I was tagged a little over a week ago for this award by The Bloggisters, two sisters (now only one) who run a fun reading blog. I was planning to get my Death Note review done by today, but fate has worked against me. Hopefully, it will be up by Wednesday!
So, let’s get into the rules first!
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- 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 and provide the link to the post you created.
First off, thank you, Surina, for nominating me!
How my blog started…
It’s hard to remember what my original motives were for starting a blog (fame, money…probably not), since it was over three years ago and I have the memory of an eighty-year-old with dementia (I’m only slightly exaggerating).
I do know that I started my blog not originally as a reading blog, but as I writing blog. Most of my first posts (at the time I only posted once a week) examined different aspects of writing a book. These took me so long to write, and I often found myself having difficulty coming up with ideas.
That is, until I did my first book review in September of 2017. The review took me a fraction of the time to write, and I had so many more people read it then my usual post. So, I thought to myself, “Why am I spending more time writing something nobody wants to read when I could be having more fun and writing something other readers might be interested in reading?” So, I slowly started to transform my blog from a writing to a reading blog.
And now, over 600 followers later, I’m having so much fun! I guess that’s the best origin story I can come up with…though maybe not brief enough.
Two Pieces Advice for New Bloggers
For the record, I don’t think I’m in any way qualified to give advice to anyone, but I’ll answer the question as best I can. Just take what I say with a grain of salt.
Often, I hear the advice to write what you love. Don’t write a blog about Apple technology if you hate the iPhone. However, I’m going to take a step further. Find a niche that you both love and that other people enjoy. After all, the whole point of running a blog is to share your writing with other readers. If you were only writing to please yourself, why publish your writing online? So, my first advice would be:
Experiment to find what you love to write and others like to read.
My second advice can be encompassed by one quote.
“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”G. K. Chesterton
So often bloggers (myself included) are afraid to write on a topic because other people might not be interested. However, every topic is interesting, if presented in an interesting way. Worry less about what ideas you are presenting and instead how you present them.
Those are the two pieces of advice on blogging that I have learned to take to heart on my own blog.
Tag 15 Bloggers
You all know I won’t be doing this, right?
Anyway, thanks to The Bloggisters for nominating me!
My question for you all is, why did you start your blog? And what advice do you find most helpful about blogging? If you don’t have your own blog, what appeals to you about reading a blog? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,