Award: Blogger Recognition Award #2

Blogger Recognition

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.
Today, I’m going to do The Blogger Recognition Award post!
This is my second nomination and I was nominated by itchusbookcorner and Nel@Reactionary Tales! Thank you both for even thinking about me – I feel so blessed and humbled to have someone like you two, who are willing to interact with me! You two (and all of you- my dear friends and readers!) have definitely brought delight to my life, thank you ❤

If you Haven’t already, go hurry over to their blogs! They are both amazing bloggers and have got great & fun, inspiring content!

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

My story

I signed up for WordPress a couple of years ago. I think it was the summer of 2014 or around that time.
Writing in English has always been my passion since my time in junior college and I wanted to hone my writing skills even more by making posts on a regular basis.
However, along with very little drama in my life, I was completely lacking creative genes (I still am); it didn’t take me long to run out of topics to blog about.
More than anything, I didn’t have a specific vision for my blog nor did I know anything about blogging in the first place. Stumped, I stopped blogging altogether after posting 3 to 4 posts sporadically and let it lie dormant for about two years. It never crossed my mind to revamp and relaunch my blog during that time.

Fast forward to the summer in 2016. I was bitten by a bookworm bug all of a sudden. I’d always loved reading since I was little, but I had been more like an ‘on-and-off’ reader, never been a hardcore bookworm. I had never got so wrapped up in reading before.
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 Japanese online friends and been gushing about books, it was no longer enough for me – I’d come to look for an outlet where I can gush about books as well as use my English.

So I decided to launch this book blog on August 25th, 2016. It was a decision that I made totally on a whim, I launched this ‘Diary of a Bookfiend’ without having done any homework whatsoever – I just started it.

Now I’m blessed with so many wonderful friends and readers, but there was hardly anyone visiting my blog other than my Twitter friends right after the launch. My earlier book reviews were simply pathetic and embarrassing to look at. But I kept going; I kept posting and posting and posting while picking up tips and techniques about blogging along the way.

And here I am – still blogging after almost a year since its launch. This little book blog will celebrate its 1 year anniversary next month! How times flies!

I still can’t believe that I got to be this consistent and have come this far – it’s all thank to you, my dear readers. I thank you all for your continuous support!

Anyways, this is how I started blogging again and how this book blog came into being 🙂

 

My Two Pieces of Advice

  • Have your own voice/Stay true to yourself: This is something I’m still struggling. Basically, I’m still a newbie in this blogging community. I know almost nothing about blogging and it’s not like I get to write as wonderfully and mellifluously as you do; it’s always been a struggle to write my book reviews and I’ve always been battling with my inferiority complex.
    That said, no matter how miserable and immature my writing and execution may be, I’m consistently trying the best I can to express my true self, my emotions, and my thoughts through my posts. I want to stay true to myself and my emotions, and I want my readers/friends to feel them.
    I’m not sure if such feelings are actually reflected in my writing, but nothing would please me more and make me happier if I can get my message across to you all.
    I’d rather have a flawed, incomplete yet distinct voice of my own than being able to write impeccable yet stolid, impersonal, emotionless sentences. I want to have my own voice with which I can convey my truest self. I strongly believe that’s what our blogs more engaging and endearing to our readers. Have you own voice and write in the way you feel most comfortable. That’s my first advice.

 

  • Interact with other bloggers, have fun!: As I mentioned in my blog start-up story, my blogging activity was initially a solitary one. Believe it or not, I didn’t use to interact with my followers and other bloggers as much before. I used to just write up book reviews, post them and that was it; there was hardly anyone who gave me likes or comments. It was literally a solitary activity but I kept telling myself it was OK and kept things that way.
    I don’t know exactly when I started proactively interacting with other bloggers, but let me tell you – the enjoyment and delight that I get from blogging activity has probably become tenfold; I am almost addicted to blogging/interacting with you all!
    Every single like, comment, and response that I get from all of you readers has definitely enriched my life. The last couple of months have been quite a ride!!! I cannot believe how I could have been satisfied with how things used to be.
    If you don’t open up with other bloggers and interact with them, your blogging activity will remain pretty solitary. You might feel intimidated and balk at the mere thought of posting comments at first, but do not worry! This blogging community is really welcoming and kind! Just look at me – I’m Japanese and barely manage to handle English, BUT through this blog and the interactions with other bloggers (some of them are super-experienced and prolific, amazing ones!!), I’ve now made friends with so many wonderful bloggers all over the world!!
    It does take courage to throw yourself in, but trust me, it’ll open up a whole new world for you.
    Go ahead. Just interact and most importantly, enjoy yourself!!

 

My nominees:

Nika@Bookster
Harini@Books and Readers
Naty@Naty’s Bookshelf

I’ve got a feeling this award is currently going around this blogosphere, so I’ll just pick up a couple of bloggers that I recently go to know.
You can feel free to skip it, of course,  but if you’re up for participating, have fun! 😀

Let me thank you once again for your support!
Hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Noriko

 

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  1. Congratulations!! I really like these awards where you get to know bloggers a little more. I am sure your early reviews were not as you describe them – we tend to be very critical of our own work. In any case, they are now really good and one of my most reliable sources to find out if I might like a book or not.

