I was nominated for this award in the beginning of the month, and I feel so lousy for just getting to it now.
This award is a little different from the other ones floating around. Instead of answering bookish questions about myself, I get to tell you the story of how this blog came to be and also give some blogging advice.
Lauren over at My Paper Infinity was the person who nominated me for this award. Thank you so much, you’re awesome! If you have not checked out Lauren’s blog yet, you totally should because she writes some great posts.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How I Started My Blog
I actually started my blog thanks to BookTube. At the end of 2016, I stumbled upon the bookish side of YouTube and quickly became OBSESSED! I’ve always been a reader, but I read a lot of YA. I’m in my mid twenties, so I don’t openly like telling people my reading tastes. I just feel like I should be reading “adult” books and am embarrassed to admit how trash I am for YA. Also, I don’t have many friends who read the same kinds of books that I do. When I stumbled upon BookTube, it was cool to hear people talk about the books I loved to read and get book recommendations. It inspired me to read more regularly and fueled my love for books even more.
After becoming obsessed with BookTube, it didn’t take long before I wanted to be more apart of the community. I wanted to share my opinions and it seemed like fun! At first, I was seriously considering creating a BookTube channel of my own. I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this before, but I was a Film Studies major in college and really enjoyed making videos. Mostly I made short films and music videos. Some are better than others, and I cringe most of the time I’m on screen. I apparently like making a fool out of myself on camera. Anyway, the point is I enjoy making videos and creating a BookTube channel was something I could realistically do. Ultimately, I decided against making a channel.
There were a couple of reasons for this. I was not sure what kind of content I would make, because I had just gotten back into reading more frequently. Also, I found the idea of creating a channel solely about books to be very restricting. If I made this channel I would want to talk about more than just books. I’d want to go into movies, tv shows, and music as well. On top of that there is a part of me that also really wants to create short comedy sketch videos and do random music videos. I didn’t know how I could create a cohesive channel with all of my interests and I didn’t know if I really wanted to create more than one YouTube channel. It was a mess in my head, but I knew that I wanted a place where I could talk about books.
I have actually started like a couple of different blogs before this. The first blog that I continually updated on a semi-frequent basis was called It’s the Little Things That Count. It basically was about the small little things that made or broke my day. I updated that thing for a solid year before I failed. Originally I was going to go back to it, but it hilariously captures my junior year of college so well that I wanted to leave it as is. If anything it’s like a time capsule for me. I thought I would create one for senior year, but that failed.
I still had the blogging itch after I graduated college, so I eventually created another blog similar to my first real blog called Falling All Over the Place. It’s basically a place where I rant about my life. There was a travel blog and also a movie/tv show/music blog. When I knew I wanted to talk about books someplace, I considered attaching it to my movie/tv show/music blog. It just seemed like too much in one place, so I just decided to create one solely about books. The name “Book to the Becky” randomly just came to me and I thought it was fun to say. So with my blog title and a passion for books, I just started blogging.
Here we are today, still going strong even though I could definitely work on posting more frequently. I can’t believe this has been a thing for almost 7 months and couldn’t be more proud. I look forward to growing more as a blogger in general and can’t wait to see where I will be in a full year.
Now it’s time for me to give advice. I’m still learning at this whole blogging thing, but I’ve picked up some wisdom. Especially over the last few months.
1. Come Up With a Writing Schedule and Stick To It!
Creating a writing schedule is one the best things you can do for yourself as a blogger. Not only is it important to set aside specific time to work on your blog, but having any sort of posting schedule is extremely useful. It will also help you figure out and keep track of the blog posts you want to write. If you’re a busy person like me it helps prepare for times you know you’re going to be busy.
A writing schedule also is a way to hold yourself accountable as a blogger. The deadlines you make for yourself will force you to write more and be productive. That being said, it’s also important not to beat yourself up too much if you miss those deadlines or fail at keeping up with your writing schedule. There are times in your life where shit will hit the fan and you may get behind. You need to roll with the punches and not be so hard on yourself. It can prevent you from getting out of your slump. In these cases it’s better to try and work your way back to your writing schedule.
Creating and sticking to a writing schedule is something that I am personally trying to get better at. When I am able to postdate blog posts and am on schedule it makes my life so much easier. I’m still trying to find the right balance.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Write, Just Do It!
Okay, so this may seem a little generic, but sometimes we are faced with self doubt over the pieces we write. You may think your writing is not up to snuff, that people are going to hate it, or even worse, that nobody is going to care. It can prevent you from writing and/or posting something, which is the worst thing that can happen to a blogger. You must write.
So what if you’re writing could use some work? You have opinions that need to be shared and you need to get them out there. In my experience, the more that I write the more that I become a better writer. It’s definitely a trial and error sort of thing, where you will make mistakes and that’s okay. You can always re-edit your posts, nobody will know.
Your opinions are valid, especially if it involves things that you are passionate about. I love reading posts where you can tell that the author just cares. At the end of the day, you’re blogging for you. Write the things you want to talk about and you will eventually find people who enjoy reading those things. I’ve found the book blogging community to be extremely friendly and welcoming. Write your little heart out so that we can hear what you want to say.
Tag You’re It
This is moment where I tag some people, I’m only going to tag a few. If you’ve already done this award or don’t want to do it, please feel free to ignore it and appreciate the love.
That’s all I really have for this post. Hopefully I didn’t ramble on too much, I have a bad tendency to do that (if you couldn’t tell). Feel free to check out my other blogs. I’ve left links to them above. Don’t judge them too harshly. For the most part their a good laugh.