So what’s this Award about?
Blogger Recognition Award
Once you are nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, if you wish to accept your nomination, you must follow these rules:
- Generate a post about the award.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a brief story about how your blog began.
- Provide two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers.
- Select 15 blogs to nominate.
- Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post that you created about the award.
How my blog began…..
I started Chat About Books in October 2015.
I had joined Netgalley a few months previous to starting my blog after author, Mel Sherratt, recommended it to me. I had written short reviews on Goodreads and Amazon for a long time before, but joining Netgalley made me think about my reviews a bit more and I gradually started to write more detailed ones. Starting a blog seemed like a natural progression, but I had no idea just how much I would enjoy it and how many lovely people it would put me in contact with. I love it!
My reviews are still generally fairly short (although I do ramble on with some of them!). It really does depend on the book and how much I can say without giving too much away. I’m not a writer, so they’re far from eloquent, but I hope each one conveys my enjoyment sufficiently and if only one person buys a book based on my review then I’m happy as hopefully that will cause a ripple effect, leading to more sales as more people read, enjoy and recommend.
I am a fairly slow reader, so I also enjoy hosting author interviews and promotional posts in between reviews. I’m always happy to help to spread the word!
Advice to newbies…..
Am I still not a newbie myself? I’m not sure how long it is before we’re no longer a newbie, but I think we all learn from each other every day.
I guess my two main pieces of advice for anyone starting a book blog would be –
1 – Follow and make friends with fellow book bloggers. They are awesome people! All the ones I know are lovely, welcoming and supportive.
2 – When posting (positive) reviews tag the author (most have a twitter handle). You might just make their day 🙂
I follow lots of lovely book bloggers, these are a few of my favourites 🙂