I was nominated by both Kate and Jess to do this award – I have been wanting to do this for a while, because it’s such a nice blog. You simply share the story of how you started your blog, and then give some advice to new bloggers – it’s perfect for reflecting on your own blogging, as well as getting involved with your fellow bloggers!
- Thank the blogger 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 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.
HOW DID MY BLOG START?
I actually talked about this a bit in my last post celebrating one year of blogging, but I basically started My Shelf and Myself because my sister had started over the summer and it seemed like amazing fun! I made my Twitter first, in September 2016, so that I could start getting involved in the community – I think I did a few Twitter chats, followed a few people. I also went to a couple of events in October (Young Adult Literature Weekend and YA Shot), and after that I decided I really wanted to put my all into blogging. I took ages to design my blog layout, and think of a name, but after that I fell into the swing of blogging quite easily, and I’ve loved it ever since!
TWO PIECES OF ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS?
My first piece of advice is to read other people’s blogs – I used to be better at doing this, before school started again and I literally lost all of my free time. This is good for so many reasons: it helps you get involved in the community, it encourages people to look at your blog, and I think it’s hugely motivating – seeing other people putting so much effort and time into their blogs can really push you to do the same.
At the same time, I think it’s important not to stress too much if you find yourself short of time for blogging. It shouldn’t be a chore, and if it feels that way then something is wrong. Our lives are filled with obligations, and personally I see blogging as something to help me relax. Your blog will always be there – if you need to take a break, or blog less regularly, do it! In the end, that will help your blogging in the long term.
WHO DO I NOMINATE?