Hello, bookworms! I hope you are doing well.
Today, I’ll do The Blogger Recognition Award post!
Thank you,Priyasha@BOOKS & CO. for nominating me! It’s been so much fun being a blogging buddy for you, you have made my blogging life a lot funner!
If you haven’t already, definitely check out Priyasha’s blog. Her blog is full of cute stuff and fun contents which won’t disappoint you!
Now, without further ado, let’s start with my third (oh, my) Blogger Recognition Award 🙂
- 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.
I started blogging a couple of years ago here at WordPress. 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, with very little drama in my life, not to mention any creative genes, 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 and the blogging community to begin with. 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. totally out of the blue, I became an obsessive bookworm. I began to read books back to back, literally jumping from a book to the next. Although I’d always loved reading since I was little, 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 kept reading books, I started to be itching to gush and share my thoughts on books with like-minded people. I had already had a bunch of Japanese online friends and been gushing about books though, it was no longer enough for me – I’d come to look for an outlet where I can talk about books in 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.
There have been ups and down especially in the beginning, but thank to all the support and wonderful friends like you – I’ve managed to come this far. I never thought I would keep blogging this long; I thought I would drop blogging just like I used to.
For that, I cannot thank you all enough; your comments, likes and support are what brought me here. I really appreciate it!
Anyways, this is how I started blogging again and how this book blog came into being 🙂
My Two Pieces of Advice
Quite honestly, I don’t think I am in a position to provide any pieces of advice. I’m still learning about blogging myself and it feels somewhat presumptuous of me to offer advice, but here are what I learned from my blogging experience:
- Have your own voice/Stay true to yourself: I managed to get over this now, but this was something I really had a hard time and was struggling. When I started this book blog, I was exposed to hundreds of fabulously written book reviews and to tell the truth, I was overwhelmed and felt defeated at the same time. Although I had been striving to write as good reviews as other bloggers, when I reflected my own English skills and my lack of knowledge about blogging gave me an inferiority complex. There were times that I seriously considered dropping everything.
But I didn’t. No matter how miserable and immature my writing and execution might have been, I was consistently trying the best I could to express my true self, my emotions, and my thoughts through my posts. I wanted to stay true to my emotions, and I wanted my readers/friends to feel them.
After a year and a half, nothing has changed. I know my reviews and posts leave a lot to be desired, but I think I’ve now found my own voice and I am comfortable and confident in myself.
The thing is, you need to be yourself. If you imitate others’ styles, you are no longer you – so is your blog. We all have different voices and perspectives, and that’s the way it should be. We don’t have to compare ourselves to others and blame ourselves for not being like others.
Have you own voice and write in the way you feel most comfortable. That’s my first advice.
- Make friends, have fun, but don’t stress yourself!: Socializing and interacting with other bloggers is probably the best part of blogging. In fact, I’ve made a lot of wonderful friends from interacting with them by leaving comments and such. This community is very accepting and welcoming, there’s no need to be afraid to reach out to other bloggers. If you leave comments, chances are quite high that they reply to you 🙂 So, don’t hesitate and dive in. You’ll find yourself surrounded by many amazing friends!
That said though, it is totally fine to take a break from time to time. We all have times when we feel overwhelmed and want to be completely alone. In times like these, forcing yourself to blogging or interacting can backfire and add to the stress, which is totally counterproductive. You should not take blogging/interactions as an obligation, like a ‘must-do’ item on your list, because it is NOT.
Blogging is for fun, so it is very important to find your own pace and not to be afraid to step back when it gets to you. Listen to your mind, take a break and come back feeling refreshed 🙂
I might have nominated you guys for some other awards, but pardon me! I think you all are lovely and deserve (a lot more) recognition!
You can feel free to opt out, of course, but if you’re up for participating, have fun! 😀
Thank you for stopping by this Blogger Recognition Award post, I hope you enjoyed my blogging story!
Have a great Sunday, everyone, and I’ll see you in my next post!