In which I share the super interesting (in the most sarcastic sense of the phrase) origin story and give advice to new bloggers.
Thank you so very much noteablepad! Please do check out her blog, everyone. It’s a truly lovely blog, she does great reviews, and I just really enjoy following her so I know you will too. Trust me on this and go follow.
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two advice to new bloggers
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to
Okay then, let’s get started!
I don’t know, do most people have like really cool stories behind their blogs? I…hmm. Well okay. I’ll just tell you guys but please don’t expect anything exciting.
It was approximately 2:06 A.M. and I was lying in bed, trying to sleep/staring at the ceiling thinking about how obsessed I am with Les Miserables and how great it is and how much I love it and how everyone should love it as much as I do because they should, and also how much fun my brother has youtubing. (By the way you should totally check out his channel and subscribe. He’s hilarious. And we’re not too big on complimenting each other just to be nice around here.)
Anyway, I knew I lacked the essential qualities of a youtuber (funniness, video editing skillz, personality…) But I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I did a blog? I have so many opinions about
Les Miserables books. I could call it “Over-Analysing Literature”—No, better: “(Over)Analysing Literature.” (Always use parentheses if you can. It’s just a good life rule. Don’t ask why.)
My initial plan was to be a Les Mis blog but like, “not” a Les Mis blog because I didn’t want anyone to get scared away by my obsessiveness. Interestingly enough, I’ve barely posted about Les Mis, so I guess I legitimately can tell you now that I am not a Les Mis blog. You guys have been lucky so far, but just you wait. One day, you’ll wake up to a flood of posts in your reader and it will be analyses of all the Les Mis characters. (And there are a lot of characters in that book. So yes.)
I didn’t know anything about book blogging and I still don’t really. I just kind of have fun over here and post what I want to post.
That’s actually pretty much it. I wanted to blog, didn’t expect anyone to read my blog, and made a blog. But then you guys showed up from goodness only knows where and stuck around for goodness only knows what reasons. I love you guys for that, but it seriously confuses me every day. Every. Day. I still dance every time I get a comment. Or even a like. And I throw a full on party every time I get a follower.
Sadly no one comes to my parties except Trigger, my golden. My other dog Zoe doesn’t even come. So sad.
This, by the way, is what is known as a “This was supposed to be a brief story and I said I didn’t even have a story and still managed to write you a 5 paragraph essay” story. And it is my specialty.
Advice to New Bloggers
Oh dear. See, I don’t do advice. I really don’t. When people ask me for advice, I laugh in their face until they get uncomfortable and edge away. I feel like one has to have things under control and be at least moderately successful at, you know, living and stuff to give advice. I’m currently sitting in the dark because I’m too lazy to get up and turn the light on. That’s my life. So, you know. Fair warning.
Don’t pay too much attention to what everyone else is doing. If every book blogger did the same thing as every other book blogger, then why not just have one book blogger and the rest of us can just nap or whatever with our spare time? That said, don’t worry too much about standing out either. If you want to do something that a lot of other people have done, go ahead and do that. Just basically do whatever you want. It’s your blog and hopefully no one is forcing you to do this. Because that would be really rude of them.
Don’t worry about stats. I don’t even look at my stats anymore unless I happen to glance at it when I’m on that page. It just doesn’t really matter, especially when you’re a new blogger. Instead of refreshing your stats over and over, spend time writing quality content and visiting other blogs. Don’t just follow them and hope they follow back. Read their posts. Comment. Don’t just comment: “Great post!” Start discussions. Be relevant and insightful, but concise (I can hear you guys laughing that I, of all people, would dare to tell anyone to be concise. Shut it.) Those stats will rise, but it takes time. And who cares what your stats are anyway? I don’t care what your stats are. I care about your content. And obviously I think my opinions matter because I blog about them. So yeah.
You are all so beautiful and it’s ridiculous that I have to pick. But oh well. At least I get to choose 15! One time it was 4 and I nearly died.
- Mystery Date With A Book
- Anushka H.
- Ravenclaw Book Club
(Notice I did the pingback thing this time. So technology.) If you’ve already been tagged/just don’t want to do it, that’s okay! Additionally, if I didn’t tag you and you’re like “Well thanks Chloe, I’d love to have done that and now I can’t because you were a jerk and didn’t tag me!” It’s okay because you can still do it! That’s right! I nominated everybody, but I also nominated 15 people.
All nominees are equal, but some nominees are more equal than others. (Did you see my Animal Farm reference? You did. Okay.)
That’s all! As always, you are my favourite person if you actually read this. Have a lovely day!