Book Tag: The Blogger Recognition Award

What better way to get a little pick me up on Monday than to do some drugs find out you’ve been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award!

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Thank you to Emily over at A Literary Life for thinking of me! Emily and I are relatively new to knowing each other, but trust me when I say you will love her blog. Poetry, writing prompts, reviews and short stories, and probably some hidden gems I haven’t even noticed yet. It has everything you could possibly want from a book blog!

So, I guess there are some rules and stuff for this award…

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🔪THE RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story about how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.

Number one, check. Number two… Um, not entirely sure of the context. Is just creating a blog post good enough? Really? Doesn’t that kind of seem like a redundant requirement if you’re going to follow the rest of the rules? I digress…

 

🔪HOW I STARTED MY BLOG

True story, it was suggested by my therapist.

My husband and I go to couple’s therapy. We started because our marriage was suffering under the stress of my oldest stepson’s mental health issues. When the mental health issues were “under control” we realized our marriage, and our individual needs, had been sacrificed for so long that we didn’t know how to get back to the goodness that our relationship had been before everything went off the rails.

Enter therapy.

One of the things we talked about was the idea that in order to be good together, we need to be good seperately (see: self-care.) We looked at the things we liked, the things that got us excited and how we could take those elements and incorporate them into our personal routines.

For me those interests came down to reading and writing and being creative. I was pretty active on Goodreads, but the idea of a blog gave me the extra space to be as creative and expressive as I wanted to be. And honestly I could not be happier to be here.

My husband and I have been in therapy for a little over a year. At this point we go once a month for routine maintenance. Not because we have “issues” but because we want to keep going the way we’re going – on the right track.

I suggest therapy to everyone. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and can only make things better.

 

🔪MY BLOGGING ADVICE

I feel like such an unqualified n00b here. I don’t know that my advice should be asked.

…not that being inexperienced has ever stopped me from doling out lengthy opinions before.

Write about what you love. There’s that saying “write what you know,” but I don’t agree with that and never have. You should write about what you love, what interests you, even if you aren’t some walking encyclopedia expert. If you love fashion, write about it. If you love books, write about it. If you love travelling, write about it. Share your passion. Put it out there and be fearless in your expression. But…

Do it for yourself, not other people. Don’t concern yourself with follower numbers or likes or comments or negative remarks. Be here because you want to be here; because if you don’t express yourself it will eat you up.

I didn’t grow up with social media so I think I’m mostly inoculated to the overwhelming need some people have for social media validation. I post what I like and I don’t care if anyone reads it, and I think that makes me much happier in my hobby.

We live in such a fascinating and incredible age of technology, but socially and mentally it has some downfalls. Requiring constant outside validation is one of those downfalls. We’d all be a lot happier, a lot more natural and interesting, if we were being our most honest selves in our posts without the desire for positive attention and approval hanging over us.

 

🔪MY NOMINEES

  1. Bookish Heights
  2. Audio Killed The Bookmark
  3. Tar Heel Reader
  4. Zuky the Bookbum
  5. Fiction No Chaser
  6. Wicked Good Reads
  7. The Traveling Inkwell
  8. Use Your Words
  9. My World of Books
  10. Julie’s Bookshelf
  11. The Book Collective
  12. Kristin Kraves Books
  13. Nocturnal Book-a-holic
  14. The Caffeinated Chapter
  15. Juliapalooza

If I nominated you, do not look at this like it’s an obligation I’m forcing upon you like an unwanted child, but rather, see it as me saying, “HEY! YOU! NICE BLOG!”


Until next time, Booknerds…

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