Wow! Another nomination. I can’t believe it and don’t really know why I deserve it, but a special thank you to Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland for the nomination. Her blog really is amazing. I urge you all to check it out and like/follow her posts.
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What got me into blogging was reading the book 60 Postcards by Rachel Chadwick. The book is absolutely amazing and I felt truly heartbroken but uplifted by the end of it. The use of a blog in that novel was to bring lots of people together who found postcards Rachel left around Paris in memory of her mother. I love the fact that a blog can bring people together, so this was one of my reasons for starting. I wanted to be a part of something that essentially brings people from around the world together. The second reason was that I could read and learn about different people and places. The feeling of bringing people together from all over is quite special. We all have different opinions and talents and I really enjoy learning about them. Also, writing seems very cathartic. I like this feeling too. There’s nothing quite like getting everything out on a page.
Then came the issue of what, exactly, I would blog about. Well, I’ve always got my head in a book of some sort and I’m usually supplying baked goods to my students at work. Therefore, my premise came alive. Not original, but personal to me.
Finally, and only recently I’ve started to branch out by adding posts with my visits to places and my ‘photography’. I use the term photography lightly. It’s basically snaps I’ve taken with my iPhone when I’m out and about. I’m hardly an expert! I do like taking photos though. It’s nice to document where you’ve been and what you’ve seen I think. I’m trying really hard to balance my work/life matters out. Hence why I’m going to lots of places and trying to experience new things. It’s easier at the minute because I’m on my summer holiday. We’ll see how that works out in September!
Basically, that’s my story. I feel lucky because I have some lovely followers who always leave me supportive messages. I’m really enjoying my blog and I think it reflects me well. I hope everyone else enjoys it too!
I was really scared when I started if I’m honest. What if people disagree with the books I like/dislike and shout at me? What if people find my posts silly and uninteresting? Eventually, I thought sod it! I am doing it for me. So, I post about things I care about and enjoy. But, the best advice I think I could give anyone is to be yourself. Also, blogging is a lot of fun so enjoy it. Go in with no expectations. I’m having the best time and I genuinely thought I was the only one reading my posts. Post about what you want to post about, share posts of things you enjoy. Who cares about what others think? To be fair, the likelihood is that people will like it too! If they don’t, so what? Your blog is for you. So: have fun, enjoy yourself and read around. There are some brilliant blogs out there.
I’ve really no idea if these lovely people have been nominated before, so if you have, well done and I apologise! Feel free to leave if you’re too busy to do also. 🙂
Analee @ Book Snacks
Brandi and Stacy @ Paper Plane Lane
Gail @ Snap Shot Incursive
Emily @ The Geek Undergraduate
Karen @ Simple Life Happy Thoughts
Claire @ Art and Soul
Nicola @ Literary Ramblings
Miranda @ Violets Vegnecomics
Giovanna @ Book Coma Blog
Daniel @ Daniel Waltztwt
Well done everyone! Enjoy the nomination 🙂 I am looking forward to reading your replies if you take part!