Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for The Blogger’s Recognition Award by Poppy – many thanks for the nomination! Poppy’s Best of Books is a great blog that covers a wide array of fiction, with thoughtful and honest reviews – please check it out when you have a moment!


THE RULES:

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

HOW Books Reenchanted GOT STARTED:

This year has been a revelation for me re: books. In retrospect, my activities of the past few years – mainly, joining GoodReads, and through it, becoming a habitual reader – all seem to lead up to 2016. And, the first few months of this year explain the story of this blog. 2016 is:

  • the year I ‘discovered’ I could make new friends on GR (I’m a dinosaur with social media stuff, I only ever ‘friended’ people online whom I knew in real life… before this January, when I began reaching out on GR and found such a wonderful community of bookish people that now extends to the blogosphere)
  • the year I read my first “newly released” book EVER (Girl through Glass by Sari Wilson) and got hooked (addicted, even, it seems like most of what I read now is a new release)
  • the year I won my first ARC on a goodreads giveway, and realized ARCs were a thing. Of course, as soon as this realization took hold, I had to get more. So I signed up for the Reading Room, Netgalley, Edelweiss, and Blogging for Books (I’ve gotten so many free books already, I can’t believe I never knew this world existed before)

So, this blog got started when I realized (1) I could widen my bookish community and get to know people outside of GR, and (2) I would have even greater chances of getting free books (Blogging for Books, for example, requires one to, well, blog in order to receive copies).


ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS:

I’m pretty new to blogging myself (less than 2 months), but what I’ve learned so far from other bloggers is:

(1) interacting with others is key! Ok, so I mainly started this blog to get free books. But the reason I’ve fallen in love with blogging is all about the interaction. There is something to having an audience (even if it’s just perceived, if not many read these posts). Something about writing ‘out in public’ that invites me to think more carefully about how I phrase things, that writers may call “finding one’s voice”. Just as important, this audience is other people – who I would probably not otherwise meet in ‘real life’, people from all over the world with such different reading lists and experiences. There is so much to learn here. And, if that isn’t enough, if you want a successful blog, imho, you definitely can’t take your readers for granted! Interact: Visit other blogs, like others’ posts, comment, reply to comments on your own blog, take part in discussions and tags, participate in blogging “memes”.

(2) promotion on other social media platforms is important if you’re looking to interact with non-book-bloggers – thank you to Read Diverse Books for this excellent advice on 8 Lessons Learned from First Three Months of Blogging, which I still have to implement. Like I said, I’m a social media dinosaur so Twitter is alien territory. I do know at this point 99% of those who visit my blog are other book bloggers, so I look forward to taking this advice myself to broaden my audience.


MY NOMINEES:

If you have already received the award, or if you do not wish to participate, please feel free to ignore this nomination 🙂


Thanks so much Poppy for this nomination! Had a lot of fun writing this post!

And thank you everyone for reading 🙂

20 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the nomination 🙂 I really enjoyed reading your advice and I agree with it all! Interaction is key.
    I’ve been trying to improve my presence on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, but am failing so badly because I’m not consistent haha 🙂 it’s something I need to work on.

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  2. Thanks for the nomination! I am so glad that you decided to start blogging. I think that you are a wonderful. smart, insightful addition to the book blogging world.

    I’m just back from vacation and trying to catch up, so I’ll try to get my blog post up soon!

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  3. Thank you for thinking of me, Iona! My name is Nazahet, but you can call me Naz. 🙂

    Twitter really comes naturally to me because I’m very opinionated and loud on the internet. People seem to respond to that for some reason. I have almost 1,100 followers on Twitter in under 4 months. I don’t know how that happened. hahah
    Twitter is very important not just for non-bloggers, but also for non-WordPress bloggers! We have a built-in community with WordPress, but others who user Blogger/Blogspot or other personal blogs not associated with either won’t have easy ways to find our work unless we advertise ourselves in social media.

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    1. Hi Naz 🙂

      Well, I would also say you get a lot of followers because your blog and voice are so unique! Yeah, sure, there’s tons of YA blogs and blogs like mine that are on whatever book I happen to be reading, but your blog fills such a much needed and important place in the blogosphere. So you may think you’re loud but you also have amazing content, which is why we ❤ you!

      I am definitely getting more into Twitter thanks to your advice!

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  4. Thanks for the advice! I’ve been blogging for ages it feels like, but I haven’t really focused that much time and energy into it, it’s just sort of been something I do when I get the chance. It’s great to get tips and ideas about how to build my blog and grow my network. 🙂

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