Greetings readers and welcome to my Blogger Recognition Award! We all know that I like to hoard tags like the greedy dragon that I am, and… well, I have a total of 8 for this particular award currently. I am truly honored and humbled that so many people thought of me and my blog when working on their posts, and I cannot thank you enough!
Many thanks to Kathy @ Pages Below Vaulted Sky, Maddie @ Munch Reviews, Rain @ Bookdragonism, Mandy @ Devouring Books, Cassandra @ The Bibliophagist, ERK @ Musings of a Confuzzled Reader, and Amanda @ Books, Life, and Everything Nice for nominating me for this award! Each of their blogs are absolutely fantabulous, so if you are not already following them please be sure to go check them out.
- 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 that you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How Reader Voracious Blog Came to Be
Growing up on the internet, I dabbled a lot with blogs over the last seventeen years or so. I remember having a xanga page in the early 2000s that was full of my emo angst and poetry, a livejournal in the mid-late 00s where a lot of my gaming friends and I just talked about life, and a health blog on tumblr in the early to mid 2010s.
I mention this because I think I have always been a writer in waiting, wanting to share my thoughts about various subjects and connect with others around the world. 2017 was a dumpster fire year for me and I turned to books. It was 3 years after university and my mind was wanting some stimulation, so I started using Goodreads to actually write reviews for the books I read (I joined in 2012 but until then I was only using it to keep track). I really enjoyed this and decided to become a consumer reviewer on NetGalley to get more into upcoming publications, and after a few months I decided to take the plunge and create a blog – Reader Voracious Blog – because I wanted to cultivate a community of readers and interact more with others. And I haven’t turned back since!
I wrote a list of six things that I learned in my first six months of blogging back in September that includes most advice that I would give, but here are a couple new ones:
- Schedules can be your friend! When I first started I quickly became overwhelmed with review requests, and I started to feel very anxious about everything. I created a spreadsheet that I kept track of all my ARCs that developed into the Book Blogger Template Spreadsheet, and honestly it has saved me! Those that use my 2018 spreadsheet will be excited to know that in a week or so the bigger and BETTER version for 2019 will be unveiled, so stay tuned!
- Blog for yourself first and foremost. Your passion will show through in your posts and that is what will resonate with other readers. I am super into analytics and data, but I don’t let that deter me from writing the content that I want to write. I know review posts don’t get views, but I enjoy writing them. Everything I post is important to me and I like to think that is why people like to visit!
Bloggers I want to recognize
Darina @ Facing the Story, Avery @ Red Pocket Panda, Arden @ Phantom Paper, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Will Read for Booze, Becca @ Becca Leighanne, Krystin @ Here’s the Fucking Twist, Jen @ Pinot and Pages, Petrik @ Novel Notions, Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek, Kat @ Novel and Waffles, Karlita @ Tale Out Loud, Victoria @ The Contended Reader, Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties, and Christine @ The Uncorked Librarian
I hope that you take the time to check out all of these amazing blogs!