BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD!
- Thank the person who nominated you and include their link
- Give a brief explanation of how your blog began
- Give some advice to new bloggers
- Name ten nominees and include their links
- Tag your nominees on Twitter to let them know
Book Buddies: Thank you so much to Nick (@NickRevws) at Out of This World SFF Reviews. He is an amazing supporter of bloggers everywhere, and an insightful reviewer. I would not have made near as many connections on WordPress or Twitter without Nick’s generosity. He always takes the time to boost my site and many others, especially newbies. Here’s a fantastic review Nick wrote for Peter McLean’s Priest of Bones.
I was always encouraged to read when I was growing up. My parents and I would go to our city library every week, and my dad would sprint off to the spy novel section for his commute reading. My sister and I participated in all the read-a-thon events and were huge fans of Clifford and George. I also played a good deal of sports when I was young and began coaching when I started my teaching career. I was on the field for twenty years, but when our second child was born, I had to give it up because of the time commitment after school and into the evenings. I still help a couple friends and players out with events and lessons, but I have a good deal of free time now, mostly at night after the kids go to bed. That is when I do the majority of my reading. In January of this year, I started reviewing for NetGalley. It didn’t seem I had enough reach to get many of the titles I was requesting, so I started my blog. This has given me another outlet/ hobby that I can call mine, but unlike coaching, I can do it on my own time.
Here’s some tips that I have gotten over the past year of blogging, and just some lessons I have learned from my own experiences:
- It helped for me to be on NetGalley for a couple months before launching my blog. This gave me some content right away instead of starting from scratch.
- Be creative: Tell stories about your experiences with books, Make lists, Come up with fun titles for your posts… but don’t feel pressure to wow every time. A good review is great, but your own content can put some personality into your blog.
- Every review doesn’t have to be a piece of literary analysis. When a friend asks us about a book, we don’t always go into an 8-part explication of the thematic subplots and symbolism… We usually stick to the basics: Do you like it? Why? Who would you recommend it to? Basically, it’s sometimes best to keep it simple.
- Enjoy the perks, but don’t get caught up in them. In the last several months I’ve started to stray away from ARCs a little bit. I have 2-3 reads scheduled for each of the next 6 months. This allows me some freedom, and gives me the option of reading and reviewing books I have seen others rec. And I can go in other directions with my reading also. i.e. this graphic novel kick I’ve been on lately. And if I see another ARC I want, I can always try to request it. I’m just trying to stay away from drowning in ARCs. That can happen to any blogger who over-requests and gets backed up. I’ve been there.
- Stay connected to other bloggers. Share their work and be an ambassador of reading and reviewing. We are all in the same boat. Have fun!
My Nominations. Note: Take this as a compliment, not as a requirement to complete your own post. I have chosen you because you have either helped me in my blogging or inspired me with your content.