyone to give me likes or comments. I knew many of my Japanese bookish friends had been reading my posts, but I didn’t try to engage in a conversation with them back then. In retrospect, I now see it as a huge mistake. If you don’t open up and try to have conversations with other bloggers or your followers, your blogging will end up a solitary act. Once you have a solid idea for your blog, just dive in. This community is so welcoming and so kind, they even support a blogger like me; someone who’s still struggling with language issues. But I can at least say this; I am so glad that I started this blog. I’ve now made friends with a lot of wonderful, super-experienced bloggers here on WordPress and I’m enjoying every single interaction that I have with them; it definitely enriches my life and I’m so happy about that.
    So please, don’t hesitate. Just dive in. You’ll be amazed by how simple a thing can change your world.

I Tag…

I nominate these bloggers for this award. They are all experienced and amazing bloggers!

If you’ve already done this or you don’t like doing tags, please don’t feel obligated to do it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you all again soon! 😀