Hello there allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! This is actually the first time I’ve been nominated for any blog related awards and, I feel VALIDATED. I can now feel my acne scars fading, my body is now hydrated and brimming with so much life, I feel like I could actually continue with book blogging????
I would like to thank Shri @ sunandchai for tagging me with this award! I actually saw her in Twitter and decided to read her blog content which is SO NOICE. Shri’s actually a very eloquent writer and adeptly conveys her thoughts. I love her personality in her blog posts and how unapologetic and critical she is (without bordering to hate speech or being critical for the sake of clout) My favorite post of hers is The Bastardization of Femininity In YA Media. GO CHECK HER BLOG OUT PLS. SHE’S PRECIOUS AND DESERVES SO MUCH LOVE.
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 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 Found Myself Falling (Loki-esque) Into The Tartarus Pit of Book Blogging
I never thought that book blogging existed. Ever. Until I found Shealea @ Shut Up Shelea in Goodreads and followed her on Twitter AND FINALLY FOUND HER BLOG. I became very active in GR last year and wanted to meet more Filipina bookworms/dragons you see. So when I found her, I was really *gasps* inspired like hell to make a book blog of mine too so I can constantly connect with people like her (also blog tours because duh?!).
It’s because of Shealea that I found other Filipino book bloggers as well that have such a strong voice and stance in the world of literature. I know this could be pretty cheesy but it’s very empowering to see a community predominated by women that has a powerful influence in the makings of a book and the reader community. That’s just utter super powers okay ???
I was dumbfounded and fascinated with the large bookish community here in my country ONLINE. (Like ohmyglob they actually exist?) I HAVE FINALLY FOUND MY PEOPLE. So there it is, my little nook of bookish fangirling came to life! Now, I try to stay in the radar of the book blogging community to gain more friends (and more books!). I’ve learned that there is a lot of intelligent and healthy discourse here (also just plain dumb drama HAHAHA) and I want to cultivate my character more from this community. It’s actually a nice and welcoming one. It also feels great that at the end of the day, when I’m idle in social media, I could actually talk to people about my passion for reading.
BOOK BLOGGING MADE MY LIFE A WHOLE LOT BRIGHTER.
Some Scrap of “Advice” For New Book Bloggers
When I started blogging, I was under a lot of immense pressure from my own preconstructed standards that I fashioned after being so fcking insecure from fellow book bloggers.
“There’s just so many book bloggers here with aesthetically pleasing web designs than mine!”
“Wow they have so many ARCs! Should I even call myself a book blogger without these?”
“Their content is sooooo amazing and original, how can I even fit here?”
Whatever insecurities you have my dear friend, is also shared by every successful book blogger in this community. So what I’m practically saying here is that, don’t let yourself be stifled from your own self deprecating trash talk. It’s valid and we all do that but don’t let it get in the way of you thriving in uncharted lands. Allow yourself to be called a beginner, embrace the awkward self-discovery, laugh at your own clunky and unpolished posts–then cultivate it at your own pace.
Did you hear what I say? CULTIVATE AT YOUR OWN PACE. Because we all grow in different phases my dear fellow book blogger. If you don’t feel like posting or writing, then don’t! If you feel like jumping on the hype train every now and then, then feel free to do so guilt free! It’s your blog. Your choices. Your hobby. Your passion. So do it in your own style. At your own pace.
Basically, I’m telling you to just wing it and fck the rest. Truly not a VERY specific advice but this works fine for me, I hope it resonates with you as well.
The 15 Amazing Book Bloggers That Needs All The Recognition
These book bloggers deserves all the love in the world. Make sure to follow them!
- Bookish Wisps
- Drizzles and Hurricane Books
- The Book Prescription
- Novel Notions
- The Perks of Being Noura
- Kaitlyn Gosiaco
- The Bookworm Daydreamer
- Afire Pages
- Your Tita Kate
- Mind of Luxe
- Ella’s Book Corner
- Off The TBR
- The Global Bookworm
These book bloggers had inspired me to continuously grow in the community and also just made me laugh with their content! They’re one of the most amazing people in the community (some don’t even know me though, I just love their blog HAHAH)