Blogger Recognition Award

So I was going to try and get a post up today with more of the Vengeance Road characters and then this amazing comment showed up and now Polina and I have come to find out that we were nominated for this award! This is the first time something like this has happened to us and to say that we’re excited, and that we screamed a little is just a tiny bit of an understatement! You guys can’t even imagine how much this means to us!

This award was originally created by Eve at Edge of Night to lift spirits in the blogosphere and to make bloggers everywhere feel like they are a part of a community. I think it’s a lovely idea and I want to give so many thanks to Fatima from Book Whizz for this!

Here are the rules!

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

My Story

SondraI’d heard about book blogging, and it always seemed like something that was for specific people, like you signed up with the publishers to get arcs and they agreed to let you be a book blogger. Don’t ask I had some weird notions. Anyway it was then that I wound up following some book reviewers who were doing arc giveaways, (You know on twitter those RT&Follow things?) well I started realizing things that I knew about blogging were wrong, and not to mention it looked like so much fun. I debated about starting a vlog, but to be dead honest with you? I’m way to self conscious to put myself out there, I’d love to do it still, I think, but I do feel like that’s something that’s going to have to wait for a later date. So I decided that it was time to push my love of books to blogging.

What a crazy ride it’s been too. I had so many questions and I think lovely Nikki over at There Were Books Involved fielded nearly all of them because she’s amazing. But a lot of it I learned on the fly, picking up on what other people were doing and just going full speed ahead. It’s pretty much what I do in life. And let me say this blog has been the best and sometimes the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Best because I adore being part of this community! I love learning about new books and sharing my love of these books with anyone and everyone. We might have a small readership here but I’m just thrilled to be able to do this. Worst because I always feel like I’m not doing enough. That I should do something else for the blog, that I should make another graphic, another blog post another something to make this blog even better… Which is what I’m going to use to lead me into the things I’ve learned and that I want to pass onto other people.

1. It Doesn’t Matter: Not in the “blogging doesn’t matter” way, but when you’re laying on the couch and starting to get stressed over “Oh god do I have a blog post scheduled for tomorrow??? TOMORROW IS USUAL REVIEW DAY? DID I EVEN READ A BOOK???” just take a breath…and go back to your TV show. Because if you miss a review day, so what? Make it up next week with an even better review. Because instead of having crappy quick reviews every week, make solid reviews every other week. Trust me as you get rolling you’ll get faster with reviews, and you’ll find it easier to keep up with.
2. Take Time For You: One thing I’ve learned with blogging is that you can spend a full 9-5 hour shift working on your blog, tweaking things, changing graphics, writing blog posts, keeping up with memes and everything else under the sun. And you know what that leaves you with less time for? Reading. Spending time with family. Watching TV shows. Actual work. Remember that this blog is a hobby. Don’t let your need of an amazing blog stress you out and keep you from the blog.
3. ARCs don’t matter: You want your blog to be something that you love. Which means read the books you love and post about them. Everyone else is posting about this new arc, post about that old classic book that is totally underrated and no one reads. It not only makes your blog different, it brings readers to your favorite books. Eventually readers will come to your blog, eventually the arcs will happen.

I think you’re seeing my reoccurring theme here and trust me when I say it’s an ongoing process even for myself. I stress out constantly over the blog, or what book to read next so I can review it for the blog. Just tell yourself to stop and breathe, and then go read whatever book you want. Take a trip to a bookstore or library and pick up something that looks interesting to you and read it. If you want review it. Doesn’t mater if was published 1990, if you loved it review it and publish the review. (Geez, Sondra, take your own advice here.)

For the blogs we recommend? Well, how about yours? We’ve gotten tagged in a couple of these and then we just get hit with a stump of finding blogs. So, we want to nominate YOUR blog!! Comment and let us know about your blog so we can check it out, but then do the tag yourself!! Lets get the word about about all of your smaller blogs that totally deserve the page hits! 

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