It is pretty well established that I hoard tags like a greedy dragon, saving them for the perfect moment. When Daniel nominated me for the Supporter Award back in July I was incredibly honored, and I decided that it would be a great post to celebrate my first six months of blogging here on WordPress! 🎈🎉
Many thanks to Daniel @ Page to Page for the nomination, and everyone should definitely check out his blog – he is great and his reviews are wonderful!
1. Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link back to their post.
2. Answer the 4 “First” questions.
3. Come up with 4 new “First” questions or just use the same ones from your nomination.
4. Nominate your first follower who is still active and interacting with you.
5. Nominate up to 4 other bloggers.
6. Make sure to link back to the original post by The book prescription so he can see all your answers!
7. Feel free to add the badge to your blog.
The 4 “First” Questions:
🌌 First book you bought with your own money: It had to of been one of the Goosebumps titles because those were my jam until I started borrowing Dean Koontz and Stephen King from my paternal grandmother way earlier than I probably should have.
🌌 First book that made you cry: Honestly the only book I can think of is when I ugly cried in the Mexico City Airport during my layover flying back home from Colombia and decided it was a good idea to finish The Fault in Our Stars in public. (spoiler: it wasn’t and I was thirty years old.)
🌌 First book that you didn’t finish: Grapes of Wrath. I am sorry Mrs. Robinson but that book is trash and I used Cliffsnotes for the first and only time to write my essay. I love the classics but I do not have time for reading several pages about dust moving. No. Just, no.
My First Followers:
Apparently, I was my first follower (and I am my own biggest fan!), which I found incredibly funny! The first two followers of my blog I haven’t ever interacted with but I am so thankful to them for finding my blog somehow and subscribing to my corner of the internet!
I wanted to include Melanie in my first supporters because she was the first blogger in the community to interact with my posts so I consider her my first follower! Over the course of the last six months, I’ve had the pleasure and honor of becoming friends with her and I am so, so grateful. Thanks for rolling out the welcome mat for me & being my friend!
🌌 My other nominees:
6 Month Blogging Introspective (not tag-related)
Thank you so much to everyone that has subscribed to my blog, liked and commented on my posts, and interacted with me on Twitter over the last six months! This has been an incredibly rewarding experience and I am stoked to see what the next six months have in store for Reader Voracious Blog!
I have learned a lot in the past six months, and every day I learn something new from members of the bookish community. There is a part of me that regrets waiting so long to dive into book blogging, but I am just thankful that my path has led me here.
🌌 Six things that I learned about book blogging in my first six months:
- Your first couple of weeks/months will be a period where you try to find your voice. That’s okay! Try out new things and see what works for you.
- There is no wrong way to be a book blogger. As long as you are enjoying yourself that is all that matters.
- Blog hopping is so, so important! While the WP Reader does give you a bit of organic exposure, the best way to gain followers (and not talk into a void) is to visit other blogs, follow the ones you are genuinely interested in following, liking and commenting on their posts. Growth may be slow, but the interactions you have while hopping is also really rewarding.
- It’s easy to get really excited and try to do all the things: all the new features and post seven times a week, among other things. I’ve seen many a new blogger burn out within their first month, which is always so sad! My biggest advice is to ease in slowly, and it is absolutely okay to take breaks!
- Every new blogger does it: you start using NetGalley and suddenly find yourself under a mountain of ARCs that you requested that have been approved (often all at once) and you never get to mood read again. I finally got it under control and am now limiting myself to four releases per month – which helps me request only the titles that I am really excited about and allows me time for mood reading. More about this process is coming in a future post!
- The book blogging community is incredibly supportive, but it can also be incredibly competitive. Friends will be accepted for ARCs that you were denied and it is easy to fall into envy. Your self worth or value as a book blogger is not defined by the “quality” of the ARCs you receive. I know it can be difficult sometimes, but keep doing you – these other bloggers didn’t start out receiving the unicorn ARCs either, so don’t despair. And please don’t make others feel bad, that’s never a good look.
As a way of record-keeping so that I can look back on where I had come from, here are my blog stats for the first six months – and I am really excited to look back on them in March!
I have had a lot of fun exploring all different kinds of content for my blog and it has been really exciting to have this creative outlet! I wanted to share my 10 most popular posts by views – it is crazy that it’s been less than 12 hours since Flapping Pages has been posted and it is already 4th!
✨Free Bookish Blogger Templates
✨Edelweiss 101: Tips & Tricks
✨Flapping Pages: ARC International Program
✨How to set up RSS Readers
✨Out of this World Blogger Award
✨July in Review
✨Mirage by Somaiya Daud (review)
And what would a Kaleena Introspective be without a chart or two included?! I have been tracking my follower growth (at the start of each month) just because I enjoy tracking statistics and I have no idea where it came from.
Thanks again to everyone who follows or even just reads my posts, it means the world to me! And if you made it all the way through this post you deserve a cookie!
Let’s go on another adventure together!