What an amazing week! The same day I published my post about the Sunshine Blogger Award, I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! *Sniff
Jamie over at The Comic Vault was kind enough to think of me. I am flattered to be considered by my fellow bloggers. Especially this early in the game. Thank you very much.
Here are the award 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 Reads & Reels Came to Be
Reads & Reels started nearly a year ago, almost by accident. I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across a tweet from another book reviewer. I responded to her tweet by saying “I sure wish I could review books for a living” or something along those lines. This lovely lady whom I consider my mentor sent me a link to do a guest post for her website Booknista.
Now I should mention that my husband has been pushing me to write professionally for years, or at the very least use my freakish ability to read super-fast in a more professional capacity. So when this opportunity came up, he was all for it as well.
I sent in my article and “Book Babe” loved it. Enough to have me write a few more guest posts and then shortly after, offer me a full-time spot on her team. After that, I was like “Why not my own blog?” And Reads & Reels was born.
My Advice to New Bloggers
My first piece of advice would be to be patient. It’s not going to happen over night. In fact, I have been going for almost a year and have just over 200 followers. Don’t stress over traffic and stats. Easier said than done, I know. Just write and write a lot. Social media will get you the numbers eventually.
My second piece is this: Have fresh content posted as often as you can. We all have lives or day jobs, families etc… outside of our blogs, so I get it. It’s hard but it will make all the difference. Fresh content will keep your current readers happy and it will also attract new visitors. I can’t stress how important social media is too.
But and it is a BIG but, if you are just writing because you love to write? Then screw the rest! Just do what you love.