Thanks to the lovely Jasmine over @ReadingWithJax for nominating me for the award! Definitely go and check out her blog if you haven’t already, she has a great giveaway running at the moment, and she also made the gorgeous header for this post. (So all credit and major kudos to her for an incredibly cute design.) Spreading appreciation and positivity is one of the most important aspects of blogging, for me, so I always feel buoyed when someone thinks of me for a tag or an award.
Here are the rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How did I start my blog?
My blog originally started as a film and TV reviewing blog back when I was the screen editor of our university newspaper several years ago. But I didn’t update it very frequently (usually because I was spending my time working on the actual paper) and eventually abandoned it.
Then, just under a year and a half ago, I started reviewing books. I’d always enjoyed writing notes and thoughts about my current reads, but had never written full, carefully thought out reviews until I joined Goodreads. And I realised I enjoyed it. A lot. I loved discussing how much I’d enjoyed a recent novel. I loved analysing the weird ambiguous parts of a plot or the inner-workings of a character’s mind. And I decided, I didn’t just want to share my love of books on Goodreads; I wanted to have my own platform for my voice. So I blew the dust off my old film and TV blog, and transformed it into Reading Through Infinity.
2 pieces of advice for new bloggers:
1. Write what you enjoy.
If you hate writing reviews, but love writing tag posts, do the tag posts. If you love TBRs but hate doing wrap up posts, just do the TBRs. If you like writing original features, spend time working on them. Your blog is what you make it, and if you write what you enjoy, your enthusiasm will shine through. The last thing you want to do is put yourself in a blogging slump because you’ve forced yourself to write posts you don’t enjoy, and there will definitely be someone out there who loves your specific type of content, no matter what it is.
2. Participate in Twitter chats.
One of the best ways to befriend other bloggers and find new blogs is to join in Twitter chats such as Sunday YA, Fairy Chat, and UKYA Chat. These are (usually) weekly sessions, where groups of bloggers come together to discuss a specific topic, and they undeniably great fun. Plus, it’s a great way to grow your network if you’re just starting out. If you don’t have Twitter, I’d recommend making an account; you’ll make lots of blogging friends, and it’s the ideal platform to promote your blog content.
(OK I guess that was technically two pieces of advice, but it still counts because they go hand in hand.)
Woohoo, it’s finally time to spread some awesomeness of these bloggers…
Alright, let’s get down to business (to defeat the huns). I’m nominating this wonderful bunch, because they all make great content and I’m secretly nosy and want to know their blog origin stories.
(I’m not going to nominate 15 because I don’t want to spam everyone and these guys stood out for this award.)