Thanks so very much to Blogger Books for the nomination!! Sorry it took me soooo long to post this. December was a crazy busy month!! If you aren’t already familiar with Blogger Books, please check out the site and send a shout out from me!!
- Thank the blogger/s 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 up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How Our Book Boyfriends Got Started
I started this blog back in 2013. Wow! Has it really been that long ago??? Seems crazy!!! I started this blog as Ali’s Books. And it remained that way until a little over a year ago when it was transitioned to Our Book Boyfriends to incorporate my friend, Anna. Unfortunately, not long after that her life circumstances changed and she wasn’t able to help out anymore. My hopes and hers are that those circumstances will change again and that she’ll be able to jump back into things.
I started this blog, though, because of my absolute LOVE for books and everything that entailed. I wanted an outlet to share what I was reading and loving and I hoped to find at least a few people that would want to discuss them with me. I NEVER imagined that I’d have thousands of followers in the coming months between the blog and the blog’s social media. Blew my mind!!
Advice to New Bloggers
- Don’t take on a TON of ARCs with deadlines. Matter of fact, don’t take on a bunch of anything with deadlines. I’m not saying don’t take on any. Just be realistic. Life happens. Even if you normally would have all the time in the world to get those things done, events and circumstances will come along that put you behind adding stress to stress.
- Only take on challenges and goals if they are fun for you. If you are a glass half empty person that will only look at what you didn’t accomplish then don’t do them. And if you do participate, feel good about what you accomplished. If nothing else, you attempted to take on the challenge and that’s a win in my book!
- Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. We’re all different and that’s what makes each of our pages awesome. I’m not saying you can’t be motivated by other bloggers when you see something you love – always giving credit to them, of course. But, don’t feel like you need to post as often or need to have the same sort of content, or read as many books, or as many genres, etc.
- Read what you enjoy reading. If you don’t enjoy it, then it’s not worth it. And it’s perfectly fine if you feel like everyone else enjoyed it when you aren’t. It’s still okay to put it down and move on.
- Looking to grow your followers? Make sure there’s a place for all people to comment, not just those using the same platform you are. Respond to comments. Go visit the bloggers that are visiting you. Visit blogs that aren’t visiting you. But again, I caution against making this feel necessary. Life happens. Don’t freak out that you didn’t get in any blog hopping while you were sick, etc. You can also participate in memes or link ups to help get your blog out there. And, take advantage of social media. You can at the very least have your posts automatically shared to your social media accounts. This takes very little effort.
Ultimately, have fun and do what you love doing. If you aren’t loving it then you are wasting your time. You’ll be so much happier if you move on to something you love doing. And others are so much more keen to listen when you are excited about what you’re sharing. That’s not to say that you won’t go through some rough times and that you shouldn’t share those. I love seeing bloggers support each other when going through rough patches! Again life happens. Just make the most of it.
I tag: All of you that have something to share on these 2 questions.