    Your advice is great – I definitely swoon a little at some people’s reviews, how analytical, deep and thoughtful they are. But I simply cannot write like that, my writing has always been more passionate than analytical, and I guess it’ll stay that way. I couldn’t do it differently without sounding – as you said – emotionless. And I can definitely see emotion in what you write! You do a great job there.

    Thank you so much for nominating me!! As usual, I will take an absurd amount of time to answer!

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    1. Thank you, Naty!! Awww, how can you be consistently so sweet?! You almost made me cry… (seriously)
      As you said, I swoon at others’ book reviews, but I know i’ll never get to write in the way they do; my writing will stay the way it is now. But what really matters is whether we get to convey our thoughts and emotions , as far as I’m concerned.
      In that regard, we seem to be on the same page ❤
      Thank you Naty for being friends with me. I really appreciate our friendship ❤

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      1. Exactly! As long as we get the message through and write the way we like, it’s all good. The diversity in the way people write is awesome. Would be no fun to read the same kind of review over and over.

        I am so glad to have met you! Although we don’t know each other for so long, I feel like we have so much in common, and I truly want to see you & your blog thrive. I appreciate our friendship very much and I hope it gets even better with time!

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        1. I do hope so, too! Even though we have never met in person, and haven’t known for so long, I think we’ve bonded pretty strongly and I’m really happy with that!
          I would never have imagined blogging would bring so much joy to my life – thank YOU, Naty for hanging out with me 🙂

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  2. Thank you so much for the nomination 💕 Your advice is great, especially the one to get involved in the community. I used to be okay with noone reading my posts and was doing it for myself just like you but with this blog I decided that I want to be a part of the community and have fun like everyone else. It was the best decision I could made.

    The one thing I don’t get is that you’re saying your sentences aren’t as good or whatever. Your English is way better that some native speaker’s and your writing is captivating and beautiful. Your voice is unique and keep it that way, there is a reason why so many people read your posts.

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  3. My goodness, Nika, thank you so, so much!!! Your words rang through me and heartfelt – I’m touched!
    I am so glad that my advice has motivated you and made you decide to participate in this community 🙂
    But please do not feel pressured; you should do it at your own pace. Too much pressure can lead to a sense of obligation and it would be no fun at all.
    I’m feeling so humbled to receive such recognition for my writing; you’ve definitely motivated me to try even harder!
    Thank you so much once again, and I’m looking forward to reading your post!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, that’s the reason why I love such awards and tags so much. Coming up with my own question can be tough for me, but just simply answering questions is what I love the most lol

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  4. Congratulations Noriko! I’m glad you’ve found your voice because it is a very awesome voice and you’re reviews are the best! Always look forward to your posts every single day 😊. Also, I found and followed you on Twitter. You may not know it’s me cause it’s my personal Twitter and not the blog Twitter but if you got a follow notification from @ChanelBlairC, that’s me.

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    1. Thank you, Nel! Thank you so much for your sweet words and yes! Following me on Twitter!! I was actually wondering if you have a twitter account, too- I’m sooooo glad that we get connected on Twitter too ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad that you enjoyed my post 🙂 That’s actually what I keep telling myself, so I’m kind of speaking for myself… haha!

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        1. So true! I personally think if you cannot be true to yourself, you cannot be true to others, either.
          No matter what others might think, I believe we need to be honest 😉

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    1. Awww, thank you, Jay! My goodness, how humbling it is to hear you say so… it’s just… overwhelming! I cannot believe it, honestly. But thank you, you’re so sweet ❤

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    1. Thank you, Jo-Ann! It’s really been quite a ride! There was a time when I thought I’d stop blogging altogether (sometime around January), but I am now glad that I powered through it!
      So glad you enjoyed this post ❤

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  5. I look forward to your posts, Noriko! You are wonderful. I absolutely loved your advice too. It just occurred to me that the advice is supposed to be blogging related, lol. I didn’t do that on mine. Teehee! Oops 😆😉

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    1. Thanks so much, Mischenko! Look who’s talking!! I think YOU are wonderful and amazingly sweet, conscientious… you’ve got a lot of wonderful quality wrapped up in one!
      To be more precise, all the people that I got to know/interact in this blogging community are super amazing, wonderful. People of beautiful souls. I am so glad and blessed to have people like you, Mischenko ❤ xoxo

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  6. I love the story of your blog, it’s similar to mine in that for a while I just posted and didn’t interact much- I was shy and content to post my reviews for myself. But then people started commenting and I was surprised, and I never expected to make all these friends! Once I got on a role it was easy to meet more people on here. Now it’s my favorite part of blogging 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Steph! I am so glad that you enjoyed my blog start-up story 🙂 Wow, you had the similar experience in blogging as mine… I am surprised! But yes, interacting and getting to know other bloggers is definitely the part I love the most about blogging!

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      1. Yes I was quiet on here for a while! I wasn’t aware there was even such a community when I first started…I knew nothing about blogging, haha, I just wanted to talk about books!

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        1. I know! I didn’t even know there was such a thing like BookTube! But this book blogging community is simply amazing/wonderful! I am so happy that I jumped right into it!

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